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Firewood cutting season now open

The 2006 firewood season for the Naches Ranger District opened Monday, May 1.

Cost of firewood continues to be $5 per cord, with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20 and a maximum of 10 cords for $50.

Firewood is sold for personal use only and not for re-sale.

Firewood season ends the first Sunday in October, unless fire closures during the season necessitate an extension.

Firewood cutters are always encouraged to cut their wood early in the season to avoid potential closures due to high fire danger. However, snowpack this year may keep woodcutters away from their favorite cutting areas for awhile.

“We don’t want woodcutters out there too soon, getting stuck in the mud and causing resource damage,” said District Ranger Randy Shepard. “A better choice would be to monitor the weather and wait until the roads are dried out.”

Firewood permits are available only at the Naches Ranger Station, which is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Some areas of the forest are close to general firewood cutting to protect wildlife and aquatic habitat. These areas are denoted on the map that accompanies the permit.

Jr. Indelook Club meeting May 10

The Jr. Indelook Club will meet Wednesday, May 10, at the home of Madelyne Kassebaum.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be co-hosted by Betty Brown. Next Wednesday’s meeting will include an election of officers for the coming year.

Auction items growing for annual booster fundraiser

Those who attend the annual Sunnyside Christian School Booster Club auction, set for May 19 this year, will have a long list of items on which to bid.

The ever growing list of auction items include plenty of entertainment packages, such as two rounds of golf at Black Rock Creek Golf Course, a family pass to Granger’s Cherry Hill Fun Center, fishing tackle and gear from Warden’s, four tickets to a July Mariners game, a guided goose hunt for four, a one night’s stay at the Sunnyside Inn Bed & Breakfast, two movie passes from Grand Cinemas and a 12-meal entrée session and gift basket from Dream Dinners of Kennewick.

Also added to the auction list are four cases of frozen vegetables from Twin City Foods, three aluminum ladders from Schrotenboer Orchard, three months of dance lessons from Meredith’s School of Dance and a television from Sears of Sunnyside.

Numerous other items will also be auctioned off that night.

The auction, which also includes a dinner before the sale of items begins, is set to start at 5 p.m. for the silent auction and 6 p.m. for the live auction. This year’s fundraiser will again be held at the Yakima Chief hop building in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside Museum opening slated for May 11

Opening day at the Sunnyside Museum this year will be Thursday, May 11, at 1 p.m.

The local museum will regularly be open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. each day, through November.

New to the museum this year is a video that depicts the early days in Sunnyside. Also, the museum’s board of directors has purchased card tables and chairs for the downstairs area, in order to accommodate groups that want to use the facility for meetings.

The Sunnyside Museum also has a new display for 2006—Miss Sunnyside memorabilia from 1955 to the present.

The reigning Miss Sunnyside court will host an open house at the museum the Tuesday after opening day, on May 16, at 6 p.m. for the purpose of unveiling the new Miss Sunnyside display. Punch and cookies will be available to those who attend. A special invitation to the open house is being extended to all prior Miss Sunnyside court members, their parents and all volunteers who have donated their time to the Miss Sunnyside court and the Sunnyside float over the years.

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