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Julia Hart

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Schools plan for safety week

Emergency drills planned with lights

If you see blue and green lights flashing at the high school next week, don’t be alarmed.

How the elders do fairy tales

After watching Sleeping Beauty in rehearsals recently, I realized how much I miss community musical theatre.

Do the time warp in Prosser

Despite its name, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not scary, just strange.

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Learn to sing barbershop style

Gretchen Lange of Grandview has been singing with the Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines for more than 15 years.

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Using small things to explain large issues

Idaho woman shares passion for dollhouses in her ministry

A dollhouse given as a birthday present launched a passion for miniatures that still resonates for an Idaho woman.

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Linde crowned Miss Yakima County

Yates selected county Outstanding Teen during Sunday pageant

Two Sunnyside girls were crowned with county-wide royalty titles Sunday during the Miss Yakima County Pageant at Davis High School.

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Finding their niche in market place

A recent retro-fit of the exterior at 1103 Yakima Valley Hwy. confused some customers of a popular carneceria. But not for long.

Grandview launches third drive

A drive is on to lay a holiday wreath for each the 475 veterans buried at the city cemetery.

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Maze boasts Seahawk and haunt

Attraction an annual harvest tradition

It’s not obvious to the naked eye, but the corn maze at 10 Harris Road is designed to resemble a giant Seattle Seahawks football team logo.

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Partida fundraiser planned at the maze

A scary fundraiser to create a scholarship in honor of the late Fidel Partida, Jr. of Sunnyside is planned at Curfman’s Massive Corn Maze.

Community musters aids for brothers

Two little boys with a deathly disease are the focus of a local humanitarian effort to help their parents with ever growing medical bills.

Columbus Day, or not, most will be working

Banks, library among few closures

Is Columbus Day a legal holiday?

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Take time to enjoy malts and brews

Sample beer, whiskey at the festival

Get ready to sample D’s Wicked Cider apple cider or a little Whitstran Brewery’s Highlander Ale at the third annual Prosser Beer and Whiskey Festival.

Fair foundation board on the move

Plans underway for next fundraiser

Plans are underway for next year’s Lower Valley Fair and Rodeo grounds at Country Park.

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DECA students host fall carnival

There was something for everyone at the second DECA Pancake Feed and Fall Harvest Festival Saturday.

Kubecca kicks off concert series

Season tickets to arrive before performance

The music of Kubecca will open the 2016-17 Lower Valley Community Association season.

More walls going up

Stones to be dedicated at 11 a.m. Oct. 1

Slowly but surely, the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza is becoming a destination for those wishing to honor veterans.

Co Dinn Cellars earns honors

Local wines in top 10

A 2013 Co Dinn Cellars Syrah numbers among the state’s top Syrah at the Seattle Met’s Top 100 Washington Wines of 2016.

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Granger man using social media to catch thieves

More than $7,000 in tools stolen Sunday

A local man is using social media in hopes of catching those who stole tools from his business.

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Sunnyside Family Medicine moves into new offices

There are still a few glitches to be worked out, but Sunnyside Family Medicine is now seeing patients in its new offices at 2214 E. Lincoln Ave.

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Local 4-H hoping for more blue ribbons

Diamond and Tanzanite are bathed and ready for their outing at the Central Washington State Fair.

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Travel agent turns author to help clients

Finally, a travel book of practical packing and safety advice for extended trips.

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‘Maybelle’ kicks off the fair

Get to the fair early for first day free entry

The ceremony surrounding the unveiling of Maybelle the Holstein in the Valley Building on Tuesday was the unofficial opening of the Central Washington State Fair, 1301 S. Fair Ave.

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Fall clothing trends lean toward casual wear

Plaids and stretchy fabric mean comfort

What is in for a fall fashion?

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Hot air balloons to fill Prosser skies

Festival starts with first flight Friday morning

Weather permitting, the 26th annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally will lift off early Friday morning for three days of ballooning.

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Local re-enlists for six more years

Sunnyside native Yeoman Abel Cardenas will sign papers Saturday to serve another six years in the U.S. Navy.

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Little girls sparkle in mini ‘miss’ event

Sporting their best smiles, 14 little girls ages 5 to 11 vied for the title of Little Miss Sunnyside on the Central Park Performing Arts Stage on Sunday.

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A glass of wine with a view

With a glass of chilled Kamiakin Rose in hand, a summer afternoon sitting under the trees at Dineen Vineyards is an experience not to be missed.

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O’Hallaran’s vehicle top winner at car show

A 1993 Ford 3-window coupe, owned by Gary O’Hallaran was the big winner at the Sunshine Days Car Show.

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Molly Marquez named Miss Sunnyside 2016-17

New royalty makes pageant history

Delight and amazement flashed across the face of the new Miss Sunnyside upon hearing her name called out Saturday as the 2016-17 title holder.

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A brother’s life-saving gift

Marine donates kidney for sister

She calls him an all-American hero. He says he is happy he could help.

Oregon speaker tells of loss, faith

It’s the kind of nightmare call no parent wants to receive.

From vet tech to welding wiz

When thinking about a career beyond high school, veterinary work sounds like a good idea.

Diverse line-up planned for state fair

Central Washington States Fair runs Sept. 23-Oct. 2

Valley residents can “Get Your Fair On” when the Central Washington State Fair opens at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 for a 10-day run.

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Elder thespians return to hometown

Sleeping Beauty on stage Oct. 8

The sets are nearly complete for the move to the Sunnyside High School auditorium stage Sunday.

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Sunnyside prepares for Sunshine Days

Twelve girls compete for royal positions

Sunshine Days weekend is approaching and with it comes a visit from the Seattle Seahawks’ SeaGals cheerleaders.

Pray for a cop program examined

A local branch of the national “Pray for a Cop” program will be explained at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the community center, 812 Wallace Way.

Massacre survivor celebrated 99th birthday

Pioneer boasts more than 130 grandchildren

She survived a massacre, worked the fields most of her life, and was a mother to 16 children, all born in the United States.

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Sunnyside prepares for 9/11

Austin Villanueva wasn’t even born when the terrorist bombings occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

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The Bard deserves his PG-13 rating

I have mixed feelings about recommending The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Revised to area theater-goers. I fear this is not a play for anyone under 15.

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Trophies and prizes awarded to top car entries

The birdhouse-style trophies were in keeping with being in the Bluebird capital of the world at the annual Bickleton Car Show and Flea market Saturday.

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Bloomerang Market opens Saturday

Anyone who loves repurposed items, antiques and other vintage items will want to attend the Fifth annual Bloomerang Vintage Market.

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Connell claims sweepstakes

Elise Murphey wins annual Valley’s Got Talent contest

It was a perfect weather for the thousands of people who turned out to watch the 75th annual States Day Parade.

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Grandview Lumber marks grand opening

Local company celebrates new location

Cliff Lewis has waited a long time to celebrate the grand opening of his expanded business.

Sunnyside schools have new teachers

District introduces 47 new hires

Last week, all of the School District’s new teachers were introduced during opening ceremonies at the high school auditorium.

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Granger man celebrates his father’s labors

Artist’s father worked in coal mines

Celebrating Labor Day is more than just a day off of work for retired writer and artist Guillermo Castaneda.

Menudo on tap for this Sunday

Valley has Labor Day options

The Lower Yakima Valley is filled with festivals and celebrations this Labor Day weekend.

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Circus runs in ringmaster’s DNA

Big top show opens tonight

Being a circus performer is an avocation dating back four generations in the Osorio family.

Chamber duo lead Sunshine Days Parade

In what many view as a herculean effort, two women made good on a backlog of Chamber of Commerce federal taxes this past year.

Worksource offering another option for employers

Local employers now have an additional option in their search for suitable employees – – a new service offered by the state’s WorkSource program.