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Watercolor class at Grange

Trout Lake News for April 29

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Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Seth Bichler

On May 1 and 2, there will be a watercolor class led by Jan Muir, a well known local artist. The class will meet at the Trout Lake Grange from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost will be $40. The class will teach the basics of the medium, the materials and how to use them, various basic techniques necessary to create a successful painting or sketch, and a little bit about design. The class promises to be both informative and fun. To register call Jan at 493-2059 or e-mail her at Space is limited.

Another Trout Lake Fair organizing meeting will be held on May 4 at 7 p.m. in the library at the school. If you are part of the fair, want to be part of the fair or are just curious come to the meeting, you will be welcome. People to help with children's games, animal exhibits and face painting are needed.

On April 19, three people from Trout Lake participated in the Boston Marathon in the beautiful weather for running. In order to run in the Boston Marathon participants must have achieved qualifying times in other marathons. These times determine starting position. Alice Nielsen, the youngest of the three who ran in the first wave, finished in 3:38:26. Betsy Scott and Stephanie Irving ran in the second wave. Betsy finished in 3:44:35. Stephanie finished in 3:52:15. Supportive and enthusiatic family members attended the race and cheered them on. How interesting that a town as small as Trout Lake had three residents participating in this marathon. Congratulations to all three for their determination, athletism, and good finish times.

There was a very informative article in The Enterprise last week about the Trout Lake School Destination Imagination Team that is going to participate in the national competition in Tennessee in May. What a wonderful experience for all of the participants. It must be exciting to be part of a team at such a challenging event. We wish them well. Remember, to make a contribution to the trip; send a check to Trout Lake School and write Destination Imagination on the memo line. The team needs to raise $800 in order to go to Tennessee; every contribution will help.

On a less happy note, the Grange has lost a board member as well as having seen its membership drop this year. The board members have done a wonderful job of improving the quality and appearance of the Grange building. It is now a pleasure to attend events there. However the work on the building is not yet quite over and members are needed to see it through. If you are willing to become a board member contact Maxine at 2101. If you have been a dues paying member but have not renewed this year, please do so. Let's not let the momentum die for lack of participation.

It is a pleasure to announce that cheese making has returned to Trout Lake. The town has a history of commercial cheese making but the last Trout Lake based cheese company closed its operations in the 1950s. It is nice to see the tradition resumed. The new company is named Cascadia Creamery. It makes six different types of cheese from raw organic milk produced locally. The company has passed the health department inspection and is officially open for business. For now the cheese is being sold on-line. Sign up on the web site or via e-mail to be on the notification list. When cheese is ready to be sold, notification will be sent of what kind of cheese is available and when it can be picked up. Later in the season there will be a sales booth at the Trout Lake Saturday Market. The web site, which also has an interesting history of cheese making in Trout Lake, is The e-mail address is

It has been mentioned before, however it never hurts to be reminded of a worthy cause. The annual Penny Drive has started and will continue until May 28. There are donation jars at all of the local businesses. The Community Foundation uses the money raised by the penny drive for the benefit of graduating seniors. Do your part and drop all your pennies and spare change in the donation jars. Make this the best Penny Drive yet!

The Presbyterian Church will not have a Third Tuesday event in May.

Dogs of the Gorge is looking for volunteers and donations of food, dog toys, treats, money and cleaning supplies. The organization was established in June 2007 to help residents of Klickitat County for spaying and neutering dogs and cats. They also help adopt out abondoned dogs. In three years they have helped about 400 dogs find new homes, and have had about 300 dogs and cats spayed or neutered. If you want to help or volunteer please contact Lisa at 541-978-0079 or e-mail to dogsof the


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