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Flowers in bloom on forest trails

Trout Lake News for July 29

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Finally spring has sprung at the higher elevations. The snow is melting and is patchy on the trails at 6000 feet. Bird Creek Meadows was able to open last week since the snow melted out enough for the tribal managers to clean up Bench Lake campground. The flowers are reported to in full bloom on mid-elevation trails such as Monte Cristo, Little Huckleberry and mid-way up the Snipes Mountain Trail. On the higher elevation trails there are few flowers but many mosquitos. No huckleberries yet, all reports indicate that they will also be late in ripening, although there are a few that are beginning to turn a little red at lower elevations. So at last we are on our way to being able to enjoy the beauty of all of the forest rather than just the lower elevations.

The Fair is coming! The Fair is coming! The first weekend in August, Aug. 5-7, rapidly approaches (is it possible so much of the summer has past?). Entries for the Children's Art and The Thread and Yarn contest can be dropped off at the school Library on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. but no later than 5. Alternative drop off can be arranged by contacting Donna Tiffan at 395-3695. All quilts should have a sleeve or tabs for hanging since they will be stapled to the wall in the gym at the site of the fair.

The Community Potluck Dinner will be held on Aug. 5 at Elk Meadows RV Park from 5:30 to 6:30. Always a fun event with good food and good music. People with last names starting with A-K bring desserts and people with last names starting with L-Z bring side dishes. Of course this is flexible so if you cannot cook desserts or don't cook anything but desserts bring what you can and enjoy yourself.

Then early in the morning (6:30 to 10) on Saturday, Aug. 6, the Firemen's Breakfast will be held at the Trout Lake School. The 5k and 10k runs and the one mile fun run registration opens at 7 a.m. at Jonah Ministries. The runs start at 8 a.m. from the same site. Following the run, the Famous Trout Lake Parade takes place through downtown Trout Lake, starting at 11 a.m. Guests of Honor are Scott Thompson and Joanna Smith both National Guardsmen scheduled to be deployed overseas soon. Registration for the parade begins at 10 at the Guler County Park. Following all of this activity, the fair itself takes place at Jonah Ministries. There will be food, music, family games, a pet show, cow milking, a bounce house, contests (thread and yarn, flowers and vegetable, baking and photo), the World Famous Auction, the drawing of the raffle for the quilt, wood and gravel, a silent auction for the Community Club Scholarship fund, a timber carnival and exhibits. Come out, see family, meet long absent friends and enjoy the fair.

On Saturday night there will be stargazing with local astronomer Jim White at 9 p.m. at the school. On Sunday morning at 11 a.m. the Community Church Service will be held at Jonah Ministries.

It would be interesting if each Trout Lake resident who comes to the fair would bring an example of an invasive plant species to display at the Weed Booth. How many invasive plants exist and flourish in our town? And where? Bring your specimen to the Weed Booth where it will be, hopefully, identified and displayed so others may learn. Invasive plants can be dangerous to handle, please wear gloves when picking and transporting them.

The Community Foundation is still accepting donations of usable items for the Gigantic Annual Yard Sale on Labor Day weekend. Items can be left on the porch of the TLC Accounting office in downtown Trout Lake. Please drop off only items that are clean and in good repair. If you miss the opportunity to donate to the Community Foundation Sale, Dogs of the Gorge is holding a yard sale Sept. 10 and 11 at the White Salmon Grange to benefit their spay and neuter program. They are accepting items for this sale. Contact Lisa at 541-978-0079 or Denise at 509-250-4086 to arrange for pickup.

Although it is rather in the future it is worth noting that the Dogs of the Gorge will also be having a fund raising breakfast, Pawcakes and Wuffles, at the Trout Lake Grange on Sept. 25 from 7 a.m. to noon.

There have been two incidents of dogs harassing wildlife this week . One incident resulted in the death of the dog involved. It chased a deer across the highway, was hit by a truck and had to be put down. This was a very sad event for both the owner of the dog and the driver of the truck. The second incident involved dogs harassing bear on Sunnyside Road. As far as is known no deaths or injuries resulted. According to the game warden during early summer there are many young fawns killed by dogs. Please be respectful of the wildlife here in Trout Lake and keep your dogs confined so they do not harm wildlife or get killed themselves.


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