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Volunteers Clean Sandbar

Lyle News for May 22

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Lyle Newscasters

Mildred Lykens, 365-0060

mildred@gorge.net

Barbara Sexton, 365-5374

madison@gorge.net

Saturday, May 17, was the Lyle Sandbar clean-up -- a community council sanctioned event to participate in National River Clean-up Week. This event provides thousands of civic-minded citizens nation wide an opportunity to detrash our rivers and streams and control invasive species.

We had approximately 35 volunteers, mostly members of the Columbia Gorge Kiteboarders Association. We had hoped to have some local River Keeper volunteers. Hopefully next year we will be able to get the word out more successfully. We collected 10 old tires, a number of items deemed for hazardous waste (batteries and syringes), and dozens of fishing floats. We also took out 25 garbage bags of miscellaneous trash.

We did not remove the logs on the sandbar (although a priority for the safety of kiteboarders). Or remove the invasive weeds at the instruction of the U.S. Forest Service. It is unfortunate that there are dozens of creosote leaching cross ties sitting in the wetlands at the beach, which is a nesting area for birds. These were also not removed at the request of Rivers Keepers and U.S. Forest Service. Please join us next year for another clean-up. (submitted by Scott Putnam).

A successful clean-up was also held by the Lyle-Balch Cemetery Association this passed weekend. There were about 40 volunteers who worked at the cemetery and 30 who enjoyed the potluck lunch and business meeting. The officers were all re-elected: Bill Hamm, president; Mike Sorensen, vice president; and Barbara Sexton, secretary/treasurer. Jerry Bertschi was elected to a three-year trustee position. This annual clean-up brings volunteers from far and wide; also lets people get to know others that have families buried there.

Two weeks ago found the Lyle Sundowners camping at Viento Park (between Hood River and Cascade Locks). There were 13 members and one guest, Mildred Lykens, who was voted on and accepted as a new member that day.

Grandma Barb got to see granddaughter Madison Wood perform Sunday at her dance recital. It was a very impressive presentation of two year olds to adults.

"Maybe it's true that life begins at 50. But every thing else begins to wear out, fall out, or spread out." Phyllis Diller

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