$750 per seat
hard to swallow
I could not miss the recent article in the Daily Sun News
regarding the fate of the Clem Senn Field bleachers at the high school.
There remains one other option that was not addressed: that
is, have them inspected by a structural engineer with the objective of
correcting the “unsafe” conditions and preparing a prioritized list of repairs.
Only then can one truly say that replacement is the only practical option.
As a taxpayer, the $750 per seat for a new set of bleachers
was a little hard to swallow, and specific plans were not shared. Square foot
costs were more than a new school. There is local talent in the community that
can deliver better bang for the buck.
Essential repair may cost only a fraction of what it would
cost to demolish the existing bleachers and rent temporary bleachers for
graduation. It will only preserve the bleachers for the next season. I see
demolition serving only political purposes, not the best interest of the
/s/ Tim Bardell, Sunnyside
McDonald’s manager to be commended
Saturday, March 24, my family stopped by the McDonald’s
restaurant in Zillah after attending a Little Guy Wrestling Tournament in
My son, Jo-Jo, who was still in his Crunch Club uniform, was asked how his day
was by the manager, whose name I never obtained. Jo-Jo told his story with
pride and after we enjoyed our dinner the manager went out of his way to give a
dessert to Jo-Jo for all his hard work.
While some may think that was nothing, that small token will
be a lasting impact on my son. He called all his Tio’s and Tia’s to tell them
he got a gift from the nice manager at McDonald’s in Zillah.
I’d like to thank the manager for going out of his way to
make my son feel special. We have stopped by many places as a team in big and
small towns, but this is the first time a manager has ever stopped what he was
doing to find out more about the patrons.
Thank you for being a positive role model and leader in
Zillah. I appreciate what you did that day.
/s/ Celina Valdez,
Golf tourney proves successful
held its first ever fundraising
golf tournament this past Saturday. We all had a great time! We would like to
thank everyone who made the tournament successful.
The court would like to thank Aqua Systems 2000, Organic
Valley PNW and Filtrona Extrusion for being corporate sponsors.
A special thank you to Herman and Sharon
Te Velde and Gene and Mary Ann Bliesner for their generosity.
We would also like to thank our hole sponsors: Bank of the
West, Davis Pumps, Edward Jones, Farmers Co-op Creamery, Geertsma Dairy, Hart
& Winfree, HD Fowler, Jeffery Matson CPA, Kinter Electric, Oord Dairy, Pape
Machinery, RC’s Restaurant, RDO Equipment, RE Powell, RG Sales, Richardson
Precision Machine, Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside Glass, Van Boven Calf Ranch,
Van Boven Dairy and Wedam Veterinary Service.
Thanks to our prize and food sponsors: Les Schwab, Sunfair
Chevrolet, Bon Vino’s Restaurant, Fiesta Foods, Melange, Dairy Fair, Safeway,
and Ace Hardware.
Thanks to Jeff Bender of Black Rock Creek Golf Course and
all of our golfers. We hope you had as much fun as we did.
Without all of your help this wouldn’t have been
accomplished. Thank you so much.
/s/ Melanie Van Boven, Sunnyside
‘Show & Shine’
booster club hosts the “Show & Shine” car show event each year
with the costs of the senior class graduation party in June. This year there
were over 130 entries enjoying a great day in the sun and socializing with
other car enthusiasts.
Thank you to the following merchants, parents and volunteers
for your support and for making this car show a great success: Fiesta Foods,
Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Burger Ranch, KFC/A&W, Les Schwab, Ace Hardware,
Commerical Tire, Valley Auto, K&U Auto,
and Valley Racquet & Fitness Club.
Thanks also to Bill Omlin for his advertisement artwork, the
Venture Scouts for their help, Tom Dolan and his high school metal shop
students for donating the BBQ as a raffle fundraiser and for the awesome
trophies, and to Kim Taylor-Morris for her third year in assisting with the
“Show & Shine” fundraiser.
Many parents and volunteers made this event fun and
/s/ Lisa DeRuyter, event coordinator
Student seeks info about
My fifth grade class in
is learning about the
. One of our assignments is to write a
research paper about one of the states. I chose
for my state report because I
think it would be a great place to visit.
I would like to learn where would be some great places to
visit and when to go visit
Also, I would like to learn about the city or town you live in. If there are
any special things in your town or city, please tell me about them.
I would like it if you could please send me some pictures of
the Seattle Space Needle or
. It would be
very kind of you to send me a license plate from
. A pin would also help me with my
Thank you very much for your help with my report.
/s/ Ivan Palomino, Westminster Academy, c/o Miss VanStelle,
1495 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90041
I am a fifth grader at
My class is studying the states and regions of our country.
I am writing to you in hopes that your readers might be
willing to send me any information or postcards about your state and region.
My class would like to express our complete thanks to anyone
/s/ Brandon Accomando,
P.O. Box 19