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Blood drawing

set for Aug. 31

An American Red Cross blood drawing will be held in Sunnyside Tuesday, Aug. 31.

The site of the drawing will be the United Methodist Church, at Ninth Street and Edison Avenue. Drawing hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m. All those 17 years of age or older and who are in good general health are eligible to donate blood.

Lower Valley commissioner

to speak Friday

Yakima County Commissioners Ron Gamache of Toppenish and Jesse Palacios of Grandview are scheduled to be in attendance at the Sunnyside Republican Club meeting this coming Friday, Aug. 27.

Gamache, who is currently seeking re-election to his county post, is penciled in Friday's guest speaker.

All Lower Valley residents are invited to attend the 7 a.m. breakfast meeting at Sunnyside's Sunny Spot Restaurant.

Support group meetings being held on Thursdays

GRANDVIEW - Support group meetings for caregivers of children with early attachment issues or fetal alcohol syndrome effects are now being held in Grandview on Thursday evenings.

Sponsored by the Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health agency, the 5 p.m. meetings will be held at the Family Resource Center in Grandview, located at 913 W. Second St.

Those wanting more information about the support group meetings are asked to call 882-8536.

Farm safety training videos available now

Eastern Washington University's center for farm health and safety has two farm safety training videos available for growers and others interested in helping to keep ag workers safe and healthy.

The two Spanish-language videos,with English sub-titles, were created out of a research project at EWU, funded in 1998 by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. The videos are each about 30 minutes in length and are available in either DVD or VHS format.

The subjects covered in the videos include pesticide safety and reducing musculosketetal injuries.

The videos are priced at $10 each, for copying and mailing.

"We hope growers, agencies and others utilize these videos to help educate agricultural workers on important safety practices," said Kathy Pitts, project coordinator.

"Although only 2 percent of the population in the nation raises the food that we consume, farming is still rated in the top three for on-the-job unintentional injuries," Pitts added.

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