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Originally published Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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Yakima butcher stays in business through hard work

Yakima butcher Fred Bucheli (boo-SHEL'-ee) won't give his exact age, saying only he's in his 80s. But he gladly says his shop, Matterhorn Meats and Sausage, has been around 46 years.

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YAKIMA, Wash. —

Yakima butcher Fred Bucheli (boo-SHEL'-ee) won't give his exact age, saying only he's in his 80s. But he gladly says his shop, Matterhorn Meats and Sausage, has been around 46 years.

He runs the shop by himself, lifting large sections of beef into the cooler or onto tables to butcher.

Bucheli is originally from Switzerland and was working in Canada when he was lured to Washington by the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. He later found work in Yakima and started his own business.

While large meat packers have forced many custom cutters out of business, Bucheli attracted customers with his selection of beef, pork, smoked ham and turkeys and homemade sausage.

Lately he's seen a resurgence in small farmers bringing in locally grown beef.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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