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Busy Week Starts Friday

Trout Lake News for May 17

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Maxine@gorge.net

This is a really busy week here in Trout Lake. You can save on gas and still have lots of good things to do. A frequent Trout Lake visitor told me yesterday at the gas station that gas for a round trip from Seattle and back now costs about $100, and that's for a regular car, not a large vehicle.

Kindergarten Round-up is Friday, May 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the school. This is a chance for kids and parents to see the school and meet the teachers and their future classmates. Children are requested to bring a stuffed toy to use for show and tell. Parents can participate, but they don't have to. This event is for any child who will be five years old by Sept. 1, 2007.

Matt Farmer (395-2407) invites everyone to an information session on biodiesel. Apparently the idea is to establish a cooperative here in Trout Lake that will supply alternative (that is, renewable) fuel. The event is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Country Inn. The speaker is Jaimes Valdez, a well-known consultant on renewable energy. Dinner will be served, and there will be live musical entertainment. Suggested donation is $10. Check out the notice at the grocery store.

The Endurance Ride (that's for horses, not people traveling with small children) is also May 19, as has been mentioned in previous columns. You can go out Mt. Adams road to the Irving household to watch the finishers come in.

Then there is more music on May 20. The Trout Lake singers, under the direction of Doug Anderson, will perform at 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church. The program includes performances by Bill Smith and others, in addition to the choral group.

You can also keep busy this week filling up those Pennies for Scholars boxes around town. The money will be counted at the end of May. If those great new collection boxes haven't enticed you to throw your coins in, you must be made of hardened steel. They are very cute, with a nice blue top and a great label.

There's plenty to do in the longer range too.

The latest issue of the Village Voice has many interesting articles (what a terrible way to end the baseball season, and we certainly hope that both injured students are recovering well), and samples of the excellent writing that middle school students do in Katy McKinney's class, and lots of track pictures, which always makes me happy, and a notice about the High School Sports and Academic Potluck on May 23 at 6 p.m. Be sure to read every word.

You all probably saw that great photograph of Stan Rapp in the paper last week. Post it up on your icebox to remind yourself to show up on Saturday, June 9, at the County Park for hot dogs, sodas, storytelling, Smokey Bear, and yes, free fishing for kids under 12.

The Community Club has planned ahead for activities throughout 2007. The next event is on June 19, and is dinner out, place to be announced. Next is a crafts project day on July, sponsored by Page Logan. The schedule goes right up to the December Christmas party. The schedule is posted several places around town, or you can call Page Logan for more information.

The last column mentioned that Saturday market will start on June 30. Hours are roughly 9 to 4. Patty Gray will be the baker again this year and the cinnamon rolls come with or without raisins. Get yours early. Market sponsor Betty Schmid has put out a plea for vegetable sellers. If you have something extra in your garden, or can grow something extra, bring it in. You don't have to be there to sell it, just bring it in. I don't know how many zucchini will sell, but there are usually plenty of customers for fresh local vegetables and fruit. Lots of people are thinking that in these days of melamine and E. coli, it's a good thing to buy your food from someone you know.

Planning for the Fair (August 3-5) is well underway. The message I received says that the 2007 theme is "4-H and Farmers The Next Generation (you punctuate it)," so in the best Trout Lake style the theme (and the fair) will be what you make of it. Organic Valley is providing support this year, and it seems like a good time to note that while the average age of the American farmer is near 60 and rising, the average age of Organic Valley farmers is under 50 and falling. All three of our Trout Lake dairies have a younger generation actively involved in the farming.

Dennis Anderson is the contact person for the photo show. There were quite a few beautiful photos at the 2006 Fair, but Dennis is hoping for even more photos this year. Likewise, the baking contest, flower and veggie exhibit, and sewing (thread and yarn) show are aiming to increase participation. This is a community event, not a tourist event, so one of the main activities is schmoozing. Take the opportunity to be part of it.

Postal rates changed on Monday, May 14. I'm a little slow on the uptake, but I finally got the idea about the "forever" stamp. When, two or three months from now the rate changes again (or do these rate increases just seem that frequent?) your stamps will still be good. If you buy after the rate has again increased, you will be buying the same Liberty Bell stamp (very nice looking) but at the increased rate. In other words, if you buy a 10-year supply of $0.41 stamps now, you will be able to use them for all that time, regardless of rate changes. But if you only buy a few, when the rates go up you will be buying a stamp that has the same Liberty Bell design, but you will pay the new rate. There will still be special issues, and there is a lighthouse special issue coming up that's really nice.

By the way, the post office rates will now depend not only on weight, but also on shape and thickness. I don't know what that does to people with postage meters. I say, increase the rates for junk mail and bring back good first class service. I could do with fewer catalogs and more letters.

One of our former newswriters, Sandi Thygesen, and her husband Ray will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 1. Congratulations!

I have some older farm equipment, mostly younger than me, so it hasn't quite reached the status of antique yet, that I need to move off my property. Free to anyone who has a use for it. Give me a call. Pat Arnold, newswriter.

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