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Trout Lake News for April 26

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Shirley Keran, 395-2559

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Terry Scott, 395-2760

When you do your spring cleaning please save your extra household items for the Trout Lake Community Foundation Scholarship Fund garage sale -- May 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boxed donations can be dropped off at the Glacier Springs Water district office before the sale. If you need to have any large or heavy items picked up, please call CoraLee at 395-2218.

High School Seniors don't forget to have your applications in by the May 1 deadline. There are several scholarhips available.

There will be a Benefit Dinner on Saturday, April 28, 3 to 7 p.m. at the Trout Lake School to help Roger Black and Jesse Pearson with medical expenses. Come on out and enjoy the potato feed plus those marvelous Trout Lake desserts. For more information contact Coralee Warner, 395-2561.

The Trout Lake Community Club sponsored another fun-filled Easter egg hunt at the Trout Lake School yard. Children and their parents turned out on the Saturday before Easter, to hunt eggs and play special egg games. I couldn't help but wonder, during the raw egg toss contest, if some of the eggs had rubber shells. Some eggs would bounce in the sawdust and not crack while others cracked immediately with a splat! Gooey, yucky egg yolk splashed on anything close by. Grateful to be simply watching, I wondered if some of the eggs were hard-boiled. Then the champion egg tossing team threw one last toss, the catcher caught it, with a grin until -- crack, spat! The egg won!

As the clowns, Sunny and Buttercup, decorated the children's faces or hands with Easter colors and symbols, they happily showed their egg treasures. Some of the eggs were plastic and had prizes inside. Others were hard-boiled and beautifully decorated. Middle school students were out early to cleverly hide the eggs. They were hidden so well that even if the Easter bunny gave hints some were hard to find.

Trout Lakes Dairy Farms, a bit of history:

Dairy farming is an important part of Trout Lake's history. In the year 1880, Peter and Marguereta Stoller and their five children were the first settlers to arrive in the mountain forest valley now called Trout Lake. Charles Pearson was the second settler to establish a farm about 1883. Charles and a friend William Stadelman built an irrigation ditch so they could water their crops. Later, Charles married Peter Stoller's daughter, Susie.

The Pearson family has been dairy farming for over a hundred years. In 1930 George Pearson purchased the homestead from his father, Charles Pearson. Monte bought the dairy from his father, George, in 1970. George was the youngest of Charles and Susie's five children. In 1973, Monte married Laura Duke, daughter of another dairy family.

Dairy farming has changed a great deal from the time when milk was stored in 10-gallon milk cans and cooled in cold spring water. Since the 1950s milk has been hauled in refrigerated stainless steel tanks to where it is processed and packaged.

There are three organic dairies in Trout Lake, Monte Pearson and Robert Schmid were the first in Washington State to be certified organic in 1994. In 1998 Mark and Krisie Schmid's dairy became organic. Organic milk is produced without hormones or antibiotics and the cows are fed organic feed. There is a long list of approved practices and a longer list of prohibited materials and practices. These cows eat well. They are fed 100 percent organic food and pastured on land that is free of chemicals for three years.

We don't see the dairy cows outside in winter because they are kept warm in a free stall barn, which is open indoor housing. Fresh bedding is put down daily, where they can rest in large stalls and can come and go at will. Cows contentedly munch on what is called a total mixed ration which has among its ingredients tasty clover, grass and alfalfa hays mixed with ground corn, barley and flax.

Currently all the dairies in Trout Lake are members of the largest dairy cooperative in the northwest called the Northwest Dairymen's Association. The next time we buy some organic milk, butter, sour cream or cheese, we will know it came from contented cows. The three organic dairies are also members of CROPP Cooperative, an organic co-op based in La Farge, Wisconsin.

At the Trout Lake Grange open house celebrating 93 years of service there was among the many interesting exhibits a display representing the organic dairy industry.

So next time you see a billboard in the city, or a magazine advertisement, reading "Drink milk," and displaying an athlete with a milk mustache; think of your local Trout Lake dairy farmers and their cows.

Trout Lake School children ages K-4 were treated to a music session on Folk Music for their April extracurricular study as part of the Reading is Fundamental program.

The first week the children studied folk heroes. The second week Leslie Harris introduced Caleb Lambert and Jesse Pearson who played and sang toe tappin', foot stompin', hand clappin' folk songs. Caleb played his violin and Jesse his guitar. They sang about sailors, and soldiers, fishermen, and hunters, pioneers, and miners, and slaves in the south. Caleb explained that the songs were a time for praise and relaxing from the hard life that was led. The song writers were a humble people telling their story with a song. This outstanding program gave everyone a fun learning adventure. Caleb and Jesse chose 'Turkey in the Straw' for their last song. This lively music set children to dancing.

I-728 -- This Student Achievement Initiative was approved last fall for the purpose of improving student learning., grades K-12. A public meeting was held in the Trout Lake School Resource Center to discuss suggestions for how best to utilize the proposed funds. Many excellent ideas were presented for the school board to discuss. No decisions were made at this time. There will be further discussion and a plan put into effect by Fall 2001.

Voters chose I-728 so tax dollars generated at home stay in the district in which they were generated, helping our children. Previously these tax dollars went into the state's general fund. Now there will be a continuous stream of state dollars to school districts for every child enrolled in school full time.

Newswriter- Sandi Thygesen


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