Trout Lake Newswriters
Pat Arnold, 395-2233
Shirley Keran, 395-2559
Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318
Terry Scott, 395-2760
The Trout Lake Saturday Market opens at the Trout Lake Grange on Saturday, July 7. A great place to meet and make new friends, shop for that special gift, sell your unique and beautiful craft items and admire those beautiful quilts. I remember my first experience, I walked in and was treated to a delightful marketplace of handcrafted pottery, scenic photos, scented soaps, colorful candles, and walls of beautiful quilts. Each quilt with its own special story. My neighbor Penny Samuels invited me to sit at a table and join her for tea. I was introduced to Bettina who was happy to answer my questions about Trout Lake and give me a taste of the local history. Some yummy smells drifted in from the kitchen and I was told Kathy Petersen was in the charge.
As I strolled and admired and purchased a few items, I heard about some of the interesting people who appear at Saturday Market looking for items to fill their various needs. One time a wedding party came in needing a ring bearer's pillow. One was found for them to purchase. Another time a member of a wedding party, who had traveled a distance, needed to press her dress. The ladies set up an iron and ironing board in a space of the kitchen. Now that is service!
There are fresh vegetables for sale when Mother Nature cooperates, specialty items to lift your spirits, tasty baked goods, and much more. So the first Saturday in July visit the Trout Lake Market. Like me you may need some fresh lettuce or extra veggies for company dinner and Linda Robertson has some available. If a table or booth is desired call Betty Schmidt, 395-2679.
Trout Lake High School Class 2001 Graduation was held June 8. The Class of 2001 marched to the traditional 'Pomp and Circumstance' through a gateway of balloons, wearing the traditional cap and gown, and kept up the Trout Lake tradition of outstanding scholarship activity. A class of 14 graduating students received a total of $173,000 in educational scholarship awards! This outstanding educational performance sets a great example for the graduating 8th graders. Our Trout Lake community is proud of all those graduating from both the eighth grade and high school -- the first of many educational goals. All of those graduating from high school and home school have entered into a lifelong habit of learning.
"If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands," sang the Trout Lake Kindergarten at their graduation Thursday afternoon, June 14. They had entered the gym, just like the big kids wearing blue mortarboard hats, all eager to receive their diplomas. We were entertained with many wonderful, happy songs complete with hand and body movement. These kids practiced and practiced. Each child stepped forward and told us what they wanted to be when they grew up: a zoo keeper, bridge builder, motor cycle racer, an actress, singers, and other equally exciting occupations.
Stan Rapp and his wife Rosalyn have returned from a scenic train trip to Harrisburg, Pa. On Amtrak senior citizens are treated like royalty. They enjoyed comfortable lean-back seats and the views from the bi-level cars. They went to Harrisburg to attend meetings at Penn Sate University, where Stan is president of the 4,400 member alumni of Board of Governors, School of Forest Resources.
One of the highlights of the trip was a tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park and Cemetery. It is years since I have been there, but I will never forget the hot afternoon I gazed at the historic cannons, praying for peace to prevail.
Stan is also on the advisory board for the School of Forestry. Penn State is one of the top forestry schools in the world. They had an unusual issue to resolve as they were going to discuss the choice of a new dean of forestry. The present dean is moving to North Carolina State. Stan could have been pondering this the evening before an ambush attack on Amtrak. In the early morning hour, at Akron, Ohio the train engine, traveling at 80 miles an hour crashed into concrete barriers placed on the track by some terrorist types. They were in the second car at the end. Stan felt the crash, it was something like being involved in an earthquake. It happened so quickly, as the train was stopped. The engine was battered but fixable. Amtrak brought in repairmen and had the train moving in four hours. If you want to hear more of this tale, ask Stan.
Last summer while out hiking on the Buck Creek Trail, our group met some interesting people on horseback. We stepped off on the upward side of the trail to let them by, and exchanged greetings. We were told they were participating in the Mt. Adams Endurance Race. This year I decided to satisfy my curiosity and ask a few questions as this race was held again this summer, drawing riders from Canada, Utah, California and elsewhere.
The Mt. Adams Endurance Race began about five years ago with a group of friends, all endurance riders who decided to put on a ride to support the sport and promote our community. About 40 volunteers help with the set up day and the day of the ride. This year there were about 156 riders who signed up for the various races. They chose a route mileage of 12, 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles. The motto of endurance riding is: 'To Complete Is To Win.' An endurance race tests both the skill and condition of horse and rider. A 100 mile race is usually completed in 14 hours or less.
Veterinarians are hired to monitor the health and condition of each horse. This is a fun event for both horse and rider. A horse and rider would not be allowed to continue if their condition and health were deteriorating. Volunteers set up a pleasant camp. This year the Trout Lake High School Band helped with meals. Our local fire department has helped each year.
This wonderful event could not be put on without the community support it receives. Any funds, after expenses are met are donated back to the community fire department and high school band.
Jonah Ministries Camp Preview Day will be held this Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. This is for anyone who would like to come and see what Jonah has to offer. There will be a BBQ at 2:30. You can tour the camp, sign up for the Music Day Camp or any of the other camps which are still open. There will be a video of past camp experiences and activities, family games and an introduction to the staff counselors. The Music Day Camp still has openings. This fun camp has some hip-hoppin tunes like "The Cat in the Hat Rap" in the musical, "Father Knows Best." Sarah Hatfield is in her fifth year as Director of the Music/Drama Camp. Free daily bus pickup available at the Hood River Bridge. Call Beki at 395-2900 for more information.