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February Offers Spring Promise

Trout Lake News for Feb. 14

By the

Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

sandiray@gorge.net

Terry Scott, 395-2760

dtscott@gorge.net

Laurie West, 395-2262

aussie@hopdownunder.com

Jerry Duke, 395-2995

jdfduke@hotmail.com

February, the month which offers a promise of Spring. Some of us get out our garden catalogs and begin to plan. We share ideas, and later perhaps some extra seedlings or plants.

February, the month of sharing, caring. Some of us send Valentines and special notes to family and friends. One of the many families who received gift certificates at Christmas, wrote a note to extend their many thanks to the Trout Lake Community Club and the Mt. Adams Church Club and Friends. The Whitaker Family, Dave, Teresa, Jacob and Nolan would like to thank the generous folks who contributed to the various gift certificates they received during the Christmas holidays.

"A Valentine Food For Thought"

Cabbage always has a heart

Green beans string along.

You're such a cute tomato,

Won't you peas to me belong?

You've been the apple of my eye,

You know how much I care;

So lettuce get together,

We'd make a perfect pear.

Now something's sure to turnip

To prove you can't be beet; so if you carrot all for me

Let's our tulips meet,

Don't squash my hopes and dreams now, Bee my honey dear;

Or tears will fill potatoes eyes

While sweet corn lends an ear.

I'll cauliflower shop and say

Your dreams are parsley mine,

I'll work and share my celery,

So be my Valentine.

The first annual Trout Lake Cabin Fever Festival had such a good turn-out that we hope it occurs again next year. With fresh dry snow the night before, conditions were nearly perfect as 28 skiers turned out for the morning XC-ski race around the 5 mile Big Tree Loop. Spencer Paxson breezed by as the overall top finisher, winning the race in 39:12. He was followed by Travis Pearson in 2nd place, and Doug Bernard in 3rd place for the men's division. Taking first place for the women's competition (and 4th overall) was Deb Klein from the Northwest Service Academy, with a time of 46:29. She was followed by Diane Paxson and Katy McKinney for the women's top finishers. The Dearden, R. Schmid, and Pearson families demonstrated cross-country skiing is a sport to be enjoyed by the whole family. Recognition for the youngest skiers finishing the course went to 10 year olds Anna Schmid and Luke Dearden. Our congratulations to all skiers, what a great morning workout!

The morning was also ideal for taking a snowshoe walk through the Trout Lake Preserve. Thirty-eight people enjoyed exploring the preserve with Wildlife Biologists David Anderson and Harold Cole. Fresh bobcat tracks were sighted along with many other signs of wildlife in this beautiful natural area. Snowshoes were generously provided by the Northwest Service Academy for those who needed to borrow a pair.

In the afternoon, children enjoyed various snow games including the exciting Kiditarod race. The snow returned bringing a festive air to the snow sculpturing contest. Some of the sculptures were a whale, penguin, angel, and other creative formations. The grand prize went to the "Circle of Friends", built by a team of young adults led by the Meyer girls. The evening event began with a hearty meal prepared by the festival committee and led by Marcy Nordwall, Dean Hostetter, and Judy Holman. Diners were entertained by the High School Jazz Band and the Wild River Band. A big thank you to co-chairpersons Ken BeLieu and Camden McMahon for heading this winter festival. They in turn wish to thank all of the energetic crew of volunteers: Sally Wells, Judy Holman, Marcy Nordwall, Rosie and Dean Hostetter, Diane Paxson, Northwest Service Academy members, Cheri Van Laar, Debbi and Tony Faast, Bonnie and Tom Reynolds, Nancy Lucas, Phyllis Clausen, Stephanie Irving and the National Honor Society group.

Coming this Spring to Trout Lake -- `Puss In Boots', a comedy with music. This humorous play is done in the style of the English Pantomime, and is featuring the various pantomime traditions. It is a delightful version of the popular children's story with enough action for every member of your family. It is perfect for audiences of all ages. Auditions are currently underway for this award-winning play.

Trout Lake Homecoming: Trout Lake Mustangs vs. Bickleton Pirates. The Mustang girls won, 44 to 35, giving them the opportunity to go on to the district playoffs. At halftime, coach Bob Jolley was honored. This was his last game as he is retiring. In the 12 years of coaching for Trout Lake he is the only coach to bring the boys' team to state. He will be missed. The Mustang boys also won their game -- 69 to 44. The Homecoming King is Marcus VanLaar and the Queen is Linda Whigham. In the float contest, first place went to the eighth grade for their conquered pirate ship float. Second place went to the seniors for their Hawaiian entry complete with hula dancers. Third place went to the freshman for their Mustang Head.

Think Spring!- Sandi Thygesen

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