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As the granddaughter of tough Kansas stock, and a long line of farmers, dairy people and social worker type helpers, I was always proud to hear the story of my role model grandma, Laura Pearl, who not only received her teaching certificate following high school, but she went on, decades later to earn her LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) degree.

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In every town of our valley, city employee cubicles are bursting with white board numbers and excel sheet scenarios. Staff are vigilantly creating figures and values to accompany ideas and information for their department heads.

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Joanne Vining and Lois Chilton, along with the Ladies of Immanuel Church in Grandview, were spiritually guided to create a community project which would provide children or seniors traumatized from a horrific emergency requiring public safety response, the comfort and security of a handcrafted blanket.

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Discussing life with my 35-year-old Portland son, who was born with some type of fabulous wiring which compels him to call his mother every single day at 12:30 p.m., for 15, not 12 or 14 minutes, through college, through law school, during his study for the bar.

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A Roger Brooks video, detailing the strengths and the weaknesses of navigating Sunnyside, is the basis for a grassroots movement set to shake up our snoozing downtown area.

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I went to the Sort 4 the Cause to see what the western themed, two-man ranch sorting program was all about as hundreds of teams converged upon Sunnyside and raised a total of $72,000 to benefit three Yakima Valley charities.

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Sunnyside High School class of 2019 valedictorian speeches delivered by Annette Alcantar and Briteny Zhu during Friday night’s graduation ceremony featured compelling stories of how their parents’ inspired journeys and sacrifices provided them with the drive to succeed.

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Although I didn’t live in this state when our, now, Gov. Jay Inslee campaigned for the 4th Congressional District seat in 1992, the tales that have been told are many.

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The Cinco de Mayo weekend party of festivities was a family weekend of fun, and the warm color generated by our community reminds all of us that Mother’s Day is embraced on both Friday and Sunday, making the Lower Yakima Valley a special place.

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