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Julia Hart

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Handbook charts an exciting retirement

Deciding to take up writing as a hobby has quickly turned into an opportunity for a Granger man to explore his own approach to retirement.

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Turnout light for Homeless Connect event

Fewer participants visited yesterday’s Project Homeless Connect than last year’s event, a situation which can perhaps be blamed on the weather, organizers said.

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Students hear survival story

Speaker shares Holocaust escape

Doris Berg grew up listening to her parents tell stories of the old country.

Leaders meet to talk drugs, safety

Washington state’s legalization of marijuana has brought about new disturbing trends; area drug prevention program leaders said.

ShelterBox project helps in case of disaster

What if a small group could provide humanitarian relief to families displaced by disaster?

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Cemetery staff looking to help end hunger

Pantry committee unveils resource

Lower Valley Memorial Gardens staff is working to do its part to end hunger in the lower valley.

Fire officials announce 2017 honors

Morrow named volunteer firefighter of the year

The Fire Department’s 2017 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award goes to a woman.

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Women’s group aids Miss Sunnyside Court

Nouvella Club presents $350 to local court

It may come as a surprise to many, that the Miss Sunnyside Court does more than ride on floats and look pretty.

Snow impacting school schedules

In-service, summer eyed as make-up days

A longer school year and rescheduling professional development days are the result of a spate of snow days to start 2017.

Despite the weather, the show must go on

Rehearsals for a variety of theatrical productions are in full swing throughout the Lower Yakima Valley.

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Pet care important on these cold days

It’s cold outside so bring your pets indoors.

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Dinner with royalty aids travel fund

They traded tiaras and sashes for aprons and water pitchers for their first fundraiser of the season Friday night.

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New owners, venue for Zillah eatery

The Chophouse opens new music hall

The Chophouse at the Old Warehouse is a long name, but it’s part of an even bigger venture.

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There’s no business like snow business

Retailers hard-pressed to keep supplies in stock

Snow shovels are flying off the shelves at area stores at breakneck speed, leaving many shoppers empty-handed.

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Volunteers needed to help homeless

Annual survey is Jan. 25-26

The annual Point in Time Homeless survey and the Project Homeless Connect are Jan. 25 and 26 in Yakima and Sunnyside.

Snow cancels, delays MLK assemblies

Peace march set for Monday in Toppenish

Snow days and two-hour delays have left little time to work Martin Luther King Jr. assemblies and observances into schedules.

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What to do with a free snow day

With schools being canceled four times during the past two weeks, parents are challenged to find ways to keep children amused.

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Snow angels of a different sort

Shovel armed volunteers help each other

With snow piles blocking driveways in many area of the valley, seeing enterprising individuals out in the cold packing shovel is a sight for snow-blinded eyes.

Nashville music coming to Zillah night spot

The Chophouse, formerly known as The Old Warehouse Restaurant, 703 Railroad Ave. will bring Nashville on Jan. 28 to kick-off the opening of the small town restaurant.

Ministry seeking more volunteers

Compassion Now serving 500 people

A ministry to serve the poor is finding the need greater than its organizers suspected.

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Stay out of the cold, read a good book

It’s too cold to go outside.

Bring on Detroit

Area '12th Man' ready for Wildcard Weekend

The “Hawk house” will be lit up like Christmas when the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions face off Saturday in the opening round of NFL playoffs.

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Ag Expo begins today in Yakima

More than 500 exhibits are expected

The eighth annual Yakima Valley Ag Expo opened this morning and continues through tomorrow at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

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Visit a gallery for inspiration

New shows opening this month

What better way to start off the new year for inspiration than to visit local art galleries?

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A ‘Star Wars’ collection of memories

Woman honors daughter’s memory

Collections are created for all kinds of reasons.

Help available for families facing winter weather issues

Agencies ready with housing options

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinics, Northwest Community Action Center (NCAC) and Neighborhood Health Services are cooperating to house the homeless during the current bone-chilling weather.

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2017 New Year babies make debut

A local couple can claim the bragging rights to having the first baby of 2017 born in the Lower Yakima Valley.

How to survive cold weather conditions

Red Cross offers suggestions during outages

With the wind chill factor expected to remain in the sub-zero range, safety is a necessity when it comes to keeping warm.

Local girl wins trophies, prizes in pageants

The youngster competed in Las Vegas

Alysianna Aguirre, 5, participated in several pageants in recent weeks, her mother Janet Aguirre said.

Gunshot revelry strikes Mabton home

New year’s shooting hits window

New Year’s morning gunfire hit a local home.

New Year’s Eve... where’s the party?

If going out on New Year’s Eve is not really your thing, consider frequenting your favorite sports bar to watch the fourth-ranked University of Washington Huskies in the Peach Bowl Saturday as they face-off against top-ranked Alabama at noon.

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Area non-profits look to 2017

Organizations are beginning to see stabilization

After years of see-saw funding, officials with non-profit organizations said they are beginning to see stabilization in their ability to provide services.

Food banks still in need of donations

The holiday may be over, but the need for extra food hasn’t gone away among the needy in the Yakima Valley, as local food bank directors can attest.

Local author provides human interaction

Reading about the teaching profession often comes in the form of technical jargon that only the academics like to read.

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New club director has passion for children

The building at 823 Park Ave., is fairly humming with activity during the Christmas break.

New Year’s eve events happening Saturday night

Everything from board games to dancing

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated in all kinds of ways in the Lower Yakima Valley.

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Couple’s Christmas baby takes her time in arriving

Born at Sunnyside Community Hospital late in the evening, this year’s Christmas baby was in no hurry to make her appearance.

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Veterans wreaths finally arrive in Sunnyside

Evergreens laid at headstones of veterans

Ribbon-festooned evergreen wreaths may have arrived late, but the Wreaths Across America project is now complete in town.

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Keep families busy this winter

With winter officially here and Christmas over, it’s time to begin thinking about how to enjoy the coming weeks.

Easy Christmas feasting in your kitchen

The test kitchens at Pillsbury have done it again.

Area homeless to benefit from teenager’s effort

She has been working on her homeless project for several years.

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Entertaining last minute gift options

Trying to shop last minute for members of your family can be a head-scratching dilemma with Christmas less than two days away.

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Candlelight and caroling all part of holiday season

Local churches offer Christmas message

During the holiday season, families gather to observe candlelight and special Sunday morning services at their respective churches.

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Sunnyside groups rally around Toys for Tots

Churches, golfers, police unite in event

The police conference room, looked more like one of Santa’s workshop yesterday morning.

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Hit the road and enjoy the area’s Christmas light displays

Enjoy your neighbors' light shows

Nothing says the holidays like brightly lit yards filled with angels, Santa Claus, nativity scenes and snowmen.

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The Lower Yakima Valley pays its respects

Sunnyside delays wreath ceremony

Five hundred Lower Yakima Valley veterans had their graves honored Saturday during the annual Wreaths Across America event.

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No candy canes from this Santa

Handmade toys distributed Saturday

A lot of Santa Clauses are happy to listen to children’s Christmas wishes and send them on their way with a candy cane or a color book.

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Take a lighted tour around town

Suggestions sought for displays

Get your thermos of hot cocoa, blanket and meet friends and neighbors for a bus tour of Christmas light displays scattered throughout the community.

Wellness business incubator forming

Program to help long-haul truck drivers

A conversation with a former student has led a local business woman’s latest endeavor.

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Volunteers help Santa reach local families

Area groups are quickly turning into Santa’s helpers to provide a happier holiday for the less fortunate.