Basin Briefs for Nov. 8, 2019

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Grant County PUD to sponsor food drive

EPHRATA — The Grant County PUD will be accepting donations of cans, boxes or bags of non-perishable food as part of its “Fill the Bucket” food drive Nov. 18 through 22. The food collected will be donated in turn to the Moses Lake food bank, which also distributes to other food banks around Grant County.

This is the second year for the “Fill the Bucket” campaign. “Thanks to a generous community, our first Fill-the-Bucket last year was a huge success,” according to a PUD press release. “Local food banks see plenty of need, especially during the holiday season and winter months. Your donation of non-perishable food items would be much appreciated.”

Five PUD offices will have donation boxes, and PUD employees will be soliciting donations of food at the Moses Lake Walmart Nov. 20. The Walmart food drive will be from 5 to 7 p.m.; the store is located at 1005 North Stratford Rd.

Donation boxes will be available at the PUD headquarters, 30 Southwest C St., Ephrata; Moses Lake, 312 West Third Ave.; Quincy, 27 Southwest B Street; Royal City, 505 Royal Road and the visitor's center at Wanapum Dam, 14352 Highway 243, Beverly.

Local Civil Air Patrol squadron seeking donations for Wreaths Across America

The Columbia Basin Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is gearing up for its annual participation in Wreaths Across America, in which the young cadets lay wreaths on the graves of the Basin's deceased veterans.

They hope to lay 2,500 wreaths this year, and to do that they're hoping to raise $38,000 with fundraisers across the county, starting this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ephrata Safeway.

Later fundraisers include Sportsman's Warehouse in Moses Lake, Nov. 16, and Walmart in Ephrata, Nov. 24, 29, 30 and Dec. 1, all of which are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donations can also be made online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/WA0026P or by contacting Squad Commander Karen Hildebrand at krhildebrand1@gmail.com or 509-793-4118.

The ceremonies themselves are planned for Dec. 14 in the Ephrata Cemetery at 10 a.m., as well as the Quincy Valley Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. The next day, Dec. 15, another ceremony will be held at the Soap Lake cemetery at 11 a.m. The squadron hopes to be able to hold another ceremony in the Guarding Angels Cemetery and the Moses Lake Cemetery, both in Moses Lake, but more volunteers are needed.

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