Trout Lake Newswriters
Pat Arnold, 395-2233
Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527
Maxine Bulick, 395-2101
Summer is in full swing in Trout Lake! Vehicles headed up to the many Gifford Pinchot Forest camp grounds, as well as our own Elk Meadows RV park and the Guler County Park, are streaming in to town. Both local parks are bustling.
As I write this column, a 1000 acre fire on Mt Adams is sending up a thick plume of smoke. This started Saturday night behind McDonald Ridge and spread over about 100 acres by noon on Sunday, towards Snipe Mountain and has continued to grow as fire fighters attempt to contain it. A few climbers will be stuck in camp until the flames are dampened and it is safe for them to come down off the mountain. Once again we are thankful for the planes, helicopters and on-the-ground professionals that fight these conflagrations.
A reminder: Are you part of the Trout Lake fire district? Check your property tax statement, does it include an amount for Fire District 1? If not, you're not. You may apply and pay an in lieu tax by completing the proper paperwork. Call Eula Smith, 395-2043; Eric Schmid, 395-2466; or Maxine Bulick, 395-2101, for more information.
Don't miss the Trout Lake Festival of the Arts this weekend, July 19 and 20. Over 50 artists will have their works on display, plus good food and music through out the day. There is a kiddy corner for the little ones to express their creativity, as well. Free admission and free parking, wonderful affordable art, a beautiful venue at The Farm B&B on Sunnyside Road (follow the colorful signs). Top your Saturday with a dinner and concert by renowned duo Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel. Reservations for the dinner are going fast, so call 395-2101 to secure your seat. See you there!!
The Community Forum met on July 10 at John Shuman's residence. They had a fine potluck followed by a movie and discussion. The next forum will again be in the Grange building on Aug. 14 at 6 p.m.; look for posters and more information on Troutlake.org.
The new Grange Cook Books are available at the Saturday Market, Grocery Store and Hardware Store; get yours now before they run out! This is not only a great collection of recipes, but wonderful photos and history of the early residents of Trout Lake. Included is Amelia Pearson's Corned Beef which calls for 100 lbs of beef brisket, serves 50 to 60 people and is "not for the faint hearted cook!" Now, that lady knew how to feed a crowd!!
Grange building roof and foundation repair will take place during September, and use of the building will be limited during that time. Check with Betty Schmid, 395-2679, or Maxine Bulick, 395-2101, to be sure the construction will not interfere with your meeting or event.
Maxine Bulick, news writer