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Trout Lake News for April 28

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Laurie West, 395-9330

In case you alert readers have noticed the jumble of style and content, the last two published columns were actually four columns, wherein the scheduled writer wrote on her week and the next writer sent in her column early, and the two were made one. I suppose it makes for interesting reading, but we will try to keep this from happening, and dole out the news in smaller pieces.

The seventh grade class is holding a free wood day fundraiser on Saturday, April 30. You cut your wood, no charge, and the class helps you load; you make a donation to them. This is a great deal, and really good timing for you to get wood for next winter. There are signs up around town showing the location, or call Dennis Anderson at 395-2250.

Mt. Adams Baptist Church is holding a mother-daughter spring social on Saturday, May 7, the purpose of which is to celebrate mothers and daughters and since all women are one or the other or both, all are welcome with or without your own mother or daughter. There will likely be some of each available for adoption for the day. There will be prizes for the healthiest, tastiest, and prettiest muffins, and other contests as well. The event is at Jonah Ministries and starts at 4:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Karissa Pearson at 395-2942.

There are so many exciting things going on at the school that a poor newswriter hardly knows where to begin. Seniors are making their plans for next year and those who are college-bound are getting their acceptance notices (no rejections, I'm sure) and making their choices. If the rumors are correct, we have one bound for MIT next year, one for Scripps, one for Cedarville in Ohio, one for University of Portland Nursing Program, and one for the Flight Program at Central Washington.

The miniature golf was a huge success, with high attendance and lots of fun. The participating classes and DI raised nearly $1000, giving their collective treasuries a big boost. Thanks to all the sponsors and the student construction teams.

Everybody knows, of course, that the middle school Destination Imagination team is heading for the Global DI competition in Tennessee in late May. The Enterprise had a great article about the team last week. They are still raising money, and you can call Laurie Sherburne at the school if you want to know how much they still need. Team members and supporters are holding a bike-a-thon on May 15. They will ride the Old Creamery-Little Mountain loop between 2:30 and 4 with sponsors paying per mile. You can call any of the riders, probably easiest to do via the school, who are: Veronica Glenn, Holly Phares, Jesse Robertson, Tasha Johnson, Jackson Nakae, Anna Nakae, and Brendan Wells.

Meanwhile, the junior and senior high track teams are having a wonderful season, records falling right and left and very realistic expectations for a great performance for senior high boys in multiple events at the state meet. A big "CONGRATULATIONS!" to Anna Schmid, in junior high track, who broke a record set in 1987 by Holly Nielsen in the 400 meters. Flora Pearson came close to breaking this record, but missed by a few hundredths of a second. Anna did it. The old record was 1.064 minutes, and Anna's time was 1.062. That's an 18-year life for the record, a pretty good show. Anna intends to have a crack at the 200 meter record, too. Paige, are you watching?

Then Dale Dick broke his brother Nathan's high school 200 meter, running 22.9 seconds, a great time. Coach Morgan Colburn says the high school team has great depth, in sprints, distance, and high jump. Districts are the third week in May, at Wapato, and there are regional and state meets coming up as well.

Now, to support all these great kids as they move along in life, the Trout Lake Community Foundation "Pennies for Scholars" penny drive is going on right now through May 31, 2005. Penny jars are at participating merchants throughout the community and at Trout Lake School. Won't you put a little extra change in those jars this year and help build the scholarship fund?

100% of all proceeds from this event along with other fund raising events go towards the funding of scholarships for local students pursuing post-secondary education opportunity.

If you would like to participate or learn more about this event or the Foundation, please contact: The Trout Lake Community Foundation, PO Box 322, Trout Lake, Wash., 98650; 395-2218 or via email:

Brian and Annie Duke's wedding was mentioned a few weeks ago, and now there is another Duke wedding, this time Jerry Duke and Rachel Johnson joining in matrimony last Saturday. Parents Jeff and Beki Duke are delighted to have three of their young married children living in Trout Lake.

National Day of Prayer is being observed locally starting on the morning of May 4 with 36 hours of continuous prayer at Jonah Ministries, with volunteers taking one-hour slots. If you want to participate, or have a prayer request, please contact Kristi Snyder to 395-2635.

My report on the Trout Lake Planning Committee obviously will have to be brief. At the April 21 meeting we heard a presentation by Tenneson Engineering on the results of their survey of buildable lands. The report included information on projected population growth. A moderate rate of growth of 2% would result in a population of 1450 in 2015 and 1768 in 2025. This is based on their best estimate of a current population of 1190, which includes part-time residents. They estimate average household size at 2.35 persons per household, so you can do the math about how many buildable lots would be needed. The committee will continue to digest this report as we move into a discussion of Rural Center starting at the May 4 meeting. This is a regular Community Council meeting date, and the plan is to devote one hour to regular business and one hour to planning business.

Finally, there was a meeting I didn't get to in Hood River on April 21 called by the Oregon Department of Transportation to review and comment on proposed improvement designs to the I-84 interchange at Exit 64 (the bridge exit). They contemplate replacing the present I-84 overpass in 2007. If you want more information, call ODOT Community Affairs 503-731-8281. The meeting announcement did not include website information. Pat Arnold, newswriter.


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