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Trout Lake News for June 4

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Summer is almost upon us and the calendar is already getting crowded with activities and meetings for planning up-coming events.

Plans for the Fair, Saturday Market, Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour, Vacation Bible School and many other activities are all in the works and can always use an extra pair of hands if you are inclined to help.

Saturday Market opens on June 27 in combination with a Grange Open House. Come in and enjoy some refreshments and view the new floors, new paint and updated kitchen plus new Quilters Cabinet and the new parking area. Many potluck dinner dollars paid for the materials and many thanks go to the fantastic people who volunteered their labor and time to accomplish this transformation. Dale Fitch did the floor in the "west room" plus coordinating with Dave Wampler to accomplish the remodeling. Mary Yeck, Jeanie Wellman, Rachel Zerbian, Dean and Judy Barns, Gil Martin, Joseph Esteves, John Cruz and many others spent hours painting the walls and wood work in the dining room and the west room. Bobby Parker built the Quilters Cabinet; Terry Schmid donated gravel and Darrol Rummel and crew donated time and worked hard to fix our parking area so that it will no longer become a lake during rainy season. Americorps folks scraped and repainted the outside window frames. A wonderful anonymous person (bless you!) donated 16 new tables that are light weight and easily fold in half for storage. A community effort for the Grange Community Hall, thank you one and all.

Trout Lake Fire District's Protection Classification has recently been upgraded by the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau. If your home is located within the district, is within five road miles of the Fire Hall and within a 1000 feet radius of a fire hydrant or a 4 inch stand pipe, your home qualifies for the new reduced Protection Class rating of 7. This is good news for most homeowners as it will save you money on your fire insurance, up to $100.00 in some cases.

Check your tax statement to be sure you are in the Fire District (look on the "Tax Distribution" list, if there's no charge for Fire District #1, you're not in the district) and check with your insurance agent to be sure he knows about the new classification.

If you wish to be annexed into the Fire District, contact Chief Eric Schmid, 395-2466, or one of the Commissioners: Mike Calahan, 395-2780; Eula Smith, 395-2043; Bob Jolley, 395-2349; Pat Kelly, 395-9319; or Tyanne Parker, 395-2788. The Fire Commissioners have recently sent out letters to most residents who are not in the Trout Lake Fire District and will be sending out more in the next week or so.

The Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School "Following Jesus -- A Path to Peace" will be held June 16, 17 and 18. Young people ages 4 to 9 years are welcome; for information or to pre-register, call 395-2913 or 395-9360.

Our CSA Community Garden is planted and growing with all memberships snapped up quickly. We look forward to purchasing their bounty at Saturday Market. Members working in the garden should remember to bring drinking water, park well away from the cafe/gas station to avoid congestion and if necessary, use the public restrooms in the park.

Have you noticed the exciting crop of little folks we have living in our town?? 2012s kindergarten class is going to be a big one and as cute as can be, too. I saw many adorable children playing and dancing at the potluck on Saturday night; they enjoyed Lincoln Crockett and Jim McKeon's beautiful music as much as we grown ups did. An impromptu survey at the potluck showed that most of these folks are relatively new to Trout Lake and have become enthusiastic participants in the community. Trout Lake welcomes you!

First Presbyterian Church celebrated the dedication of its new Picnic Shelter on May 31 with a delightful outdoor Sunday service. It was a beautiful day and the sounds and sights of spring made us all the more aware of our Creator. The Picnic Shelter was designed and built by church members, is dedicated to the memory of departed members and is available for use by the community.

As we all know Trout Lake's Destination Imagination seventh and eighth grade team won first place in the State tournament, which qualified them to go to the Global DI Competition in Knoxville, Tenn. At the Global Competition, they placed fifth in the world out of 68 middle school teams. Congratulations Maggie Baker, Caitlin Scott, Grace Anton, Natasha Wilson, Devin Van Laar, Ben Vollema, Seth Tiffan and Coach Katy McKinney, we are proud of you!!!

Maxine Bulick, news writer


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