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Trout Lake News for Nov. 3

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Laurie West, 395-9330

On the morning of the earthquake in Pakistan and Kashmir Jim and Charlotte Lambert's son, Jesse and his family were in Delhi. As the enormity of the disaster slowly emerged from the remote regions of the two areas affected, it was clear that thousands were dead, missing or homeless. Jesse, with a couple of friends, went to the Pakistani border area to do a survey for World Vision to find out what the survivors needed most and to distribute fleece jackets, tarps and blankets. They had to go through six army check points, cross a 10,000-foot pass which is normally closed this time of year, and sit in long traffic jams on the treacherous roads as army convoys were going up and down on the one-lane road. They visited villages where every house had been destroyed and the survivors were grateful for all the supplies being delivered by Jesse and six World Vision members from India. In many cases, Jesse and the others could not get supplies to some of the villages which were a two hour walk from the road so they pitched their tents and had the village leaders come to their campsite to pick up supplies to take back to their villages. Now, the concerns are that many lives will be lost in the area as winter is already underway in their remote rugged mountain villages.

Another local resident, Jim Massey, already has a lot of experience in responding to natural disasters as he is a retired Forest Service employee who drove forest service trucks to respond quickly to various mountain forest fires during his tenure. On Sept. 9, following Hurricane Katrina. Jim Massey drove from Trout Lake to Montana to pick up an oversized truck and haul heavy equipment to Gulfport, Miss., which had been leveled by the hurricane. As the work of cleaning up Gulfport was nearing completion, along came Wilma causing more devastating damage in Naples, Fla. Now Jim is routing through Florida driving the same heavy equipment to Naples and will arrive before the end of October and stay until the job is completed. Let's hope Hurricane Beta now winding up the Caribbean Sea will not hit anywhere in the U.S. so Jim can come home in time to enjoy Thanksgiving with family.

Trout Lake Presbyterian Church sponsors a monthly potluck and informational meeting in the Church Fellowship Hall of the church. Ordinarily these meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. November's meeting is an exception to this plan.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Reverend Leo Tautfest, associate pastor emeritus of Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church in Portland will be speaking.

Reverend Tautfest has for many years been involved with "Heifer International," an organization which distributes dairy animals to communities around the globe, in an effort to ease world hunger.

The public is cordially invited to attend this potluck. The potluck begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting immediately follows. For more information, call Ardith Thompson at 395-2385.

What a delight to meet our four foreign exchange students attending their senior year at Trout Lake School. I sat down with them on Friday and we discussed several topics. Lars from Norway, Tony from China and Martin from Latvia have a good command of the English language having studied it while attending school in their home countries. Karn from Thailand had not spoken any English prior to arriving in the U.S. but was able to make himself very well understood in our group discussions. All four students are playing soccer and their last game of the season was to be played on the afternoon of the interview. All played soccer in their home countries; Martin only as a sport at school, Lars for seven years on his local team in Oslo who added his school did not offer any sports programs, Tony for many years at school in Tianjin, and Karn, whose Dad is a professional soccer player in Thailand, has played on soccer teams from a young age and loves the sport.

When asked about their first impressions of Trout Lake, all agreed that the natural beauty found in the trees and mountains were breathtaking. Martin, who enjoys photography, intends to take as many photos as possible during his stay. All said they missed family and friends from home and one even misses his girlfriend but they also added they are enjoying living with their host families and look forward to being here until the end of the school year. Each of them is accustomed to eating different cuisines in their home countries and we had quite a discussion about differences with some of the foods we eat here. All four teenagers like to cook some of their favorite foods from home. We came up with an idea to offer an international breakfast/brunch early in the spring where each of them would be able to prepare their favorite dishes from home. We are going to work on this project and hope to offer it to locals at the school sometime before spring break. Lars has already found a store in Seattle selling Norwegian food products so he is anxious to make several of his favorite dishes including waffles and meatballs. Tony is looking forward to preparing Chinese food dishes using techniques found in his area of China, Karn wants to prepare Thai rice with shrimp and other seafood and Martin wants to cook his favorite Latvian pancakes, more like crepes. I can't wait to sample some of their unique food -- Laurie West.


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