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Relief for 2004 rain-damaged

hay still available

Federal money is still available to hay farmers who sustained rain damage in 2004. The federal disaster program funded by Congress is designed to help farmers survive the financial hardships of crop damage due to extreme weather in 2004.

To qualify, rain damage to a farmer's hay must have occurred before it was baled last year. Qualifying farmers will receive relief in the form of $10 to $11 per ton of damaged hay.

Farmers should apply for the federal relief through their local Farm Service Agency office.

Other rain-damaged crops, such as tree fruit, may also be eligible for relief.

S’side Planned Parenthood offers free HIV testing

Monday, June 27, the Sunnyside Planned Parenthood office is offering free HIV testing. The free tests are being offered in accordance with National HIV Testing Day.

Appointments should be made beforehand by calling 1-800-230-PLAN.

In Washington state, the first AIDS case was diagnosed in 1982. A cumulative total of 11,056 AIDS cases have been reported in the state through April 2004. Of these, 5,961 are known dead. Through the same time period, 3,725 cases of HIV infection have been reported.

Planned Parenthood officials are encouraging everyone to be tested for HIV.

Chamber to host after-hours social Tuesday, June 28

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to attend the June business after-hours event that will be held at Sun Terrace Retirement & Assisted Living next Tuesday.

Chamber members, guests and the public are invited to become better acquainted with the Sun Terrace facility. The June 28 after-hours event will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Sun Terrace has also scheduled an open house for that day from 4 to 7 p.m. Visitors will be given a tour of the facility and offered information on the services provided by the Sunnyside assisted living center.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and Sun Terrace will be giving away door prizes for weekend getaways.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP (837-5939).

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