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A Great Getaway? Stay Right Here — Dave’s Diary

It’s summertime and the living is, well in the top 10 percent as far as summer road trips are concerned. In fact, the folks at WalletHub say Washington is the fifth-best vacation state based on a formula including driving costs, lodging prices, traffic safety, weather and, of course, fun attractions for everyone. Oregon came in at No. 1.

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Here Comes the Sun and the Accompanying Endorphin High! — Dave’s Diary

With a forecast in the mid-80s through the weekend and 92 by Monday -- the next few days are going to be great -- but will they be addictive? Turns out that for some people they just might be.

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Good Choice Ladies, Healthy Forum Ahead! — Dave’s Diary

Friday, June 13 becomes your lucky day when you attend a women’s health event with “the nutrition chick,” on hand to discuss hormones, nutrition, fitness and more.

Via Gibson has been in the health industry for 16 years and holds numerous health certifications

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Buckle Up/Cell Phone Down-Emphasis Results — Dave’s Diary

The results are in from the latest Yakima County emphasis patrol and a lot of us learned the hard way about the proper use of seat belts and the improper use of cellphones!

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Feed the Success Machine–Join Us for the Bite — Dave’s Diary

Run a restaurant?  Then you need to join us for the Bite of Yakima at the Arboretum on June 28th.  The Bite is designed to showcase the Yakima Valley’s food businesses through a fun, sampling event letting everyone know how just tasty your specialties are. We expect hundreds will attend and  each attendee will receive script for 5 free samples along with the opportunity to purchase further script throughout the day. 

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Wedding Month Whimsy – Bridal Traditions — Dave Ettl

June is “wedding month” or as father’s of the bride have been known to call it – financial Armageddon!  Who came up with the concept of the bride’s father paying for the wedding anyway?  That’s just one of many wedding rituals families will be pondering for the next 4 weeks. 

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Wagons Ho! Trips Planned to Research Yakima’s Plaza Idea — Dave’s Diary

Efforts are underway to vet out the concept of a downtown plaza as a public gathering place and more importantly, as an economic driver for downtown revitalization.

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Best Values For Your Honeymoon Dollar Found Here — Dave’s Diary

Here comes the bride, here comes the bride—more often than not in June.  The keeper of wedding stats shows 35% of weddings happen in early summer so a June Bride may not surprise you but where they should go for the best honeymoon value just might.

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Read This to Increase Your Chances of Getting the Job — Dave’s Diary

Can we at least take some things for granted when advising new job hunters? Perhaps not. High school and college grads, and job seekers fresh from the military, if you're looking for a job, you know you need to dress correctly for the interview, spiff up your resume and polish your interviewing skills at a minimum, right?

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The Bite Of Yakima Wants YOU — Dave’s Diary

This could be considered “misleading”.  Google search for “The Bite” and what you’ll get first is the synopsis of a 1989 movie about the aftermath of a radioactive snake bite:  After a young man is bitten on the hand by a radioactive snake, his hand changes into a lethal snake head, which attacks everyone he comes into contact with. Also, his body becomes filled with snakes. Now, he must prevent himself from hurting others.

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