Free credit report now available
As of this week, residents of Washington state can request a
free copy of their credit report.
Under terms of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which was
passed by Congress and signed into law last year, free reports will be phased
in during a nine-month period, beginning with those who live in the Western
states. By September 2005 free credit reports will be accessible to all
"I encourage everyone interested in learning about
their credit to take advantage of this opportunity," said U.S. Congressman
Doc Hastings (R-Pasco), who supported the new law.
"The ability to buy a home or car, secure a loan and
purchase insurance is impacted by the information in your credit report,"
Hastings continued. "Reviewing your credit report regularly will ensure
accuracy and help protect against identity theft."
Washington state residents interested in obtaining a free
credit report should call 1-877-322-8228 or go on-line via the Internet to:
Pajama parties planned locally
The Sunnyside, Mabton and Granger public libraries will host
pajama parties this month, where youngsters can participate in numerous fun
activities, including a reading in English and Spanish of the classic
children's Christmas story,
Children are being encouraged to attend the parties in their
pajamas and enjoy a fun-filled hour featuring games, crafts, treats and a
The local parties are planned in Mabton for Monday, Dec. 13,
from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; in Granger for Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m.;
and in Sunnyside for Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Sunnyside Port meeting canceled
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Port of Sunnyside
commissioners will not meet on Monday, Dec. 6, as originally planned.
Athletic club meets Monday
The Sunnyside Athletic Club is encouraging community
residents to attend its Monday, Dec. 6, meeting at the Sunny Spot Restaurant.
According to Karen Cullen, Monday's 6 p.m. meeting is open
to existing members, as well as those who might be interested in becoming a
Pioneer concerts on for next week
Pioneer Elementary School will host two winter concerts the
next two Tuesdays. Both are open to community residents, free of charge.
The first is scheduled for Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the
Pioneer gymnasium. School spokesman Sarah Cromwell said the school's second
graders will be featured on stage.
The second Pioneer concert, slated for Dec. 14, will be
performed by the fourth grade choir, "Smooth Groove." Cromwell said
the musical performance, entitled "Winter in America," will be
presented in the Pioneer Elementary School's fourth grade pod unit, beginning
at 6:30 p.m. Those who attend the Dec. 14 concert are asked to bring a canned
food, which in turn will be donated to local food banks.