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Julia Hart

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Zillah plans old-fashioned holiday

Tree lighting Sunday at 4:15 p.m.

A long-standing event in the community takes place this Sunday in historic Krieger Park on First Street.

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Festival of Trees shared

Gala benefits hospital replacement

More than 100 people turned out to admire the 60-plus trees dressed in holiday finery at the annual Festival of Trees.

Facing all of life’s challenges

It takes just three seconds to call for help

She calls it her three-second rule.

American Legion to observe Pearl Harbor Day

World War II and 9-11 heroes honored

American Legion Post No. 73 will host its annual Pearl Harbor Day Service at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 7. The observance will take place at Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza on South Ninth Street.

From welder to metal artist

Mabton man works full-time at his art

After 16 years of working as a welder, James Appling, 48, has found a new way to use his skill.

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Fresh or artificial

There are benefits to both types of trees

For people with allergies, the scent of evergreen trees can be a problem.

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Brother-sister team open barber shop

Businesses asked to sign up for program

Octavio Ramos gave up being a barber for a short time to operate a family-owned grocery store.

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Historic city hall not safe, says mayor

Building closed, city services have moved

Ever-widening cracks in the foundation and throughout historic City Hall have rendered it unsafe for occupancy, says Mayor Mario Martinez.

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Penny drive adds to funding pool

Students empty their banks for new splash park venture

The children’s penny banks are empty, but all for a good cause. The Roosevelt Elementary School students launched a drive earlier this month in support of the community’s Splash Park.

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The winter air fills with song

The band rooms throughout the lower valley are echoing with the sounds of music, students learning songs of the holidays.

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Christmas magic looms

The countdown begins for the 29th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade weekend.

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Shooting the African wild

Couple’s winning bid takes them on trip of a lifetime

Witnessing two male lions fighting over a lioness in heat near the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa was about as up close and personal as anyone would want to be to the king of the jungle.

Couples that judge together, win together

Fujiuras named PNWBA ‘judges of the year’

Ray and Melba Fujiura have been feasting on barbecue since 2010 when they volunteered to be judges at the very first Skewered Apple barbecue contest held in Yakima.

Farming couple named parade marshals

He is a third-generation farmer, working the land his father settled at the end of East Alexander Road in the 1930s.

Thanksgiving attendance low

Visitors may have been watching the Apple Cup

The weather was fabulous for a weekend in wine country, and, according to local winery spokesmen, Friday was busy.

Black Friday attracts thrifty shoppers

Merchants say sales event sets stage for Christmas buying season

While a couple of local big box stores planned to be open Thursday afternoon as a harbinger of Black Friday sales, most shoppers waited until Friday morning to hit the shops for major discounts.

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Seniors give thanks

Center offers holiday meal, social setting

Settling in for an hour of socializing and playing silly games is a normal part of most People for People Meals on Wheels lunches at the senior center, at 812 Wallace Way.

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Peace destroyed following break-in

It’s been a week since Connie Fuller came home to find it had been violated.

Government, banks to close for Thanksgiving

Lots of people taking a break for America’s day of thanks

Up and down the lower valley with a few exceptions, most businesses and government offices will be closed.

It’s wine weekend in the valley

Do some shopping, relax and visit the local wineries

The weekend may be wet, but the snow-free mountain highways should bring lots of people to the enjoy the annual Thanksgiving in Wine Country which begins Friday.

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Black Friday top items may be electronic, again

The newspapers are full of the top door busters at any business hosting Black Friday sales, even those which open right after Thursday’s turkey dinner.

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From farmer to antique dealer

Hobby becomes career

Claiming to be a clean, respectable hoarder, John Dixon, with the aid of his wife Shelley, is now in the business of selling antiques at Fill’er Up Antiques and Collectibles, 1215 Meade Ave.

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Fair and Rodeo Foundation board scores another great night

Group collects $7,500 for 4-H kids

The dinner and entertainment in the form of a game called “heads or tails” kept the participants at the 10th annual Foundation for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo busy Thursday night.

Family plans benefit for sister

She began her battle with breast cancer five years ago, and it looked like it was gone.

Fundraiser aids student center

An event to support the Extra Mile Student Center will feature a variety of items for on the auction block from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the center, 300 W. Second St.

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Rotary funds support hungry

Since July, the Sunrise Food Bank on Ninth Street has served 488 household and distributed 1,752 food boxes, Food Bank Outreach coordinator Ken Trainor told the Noon Rotary Club members Monday.

Food drives underway locally

As so often happens near the holidays, area schools are now hosting food drives.

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Gift shop remodeled, hours expanded

The coffee is ready again at 7 a.m. weekday mornings at the PMH Medical Center’s Busy Bean Coffee Shop inside the front lobby at the hospital.

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Not your average fitness center

She has taken her desire to be healthy and fit to new heights as the owner of Las Lupita, a nutrition and fitness center at 304 Division St.

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Second Harvest gives away meals

Three events planned to feed indigent

Quail Lane, near the Northwest West Farm Credit offices, was lined with cars from Allen Road to Best Western Monday morning as people gathered for the promise of a free turkey.

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Local vendors offer tips for a perfect day

Planning ahead and sticking to a budget were the primary messages given to participants at the “Here Comes the Bride Bridal Workshop” on Sunday at the Aspire Center on Decatur Avenue.

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Man takes final ride in his trophy-winning lowrider

Family, friends lend a hand

For weeks, his outside travel has been limited daily visits to the Mt. Adams DaVita Dialysis Center and home.

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Area to observe Veterans Day

Activities to celebrate Veterans Day are planned from Zillah to Prosser on Saturday.

Foundation dinner offers surprises

Take a chance and win big at annual event

Bidding on the silent auction items or taking a chance during the live auction offers a lot of surprises and great adventures, claim Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Foundation Board members.

Mabton mayor trailing

Vazquez has a firm lead with 62.37 percent

The most hotly contested mayoral race in the Lower Yakima Valley appears to be going to the challenger, if last night’s early election results hold. Restaurant owner Laura Vazquez was well in front of incumbent Mayor Mario Martinez with 62.37 percent of the 93 votes counted, so far.

Queen honored for community service

Alysianna Aguirre, 5, has achieved a huge accomplishment for someone her age.

Celebrating with food

Second Harvest plans turkey day give-away

Second Harvest will distribute 2,500 holiday meal boxes for local families in time for Thanksgiving.

Relay for Life event back on

Cancer Fundraiser shortened to a mini-walk

Organizers are planning a modified mini-walk to be held from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 13, at the Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. First Street.

Prosser’s newest gift shop has city ties

The name and location has changed, and the mission has changed a bit, but the purpose is the same, say the leaders of Northwest Community Foundation.

Man to share coastal Mexican cuisine

Con Sabor open lunch, dinner

After months of speculation, concerning activities going on in the old Skippers Restaurant, Monday saw the official opening of Con Sabor a Mexico, 2150 Yakima Valley Highway.

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Landmark El Ranchito is back

New owner, new menu new look

Once a must stop for homemade barbacoa and all things authentically Mexican in the Yakima Valley, El Ranchito has been closed for more than 10 years.

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Drama club presents ‘Victoria’

Prosser play about unwilling math whiz

Prosser High School’s Hole in the Wall Theatre presents “Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen.”

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Kidney benefit to help local research, victims

Eagles adopt kidney disease as its cause

Rosa Solis has wanted to host a large benefit dinner at the local Eagles since joining the organization two years ago.

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‘The Bell’ is back

Taco Bell is back.

Math club brings home hardware

Since forming last year, the Sunnyside High School math club has been on a mission to collect top honors at each outing.

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Firefighters get SCBA training

Training begins tomorrow on the use of 103 state of the art self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units, thanks to a large federal grant awarded the Yakima County Fire District No. 5 in 2016.

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Grandview leader earns lifetime honors

Cus Arteaga honored by funding council

A man wearing two hats for his city has received recognition for his dedication.

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Bridal workshop planned

Learn how to plan a perfect wedding day

For more than 30 years, Irene Jochen of Fashion Corner has worked hard to build a name for her store as the place to shop when shopping for a wedding dress or other special occasion attire.

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Young volunteers clean up greenhouse at high school

Program helps teach citizenship

A group of young volunteers tackled weeds and debris surrounding Sunnyside High School greenhouse last week, under the direction of Partida Strong Scholarship program leadership.

Clearing the path for further physicians

New programs help students change majors to medicine

The need for more doctors is being felt all over the county and helping to clear the path for potential medical persons is the Masters of Arts Medical Sciences program being offered at Heritage University in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest University.