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It Was Basketball, Not Graduation

Trout Lake News for June 16

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

"Pat Arnold, last week's red-faced newswriter, thinks she must be regressing in time to her high school years, when graduation couldn't come a minute too soon. I didn't confuse anybody, though, the grapevine being stronger than the written word, and I am grateful for that. But boy, was I embarassed when I arrived all decked out for graduation and found a basketball game instead. My apologies to all of you."

As most Trout Lake residents know, Memorial Day Weekend usually marks the beginning of a busy tourist season throughout the valley. However, this year it appears many more people came to explore our area in their vehicles, bikes and on foot. One resident, who resides on Highway 141, commented that traffic noise began in the wee hours of Saturday morning and continued throughout the weekend. Saturday proved to be the busiest day according to business owners in the area. Of course, this is not a surprise as the weather was glorious, the wildflowers are spectacular this year and in higher elevations are blooming earlier than normal. Travel predictions prior to the holiday weekend forecast that more people would be traveling over the long weekend and more people would make driving trips than in past years. They were right! One business owner stated she was surprised at some of the long distances people had driven just to enjoy the valley for the day. It reminds me of five years ago on Memorial Weekend when Gary and I made our first trip to Trout Lake. We came to hike in the mountains and went home ready to buy a house we found by accident when we stopped to admire the mountain.

Being found means increasing numbers of new residents will continue to move to the area as can be evidenced by the number of new homes built in the last five years. Taking an interest in the long term planning for growth and development in the valley should be important to all citizens who live here if we want to preserve what we have all found. Growth management questions will be highlighted at the upcoming "short course" on land use planning for the valley being held on June 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Trout Lake School. The course presenter, Dee Caputo, the Klickitat County planner for Washington State's Dept. of Community, Trade and Economic Development, will provide an overview of the legal and practical aspects of amending our Sub-Area Comp Plan and zoning, as well as addressing some questions being raised by the local Comp Plan Committee. For further information please contact Pat Arnold by calling her at 395-2233.

Paying attention to Klickitat County Notices of Public Hearings is also vital to the citizens of our community as proposed amendments can ultimately affect the quality of life we value in the area. These public hearing notices are posted in the Enterprise weekly and one that got my attention this last week concerns a proposal to revise zoning definitions to allow mobile/manufactured homes to be sited anywhere single-family homes are allowed within Klickitat County. This meeting will be held June 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Klickitat County Courthouse. Comments for or against the proposal may also be submitted in writing to the County Commissioners Office.

Spring babies always bring a special happiness to everyone, but three Trout Lake families are particularly delighted with the May births of their new grandchildren. Bev and Greg Meyer are first time grandparents with the birth of their grandson, Landon, on May 10 to daughter, Lisa and husband, Thad. Sunday and Doug Yarnell also reported being newly delighted grandparents when son, Mark and his wife, Jenna, delivered baby Emily on May 13. Matt and Ricky McNealy's new baby son, Wyatt, born on May 27 made Bruce and Wendy Schmid proud grandparents as well. Congratulations to all and reports are that all new parents and their babies are doing nicely.

Mary Morris reports they are hosting a Celebration of Life at their Trailhead B & B in Trout Lake on the July 4th weekend. This fundraiser is a benefit for Ellen Barbour, a former ballet dancer, who suffers from fungal meningitis. "Experience - A Studio for the Arts" based in White Salmon will be donating proceeds from the event to Ellen's family to help with ongoing medical costs. Music, drama, dance, art and tumbling are some of the creative opportunities that will be offered by local artists and musicians for both children and adults. The event begins on July 2 and continues through July 4. Weekend passes are being offered for $30 and day passes are being offered for adults at $15 each and $10 each for kids ages 12 through 17. Food will be provided and camping facilities are available. For more information call Mary Morris at 395-2205.

On Tuesday, June 21, John Hassenjaegar will continue his presentation on Islam at the Presbyterian Church. The evening begins with potluck at 6 followed by the informational talk at 7 p.m. The public is invited to participate in this monthly gathering.

What a treat to hear Adam Paxson will give a piano concert on June 18 at the Trout Lake School. This will be his final concert one night after he graduates at the school. The classical program begins at 7:30 p.m. Donations towards the cost of renting the 9-foot Steinway piano will be greatly appreciated. As participants in the Trout Lake piano salon we intend to be there to enjoy his performance on a wonderful piano. See you there -- Laurie West

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