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Pearl Hughes Guild to hold meeting Friday

The Pearl Hughes Guild of Seattle's Children's Hospital and Medical Center will hold its first meeting of the new club year this Friday, Sept. 16, at the Sunny Spot Restaurant in Sunnyside.

Guild members report that the Children's Hospital and Medical Center calendars are currently available at Neva's Beauty Shop and Scissor City Shop, as well as from all guild members. Proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit the Seattle hospital.

Mabel Hendricks will provide the hostess gift at Friday's meeting. The hostess gift program is yet another guild fund-raising project for the Seattle hospital.

Reflexology treatments free

PROSSER - The International School of Reflexology and Meridian Therapy, at its Prosser Westwind Martial Arts Studio campus, will offer free reflexology treatments Monday, Sept. 26.

Linda Mackey said she and nine of her students will be front and center at the studio (704 Sixth St.), making Lower Valley residents aware of "Reflexology Awareness Week," designated for Sept. 19-25.

Washington state law allows reflexologists to work on the feet, hands and ears of people without a massage license. Reflexologists believe in the theory that the body is reflected on the feet through a system of reflexes, and that the objective of the reflexologist is to stimulate those reflexes.

Lower Valley residents interested in taking advantage of the free 15-minute session on Sept. 26 are asked to call (509) 786-KICK or (509) 786-3419. Walk-ins, however, will be welcome that day from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and from 1 to 3:45 p.m.

County seeking members for board of equalization

YAKIMA - Yakima County commissioners are currently accepting applications to serve on the Yakima County Board of Equalization.

Those who are interested in serving on the board must meet several requirements. They must be residents of Yakima County, at least 18 years old, able to attend scheduled hearings and be able to attend state-mandated training within one year of appointment. Candidates may not hold an elected office or be employed by an elected official, and a knowledge of appraisal methods would be preferred.

The Board of Equalization is responsible for assuring that all real and personal property entered on the county's assessment roll is at true and fair market value. At a minimum, the board holds day-long hearings seven to 10 times a year. Board members receive a $70 per diem, plus expenses.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Yakima County commissioners office in the Yakima County Courthouse. To receive an application or for more information call the Yakima County Commissioners Office at 574-1500.

L&I proposes

3.8 percent raise in insurance rates

The Department of Labor and Industries is proposing increasing hourly workers compensation insurance rates by an average of 3.8 percent in 2006.

If adopted, say L&I officials, the higher premiums would cover anticipated increases in the cost of medical and wage replacement benefits paid to workers injured on the job.

One of five hearings around the state to take public comment on the proposed increase is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Red Lion Hotel Yakima Center. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

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