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Festival was a huge success

Trout Lake News for Feb. 12

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Terry Scott, 395-2760

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

The 3rd Annual Trout Lake Cabin Fever Festival was a delightful success thanks to the sponsoring groups and 45 enthusiastic volunteers who made it possible. The sponsoring groups were Trout Lake School, 21st Century Rural Opportunities Grant, the Trout Lake Business Association, Northwest Service Academy, the Mt. Adams Ranger District, and the Mt. Adams Nordic Ski Club.

It began with a cross-country ski race at the Big Tree Loop. Thirty-three skiers kicked up their heels and joined the race which was open to both competitive racers and those who just wanted a fun time skiing. Many locals came out to enjoy the beautiful day. Ages ranged from 7-year-old Caitlyn Scott to 73-year-old Joe Csizmazia who took third place with a time of 38 minutes and 14 seconds. The top female racer was Beth Paxson, former Nordic Olympic team member. Beth set a new course record of 32 minutes and 20 seconds. Top male racer was Paul Blackburn from Hood River. His time was 35 minutes and 50 seconds. Everyone had a good time skiing the five mile race.

The chili cook off winners were Nancy Lucas for her delicious beef chili. Nancy won a meal for two at Crawdaddy Junction in Husum by the golf course. The winner of the tasty vegetarian chili was Sarah Arnold who was given a gift certificate to Little Mountain Hardware. There was a particular interest in Keena Rodebush's scrumptious chicken chili. Everyone who desired got a taste of these tasty chilies. There were many entries, all delicious. I am glad I was not one of the judges. This was followed with a free community dinner and movies.

Our Trout Lake community would like to thank Sprint for donating five Dell computers all ready for DSL. The computers are not set up yet. These computers are for the community to use and are in the new Community Learning Center. We will let you know when they are hooked up and ready for use.

The Trout Lake Community Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 to plan future events. Call Page Logan at 395-3686 for directions to the meeting place.

The Mt. Adams Nordic Club moonlight ski was a big success. It began with a tasty meal held at the Atkisson Snow Park shelter. Members of the club went out early to break a friendly trail. We cross-country skied with headlamps until the full moon peeked out from behind the clouds. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful evening of moonlit snow.

RIF - Reading Is Fundamental held its first planning session on Feb. 4 at the Trout Lake School. This program is a great way to read and do creative projects based upon the themes. The RIF program will begin in March and follow through into May. If you want to help out call Page Logan. Newswriter Sandi Thygesen


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