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Spring Is Really Here With Blossoms

Trout Lake News for May 7

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

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Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Maxine@gorge.net

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

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Hooraaayy!!! Spring is really here! Even though it's been cool, the blossoms are out and the leaves are unfurling and new shoots are pushing up out of the ground. It's been fun driving into White Salmon this past week; you could actually watch the grass get a little taller every day and the blossoms pop on the orchard trees. I even have to mow my lawn, although I'm gonna wait until the violets have finished blooming for that chore. Spring renewal, it's a good thing!

Thoughts turn to gardening in the spring and this year thanks to the generosity of Monty Pearson and John Shuman, we will have a CSA Garden. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. It is the revival of the small local farm by members of the community. The Trout Lake CSA is located across from KJ's Cafe in the corner of Monty's field. There are 15 memberships available at $50 each. Working members receive freshly grown produce based on the number of hours contributed to the farm. In addition a portion of the harvest will be sold to the community each week at the Trout Lake Saturday Market. Contact John Shuman at 395-9339 to join and to obtain more information. This is something many community members have wanted to do for a long time, thank you Monty and John for giving us this opportunity.

The Trout Lake Fire Department is actively seeking EMT volunteers. The department currently has only four EMTs and it needs more to meet the demands of a growing community. There is an EMT class scheduled for the fall; this is a 130 hour class spread over four months and held in the evenings and/or on weekends. There is a requirement of 30 hours per year on going training to keep your certificate active. The department will pay for additional training after you have been on board for two years. Call Chief Eric Schmid at 395-2466 to schedule an interview.

Have you noticed the donations for the Community Foundation Rummage Sale piling up on Coralee's TLC Bookkeeping front porch? Come help us sort and price these items on any Wednesday evening -- many hands make for an easy task and your hands are welcome!!

Speaking of Rummage Sales, there will be a "mini" rummage sale on the Grange porch on Saturday, May 9, as the Grange is selling surplus items from the kitchen. Get there early, there are a couple large coffee pots plus some nice roasting pans in the collection.

Saturday Market Cafe Coffee Co Op...The Saturday Market will be serving organic fair trade coffee from the Hood River Coffee Company. Because they are buying in bulk, there is plenty to share, so join the Co Op. If you like great, locally roasted coffee at a very reasonable price ($8 or less per pound) please join the Market Cafe Coffee Co Op. Call Cheryl at 395-2207 for an order form.

Trout Lake Saturday Market --- Bigger and better than ever!! This year the market is a Grange sponsored event, organized by a fantastic group of hard working, dedicated volunteers. This season the market will run every Saturday from June 27 through Oct. 10. There will also be Sunday Markets on Sept. 6 and Oct. 11. Market hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trout Lake's renowned hand made quilts will be featured along with fresh baked goods, local produce, crafts, art, jewelry, antiques and collectibles. In addition, the Market Cafe will be offering fresh homemade breakfasts and lunches. On the first Saturday of every month, there will be a Children's Market to encourage our young entrepreneurs to sell their wares. Market Cafe is seeking servers and cooks to help, call Cheryl at 395-2207 for information. Vendors call 395-2323 or go to www.TroutLake.org/SaturdayMarket for vendor registration.

Trout Lake Arts Council has received a donation to help promote the arts in the Trout Lake area. The Council would like to use this money to encourage interested individuals to continue learning about the arts. In support of this they are making available a scholarship to help cover the cost of class fees and materials, up to $500. Anyone living in Trout Lake wishing to take art classes, leading to a degree or not, attend a workshop, conference, or pursue an art related endeavor, is encouraged to apply for the scholarship. This opportunity is open to all ages, adults are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Laurie Sherburne at 395-2294 or e-mail tlartscouncil@gmail.com for an application form. Applications must be received by June 1, 2009.

Trout Lake Community Club is busy organizing a booklet filled with information for new arrivals to our village. The goal is to have a ready reference to find where to go camping, where to find huckleberries, who to call for what, organizations that are in the valley, and all the other bits of information that make Trout Lake a wonderful place to live. E-mail your ideas for great things to look for in the valley to Meg Vollema at Vollema@yahoo.com.

For those of you who are not "in the zone" to receive high speed internet service, there is hope. Deb Faast reports that she has purchased an "antenna" that has provided her with a signal that is 3-4 out of five bars and allows her to receive e-mail with photos and surf the net. E-mail her at faastd@gorge.net for additional information on obtaining this equipment.

The Grange is undergoing some renovations and needs your help. Can you spare a couple of hours to swing a hammer or wield a paint roller, or broom? Call us at 395-2101 or 395-2323, or 395-9314, you'll be glad you did and you'll be amazed at the results of your efforts.

The 4-H sewing group is looking for a couple of sewing machines. If you have one that you could lend or give to them, they would be most grateful; call Doris Norman at 395-2113.

Maxine Bulick news writer

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