$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 students.

/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


Miss Sunnyside Court

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’





High School

senior class booster club hosts the “Show & Shine” car show event each year



to help 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 worthwhile!

Thank you!

/s/ Lisa DeRuyter, event coordinator

Student seeks info about


My fifth grade class in

Los Angeles

is learning about the

United States

. 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


St. Helens

. It would be very kind of you to send me a license plate from


. A pin would also help me with my report.

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

Help needed

I am a fifth grader at


Grade School





. 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 who replies.

/s/ Brandon Accomando,


Grade School


P.O. Box 19







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