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Trout Lake News for Dec. 7

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Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Contributions for the Christmas baskets for our less fortunate Trout Lake neighbors can be brought to the Baptist Church at any time before Dec. 18. Thanks to the faithful volunteers who put the baskets together every year. Contributions of food items or money are welcome. Call Ruth Belieu for more information.

The annual Christmas Cantata will be performed on Sunday Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at Jonah Ministries. Doug Anderson is conducting and your neighbors are singing. Always a wonderful event, this year's cantata is titled "One Small Child." Call Doug or Monte Pearson for more information.

Did anyone go to the DNR land swap meeting in Goldendale last week? Anyone who would like to write a short report for this column?

Belatedly, here is a short report on the Grange meeting held last month. Representatives from the Washington State Grange held meetings at four Klickitat County grange halls. The purpose was to discuss the future of the local chapters and the buildings. The Grange has a long and honorable history in the United States, with roots deep in rural America. As in Trout Lake, Grange chapters have buildings that play a vital role in community life. As in many other communities, however, Grange membership in Trout Lake has decreased and although the building is still used, there are fewer Grange functions. Meeting participants discussed various options for revitalization of the Grange and use of the Grange building. We will continue this topic in the next column. One function was settled, however, which is a Valentine's dinner with an old game. Several couples will write a short history of how they met. We will read them and guess at who is who. This is, as I remember, lots of fun and harder than you would think. So if you get a call to be one of the mystery couples, say yes.

Steve Koenig and others also convened the first meeting of a board to manage and operate the Trout Lake Cemetery. Call Steve for more information about this. The Grange has run the cemetery for years, but the baton is passing. Pat Arnold, newswriter.


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