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Cozy Up By A Warm Fire

Trout Lake News for Oct. 29

By the

Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Maxine@gorge.net

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

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Beautiful fall colors, cozy fire in the wood stove; a crock pot full of good home made soup and rain replenishing the earth. Folks are scurrying to finish the last minute garden and wood pile chores before the leaves seriously begin to fall and winter really does arrive. A cloudburst with thunder and lightning served as a real reminder from Mother Nature. Emily Logan remarked on how festive the town looks with all the corn stalks, pumpkins and squash decorating the storefronts and the community garden. She's right, Trout Lake rocks!

Soccer and volleyball are in full swing, plus football in White Salmon and parents are cheering their students and teams on to victory. All teams are doing well this season, in spite of a couple of football injuries. Sebastian Mael and Devin Bulick both sustained knee injuries, but are healing well.

Another reminder that we need EMTs. The Trout Lake Fire Department is down to three EMTs and there must be two available to answer a call. Please, if you've ever thought of volunteering for a very worthy cause, this is it. Give Eric Schmid a call at 541-490-6609 and get the information to join. Thanks.

Saturday, the CSA Gardeners are celebrating their first year with a potluck and Garden Olympics. The Olympics included pumpkin catapult, a potato gun, one handed corn husking, a tug o' war across the irrigation ditch and other games. A bonfire and BBQ rounded out the family fun, enjoyed by all. What a successful year this was for the gardeners, I'm looking forward to next year's garden.

The Community Foundation had a lovely mother-daughter tea on Saturday with 16 young ladies plus their mothers and/or grandmothers in attendance. The girls got to decorate their own cupcakes with frosting and decorations provided for their use. Tea was served in decorative tea pots and the tables were set with colorful cloths, napkins and tableware. It was a very beautiful setting for a lovely afternoon and was enjoyed by all.

November is election month: Trout Lake Grange will hold its elections for 2010 officers at the November meeting on Nov. 19 and community council elections will be Nov. 3, at the grange hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers and ideas for the grange and the Saturday Market are always welcome.

The Community Council will hear EDA proposals at the Nov. 4 council meeting. EDA funding is the money that the county makes available from land fill revenues for projects of community benefit. This money has been utilized in the past by the Trout Lake Fire Department, the school, and the Grange. It must go to a non-profit organization. The council ranks proposals and forwards the list to the County Economic Development Board, which makes the final project selection. For more information, contact any community council member or chair Ken Belieu at 395-2712.

Trout Lake Country Inn is offering Monday Night Football with tacos, women's night every other Wednesday and music on Saturday nights. All this plus outstanding food, pleasant service and reasonable prices. Yahoo!!!

Reminder -- a contra dance is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Grange from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Come and dance your heart out with lots of your friends and neighbors and their children and grandchildren. Bring a dessert to share if you wish. For more information, call Linda Robinson at 395-2668. Please, no shoes with black soles or heels that will hurt the beautiful Grange floor.

National Honor Society members are elbow deep into the annual cookie dough fund raiser. Two pounds of yummy cookie dough cost $7. Flavors available are chocolate chip, snicker doodles, oatmeal, and peanut butter. The order deadline is Nov. 6, and delivery starts on Nov. 8. Call Laurie Sherburne at the school, 395-2571, to order.

The National Honor Society members (and their faculty sponsor, Laurie Sherburne) stay busy. They are also organizing the Holiday Bazaar, to be held in the multi-purpose room at the school on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair is a fundraiser for the National Honor Society and Advanced Placement English class trip to Ashland in the spring. Rental for booth space is $25 for a large booth (about 10 feet wide) or $13 for a small booth (about 5 feet wide). Bring your own table or display. There are some spaces with electric outlets available. To rent space contact Laurie Sherburne at 395-2294or 395-2571.

Traffic should be good, since there will also be a book fair and a basketball tournament that day. Food will be served, and crafts and handmade items of all kinds will be available for sale.

National Honor Society 2009-2010 members are Anna Nakae, Jesse Robertson, Liz Vogt, Dana Cavanaugh, Brendan Wells, Lucas King, Lindsey Scott, Slater Modrich, and Luke Tibbott. Our congratulations to all of them on their achievement.

The summer teams at the Northwest Service Academy will be enjoying their closing ceremony this week. There have been six teams this year, one working at Conboy Lake and five doing trail work. The trail crews have been working in Wenatchee, Mt. Hood, the Gifford Pinchot, and two Pacific Crest Trail teams. The local fire prevention team finished up in August. Next year there will be four PCT teams. The folks on these teams, as well as the many other NWSA members working as Environmental Interns in schools, conservation districts, watershed management groups, cities, and many other organizations, do valuable and good work. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting NWSA participants, you've seen them volunteering at the Arts Festival and the Fair and helping with local projects. So hail and farewell to this year's crop. If you, the reader, want to know more, check out the website http://www.northwestserviceacademy.org/Centers_MAC.cfm, where, incidentally you can see a nice picture of alum and former Trout Lake fire prevention coordinator Carter Davis, looking uncharacteristically serious.

Dennis Anderson and the Trout Lake Community Science Club, which is a club of high school juniors and seniors separate from the school, will be selling Christmas wreaths this year. Sales will start soon, and the deadline for ordering will probably be in the third week of November, with delivery on Thanksgiving weekend. Call Dennis at 395-2250 for more information, or watch for the flyers.

The Presbyterian November Tuesday Night Potluck and Program will host a presentation by Kozen Samson, the priest at the Trout Lake Buddhist Abbey. The Tuesday Night Potluck, once a month, is an on-going program at the church.

One last plea for a news writer...we just need one more to have our Trout Lake news in the paper every week. You can do this, just bite the bullet and give one of us a call. A short column once a month, that's it...we need you, just call. Thanks! Maxine Bulick, news writer and Pat Arnold, newswriter.

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