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Lyle News: NFCS grant to be used to restore old school building

Vern Harpole, board member of the Lyle Activity Center (LAC), met with Jim Markman, relationship manager of Northwest Farm Credit Services (NFCS) along with Poppie Mantone, (owner of Syncline Winery) and local advisor board chair of NFCS, to receive a $1,000 grant check from that company. Harpole applied for the grant to advance the restoration of the old school building into a viable Activity Center. Room by room, project by project, the restoration and improvements are being met as donations are received. The members of the LAC wish to express appreciation to Northwest Farm Credit Services and Markman who encourages other local organizations to also apply for the Rural Community Grants available by contacting him at or call 541-298-3400.

My emotions sway as if I were a child on the playground swing. First I go up with pride of a resident that anonymously mowed near the welcome signs, only to descend with disappointment when I see graffiti smeared on the park’s picnic tables, then I ascend higher when I have a flat tire and a stranger stops to fix it, only to drop heavily when I hear that our own Lyle Merc has been burglarized twice within a few days by “no accounts” breaking and entering and stealing from the hard working proprietors. Maybe I should try the merry-go-round.

The Columbia Basin Goat Guild is holding its third annual workshop on May 18 at the Lyle Activity Center. This “Goat Academy” will allow attendees hands-on lessons covering a variety of goat related topics. Many classes will be running simultaneously so check out one of their brochures for classes you wish to attend; they are available by contacting Mary Wilson at 509-261-1991. Breakfast, a lunch of burger, salads, drinks, and all classes are included in the $35 per person attendance fee.

Also on May 18 is the Lyle/Balch Cemetery Clean- up day. Volunteers can bring lawn tools to help ready the grounds before Memorial Day. Work starts at 8:30 a.m. followed with a potluck and annual meeting at the Columbia Grange Hall at noon.

Members of the area’s Genealogy Society made a sweep of the local gorge museums and visited ours on their route. Sources say that there were many accolades for the diversity of displays our little Twin Bridges Museum has to offer.

Show your support and pride in the graduating seniors this year by attending one of the local graduation ceremonies. Those 12 to 13 years (including kindergarten) seem like a lifetime to them and us elders can look back and realize what a short period of time it really was and how many memories those years created.

An early call for entries of professional and amateur photographers to submit their finest scenic, close-up, and artistic renderings of wild flowers from the Columbia River Gorge area. A collection of 40 entries will be selected to be displayed at Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River for the July 2013 show titled, “The Earth Laughs in Flowers.” Three finalists will be unveiled at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River on Friday, July 5, during the First Friday Art Opening. Entry fee is $25 for the first 5 images. (100 percent of the entry fees go to support the non-profit, Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River). Deadline for entries is Monday, May 27. Questions, call 541-387-8877

Lyle Newscasters Mildred Lykens, 365-0060


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