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WATCH: Sumner's Orton Junction Could be Site of YMCA Friends and Servants Program

Watch this video to learn more about the YMCA Friends and Servants, a juvenile offender rehabilitation program Sumner hopes to start in town if Orton Junction is approved.

The Friends and Servants program is a YMCA program that helps rehabilitate young offenders through community service programs. The Puyallup program is designed to teach troubled youth about farming, lawn care and landscaping, Puyallup berry and farm maintainence.

This video, created by Sumner leaders, the YMCA and Rainier Country, is meant to show the community the potential of developing Orton Junction and the kind of community programs that could be brought to Sumner.

"The process to bring Orton Junction here is long and complicated, but the City of Sumner keeps at it because many of its citizens recognize the benefits of bringing programs like Friends and Servants and the YMCA to this community," says Sumner communications director Carmen Palmer in the video.

Visit our Orton Junction topic page for more information on the status of Sumner's development project.

What do you think of Sumner's plan to bring this and other YMCA programs to Orton Junction? Tell us in the comments.

Kathleen September 19, 2012 at 07:05 PM
We don't want Orton Junction. How many times do we have to tell you? Good services can be placed in some of the vacant buildings in Sumner, so we don't need the sprawling development just to bring in services. We still do not want Orton Junction.
hank September 21, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Kathleen you may not want it but there are us that see the benifits of it .If your part of the group that wants to save the farm land then get off your wallet and buy the land and farm it. Money talks B.S. whines
Kathleen September 25, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Hank....Money talks may be correct...It seems the Corliss faction has money enough to dictate how the Sumner Community lives and is run. Ever hear how citizens get to decide how their community is run, rather than special investor interests. I don't own a farm any more because my farm was pushed out (after being there for about 80 years) by big money interest developments and shopping centers. Tell me, what is the benefit when Sumner has so many commrcial vacancies, Albertson's is leaving Bonney Lake and retail vacancies are running about 30% now? Also, the YMCA community services mentioned in the above article already exist in Sumner. Hank, it seems you are willing to have Sumner citizens pay more to make other people richer...And in a recession period too..
Poiq April 30, 2013 at 05:48 AM
This was painful to watch. Those kids being used as pawns in the City of Sumner's efforts to abduct nearly 200 acres of farmland and pave it over for commercial use. If they want to help kids they should use all the land for farming programs and not pave one square foot of it. Politicians are disgusting.

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