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Skatepark groundwork starts

Lyle News for Sept. 28

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Lyle Newscasters

Mildred Lykens, 365-0060

Barbara Sexton, 365-5374

Groundwork is underway for the new skateboard park at the old grade school, making this the latest addition to the Lyle Park Place. Saturday a group of interested parents, council members and students met to mark the location and prepared the ground for the pouring of the concrete foundation. Soon the students' dream will come to fruition in having a safe place for their local skateboarding.

Work is also underway for the next council newsletter the "Point of View." Look for it in your mailbox the first week in October. Council elections will be held at the November meeting. Three positions are up for re-election.

Flu season is almost upon us; it is wise to check with your health care provider to see if you should get a flu shot. Seniors citizens and small children are the most vulnerable.

The Lyle "Twin Bridges Museum" is expecting to receive its non profit corporation papers any day. Once those are in hand a board will be organized and volunteers will be needed.

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

Lyle Transportation (author unknown), quoting from a letter from Mary Joselyn in 1881: "Early settlers had to be satisfied to use the riverboats to get supplies from The Dalles or Hood River. Only Indian trails wormed their way over the mountains."

"When James O. Lyle and his family wanted to cross the Columbia River to visit friends or conduct business, they had an ingenious method. They built a rowboat the right length on which they could put their buggy with the wheels hanging over the sides. They would swim the horses along side and row across and get their buggy on dry land again and the horses would pull them to their destination. It had to be a good day with no strong East wind to stir up the white caps or carry them down stream too fast in the current. Not until 1851 was the river first used by steamboats between the Cascade Rapids and Celilo Falls. Three years later in 1854 the WASCO and MARY were added to serve the settlements along the river."

The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere.


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