Mildred Lykens, 365-0060
Start your new year off right by joining your fellow Lyleites at the Feb. 4 Old Lyle Elementary School Supporters (OLESS) meeting.
This month there will be a potluck followed by the annual Strategic Planning Meeting starting at 6 p.m. at the Lyle Activity Center (LAC) on the corner of 3rd and Klickitat streets. Regular meetings have been changed to the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Share your favorite dish and fresh ideas with other dedicated residents striving to continually improve our community.
On that note, remodeling of the LAC's south room has passed the "ceiling insulation installation" stage and is waiting its sheet rock ceiling.
Board members are meeting with a consultant this week to update the room to become a regular "Potluck Party Room" which will require a dish washer, microwave and refrigerator. This will be a plus for all who wish to rent the room for various events, but does not entail having a commercial kitchen which is needed to prepare foods on site; for that type, keep in mind the Lion's Club which has always accommodated the public in renting its building for special events.
This week had school levy supporters out ringing doorbells and handing out flyers to educate and encourage voters to understand and pass the school levy. With time fast approaching (Feb. 12), the voter needs to be well informed in order to cast an educated vote. A small personal finance now could save a large financial crisis later. Vote the issues, vote your conscience, vote the facts, but VOTE.
Also at the past school board meeting, it was announced that the new boundaries for redistricting have been set. I was advised that the results can be viewed on the schools website. www.lyleschools.org.
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From Lyle's Website: After seven public meetings across Washington about a proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham more than 14,000 comments have been collected. The comments will determine issues to be examined in an environmental study. State Ecology Department spokesman Larry Altose told The Daily Herald a final decision on the terminal from the department, Corps of Engineers and Whatcom County is at least a couple of years away. The terminal is the largest of five proposed in Washington and Oregon that would ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to power plants in Asia. Supporters say it would help the economy. Opponents are concerned about long, dusty coal trains and the effect on climate change from burning coal anywhere in the world.