Council reschedules Oct. 22 meeting

MABTON – The Oct. 22 meeting of the Mabton City Council has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The change, approved during this past Tuesday night’s council meeting, was made in order to allow Mabton Mayor Vera Zavala, Councilman Mario Martinez and Mabton City Clerk Ret Stewart to attend a three-day meeting in Wenatchee in order to meet state loan and granting agencies officials.

Quilters to meet in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Horizon Quilters Unlimited of Yakima Valley will meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Immanuel Lutheran Church hall, 300 S. Euclid Rd., in Grandview.

The meeting starts with a social hour at 9 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

During the meeting the free pattern of the month will be given out, plus there will be a show and tell.

The meeting will include sharing by Dorothy Bryan, Donna Gamble, Irene Luther and Mary Danson concerning tips for sewing quarter inches, points and other quilting problems.

The meeting will conclude with a potluck lunch.

Town hall for employees at Hanford site

RICHLAND – A total of eight town hall meetings will be held next month for current and former workers at the Hanford nuclear plant.

The group Cold War Patriots is holding the meetings, four of which will be held in Richland.

Current and former Hanford and PNNL employees will learn if they qualify for up to $400,000 in benefits through an occupational illness program for energy employees. Also at the town hall meetings, attendees will learn about no-cost medical benefit options and how to apply for benefits stemming from medical conditions and impairment re-evaluation.

The Richland town hall sessions will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 7 and 8, at the Red Lion Hotel Hanford House in Richland at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The hotel is located at 802 George Washington Way.

Other meeting locations will be the Red Lion in Spokane on Oct. 9 and at the Oxford Suites in Hermiston, Ore. on Oct. 10. Both locations will have town hall meetings at noon and 6 p.m.

For more information contact Cold War Patriots at 888-903-8988 or go online to

Credentials for trainee denied by state

Washington State Depart-ment of Health officials announced that chemical dependency professional trainee credentials have been denied to a Yakima County man, Jose Guadalupe Acevedo.

State officials say Acevedo, from 1996 to 2011, was convicted of seven gross misdemeanors.

Local seniors to hold yard sale fundraiser

Sunnyside’s senior citizens group is planning a yard sale fundraiser for Saturday, Oct. 5.

The yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sunnyside Senior Center (1400 Federal Way).

Local residents who would like to donate yard sale items for the fundraiser can drop off their donations at the senior center, or can call Gloria Alexander to arrange for the items to be picked up (837-8386).

S’side parade to air Dec. 15

Sunnyside’s annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade will be featured in a Travel Channel program called Xtreme Xmas on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

GOP club tabs new officers

The Sunnyside Republican Club recently held a reorganizational meeting and the following officers were elected:  president, Gene Bliesner; vice-president, LaDon Linde; secretary, Jerri Honeyford; treasurer, Walt Bell. 

Other board members are Keith Dorsey, Mike Wallace, Betty George, Bob Jones, Don Young, Herman teVelde, Ann Parlin, Mary Ann Bliesner, Jim Trull and Sue Hook.

The next club meeting will be Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 a.m. at the Sunny Spot restaurant. Featured speakers will be Steve Winfree and Mary Rita Rohde, who are vying for the same seat on the Sunnyside School Board.  The public is welcome to attend the no-host breakfast meeting.

Changes in adoption law

A new law will open access to original birth records for all Washington-born adult adoptees beginning next July. Birth parents who placed their child for adoption on or before Oct. 1, 1993 must notify state health officials if they want to remain anonymous.

Senate House Bill 1525 gives adult adoptees the chance to get information about their birth parents. Any birth parent can choose to share personal information or keep their identity confidential by filing a contact preference form with the state department of health. 

If they file a contact preference form, they must also provide information about their family’s medical history, regardless of whether they choose to disclose their identity.

Birth parents can file their contact preference form and medical history information now by downloading the forms on the state department of health website. If a birth parent doesn’t file a contact preference form, the adoptee will be able to get a copy of their original birth certificate.

Starting July 1, 2014, people 18 and older who were adopted on or before Oct. 1, 1993 will able to request their original birth certificate.


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