How sad is that, that the city of Sunnyside has NO plans to
celebrate the 4
of July other than the fireworks on the evening of
WOW…what has happened to our community? Are we no longer
We celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which has vendors, a parade and
activities for three or four days, however we don’t have any plans for the 4
of July! Are we, the community of Sunnyside, no longer Americans that we have
no plans to celebrate our independence?
What have our forefathers and present young people fought
and died for, but to keep us free? Yet, we have no plans to celebrate this
How sad…that we are not proud enough to celebrate our
freedom and independence!
/s/ Arlie Holden, Sunnyside
Local baseball group positive influence on kids
I would like to take this opportunity to thank some very
hard working, dedicated and committed people in the community of Sunnyside.
While we hear about increased crime rates, see an upward trend in drug abuse
among our youth and continued unemployment opportunities, it is good to see an
organization such as the Sun Valley Baseball League create a caring and
learning experience for many young men in the Sunnyside area.
John and Daria Miller gave up good portions of their free
time over Memorial Day weekend, along with the coaches and players, to hold a
car wash and hot dog feed, all for the Sun Valley Baseball League players’
When my grandson, Jaime Sarmiento, was hit in the head by a
pitch, his coaches John Schmick and Rick Puentes stayed with him and the family
into the wee hours of the morning. The 13-year-old team’s coach, Jaime Garcia,
is working with this young, raw talent and helping these youngsters learn about
the game. Bob Sarmiento Jr. has been assisting in promoting baseball skills and
sportsmanship, and Jessica Sarmiento has been instrumental in keeping the game
book with accuracy and diligence. The coaches, parents and board members of
this league have been donating their time, skills and monies to help our youth
of Sunnyside, and I believe they are doing a great job.
Last of all, I would like to thank all of the sponsors for
my grandson, Andre Sarmiento, who is excelling in this program and who
graciously appreciates all the time and donations to enable him to play: ACE
Postal, Mark Van Hollenbeck of Vanmar, TeePee Auto Wrecking, the Sarmiento
family and Erasmo and Angie Cerda.
We need more committed and concerned adults in our community
to help form our children into adults with respect and responsibility, and I
thank you, Sun Valley Baseball League, for stepping up to the plate!
/s/ Tina Knoth, Sunnyside