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Holiday Season Upon Us

Trout Lake News for Dec. 11

By the

Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

bonnier@gorge.net

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Maxine@gorge.net

The holiday season is truly upon us! Starting this past Thursday with the annual Trail Band Concert in Hood River which always sets the mood for me, and followed on Saturday by Trout Lake's Holiday Market. Once again the fantastic artisans and crafters in our community outdid themselves. From hand forged items to jewelry, wonderful hand crafted quilts, yummy foods, exquisite water colors and photographs, the array of items was mind blowing.

Following the map of venues and merchants gave an opportunity to visit the new Trout Lake Exchange, home of the Simple Living Network, our sustainable living resource center. Then across the street to Cascade Mountain & Ropes where everything is on sale. Further down the road the General Store had yummy huckleberry pies in addition to their general merchandise. Lunch at Heavenly Grounds was super and KJ's was bustling.

Got a chance to check out the Trout Lake Valley Inn (formerly Trout Lake Motel), view their wonderful collection of old photos of Trout Lake, and if you're bored, ask them for their list of 101 things to do in Trout Lake!.

The Ribbon Basket was a wonderful surprise with a huge selection of craft supplies plus delectable cheese braid loaves in lemon or huckleberry. These breads can be ordered fresh or frozen if you wish to bake it yourself. Harmony will also order any craft supplies you may need if she does not have them on hand.

Serenity's is serving dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, with two seatings, at 5:30 and 7:30. Call 395-2500 to reserve a spot for a scrumptious dinner.

Little Mountain Hardware wrapped it all up with their cozy fire, yummy cookies and collecting the maps for the Grand Prize Drawing.

35th Annual Community Christmas Cantata will be held at Jonah Ministries this year. On Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. listen to the beautiful music and enjoy delectable desserts afterwards.

The Trout Lake News writers are seeking someone to write an article once per month with news about goings on in our village. Are you the one?? Take up the challenge and give us a call: Pat Arnold, 395-2233; Maxine Bulick, 395-2101.

The Trout Lake Fire Department reminds you once again to become a part of the fire district. Check your property tax statement to see if you are charged the 0.5365 for Fire District #1. There are parts of the valley that are not in the district and in that case you must contact the department and apply to join. Don't wait until you have an emergency to find out, check your tax statement and call Eric Schmid at 395-2466 or Eula Smith at 395-2043 for more information.

How is your computer and internet connection working for you?? Do you have DSL, or does it take days for your computer to move from one screen to the next, never mind trying to shop or find information on the internet. Well join the rest of us who are gnashing our teeth at this insanity, we just may be able to do something about it.

On Dec. 29, 2008, at 7 p.m., there's a meeting at 117 Jennings Road to begin to seek solutions. Several knowledgeable folks will be there to share insight; join us, there's strength in numbers!

Maxine Bulick, news writer

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