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Tomatoes Cause All Kinds Of Problems

Trout Lake News for June 7

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

patarnold@gorge.net

Shirley Keran, 395-2559

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Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

sandiray@gorge.net

Terry Scott, 395-2760

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Tomatoes in Trout Lake. The CHALLENGE. I know about challenges -- curing cancer, curing aids, peace in the middle east, poverty in the United States, drugs around the world. But not being a rocket scientist or a world famous humanitarian or even a very smart person at all, my challenge, since moving here, has been growing tomatoes to ripeness. I know you're probably tired of my annual whiny article about tomatoes and I'm sorry (not very), but this subject consumes me this time of year. This year, because it's been so warm, I planted 18 tomato plants right before Mother's Day. Then I saw Bob Beeks at Serenity's on M.D. and he said something like, "whoa, too early, the frost'll get 'em." It started cooling down the next day. I ran out and bought all those water walls that were designed to keep the plants warm that the hardware store had. I made a flying trip to Hood River to get more to cover all the plants. I even had to make six of my own design (didn't work too well) to have enough. Dave and I hurried to install them around the little darling (l.d.) plants per the instructions. The next day it started heating up. Three days later, about half of the l.d.s were cooked. We hurried to take the covers off. It froze that night along with the remaining l.d.s. We hurried to put the covers on, only this time we didn't follow directions and staked the covers so that the top stays open. This may not protect against frost. However, some of the little darlings are coming back. I think I hate tomatoes.

My husband mentioned last night that I don't write much news anymore. I'm sorry about that. I'll try to get out and about before my next article and write real newsy items. In the meantime, more drivel.

This isn't drivel. This is fun. The fishing derby is this Saturday. If you don't know about the fishing derby, it's one of the most fun events that happens in Trout Lake. It's for children, but even if you don't have children or grandchildren to take, go. There's lots of educational information provided, both in lectures and hands on. The children fish, fish, fish. Then they can have their fish cleaned and cooked. Yum! Before having them cleaned, they can make a fish print tee shirt using the fish they caught (bring a solid colored tee for them). Plus costumes are provided to try on and wear around for awhile. AND free hot dogs with the works and chips and soda are provided (get there early, 'cause the eats go fast). So find a poster -- they're all over town -- for the specifics and go fish!

The fair board is meeting already. Volunteers are needed to help at all levels. This is a great opportunity for the classes and clubs at school to make a load of money at booths. Ice cream booths, food booths, game booths, almost anything you can think of. A water booth would be good. Or the games. A class or club could run the children's and family games. Call Bill Mitchell or Cheri VanLaar.

I love Trout Lake, you all know I love Trout Lake. I've never been one to want the conveniences of a city here. But there are some things that transcend big city/small town lines. Courtesy is one of those things. Now, I'm sure not one person in Trout Lake is inconsiderate on purpose, but there is one area that seems to be neglected on a regular basis here. Answering R.S.V.P.s. So let's go over the etiquette ever so lightly. R.S.V.P.s are not put on invitations just so the host can make your life a little more complicated. They're a planning tool. When you see an R.S.V.P. request, the host needs to plan something-how much food to prepare, how many foursomes for bridge or golf, how many party favors or craft projects to have-things like that. When you see R.S.V.P., that doesn't mean to call just if you're coming or just if you're not. It means that a positive reply is required either way, which means that the planning is crucial. Regrets Only is another planning tool. Regrets Only on an invitation means that you only call if you're not going to make it. So, if you don't call, you're expected to be there. With either an R.S.V.P. or a Regrets Only, once you've replied and your situation changes, you should call the host and let him/her know that you're changing your first response and will or will not be showing up. It only takes a few minutes to make a call to respond or fill out the R.S.V.P. card and drop in the mail. You don't have to write anything extra or visit on the phone. Just call and say you will or won't be there and how many will be in your party. That's it. Less than a minute of your time and it will help the host make his/her "do" successful. It could make the difference of having enough food at a wedding, enough golf tee times, not preparing too much food for a New Year's Eve party, having enough people to play bridge. It's the least we can do for someone who cares enough about us to include us in their event.

On that note, I will close. Don't forget to go to the fish derby and DON'T FORGET to call the fair board to volunteer, even for a little thing.

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