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Julia Hart

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Parks and rec launching a city co-ed softball league

Now that the Sunnyside municipal swimming program is ready to be wrapped up for another season, the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to launch a fall co-ed softball league, beginning Sept.15.

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Social media offers more educational opportunities

Can stress be a healthy thing?

It’s a fowl-ish situation

Buddy and I have been wondering about the fuss being made about allowing chicken farming inside the city limits.

Local farmer questions recent port property sale

Concerns about how the recent sale of 478 acres of Port of Sunnyside property was handled were brought to the attention of Port of Sunnyside commissioners Monday night.

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Photos from ‘Down Under’ entertain Noon Rotary members

Laser light shows flashing across the sails of the Sydney Opera House to convention meetings in the former Summer Olympics Park in New South Wales were among the highlights of this year’s Rotary International convention held in Australia’s largest city – Sydney.

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Local business hinges on the wings of a dove

On rare occasions, if you’re in the right place at the right time, you might catch a glimpse of white doves flying across the Sunnyside horizon. The graceful, sometimes darting birds aren’t airborne for long, as they have a short flight home.

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Support for FFA advisor battling cancer overwhelming

Teens’ lamb sells for $24,000 in Grandview livestock arena

One 140-lb. lamb was transformed into a beacon of hope when two Prosser High School FFA chapter members decided to sell the Suffolk cross at the Yakima Valley Fair livestock auction recently.

Bickleton High students now offered Running Start classes

There may only be about a half dozen or so students in the Bickleton School District interested in earning college credits while attending high school.

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Bound for Russia (again)

After spending one winter in Russia, Sunnyside’s Hannah Vlieger is on her way back to the country known for its sub-zero temperatures, and borscht.

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Christian club speaker now at peace with her life

Sometimes change is as simple as sitting in a different pew at church. But sometimes, change can be as life altering as the end of a 43-year marriage.

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New American Legion office in Sunnyside will be used to help process vets’ service claims

With the donation of a new computer, printer and office space, Sunnyside American Legion Post #73 is ready to begin processing local veterans’ service claims from a new downtown Sunnyside location.

Planning commission says no to chickens

Chickens expecting to find a home in Sunnyside will have to find a new place to roost, following action taken by the Sunnyside Planning Commission Tuesday night.

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Summer tips for maintaining healthy gardens and yards

PROSSER – The dog days of summer make it just too hot to go outside and care for the garden and lawn.

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Subs get $11 a day pay raise in Grandview School District

Substitute teachers working in Grandview School District classrooms will receive a pay raise this year, thanks to action taken by the Grandview School Board Monday night.

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Miss Sunnyside Court shares list of activities with Rotarians

As the end of their reign nears, the Miss Sunnyside Court is looking forward to packing away their tiaras and princess sashes.

Buddy may never get to meet his ‘public’

Last weekend Buddy nearly had to be sedated because he was so excited. He thought for sure I was going to let him attend the Sunnyside Lions Club 16th Street Flea Market and Community Yard Sale, held near our home on Saturday.

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New boutique caters to fashionable shoppers

A desire to offer Sunnyside women a different type of shopping experience has led Jessie Saldana to open her own dress boutique in downtown Sunnyside.

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‘Shopaholic’ loves job as buyer, shop manager

To say that Charlene Maling likes to shop is like saying the sky is blue.

Worried about aging

Do dogs and cats go senile?

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Chamber of commerce opens its doors to the community

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce threw open its doors Wednesday night to the community.

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Tour of Black Sea proves fascinating for local man

When Nick Friend first booked his cruise to Eastern Europe’s Black Sea, he thought he might see more of the Ukraine.

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Book signing for Grandview author on tap Aug. 8

Ruth A. Dirk has found a new passion to add to her love of books.

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Bickleton schools’ general fund budget totals $1.9 million

The Bickleton School Board has adopted a $3.3 million budget for the 2014-15 school year.

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City’s code enforcement officer isn’t always well received by folks

Being the code enforcement officer is the toughest job Jim Rivard has ever had.

Contemplating an insurance policy

Buddy and I received word late last week that my sister’s faithful Chihuahua, “Angel,” had been hit by a car and hadn’t survived.

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Grandview school directors OK request to put $1.6 million levy on November ballot

GRANDVIEW – After months of exploratory talks regarding the need and cost of a new Grandview High School sports complex, the Grandview School Board of Directors decided Monday night to go for it.

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‘Sheep in a Jeep’ headed to the fair

Taking a theme from one of her grandson Colby Castle’s favorite books, Martina Charvet created an adorable sheep to help promote the 2014 Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

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Democrats seek to bring new political blood to region

Seeking to change the way voters look at Central Washington politics are four candidates as vastly different as their ages.

Sunnyside couples share adventure to Amazon River with local Rotarians

Even in the dry season it rains a lot under the jungle canopy that lines the shoreline of the Amazon River.

Buddy is grounded until summer heat wave is over

Buddy and I have been having some very serious discussions about car rides these past few 90-degree days.

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World War II Navy veteran to lead city of Sunnyside’s annual Fourth of July Parade

Being chosen as the grand marshal for the Sunnyside Lions Club Independence Day Parade is both a shock and thrill for longtime Sunnyside resident Ralph Prescott.

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Rotarians tour site of $8.2 million upgrade

Every five to seven minutes a new load of compacting soil is dumped onto the future banks of the Port of Sunnyside’s newest lagoon.

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South American transplant likes community of Sunnyside

Customers entering Buena Vista, located at the corner of South Sixth Street and East Grant Avenue in Sunnyside, always receive a friendly greeting from store owner Nestor Gabino.

A service dog drop-out

My Buddy has been doing his best to find ways to become a service dog. But, I am afraid my little Yorkie pal is never ever going to make the cut.

Sunnyside United urged to take hard look at local e-cigarette sales

Like the cigarette advertising campaigns of the 1950s, the latest campaign to promote nicotine use is portraying the use of electronic cigarettes as sexy and liberating.

Local Rainier crop sustains some damage

Some cherry growers in the area were hit hard by rains over the weekend that resulted in bruised fruit and damaged trees.

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Use a little imagination for summer fun

The first day of summer is still a week away, but for Sunnyside School District kids, at least, summer began this past Wednesday.

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Sunnyside gardener takes pride in keeping his yard neat

Most people might not choose a color scheme of pink and bright orange as a landscape palette, but Sunnyside’s Dick Berk of Merrick Avenue has made the color combination work for him for years.

Promoting healthy life options is Sunnyside center’s goal

Convincing people to go in for cancer screenings is the biggest part of Nathanael Marchello’s job as a community health promoter for the Center for Community Health Promotions.

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Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo June 13-15

CLEVELAND – It’s time to make plans to attend the state’s oldest continuous running rodeo and community picnic.

We’re sending our boy home

Nine months ago my daughter Sarah announced on Facebook that she was going to give me another grandchild.

New roles for Grandview duo

They have worked side by side for the past nine years, he as the Grandview Compass High School’s administrator and she as the school’s business education instructor.

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Underground trenching leads to million-year-old find

When the Columbian mammoths roamed the Pacific Northwest more than 11,000 years ago, there were no hi-rises blocking the horizon.

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Former priest new community relations manager at Grandview’s Orchard House retirement center

Saying his current job is a different type of pastoring, Phil Cioppa of Sunnyside is excited about his work at Orchard House, a senior assisted living community in Grandview.

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One peg at a time

“Fifteen for two, and a run of three for three for a score of five” was just one way to count scores at the annual Washington Elementary School Cribbage Tournament held last Friday.

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Arts Commission tackles ‘Challenge Coin’ project

With a mission of actively encouraging programs for cultural enrichment in the community, the Sunnyside Arts Commission has selected one project it will give its immediate focus.

Design and promotions committees formed by Sunnyside Main Street project organizers

Sue Jetter of the Downtown Improvement Group shared good news with the Sunnyside Arts Commission last night that two of the initial four committees for the Sunnyside Main Street project have been formed.

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Old fire siren retired in style

The old Sunnyside Fire Department siren will now take its place as a memorial to its heyday.

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DIG Sunnyside...efforts underway to revitalize downtown

Looking at downtown Sunnyside today, it is hard to imagine main street bustling with retail shops and the sidewalks lined with a constant stream of shoppers.