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Dark Horse Inn efforts appreciated

Last Friday, April 29, Ms. Carrie Stone assisted the Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services. She was able to get Mr. Magana, owner of the Dark Horse Inn, to donate the use of his dance floor for the night. She also managed to get a band, Banda Cielo Azul, to donate its services for a dance. They played music from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

All of the money collected at the door was a donation to the Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services. That, plus a cash donation from Mr. Magana, netted over $600 for use in providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Lower Valley.

I volunteered to help at the door, assisting Ms. Stone. I am very impressed with the controls that were in place at the Dark Horse. They had their own security personnel working. One man was stationed at the door and did a patdown search of all male patrons. It was obvious that the patrons who came in were aware that they would be searched and there were no problems. Other security personnel were moving around the dance floor to be sure there were no problems, and there were none.

I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Mr. Magana, Ms. Stone and Banda Cielo Azul for their generous assistance to the Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services.

/s/ Al Tebaldi, Sunnyside

School board

wise to pursue elimination of alcohol/tobacco advertising

I found it unfortunate, as I was scanning the Daily Sun News website, to read Mike Kantman's "Open Mike" column, in which he disagrees with the Sunnyside School Board's debate to get rid of alcohol and tobacco advertisements that are within close proximity to our schools.

I am an SHS graduate of 2004, am currently attending college and feel that there is no valid arguement here for Mr. Kantman. I know as well as anyone else my age that a majority of students at SHS are currently participating in alcohol/drug related activities, and that many of them started this activity in middle school. I never participated in these things, but overheard many of my peers talking about it on a regular basis. It was common knowledge to everyone who attended school that many people drank and/or partied on the weekends. The reason for this knowledge is because those who did these things flaunted it to their peers, boasting of the "fun" they had.

If Mr. Kantman wants to deny this, so be it, but those of us who actually attended high school within the last year know more than he does.

I, unfortunatley, would not trust some of my close friends to make correct decisions pertaining to alcohol or tobacco. I know, as well as others, about the excessive education that already takes place in the hopes of discouraging teens to drink/smoke. How does Mr. Kantman know that kids make better decisions than when he was in high school?

Should we really trust teenagers? Have they ever been known to make the best decisions concerning this subject?

Everyone deserves free agency, but they don't have to look at billboards advertising beer or cigarettes every day after school.

If Mr. Kantman finds it OK to advertise alcohol and tobacco to children and teenagers, that is fine by me, but I think this is a matter the school board has a right to be worried about. Let's just be glad that we have responsible persons on the school board who are worried about the welfare of Sunnyside's youth.

/s/ Dane Smith, Sunnyside

2005 Spring Ball

Sunnyside Recreation would like to thank all those who helped make the 2005 Spring Ball, held this past Sunday at Sunnyside High School, a fantastic success.

We would like to thank the Sunnyside School District for the use of the school gym, and VICA advisors Karen Schrontz and Nick Paulakis and the VICA Club members who attended, served refreshments and danced with the guests.

A special thanks to Bill Holden and his band for their great dancing music.

We would also like to thank the more than 90 participants who attended the annual dance.

/s/ Joan Niemeyer, Recreation coordinator; Sandra Medrano, Recreation assistant

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