Mildred Lykens, 365-0060
Over 150 contestants participated in the "Klickitat Trail 1/2 Marathon and 5K run/walk" between Klickitat and Lyle on Saturday, Nov. 3, most of whom never knew our area existed.
Congratulations go to some of our own who placed in the event. There were some who walked the distance and some ran but all had a great time and one entry even relinquished second place to her friend and accepted third. Now that's real sportsmanship!
It was a fundraiser for both activity centers in their respective communities with sponsors too numerous to mention, but if you visit the Facebook page (in quotes above) and spot them, thank those various sponsors for their part in making this event a huge success.
It has been reported to me that the cougar is still on the prowl; this time right through downtown Lyle. It has been spotted on both ends of town: near the railroad tunnel at the east and it even followed a gentleman who was walking his dog from the park to his home on the west end of town. I understand that most of the time the man was walking backwards, facing the stalking animal, to his door. (That's right past my house, folks!) A call into wildlife management got me playing phone tag for a couple of days before getting a response as if it was no big deal. Really? Call me paranoid but this sounds serious to me. The Department of Wildlife responded to the report with dogs but were unable to locate any sign other than one paw print near the railroad tracks and the dogs did not pick up the scent.
The annual Holiday Bazaar brought in waves of customers on both Friday and Saturday. Over 20 vendors displayed their wares and were as diverse as they were unique and readily available to ease the strain of buying for those hard to please folks on shoppers' Christmas lists. The lunch table of hot dogs and chili was there to warm you inside, as well as a raffle for a beautiful handmade quilt to warm you outside. This year's quilt winner was Betty Isaacson of Dallesport.
Ten Lady Sundowners met for their monthly luncheon at the Old School Grill in Carson. They try new and different eateries to experience what cuisines the gorge has to offer, as does the entire group when they meet for winter monthly meetings. November's get-together found 20 members gathered at Cascade Locks' Charburger, downstairs for the all-you-can-eat-brunch and a short meeting afterward.