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Ready or not for holidays

Trout Lake News for Dec. 17

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Here come the holidays, ready or not!! The Chanukah Menorah has already been lit, the Kwanza celebration is soon to come and the Christmas music is ringing out from every door. Santa is busy checking his list, papa is stringing the lights on the house and mama is baking up a storm in the kitchen. Elves are packing up Santa's sleigh and sprucing up the reindeer for their Christmas eve flight. Ah yes, the joyous sounds, smells and activities of the holidays; it's enough to put a smile on every face and a sparkle in the eye of everyone who's a child at heart.

The Winter Program will be presented at the school on Dec. 14 at 6:30pm, and on Friday, Dec. 18 it's the Holiday Extravaganza and the last day of school in 2009.

Also Dec. 18, Curt Dreyer from the county planning department will meet with the community council at 1 p.m. at the grange hall to review the updated Comprehensive Plan.

Food Baskets are being prepared at the Baptist Church for distribution in our community. Gifts of non-perishable foods or cash will be accepted at the church until 7 a.m. on Dec. 21; if you have questions, call Ruth Belieu and 395-2712.

Our Christmas Cantata will be held on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Jonah Ministries; all are welcome for this joyous musical celebration of Christmas.

On Dec. 23, meet at Doug and Janet Anderson's (corner of Sunnyside Road and Mt Adams Road) at 6:30 for Christmas caroling.

Christmas Eve joint church services will be held at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church with Adam Peck conducting the service.

A women's retreat: Matters That Matter...No Matter What

will be held March 6, 7, 8 at the Flying L Ranch in Glenwood. The retreat will be hosted by Kristine Van Raden of Trout Lake and Molly Davis of Glenwood, authors of the book "Letters to our Daughters." For more information on the retreat, go to Registration is limited to 24 guests and close on Jan. 31, 2010..

The Trout Lake Grange is a 100-year-old tradition in the valley, a member supported, volunteer non-profit organization that supports community building, sustainability and local agriculture. The grange building is available for rental by individuals, organizations or businesses for weddings, receptions, potlucks, meetings, classes and community gatherings. The up-dated commercial kitchen is available to cooks, bakers and caterers who require a licensed facility to prepare their products. Rental rates are as low as $7.50 per hour; annual membership dues are only $38. Join the grange and help keep this tradition alive and well.

It's a short column this week because I've been laid up with the coughing crud. Hope your household has managed to avoid this bug, it's ugly! Have a very Happy Holiday Season and a bright and wonderful New Year. Maxine Bulick, news writer


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