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To say the Lustre roads are atrocious would be an understatement. Lustre Road and Wall Street Road both need a good four-wheel drive to navigate the slippery mud and the gravel covered in melting/ frozen slush and places where the tracks are only on one side of the road with snow blocking the other.

It reminded me of the days when one of our jobs after school was to churn butter and when the butter was almost ready, buttermilk would slosh around the chucks of butter in the jar with leaps. The windows of your vehicle are giving you good visibility one minute, the next it’s covered in dripping muddy water, which makes one real thankful for a windshield wiper.

Someone said, in all their days of driving to Lustre, the roads were never this bad. The culverts show on the south side of Lustre Road where it has washed out soil from flowing water April 11, east of Lustre Christian High School near the old Emil Schmidt place.

We went from snow to canoeing — over our flooded driveway on Wall Street — back to five inches of snow in one day, then three inches of snow last week in one day.

At least 100 Canadian geese came to the large ponds in fields near Al Kliewer’s. Water in the hills by Norman Teichroew’s was three miles on one side, two to the other and rushing water going through three culverts. Though the water was not deep on Frazer/Richland Road, it was a long stretch from Holtzritzers’ to the former Branson place.

Eddies and whirlpools could be seen from Arlyn Pancratz’s and the snowbanks that had melted were replaced by the new snow on Wall Street. Mrs. Farmer reported miles and miles of sand cranes on the road between Lustre and Richland. We can be so glad for the moisture when other states are reporting extreme drought. The run-off we lost to Wolf Creek in the snowmelt has been replaced by two snowfalls.

Farmers wait now to get into fields. It is great to see the new baby calves. Thursday’s snowstorm and slippery roads prevented events at LCHS until Friday.

Two one-act plays were interspersed with God Bless America, My Country, Tis of Thee and America the Beautiful performed by the 17-member middle school and 17-member high school choirs under the direction of Debbie Catel. A Click of the Remote was a reader’s theatre by former LCHS English teacher Al Leland, narrated by Gabe Alves and performed by 10 fellow students.

The Presidents of Mount Rushmore: History Set in Stone by Gloria Emmerich was performed by the drama class of LCHS. The Presidents were played by Eyosias Ayosias, Elijah Lenihan, Brian Guedes and Ife Aniobi. Other actors/actresses were Terran Joseph, Naveen Pilla, Layla Quiroz, Alea Reddig, Merideth Valentine and Sarah Dahl. Stage manager was Gabe Alves and Mitchella Rosidor was prompter. Hair and makeup was done by Emily Dela Cruz. Sound and lights were handled by Sarel Matthyser and Rodas Gebreyohannes. Set design assistants were Debbie Lenihan, Bernie Swartzenbruber, Eyosias Ayalew and Meredith Valentine.

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