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Julia Hart

Recently, I’ve have had a lot of inquiries about my Yorkshire Terrier “Buddy.”

Buddy was featured in a previous column I wrote entitled “Travels with Buddy.”

Well, to let the Daily Sun News readers know, Buddy is alive and well and ornery as ever. Readers may recall, he is a heathen dog with few manners and a lot of opinions. He still isn’t getting along with the cats and still commands all the best sleeping spots in the house.

Thank you for your concern about my darling dog and yes, you may be hearing more from him.

Congratulations: This week, we are offering our best wishes to newlyweds Tim Briones and Felicia Garcia of Sunnyside. The couple were married July 24 in a private ceremony. I think the date is fitting as they can profess their love 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a twist of numbers.

Queen of community royalty: Following last Saturday’s Miss East Valley Pageant, Teri Alvarez Ziegler of Sunnyside was named a Friend of Royalty at the Monee Hop Festival/Miss East Valley Pageant.

The honor came with a crown-shaped plaque suitable for sitting on a shelf. Ziegler has been involved in the Miss Sunnyside Pageant for the more than 15 years, retiring last year from that position.

She truly is a royalty queen in her own right. By the way, the Monee Hop Festival is this weekend in Monee, complete with a parade, and downtown festival.

Vatican City trip in her future: Cathy Mears of Grandview informed me that Cheree LaPierre of Sunnyside, a senior at Whitworth College, will travel to Rome, Italy next January.

The trip is part of her college courses, which is lucky because it is a destination she has longed to visit. She is the daughter of Perry Lapierre, a music teacher at Outlook School in the Sunnyside School District.

Bunco isn’t easy: The Novella Club Bunco players, which meet once a month for socializing and dice throwing bragging rights, will tell you that bunco is simple.

I disagree. I played bunco for the first time Wednesday. And, even with a partner to pick-up my lack of dice tossing finesse, I ended my experience with 10 losses, which may have been a record for the day.

One of my partners, Libby Werkhoven, could only say “Oh man” every time I rolled everything but what was being called for, usually ones. Although sixes were hard to get too.

The bunco adventure was preceded by an impromptu singing performance by my friend and singing partner Cherry Fairbanks and myself as part of the Christmas in July theme.

The ladies of the club were gracious, but I think their singing was far superior to my and Fairbanks’ stylings. They should do holiday caroling.

Giving crime the night off: I’m looking forward to the Aug. 7 National Night Out event in Sunnyside’s Central Park. This year’s activities are being organized by Sunnyside Police Officer Erica Rollinger.

Rollinger, who is a School Resource Officer during the school year, is putting many hours into organizing the giant “give crime a going away party” event.

Last year, the Together Church hosted a movie in the park. This year, a band will play. There will be food and lots of games. The giant event in the part doesn’t preclude neighbors gathering for block parties on Monday night.

I sort of miss the block parties held in my front yard with everything from watermelon spitting and ice cream sundaes contests and barbecues.

In any case, grab the family and head to the park on Aug. 7.

Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-840-9564, or email jaahart52@gamil.com



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