The Odessa Record -

Spring Fling continued: horseshoes, quilt of valor


Horseshoes tournament

The horseshoes tournament held Saturday of Spring Fling weekend saw 22 competitors battling it out for prizes. The weather was good, and only an occasional gust of wind disturbed the players.

Mixed A: First place Blanca Hettinga of Hermiston, Ore. and second place to Les Myers also of Hermiston.

In the B group, Kaitii Reeves of Spokane was first, Gene Kuiken of Bellingham was second and Vic Magnus of Tri-Cities was third.

The C group had Sharon McLaugniin of Tri-Cities taking first place and Rob Hettinga of Hermiston.

In the D group, Kathy Wertman of Tri-Cities came in first and Zack Knudson of Soap Lake was second.

Quilt show

A new feature of the annual quilt show held in Odessa April 28-29 was the award of a “Quilt of Valor” to a local veteran. Robert J. Zimbelman was Odessa’s first recipient. Once he was convinced by friends and relatives to attend the quilt show, he was pleased and excited, he said, to receive the quilt made in his honor. Zimbelman was nominated for the award by fellow Odessa veteran John Hardt.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 when founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. The first quilt was awarded that November at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to a young soldier from Minnesota who had lost his leg in Iraq. From Catherine Roberts’ home in Seaford, Del., the Quilts of Valor movement spread across the nation and beyond through the power of word-of-mouth and the Internet.

This year’s featured quilter at the Odessa quilt show was Judy Main, as reported in last week’s issue of The Record. She and her husband Gerald Main and friend Judy Lyon started a Quilt of Valor group in the Tri-Cities and brought the organization to the attention of Odessa’s quilters. Tri-Cities veterans John Cole and Mick Hemphill presented the quilt to Zimbelman.

Old Town Hall sale

The members of the Old Town Hall Rejuvenation Society and the Odessa Historical Society were pleased and surprised beyond their wildest dreams, according to Lise Ott, a member of both organizations, with the proceeds from this year’s vintage sale at the Old Town Hall. Several large pieces of furniture, some of them in very lightly used condition, were snapped up by eager buyers who lined up outside the doors prior to the 9 a.m. opening. Other items also continued to sell briskly, and the fund for restoration of the historic building grew by more than $5,000 after the two-day sale.

Community members donated many items, as did the historical society board, which used the opportunity to create more space within its own crowded museum buildings.


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