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By Mildred Lykens
Lyle News 

Lyle grads carry dreams and plans


Fourteen seniors walked in Lyle High School’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 3, with a crowd of staff, family and friends looking on. In the midst of the graduates, some carry with them dreams and plans ranging from pre-med to a two-year nursing degree, dental assistant, engineering, medical and x-ray technology to military service. They will either enter the work force; enroll in community colleges, vocational schools or four-year universities. Deb Stenberg, Communications Director / Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, reported, in part, “We are proud of our scholarship winners earning a collective $68,750. We are especially grateful for the outpouring of financial support from the local community organizations that show their confidence in our graduates and our community! Those include local scholarships from the Lyle Alumni, Lyle Lions, the Bertschi family, The Bryan family, Skyline Hospital and Dean Oldenburg. We thank you all for your generosity and belief in our kids.” Could be we should all bestow our Congratulations and respect to the Lyle High School Class of 2017, because of their diligent educators and personal perseverance, wherever they go, they are prepared to contribute their talents and skills to whatever profession they have chosen.

The Lyle School’s community greenhouses and garden are getting some TLC in preparation for the start of the next school year. Big thanks go out to Dirt Hugger in Dallesport for giving a great deal on 5 cubic yards of top-quality potting soil. Funding from the Gorge Community Foundation went toward the purchase of the soil. Also to Underwood Fruit & Warehouse Co. and Mt Adams Orchard for the donation of fruit boxes; they received makeovers into raised beds. If you have any extra starts of fall crop seeds, the community garden will put them to good use. And if you’re looking for something to do this summer, how about helping with garden maintenance? Send an email to or call (509) 365-2191.

Fire Chief, Dave McCune reported: “The county burn ban is set to start July 1, and Lyle follows the county burn ban. That said, it is plenty dry already and we have had some small wildland fires. Rural 7 burn ban will start June 12. One thing to note, it is dry down here along Highway 14, even with the rain we have had in the last few days it will only take a day or two of wind and hot weather for things to dry out. If people are burning or planning to burn how dry, hot, and windy it is should be considered before burning. If you are burning and it gets away from you, you could be held liable for damages and cost of fighting the fire, with or without a burn ban. Think before you start a burn.”

It seems that I’m in that age group that is losing friends more frequently than I wish. Besides the passing of Lyle’s highly respected and loved, Jim Curl, another one of my all time favorite friends took her last breath a week ago on Saturday, June 3, at the Klickitat Valley Hospital. She succumbed to her off- and-on battle with pneumonia at the age of 98. Hazel Morehead was a dear person with a smile that would light up a room, a grand sense of humor and love of her fellowman. Her celebration of life will be held at the Lutheran Church in Klickitat on Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. She was loving, she was special, and she will be sorely missed. Solace is that they are both in a far better place.

Happy Father’s Day to all you Daddies out there.


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