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It's Almost Fair Time

Trout Lake News for July 28

By the

Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

sandiray@gorge.net

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

Laurie West, 395-9330

aussie@hopdownunder.com

It's almost time for the 40th Annual Trout Lake Fair. It starts a week from tomorrow. On Friday, Aug. 5, there will be a community potluck with live musical entertainment. Saturday morning begins with a race and the Fireman's Breakfast. After the parade folks will be congregating at Jonah Ministries for food & fun, an auction, a raffle, and more. Saturday ends with a Barn Dance over at the Trail Head B&B. The fair weekend wraps up with a Community Church Service on Sunday. For more detail consult the Trout Lake Fair Booklet or go to www.troutlake.org for all the details.

On Saturday, July 23, the Friends of Mt. Adams held its first annual meeting and potluck at the Trail Head B&B. The Friends of Mt. Adams was incorporated as a Washington Non-Profit Corporation in the fall of 2004 and advocates for the protection of Mt. Adams. Members in attendance unanimously re-elected, including founder and chair Daryl Lloyd. Also discussed were potential and actual deleterious encroachments into fragile alpine and sub-alpine areas.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Friends of Mt. Adams members participated in hikes in a portion of Yakama Nation open to the public in the summer. Hikes led by Daryl and Darvel Lloyd were to the Ridge of Wonders and through Bird Creek Meadows. All marveled at the beauty of the area and the wild flowers in full bloom. All were also thankful that the Yakama Nation rejected a proposal to build a destination ski resort and casino in the very area they had been hiking.

On July 16 and 17 the Trout Lake Art Council held the 10th Festival of the Arts. The crowds were bigger and the artists the best ever. To celebrate the anniversary, The Art Council sponsored a competition for participating artists. Paul Missel, a professor from the Pacific Northwest College of Art judged the competition. He was impressed with the quality of the work of the 41 regional artists who entered in the competition.

Prizes awarded to the work of 3 dimensional artist were first place, Ron Fenter for his sculptural pottery; second Dane Jacobson for bed, third place to John and Candy Schultz for a desk, and honorable mention to Dan Noble for a tea pot. Prizes awarded to 2 dimensional artists were first place to Susan Smith for a fiber art piece, second place to Will Richards for ceramic canvas wall hanging, third to to Krista Anderson for scratch board and honorable mention to Bonnie White for her water colors.

The Art Council voted for a favorite piece of art work and awarded a purchase award to Mark Hudon of Hood River. His photography will be featured on next year's Art Festival publicity material.

There was a total of $1,525 awarded to these artists.

There were well over 2000 attendees at this year's event. The artists sold over $30,000 worth of art work. The weather was perfect for browsing through the art exhibit and sitting under the trees at the Farm B&B to listen to music. This year's event was enhanced by the presence of children wearing beautiful paper hats and jewelry they created at the children's corner. Camden McMahon and Mara Muhl planned two wonderful days worth of art and music activities to nurture the artistic inclinations of children.

The Northwest Service Academy (NWSA), stationed in Trout Lake has been busy this summer. Three NWSA Trail Crews have been maintaining and improving heavily used trails throughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The teams have worked at the Mt. St. Helens National Monument, up north in the Cowlitz District on the Boundary Trail and right here in Klickitat County within the Indian Heaven Wilderness Area. As volunteers these teams are doing important work that the Forest Service would otherwise not be able to do.

This past month, six local youth from Klickitat and Skamania Counties began their summer service as AmeriCorps volunteers. The youth are high school juniors and seniors from Glenwood, White Salmon and Stevenson. Their first project involved restoration and fence construction work at the historic Gotchen Meadow Guard Station. Last week they were stationed in the Cowlitz district of the Gifford Pinchot doing trail maintenance. The next two weeks they will help staff the Forest Explorers Summer Camp located at the Mt. Adams Ranger Station in Trout Lake.

Forest Explorers Summer Camp is continuing for the second summer. The Northwest Service Academy will be hosting up to 80 Skamania County youth during two weeks of summer camp. The camp is sponsored through a grant from Skamania County and is a part of a larger program that includes after school programs in several Skamania County schools.

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