End of the World Cup was like the Super Bowl



Julia Hart

Retirement is nice, and, in two months, I found I’m still finding things to share.

 I have nearly always written some type of column, so here I go again. This time I’m going to refer to my reporting roots and just write short notes about people’s stories in a friendly chatty way.

In my early years we called this type of column “chicken dinner news”- a quaint way of reporting odd tidbits of neighbors dining with neighbors on Sunday afternoon. 

My aim is to put your name in the paper. And to celebrate your achievements and happy occasions like this tidbit:

Viva. La France: My favorite high fashion model Darcy Staggers Liddell, formerly of Sunnyside, now living outside Paris, shared how her family, friends and neighbors celebrated the winning of the World Cup, obviously won by the French team who are now, of course, French heroes.

Like typical Super Bowl football champions parties, there were hours of watching the games, half time feasts, and more game viewing, with all the necessary noise one expects at these types of parties. When the game was over and the winner — France — was declared, more food, dancing and singing ensued until the wee hours of the morning. A necessary celebration after all since it’s been years since France won the World Cup. And an excellent occasion to have a great French party.

Congratulations: I am sending congratulations to Gena Hall’s parents Bob and Regina Williams of Sunnyside, who on Saturday, July 21, will mark their 62nd wedding anniversary.

Regina has lived all her life in Sunnyside and since  meeting her, Bob has too. They have two children, 4 grandchildren and 7 greats. A family outing is planned as a celebration.

Something not reported anyplace else is the name of the winner of the Sunnyside Lions Donate to Detonate winner - Alberta Rojas. She started the fireworks show in the Fourth of July.

Lions president Carrie Stone-Arroyo said Joel Vazquez is the fifth annual watermelon eating contest winner and Kyle Southwick was the hotdog eating contest winner.

  Here is a shout-out to Sunnyside city hall employees in the planning department for their kindness to a resident. Cherry Fairbanks Morse called me to commend Jamey Ayling and Debbie Espinoza for an act of kindness. 

  “I was at city hall to have the water shut off at my house. Outside the planning department door, I fell. Debbie and Jamey came to my rescue and helped me off the ground. Jamey got me a chair and stayed with me while Debbie helped me with the paperwork for the shutoff. “

“I’m so grateful to them and a man named Woody, who helped me to my car. These individuals have my sincere thanks,” Fairbanks said.

I will add that this the kind of service city residents can expect from our hard-working city staff. 

Summer bike ride: Sunnyside’s Fabian Guerra is making tracks across the United States via bicycle. his mother is Hilda Guerra of Sunnyside.

Fabian is riding across the country in a challenge to raise money for a cancer cause. This week he wrote from North Dakota, after starting his ride in June. He is now cycling through the big sky country in Montana.

We are all keeping him in our prayers as he makes his way home. He has about so more days to reach his goal — home.

These are the kinds of stories you, dear reader, can expect to see me pass across the desk. If you have stories you would like me to share, email me at jaahart52@ gmail.com.


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