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Julia Hart

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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.

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Not all letters to Santa Claus ask for toys

Some children request needed necessities

Some letters stood out in stark contrast to the hundreds of others submitted to the annual Letters to Santa promotion at The Daily Sun.

Mascot inspires pet food drive

Pre-school collects pet supplies

It was a sad day for Mary Schlenker when her 12-year-old miniature schnauzer died.

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Being busy allows this man to be artistic

When he retired over a year ago, he knew he would need something to keep himself busy.

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Santa’s ready for canine close-ups

Proceeds to benefit local dog park

Playing Santa to area canines means being patient and not afraid of dogs.

God is her rope of protection

Adventures mixed with stories of faith

She used mountain climbing as the metaphor into her life’s story.

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Stage Review: Not your mama’s White Christmas

Last weekend to see stage version

If you can get the tickets, you really should go see Valley Theater Company’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

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Sunnyside woman recalls family and Pearl Harbor memories

She remembers everyone being home for dinner when word came that Pearl Harbor was been attacked.

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New Holland earns sweepstakes honors

With an estimated 50,000 lights just on the Burrows Tractor New Holland Harvester, a local dealership, took sweepstakes in Saturday night’s 28th annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

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Local man proposes at event

He kept a promise to his father and made one to his bride-to-be before thousands of people Saturday night.

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Bank joins regional coat drive

A coast drive for the homeless is under way at the local branch of Columbia Bank.

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Try this delicious candy dish

The perfect treat for the holidays or any special occasion can be found by purchasing a locally produced product, Chukar Cherries. Amaze your visitors with Cherry Bliss Bars.

‘Fa La La La’ – its school concert time

The sound of children singing carols around the holidays is sure to get even the meanest scrooge in the mode for the season.

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Mission to disciple new Christians

A Sunnyside native came to church Sunday dressed in Cambodia dress to plead her case for support of her international humanitarian mission.

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When ‘making do’ was the only option

Depression is Christmas open house theme

While leaders promised “a chicken in every pot” during the Great Depression of 1930s, not everyone had a pot.

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Holiday parade weekend

One of the most anticipated festivals weekend of the year approaches.

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Musicians celebrate ribbon festival

Music and dance were just some of the highlights at the Sunn Valley Music Teachers’ annual Ribbon Festival recently.

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Rotarians aid scouts’ need for a new track

The total cost for the new track is $1,600

Dakota Garcia is very serious when it comes to describing his Pinewood Derby cars.

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The Lower Yakima Valley’s Christmas tree quest begins

Thanksgiving is over.

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Santa Claus is back in town and ready for his close-up

Keep an eye out for sightings in the lower valley

It was Jaden Herrera’s first time seeing Santa but, unlike many young children his age, he wasn’t afraid of the man in red.

Linde leaves Miss Sunnyside court

Officials cite contract breach

There is a change on the Miss Sunnyside Court after one of its members resigned.

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Depot Square lighting Sunday

Festival marks official opening of Christmas

The bronze statue of Richard Gay located at the Prosser Train Depot will have company Sunday afternoon.

Wine fest starts Friday

Lower Yakima Valley wineries are preparing for the annual three-day festival known as Thanksgiving in Wine Country.

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Local food banks see spike in need during the holidays

Local food bank volunteers distributed 100 60-pound boxes of food for area residents yesterday.

Homeless Coalition committee to create local strategies

Cold nights and a lack of warm shelters in the Lower Valley were of huge interest for local homeless advocates.

Eat quick, Black Friday kicks off tomorrow

On-line specials available on Wednesday

Black Friday shopping, which used to wait until the day after Thanksgiving, is now bumping into the main event.

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Tiny chapel reclaimed

Ball Chapel ready for public use

An open house tonight at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens will show off the recently rediscovered little red brick chapel on the 7800 Van Belle Road property.

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Alvarez named parade marshal

Pepper farmer to lead Dec. 3 procession

A longtime pepper farmer will lead the 28th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.