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Christmas in the Valley featuring the Lighted Farm Implement Parade

November 27, 2012 • Daily Sun News • Sunnyside, Washington

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One man’s vision for Sunnyside now a nationally recognized event

By Jennie McGhan

Bob Hadeen was a visionary, if anyone in the community of Sunnyside ever was. He is the man who developed the idea of decorating farm equipment with Christmas lights and parading them through town. That idea was first developed in 1989. The idea bloomed and Sunnyside will next year (2013) celebrate the 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which was originally christened the Country Christmas Parade. Sharon Kilian has been given the unofficial title of Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade historian. She said Hadeen gathered some farmers in a meeting and suggested they could start a parade using lighted farm implements. “He explained he would like for Sunnyside to have a parade, featuring farm implements lit for the holidays,” said Kilian, stating farm implements are a symbol of the agricultural community that is Sunnyside. Hadeen, she said, believed there would be just a few tractors and other farm implements entered into the parade in 1989. However, he didn’t know the idea would catch like wildfire. There were 35 entries that first year. Among the first entries was the 1910 Avery steam tractor owned by Pasco’s Paul and Sharon Lawson. That tractor was entered in the parade each year during the first two decades, but it became too expensive to operate, according to Kilian. She said her husband Ervin and his brothers were among the first entrants in the parade, as well. The Kilian brothers owned one of the Yakima Valley’s first grape harvesters and entered it in the parade back in 1989. “I have pictures from each year…when you finish decorating for the parade, you want to document the achievement,” said Mrs. Kilian. “Because of its popularity, Sunnyside’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade draws more than 25,000 visitors to the community each year,” said Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Director Pam Turner. She said those visitors shop, eat and sleep in Sunnyside. “It’s a great opportunity for local businesses to grab a hold of that customer base,” said Turner.

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Sunnyside’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade is the first of its kind. Other communities have taken the idea and sponsored similar parades, but Sunnyside residents are proud that the tradition began here. “Visitors are exposed to the agricultural community and what Sunnyside has to offer,” said Turner, stating the exposure has garnered national attention. Kilian said the recognition is good for the community. There was a crew from a national cable television channel here just a few years ago, filming the event for its viewers. The event has also been featured in magazines like Country Woman, as well. Yakima followed Sunnyside’s example and is one of several cities now featuring a parade like the one Sunnyside features each December. “At first we were upset they decided to have one, but ours is still recognized as the first of its kind,” said Kilian. Turner said, “The parade’s uniqueness is what I believe most attracts people.” Killian agreed, stating Sunnyside residents and people from across the nation gather along the sidewalks of the community each December to view the premier event. “It wouldn’t be possible without the community’s support,” said Kilian. She said community members have embraced the parade and have spread the word to those living outside Sunnyside. That support developed a greater interest, resulting in tour buses and RVs rolling into town each year specifically for the event. Turner said, “Visitors are often in awe… there are no words to describe how amazing it can be because words don’t give it justice.” Kilian agrees, stating she believes Hadeen’s vision has developed into something the entire community can be proud of. The first-ever Country Christmas Parade was also an opportunity to show appreciation to community members who have made a difference in the community. That opportunity was afforded to Herm, Sharon and Jon TeVelde, who served as grand marshals. The parade in 1989 was followed by a community Christmas decoration lighting ceremony at South Sixth Street and East see “One man’s vision” next page

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Sunnyside’s Michael, Mischa and Kathy Willis (L-R) put the final touches on St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish’s 1989 parade entry.

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Edison Avenue, and a food drive sponsored by the Uptown Sunnyside Association that took place at the same time. Now, community members and visitors have the opportunity to support local community organizations and school programs before and during the parade. The Lower Valley Soroptimist Club organizes its annual Merry Makings event at the Mid Valley Mall, the Kiwanians annually provide a pancake feed, Sunnyside firefighters serve chili and local Boy Scouts have organized the annual 1-mile Jingle Bell Fun Run event. “All those opportunities are just an example of how the Lighted Farm Implement Parade gets better over the years…it’s something we can all get behind, something we can be proud of,” said Turner. This year’s annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JMcGhan@DailySunNews.com

Sunnyside’s annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade has attracted national attention and has been featured in magazines, as well as on national television. Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News

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Sharon Kilian displays photographs of the many Lighted Farm Implement Parade entries featured by the Kilian brothers throughout the years. The Kilian brothers have entered a farm implement in each parade since the first-ever Country Christmas Parade in 1989.

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In July, the chosen Storytellers traveled to Tuscany to meet and experience the people and place behind the 50-year-old wine cooperative that produces DaVinci’s wines. From the winery’s hometown of Vinci (birthplace of Leonardo) to the storybook hillside town of Montalcino—and every sun-dappled vineyard in between—the journey offered the Storytellers no shortage of culinary inspiration. Selected as the “Culinary Arts” Storyteller, food blogger Cathi Iannone of The Brooklyn Regazza was inspired to create an array of mouthwatering Tuscan-inspired dishes. From her crowd-pleasing Chianti Balsamic Chicken to palate-cleansing Sorbetto di Melone, Iannone’s recipes and wine pairings make for a delicious addition to any holiday gathering. For more authentic Italian recipes, wine pairing ideas, and to see all of this year’s Storyteller creations, follow DaVinci Wine on Facebook by visiting www.Facebook.com/ DaVinciWine.

4 chicken leg quarters, or breasts (with skins) ¼ cup flour 1 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 8 ounces porcini mushrooms 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 cup DaVinci Chianti Sea salt and cracked pepper Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large skillet, on medium-high heat, add the olive oil and butter, and brown the chicken (lightly floured, about 3 minutes on each side). Remove chicken from the pan. Add garlic, rosemary, and mushrooms and sauté about 5 minutes. Return chicken to the pan and add the vinegar and Chianti. Transfer pan to the oven to finish cooking and allow liquid to reduce by half and become syrupy. Serve with greens or arugula, and drizzle glaze over chicken and greens. Pair with a glass of DaVinci Chianti.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus are slated to make an appearance this year a few weeks before Christmas. The Sunnyside FFA chapter is hosting a ‘Cookies with Mrs. Claus’ event, Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Sunnyside High School commons area.

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On the night before Christmas stockings are hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas will soon be there. It’s the same each year, children patiently waiting, hoping they’re on the nice list, setting out their best cookies for Santa to enjoy while he goes from house to house, delivering each present with love and care. But through all the hype Santa Claus receives each Christmas Eve, it’s Mrs. Claus who must be the frosted, sweet glue that holds together the annual Christmas celebrations. This year, Sunnyside area children are invited to meet the woman behind the magical holiday. But not only will the children get to meet this bubbly, bright woman, they will also get to learn tricks of the trade to making and decorating the perfect Christmas cookie for Old Saint Nick. The Sunnyside High School commons area will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland, where area children can meet and greet Mrs. Claus, while helping her decorate cookies at the annual ‘Cookies with Mrs. Claus’ event. St. Nick will also make an appearance, scoping out the treats he has to look forward to this Christmas. The Sunnyside High School FFA chapter is hosting this event, on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will be held at the Sunnyside High School commons area from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and admission is free. The FFA chapter, however, is asking that participants donate at least one can of food. “We are going to donate all the food collected to the local food banks in Sunnyside,” FFA Adviser Ryan Kannely said. For more information or to volunteer to help with the event, contact Kannely at (509) 837-2601.

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that the user will be able to finish an entire sentence with just a few selected words. All three smart phones are impressive, with each one having an upside. If Samsung has its way, the smart phone world will actually be turned upside down with… - The Samsung LG Nexus 4 Galaxy Note II is billed as both a phone and as a tablet and debuted last month. The Galaxy Note II’s screen size is 5.5 inches, nearly half again more than the iPhone 5. It’s a bigger phone, some might say oversized, and carries a bigger price tag at $299 with a twoyear contract. The Galaxy Note II comes with a stylus, called an “S Pen,” that may take some getting used to for those accustomed to simply swiping their smart phone screen. Galaxy Note II Yet, it offers some multi-tasking options a typical smart phone can’t provide. That includes the ability to have a “dual view,” or bring up two working windows at the same time so the user doesn’t have to go back and forth between screens. But early reviews reflect the Samsung Galaxy Note II may not be for the casual smart phone user, with its larger size and heft compared to the latest trend in sleeker, lighter phones. CNET’s take on this brand new entry in the smart phone market hits the nail on the proverbial head: “Think of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 as a big phone rather than

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Tips to top off every holiday moment (Family Features) There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than by inviting friends and family into your home for good food and good fun. This year, surprise your special guests with festive treats and fun activities to keep them happy all season long. Try these ideas at your next holiday gathering: Host a holiday game night. From board games to puzzles, family and friends can reconnect over the holidays during a casual game or a game tournament. Take a break between rounds to whip up some delicious, simpleto-prepare treats like homemade ice cream sandwiches. Lay out a selection of cookies, ice cream and ice cream toppings and encourage participants to get creative. Vanilla ice cream with Smucker’s® Microwavable Hot Caramel

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Travel Channel filming local parade by Jennie McGhan

One of America’s favorite cable networks for all things travel will be in Sunnyside for the annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Director Pam Turner learned the exciting news on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and is excited that the nation will get to view Sunnyside during one of its best events of the year. The Travel Channel will be filming the parade for its view-

ing audience. It will be featured during a 2013 airing of “Cross Country Christmas” planned in time for the holiday season. Alek Compton of the Travel Channel said, “The premise for this show is finding places that do fun, wild or wacky things for Christmas all around America.” The Travel Channel is known for popular programs like “Best of the Road-America’s Best Small Towns Revealed”, “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain and “Man vs. Food.” Compton said, “We can’t wait to see what Sunnyside has in

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New twists on holiday food traditions (StatePoint) For many families, the best thing about the holidays isn’t the lavish gifts, it’s the traditions they have made together. And while old customs won’t fade, families across the country are spicing up their holiday celebrations with new traditions this year. Here are four ideas for new food traditions you can start this holiday season: n Serve food from other cultures:  Try adding a cultural dish to your holiday feast. Danish roast goose, Hungarian chicken paprikash, Jewish latkes, Irish oyster stew or Grecian leg of lamb are all traditional meals that could invigorate your holiday spread. For dessert, try Italian sweet cakes or Australian Pavlova, a meringue-like treat. n New take on an old favorite:  Lots of families have traditional holiday favorites that they break out once a year. For many, that dessert is the moist, sweet cake panettone. Bauducco Panettone is a ready to eat specialty cake loaded with a variety of raisins, candied fruits and chocolate chips. Extremely versatile, panettone can add a new twist to classic recipes. Some unique recipes include using panettone to make croutons for fresh arugula and roasted fruit salad or substituting Bauducco Panettone in a bread pudding with amaretto sauce. “Even for breakfast, its light texture and subtle sweetness make the cake perfect to pair with coffee or hot chocolate,” said Stefano Mozzi, General Manager at Bauducco Foods Inc. “It can even be used to make French toast and waffles.” For some delicious recipe ideas, visit www.bauducco.com/product/panettone. You can find Bauducco Panettone on store shelves this holiday season at WalMart, CVS, Walgreens and grocery stores, drug stores and mass market retailers nationwide. n Plan a cookie exchange: Have every-

one in your family bake one type of cookie and bring them to the festivities - one dozen cookies each for larger groups and two dozen for smaller ones. You’ll have a variety of delicious cookies for dessert, while only having to bake one type yourself. This is an easy and surefire way to please your family’s sweet tooth! n Cook with the kids: The days leading up to the holidays are a great time to bond with your kids. One of the best ways to do that is to get them involved in the cooking process. Have your children pick a few recipes they can help you with. Make extra for friends, neighbors and the less fortunate and deliver them with your kids to spread some good cheer. Try something new in the kitchen this holiday season. Sometimes the traditions you start on your own are the best of all.

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Great ways to keep kids reading over the holidays (StatePoint) While breaks from school should be fun, they don’t have to be breaks instructions with “Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook,” by Nicola Graimes. Or opt for a from learning. The down time of the holiday season is the perfect time of year to keep picture-book biography like, “Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child” by Jessie kids entertained with books. Hartland. And with recent adoption of the Common Core State Standards, which set expectations Don’t let “educational” and “boring” mean the same thing in your household. By for what students should be learning so they will be college and career ready, children of seeking out reading material that engages your children on their level on subjects that all ages will be expected to read more non-fiction. are meaningful to them, you can help them meet the Common Core State Standards, “As a parent, you can play an important role in helping your children meet the while having a very merry holiday season. Common Core State Standards while on break,” says Donna Elder, senior literacy specialist for the National Center for Family Literacy. “By using fiction and their interests as a springboard for informational reading, you can make this a fun experience.” Elder is providing reading ideas to feed your children’s interests. It’s all about offering them books on subjects in which you already know they are interested: n For example, if your child enjoyed “The Cricket in Times Square” by George Selden, you can help foster his or her interest in crickets with “Insectiopedia” by Douglas Florian, “Chirping Crickets” by Melvin Berger or “Crickets” by Cheryl Coughlan. n After reading “The Snow Child: A Russian Folktale” retold by Freya Littledale, follow up by encouraging your child to read about the science of weather with “The Kids’ Book of Weather Forecasting” by Mark Breen and Kathleen Friestad or “Weather” by Seymour Simon. n Teens who couldn’t put down “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins may be interested in learning more about the origins and history of real athletic competitions. Start with “The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games” by Allen Guttmann. Or entertain a newfound interest in the outdoors with “The Ultimate Survival Manual” by Rich Johnson or a field guides to birds.  FS 45 TRIMMER n Together, visit the non-profit website www.Wonderopolis.org, voted $ 95 one of TIME magazine’s 50 Top Websites of 2011. Wonderopolis is an effective way to teach nonfiction reading, which the Common Core State Standards identify as a critical skill. The site’s feature, “Wonder of the Day,” is aligned with these standards, examining a new topic daily. FS 45 TRIMMER Easy-to-use, n Is your child interested in baseball? From historical accounts like well-balanced trimmer BG 55 HANDHELD $ 95 “Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game” by George Vecsey to a $ 95 book that explains how bats are made, such as “Good Wood: The Story of Lightweight, reliable BLOWER the Baseball Bat,” by Stuart Miller, you can help kids score an academic and fast starting home run. Easy-to-use, Proven handheld blower Can use nylon line or STIHL n Inspire the inner-chef in your children and test their ability to follow ™ well-balanced trimmer

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(Family Features) Looking for some creative gift ideas for the kids on your holiday list? Why not give them gifts that encourage creativity? “Creativity in kids isn’t about being accomplished artists,” said Michelle Atkinson, Vice President, North America Marketing for Energizer. “It’s about expressing themselves in unique ways. It’s important to give them the power to create — and the holidays are the perfect opportunity to do just that.” Here are some great ideas for high tech gifts that will give your kids plenty of fun as they explore new ways to create. Digital Drawing n With the Crayola Digital Light Designer, kids make drawings from light (ages 6 to 15 years). They use a stylus to draw on the dome — and watch their images magically light up on a three-dimensional surface. They can add cool effects and animations, and personalize drawings and messages to display later. It also has a game and activity mode, which makes for hours of creative fun. Runs on four D alkaline batteries. Consider Energizer Max batteries with Power Seal Tech­nol­ogy, which hold their power for up to 10 years on shelf — and that give kids confidence they’ll have the power to create whenever they want. n Look for art games for their favorite gaming system. “Let’s Draw!” and “Art Academy” for Nintendo DS, or “uDraw” for Wii or Xbox 360 are fun choices, and they are rated E for Everyone. n Even younger kids can create colorful works of art with the Color Wonder LightUp Paint Palette from Crayola — without making a mess (ages 3 and up). The palette lights up to match the color of whatever paint they use. When they dip the brush in blue, it lights up blue. It comes with the Light-Up Palette, 20 sheets of color wonder paper, paintbrush, and 6 paint colors. Runs on three AA batteries. Photography Fun n The Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera from Fisher-Price (ages 3 to 7 years). There’s a rotating lens which swivels from front to back, making it easy for even the little ones to see what they’re shoot­ing. It has big buttons, child-friendly controls, andstoresupto1,000photos.Youcandownload stampers and special effects to edit their photos. It connects to your computer via USB port. Runs on four AA batteries. n For older kids, try the Discovery Night Vision Camcorder, from The Discovery Channel (ages 6 and up). A three megapixel video recorder and digital camera uses infrared technology to light up the night. It has a night vision sensor, LCD display, four photo resolutions, built-in microphone, AV output, and USB and AV connection cable. Memory card not included. Runs on four AA batteries. n Let them fly high with a Remote Control Heli­copter with Gyro and Video Recording from Syma Heli. It has a builtin camera with video recording and photo capabilities, a 512mb SD card, file transfer data cable and USB cable so they can download their images. Runs on 4 AA batteries. Music Makers n Kids can turn their room into a personal recording studio with the DJ Mix Station Mat from Smart Planet (ages 3 to 10 years). This playmat has a 24-key keyboard, 8 musical instruments, 4 drum sounds, and 2 scratch sound effects. It also has a built-in amplifier so they can ®

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play their favorite songs, and a microphone so they can play DJ. Runs on four AA batteries. n The Learning Tunes Karaoke from VTech lets kids sing to 15 fun songs (ages 3 to 6 years). It has letter songs, number songs and fun songs, a microphone, a voice changer with 5 different effects, and an LCD screen with a variety of facial expressions and animations that change as kids sing along. Runs on three AA batteries. n The Little Tikes Pop Tunes Guitar makes them feel like a rock star (ages 2 to 6 years). With preset tunes, a light-up pickguard and speaker cover, and a whammy bar that triggers three different sound effects, the jam session has endless possibilities for fun. Runs on three AA batteries.

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12 ounces low fat cream cheese 1 ½ cups fresh ricotta 2 tablespoons sugar 5 ounces chopped white chocolate, melted 1 large egg 2 egg whites 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract Preheat oven to 325°F and lightly spray a 10-inch spring form cake pan with vegetable oil. Using a mixer, beat together cream cheese, ricotta and sugar until soft. With the mixer set to low speed, beat remaining ingredients into mixture and mix until completely smooth. Pour cheesecake mixture into prepared cake pan and place in oven to bake until set, 30 minutes. Once done, remove from oven and allow cheesecake to cool completely before removing sides. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours to continue to set before serving. Tip: When serving, use a round mold to create individual portions, or cut slices and top each with mixed berries and a mint spring.

How to set a fantastic table for your holiday meals (Family Features) The holidays are about making memories with friends and family. When it’s your turn to host, you can set a truly memorable holiday table – without breaking the bank. Celebrity chef and event planner Travis London, of Healthy Chic Eats, shares three great ideas for creating fantastic holiday table settings and a great recipe: n Don’t be afraid to mix and match. It’s okay to mix patterns and textures because it adds another level of interest to the table. Mikasa offers many different dinnerware patterns that can be easily mixed with each other to create a great look. For example, start with red metallic chargers and add white Cameo Platinum dinner plates and festive salad plates such as Love Story Holiday. Or go for a fun, contemporary look by layering Christmas Cheers Dots and Christmas Candy Cane dishes. n Be creative with table decorations. Try using what you have in new ways. Fill a Pfaltzgraff Winterberry serving bowl with cranberries, or line a Winterberry platter with pretty votives and evergreen sprigs you snip from the back yard. n For an easy, long-lasting centerpiece use potted plants. Many supermarkets sell potted plants at great prices. Rosemary plants make a beautiful and fragrant addition to the holiday table. Try setting out two pots of rosemary wrapped in red foil, then put them on either side of a glass vase or jar filled with red ornaments. No matter how you dress your table for the holidays, the food is the real star of the show. This delicious cheesecake recipe from Travis will look good on any plate – and taste even better. For more entertaining tips and recipes, visit www.facebook.com/mikasadining.

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New tech twists on classic toys (StatePoint) Holiday gift trends are always evolving and this year, what’s old is new again, but now with a modern, tech twist. Every kid wants to have the coolest gift to show off to their friends at school. So get a head start on holiday gift buying before the most popular toys fly off the shelves. Here are some surefire hot sellers this holiday season: ABC’s Traditional ABC blocks have been around since the 1600s, so an upgrade is long overdue. The VTech Alphabet Activity Cube builds on this classic learning toy by adding an electronic learning component that’s super easy to use. The blocks can be stacked on the top of the cube or they can be inserted into the side slot so kids can learn more about each letter. The toy also features five piano keys, a number keypad and telephone. It’s a great way to make learning the alphabet fun! Learn more at http://vtechkids.com/ cube. 2-in-1 Fun For generations, children have simply loved toy cars and toy dinosaurs. This hasn’t changed, as one of the hottest gifts this holiday season is VTech’s Switch & Go Dinos, an interactive 2-in-1 play experience that brings together dinosaurs and vehicles. Switch & Go Dinos easily transform between a dinosaur and a vehicle in a few simple steps, coming equipped with an

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Four easy ways to support the troops during the holidays (StatePoint) Supporting the troops is an important thing to do - but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how. Here are four easy ways to thank those who keep us safe every single day -- even if you don’t personally know someone serving. And with the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time of year to do it, as many service men and women are away from family. Send A ‘Thank You’ Gift This holiday season, some retailers are making it easy to give a personal “thank you” directly to the men and women serving the country. For instance, national retailer, Things Remembered, is helping people -- even those on a budget -- send unique, personalized gifts to deployed service members. Things Remembered shoppers purchas-

ing gifts for deployed military personnel will receive 25 percent off and free shipping on any personalized gift sent to an APO/FPO address. The promotion will run through Nov. 20, giving plenty of opportunity to personally thank those protecting our nation in time for the holidays. Even shoppers who don’t personally know any deployed servicemen or women can show their support. All Things Remembered stores will be featuring local deployed military members to receive gifts from their hometown neighbors. Volunteer Your Time Former service members stateside should also be recognized. Show your appreciation for those who have helped protect our country by volunteering at your local Veterans Affairs hospital or nursing home this season, even

if only for a few hours. You are sure to meet some fascinating men and women and you’ll be bringing holiday cheer to those who may not have many visitors. Give Blood Giving blood through an organization like the American Red Cross can actually help troops hundreds and thousands of miles away. Military units may depend on rush shipments of blood during times of need, and maintaining an ample supply of all blood types is crucial. Host a blood drive at your workplace or community center, encouraging others to give the gift of life this holiday season. To find a blood drive or donation location near you, visit www.redcrossblood. org.

Be Vocal Encouraging others to remember our deployed troops is one of the most widereaching ways to support the active military during the holidays. By reminding neighbors that our men and women overseas may need a boost of holiday cheer, you could touch hundreds of service members’ lives this season. Talk to people, post on Facebook, send out Tweets or include a reminder in your holiday cards. Although the holidays can be a difficult time for deployed service members and their families, there are countless ways you can show your gratitude and appreciation this season. Whether it’s a personalized gift, visit to a veteran, or blood donation, you can give back to those who give so much to our country.

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The word in tech toys this year is tablets. And there are really only four big contenders for most consumers’ spending money. In the lead as far as media exposure and number of applications would be the Apple iPad (fourth generation) and the Apple iPad Mini. The Apple brand has a lot of name recognition and the products can be found in some local stores, but don’t expect to get the latest without call-

ing ahead. The downside to Apple is the price of the tablets, which run around $500 for the full size current generation iPad and $330 for the mini. see “Tablets” next page

The fourth generation Apple iPad and the iPad Mini have received the lion’s share of media attention for the 2012 holiday season.

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Craft ideas to transform your home for the holidays (StatePoint) This year, forego those store-bought plastic reindeers and craft your own holiday decor instead. Personalization adds a unique and elegant touch to your home. And with a little ingenuity, even items you’d normally throw away like candy wrappers and old magazines can be transformed into spectacular vases, holiday gifts and jewelry. “Grab a sheet of paper and hold it in your hands. Think of all the things you can do with it: crumple it, fold it, rip it, paint it, weave it, stitch it, tear paper into strips to make papier-mache or cut it into intricate designs. Each sheet of paper contains endless possibilities,” said Kayte Terry, visual merchandising manager for Anthropologie stores and author of “Paper Made,” a new crafting book full of project ideas made from every day materials. Here’s a project you can try at home, that just takes 10 steps. Terry is offering directions for a “Ring Around the Rosey Vase,” so you can plant your holly this year in a

vase made by you: 1. Use a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat to cut magazine pages into 600 1/4 inch strips. 2. Use cylindrical objects of different sizes as rolling instruments. Roll the strips around the object once, then brush glue on the next section of the strip and roll again. Dab glue at the end of the strip to seal the coil. 3. Brush each roll with decoupage medium and set aside to dry. 4. Trace the bottom of the jar onto the cardboard with pencil. Add 1 inch to the diameter, and use a craft knife to cut it out. Cut a magazine page in a circle 2 inches larger in diameter than the base. 5. Brush one side of the cardboard circle with white glue and center and press it facedown onto the magazine circle. Use the craft knife to cut slits 1 inch apart from the edge of the magazine circle to the edge of the cardboard circle. see “Craft ideas” next page

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How to save money this holiday shopping season (StatePoint) Saving money while holiday shopping may sound impossible, but you don’t need to be a Scrooge to budget. Through smart strategizing you can find the perfect gift for friends and family and keep your wallet intact. Here are some tips to give you a leg up on your New Year’s financial resolutions: Just Say No When it comes to purchasing warranties, there are times you can just say no. Refusing extended warranties doesn’t strip you of all protection. Reputable manufacturers will back products for three to six months and some credit cards extend or even double manufacturers’ warranties. If see “Save money” next page

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Running a close second as far as attention goes, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is much more affordable at $200 ($215 without advertisements) from Amazon. com directly, but suffers from a lack of applications to run on the machine. People with Amazon.com accounts can link with the tablet to stream movies or download ebooks. Microsoft has entered the tablet race with the Surface, which has the largest screen size (10.6 inches) and a cover that acts as a keyboard. The price is a major factor, though, running $500 for a basic machine without the keyboard cover. The Surface also suffers from being new to the field of tablets. Almost no applications are available for the machine, which means users will have less to work with as they try to use it. Purchasing it in time for

holiday gift giving may also be difficult, as it is not yet widely available. The final contender is more a philosophy than a particular brand, but a solid example of it is the Google Nexus 10. Coming out just in time for Christmas, the Nexus 10 represents tablets that run on the Android operating system. Android is open source, which allows for more (legal) hacking of the tablet, which in turn allows for advanced customization to fit a user’s needs and wants. Because of the open source nature, the application market is also robust, so users will be able to find a program for just about anything. The Nexus 10 will hit the pocketbook for about $400, and may also be difficult to find in time for gift giving. However, other Android tablets can be found cheaper, including the Nexus 7, which can be found

for half the price. Android devices are perfect for people who enjoy tinkering. ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email LGjovaag@DailySunNews.com

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Giving the gift of life and joy this holiday season Local families are preparing for the holiday season with festivities, cooking and of course, Christmas present shopping. But through the economic downturn, some families may not have the opportunity to continue their annual celebrations. This year, Catholic Family and Child Services is asking members of the community for help and support in two different

avenues. Catholic Family and Child Services identify its neediest families, who would be unable to have a holiday celebration with their limited resources, to people and organizations with more to give. After finding these families among the organization’s clients, a “wish list” is submitted to a sponsor.

Sponsors make these wish lists come true, and have the option to deliver directly to the family. In addition to that, local families are also invited to the Catholic Services annual holiday party. The party includes food, crafts and of course, gifts. Catholic Services is still on the lookout for individuals or organizations to spon-

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6. Brush edges of the magazine circle with glue and wrap each 1 inch tab around the edge of the cardboard circle. 7. Brush glue along the outer edge of the circle and attach a row of paper coils around the base. Vary the size of the coils, making sure that each coil’s edges touch the next. 8. Continue gluing the paper coils, stacking them in uneven rows. Every three rows, brush the inside and outside of the vase with decoupage medium and let dry. Leave more space between the coils as the rows stack higher. 9. Check the height of the vase by placing the jar inside it. Add paper coils until

they rise about 1” above the glass jar. 10. Remove the jar. Brush the inside and outside of the vase with decoupage medium and let dry completely before replacing the jar. You don’t need to spend a fortune on crafting supplies. By rescuing materials from your recycling bin, you can transform your home for the holidays with unique colorful objects. Transform found materials in your home like old magazines and wrappers into decorative objects.

sor needy families or to provide gifts for the annual holiday party. For more information about these local programs, contact Britt Davis at bdavis@ ccyakima.org or (509) 545-6145. In addition to helping a neighbor in need, Christmas time may be even more devastating to someone across the globe. This holiday season someone may need to stay in a shelter or need comfort while deployed overseas. Some folks around the world may also be permitted a few more years of life with just one vaccination. The American Red Cross is inviting locals to dig deep into their pocketbooks for someone in need during the holiday season. This year those wanting to give out of the goodness of their hearts can log on to https://american.redcross.org and purchase an emergency shelter kit for one person, which includes three meals, two blankets and cot to sleep in. Vaccinations and military comfort kits are also among the many items available for someone in need. For more information, or to purchase a gift, visit www.redcross.org/gifts.

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you do purchase a warranty, be sure the terms are worth the cost. Avoid Layaway Layaway may sound great, but without discipline, it can be costly. If you’re using a credit card to make small payments on your layaway purchase, and you don’t pay your balance in full, you may ultimately pay both a layaway fee and interest on your credit card. And if you cancel the purchase, you could pay an additional fee too. Stick to buying what you can afford today. Manage Your Money If you have trouble sticking to your shopping budget, consider using tools to help keep you honest. Traditional financial software programs, which help you set budgets and manage money, are now providing access from mobile devices. For example, Quicken 2013’s free iPhone, iPad and Android apps allow you to securely manage your money, view up-to-date information about your accounts and check your budgets, encouraging you to make sound financial decisions in real-time. “Consumers who go into debt from holiday shopping often do so because they are unaware of what they have in their bank accounts and are spending unmindfully,” warns Aaron Patzer, VP of Innovation at Intuit. “Tracking your budgets and spending as you go will help you stay on track.” Know the Refund Policy Not all stores offer refunds for returned

items. When buying gifts, make sure you know a store’s policy before your purchase. Ask for a gift receipt so your friends and family can make exchanges or get refunds if necessary. Use Gift Cards Retailers must now honor gift cards for five years from the date of issue. So find those old gift cards, and use them toward your gift purchases, even if they have “expired.” The company can send you a new card or issue the remaining balance in cash. DIY Showing your friends and family you care

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Gift ideas for kids to give (StatePoint) Between family, friends, coaches and teachers, some children give as many holiday presents as they receive. Helping your child pick out great gifts can be tricky and often times, impersonal. This year, encourage your child’s creativity with easy kids’ crafts they’ll give as gifts. Do-it-yourself handmade gifts are a growing trend, thanks to the popularity of sites like Etsy and Pinterest. “Unlike a store-bought present, a handmade present is a personalized treasure made by you!” says Meg Survil, general manager of the brand MakIt, which preserves children’s artwork on objects like plates and bowls. Here are a few suggestions for thoughtful gifts kids can give this holiday: Scrapbook Scrapbooks are a great way for children to show their appreciation for friends and siblings. They can create an interactive stroll down memory lane with pictures, cards and other mementos. Include shared interests and pictures of both the child and gift recipient together to truly personalize the present. Art and Photo Projects Immortalizing your child’s artwork or an adorable photograph is a perfect keepsake from your child. For example, MakIt will embed your drawing or photo into everyday items such as plates and travel tumblers you can enjoy daily. The products are nontoxic, BPA-free and made in the USA. Dishwashersafe, they are also break-resistant, so they can last forever. And don`t forget Fido! You can create gifts for your pets and from your pets as

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