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Trout Lake News for August 30

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Hooray! The new Community Bulletin Board is installed at the porch of the Trout Lake Grange. Post your message by contacting Monica Morris at 395-2088 or Linda Scoggins at 395-9359. You are encouraged to post labor needed, labor for hire, items for sale, items for rent, ride shares and other notices of interest to the community. Communication emerged as the community's greatest need during the Horizons Study Circles, in particular a bulletin board where folks could post the above information. It's are encouraged to make use of it!!

Speaking of Horizons, you recently received a survey in the mail from the Trout Lake Horizons committee. Please take a few minutes to complete and return this survey as it will help to focus on the next step to community enhancement. Your input is encouraged and necessary.

Horizons Leadership Plenty sessions will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12, through Oct. 31 at the community room at Trout Lake School. Leadership Plenty is a program designed to equip citizens with skills like effective communication, and partnership building. It is designed for a broad range of citizens:

Emerging leaders who want to learn new skills in order to address community issues

Newcomers to the community who have not yet been asked to help

Young people who want to work with others to effect change

Established leaders who want to work together for common purposes

Participate in these sessions to continue to help build and maintain a thriving community.

Trout Lake has a tiny Wonder Girl. Eight-year-old Serena Caballero has a soft spot in her heart for animals. She heard that the Hood River County Adopt a Dog program, at the Hukari Animal Shelter in Odell (541-365-6212) needed donations for an outside fenced area for the dogs to play in. Serena got busy with her play dough and made many little pots which she sold for donations of 10 cents and 25 cents at the Saturday Market. She raised $65.18 in two Saturdays and the Animal Shelter now has a fenced area for the dogs to play in until they are adopted. What a sweet little girl with a kind heart!

This Saturday is the last chance to buy at the Trout Lake Saturday Market. Local corn will be available, as well as other produce from the valley's gardens. Pies, cinnamon rolls and other goodies, as well as an outdoor barbecue and salad lunch will be available. There are still good buys in the quilts and crafts area, too.

Because of the demand for local produce and the fact that the Trout Lake Valley's gardens are just producing, the Trout Lake Saturday market committee is considering extending the 2008 season into mid September. Tentative dates for 2008 are June 28 to Sept. 13, 12 weeks total. For more information contact Monica, 395-2001.

Tomorrow is the beginning of what I term the Worlds Largest Rummage Sale, located across from the General Store. The TLC Bookkeeping building, plus many other storage areas are bulging with thousands of donations for this annual sale. Last year the sale brought in $12,000 and we're aiming for at least that much this year. The sale is sponsored by the Trout Lake Community Scholarship Foundation and all proceeds are used for scholarships to graduating seniors and alumni of Trout Lake School. Friday and Saturday -- full price, Sunday -- half price, Monday, $5 per bag, Tuesday and Wednesday -- free, afterwards the rest is donated to local charities. A worthy cause and a great place to do some Christmas, Halloween costume and back to school shopping, see you there!

The Trout Lake Presbyterian Church has a Fair Trade Coffee program. They get fairly traded coffee, much of it organically and shade grown, from "Just Coffee" and "Fair Trade Coffee" in an effort to guarantee fair payment to coffee growers for their labor. Because they are a non-profit, they get it wholesale and add 50 cents a pound as a donation to the church to support its efforts on behalf of poverty, peace and justice. There is both Maya Super Dark and Peruvian Decaf, in two pound packages for $17. If you wish to purchase coffee, contact Bonnie Reynolds at or 395-2527.

Back in April Ray Thygesen appointed me the PR person for Horizons. Little did I know that this would involve learning to create and maintain a blog for Horizons. I am not a techy (techie?) folks. This job is waaay past my computer tech skills. It's fantastic if I'm able to successfully email photos to my kids. I mean, this is seriously beyond my capabilities. HELP...somebody please step up and volunteer to rescue the Horizons blog. The job comes with a lovely digital camera, property of Trout Lake Horizons, and a blogsite at, that is in desperate need of updating and photos and other information. I know there's somebody out there who can do this...please rescue the Horizons blog!! Call me at 395-2101, or Ray Thygesen at 395-2318 to volunteer.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, there was a super benefit and thank you dance for the Trout Lake Fire Department EMTs. These EMTs are a group of dedicated and well trained citizens who give their time and talents to provide us with a service we frequently take for granted. Great food and wonderful music by Art Messer and Larkspur provided a good time for old friends and new to get together, visit and dance our tootsies off. The Trout Lake Business Owners Association presented the EMTs with a check for $1,500, in appreciation of their fine work. This money was raised through the Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour, which has grown from 75 participants to over 350 this year.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. there is a very important meeting at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon. At that meeting, the county commissioners will take comments from the local citizens in regard to the proposed rezone of the Husum/BZ sub area. This rezone will affect 20,000 acres from the mouth of the White Salmon River to 3 miles north of BZ Corners. Imagine what an additional 200 or 300 homes will do to this area. Come to this meeting and voice your opinions, bring your neighbors.

Jan Loomis -- please call Pat Arnold to claim your People's Choice prize from the Trout Lake Fair veggie entries. Congratulions.

Maxine Bulick, news writer


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