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G'view man graduates State Patrol basic training

OLYMPIA - Sergio Cervantes of Grandview is one of 43 new state troopers graduating today, Nov. 1, from the State Patrol's 1,000-hour basic training program.

Cervantes, who will be assigned to serve in Seattle, and the other graduates participated in a ceremony held in the State Capitol rotunda in Olympia.

Featured speakers includes Governor Christine Gregoire and State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste.

Wednesday’s ceremony represents the 93rd Washington State Patrol training class to graduate from the program. During the ceremony, Chief Justice Gerry Alexanders administered the oath of office for each of the graduates.

Sunnyside church to host mini-conference for women

Trinity Baptist Church in Sunnyside will host a non-denominational Women of Faith Mini-Conference on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The conference, Contagious Joy, will begin at 9 a.m., with an expected closing time of 4:30 p.m.

The DVD program will include Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, Thelma Wells and Anita Renfroe.

Lunch will be served at a cost of $10. A love offering will also be taken.

Those who plan to attend should leave a message at 837-7922, giving the names of those attending.

Red Cross blood drawing Nov. 7

An American Red Cross blood drawing will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at Ninth Street and Edison Avenue in Sunnyside.

Anyone 17 years of age and older, who are in good health, are eligible to give blood. Walk-in donors are welcome, but waiting time can be reduced by telephoning 1-800-448-3543 for an appointment

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Sponsors for the Nov. 7 drawing will be the Nouvella Club. The drive is being organized by Marie Handy, Sunnyside's blood drawing chairman.

'Freeze Out' to benefit cancer patient

Sunnyside High School students are planning a 'Freeze Out' to benefit a cancer patient that formerly worked at the high school.

The students will camp out downtown for 24-hours and accept donations for the cancer patient in question.

According to Hannah Paulakis, the cancer patient used to work in the high school cafeteria. "And because we're students at the high school, we thought we could benefit her in this way," Paulakis said.

The event will take place at the gazebo downtown and will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 until 8 a.m. the next morning.

The students will be accepting non-perishable food donations, as well as monetary donations.

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