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‘Treemendous’ day planned in G’view April 12

GRANDVIEW – Community residents are invited to help Grandview celebrate Arbor Day at a tree planting ceremony on Wednesday, April 12.

The ceremony will also mark the ninth consecutive year Grandview has been presented a Tree City USA Award.

The three Maple trees to be planted at Westside Park, across from McClure Elementary School, are being provided by the Wal-Mart corporation. The 1:30 p.m. tree planting will include the assistance of Mrs. Candanoza’s Grandview kindergarten class.

Traffic delays expected in G’view next week

GRANDVIEW – Next Monday and Tuesday, March 27-28, a work crew will be installing two manholes on West Fifth Street in Grandview, between Grandridge and South Division.

Motor vehicle traffic will be reduced to one lane to allow the contractor, Northwest Utilities, to complete the job in a timely manner.

The work on the project is expected to start at 8 a.m. each of the two days.

Historical society created in Valley

The Filipino American National Historical Society has certified a new chapter, the Yakama Valley chapter.

With a goal of collecting the documents and other media which are of historical importance for Central Washington Filipinos, 10 people organized the local chapter. Leading the effort, and named the initial administrator for the new chapter, is Rey Pascua of Sunnyside.

“This is an organization whose time has come,” said Pascua, a retired manager for the state of Washington and president of the Yakima Valley Filipino Community. “We need to collect the newspaper articles, personal memoirs, photos and even electronic media that records the people and places that tell the sage of Filipinos in the Valley.”

The Yakama Valley chapter is the 26

th

chapter in the U.S. certified by the Filipino American National Historical Society.

Pascua said the Yakima Valley has a dubious distinction in the history of Filipino-Americans. It was in Toppenish in 1927, he explained, that the first anti-Filipino riots in the U.S. occurred. Pascua said the anti-Filipino sentiment occurred because the aspirations of that generation of Filipinos was not understood and appreciated.

Filipino-American history began in 1918 with farm labor in rural Wapato. The formation of the Filipino Community of Yakima occurred in 1937, with Indian land being leased to Filipino Americans five years later.

WSU Extension offers master food preserver training

YAKIMA – WSU Extension is now taking applications for its master food preserver training, which begins April 11.

Those taking the educational course will learn the latest methods of preserving food, including dehydrating, freezing, canning, pickling, making fruit spreads, food safety and how to prevent food borne illness.

The course begins with an orientation on Tuesday, March 28. There will be six classes on consecutive Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning April 11.

The cost of the course is $45, with a commitment of 35 hours of volunteer service through the next several months, or $125 for those who choose not to volunteer.

Those interested in taking the training are asked to call the WSU Extension office (509-574-1600).

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