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Help Decorate Christmas Tree

Lyle News for Nov. 18

By the

Lyle Newscasters

Mildred Lykens, 365-0060

mildred@gorge.net

Barbara Sexton, 365-5374

madison@gorge.net

The season has begun. The Community Christmas tree was delivered and planted Friday. It is a beautiful 8-foot Grand Fir donated by R & R Nursery of High Prairie (Ray and Roxann Cline and Joe & Joy Vital). Many lights have also been donated and a few decorations. The plan is to decorate the tree the day after Thanksgiving in a kickoff for the December Christmas Lights Contest. Prizes for the contest are coming in thanks to Mildred and her persuasive smile. You can soon pick up your contest entry at local businesses and at the post office.

Come and join in the fun at 12 noon, Nov. 26.

On Nov. 29, council elections will take place at the Lyle Community Council meeting. County Commissioner Joan Frey will present the latest information on the status of Lyle's Urban Boundaries. PUD will be in attendance. If you have ideas for EDA Grant requests you need to bring them to this meeting.

Lavern (Shorty) Holland passed away earlier this month. He was a long time resident of A & G Adult Foster Home. Shorty enjoyed coming to the senior luncheon and always had a smile on his face. He is missed!

Churches in Lyle are Lyle United Methodist, 403 Klickitat St, and Lyle Celebration Center, 715 Washington St.

As printed in The Goldendale Sentinel in 1960 and reprinted with their permission, "Historical Society Members Exchange Early-Day Stories:"

"Mention of construction of the Rail Road brought out the story of the Indian chief, Skookum Wallahee. Skookum sold right-of-way across his lands after an extended period of negotiation. Contractors were way ahead of the land agent and Skookum, according to O.P. Kreps, had his own way of hastening the settlement. Every day he went high up on the hill and rolled rocks down on the workmen. "Me rollem rock-pretty soon they settle," he told friends, and when the settlement was made Skookum choose a lifetime pass in lieu of cash payment."

"When the line was put in operation, Skookum was ready to ride the first train, which stopped to pick him up. Every day he would flag down the train, ride to Goldendale and return. Eventually the crews tired of stopping to let the old boy on and off and some of the stops were mere slowdowns."

Ham and eggs, a day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

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