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A Valentine For You

Trout Lake News for Feb. 12

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

Valentine's Day is a happy holiday that brings the opportunity for humor, romance, comedy, passion, joy and chocolate. Here's my Valentine to you, written by 14 year old Dakota Hysmith of Trout Lake. You can tell that he hit my chocolate nerve with this poem!

CHOCOLATE

Where did it go? It was just here.

Chocolate the master of all sweets.

There's milk chocolate, the kind everyone loves.

Then there's dark chocolate. To some people when they hear

the word dark chocolate they think yuck!

Some like exotic chocolate.

Expensive!

To most women chocolate is the cure to sadness.

Then the sensation of that little square piece of sweetness

has disappeared. So watch your thighs.

Bring your Valentine to the Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance on Feb. 14, for great food and wonderful dance music by Joanie's Jazz Quartet. Come for dinner and dancing, or just to dance. Dinner and Dance: $25/person non Grange member or $20/person Grange members, $10/person Dance only. Look for posters around town, or contact Trout Lake Exchange, 395-2323, for tickets and more information.

Even though there may be snow on the ground when you read this, the past week has brought some welcome spring like sunshine. It's been great to work out in the yard a little and feel the sun on my back. Flocks of geese flying overhead silhouetted against the clouds, and the alpenglow on the mountain at dusk are other welcome signs that spring can't be too far away.

A new Saturday Farmers Market is organizing, with some exciting changes. There will be expanded dates, new vendor opportunities and there are plans for a special Children's Market the first weekends of June, July, August and September. This is all in the early planning stage and volunteer help is welcome. Call Dave Wampler at 395-2648 or Jenny Cohen at 395-2807 to volunteer or get additional information.

Another not-so-welcome event was the arrival of our property tax statements. Look closely at yours -- does it include a charge for Fire District #1? If not, you are not protected by the Trout Lake Fire District. This can be remedied by petitioning the district to be included in their protection area. Call Mike Calahan, 395-2780; Bob Jolley, 395-2349; Pat Kelly, 395-9319; Tyanne Parker, 395-2788; or Eula Smith, 395-2043; to request a petition. District policy is changing, due to legal requirements and soon insurance premiums and response costs will far outweigh any tax that will be charged to join the district. Be pro-active and make the call now.

Looking forward to March and April, there will be local entertainment fun. A St. Patrick's Day Celebration on March 14 will feature an Irish dinner followed by music provided by local artist Abe Cohen and Friends; look for posters giving more information or call 395-2323 to make your reservation. $25/person non-Grange member, $20/person Grange members. Polish up the shamrock, get your green on and join the fun.

In April there will be a Spring Fling Potluck and Contra Dance to benefit the Grange Kitchen Fund -- April 11 at the Grange: 4 p.m. Children's Folk Dance, 5 p.m. Potluck, 6 to 8 p.m. Adult Dance. For the Potluck: last name A-H, entree; J-P, bread, salad; Q-Z, dessert. Donations are $5 per person (children free). All proceeds go to the Grange Commercial Kitchen Upgrade Fund. Look for more information in the near future.

On Tuesday, Feb 17, at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall, the Grange and Trout Lake Presbyterian Church, as a part of a continuing series of sustainability presentations, will host a potluck dinner with a multi media show and tell about Chinese village life. The presentation by Natalia and Lon Ball from their seven months in Bulautun Beijing, will focus on the Chinese model of sustainability culture and will be followed by the pot luck dinner with emphasis on Chinese dishes.

Trout Lake's First Lego League team took part in the Oregon State Tournament in January. The team presented an original skit about a solution to climate change that was illustrated by a robotics routine. The team qualified for state at the regional championship in December. Team members Seth Tiffan, Josh Clark, Ben Vollema, Emma Tiffan and Coach Tyler Cope worked hard on their presentation. While not advancing to the FLL National Championships, the team's state score was 50 percent higher than their regional score and they are looking forward to next year's competition.

Trout Lake News Writers welcome Sarah Arnold to our ranks and look forward to her columns starting in March. Now, if we had just one more person to write once every four weeks, we'd have Trout Lake news covered. I know you're out there...c'mon, give me a call and take the plunge, you can do it!!!

Maxine Bulick, news writer

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