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Trout Lake News for July 12

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Some scholarship recipients were inadvertently omitted from the column last week. The Trout Lake Community Foundation awarded, in addition to those mentioned, post-graduate scholarships as follows: $1000 to Adi Robertson; $1000 to Shanna Holtman; $1000 to Tony Leslie; and $1000 to Courtney Smith. In addition, the Trout Lake Community Foundation's Annual Penny Drive Scholarship was awarded to Tim Dearden. Speaking of the scholarships, now is the time to be sorting out those good items for the Labor Day rummage sale. Take them to Coralee Warner. Items in good condition and sale worthy, please.

Betty Jolley wants to thank the community for its support of the American Cancer Society's local efforts. The car wash and bake sale were very successful because of the participation of community supporters. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life, a 24-hour walk in shifts around the middle school track in Hood River, is on July 21-22. It is too late to sign up to walk, but you can still send a donation in care of Betty Jolley. Thanks to Betty and Bob and their crew of volunteers for their efforts on behalf of the cure for cancer research.

The Trout Lake Arts Festival is July 21-22, with the usual great line-up of artists, food, and music. Former Trout Lake resident Shirley Keran will be reading from her book "Banished into the Interior: the Making of Peter Dorn - Fur Trader," a work of historical fiction.

Shirley will be selling copies of her books, with all proceeds going to Darfur relief agencies. Shirley will be reading at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday Market is going great guns, with an interesting line-up of vendors, some produce (the lettuce looked great this week), the usual great baked goods, and the new outdoors lunch offering. The inside scoop is that Betty Schmid's daughter, Sue Ann, might be making the fabric wallets again this year. They haven't been seen for a while and they go fast. If you want one, you might tell her.

Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour organizers report a very successful event, with over 360 very happy riders, great food, and really good weather. The last riders got back around 6 p.m.

A fair planning meeting was held on Monday, July 9. According to Ray Thygesen, most tasks are covered, but so far nobody has taken on the children's art show. This has been a popular feature the last few years, so if you're inspired to do it, call Ray. Fair weekend is August 3-6, starting with the Community Potluck on Friday night, the Fireman's Breakfast Saturday morning, the fair on Saturday, and the Community Church Service on Sunday. Remember to bring your flowers and vegetables between 7 and 9 a.m. on Saturday. (Well, also your baked goods, sewing projects, running clothes, parade entry, and empty stomach...)

The Grange is reviewing and possibly rewriting its mission statement. The Grange and the Grange Hall are important community resources, and the Grange is considering how best to be part of and serve the community. Grange membership is open to everyone. The next meeting is Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall. Contact Penny Dietrich, Coralee Warner, or Betty Schmid for more information

The Comprehensive Plan committee is reviewing a preliminary draft of the plan. Probably at the August meeting, date not yet determined, we will have a discussion about rural center, which after the last few weekends might be of general interest. Where, how big, parking, lot sizes, what we want it to look like, what business / residential use do we want, and so on. Check the Trout Lake website for meeting notices.

As part of the Horizons activity, Ray Thygesen has compiled a list of events in Trout Lake that rely on volunteers. It's a pretty impressive list, including annual events and on-going groups and activities. Seems like all of us must each be involved in three or four of these things, just to keep them going.

Many of the annual events are covered in the column above, or have been covered this spring: The equestrian endurance ride in May, the fishing derby, the Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour, Saturday Market, Arts Festival, the Fair and the Fireman's breakfast, and the rummage sale.

Here are some of the other things on Ray's list. If he's left you and your group off, just give him a call -- Pacific Crest Trail activities; Adopt-A-Road program; NW Service Academy and Forest Service volunteer help; two Vacation Bible Schools; Volunteer Fire Department and EMTs; Community Wildfire Protection Plan; Jonah Ministries Camp Program; Trout Lake Singers; the Christmas Cantata; food baskets at Christmas and Thanksgiving; Quilters; Newly starting Trout Lake Search & Rescue; Church boards, committees, Sunday schools; Trout Lake News Writers; Community Council & Sub Area Plan Committee; Friends of the White Salmon River; Friends of Mt. Adams; 4-H - this is first full Summer since restarting program; the Grange - reinventing & reinvigorating itself; Trout Lake Youth Association (Ray and I don't even know what this is, help); various school clubs or classes conducting fundraisers; coaches and managers for many sports, school-sponsored and community leagues; school volunteers such as tutors, Reading is Fundamental, and so on. Amazing list. Congratulations everyone. Pat Arnold, newswriter.


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