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‘Light up a Life’ service set for Jan. 6

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Lower Valley Hospice will host its 16th annual "Light up a Life" memorial service on Thursday, Jan. 6.

Unlike past years, the memorial service will not be held at the Hospice center. Instead, it will be held at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside (528 S. 8th St.). The 7 p.m. event, say organizers, is a service of remembrance, a celebration of family and an opportunity to honor loved ones.

Joel Stephens, executive director of Lower Valley Hospice, said he hopes local residents will make plans to join Hospice staff at the special candelight ceremony. He said special music and refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the service.

"Additionally, this will be our seventh year to offer luminaries," said Stephens. He explained luminaries are humble paper bags set aglow with a small votive candle. Each candle, said Stephens, represents the life or memory of someone special, "...someone who is very close to your heart." Each luminary will have the name of the person to whom the dedication is made. Those wishing to order a luminary may do so for a suggested donation of $10.

Driver’s licensing office to be closed Christmas Eve

The Sunnyside driver's licensing office will be closed this Friday, Dec. 24, in observance of Christmas.

The office, located at the Mid Valley Mall, will reopen Monday, Dec. 27. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays.

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