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Candidates Give Statements

Trout Lake News for Oct. 23

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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

Remember that election day is Tuesday November 4. Voting takes place at the Grange Hall. Community Council candidates for re election are Pat Arnold, Monte Pearson, and Glen Lucas. Council member Ray Thygessen is not running for re election. Andy Jacobsen is running for that position. Following are statements by Pat Arnold and Andy Jacobson.

"My name is Andy Jacobson. My wife Margaret and I bought a parcel of land off N. Sunnyside Road back in '93. I retired from a design career at the end of '96 and we moved here in'97 to build a home and live in the community of Trout Lake. I worked for Ford Motor Co. as a designer for 31-plus years and during that time we lived in England, Germany, and Australia for more than 13 of those years. We enjoy this community so much. I was looking for a way to give something back to it.The opportunity to be on the Community Council was mentioned to me by Ray Thygesen. I chose to try and fill that position, with your support."

From Pat Arnold: "I am running for re-election to the Council, for a third term. I would be honored to continue to serve this wonderful community on the council. Prior to joining the council, I served five years on the School Board and was on the committee that wrote the Trout Lake Community Action Plan. Although not on the council at the time of the writing of the last sub-area plan, I participated in that process and appreciated the very serious efforts made by the council to have an inclusive process. My priority is the preservation of agricultural and timber land as sustainable working lands, sustainable environmentally, economically, and socially. I am employed by the Washington Growers League as housing program manager. My prior employment was with Mt. Adams Orchards, with a short in-between period in Connecticut in 2002, learning about Community Land Trusts, which deal with housing issues. A sociology major in college, the bulk of my working career has been in agricultural businesses, a transition I made via an agricultural graduate degree and a few years of tractor driving. The community council is a dedicated group of people who work very hard to understand the wishes of the citizens of Trout Lake Valley and to develop recommendations to the county administration regarding those wishes. This is extremely difficult in that we are a diverse population with varying positions on many things! Sincere thanks to Ray Thygessen for his service to the council."

There are so many interesting opportunities in Trout Lake, if you know they are there! On Friday, Oct. 10, I went to the school to hear Mr. Burnd Simon speak to the 8th through 12 graders. Mr. Simon was imprisoned in a Nazi Concentration camp at the age of 18, before WWII started. He was released after a year's incarceration and hard labor, on the condition that he leave the country. He eventually was able to serve in the U.S., military, then as a special investigator for U.S. Army Intelligence in search of war criminals. His was an important presentation in terms of learning about that era in history, and testimony to human resiliance. This presentation was made available through the 21 Century Grant.

An opportunity of a very different sort -- massage therapist and sports trainer Cookie Gilpatric is often asked to lead yoga classes. She has finally said she will. Contact her at 395-2468 if you want to get on the list to participate. Cookie also has snow shoes available for rent for $15 a day -- keep that in mind for when the snow flies !

Cherie Van Laar is planning another formal dress event for girls planning for the winter formal! She asks that if you have a formal dress hanging in your closet, wishing for another go at the dance floor, consider passing it on to someone it will actually fit! Call Cherie at 395-2363 or stop by the coffee shop, Heavenly Grounds, to discuss this reuse idea.

The soccer team experienced its second loss of the season -- just motivation to play harder next time. The volleyball team, in the words of Kim Polland is "doing awsome." All three teams junior varsity and varsity volleyball and varsity soccer deserve a full column to recount their season. That will come.

So many stories aching to be told -- there was Thursday night's adventure for Jerry Walker, Brooks Herd, Gary Vollma and at least one other person whose name I don't have. Briefly, a water line broke in the middle of the night, Gary was awkened by Jerry whose truck was in the ditch (through which the White Salmon flows!) Brooks got involved when his midnight trip to the refrigerator was interrupted by lights on the road. Jerry drove to Portland for parts -- all this before Trout Lake students left for school, teeth unbrushed, parents went to work unshowered, shaving kits were as common as lunch boxes in cars on their way to work. It was a busy day for the coffee shop and cafe !

On Sunday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., Jonah Ministries is having an Appreciation Banquet for the community. If you can attend please respond by calling Jonah Ministries at 395-2900. Or R.S.V.P by coming in and letting them know. All friends of Jonah will hear about our camps and projects. There is almost always something special going on.

Til next month, Bonnie Reynolds

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