Helicopter pilot uninjured in crash
PROSSER - 56-year-old George P. LeLoup avoided injury when
his helicopter crashed in a cherry orchard near Prosser this past Tuesday
According to Benton County Sheriff's Captain Charles
Kissler, LeLoup was drying a cherry crop with his helicopter near North
Hinzerling and McReadie roads at about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday. Kissler said the
helicopter's rotor struck a power line.
"The pilot was able to land the craft in the
orchard," said Kissler.
The power line that the helicopter's rotor struck was
knocked down, though. Several trees and the helicopter, itself, were also
Kissler said the FAA has been contacted and the federal
agency will be conducting a formal investigation.
The helicopter piloted by the British Columbia man is owned
by Eric Monson of Selah.
Dobson volunteers for Girls Nation event in D.C.
Andy Dobson of Sunnyside will serve as a volunteer during
the 58th annual session of Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. the week of July
Girls Nation is a hands-on government education program that
brings together some of the top female high school seniors in America. A total
of 96 girls from 48 states participate in the week-long citizenship program.
Dobson will be part of the government staff at Girls Nation.
The American Legion Auxiliary traditionally sponsors the
Girls Nation event.
Rail painting party set for June 19
Sunnyside residents are being invited to leave their mark on
the community two Saturdays from now, June 19.
Behind the efforts of Carol Stone, a rail painting party
will be held that day. Stone said all community residents are urged to take
part in the beautification effort.
Stone explained that in an effort to continue adding color
and beauty to the city, the guardrail near the railroad tracks at Central Park
will be painted with handprints of all the participants.
Local citizens, young and old alike, are asked to take part.
The June 19 event is set for 9 to 11 a.m.
Tickets available for annual Hospice benefit auction
Tickets are on sale for the annual Lower Valley Hospice
benefit auction, which is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 9, at
Navarro's Community Center, 548 S. Sixth St. in Sunnyside.
The "Circle of Life"-themed event will begin at 6
p.m. with a silent auction. The live auction will begin at 8 p.m. and doors
will close at 10 p.m. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served and those in
attendance will have a chance to bid on items ranging from different wine
packages to a play/dollhouse being built by the Boys Scouts of America.
Tickets for the auction are $25 per person or $40 per
couple, and are available through Lower Valley Hospice. For more information