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Food Baskets Being Readied

Trout Lake News for Dec. 9

By the

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

Firewood in? Hatches battened down? Candles on hand? Ready to enjoy whatever adventures this winter brings? I'm in from the chicken chores by 5 p.m. most nights, and enjoying the long evenings inside. Chickens, unlike cows, adjust their production schedules to the winter day-length, but even though they lay fewer eggs they sure do eat in this cold weather.

Contributions for the annual Trout Lake food baskets can be brought to the Baptist Church anytime before 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17. Food items and/or money are welcome. Perishable items are fine, as long as you let Ruth know so she can make sure they get into the refrigerator. You can contact Ruth Belieu at 395-2712 for more information and for guidance on what is particularly needed. Help is gratefully accepted Friday morning to pack and deliver the baskets.

The annual Christmas cantata, put on by the Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Church of Christ, will be performed on Dec. 19. The morning performance is at 11 a.m. at the Baptist Church and at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church. This year's cantata is titled "The New Promise of Love." The cantata is directed by Doug Anderson, with Janet Anderson on the piano and many beautiful voices in the choir. Refreshments and a social hour follow both performances.

A greatly anticipated item on the holiday calendar -- The school Christmas program is set for Tuesday evening, Dec. 14, at 6:30 at the school.

The Trout Lake Fire department wants community members to be sure to have fire alarms so is offering them free to those who can not afford them. Also, in this time of giving, consider donations to the fire department. The generous volunteers work hard to provide a much needed and taken for granted service to our community. Donations help in procurement and maintenance of equipment and facilities. Call Larry Holtman at 395 -2104 to request a fire alarm or to arrange to make a donation to the fire company.

As I am writing this column I am listening to a CD of Christmas music performed by the Kings Singers, who are accompanied on their U.S. tours by the aforementioned Doug Anderson. This is a wonderful hour plus of music. There was a chance to hear a sample of it at the Trout Lake Christmas Bazaar this last weekend, or now you could call Doug and Janet for more information.

The Christmas Bazaar was smaller than it has been in past years, but I saved up certain items to buy that I was sure would be found there, and sure enough I came away with a full bag. For one thing, it's gotten to be a tradition to go buy the pre-wrapped stocking presents for a little surprise under the tree. Thanks to the vendors who came, and to the organizers. Good chili.

Trout Lake hosted the season-opener basketball tournament this weekend. The tournament started Friday night and at the end of the final game Saturday evening, the Trout Lake boys took the trophy, a nice way to start the season. The three Trout Lake girls who turned out this year will be playing on the boys' junior varsity team and probably getting in some pretty tough practices and games.

The Community Council heard from the county that the EDA (landfill) community grant proposals are due on Dec. 17. The presentations to the EDA will take place on Jan. 27 in Goldendale. Consequently, the Dec. 1 council meeting was taken up with proposals and discussion. A Community Wildfire Protection project, that has been in the works for at least a year, had expected to receive federal funding, via the county, for $28,000. Instead, the funding amount will be $8,000, so the sponsors of that project, which are the TL Fire Department and the Northwest Service Academy, requested that the additional funding be proposed for EDA funds. A second proposal was made by the Fire Department for a defibrillator and for a special cot which helps patients and EMT's alike as it eases the removal of a patient to the ambulance. A third proposal, which had been considered in 2003 and put aside in favor of fire department radios, was to finish the one vacant school room as a community fitness room. It is already in use to some extent by both students and community members, but needs work to make it a truly useful and pleasant facility.

After much deliberation, the council, and community members in attendance, agreed to a Community Safety and Health proposal, to include elements of all three proposals. All three would also require additional funding to be completed, but the landfill money could serve as seed money for all three projects.

Another issue before the council, Hood River Bridge funding, was postponed until the January meeting. Mayor Brian Prigel of Bingen has asked local communities and organizations to join in an appeal to the Port of Hood River to raise bridge tolls now as a way of obtaining necessary local funding for construction of a new bridge. This is a highly oversimplified statement, but it will be on the agenda in January for discussion, and the council would like to hear from residents. Pat Arnold, newswriter.

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