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3-year old Grace, and her sister, 8-year old Jazzy Ramos of Sunnyside, savor the coolness of a root beer float during the Parks and Recreation Department’s Tasty Treat program, held on Friday through August 16, from 3 - 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 1521 S 1st St. The type of treats will b…

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World War I veterans of District 8 elected Bruce Bennett of Toppenish as regional commander.

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GRANDVIEW — Robert Gates of Pasco will again serve as commander of the Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion.

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PROSSER — While the idea of a “A to Zucchini” Derby Race” was to see which vegetable was the fastest on the race chutes, three-year-old Seth Ball was more interested in eating the veggies.

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SUNNYSIDE — The 25th annual Lions Club July 4th Celebration featured a program of watermelon coolness and hot dog grilled aroma, matched with family fun activities and culminated with a free fireworks display from Sunnyside High School’s Clem Senn Field last Thursday night.

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SUNNYSIDE — The abrupt booms filling the air weren’t left over Fourth of July fireworks.

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SUNNYSIDE — Mark Friday, July 19, on the calendar as the date when the Pacific Science Center Mobile Exhibit comes to the Sunnyside Library, 621 Grant Ave. The exhibit opens at 1 p.m.

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SUNNYSIDE — The snacks might not be the same every Friday for the next six weeks, so the “Community Center Tasty Treat” will be a surprise, announced Parks and Recreation program coordinator Lander Grow.

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GRANDVIEW — Patriotic revelers gathered at 9 a.m. downtown across the street from Grandview City Hall and the Police station to commence the July 4 holiday during the 42nd annual Flag Raising Ceremony at Stokely Square.

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Leo Gonzales was named the manager of the Sunnyside Lucky Dollar Store, after working as the store assistant manager for three years. Gonzales started his career in food service as a box boy. He was also looking into opening a small golf course on North Avenue.

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15-year-old charro rider Kamila from Grandview competes on top of her horse, “Chaca” after the Mabton parade on Saturday, June 22.

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OVERNIGHT COLOR — In preparation for its first Food Truck and Farmers Market opening at the corner of South Fifth Street and East Edison Avenue, a colorful mural, created by artist Miquel Cabrera, now marks the spot for the July 26-27 event. The dual event is scheduled for the last weekend o…

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SUNNYSIDE — The red and orange brilliance of his clean 1964 Chevy Impala Super Sport, reflecting the late Friday evening sun, reminded Elias Fernandez of when he was 21 and growing up a few blocks away from the car wash, located on the corner of Washington and Sixth Street.

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PROSSER — Valley Theater Company is on its way to presenting the romantic comedy “Sirens” as the first play in its 2019-2020 season.

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Sunnyside men Ray Munson, 41, and Dale Green, 47 were appointed to a new intermediate appellate court created by Gov. Dan Evans. Munson and Green were both Sunnyside High School graduates, and Munson was already serving as a local judge. He was a Yakima County Superior Court judge and Green was an attorney in Walla Walla.

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GRANDVIEW — McClure Elementary School received a surprise from The American Legion during its awards assembly for fourth and fifth grade students.

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FINAL TRACTOR RIDE — The late Clarence Rollinger family gave him one last ride with a tractor and hay wagon through Sunnyside this past Tuesday morning. The longtime Sunnyside dairyman was laid to rest at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.

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SUNNYSIDE — As another elementary school year rambled to an end with a traditional trek to Central Park for a brown bag lunch on June 11, followed by a pool session of water fun with classmates, the rite of campus achievement marked a new chapter for soon to be middle school students.

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GRANDVIEW — Visitors from all over gathered at Bill’s Berry Farm with their buckets and boxes in hand to self-pick their produce from the sweet tasting fields and experience an assortment of family activities and food during Cherry and Berry Days on Saturday, June 29.

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(Left to right) Thomas, 4, John, 6, and Annette Van Slageren, 7, from Granger signal the first day of summer in the splash pad water zone (open from 10:30–11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., Monday through Friday) at Sunnyside Community Center, South Hill Park, 1521 S. First St. on Friday, June 21. The…

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MABTON — Volunteer Firefighter Del Whitmore manned the egg frying grill for the annual Volunteer Fireman’s Breakfast, a job that, by the end of three hours, qualified him as a short order cook.

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SUNNYSIDE — Sunnyside High School graduates Britney Zhu and Ashlee Maldonado will each received a P.E.O Chapter EX $1,000 scholarship, announced Yvonne Sykes, Chapter scholarship facilitator.

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TOPPENISH — Granger High School graduate Kareli Mora is one of five Lower Yakima Valley recipients of the Sinegal Family Foundation Scholarship to attend Heritage University.

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SUNNYSIDE — Soroptimist International of the Yakima Valley has awarded scholarships to Ashlee Maldonado and Britney Zhu of Sunnyside High School and Layne Padelford of Prosser High School.

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YAKIMA VALLEY — The annual Summer Reading Program is here, and this year, Yakima Valley Libraries is celebrating with an out of this world theme: “A Universe of Stories.”

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The Sunnyside Junior Women’s Club conducted a vision clinic for pre-school children, testing for cases of amblyopia and other vision defects, Mrs. Gary Staggers clinic chair announced.

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ELLENSBURG — For a short time, Keisha White was an elected Attorney General. She ran for the position as part of the mock government exercises on the Central Washington University campus last week.

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SUNNYSIDE — Auditions dates for the Over the Hill Theatricals production of “A Bag Full of Miracles” will be from 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 8, and Tuesday, July 9, at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1106 Taylor Ave.

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Miss Mabton Rachell Gourneau and Little Miss Mabton Jaidyn Barajas greeted the community aboard their Candyland-theme float during Mabton Community Days parade this past Saturday.

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WICKED WITCH - Surrounded by her flying monkeys, Lili Cahoon, 13, portrays a spirited Wicked Witch in the Sunnyside High School Drama Camp presentation of “The Wizard of Oz”, presented to the public Friday, June 21 at the Sunnyside High School auditorium. More than 150 children took part in …

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SUNNYSIDE — The fifth annual Sunnyside Summer Ale Fest provided attendees, 21 and older, with a downtown taste of microbrews, wine and cider pared with an eclectic, mobile food menu and live Northwest country music at Centennial Park this past Saturday from 5-10 p.m.

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GRANDVIEW — More than 200 children were outfitted with life jackets and bicycle helmets last Tuesday, June 11.

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FITTING TRIBUTE — The Martin School of Dance ballet students performed a final tribute to the late founder of the school, Linda Martin, during its annual spring recital June 10 in the Sunnyside High School auditorium. Martin, who founded the school more than 30 years ago, died in February. S…

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Yakima Valley cherry farmers were looking for 4,000 to 5,000 pickers to harvest what was anticipated to be a record crop. A plea for laborers was issued by the Maxine Daly, commissioner of the state Department of Employment Security.

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MABTON — The new Miss Mabton royalty candidates Rashelle Gourneau and Jaidyn Barajas will be named before the start of the Mabton Community Days Parade Saturday, June 22, community event organizers announced.

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OLDER AMERICAN NUTRITION PROGRAM

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SUNNYSIDE — The campers arrived early, all dressed in costumes for the first day of drama camp at the high school auditorium.

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PROSSER — The 19th annual Prosser Scottish Fest and Highland Games will commence at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Prosser Food and Wine Park, 2840 Lee Road, for a day of anvil launching and Celtic music.

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SUNNYSIDE — The 9th annual Sort 4 the Cause penning contest will be June 14-16 at the Speck Arena, 1207 South St.

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GRANDVIEW — Shine up the cars and head to Herb’s Bar and Grill, 132 Division St., for Herb’s Fourth annual Car and Bike Classic Car Show from 9-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

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SPLASH DOWN — Chief Kamiakin Elementary School first and third grade students enjoy time at the Sunnyside Municipal Swimming Pool during their end-of-the-year pool party this past Tuesday.

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