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SUNNYSIDE — The Astria Sunnyside Hospital Auxiliary will distribute $24,000 in scholarship funds to students pursuing medical careers when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Conquistador, South Sixth Street.

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SUNNYSIDE — Cottage cozy is the right way to describe the décor adopted by Renee and Tom Rodriguez for their 1919 bungalow style home on Crescent Avenue.

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The Stagg family from Prosser (left to right) includes mom holding Tillie, 2, Boyd, 4, Gunnar 7, Adelaide, 10, along with LindyJean, 8, in the background smell the pleasant aroma of a monkey flower as they browse Buggirl’s Garden plants during the Prosser Farmers Market on Saturday. The fami…

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One of the top headlines this week in 1969, the announcement of Sunnyside General Hospital’s $165,000 expansion, which was to allow for 15 additional beds, new equipment and administrative offices.

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SINGING PRAISE — Desert Praise Quartet of the Tri-Cities is the featured group at this month’s Gospel Jamboree to take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Anchor Point Church at 609 W. Bonnieview Road in Grandview. Singing Southern Gospel from left to right will be Kern Kostenko-pianist, Bill …

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ZILLAH — The Over the Hill Theatricals will produce “A Bag Full of Miracles” as its fall production, Lloyd Hazzard announced at the group’s May 7 general membership meeting in Zillah.

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SUNNYSIDE — When young Alex Duenaf steps up to the microphone he turns into different guy.

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ZILLAH — The 2019-20 Miss Zillah court dazzled its hometown crowd, which was gathered to celebrate Zillah Community Days this past Saturday morning.

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Guillermo Castaneda: The sunny morning turned into scary, black night; the black night then returned back into sunny morning, but our lucious-green Valley was finger-snapped, magically, sadly, into landscape of powdery, grey ash.

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SUNNYSIDE — More than 100 people gathered around tables set up in the St. Joseph’s gym last Thursday, taking part in Prevention Bingo Night.

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SUNNYSIDE — Middle school athlete Joselyn Montelongo was calm following her first event at last Wednesday’s Sunnyside School District Special Olympics Track and Field competition.

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SUNNYSIDE — Calvary Lutheran Church at the corner of Harrison Avenue and 11th Street is marking its 80 years of ministry to the community with a 2-day celebration.

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ZILLAH — The annual Zillah Community Days commences this Friday with the opening of the vendors’ booths and carnival at Stewart Park.

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GRANDVIEW — Ryan Wattenbarger, formerly a student at Sunnyside High School and a YVC alumni, will have brews from his new Moonshot Brewery served during the social hour at the 12th annual Grape to Glass Gala – A Winemaker’s Dinner.

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SUNNYSIDE — Cinthia Santiago was wearing a tiara as the reigning Miss Sunnyside until April 23, when she announced she was giving up her crown and royalty sash.

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Dr. Jack Hale presented Sunnyside Schools Attendance Officer Gifford Jones with the “Eyes over Washington “ Award given by the State Optometric Association for outstanding service to humanity. Hale was the association’s award chairman.

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SUNNYSIDE — The spring opening of local museum at 4th and Grant Avenue official, four new exhibits have been added to the collection from bridal gowns to a blacksmith shop.

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YAKIMA — The Annual 4-H Performing Arts “Talent Show” Contest was held in conjunction with the 4-H Fashion Revue held on Friday evening, April 26, at the Fruitvale Grange.

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The pageantry of the Charros and Caballeros were among the big attractions in the 31th annual Sunnyside Cinco De Mayo Parade this past Sunday.

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In the colorfully illustrated spirit of Free Comic Book Day, library patrons of all ages are invited to bring in their own comics to share and swap with others on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

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The Senior Citizens will host their annual Mother’s Day Party at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, at the Grandview Community Center, 812 Wallace Way.

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Sunnyside School Board announced its largest school budget at $2,817,818. The number marked the first time the school district has sent out a budget over $2 million. It did include a 7 percent increase for teacher salaries.

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The Art Department’s semi-annual clay sale will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday morning in the Palmer Hall building lobby, on the main Yakima Valley College campus, 16th St. and Nob Hill Blvd.

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Valley Theater Company, which owns and performs in the Princess Theatre, has announced its 2019-2020 season lineup, titled “A Season of Surprises.”

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The Senior Citizens will host their annual Mother’s Day Party at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, at the Grandview Community Center, 812 Wallace Way.

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Kate Laplante from Seattle wears her white bride-to-be sash and sunglasses, celebrating her upcoming June 8 wedding day with girlfriends during their festive tasting of 2018 cabernet at Silver Lake Winery in Zillah on Saturday during the Yakima Valley’s Spring Barrel Tasting Weekend.

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Riding the new Miss Sunnyside Community Float down Edison Avenue with this year’s theme of “Fantasy Forest,” (left to right, from front to back) is Miss Sunnyside Third Princess Daisy Hernandez, Second Princess Grace Van Belle, Queen Cinthia Santiago and First Princess Hogla Deida Cortez on Tuesday, April 23.

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The city Parks and Recreation Department offers Zumba classes at the Grandview Community Center, 812 Wallace Way.

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ZILLAH — Avid yard sale shopper Manuela Alvarado is always on the look-out for fun treasures for her family and friends.

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TUNNEL OF PROMISE — The cherry blossoms in this orchard at Independence and Washout roads this past Monday, Earth Day, are a vision of promise for a fruitful harvest. Carefully tended, they will bring about the first tree crops in the Yakima Valley.

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Celebrate Sunnyside’s “best and brightest” at the annual Spirit of Sunnyside Awards Banquet to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the city’s Community Center, 1521 S. First St.

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It’s the time for the annual Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting Weekend at valley wineries from Union Gap to Prosser.

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"Neighbors" is a weekly column in the Sunnyside Sun designed to spotlight individuals who live and work in our Lower Valley Communities.

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The number of people with diabetes in 1980 totaled 5.6 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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Miss Sunnyside hopefuls  from left to right, Rocio Cisneros,  Kaydience Porter, Mackenzie Evans,  Natalie Campbell, Kendra  Gardner and Abbey Marquez.  Not pictured is Hellen Palma and Omara Santiago Ayala.

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Taking the stage at Grandview Middle School on Saturday, April 13 were 11 talented young ladies, all vying for the title of 2019-20 Miss Grandview.

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