By Audrey Bentz
The Strawberry Mountain Band will be playing at the High Prairie Community Center this Friday (May 4) from 7 to 9 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy the "old favorites' for listening or dancing. There will be some light refreshments, maybe some board or card games as well. Families as well as adult singles or couples are welcome.
The High Prairie Community Council's April meeting last week featured an address by Mike McMadden, administrator for Skyline Hospital. He shared the problem of the hospital levy failure which has prompted a reduction of the ambulance service to our area. As a result, the Dallesport connection will not be staffed overnight, leaving High Prairie and other local areas without overnight coverage. He emphasized that there would, however, be "mutual aid" from other ambulance services. The present plan, which is scheduled to be in place by June, is to allow the EMS district (county) to take over the ambulance service. Mr. McMadden reported that we have some of the best trained medics in the Northwest, giving us a higher level of competency than most other rural ambulances are able to provide.
Once again, the great community spirit surfaced. As a result of the February snow/ice storm, about six local High Prairians spent a couple of days cutting up two gigantic fallen pine trees at the D. Taylor residence. The wood was made available for heating several homes.