Mildred Lykens, 365-0060
Barbara Sexton, 365-5374
Santa first came to the children on Dec. 15, escorted by the Klickitat County Sheriff's department. They arranged for him to receive his wee visitors in a huge red sleigh pulled by three deputy sheriff vehicles, decorated with Christmas lights and reindeer antlers. Santa's helpers were deputies, who escorted each child up the steps to sit beside Santa in the sleigh while proud parents jockeyed for position to photograph their little one whispering their wishes to Jolly Old St. Nick. The OLESS and Twin Bridges Museum supplied hot cocoa, treats and warmth inside the Activity Center.
Weather interfered with the "Hallmark Moment" on Dec. 18 and prevented the seasonal decorating in the park, but Santa's second arrival persevered and arrived on time, accompanied by the fire department's Lighted Fire Truck Caravan, to the joy and excitement of the many kids of all ages. Again everyone enjoyed hot cocoa, treats and the warmth inside the Activity Center and spirits were high as the children all crowded inside and around the coveted position of Santa's knee. With patience and time the young ones were satisfied that he would comply with each of their wishes, and then he was whisked away to other communities who awaited his arrival.
If weather permits on Monday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m., Lyle Community Council will host representatives from both the Washington Department of Transportation (speaking on safety issues on State Route 14) and the Economic Development (explaining why EDA grants have been suspended) at the Lyle Lion's Club.
With the New Year fast approaching, it is time to reflect on the good deeds we have done and the ones left undone. Do not venture into 2011 with the weight of 2010s unfinished projects piled on. You still have a few days left to get caught up...after you've filled out and mailed your cards, finished the Christmas shopping, wrapped and mailed the packages, cleaned the house and spare bedroom for company, decorated the tree and house, delivered the neighbor's gifts, attended all the children's pageants and company parties, shopped for Christmas dinner, made the Christmas cookies...yeah, you have plenty of time. (By the way, Barb and I are taking next week off, we're exhausted.)
Every person has been given the gift of a unique self, and the purpose of life is to share the very best of that gift with the world.