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Trout Lake News for Jan. 24

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Terry Scott, 395-2760

Laurie West, 395-2262

Jerry Duke, 395-2995

Trout Lake's Century 21 Grant Program is working on plans to offer a community youth mentorship program for students in grades 1-12. The goal is to pair our kids with responsible adults in the community. In turn, our kids will learn about the adult resources that are available in Trout Lake and will have the opportunity to explore career or recreational choices through their mentors. Some of you have already participated in a similar program several years ago and know how rewarding it is helping a particular student and in getting to know a family that you might not have known otherwise. If you are interested in participating in this program, please call Bonnie Reynolds at 395-2527. Program planners want to implement this program as soon as possible and will be asking adults to make a commitment of one hour per week for six months.

It seems the Coffee House at the Trout Lake Country Inn on Guler Road is too popular to wait for the third Saturday of each month as mentioned in last week's news. Instead, the next one will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. Local musicians are encouraged to participate in front of an open mic. Torsti, our own talented local pianist, will be back playing some of our favorite songs as well as some of his own originals. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend or neighbor, perhaps someone who is new in the community, so they too can enjoy the friendly Trout Lake folks.

On that note, and as someone relatively new in the community, I am delighted to become one of the Trout Lake writers. Born in Seattle, I grew up on five acres adjacent to the Puget Sound in an area now known as Federal Way. As a young adult, I sailed to Australia and stayed 22 years. I lived in a rural community on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland about the same size of Trout Lake. The similarity ends there though as it never snowed in Queensland and I didn't even own a winter coat. In 1987, I returned to the Pacific Northwest with four Australian born children who all live in Portland. It took 5 years to find Trout Lake but I am at home here with the beauty of the mountains, sounds of the coyotes at night, spectacular trees and best of all, four seasons to look forward to each year.

At a time, when communities all across America are rekindling community involvement and encouraging their citizens to get to know their neighbors, my goal is to help new residents in our community feel welcome. I would like to use this column to introduce new families as they settle in Trout Lake. You can help by letting me know when new people move here, by calling or emailing to Laurie West. I already have two new families in mind, so watch for the Trout Lake version of "Everyone has a Story" in coming weeks.

Trout Lake alumni are invited back to the Feb. 9 Homecoming basketball games. Varsity girls play Bickleton starting at 4 p.m. with the boys following at 5:30. The homecoming court will be honored during halftime of the boys' game. Put on your tropical attire and join students and staff for a Hawaiian dance from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Alumni are free, guests are $5. Alumni planning to attend the dance are asked to call the school, 395-2571, and give their name and your of graduation. Deadline is Feb. 6.


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