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Cabin fever strikes valley
Trout Lake News for Feb. 7
OPEN HOUSE — The Mt. Adams Ranger District will host an open house at the Gotchen Creek Cabin on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skiers and snowmobilers are invited to stop in to warm up with refreshments at the historic 1909 guard station. The ski route begins from SnowKing Sno-Park and back is 6 miles roundtrip over intermediate terrain. The event is part of the 12th annual Trout Lake Cabin Fever Festival, held Feb. 9 and 10. For further information, call 395-3400.
February 05, 2013
By theUp here in the Trout Lake Valley, a vicious plague is upon us -- a tenacious pestilence that has infected even the heartiest of souls. Cabin Fever has stricken the Valley. Carried by frigid winds, and nurtured by darkened skies, it aggressively infects its host. The signs are readily apparent: lethargy, depression, apathy, weight-gain, and excess facial hair (on both men and women). But, if we are strong enough to make it for a few more days, a cure is on the way. The 12th annual Trout Lake Cabin Fever Festival will be held this weekend, Feb. 9-10. It is the only effective serum for this pernicious epidemic.
Trout Lake Newswriters
Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669
Sean McGroarty, 395-9394
The festivities kick off at 9:30 am. on Saturday, Feb. 9, with an 8K Nordic Classic ski race at Pineside Sno-Park. The race is open to both competitive and casual skiers. Costumes are welcome, and registration is at 9. Please remember to have a Sno-Park pass for your vehicle.
At noon on Saturday, there will be a Community Lunch at the Trout Lake Grange Hall. Join your community members for a feast of soup, bread, and dessert prepared by volunteers from the Farm to School program and the National Honor Society. The lunch is free of charge, thanks to the generosity of Cascade Wellness Clinic and Blue Skies Bakery.
Destino Gallery will be hosting a Valentine craft making and open house on Saturday Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages are welcome to the event, and refreshments will be served.
Also on Saturday at Destino, you can sample the locally-made artisan cheeses from our own Cascade Creamery, from 3 to 5. Cheese will also be available for sale.
Saturday night at 7, come to the Trout Lake Country Inn dressed in your funkiest winter cabin attire for the Snowball Costume Party, hosted by the Inn and the Mt. Adams Institute. A dance contest with prizes for kids and adults begins at 7:30, and live bluegrass will be performed by "The Shed Shakers." The cost is $5 per person ($10 per family), and all proceeds from the event will support the Trout Lake Youth Nordic Fund.
The final Cabin Fever Festival event will be held in -- guess what? -- a cabin. On Sunday Feb. 10, the Mt. Adams Ranger District will be hosting an open house tour of the historic Gotchen Creek Cabin, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ski trail to the cabin begins at SnoKing Sno-Park, and is about 6 miles round trip. A map to the cabin will be posted at the Sno-Park bulletin board, and the trail route will be clearly marked. Upon arrival, you will be treated to refreshments and a history of the 1909 cabin: the oldest building in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. If you have any further questions about the Cabin Fever Festival, please call 395-2617.
Trout Lake Care will have its first senior meal on Feb. 14, at 5 p.m. in the Trout Lake School cafeteria. All ages are welcome, and a donation of $3.50 for seniors and their spouses, and $6.50 for those under the age of 60 is encouraged (no one will be turned away for lack of a donation).
Another senior meal is planned for the following month, with the goal of increasing them to a twice-monthly, then weekly basis. TLC's objective is to "provide and/or facilitate services that enable the impaired, ill, and physically limited to stay in their homes." In its progress report issued on Feb. 1, TLC encouraged input and action from community members, to strengthen their outreach and effectiveness. TLC is in need of drivers to transport seniors and the impaired (compensated at $.51/mile), as well as donations of time, money, and space for their mobility equipment library. For further information, or to volunteer, please call Ray Thygesen at 395-2318, or email him at email@example.com.
All Trout Lake community members are encouraged to attend the public meeting on Feb. 11 at Jonah ministries. The meeting will address the proposed reduction of postal services in Trout Lake, so it is an important matter that affects the entire community.
Ballots for the M&O levy for Trout Lake School must be completed and postmarked by Feb. 12. The levy will provide vital funding for the operation and maintenance of school facilities, library materials and technology, educational programs, sports, robotics, Destination Imagination, and more. It is an important and essential way to support the present and future of the Trout Lake community.
The Trout Lake Business Association is currently accepting applications from local charities and community service groups for yearly grants. Applications must be received by Feb. 20, to be reviewed at the Grange Hall on Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Please mail proposals to Bev Meyer, P.O. Box 394, Trout Lake, Wash. 98650. Trout Lake news writer, Sean McGroarty.