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by Lou posted May 19 2014 10:31AM
Baseball has a long and storied history in the Yakima Valley. As a kid growing up in Yakima I remember watching the Yakima Bears at Parker Field in the late 50's and 60's. Fast Pitch softball and American Legion baseball were also major fan attractions at Dunbar field at Larson Park.Beginning next month fans can again root for their home team the Yakima Pippins at YakIma County Stadium. The crack of the bat will soon be heard again...Play Ball.
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by Brian Stephenson posted May 15 2014 1:03PM


What side of the Gluten Free Debate are you on? I'm not sure - yet - but I think I'm heading toward conversion from being a gluten glutton to going gloriously gluten gnome-ore. (okay, that last effort to stick with the "g" thing I had going was a stretch) In January of this year, needing to lose over 100 lbs, I started to eat in a more "Paleo" way. Paleo is gluten free. Along with excercise, I began to lose some weight and surprisingly quickly, feel better. Within a couple of months I had lost 28 lbs. I've continued to hit the gym 5 days a week - but I have somewhat fallen off of my dilligence on Paleo - and therefore, my gluten-free diet. Well, I have noticed a tremendous difference -- as my weight loss has slowed - and I'm back to not feeling as well. The only thing I can attribute this to is -- getting older -- and what I'm eating/not eating.

Now, there's a whole lot of information out there and even more people who tout themselves as expert on the subject. All I know is - I started to feel great and lose weight almost effortlessly. I say almost because part of the deal was giving up beer and, well, that's not fair. But if the trade off is living longer and being healthier -- I think I'm going to jump back on the train.

There's an interesting article I just read from the Huffington Post.  A couple of paragraphs I thought simplified and summed up pretty well the whole "gluten free" issue:  

---- In general, there are two groups of people who are recommended to avoid gluten: people with celiac disease, who have an immune-system reaction to gluten,and people who are gluten-sensitive, who feel better after they cut gluten out of their diets, said Cynthia Wu, a clinical dietitian at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, barley and rye.

People who don't fall into either of these groups would probably not be advised to cut gluten out of their diet in pregnancy, because it is a very difficult diet to follow, Wu said. Gluten-free diets are not known to be risky in pregnancy, as long as women replace gluten-containing foods with healthy substitutes, such as rice-based products and sweet potatoes, Wu said.---


Have any thoughts on the subject? Success stories? Let me know.

Brian

 
by Tom Reddick posted May 14 2014 3:25PM
Kerri Kasem told CNN Tuesday. "If you see him, if you know his whereabouts, if you hear anything about him, please, call the police. ... This is terrible for his health. A man in his condition should not continually be moved. He's confused. He's probably very afraid, and he's not getting proper medical care."
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by Brian Stephenson posted May 6 2014 2:35PM

Lest you forget – Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11th. Now, I’m sure none of YOU would forget Mom on her special day – but you’d be surprised how many people do – at least until the last minute. A recent survey revealed that 74% of us – have no plans whatsoever for Mom – until a couple of days before Mother’s Day. Only 6% of the people surveyed have plans/reservations at least a week beforehand – while 13% just “wing-it” the day of. (I’m not sure what the other 7% do – but whatever it is – they better have a good excuse).


The survey also reported that while a vast majority of moms say “just being with family” is all they want for Mother’s Day – over half really expect something anyway. Now, that’s just common sense. So, it goes like this – mom says “oh, just being with you on Mother’s Day is all I could ever want” and you then need to say something like: “I know you’re so selfless and a great example of all the really groovy virtues – but it’s all the more reason I couldn’t resist at least getting you this lovely bouquet’……………….You get the idea. Whether it’s flowers or a gift certificate or candy or a heart-felt personally crafted Mother’s Day card – it’s what she expects – and she’ll love it.

Speaking personally, regarding those hand-crafted Mother’s Day cards – my mom apparently really liked those. Going through her personal things last year – I found one – from me – to her - circa 1970.  Funny, but I recall being a much better artist than I actually was. But she loved it and kept it for more than 43 years. She passed away less than a week following Mother’s Day last year – so this year will be my family’s first one without her.

So – my advice – plan a little something for mom this Sunday. She’ll know it’s because you care. Then give her an extra big hug -- because you can.

Brian
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by Brian Stephenson posted May 5 2014 12:39PM


Did you happen to catch any ot the Cinco de Mayo fun in downtown Yakima this weekend? My ventures into the heart of downtown and to the radio station were met with the resulting sights, sounds and smells of the celebration. It was great to see so many people packed into our downtown area, families enjoying the food, fun and demostrations. Prancing horses, parades, to live music and over 100 vendor booths. I hope it's an event which grows each year. Kudos to Yakima's finest for their work with traffic and crowd control.
by Brian Stephenson posted May 5 2014 11:37AM


Did you happen to catch any ot the Cinco de Mayo fun in downtown Yakima this weekend? My ventures into the heart of downtown and to the radio station were met with the resulting sights, sounds and smells of the celebration. It was great to see so many people packed into our downtown area, families enjoying the food, fun and demostrations. Prancing horses, parades, to live music and over 100 vendor booths. I hope it's an event which grows each year. Kudos to Yakima's finest for their work with traffic and crowd control.
by Lou Bartelli posted May 4 2014 9:10AM
Every day with you girl is sweeter than the day before. That's one of the lyrics in the Classic's four hit of the same name. Those are my sentiments as well as we celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday. My Wife Ellen has been the consummate Mother in the Bartelli household for 31 years. Ellen is an English Teacher at Davis High School in Yakima.
Ellen puts in a full day sometimes working up to 12 hours. When she gets home she is never too tired to fix dinner. That is just one of the many woderful things she does for us every day. Happy Mother's Day Ellen....every day with you girl is sweeter than the day before.
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