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Trout Lake News for Sept. 8

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Laurie West, 395-9330

As Trout Lake Students return to school on Sept. 7, they will be joined by four new foreign exchange students attending high school for the coming year. Lars from Norway, Karn from Thailand and Tony from China are three of the new senior class students. We welcome these new students and are confident they will help other students learn about their interesting and contrasting cultures through the coming year.

The Trout Lake Piano Salon resumed its monthly piano recitals this past week after the annual summer break. Despite the summer activities encroaching on much needed practice time, all performers were in top form and provided some excellent and varied music. Diana Sanders was a delightful guest as she played her accordian with lots of passion and grace. The Salon will continue meeting monthly for several months and anyone interested in joining the group should contact Janet Anderson on 395-9307.

Sept. 12 also reconvenes the Trout Lake Singers under the leadership of Doug Anderson. This group will meet every Monday at the Anderson's home from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. New singers are most welcome to join the group which is now beginning its 4th season. As the group expands, it is traveling to other Gorge locations to perform, as well as playing at various local events in the coming months.

Local huckleberry yields are proving to be considerably less for local residents and commercial pickers. With lighter than normal snowfalls this last year on the berry fields, the plant and berry growths were somewhat stunted. On recent hikes I have also noticed many plants with smaller berries which haven't developed into the luscious fruit many of us enjoy at this time of year. Even the number of commercial pickers in the area is considerably less than in past years. This is partly attributed to the requirement that commercial pickers could not obtain permits to pick until Aug. 15 and early season growth showed the berries would not be as plentiful as in past years.

High summer temperatures have tumbled this week with a cold brisk wind and only 64 degrees outdoors as I watch the rain hovering over the mountain range. With plenty of ripening fruit in the orchard and summer flowers at their peak, let's hope we don't get below freezing during this week's sudden cold snap. With the latest hurricane in the Gulf, it may be time to get those oil and gas heating tanks filled before our already soaring prices creep any higher.

This past week has aroused saddened emotions for many of us as we have watched the hurricane disaster develop along the Gulf Coast. As I struggle to find a quick easy way to help from our area I did some checking on any efforts being made by other local citizens. I am sure there are many but one close at hand is being organized by the Trout Lake Presbyterian Church. It has set up an emergency fund and 100 percent of the monies collected will be donated to the relief effort. Donations may be made by mail addressed to Ardith Thompson, Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98750. Laurie West


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