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I would like to convey a big “thanks” to Valley View Market in Sunnyside for its efforts in keeping their building and lot clean. It is free of beer signs posted outside, graffiti is painted over, the parking lot is always free of litter and the garbage bins are free of spill-over. They have cameras outside to watch over their store.

It is so nice to see this effort in this little neighborhood. When gang graffiti pops up, it is cleaned up as soon as possible, not only by the store but by the residents who have been hit. When a car is abandoned or a home is empty too long, they are taken care of so the neighborhood keeps up its nice appearance.

There are gangs in the neighborhood, there are speeding cars running in the streets, but for the most part this neighborhood is holding its own. The neighbors watch out for each other’s homes and it’s great to see.

Neighbors are putting up new siding, new roofs, cleaning their yards, planting shrubs and flowers and new grass. Of course, there are always a few rentals that go without these updates, which hurts the neighbors. I wish these landlords would take the hint and get with the clean-up effort.

Keep up the great work Valley View neighborhood!

/s/ Kathy Sparrow, Sunnyside

Setting the

record straight

In regard to the article on the front page of the Dec. 21 Daily Sun News about a “new” singles group forming in the Lower Valley, the fact is that there is a group here now and the name of it is the Lower Valley Kosmos, and has been in existence for four years. We have, or have had, members from Prosser to the Zillah/Toppenish area. The two women mentioned in the story about the “new” singles group

were relatively new members in our singles group, until this fall when they decided to quit.

I find it ironic that their meetings will be on Tuesday evenings, when both women are aware that our meetings have always been on Tuesdays. Most of what they are stating they will be doing with the “new” club is what we are already doing. The main exception is that we don’t go to the Tri-Cities. Lower Valley Kosmos usually keep our activities in the Lower Valley, with day trips when there is interest in going to different places.

If these two women want to start a new club, that is fine. But please don’t say it is a “new” type of club when there is a 50+ singles club already in existence in the Lower Valley. Their concept is anything but new.

/s/ Gloria Alexander, secretary – Lower Valley Kosmos, Sunnyside

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