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Boys track team wins league title

Trout Lake News for May 17

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Shirley Keran, 395-2559

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Terry Scott, 395-2760

Must be spring, even without the rain. Lots of community events to report.

The high school boys' track team won the League Championship last Friday, their second title in a row. They won with 135 points, while the next closest team had 89. The team has many strong competitors, most of whom did three or four events each, leading to the large margin of victory. Andy Dick won the 400 and Nathan Dick won the 200-meter, while Spencer Paxson took second in 1600. Ben McKinney ran both the 1600 and 3200, and Elliott Sherburne ran in the 1600-relay. Jared Ladwig is doing well in the pole-vault. Districts will be Friday at Eisenhower High School in Yakima. On to state!

The girls track team concentrates on relays and did not come home with medals. Still, track with no medals is lots better than no track, and anybody who runs deserves congratulations for perseverance. Way to go, team members Brittany Tilton, Marcaila Bryerton, Sierra Long, and Rachel Anderson (who also high jumps).

The baseball team, a combined team with Glenwood, was knocked out of District, but had a satisfactory season. Players Ben Anderson and Derek Kavanaugh were selected for the all-opponent team. Girls' softball, also a combined team with Glenwood, have districts Saturday, May 20.

The Class of 2004 is sponsoring the Cystic Fibrosis Walk/Run on May 19. The race starts at 9 a.m. in front of Jonah Ministries. The race and walk both cover a 10K course (6.2 miles) around the valley. Participants will be seeking sponsors, and all money collected will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The class is sponsoring the event as a way of contributing back to the community, and it hopes for good participation. Call Laurie Sherburne, class advisor for more information or if you wish to sponsor a walker.

This item from the Class of 2002. "The junior class is hosting a movie/taco dinner night on Friday, May 18, in the multi-purpose room of the school. The dinner includes a large beef taco, refried beans and a drink and will be served at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $2.50 for children 10 and under, $4 for adults. At about 7 p.m., the movie "Star Wars, The Phantom Menace" will be shown. This movie is rated PG and is a great movie for all ages. There will be a concession stand open during the movie. The class is also holding another car wash, this time on Sunday, May 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Our last car wash was a tremendous success and we appreciate the support from the community! Please come with your dirty cars and let us serve you!"

The ever-energetic Trout Lake Community Foundation is providing you with another chance to donate to the scholarship program. It will hold a rummage sale at the Grange on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We assume that you put your pocket change into its collection buckets during April.

Bill and Marjorie Mitchell are faithfully heading up the fair board again. They held the first organizational meeting last week. Volunteers are always needed, especially for the games. Some games could be operated as a fund-raiser, as can food booths. Most games are just for the children's fun. Other expected activities include the parade, a flower display, a vegetable display, and who knows what. Please call Bill and Marjorie at 395-2209 to volunteer.

Micah Anderson and Doug Holcomb leave on Sunday, May 20, for two weeks of travel in the Philippines with the Multnomah Bible College basketball team. Trout Lake boasts many distinguished alumnae of this team, including Dick Steward, Sue Steward, Morgan Colburn, Dorina Colburn, Jesse Pearson, and John Tietsort.

Several valley residents are moving to new places, leaving huge holes behind them. Orin and Margie Pearson are leaving for a year at a remote hospital in Nepal. Margie will be teaching, and Orin will be supervising quality control at the lab at the hospital and teaching. The hospital is 80 miles from Katmandu, the last 10 of which are traversed on foot. Daughter Paula and husband Shiam are also in Nepal, working with orphans. Daughter Pam will travel with her parents to Nepal, and then return to Argentina, where she is a Jill-of-all-trades at a mission.

Dennis and Suzy Anderson and family are leaving for Methow Valley. Dennis will be teaching science at Liberty Bell high school, where former Trout Lake Superintendent Lou Gates is working.

John and Peggy Tietsort and children are leaving for Caldwell, Idaho, after school is out. They will be rejoining family members there, where they both grew up. Suzy and Peggy could both use packing boxes if anyone has spares.

The Trout Lake Natural Area planners were in town again recently, this time with a draft management plan. They will present the draft to the "Board That Approves Such Things." Three issues that garnered public comment were access for horseback riders, removal of drainage ditches, and hunting. The road primarily used for horses is not currently in the preserve. The ditch removal will, over time, restore a pattern of water flow in which the water spreads out over more area during wet seasons. Hunting remains an issue. Some seasonal grazing of cattle will be allowed as a control measure for reed canary grass.

Congratulations to this year's crop of college graduates. Unusual for this day and age, five members of the Trout Lake Class of 1997 went straight through college in four years. Way to go, and congratulations. Priscilla Allaway graduated from Cascade College, with honors, majoring in psychology, sociology, and Bible studies. She received the President's Award for her contributions to the school, one of their two highest awards. Sierra Esteves is completing her B.S. and her RN at Washington State University. Dan Holcomb graduated from John Brown University, with a major in digital media. His college studies included some time in Egypt and the Middle East. Erin Jolley graduates in sociology from University of Washington, and Dusty Lopez from Williams College in history. Dusty will run at the NCAA Division III nationals in the 10K and possibly the 5K later this month, closing his college running career with a bang.

Once I got started on the class, curiosity got the better of me. Another class member, Tara Meyer, is continuing her studies in math (and we hope her track coaching career) in northern California. Travis Pearson, likely the most practical of the bunch, graduated from Clark in 1999 with a major in diesel mechanics. Curtis Tipton is now a journeyman concrete finisher, having completed his apprenticeship. Andrew Wright has gone east and is the proud father of a son. Cynthia Sandford and husband Travis Kuffel live and work in Trout Lake. Emily Webster lives with her husband and child in Idaho. I did not get started in time to include Heather Tilley or Wade Hunter.

Thanks to a bout of virus or something, I missed the Community Council meeting. I gather that the main agenda item was the proposed diesel generators. More news next time. Community Council meets the second Wednesday of each month, generally skipping July and August. Pat Arnold


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