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Lions Club to hold district conference

YAKIMA - More than 300 Lions Club members in District F, which stretches from Ellensburg to Kooskia, Idaho, will meet today (Friday) and Saturday at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Yakima.

This year's theme is "Something to Crow About," and will feature seminars on several topics, including Medicare Part D, identity theft, scrap booking and fishing lures.

For more information contact conference co-chairman Marty Close at (509) 949-9848 or Paul Kauzlarich at (509) 949-9704.

Sunnyside Garden Club to meet

The Sunnyside Garden Club will hold its next meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, at the meeting room at Food Pavilion. The hostess will be Elaine Tucker.

The group will have a report on the Central District Board meeting which will be held the day before.

Tucker will have a floral design to share, and club member Harriet Dahl will be speaking on the objectives of artistic, horticulture and landscape design.

City-wide clean-up on tap in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview residents are encouraged to place unwanted items next to their garbage cans the week of April 17-21.

Public works crews will pick up the unwanted items with the regular garbage pick-up. A fee will be added to the customer's utility bill.

Appliances such as stoves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc. will cost $5 to remove. Residents will be charged $1 to remove passenger car tires, while truck tires incur a $5 fee. No other car parts will be accepted.

Hazardous items such as paint, poisons or aerosols will not be accepted.

Car crash sends three to hospital

MABTON - Three people were taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital after the car they were riding in careened off Sunnyside-Mabton Highway near milepost 11 and struck a telephone pole and came to a stop in a vineyard just after 4 p.m. Thursday, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The car, a 1991 Volkswagen Passat, was totaled in the crash. The driver, a 19-year-old female, was not wearing her seatbelt at the time. The car's two passengers, an 18-year-old female and a 23-year-old male, were both wearing their seatbelts.

The cause of the crash hasn't been determined, but the driver will likely face vehicular assault charges in connection with the crash, according to the WSP. Alcohol was involved in the crash.

Hastings calls for USDA asparagus purchase

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Doc Hastings and Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra have led a bipartisan coalition of Washington, Oregon and Michigan lawmakers asking U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Michael Johanns to make a bonus purchase of asparagus for the nation's federal nutrition programs.

Hastings said he made the request because it will help stabilize the market and assist growers who compete with Peruvian growers.

American farmers compete at a disadvantage in the domestic market due to increased asparagus imports from Peru.

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