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Trout Lake News

Community gets chance to help our neighbors

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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

What a month this has been!! Two uninsured local families devastated by fire and auto accident, followed by the conflagrations in the Gorge where five families lost their homes and the old Stevenson Co-Ply mill burned to the ground. A chance for all of us to help our neighbors.

There will be a benefit dance for Karen Hoffman on Nov. 3 at the Country Inn with music by Joanie's Jazz Trio. There is also a contribution fund set up at Riverview Bank.

Karen lost her home, vehicle and all her possessions in a fire on Sept. 15.

To benefit the Yarnell family, there will be a bake sale at the store on Oct. 6, put on by the 4-H group, plus a horse play day and potluck lunch at the Nelson Indoor Arena on Oct. 14; call Carol Schmid at 395-2094 for more info on this event.

Doug Yarnell was seriously injured in an auto accident earlier this month and is still hospitalized.

Saturday, Sept. 29, join Forest Service employees and fellow wilderness users and volunteers in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's 9th annual "Pick Up the Pinchot" Clean-up Day. Have fun with fellow volunteers at a free barbecue after a hard morning's work.

There are two sites at which you can register to join this effort. Meet at 9 am at Peterson Prairie Cabin (junction of forest roads 24 and 60 out of Trout Lake) or Panther Creek Horse Camp (junction of Forest Roads 65 and 17) to register. You will work from 9:30 to 12 on forest clean up and exploration. The barbeque and celebration is from 12 to 2.

Bring warm layers of clothes, work gloves, water and snacks for the morning. Stop by Trout Lake Grocery or Wind River Market to pick up your supplies and to thank them for their support of the clean up. For more information and questions, please contact Stacey Wurster or Melissa Stanton at 395-2706, or email at melissa.stanton@esd112.org.

The Trout Lake Country Inn now has its full-service kitchen open for lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday. Vickie is offering a yummy menu with Mediterranean mix and match flavors that run from quiche to steak or salmon. Drop by, treat yourself to her good food and check out the new Sleeping Beauty Room. The Inn is a cozy place to enjoy a casual evening out.

The Trout Lake Grange has about 45 members and would gladly welcome more; membership is $30 per year. The Grange Hall is an important landmark in Trout Lake, and is beginning to show a little wear and tear. There is a committee currently assessing what repairs are necessary and the next step will be to round up the money to make the repairs. What would we do without this building?? I'm sure every one of you have attended at least one function there. Meetings are the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Join this month, Sept. 27, and help keep this valuable organization and building alive and well in Trout Lake.

Trout Lake Arts Council will hold its annual meeting on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the school. The council seeks to support and encourage the arts in Trout Lake and the Gorge. They sponsor the annual Art Festival at the Farm B & B, which this year saw 45 artists displaying their works. New members are welcome, please come join us.

Horizons Leadership Plenty sessions will be meeting on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church meeting hall. Time and place was changed due to popular request. These sessions are eye opening learning experiences and will benefit all participants in many aspects of life.

The Trout Lake Community Council will be holding elections on Nov. 5. If interested in running for a position contact Adam Schmid, 395-0003, for an application.

Need wood for the winter? As a fundraiser for Trout Lake School's 8th-grade class, Hancock Timber will be opening select portions of its land (accessible from Trout Lake) for wood cutting on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7. Students will be on hand to monitor the gates and help load wood that you cut into your truck.

Support students while you get wood for the winter. Watch The Enterprise for more details next week. Maps to wood locations will be posted at all key locations in Trout Lake. For more information call 8th-grade class president Lucas King at (509) 395-2065 or (509) 637-5838.

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