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Lyle Activity Center wall to become canvas for local graffiti artists

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We lost another lifetime resident. Richard “Dick” Sauter passed away at the age of 81 on June 3. He was born on the family homestead here in Lyle. Saturday, June 8, brought family and friends together to celebrate his life with a graveside service at Balch-Lyle Cemetery and a potluck afterward at the Columbia Grange. He will be dearly missed.

The Lady Sundowners had their biggest turn out of the year when they met at Multnomah Falls for their June luncheon. It was a great day for a ride up the Gorge and the falls were spectacular.

You heard the saying, “If you can’t beat them, join them?” Well, members of the OLESS organization has decided to do just that. After years of trying to get a handle on the growing vandalism and graffiti in the park, they decided to have a “Porta-Potty Painting Party” and use the finances as a fundraiser to replace the potty that was destroyed by fire last month. The OLESS has been financing the potty’s existence each summer for park user’s convenience, but when they asked Bishop Sanitation to replace it, they were informed that if the potty was destroyed again they would be charged $800. As OLESS is, and always has been, run by volunteers on fundraisers and donated money, that is not an option; they simply cannot afford the risk.

The plan is to create an event with rules and guidelines that offer each participant a section of the Activity Center’s park side wall, with a $10 starting bid per section. Supervision of the “art” being created will be specific people to insure these participants abide by the rules and also to determine that the art be in good taste and not contain anything derogatory. The artists would be responsible for supplying their own paint to insure they were given every opportunity to create their artwork to their satisfaction. Artists may seek sponsors for the event fee. The idea is being enthusiastically pursued with plans being solidified for date and time.

The Lyle Activity Center (LAC) is looking for a person or couple to serve as a park host. The hosts will reside in their own RV on the park grounds. Length of tenancy is negotiable. It is intended that this be a summer-long position. Well behaved pets are welcome provided that they are spayed/neutered. If interested, contact Marcia Buser at (503) 481-1870 or

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