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Lift Voices For Joy Of Season

Trout Lake News for Dec. 18

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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

I think it's the music that I love the most about Christmas, the lovely old carols, sung by children's choirs, church choirs and folks simply joining together in the town square to lift their voices in the joy of the season. But then, maybe it's the food, the wonderful smells of gingerbread, pumpkin pie, cookies, warm cider, roast beast, and all the other special dishes prepared just at this time of year. Or the lights, the wonderful colored lights hung from every porch, rooftop and tree illuminating the dark days of winter. No matter what your faith, the comfort and joy of this season help to warm our hearts and souls, inspiring fervent wishes for an end to hunger, illness and war.

Christmas food baskets are being assembled at the Baptist Church; your donation of non-perishable foods, cash or gifts will help brighten a local family's holiday. Deadline for contributions is Dec. 21. Contact Ruth Belieu at 395-2712 for additional information.

The Trout Lake Community Foundation has done it again, raising over $180,000 for scholarships for local students. This is accomplished by the efforts of many, many folks. From the Penny Drive, which raised $1,800 to the Silent Auction at the fair which brought in $2,224 and the gigantic Labor Day Rummage Sale plus generous gifts from individual donors. Seven 2008 graduates plus six post-graduates received scholarships from this effort. Once again, Trout Lake rocks!

New residents in Trout Lake who are seeking who's who and what's happening information, may log on to the Trout Lake website at www.troutlake.org and also pick up a copy of the Trout Lake "Yellow Pages" which are on the Community Bulletin Board. Both of these list people, places and events in Trout Lake.

Don't forget about the AARP Senior Driving Course offered by Jim Bull. If you are interested in this eight hour, two day (four hours each day) course, contact Jim at 395-2755. Cost is $10 and once Jim gets 10 Trout Lake folks signed up, he'll present the course here in Trout Lake. Once completed, take the certificate to your auto insurance company and it will provide a discount on your premium.

Trout Lake School's Advanced Biology Club and National Honor Society are raising funds for a trip to Greece in spring 2009. Part of their fund raising efforts are beautiful 2009 calendars which are available at the school or local businesses for $10. A lovely addition to your home and a great cause for our children. Having traveled to Greece myself I know that it's a wonderful learning experience as well as just plain fun and the kids will definitely benefit from the trip.

Since this is the last column I will write in 2008, I want to take the opportunity to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday Season and the very Best New Year in 2009. Peace and Joy to All. Maxine Bulick, news writer

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