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Hills Are Alive With Music

Trout Lake News for March 28

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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

From young to old, residents in Trout Lake are joining in on the various musical opportunities available in our valley. These musical opportunities are available because we have several talented and dedicated musical leaders in this community.

One such leader is Jeff Agar, who is in his 4th year as the music/band leader at Trout Lake School. Jeff Agar went to school in Stevenson and was active in his school band under the leadership of Mel Hotchkiss, now retired. The Trout Lake School recently hosted the Mid Columbia Honor Band for both senior grades 10 through 12 and junior grades 7 through 9. Mel Hotchkiss attended the event and assisted with Jeff Agar in the lead rehearsals. Many of us heard the Trout Lake School Concert band at the Fall Fling Fundraiser last year and recently at the Cabin Fever Festival. We can look forward to hearing much more from them in the coming months.

With so many talented musicians in Trout Lake, it makes sense that there are also talented singers. So thought Doug and Janet Anderson when they were approached with the idea of starting a choir before Christmas last year. Under their leadership the Trout Lake Choir was formed with a 2nd grader as the youngest singer, three generations of Woodruffs and a total of 25 singers participating. By Christmas the choir was able to perform two songs after only three rehearsals. The choir continues to meet on Monday nights at 7 p.m. in the Anderson's home. Anyone interested in joining may call them on 395-9307. As a participant myself, I am delighted that we have this opportunity in our own back yard.

This leads to this week's "Everyone has a Story" as we introduce new residents to the valley, Doug and Janet Anderson. They moved officially into Trout Lake in July, 2001 from McMinnville, Ore. This move was another chapter in Janet's travels to Trout Lake for more than 50 years. Her grandfather, George Good, was a former minister of the Trout Lake Presbyterian Church. Janet grew up spending much of her time hiking in the mountains surrounding Trout Lake. As Doug and Janet brought up their children they continued to vacation in Trout Lake in September of every year. When they decided to sell their home in McMinnville they realized on one of their Trout Lake visits that this is where they wanted to live. By chance they drove past a house where they thought they would want to live and it was for sale. Today they are still commuting from Trout Lake to McMinnville as they gradually relinquish their duties as the choir directors for their past church. Thanks to Doug and Janet we will continue hearing the Sound of Music in Trout Lake.

Just a reminder of the upcoming Easter Breakfast from 8 until 9:30 a.m. at the Trout Lake School. Breakfast and music will be provided free thanks to the Trout Lake Presbyterian, Mt. Adams Baptist, Church of Christ and Jonah Ministries. Who can pass up huckleberry pancakes and ham with a performance of "Thief" an Easter Mime at 8:30 and 9 a.m. See you there!

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