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Join In 'Cabin Fever' Fun

Trout Lake News for Jan. 15

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

Cure your "Cabin Fever!" Join the fun this weekend when the 8th annual Cabin Fever Festival returns to Trout Lake, Jan.17-19. This free community-wide event offers something for everyone to enjoy. On Saturday, Jan. 17, events will include the cross-country ski race at Pineside Sno-Park beginning at 9:30 a.m., an afternoon guided snowshoe walk at 1 p.m. (meet at Mt. Adams Ranger District parking lot), and for those wishing to stay indoors, a Scrabble tournament is being held at the Grange, also beginning at 1 p.m.

In the evening, the soup contest will start at 5 p.m. This year's contest winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, so here's your chance to earn a night off from cooking! The community dinner and potluck will begin at 5:30 p.m. -- bring a side dish, salad or dessert to go along with the Otto's smoked sausages provided by the Trout Lake Business Association.

Immediately following the dinner, Forest Service Archaeologists Cheryl Mack and Rick McClure will be presenting a slideshow featuring historic photos and stories from our local ranger district. (A children's Scooby Doo movie will be offered in a separate room during the slideshow).

On Sunday evening at the Grange, a Family Contra Dance with a live band will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A professional caller will teach all the dances, so no experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. This is a free event, but small donations will be gladly accepted to help offset the costs.

The final event of the weekend will be held on Monday, Jan.19, at the school. The Trout Lake senior class will be volunteering to lead a variety of activities for kids to enjoy beginning at 9 a.m. This is sure to be a fun way for the young ones to spend the MLK holiday!

A big "Thank You" to Marjorie Mitchell for designing the festival poster. Take a good look at it around town for an event that interests you. For more information, call Camden McMahon at 395-2617.

More fun on the following weekend: dinner, dancing and entertainment will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. This event features dinner catered by Heavenly Grounds and entertainment provided by Lincoln Crockett, followed by dancing with the acoustic folk group Lucky Finn. All of this right here at the Trout Lake Grange. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required. Drop by the Trout Lake Exchange (across from Trout Lake Grocery) to purchase your tickets: $20 per person for Grange members and $25 for non-Grange members. Look for more information in your mail box and flyers posted around town.

The Grange Community Building is exactly that, a building that is available throughout the year for use by the entire community. Rent the building for meetings, classes, events, etc. Pick up a rental packet at the Trout Lake Exchange or download it at www.TroutLake.org/grange, schedule your date with Maxine Bulick at 395-2101.

The Grange seeks and welcomes new members: annual dues are $38. Look for applications at the post office, community bulletin board or the Trout Lake Exchange. Minutes of past meetings and calendar of events are also available at www.TroutLake.org/grange. Join us as we plan future events ...it can't happen without you! P.S. to current members: 2009 dues are due; thank you for your continued support, your membership is important to this community organization.

Newswriters: OK, I know you're out there; you're someone who keeps their ear to the ground, who knows what's happening, who has about an hour a month to spend writing a news column of Trout Lake news and who wants to join the other two writers in this endeavor. We NEED you! If we had two or even (hallelujah) three additional writers it would be wonderful. After all, Trout Lake deserves to be in the news every week, doesn't it?? I mean, we rock, and we need to share our good news on a regular basis. C'mon, give me a call -- 395-2101, you know you can do it, just plunge in and go!!

National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations (CSD) has launched an exciting project that involves a community-based process to create a National Geographic "Geotourism MapGuide." The MapGuide will cover the region stretching from Crater Lake National Park to Mount Rainier National Park and will include communities, as well as private and public lands in both states. Local residents are invited to nominate landmarks, attractions, activities, events and local businesses that define the region's unique character for inclusion in the MapGuide and website. The website, www.thecentralcascades.com, will be launched on Jan. 12, 2009. The site nomination submission process will be officially launched in the Columbia River Gorge on Friday, Jan. 16, where Jim Dion, associate director of CSD, will ask for public participation from communities in the Gorge. A reception will be held at Celilo Restaurant and Bar at 16 Oak Street in Hood River from 4-5 p.m. Target communities include Bingen and White Salmon, outlying communities of Trout Lake, Glenwood, Husum and Lyle are encouraged to nominate local attractions. We urge you to attend the reception in Hood River, learn more about future public forums and presentations.

There is an active group of homeowners in Trout Lake who are seeking solutions to their lack of DSL computer service. It appears that there are at least two large areas of the valley that are unable to obtain DSL service through either Gorge Net or Embarq. These folks have banded together and have a few tentative ideas for solutions. The next meeting will be at the end of January; email or call Deb Faast faastd@gorge.net or call 395-2105 for additional information.

Maxine Bulick, news writer

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