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‘Apple Scouts’ present gift to Bishop Skylstad at 25th anniversary celebration

by the Inland Register

(From the June 13, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

“Apple Scouts” guarded five young apple trees, a gift to Bishop Skylstad at the May 14 celebration of the bishop’s 25 years, first as Bishop of Yakima and then as Bishop of Spokane, both dioceses containing apple orchard regions.

Peter Lampert is the Scout who delivered the trees to Immaculate Heart Retreat Center and assisted Sam McElfish of the retreat center grounds crew in planting the five trees on June 2. They are near the Cedar Chapel in the Three Crosses area. McElfish said the location was chosen because water is available there and plenty of sunlight.

Temporarily planted in a large colorful tub, the trees were carried to the Bishop at the end of the Anniversary Mass by Scout Matthew Van Doren, left of the trees, and his brother, Scout Todd Van Doren. Like Bishop Skylstad, the Van Dorens grew up on an apple orchard near Brewster.

The trees are a gift from the Van Well Nursery of Wenatchee, Wash. Peter Lampert is not an orchard worker but has worked countless summer hours on the family farm in Idaho.

Father Terence Tully is the diocesan Scout chaplain. He was one of the many priests at the anniversary celebration. He asked the Scouts and their parents to obtain, transport, and plant the trees, besides taking photos. The parents are Frederick and Donna Van Doren and David and Debbie Lampert.

All three Scouts are working toward Eagle rank.

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