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By Mildred Lykens
Lyle News 

Retirement party for Haarstad


Our very own Les Haarstad has been on the Lyle Fire department for 32 years, making him the longest serving current member. The fire department is having a retirement party for Les on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Lyle Hotel from 4 – 6 p.m. The community is welcome and encouraged to come. Please share with us as we let Les know how much we appreciate his volunteer service as fireman, fire commissioner and friend. Dress is casual and light appetizers will be served. Les has also been the pastor for the Lyle Celebration Center for many years. Thank you, Les, for your years of dedicated volunteering and now on your very deserved retirement!

The hub, KLASAC, (Klickitat/Lyle Against Substance Abuse Coalition) has a new spoke. The group met all the criteria needed for a grant to help the volunteer leaders, working closely with students in our county, to encourage non use of habit forming drugs. No surprise they have decided on the name, “Our Klickitat.” Another spoke from this hub is a group of students themselves called, TADAA (Teens Against Drugs And Alcohol) This is very encouraging to know that perhaps this army will stand fast and defeat the infestation of drugs in our area. Want to be a warrior in this dedicated army? Call Rita, 360-952-3569.

OK, I have a new rant. This time it is about my power bill. I find that I’m not alone in my astonishment of the extraordinary high power bill this month. Last month I was amazed at a hundred dollar jump and tried to make sense of it, then for it to have jumped a hundred dollars more?! No way. I called PUD this time and got nowhere with the company. They are telling me that it is because, “It’s been colder this winter and your furnace has worked harder, thus your large bill.” When I stated that a few years back we had a bad winter and my bill was never this high, the answer was, “Well, we’ve had rate increases since then.” Really? A $200 rate increase? I think it’s time that a neutral investigating company is called in and let them decide on what is really happening. What do people on set incomes do? Roll the dice to determine if we buy or medications or pay a light bill? Or tighten the belt and eat fewer meals? I don’t smoke, and I don’t drink, but I do like to have at least two meals a day…now I’ll be down to one?

On a ‘brighter’ note; I asked my daughter if she saw the USO in the sky. She looked at me and asked, “USO?” I answered, ‘Yes, an Unidentified Shining Object.” She shook her head and said, “Oh, Mom—that was the sun!”


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