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Imagination Team: Headline News

Trout Lake News for May 29

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

sandiray@gorge.net

Terry Scott, 395-2760

dtscott@gorge.net

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

Destination Imagination is headline news, for sure, but the results won't be known until Saturday, too late for this column, which is submitted on Friday before Memorial Day. We can report that the team's performance went well yesterday, and that they are having a great time in Tennessee. Except the three that caught the red-eye for Seattle in order to compete for berths to state at the regional track meet in Ellensburg.

Those three, Peter Schmid, Adam Paxson, and Matt Dearden are being met in Seattle by Robert Schmid and Doug Dearden and rushed off to Ellensburg for the track meet which starts at 3 on Friday. Whew. Probably the adrenaline will carry them through. The rest will travel home on Sunday.

As many readers know, Trout Lake's track and cross-country teams have been the school's most consistently successful teams over many years. This year's team is a standout, one of the strongest ever, a really outstanding group individually and as a team. The boys are both league and district champions and state academic champions, in the latter following a similar win by the soccer team last fall.

The route to State has changed this year, with the addition of a level of regional competition, a meet with District 5 and District 6. The top three places in each event will go to state, starting May 29 at Eastern Washington in Cheney, always a wonderful event.

Coaches Morgan Colburn and Travis Pearson are pleased to be taking a large group to the regional meet.

The group includes, in the girls events, Adi Robertson in the 1600 and 3200 meters, Rachel Anderson and Jessica Moore in the high jump, and 2 relay teams, the 4 x 100 with Rachel Anderson, Greta Doede, Jessica Moore, and Noemi Cervantes and the 4 x 400 with Rachel, Greta, Jessica and Megen Doolin.

Boys competing are returning 3200 state champion, senior Spencer Paxton, who is a strong contender despite missing the first 6 weeks of the season to illness. Spencer's brother Adam will run the 800 and the 1600, Matt Dearden runs the 3200, and Andy Dick the 800, so there will be some fierce competition even among Trout Lake runners. In other events, Tony Leslie will high jump, Ben Steward competes in the javelin, the pole vault, and the 300 hurdles, a busy schedule. Dale Dick will run the 400 meter, and Peter Schmid in the 300 hurdles. The boys also field two relay teams, the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 400. Mike Hansen, Dale Dick, and Peter Schmid run both relays, joined in the 4 x 100 by Ben Steward and in the 4 x 400 by Andy Dick.

Look at that line-up. This has got to be one of the most exciting track meets in Trout Lake history. Good luck to all.

The Trout Lake Community Foundation "Pennies For Scholars" is approaching the deadline of June 1. The goal is to raise $1000. March and April have garnered $711.36. THERE'S STILL TIME. Please stop by and place your change in the Penny Jar at any of the following places: Andy's Valley Service, Aromatics, Big River Diner, BZ Corner Grocery, Century 21, Elk Meadows, Husum Hills Golf Course, Jonah Ministries, KJ's Bear Creek Cafe, Klickitat Organics, Little Mountain Hardware, Mt. Adams Ranger Station, Serenity's, Stainless Systems Co., The Logs Restaurant, Time Out Pizza, TLC Bookkeeping, Trout Lake Farm, Trout Lake Grocery, Trout Lake Motel, Trout Lake School, and Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys.

The Foundation thanks Barb and Jim Hansen for their special donation, our local merchants, and the community for their generosity in giving to this fundraiser.

In addition, Trout Lake Farm donated two $2500 scholarships to be awarded in addition to the Trout Lake Community Foundation Scholarships.

The Community Foundation awards scholarships to local students pursuing post-secondary education opportunities. Scholarship awards are announced at the Trout Lake School graduation ceremonies. If you would like to participate or learn more about the Trout Lake Community Foundation please contact: Sharon Lee, 395-9311 or Monica Garrett, 395-2001

Trout Lake Fair plans are proceeding; thank you so much Karen Smith, Bill and Marjorie Mitchell and all those participating. Offers of help are always gratefully accepted. Event organizers can always use an extra hand. Two events still need organizers. One is the table settings display, which was very popular in prior years (how many still remember those beautiful formal settings, and the many other wonderful entries like Shirley Keran's moving day setting with soup cans for tumblers or Shannon Rummell's picnic setting?).

Saturday tea organizers, any takers for this display? You can require hats -- you get to set the rules.

The other event is the children's art show, revived last year by Camden McMahon who has moved on to new responsibilities this year. This is also a popular event. The "people's choice" award had many many voters last year.

The next fair meeting is Thursday, June 26, at Karen Smith's house. The fair board is currently seeking nominations for the Guests of Honor. Call Karen if you have someone in mind.

And I have to keep reminding you, as does Terry, to plant those gardens. Apparently I am running both the vegetable and flower booths, and YOU need to bring your entries. I also need some help judging the flower entries -- please call me.

The June Trout Lake Community Council meeting will be Wednesday, June 4, at 8 p.m. at the grange hall. The program may be a discussion with a DNR representative on the relationship between the Trout Lake Sub-Area Plan and the operation of timber practice permits, or else a representative from the county planning department to discuss the Sub-Area Plan, but neither has been confirmed.

Anyone may put an item on the agenda by coming to the meeting or contacting a Council member.

I grew up calling Memorial Day "Decoration Day," New England style, where the observance began as a day to decorate graves and memorials of Civil War veterans. Always a parade and large family picnic, and the end of the school year near at hand. Bliss. Pat Arnold.

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