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Julia Hart

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‘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.

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Smooth as frosting

Life isn’t as easy as making a cake

When she first set out to make a cake, it didn’t turn out very well.

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Preserving summer’s heat

Prosser woman creates niche with spicy jams

Combining spicy and sweet flavors has become a calling for Maxine Mieirs.

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Prosser unveils statue honoring wine pioneer Walter Clore

Rotarians raised funds for 8-foot memorial

A legend in wine industry circles is now immortalized in bronze.

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Zombie Prom a hit

Being a teenager is hard and it is much harder if you are the new kid in school and you are different.

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Sense of duty runs deep for Grandview man

Vietnam veteran returns from memorial

When he left the farm to join the U.S. Army, he was 25 years old.

High Court justices retain bench seats

Three state Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, have retained their seats on the high court.

Dan Newhouse clear winner in House race

Former football player trails

In the Congressional campaign between two Republicans, it appears incumbent Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside will defeat Eltopia rancher Clint Didier.

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Rally earns $3,000 for service dog project

It was a combination sporting, a fitness and, most importantly, an event to help wounded soldiers.

Veterans Day programs vary

Veterans Day programs will vary by community on Friday, but all are designed to honor all men and women who have served in the military.

Schools honoring Yakima Valley veterans this week

Student-led events begin

Every single day, students at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School pause during their morning for a song, a scripture reading and a short prayer.

Community helping cancer patient

Fundraiser planned for Saturday

A fundraiser to help with medical expenses is just a part of the effort Prosser Eagles Aeries No. 2647 is undertaking Saturday.

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More than $20,000 raised for local fair and rodeo

Fundraiser marked event’s 90th year

By a show of hands, more than $11,800 was raised for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo bleachers last night.

Sheriff visits Sunnyside

From fighting in Desert Storm in the early 1990s to being elected Yakima County Sheriff, Brian Winter has had one goal: make deputies accountable.

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Halloween science made fun

Fake flesh made in laboratory

Ever wonder how to make scary Halloween special effects?

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Local couple honored for foster care dedication

The couple adopted three siblings

November is National Adoption Month, which is the perfect time for Rep. Dan Newhouse to honor a local couple for their outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues.

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Day of the Dead an art inspiration for Sunnyside native

Nov. 1 holiday appears in local woman’s work

The Day of the Dead, “Dia De Muertos,” on Nov. 1, inspires a Sunnyside native to create art.

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Women’s shelter part of $2 million project

Thanks to a new $2 million research project, local domestic violence advocate Elma Aguilar will soon have more money available to help her clients overcome homelessness.

Food bank announces needs

Organizers seeking local donations

The Sunrise Outreach Food Pantry is open Friday mornings in its new 529 S. Ninth St. location.

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Great pumpkin hunting spots

Searching for a great pumpkin?

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Time to rock out at the Princess

Trick-or-treat adult style is on the marquee at the Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave., as management presents its eighth annual Rocky Horror Picture Show event.

Church collects coats

About 50 coats already available

In an effort to raise awareness about the need for warm outerwear, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has launched a coat drive.

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Zillah actors present You Can’t Take It With You

Known for its high quality productions, the High School Z Center Stage Drama Department has announced its fall production of You Can’t Take It With You.

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Achieving the American dream

Speaker is<em>Spare Parts</em> inspiration

The polished young man speaking to local library patrons Wednesday afternoon, bears no resemblance to a 17-year-old Mexican kid illegally in the U.S.

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Scary sights on tap starting tomorrow

3,000 expected for Sunnyside’s trunk-or-treat

Thousands of miniature cartoon characters, super heroes and assorted witches and other scary figures will flood downtown Sunday night for the community trunk-or-treat celebration.

Veterans’ wreaths still available for purchase

The annual Wreaths Across America campaign is under way.

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Firemen seek help with coat drive

The professional firefighters in Local 3542 are again participating in Operation Warm.

VFW still in need after break-in

Officials establish fund account

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is asking for help in the wake of a break-in last week.

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Sewing for others makes her happy

A local woman has kept busy sewing since moving into the Sun Terrace Assisted Living and Retirement Center.

Darigold plant continues to grow

Expansion increasing productivity

Slices of fresh Darigold sharp white cheddar cheese were part of Tom Rouleau’s presentation yesterday to members of the Noon Rotary Club.

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Granger resident prepares for his seventh Boston run

Marathon Man

He has run 144 races, covering 45,000 miles since he took up long distance running in 1979.

Vote for your favorites in ‘Valley’s Finest’

Ballots due Oct. 31 in regional business survey

Where is the best place to get a great hamburger from Granger to Prosser?

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Curb appeal: Porches welcome families home

Seasonal pumpkin cabbage and kale combine to create a welcome salute to autumn.

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Get ready for ghouls, goblins

It’s Halloween time

This year’s Halloween activities offer a little something for everyone.

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Capitol line-up set

“Why drive all the way to Seattle when world class entertainment is only a 40-minute drive away?”