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Facebook followers plan social gathering following S'side parade

What began as a fun avenue for those who have lived or do live in Sunnyside to express pride in the community has culminated in the planning of a gathering following Sunnyside's annual Sunshine Days Parade Saturday, Sept. 17.

Rosie Kranz started a Facebook group called "You know you've lived in Sunnyside when..." on Aug. 4.

The group has grown in popularity with current and former citizens of the community chiming in, sharing memories and facts about Sunnyside of which they are proud.

"I wanted to give people the opportunity to show their pride in Sunnyside," said Kranz.

Working with her to plan the gathering of present and past Sunnyside residents is Deanna Potter.

She said, "There's so often bad press, but so many people have good memories and stories about Sunnyside."

Those who have said they will attend the Sept. 17 gathering are not necessarily Sunnyside High School alumni, but alumni of the community, according to Kranz.

She said those who are members of the Facebook group believe in supporting Sunnyside, giving the next generation a positive outlook on the community they love.

"It's about putting action behind our words," said Potter.

Kranz said, "Most of us want the next generation to have positive memories."

Both ladies said the Facebook group has been an eye-opening experience because so many people want others to see the positive side of Sunnyside.

There are similar Facebook groups, but none have resulted in the culmination of opinion that there should be a gathering like that planned by those in the "You know you've lived in Sunnyside when..." group.

The alumni gathering on Sept. 17 is planned as a social event during which those wanting to show support for Sunnyside can get together and visit one another.

It is planned to immediately follow the Sunshine Days Parade at Sunnyside's downtown Centennial Park.

Everyone attending is encouraged to wear black and red as a sign of unity.

Potter and Kranz said picnic lunches are a plus for those wishing to stick around.

"We may plan future events, as well. We are also considering takiong in the events at Sunshine Days as a group," said Kranz.

For now, the pair are encouraged by the show of support for the gathering. They said there have been more than 80 confirmed attendees.

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