Trout Lake Newswriters
Pat Arnold, 395-2233
Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527
Maxine Bulick, 395-2101
On May 15, the band students at the school gave us a delightful musical treat with their Spring Concert. Every single number was performed with enthusiasm, from the beginning band, the woodwind choir, the advanced concert band right on through to the jazz band. The jazz band performed some real toe tappers and had me wishing for a dance partner! Great music, I'm looking forward to the next performance.
The Awards Celebration on May 23 saw scholastic awards in 16 different subjects presented to many deserving students, as well as many athletic awards. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful school, with eager enthusiastic students and a staff that offers challenges, support and a positive learning atmosphere for the future leaders of our community.
A big thank you to the late Erwin Sweighoefer and Bill Wotton, who was the executor of his estate. Mr Sweighoefer's will stated that his estate was to be distributed to local service organizations, and Bill has worked diligently to bequeath the money where it would do the most good -- $30,000 went to the Trout Lake Fire Department; $30,000 to the Trout Lake Cemetery District, $60,000 to the Mt Adams Transportation Services and $32,000 to the Trout Lake Community Foundation which presents an annual scholarship in Erwin Sweighoefer's name. Mr Sweighoefer was born on Feb. 20, 1908 and passed away on Nov. 26, 2005; he lived in Trout Lake nearly his whole life, moving to the Husum area in 1986, after he sold his farm on Sunnyside Road. Our thanks to his generosity and to Bill Wotton for his efforts as executor.
Horizons Project Leadership Plenty classes begin this month. They will be held at the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall; there are nine modules, covering topics that can be used by folks of any age who are, or would like to be in a leadership position in the community. Please call Doug Anderson 395-9307 for additional details.
Saturday Market opens on June 30, and there is a plea for fruit and vegetable vendors. How does your garden grow??!! Please bring your harvest to the market and let those of us who do not grow a garden purchase some of your bounty. Call Betty Schmid 395-2679 for details.
On Friday, June 22, 7-9 pm at the Trout Lake School Community Room, the Trout Lake Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a Peace and Justice Forum: Understanding Diversity: the History and Migration of Islamic, Jewish and Christian Religions from Spain to the New World. Stephanie Stevens, cultural historian from Trout Lake, will present, drawing from her years living in Spain and Mexico, as well as from her life-long academic interest in the cultural history of those two countries. We'll learn about the Moors, Arabs, Islamists, Muslims, Christians, and Jews, reminded that Arab-Islamic civilization was at its height during the Middle Ages. For 500 years or so, Arabic was the language of learning, cultural and intellectual progress. Donations appreciated to defer expenses for the forums.
Our annual Trout Lake Art Fest will be held on July 21-22, mark your calendars! This is always an exciting experience, with new artists and their wares on display every year. In addition there is great musical entertainment and good food to be enjoyed.
Fire season is upon us. This has been a dry spring and the forest underbrush is easily ignited, as witnessed by the recent fire in central Oregon. The county burn ban does not go into effect until July 1, 2007, but any outside burning is very risky and you are urged NOT to burn anything outside at all. Use extreme caution with vehicle and tool exhaust as well. It takes only one spark to have acres of fields, forests and homes go up in smoke.