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Attend Church's Easter Gathering

Trout Lake News for April 17

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

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Terry Scott, 395-2760

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Pat Arnold, 395-2233

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Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

All interest in news from Trout lake is tempered with the heartbreaking death of Joe Smith; one of the kindest, most tolerant and supportive people we have ever known. He and his family are loved as family members by all who knew him. Our sympathies are with his family as we all grieve the loss of a true friend.

At this particularly difficult time, there is an opportunity for gathering together as a community on Easter Sunday. The Mt Adams Baptist Church has planned a community breakfast in the school multipurpose room from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. There will be several musical offerings by an acappella choir during breakfast. Everyone is invited to come, contemplate and celebrate life in the company of friends and neighbors.

Spring is a time of increased activity. Yard cleaning, garden preparation, change from bird seed feeders to humming bird feeders. I try to discipline myself not to waste time planting a garden -- beyond peas and lettuce, because there is snow on Flat Top Mountain. I share Terry Scott's passion for gardening as a process rather, than as a product !

Thinking of gardening, the National Honor Society is working on earning money for a trip to Washington D.C. They sent their names and phone numbers to all Trout Lake Box holders in hopes of selling their services for the benefit of this effort. Call the school at 395-2571 if you mislaid your list and would like to hire a younger back to till your soil, wash your windows and put up the screens, or whatever else needs done. It will be for a good cause, and you'll save a trip to our already busy massage therapists, Cookie Gilpatrick and Karen Hoffman.

The NHS is also having a can drive on April 18 to earn money for the trip. Call them at school if you would like to have cans picked up, or take the cans to Jonah Ministeries.

The Century 21, Local Opportunities Council has been busy. Astronomy classes began Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. and will run Monday nights through May 5 -- or the next clear weekend night. Jim White has developed a curriculum ranging from introduction to telescopes to learning to find what you want in the night sky with telescope, or binoculars, using a star chart. Call Jim at 395-2585, or Melissa Boydston at the school if you have questions.

Also from the Century 21 grant, on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 a.m., at the home of Doug and Janet Anderson, the Trout Lake Singers meet. Everyone is welcomed. It is a group of widely ranging ages and wildly ranging talents.

Sam Salter, Century 21st technology expert has been working on various projects conceived of by students. Among those was the video taping of Trout Lake's own garage band (Mark Miller, Marcus Van Laar and Elliot Sherburne) by Adi Robertson. The hope is to have the completed demo CD and video that we can hope to see at the school, a time to be announced.

Other students have worked with Sam to develop printed informational material. For example, Ana Avilla helped produce the program for the spring play. These are great experiences for our kids.

Shortly there will be an afternoon welding class taught by Sherm Rouse, former Glenwood and White Salmon teacher -- now metal sculptor. He will teach the students to use found metal pieces to create sculptures.

"Beginning In May" is a 6 week after school OMSI Science Club for 5th through 9th graders. Each week a team from OMSI will involve the students in a different science project.

These are some of the activities made possible by this Federal Grant-along with before and after school homework and recreational clubs. Encourage your kids, your grandkids and your neighbors' kids to participate -- particularly those in grades 5 through 9. This grant will be available for one more year. All students from 5 through 9, are entitled to benefit from them. Many activities are open to students of all grades.

The Trout Lake Foundation Pennies for Scholars containers are all over town -- and they are collecting items for their Memorial Day Garage Sale. This is the Grandaddy of all garage sales -- so give up the old and boring to make room for the new and exciting! These efforts benefit the graduating students of Trout Lake School. The Foundation has two $2,500 scholarships to award this year, as well as several smaller ones. Many donate money, as well as time and materials for this project. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. Call Paul and Monica Garrett or CoraLee Warner for additional information.

The Trout Lake Arts Council is busy planning the Arts Festival. The Festival, now in its 8th year will take place July 19 and 20. This year's Saturday night concert will be first cellist from the Portland Opera and her daughter. That's exciting -- classical string music in the barn at the Farm.

If you are interested in helping with the festival, or want to be included in mailings, contact Dean and Rosie Hostetter at 395-2127, or any of the Art Council members. All artists are encouraged to apply for participation. Laurie Sherburne, 395-2294, is the person to call for application materials.

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