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Lyle practices putting out fires

 

Milded Lykenor

Participants Lyle's National Night Out train a hose at pretend fire objects.

Lyle's National Night Out was a huge success last week with the Lyle Park jam packed with residents trying their skills at such challenges as putting out fires with the Lyle Fire Department firefighters overseeing for safety. Hoses hooked to standing fire trucks were used on a house ablaze. The make shift three story house's false front had wooden flames sitting in various windows on all levels. With their peers cheering them on, teenagers, Rashida and Shakira Kelly each tried their abilities on the fire hose to point and shoot a stream of water to douse the flames as quickly as possible.

Scattered across the park a bean bag toss was set up by Cor Winery and had contestants lined up to prove they could outdo one another, while Skyline Hospital had a table with a variety of bike helmets for kids to be sized and given out. Face painting was provided by a teacher, Ann Scott, and was a hit with the little ones, as well as a few teens. The Sheriff's Department had their search and rescue boat on display and in an effort to continue to build positive relationships with students and families, the deputies engaged in competitive activities with the kids, and invited students to talk about potential careers in law enforcement. A bucket was passed around for donations to help meet the $35,000.00 goal for new playground equipment for the recently moved grade school children to the secondary school property on Keasey.

The park pavilion held a free smorgasbord of partly potluck, partly cash donation from Kidz Dental Zone who also had an educational display of soft drinks topped with a container depicting how many grams of sugar each held; which was quite surprising, plus another table with a tub full of freebies. (I took a chapstick.) Sizzling hot dogs and burgers were cooked to perfection by two very handsome grill masters; School staff, Vernon Letourneau and Mike Murphy. And let's not leave out the ice cream vendor, Dallesport/Murdock Community Council who served a generous scoop on a cone for only a buck. The OLESS opened the Activity Center for anyone needing to wash that ice cream off smiling faces. The Lions Club displayed a table of informative pamphlets.

Across the street and up the hill stood the newly interior remodeled Twin Bridges Museum who joined the fun with Terry Mills opening their doors for anyone to take advantage of the special occasion and wander through and enjoy the old time displays.

Milded Lykenor

FIRE READINESS

The dunk tank was the biggest hit with Superintendent of schools, Andy Kelly on the 'hot seat' and the brunt of eager students and parents who laid down a dollar-a-throw and tried their luck with the softballs. The target remained intact with the first half dozen hopefuls but it was a different story when young Adam Quintero stepped up and laid his dollar down for his throw. He came so close that onlookers started giving up their turns and paying his fee; each time the ball got closer and closer, once even hitting the target but not quite hard enough. Then it was "Now you see him, now you don't" when the target responded to the hit that dropped Kelly into the tank. Cheers arose from the crowd but it was all in good fun for this evening's celebration with all these organizations and businesses uniting to bring fun and food to local families.

Rettai Reppy is new to the district but is nearly single-handedly responsible for catching the national dream and bringing it to Lyle. Next year she'll be working as a partner within the district to support drug/alcohol prevention with kids and families and offering support as the town works to reduce substance abuse issues.

 

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