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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 Americans.

"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: www.annualcreditreport.com.

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,

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Children are being encouraged to attend the parties in their pajamas and enjoy a fun-filled hour featuring games, crafts, treats and a special surprise.

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 club member.

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.

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