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Cultural exchange is Friday

Lyle News for May 14

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Lyle Newscasters

Mildred Lykens, 365-0060

Barbara Sexton, 365-5374

The River Peoples Cultural Exchange will be held at Lyle Park Place on Friday, May 15, from 3 to 8 p.m. The River Peoples Native Americans are the hosts along with the Lyle Community. Lyle will also be hosting a Chinese delegation, of young, small town mayors (under 1 million people). Native Chiefs, Sen. Jim Honeyford, County Commissioner Dave Sauter, Gorge Commissioner Jill Arens and representatives from the WSU Horizons Project will be on hand to welcome all visitors from far and wide.

The natives will serve their traditional food, tell their history in story form, perform historic drumming and dances for the crowd.

The Twin Bridges Museum will be open and have a visiting display of Klickitat Native Basketry. Our world renowned, local resident artist, Oren Johnson, has designed a limited edition poster and will have them for sale at the event.

It is the desire of the contributors and the committee, that have been working so hard on this project, that this will be an educational, healing, as well as a revitalizing event for "The River Peoples" both past and present. The public is invited to share in the meal and witness this historic event! Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to defray costs. A beautiful souvenir program, explaining the history, will cost $3.

Lyle-Balch Cemetery Cleanup is on the calendar for the next day, Saturday, May 16, at 8:30 a.m., followed by the annual potluck and business meeting at noon at the Columbia Grange Hall.

Excerpts from the book Early History of Klickitat County by Jim Attwell, 1977: "The final change in the boundary lines of Klickitat County was made by an act approved November 29, 1881, by which the line between Klickitat and Skamania was established."

"The people of Klickitat were slow in learning the value of their county as an agricultural district. It was with much doubt as to their success that made the first experiments in farming. Nor were the results obtained altogether satisfactory. The nature of the soil was so different from that to which they had been accustomed that it was necessary to test the value of the land by a series of experiments before they were able to determine the crops for which it was best adapted."

Ever know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!


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