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Track, Baseball Off And Running

Trout Lake News for April 1

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

Track and baseball seasons are off and running. The baseball team is co-ed, and a joint effort with Glenwood school. The team has played one game, and the schedule takes it to Mabton, Sunnyside, and home. The regular season ends with a home game in Trout Lake on May 8. The track team is already showing winning ways. Tim Dearden shows promise for a crack at the school record for the 3K, since he is already winning that event at meets, as a freshman. The relay teams are doing well, replacing good runners who graduated with more good runners. The track team has several meets in White Salmon, so get out and cheer.

The Destination Imagination elementary team (grades 3-5) is off to the state competition in Richland this coming weekend. Good luck to them. I believe that DI and track are Trout Lake's winningest teams. And DI's Katy McKinney is now probably our longest serving coach. Good work.

The annual Trout Lake Community Foundation "pennies for scholars" drive is in full swing, and runs through May 31. The foundation, and the scholarship recipients, appreciate the community's donations and thank the participating merchants - Andy's Valley Service, BZ Corner Grocery, Century 21, Elk Meadows, TLC Bookkeeping, KJ's Bear Creek Cafe, Little Mountain Hardware, Mt. Adams Ranger Station, The Logs Restaurant, Time Out Pizza, Trout Lake Farm, Trout Lake Grocery, and the Trout Lake School. Please note that at this writing, the thermometer has not been updated.

In 2003, the Trout Lake Community Foundation awarded $7000 in scholarships to four students. Trout Lake Farm contributed $5000, and Foundation funds from community donations contributed $2000. The scholarships are awarded for one year. Anyone wishing to pursue post-secondary studies may apply; awards are not limited to graduating seniors.

Applications for the 2004 scholarships are available at the school or from Coralee Warner's office across from the store, or call Coralee at 395-2218. Applications must be received at Coralee's office or postmarked by May 1. The address is Trout Lake Community Foundation, P.O. Box 322, Trout Lake.

The Trout Lake Fair Board needs a chair. The Fair started many years ago as a dairy fair, with a chance for 4-H participants to show their animals and hone their skills before the county fair. It has evolved over the years, and waxed and waned. Most recently under the able leadership of Bill and Marjorie Mitchell it has had a successful run for several years. They are moving on to other pursuits, in their case family times, as have the other fair movers and shakers, to other activities including Saturday Market, Jonah Ministries, the Arts Festival and so on. So now it's time for another vision. And what would August be without the Friday night barbeque, the parade and the baking contest and all the rest. We know you are out there somewhere, the person just waiting to do this, so step forward. Call Bill Mitchell or Karen Smith for more information.

Speaking of fundraisers, I would like to make a pitch for those sponsoring fundraisers to let the news writers know. I have missed, so far, the cinnamon rolls and the Girl Scout cookies, and I am feeling deprived. Also the Honor Society drive for baby clothes, which would have been better for my health. Please let us know when something is happening. Even if no one else reads the column, which is unlikely, your organizations might get at least one more customer. In a similar vein, next year, please give the column a heads up when the DI skits will be presented at the school.

Well, we have to publish a retraction. Tony and Mary Wallace are not leaving after all. It wasn't a plot to sell you all their stuff, it was that their plans changed, really. So dry your tears and stop your search for a new hairdresser. Mary will be working out of an establishment in White Salmon, one week each month while they build their next new home here in Trout Lake. Good news.

Margie Pearson will be in town briefly on her way to Argentina (I bet you didn't think Trout Lake was on the way to anywhere, let alone Argentina), for Orin and Margie's daughter Pamela's May 15 wedding. Trout Lake reaches out to many places. My son Dusty had a college classmate traveling in Africa who met someone on a bus who knew the Ron Holcomb family. And at the book club meeting last night, discussing William O. Douglas' work, it developed that the Lloyds from Glenwood, where Douglas had a summer cabin, participated in walks in Washington D.C. to preserve the C & O Canal. My father was on those same walks. Kind of the original rails-to-trails concept, except this was canals to trails, which doesn't have quite the same ring. But the trail that was preserved is greatly appreciated by today's residents of that area.

Dan Burdett is undergoing heart surgery today, at age 86. We hope for a speedy recovery.

This news column normally doesn't cover illnesses, travel, births, marriages, and so on. Partly because we don't know who wants their name in the column, partly because that kind of news travels fast in the community anyway, and partly because we don't want to offend someone who is not mentioned. And we don't want to be a gossip column. On the other hand, the caring and sharing in Trout Lake, and Klickitat County, are our community glue. Whether or not they appear in this column, they are important news to everyone.

Next meeting of the Trout Lake Community Council is Wednesday, April 7, at the school at 7 p.m. There will be updates on the WRIA process (the process covered in last week's front page Enterprise article), the land-use appeal, and fire prevention. Visitors and new business always welcome. Pat Arnold, news writer.

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