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Council Results Are In

Trout Lake News for Nov. 12

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Maxine@gorge.net

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

sba_352@gorge.net

The election has come and gone and the results of the Community Council election are in. The three candidates, Pat Arnold, Monte Pearson and Adam Schmid were all reelected. In addition there were two write-in votes. The results will be certified at the next community council meeting in December. The participation in the election is much appreciated by the council. They have discussed having a mail-in ballot. However it would be rather expensive for an organization that exists on donations. Maybe a generous donor will step forward and fund a vote by mail for the next election. If you would like to be that generous donor or know of someone who would please contact the president of the council, Ken BeLieu.

Attending community council meetings is always fun and informative and free; it doesn't get better than that. All of the members of the council have a good sense of humor (requirement for office?) so the proceedings are enlivened with jokes and laughter. Additionally there is frequently new information about what is happening in the community. This past meeting there was a presentation by Dana Scheffler and Tom Wooding about the proposal to form a Parks and Recreation District in the west part of the County. If a district is formed the first goal would be to develop a year around aquatic center, with a pool large enough for competitive swimming, to replace the White Salmon pool which the city is having difficulty funding and which may close. Along with recreational and competitive swimming the aquatic center would also be used for rehabilitation and mobility maintenance therapy by the hospital. There would be several other goals: one, provide the organizational and legal structure to work with local groups and landowners to develop trails and trail systems in the local communities; and two to work with existing organizations to offer a wide range of community education classes. The idea has the support of the Klickitat County Health Department because research has shown that the existence of a Parks and Recreation District increases the overall health of the community.

Dana and Tom are contacting organizations in local communities to determine if that community would want to be part of the district. When this phase is complete a map of the proposed district will be drawn up. Then, starting about March 1, there will be a petition drive to get the proposal on the ballot. The proposal will need to receive support from 50 percent of the voters in order to pass. Once the district is established, Dana and Tom will begin looking for grants and donors to fund construction of the center.

Idea seems like a winner to this writer: imagine being able to drive to White Salmon to swim year around, imagine not having to pay bridge tolls to go swimming and imagine the school offering swim lessons and having a competitive swim team. If Trout Lake is in the district the school would even be able to make use of the facility without paying a fee which makes it even more attractive.

The Comprehensive Land Use plan now being developed by the community council includes ideas for a trail complex in and around Trout Lake. A recreation district would be able to work with interested groups and landowners to make this dream happen. Imagine being able to walk out your door and take a hike through Trout Lake, or ride a horse or ski; how pleasant that would be.

Dana and Tom are interested in support, comments, opinions and/or ideas from members of the Trout Lake community. Dana can be contacted at 509-637-3559(a local call, offer comments for free!). Tom can be reached at 541-490-1060. Call them soon.

At the December meeting, the community council will be reviewing proposals for EDA funding. If your organization wishes to apply for EDA funding contact Ken at 395-2712 to inform him of your interest. Be present at the December meeting, always the first Wednesday of the month, Dec. 2, with the proposal.

Christmas Tree tags will go on sale at the ranger station on Nov. 20. For $5 you can take the family and go out into the forest to have the pleasure and excitement of finding and cutting your own special Christmas Tree. It is winter so to be safe be sure to take emergency supplies, start early in the day and inform someone of where you are going and about when you will be home (when you do return, let them know you are back). The ranger station is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. every day but Sunday until Dec. 19.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, there is the annual Fall Fling band fundraising event. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by a concert by the school band and the White Salmon Jazz Band. The tickets cost $8 if purchased in advance and $10 if purchased at the door. Come have good food, enjoy the music and support the band.

Speaking of fun, the Contra Dance held last night at the grange was a real pleasure. The band which included many local young people and visiting musicians as well as the usual band members was very skilled and energetic. It set a pace that was just right for the dancing. It was interesting to watch the younger attendees learn the dances, and very enjoyable to dance the square dances and reels. A rare opportunity to enjoy an activity in which all ages were able to participate equally and with gusto. Very good exercise also. Understand that the next Contra Dance will be part of the Cabin Fever Festival in February. Hope to see you there.

WANTED person of any age, must know how to type, to fill the position of news writer. No pay but plenty of satisfaction. Contact Pat Arnold at 395-2233 if you are interested.

The following paragraph was omitted from last week's column. As we drive up Highway 141 toward Trout Lake, we can't miss the reader board. Recent postings have brought many comments my way from Trout Lake residents. Apart from the decidedly partisan opinions, the reader board's facts are shaky. The previous sign identified the Roman fiddler as Caesar, when it was actually Nero. The sign before that interestingly mixed Czars, Marxists and Trojans, making some serious bends in the historical timeline. Certainly there are residents who agree with the sentiments and knowing the townsfolk, I can hear some chuckling at the reader board's cheekiness, but there are also those who feel that this reader board is not the best gateway to Trout Lake, since it represents one opinion in a town that has a wide range of political opinions.

WANTED person willing to give time and energy to maintain the well being of the residents of Trout Lake. Become an EMT with the Fire Department, no experience necessary. Service rewarded by the knowledge that you have made a difference. Contact the fire chief Eric Schmid at 395-2466 for further information.

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