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Soccer league sign-ups ongoing for local youths

The deadline to register for the Sunnyside Recreation Department youth soccer league is this Thursday, March 8.

The league is open to boys and girls from kindergarten age to sixth grade. Sign-up fees are set at $20 for youngsters who live within the city limits of Sunnyside, and $26 for all other children.

In addition to players, the local soccer league is in need of volunteer coaches. Those interested in serving as coaches are asked to contact the Sunnyside rec office (837-8660).

Switch to Daylight Saving Time

three weeks earlier

Starting this year, Daylight Saving Time has been changed from its traditional calendar dates to a start three weeks earlier—Sunday, March 11.

The change also includes finishing Daylight Saving Time one week later. Instead of ending the last Sunday before Halloween, Daylight Saving Time will remain in effect through Sunday, Nov. 4.

Daylight Saving Time is practiced in order to gain an extra hour of daylight during the early evenings, resulting in the conservation of energy by substituting natural sunlight for electrical lighting.

Daylight Saving Time first began in 1918 during World War I to allow for more evening light and save fuel for the war effort. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used off and on, with different start and end dates.

Miss Mabton candidates asked to attend meeting

MABTON – Candidates for the title of Miss Mabton 2007-08 are being asked to attend a meeting on Monday, March 19, at Mabton High School. Those young ladies who haven’t yet turned in their application form should bring the form with them to the 6 p.m. meeting.

The Mabton Lions Club is the official sponsor of this year’s Miss Mabton Pageant, to be held Friday, June 8, as part of the June 8-9 Mabton Community Days celebration.

Candidates for the title of Miss Mabton 2007-08 must currently be high school sophomores or juniors. Additional information about the pageant is available by contacting either Melodie Lopez (391-6034) or Connie Beaman (391-5879).

Dairy industry planning meeting set for March 13

Next Tuesday, March 13, all dairy industry members are invited to a planning meeting at the Sunny Spot restaurant in Sunnyside, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The discussion will center on the topics and speakers that will be selected for the fall Central Washington Dairy Management Conference.

Cattlemen to meet in Prosser Tuesday

PROSSER – The Benton County Cattleman’s Association monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, March 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Benton REA meeting room in Prosser.

Two guest speakers are scheduled to address the local cattlemen—Stewart Padelford and Jean Smith. Padelford, the ag issues class instructor at Prosser High School, will speak about the current issues facing agricultural producers. Smith, the Benton County Extension agent, will address the topic of cattle breeding.

The March 13 cattlemen’s meeting will also include a report on the recently concluded legislative days, as well as a discussion on the farm fair that is scheduled to be held at Pasco’s TRAC facility on March 27-28.

Granger woman perishes in

two-car crash

GRANGER – 60-year-old Shirley Strong of Granger died yesterday afternoon as the result of a two-vehicle collision at SR-223 and South Track Road, just east of Granger.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Strong was driving a 2001 Dodge Caravan westbound on South Track Road at about 5:10 p.m. Monday afternoon. State troopers report Strong stopped at the stop sign, but then pulled out into the intersection, failing to yield to an oncoming 1994 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 27-year-old Shannon Yallup of Wapato. The ensuing collision caused Strong’s vehicle to strike a utility pole.

Strong was declared dead at the scene. Troopers said she was not wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident.

Yallup apparently suffered no injuries as a result of the crash. Her Pontiac Grand Am sustained approximately $1,000 damage.

Grizzly football players meeting this Thursday

All students considering playing football for the Sunnyside High School Grizzlies this coming fall, and their parents, are asked to attend an organizational meeting scheduled for this coming Thursday, March 8.

The 7 p.m. meeting in the Sunnyside High School gym will be used to discuss spring practices, summer camp at Boise State University and the use of the high school weight room in the summer months.

All football players who will be freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in the fall of 2007 are asked to attend Thursday’s meeting. Attendance by their parents is also requested.

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