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Sunnyside pastor enjoys tending to her flock

by John Fannin

One day it might be consoling a parishioner going through a time of loss. On another it might be connecting with someone who hasn’t been at services for awhile. On still another day it might be reading a story to a group of pre-schoolers. It’s all part and parcel of the work Pat Beeman does as pastor of United Methodist Church in Sunnyside. Beeman started ministering with the Sunnyside church in July 2011, moving over from Goldendale where she had served nine years. “I grew up in a rural area, so I enjoy living in a farming community,” the South Dakota native says of living in Sunnyside. Her focus here is on helping people plug into the church and into serving God. “At one time this was a huge congregation,” she said of the church’s expansive sanctuary shortly after she began serving the church here. “It’s dwindled down to a couple hundred of

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people. I want to try and help build it back up.” To that end part of her efforts have been visiting those folks who no longer attend services. “It’s very challenging because they have established other habits and there’s much more scheduled for children on Sundays and Wednesdays than there used to be,” Beeman says of working with families and the scheduling conflicts that can arise from school or sports activities. She also spends a good

amount of time with those who physically are unable to get out of their homes for worship services. “They are people who need to know the church still cares about them,” Beeman says. Beeman’s year-plus in Sunnyside has also seen her and the church unite with other congregations in the community for various programs. That includes a vacation Bible school held this past summer, as well as a World Communion Sunday event that was held just this month. Beeman and the other two female pastors in Sunnyside, Katie Haney and Katrina Walther, have also done some “round robin” preaching in taking turns filling the pulpit at one another’s churches. Her community involvement includes serving in the Sunnyside Ministerial Association. Recently she was asked to join the board of directors for Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, based in Sunnyside. Beeman, whose wide-ranging responsibilities also include publishing the church bulletin

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each week and reading to children at the church’s pre-school, said it hasn’t always been easy to find a niche as a female pastor. She’s been in the ministry for 30 years, and says in the beginning it was rare to find a ministry colleague who was a woman. “Thirty years ago women

pastors were just beginning to appear,” she says. Over that time, she has seen some benefits and challenges to being a woman in the pastoral workplace. While not wanting to generalize for all pastors, Beeman says female pastors do tend to have a better knack at connectsee “Beeman” next page

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ing with people. As for challenges, she says sometimes it has been difficult for women to be taken seriously in the pastoral role. That’s generally not the case today, she says. Beeman notes that her work in the pulpit and among parishioners is in large part possible because of her husband’s encouragement. Beeman’s husband, Michael Macy, is involved with everything at the church ranging from working the sound system to filling in if there’s a need during the church’s coffee hour. “He’s always been there for me, always supportive,” Beeman smiles. “I couldn’t do it without him.” - John Fannin can be reached at jfannin@ dailysunnews.com or at 837-4500

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Pastor Pat Beeman of Sunnyside’s United Methodist Church reads to youngsters at the church’s pre-school. Part of Beeman’s work at the church involves story time readings to the children each week.

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Activities director at Sun Terrace has energy to spare

by Laura Gjovaag

Linda Duim keeps busy in her job as activities director at Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Sunnyside. She said the job requires her to do all kinds of interesting things, from planting flowers in the spring to coordinating doctor appointments for the residents. She helps decorate for holidays and plans crafts and other activities. Her work requires a lot of energy, and she’s up to the task. “I have the most varied job here,” she said. “I can do almost everything.” The native Sunnyside resident said becoming an activities director was never on her radar when she attended beauty school after graduating from SHS. “I owned a beauty shop for five years before my kids came along,” Duim said. She said the shop was up on Yakima Valley Highway. “I think the building is still there,” she said. She gave up the shop when she had children to concentrate on raising them. Her husband, Dennis, is another native of Sunnyside who

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worked for the city in the public works department for 35 years before his retirement in 2009. “He’s happy to be retired,” she said. Her daughter, Bethany, was Miss Sunnyside 20 years ago and now lives in Texas with her family. Her son, Andrew, stayed in Sunnyside and works for Darigold. Despite having left the professional workforce, Duim’s energy meant she never stopped working. She kept her hand in the hairstylist world by continuing hairdressing for friends and family. “I still do hair for some peo-

ple,” she said. It was that work that led to her present position. She kept up hair styles for several ladies around town, including two residents at Sun Terrace. When her friends passed on, the housekeeper at Sun Terrace asked if Duim would be willing to work part-time. “I love the residents,” she said. “I liked the job.” After some time as a housekeeper, she was offered the position of assistant activity director. She enthusiastically tackled the job and served as the assistant of activities director Shari Wilson until she retired. “I learned a lot from Shari,” said Duim of her mentor. She said the atmosphere at Sun Terrace is open and friendly, which means that everyone who works there long enough starts to learn how the entire system works. “We coordinate a lot and work together,” she said. That makes the experience even better for both the employees and the residents. Outside of work Duim claims she doesn’t really do much. “I spend a lot of time online looking for ideas for crafts or events,” she said.

But Duim has a love of cooking and baking that has spilled over into her work. Every winter she makes a Dutch speciality, Olie bollen, which are basically donuts. “The Dutch residents love it,” she said. “But they all like donuts whether they’re Dutch or not.” She also said she loves to take road trips, basically day trips around the area, to see what is around. Searching for

ideas, baking or taking trips, she keeps busy. “I like to have fun,” she said. “I like to laugh.” Her work at Sun Terrace is helped by having grown up in Sunnyside, she said. “A lot of people here are parents of kids I went to school with, or neighbors,” she said. “I’m able to develop a rapport with them right away. They don’t remember me being a see “Duim” next page

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bratty child.” She enjoys her job and knows she is making a difference in the lives of the people she’s working with. And she always has her first career to fall back on if she wants. “I might go back to cutting hair if I wasn’t doing this,” she said. ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email LGjovaag@ DailySunNews.com

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For Patricia Combs it’s all about improving quality of life for others by Jennie McGhan

With a cheerful disposition, finding meaning in her work, Patricia Combs believes she has a true purpose in life. Combs wears several hats as a wife, office manager, allergy technician, medical assistant and new business owner. She has worked side-by-side with her husband, Dr. William Combs, for nearly a quarter of a century as his right-hand woman. In his office, Combs serves three different roles, although she proudly continues to wear the hat that says ‘wife.” Combs is the doctor’s office manager, medical assistant and allergy technician at Sunnyside Ear, Nose, Throat and Orthopedics. The couple started Dr. Combs’ practice from the ground up in their previous city of residence. When they arrived in Sunnyside nearly four years ago, they started again from scratch. “I believe I am making a difference in a small way,” said Mrs. Combs. “I realize one person can’t change the world, but they have the ability to try one person at a time.” She said there is a certain level of satisfaction knowing she is helping her patients, especially children. Combs said children suffering from allergies come to her with difficulty learning because the allergy symptoms can make them tired, unable to focus in class and sometimes they suffer from hearing clearly.

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With a proper diagnosis, she said, a child’s ability to learn can be greatly improved and those who miss school due to the symptoms suffered from allergies are able to regularly attend school. “It’s rewarding to see their health and quality of life improved,” said Combs. She said she has seen many advances in detecting allergies, as well as the development of treatments. Combs said food allergies have become more widely recognized and that has made a large difference for her patients. “Some patients take advantage of immunotherapy…it’s what is best for those suffering from multiple allergies or those who want to build up their immune systems,” Combs said. As an office manager, she has been in the position of helping other doctors build up their practices, as well. She helped a general surgeon start out in Sunnyside and recently Dr. Valentin Antoci joined the Sunnyside Community Hospital staff. He is an orthopedic surgeon whose office is located within the same building she works at. “That’s why we are Sunnyside Ear, Nose, Throat and Orthopedics, now,” Combs explained. She said she is thrilled to help another doctor settle in and establish his practice in the community. “It’s a great pleasure,” said Combs. There isn’t anything that seems to phase the upbeat woman, who takes the challenges of life with dignity and joy. Adding to her many roles, Combs recently ventured out and partnered with Juan Rojas and Tony Hidalgo. The trio established a local truck driving school, H&R Elite Trucking Academy. She said the three of them came up with the idea out on the links, where she established a friendship with the two truckers. “They are truck driving instructors…they shared the difficulties they had learning the rules and skills needed to get a CDL (commercial driver’s license),” said Combs. Combining her ability to manage an office and business with the

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Patricia Combs recently joined a partnership with Juan Rojas and Tony Hidalgo to establish a truck driving school in Sunnyside. She also works with her husband, Dr. William Combs, at Sunnyside Ear, Nose, Throat and Orthopedics.

duo’s knowledge of driving semi trucks, the three embarked on the new venture. “Again, I wanted to make a difference in the community,” said Combs, stating she encounters many young people in her role at Sunnyside Ear, Nose, Throat and Orthopedics. Those youngsters often share their aspirations for a future. Some, she said, express a lack of desire to continue their education via college. Instead, they want a skill that will place them in

a career almost immediately. Combs said she is a firm believer in trade schools and has learned there is a great need for truck drivers across the nation. “So, the truck driving school seemed to make sense,” she said. “Knowing my friends have the same passion for improving the quality of life for others, the idea of starting a school to help others acquire a CDL was developed,” Combs said. She said there is a mutual bond

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There’s more to city clerk than meets the eye by Amber Schlenker

A full plate nearly day in and day out doesn’t stop this super grandmother from keeping her priorities straight. With eight grandchildren, three jobs and three organizations she’s a part of, Ret Stewart is never idle for long. She’s widely known as Mabton’s city clerk and treasurer, but she can be seen just about anywhere in the Northwest with her full schedule. Stewart has worked for the city of Mabton for the past three years, and in addition to that, she works part time for two other companies, keeping their financial books in order. There is more to Stewart, however, than meets the eye. Working in accounting for much of her life with the combined passion for her hometown, Zillah, she and her former husband, via a lot of sweat and tears, worked to create a park in that community. Though it wasn’t a one-person job, Stewart Park as it is now named is now in full operation because of her efforts to obtain donations and grants to remove railroad tracks, plant grass and install fencing. She also worked on the planning commission and the parks board for Zillah, until she was finally offered a job there nearly 15 years ago. Since then, Stewart has loved working with city governments. She says her favorite part about the job is cleaning up paperwork. “I love the challenge of balancing, reconciling and solving problems,” she added. Each day in Mabton Stewart’s

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Mabton City Clerk and Treasurer Ret Stewart looks over the annual budget, preparing for the next year’s financials. She has been working with the city of Mabton for more than three years.

job duties vary. She is responsible for preparing documents for the state auditors, and preparing the annual budget and financials and agenda packets for the bi-monthly city council meetings. Stewart also reviews reports and keeps the city operations running. “Holding down the fort is a good way to describe it,” she said. But the cherry on top for Stewart is the folks with whom she gets to work. “We have a wonderful mayor, city council, police department staff and the girls in the office,” she said of enjoying working with the various folks of Mabton’s city operations. In addition to her fulltime job in Mabton, Stewart also finds time to help out two businesses with their books, as well. In her spare time, Stewart is also actively involved with the American Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team, the Zillah Lions Club and Soroptimist, a profes-

sional women’s club. Helping out is what she loves best. In addition to that, Stewart enjoys gourmet cooking. But with the full plate of work and volunteering, this Wapato High School graduate’s first and foremost priority is her grandchildren. This 66-year-old has eight grandchildren, ranging in ages from 22 to 2, and they are indeed the light of her life. She always prioritizes time to take her grandchildren to the zoo, or just simply spend quality time with them. After high school, Stewart says she wanted to become a librarian, because of her love for reading. But in the end she’s happy with where she’s at, close to family and what she does, crunching numbers and making sure all the numbers add up correctly.

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Sunnyside woman finds second career in counseling

by John Fannin

Retired pastor, newspaper columnist, caretaker, counselor – if there’s a hat Karen Helsel of Sunnyside has probably worn it. Helsel retired in 2011 as pastor for Sunnyside Church of God (now Oasis Community Church) and in August 2011 she started a new business as a certified mental health counselor. Helsel completed a state certification exam and training for her occupation to complement the degree she received in psychology and Christian ministeries at Anderson University back in the 1990s. She points out that although certified she’s not a licensed counselor and as a result she is unable to provide a diagnosis or bill insurance companies. Clients, she adds, can obtain a receipt after paying for services, then send them to their insurance company for reimbursement. Helsel notes those who attend Oasis Community Church or are part of the Assembly of God Anderson, Ind. can receive counseling for a discount. As a certified counselor,

Karen Helsel

Helsel said she receives ongoing input from Rosemary Wrung of Sunnyside, who is a licensed mental health therapist. For more than a year now, she’s been assisting Lower Valley residents dealing with issues that include anger, depression and grief. “Depression is partly anger turned inside,” says Helsel. She admits to having anger issues herself, in the past, and notes the coming holiday season can spur feelings of anger within many families.

“When a dysfunctional family gets together for Thanksgiving that’s the cause of a lot of anger,” she says. To that end, Helsel will be holding an anger workshop next month to give people “tools” for getting through the Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities with difficult people in their families. Whatever difficult time people are working through, Helsel says her background in ministry has helped her to be sensitive to people and their emotional needs. “There’s a connection between the spiritual and emotional,” she says. Besides working part-time for a foster child program in Yakima, the past year has also seen Helsel put her funny bone to the test. Calling it a “Hint of Humor,” Helsel’s column appears weekly in the Daily Sun News. She says she has to work at it, which means overcoming her tendency in the past to use sarcastic humor. Helsel created the column as a way to bring some positive aspects to light about living in Sunnyside. “I’m trying to find something positive that makes

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A former pastor, Karen Helsel of Sunnyside counsels clients on issues that include anger, grief and depression.

us smile,” she says, citing humorist Dave Barry as one of her favourite columnists. It’s not always easy for Helsel to find something to laugh about, especially given her husband’s long-term illness that now requires him to live in an adult care home. It may not be easy, but Helsel finds a way to help herself and others find hope for today, with a hint of humor along the way.

If the past year as a certified counselor has taught her anything it’s that human nature can accomplish much – including overcoming difficulties as she has. “I think we are stronger than we think we are,” she says. “We give up too soon on jobs and relationships. I’ve seen God change lives and help people make good choices.” - John Fannin can be reached at jfannin@ dailysunnews.com or at 837-4500.

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A love story of sorts has guided Sherry Castilleja’s career choices and eventually landed her a business in Sunnyside. Coffee is something she has been familiar with for quite some time. Castilleja got her first taste making espresso when she was just a teenager. “I worked at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Zillah, that’s where I first got my start with espresso,” she said. However well she might have been trained, Castilleja believes that looking back on her teenage-barista days the drinks she made were probably not very good. She’s always had a love of sorts for coffee, and coffee culture; like sitting at coffee shops to study or read. The Outlook native and Zillah High School graduate recently brought her passions full circle when she and her husband Joey opened Suntown Coffee in Sunnyside. Her personal love story begins in the sixth grade, when she met her husband-to-be, Joey Castilleja. The two were romantically entwined for quite some time through middle and high school. After high school, Mrs. Castilleja says she wanted to

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by combining everyone’s expertise coupled with thoughtful planning. “Our oldest daughter actually picked out the furniture,” she said. Though owning a business sometimes requires long hours, “there’s something about owning your own business that makes it worth it,” she said. It helps, too, Mrs. Castilleja said, that the shop’s employees can often work the opening and closing shifts. “It’s a balancing act, but (having someone open and close the shop) helps a lot with our family life,” she added. The best part of her day, however, is when her three children ask to visit the family-owned business. “The kids are still excited to go to the ‘coffee chop’,” she said. ‑ Amber Schlenker can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email ASchlenker@ DailySunNews.com

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City councilwoman’s work at YVCC challenging, varied

by Laura Gjovaag

GRANDVIEW – “I expected to be here five years, then maybe go back and teach,” she said. “Twenty years later I’m still here.” Diana Jennings is the student services coordinator at YVCC. Her job is helping students negotiate various programs, demystifying financial aid and assisting in tutoring, testing, workstudy and student government. “It’s such a small campus, I wear many hats,” she said. “I just go where the need at the moment happens to take me.” Jennings grew up in Grandview, although she was born in the Seattle area. Her family moved to Grandview when she was a child, and she’s been here ever since, with only one stint in Texas with her first husband. “We lived about 65 miles northwest of San Antonio,” she said. “I was in Texas for about five years and came home for a visit and realized I wanted to stay here.” Jennings attended YVCC and earned some credits through WSU. She was working to-

wards a degree in business administration but the difficulty of working while going to school wore on her, and she didn’t finish the course work. She was working at WSU in the high school equivalency program when a position at YVCC opened up. As a divorced woman with small children, the idea of working near where she lived appealed to her and she applied. She started at YVCC as a secretary and general support person. She later moved into her current position, which carries more responsibility and helps more students. It also requires a lot of flexibility on her part. “I’m juggling a lot of balls all day long and constantly having to change gears,” Jennings said. “My gears don’t change as smooth as they used to.” Despite having been at the job for 20 years, she says it hasn’t seemed that long. “I’ve had jobs that lasted a year that felt like they lasted 10 years,” she said. “This job hasn’t felt that long. There are Laura Gjovaag/Daily Sun News always new faces, new student Diana Jennings, student services coordinator at YVCC in Grandview, speaks with student Victor Nunez governments. They get young- in the tutoring center. Jennings’ work is constantly changing based on the needs of the student in front see “Jennings” next page

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er every year, though.” She said her field of work helps her keep a finger on the pulse of things. Her husband is an assistant principal at Grandview High School, which also keeps the two of them in step with what is happening with younger people. “He listens to current music,” she said. “I ask why, and he says it’s because that’s what he hears all day at school.” In addition to working at YVCC, Jennings is also on the Grandview City Council. She was first appointed to the seat in May of 2008 when Robert Morales stepped down. She recently won re-election and will be serving another fouryear term. “There’s so much experience on council,” she said. She talked about the wealth of information the members of the council have, including several former mayors with historical perspectives on the city that help with current problems. She is proud of how well the group gets along together. “That doesn’t mean we agree, but we agree to disagree,” Jennings said. “We respect each other’s opinions, and we always come to a consensus on what’s best for the city.” She said the council is also fortunate to have a great city staff to work with. She sin-

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gled out city administrator Cus Arteaga as one reason why it’s such a pleasure to be on the council. But she is worried the ideal situation can’t last. “There was talk of (staff) retirements at the retreat,” she said. “And some council members are considering stepping down at the end of their terms.” She said her work at YVCC has an impact on her work on the council, and vice versa. She knows students and knows how they are affected directly by her choices on council. Jennings cites the $20 car tab charges as an example. She was told by someone that he couldn’t afford the tabs, and she was able to explain

that it is a choice between paying $20 a year for good streets or paying $50 every few months to repair his car because the streets are in such bad condition. “If I can educate you, it might take some of the frustrations out of your life,” she said. Being on council helps her to slow down and explain what is happening more clearly so people understand why council members make the choices they do. It also gets her to ask more questions. “I want to know why,” she said. “Explain things so I understand, then maybe I won’t have so many questions later on.” Jennings admits she doesn’t have a lot of time outside of her busy schedule, but she makes time for her granddaughter, whom she was able to take to Disneyland. “Home time is good time,” she said. For all the craziness in her life, she loves her work and loves her job. “Every day is different, every day I face new challenges,” said Jennings about her work at YVCC as the student services coordinator. “I really enjoy the variety.” ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email LGjovaag@ DailySunNews.com

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Sunnyside soccer coach teaching youngsters to aim high by Jennie McGhan

Motivated by the goal of helping Sunnyside’s youth reach for their dreams, Sylvia Villagrana believes she can make a difference as a soccer coach and teacher. She coaches the Sunnyside High and Harrison Middle School girls soccer teams when she is not serving as a substitute teacher. Villagrana is also working on her own goals of becoming a certified teacher. “I just have my student teaching to complete before I am a certified teacher,” she said. Substitute teaching helped her pay for the college education she received, a social science degree with an emphasis on education. “I am driven by the students and their ability to achieve their goals,” she said. Villagrana sees the potential in every student. As a substitute teacher, she has a small window of opportunity to make a difference in a student’s day. However, that one day can influence the student’s perspective and she said there are students with whom she has come into contact with outside the classroom who remember her and respond positively when they encounter her. Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News Villagrana is also a parent of Sunnyside High School girls soccer coach and substitute teachtwo small children, the oldest of er Sylvia Villagrana wants to help youngsters fight for their whom is 5-years-old. She said dreams.

she sees how her son’s teacher inspires him. “Knowing a teacher has such an influence on the lives of youth gives me hope that I will be a more permanent inspiration on students in the classroom,” said Villagrana. She said that same passion for influencing young minds, helping youngsters realize their potential is what led her to coaching soccer. As a former Sunnyside High School athlete, Villagrana recalls

how her coaches influenced her. She said her softball coach, Deke Berchtol, and her soccer coach, Kathy Jolliff, both had a great impact on her life. It was Jolliff who helped Villagrana find her way as a coach. Jolliff asked Villagrana to volunteer her time as an assistant coach for the high school girls soccer team. Thus began the path to becoming head coach at Harrison Middle School and then at SHS. see “Villagrana” next page

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