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Irish Dinner Ready To Go

Trout Lake News for March 12

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

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Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

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Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

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Someone asked me the other day how I write this column. Well, I usually put together the opening paragraph while I'm driving back and forth to White Salmon. (This is not recommended by my AARP driving instructor, whose excellent course I just completed.) Anyway, my mind sifts through recent events and I can usually come up with a "grabber" to get things started and then things flow from there. It just isn't happening this week and to make it worse my internet connection is down and at this minute I'm not sure how I'll get this column e-mailed to the proper recipients. Grrrrrrrrrr!!

Have you got your Shamrock polished? Is your Blarney Stone brushed off? Your Irish dinner fixin's all ready to go? Good, then bring 'em all down to the Grange this Saturday, March 14, for a Trout Lake Irish Potluck. There will be a $10 admission to cover the cost of music and building rental with any surplus going to the building and kitchen fund. See you there for a fun night!!

Other news in the valley is that the Community Foundation's annual Penny Drive is off and running. Penny jars will be found in many convenient locations to receive your donations. Can't think of a better use for those coins than to contribute to a child's scholarship; I save mine all year for that purpose. Last year, the foundation raised over $12,000 for the scholarship fund through the Rummage Sale, Penny Drive and other fund raising events.

Class of 2012 is sponsoring a Trout Lake Run on April 18, featuring 5K, 10K and half marathon distances. Run will start at 9 a.m. at the Trout Lake School; get more information at troutlakerun.blogspot.com. Prizes will be awarded and if you pre-register by April 5, you will get a T-shirt as well.

Trout Lake Grange is looking for a stainless steel three part sink and a commercial refrigerator in order to qualify as a commercial kitchen. If you know of the availability of either of these items, please give Dave Wampler a call at 395-2323.

We have received many responses to our request for feedback regarding property taxes in the past column. The assessor has explained his methods in a commentary that appeared in the March 5 issue of this newspaper so I will not belabor the subject here, except to add my own growls to those that have been hurled in his direction. A 50 percent increase hurts no matter how it's explained.

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