Trout Lake Newswriters
Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318
Pat Arnold, 395-2233
Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527
Laurie West, 395-9330
Trout Lake's first Miniature Golf Course Putt Putt Open will take place on April 23, 2005 from 3 until 9 p.m. at the school. Jerry Wood and his team of miniature golf course designers are laying out a unique and challenging 18 hole course throughout the school's hallway. For those of us who have entered the Trout Lake School for meetings, social events or school functions the hallway maze seems a perfect place for this course. Woodshop students are connecting 2x4s from materials donated by local businesses to serve as bumpers ensuring golf balls stay on the course. The course will feature holes that roll into doorways, slide up ramps and a hole going downstairs. Prizes will be awarded to golfers who perform special golf feats on certain holes. A $5 per person entry fee allows you to play up to three rounds of golf on the course.
Proceeds from this event will be divided among the participating classes. As the organizers have said, "Why drive to Portland or beyond for your golf when you can sharpen your putting skills in the halls of our school." Organizers are also seeking donations of old or unused putters, golf prize donations, local musicians to add to the ambience, course marshals to ensure a safe and efficient flow of competing golfers is maintained on the course, help with laying out and dismantling of the course, and any large, sturdy, golf ball friendly props to add to the course. Anyone interested in volunteering or making donations should call the school at 395-2571.
Planning for this year's summer Arts Festival is already well underway. This annual event will be celebrating its 10th year and takes place on the weekend of July 16. There will be many talented artists from the Gorge as well as two stages of live music, and an area set aside for children's art and a music program. Local wines, brews and fine food will be available on both days. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be a Saturday night dinner/cabaret which will require reservations. Lindy Gravelle, a well known songwriter and performer, who has just released her latest CD, titled The Journey, will be performing at the cabaret. For more information about this event you can go to the Arts Festival's website at www.troutlake.org/arts. Any artists interested in participating at the festival may call Judy Holman at 395-2488 for additional information.
On Tuesday April 19, Rev.John Hasenjaegar, PCC professor, will speak about Islam at the Presbyterian Church. The public is invited to a potluck dinner at the church at 6 p.m., followed by Hasenjaegar's presentation at 7.
Steve Stamfli spoke and showed pictures of the construction of Condit Dam this past Saturday evening at the White Salmon Library. Steve spent a year studying the history and current research regarding the dam. It was an informative presentation, free of political wrangling regarding the future of the dam. It would behoove anyone interested in the issue to seek out opportunities to access Steve's information through future presentations.
Also on Saturday, Trout Lake's Destination Imagination team consisting of Holly Phares, Veronica Glenn, Jessie Robertson, Anna Nakae, and Natasha Johnson won first place in the state's competition in Richland Washington.
Their next challenge is in Knoxville Tennessee in May. The girls and their families are working on fund raising ideas to support their going to Tennessee. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to support some more of Trout Lake's finest !
Some notes on high school seniors community projects; Chris Huffsmith has been committed to improving and maintaining the school ball field. Take note the next time you go by the school. The field is beautiful.
As a senior project, Molly McKinney, with help from Rachael Griffith, is teaching English to non-English speakers. Rachael is making a study of The Trout Lake Farm operation.
Thinking of creative and industrious people, many people are surprised to know that we have a gym in town-Gorge Massage and Personal Fitness Studio-395-2468 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cookie Gilpatric, one of our several talented massage therapists, has a gym at her home that is used very early morning until early evening. She has a schedule of interesting classes available for various activity levels.
Also available at the gym are the services of Naturopathic Physician Fred Lisanti, N, CHT. Fred came to town with the Service Academy, as do many very interesting people!
Appointments for naturopathic wellness, acupuncture and hypnotherapy services may be scheduled with him by calling 395-3472.
The third annual Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 11. Participants can choose from trips of 11, 45, 70 or 80 miles. Look for registration material for event participation in businesses around town, contact Cookie Gilpatric at 395-2468, or register on line at www.active.com/event_id=1201392 The proceeds from the ride go to Trout Lake School's extra curricular activities fund.
Events of this sort are supportive of our business community, as our business community is supportive of the recreational, charitable and cultural organizations. Also supportive of our whole community are the efforts of Dave Wampler who maintains the Trout Lake web site on which is a regular listing of happenings in our town.
Finally, as I dash this off on the eve of one of my frequent trips to Australia, I thought it appropriate to offer some travel tips for those in our valley contemplating local, domestic or international travel this summer. For those considering travel within the U.S. by car, unless you are camping, it is wise to make hotel reservations in advance. Many local residents find that even going to places like Spokane require advance hotel reservations as more people are driving on their vacations. With gas prices at an all-time high it is worth a few extra minutes to look for gas stations not located on the main highway or freeway exit and instead find those located a mile or two away and who want your business.
For those who are planning to fly within the U.S. during the summer consider using low cost carriers from point to point. Even though it may mean making an additional stop and perhaps a change of planes it can cut your airfare considerably. Advance purchase of your airline tickets can also save you money. Depending on the travel destination you can save more money by buying a package, i.e. air, car and hotel for the particular destination. Las Vegas, New York, Disneyworld, Disneyland, and international packages for example are almost always cheaper if bought in advance and as a package.
As President Bush has recently announced the U.S. will require its citizens to have valid passports to return from travel into Mexico and/or Canada, it would be wise to consider using them on your next trip to either destination. Although the plan isn't supposed to be implemented until 2006 it could always be moved forward if there was any reason to do so.
Lastly, if you are traveling overseas travel light. Many airlines are reducing the allowable weight for checked and carry on baggage. Keep your passport and valuables with you at all times or in a secure safe at your destination. Tell family or someone you know where you intend to be at all times and make sure to pay attention to U.S. travel warnings as well as health alerts in countries you plan to visit. The recent deadly tsunami in Thailand clearly showed how many tourists were displaced in the tragedy and how hard it was for family and friends to know where to begin looking for them. In recent days the U.S. State Dept. has issued a warning for Americans to avoid travel to Southern Thailand because of increased crime following the tsunami. If this all sounds confusing find a good travel agent who knows and has traveled to the area.
Bonnie Reynolds and Laurie West