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By Mildred Lykens
Lyle News 

Mats made from sacks


January 23, 2019

February will present the Lyle Film Club with their first anniversary. The members are film enthusiasts, with some enjoying the chosen list each month while some watch and discuss them. They meet every second Friday, but their meeting location seems to travel so if you’re interested, send Cindy an email:

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Lyle School District’s voters will be asked to vote on a measure to continue local levy support for the district’s school and students. This is a replacement enrichment levy, not a new tax. Due to recent changes in the state’s school funding structure, the tax rate will be significantly less than the past three years. Local tax rates were limited to $1.50 per thousand property assessment beginning in 2019. There is lots of information on the district levy page,, and on its Facebook page, Questions? Don’t hesitate to call the district office at (509) 365-2191

On the first Tuesday of every month, beginning Feb. 5, a group of friends and neighbors will be making mats for the homeless and veterans. These will be made from grocery sacks. I would like to ask everyone to save clean and dry grocery sacks to be put to good use. I will see about getting a clean garbage can put outside the community center for this purpose. Anyone willing to volunteer we will start at 1 p.m. until whenever? Meeting location is 170 Oda Knight Road; call: Anna (503) 753-6806.

I noticed a dip in the road on Hwy 14 that has become a little more profound lately, and Sunday on my way to church in Bingen, I saw a crack forming across the pavement in that spot. I’ve always noticed the dip at Catherine Creek but not this one until recently. Traveling west, it is just on the Lyle side of the rest area near the top of the hill. Call me paranoid, but that is a little disturbing to me. My imagination running wild thinks—a possible sinkhole forming? What’s that you say, State Highway Department?

On an inspirational level, I would like to share about the painted rock project where some caring person paints on rocks and leaves them for others to find. I’ve been blessed to find two over the years. The first one was on an eye-level shelf in Portland’s Barnes and Noble book store with a message of “Have Hope” and a small flower. I asked the attendant about it, and they said that it regularly happens and that I could keep it. The second one is a little larger and found recently at Water’s Edge in The Dalles that reads, “Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud” with an appropriate picture of clouds and rainbow. I have them both on display here, one at my door and the other in my kitchen. It’s truly an inspirational and thoughtful project.


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