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Conference On Justice Is Saturday

Trout Lake News for Oct. 30

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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

Reminder: The Presbyterian Church conference on food sustainability and social justice is on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Trout Lake School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is available for $3 with a reservation. Speakers include Monte Pearson, Lon Ball, and Lee Albaugh, a building contractor and missionary from Portland who works in Africa with children orphaned by HIV. For more information or for lunch reservations, contact Ardith Thompson at 395-2385 or Janet Anderson at 395-9307 or janet@dj-records.com.

Hang tough, folks, the campaigns will be over soon, or at least taking a breather until January or so when the next Congressional campaigns will no doubt be gearing up. Nothing certain except death, taxes, and political campaigns? Anyway, you can VOTE now. Get that ballot in so it can be counted and we don't have to wait for two weeks after the election for the results. Or at least we can hope to have clean counts without months of legal actions. Can't we? Trout Lake always has a pretty good turnout, so let's keep that going, anyway, and do our part.

Don't forget to go to the grange on Nov. 4 to vote in the Community Council election. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is plenty of room for write-ins. The Community Council plays an important role in your life, since the county comes to the council for input on land use issues, use of economic development funds, and other items of local concern. Your vote counts here, and is important, so show up at the grange and make your voice heard.

Newswriter and music critic, I'm sure the job description said. So I will report that the music presented by Randy Fitch and Alisa Dillard at Heavenly Grounds on Saturday was terrific. The dinner was excellent, audience small but enthusiastic, acoustics good, and no clanging from Andy's shop. An hour of live music, and I was home by 7:30, my kind of Saturday night out.

Due to the holidays, the Trout Lake Grange November and December meeting dates are changed as follows: November -- Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 pm at the Grange Hall, nominations of candidates for 2009 offices of president, vice president, program director, secretary and treasurer, in addition to other business; December -- Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., election of officers for 2009 will be held and we will be wrapping up old business from 2008. What is your vision for the Grange? What are your ideas to enjoy this wonderful old building with a spiffy new foundation and a really good roof? Come to these meetings and share your ideas -- it can't happen without you!!

Klickitat County Fire District #1 Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the fire hall. The 2009 Budget will be approved at this meeting. The public is always welcome to attend any fire district meeting. Regular meetings of the fire commissioners are on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall.

Spanish conversation classes are starting again the first week of November. If rumors are true, these classes include lots of fun and you may find yourself reading Spanish gossip magazines. Call Stephanie Stevens at 395-2275 for more information.

The Trout Lake Holiday Market/Christmas Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, at the school. The event is sponsored by The Ribbon Basket and the Trout Lake School Advanced Science Club and the Honor Society. Your part? If you have something to sell, reserve a booth at a very reasonable price. If you have presents to buy, come to the market and find them there. Call Laurie Sherburne, 395-2294, or Harmony Allaway, 395-2222, for a booth reservation or for more information. Buy local, save gas, and support your friends, neighbors, and scholars.

I was sorry to miss the high school political forum earlier this month. This column would welcome a report from presenter or attendee. As many of you know, in my opinion one of the most important functions of education is to prepare young people to be conscientious, well-informed citizens and voters, so I congratulate the students and Mike Woods on this presentation.

The nearly final draft of the Comprehensive Plan is on the website, and by the time you read that, the last sections will be up. Time to chime in, folks. Pat Arnold, newswriter.

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