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By Mildred Lykens
Lyle News 

Cemetery battles grey diggers


Last Saturday the Lyle/Balch Cemetery was buzzing with the annual work day volunteers who came to spruce up the grounds before all the visitors on Memorial Day. Everyone either held a rake, scrub brush or shovel in their gloved hands. I know the trees make a welcoming ambiance to the grounds but they sure know how to create more work from their acorns, oak leaves and pine needles. Also the many grey diggers that have dodged the different ways used to eradicate them. They are damaging the foundations of many tombstones; but the battle is not over and I’m sure the caretaker will persevere.

Afterwards the group gathered for a catered lasagna entrée from Beneventi’s and potluck side dishes at the Grange. At the business meeting many issues were discussed plus the election of officers. With the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”; the incumbent officers remained unchallenged. The satisfaction of a day well spent seemed to be the member’s unanimous mindset.

Speaking of the grange… The Columbia Grange 8, up on Old Highway 8, has had a facelift; due to the efforts of its cosmetologist, Richard (Dick) Keyes. Many thanks should go to him and his helpers for the outstanding job well done.

For the First Saturday Lions Breakfast on June 4th, there will a special donation jar available for qualifying Lyle graduates. The “Scholarship Donation for Graduating Senior(s)” is a fund, which the Lions give annually to further aid in a student’s college or vocational education. Many past graduates have benefited by this opportunity, not only for the monetary but also the moral support these donations bestow. As always the meal offers a great made-to-order omelet or ham and eggs and all the pancakes you can eat; served from 7 to 10 a.m. $7 or $4 for children 6-12 and free for children under 6.

That same day the Twin Bridges Museum will open for the season with scheduled times being each Saturday starting June 4 from noon to 5 p.m. through Sept. 24. There should be a passel of people wanting to see the renovations of the museum’s interior as well as the new exhibits offered this year.

On a personal note, I had the biggest surprise of my life this week. My daughter invited me to a dinner out for my birthday. When we arrived at Ixtapa in The Dalles, we were escorted to a back table where sat my other children, some grandchildren and great grandchildren from as far away as Southern Oregon. A birthday filled with precious memories I will revisit often. The birthday candles were a 5 and a 7…oh, alright...75.


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