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Trout Lake News for March 4

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Seth Bichler

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It has been confirmed that the annual Trout Lake Fair will be held the first full weekend in August as usual. The fair will be on Saturday, Aug. 7. The Community Potluck will be on Friday, Aug. 6, and the Community Ecumenical Church Service will be on Sunday, Aug. 8. Hope to see you there.

The Fair Board will meet on March 1 to begin the organizing process. As usual the fair board is looking for volunteers willing to help with organizing and running the event. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ray at 395-2318. If you have revisions or new information for the Trout Lake Yellow Pages booklet which is included in the fair booklet, please contact Sarah at 395-2669.

On March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Trout Lake Grange Hall there will be a meeting to plan for the 2010 season of the Saturday Market. The market has been in existence since 1985; a remarkable 24 years of providing a place for local crafters, bakers, jam makers, artisans and farmers to sell their products and for community members to purchase and enjoy these products. The purpose of the meeting will be to develop a plan for an outstanding 25th season. The energy and ideas of all local crafters, bakers, jam makers, artisans and farmers are needed to ensure that this will be the best Saturday Market yet. Hoping to see you there.

Membership in the Trout Lake Business Association is growing monthly and the number of planned activities is also growing.

The 8th Annual Bicycle Tour is happening June 26 this year. Planning is in progress for this event and volunteers are needed. If you can give some time to help, call Rick at 395-0024.

The association web page is being revised as is the Trout Lake. org site by web master Dave Wampler.

The association has plans to revamp the business directory signs located near Mountain Laurel Dairy at the entrance to the upper valley, and plans to produce a map showing the location of local businesses and attractions in the area.

In the near future, the association hopes to begin to offer a college scholarship through the Community Foundation for a Trout Lake student interested in majoring in business.

The next meeting will be on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. At this meeting the current membership (businesses who have paid their dues for 2010) will review and vote on the applications for the $4000 in grant money that were submitted in February.

A new session of Spanish classes will start about mid-March. there will be both day and evening classes. Contact Stephanie at 395-2275 for information or to enroll.

The Trout Lake Glenwood boys basketball team had a pretty remarkable season. They started out with a 1 win 8 loss record and finished up by qualifying to play in the State B league tournament. This is only the second time in the history of the basketball program at the school that a team has gone to the state tournament. Outstanding. Just shows what persistence and team work will do. Congratulations!

Speaking of long established organizations, the Mt. Adams Riding Club which was formed in 1990 is still in existence. The club was organized by horseback riders in Trout Lake and BZ Corners who wanted to provide riding opportunities, Poker Runs and group trail rides, for like minded folks in the area. Some of the original members, most of whom are still members, included (in no special order): Coralee and Don Warner and Don's parents, Jan and John Nelson, Wendy and Bruce Schmid, Ron and Carol Schmid, Zoe and Jerry Wood, Bill and Betty Transtrom, Jacque Taylor, Jim and Chris Nielson, Cathy and Scott Bauer and Steve Koenig.

Several years after the club was founded, some of the members became interested in the sport of Endurance Riding. Club members both successfully competed in Endurance Rides in Oregon and Washington and sponsored the Mt. Adams Endurance Ride here in the Trout Lake vicinity for two years. This ride was one of the most popular on the Washington/Oregon circuit.

With the money raised by Poker Rides and the Endurance Rides the club began giving annual scholarships to students of Trout Lake School which it continues to do.

For a period between 1997 and 2000 the club was less active. Then, when Stephanie Irving and Stephen King moved to Trout Lake, Stephanie's interest in Endurance Riding lent new enthusiasm to the club and it again began to sponsor Endurance Rides.

In 2003 the club sponsored the Pan American Endurance Ride. Riders from Europe, South American and Canada participated! The ride required two years to plan and implement and was a resounding success. Many Trout Lake residents volunteered to help with this ride(go volunteers!).

The club continues to sponsor and organize the Mt. Adams Endurance Ride and has become the umbrella organization for various smaller groups of horsemen and women interested in many different and more specialized equestrian activities. The club provides monetary support to these groups as well as other support as needed. These groups include the 4-H Club horse group and the Savvy Sisters, a natural horsemanship group.

The annual Endurance Ride provides a venue in which Trout Lake school classes can raise money through activities such as food booths.

The Endurance Ride will be held on May 15 this year. For information go to the web site at The next day (talk about being busy) there will be a "Ride and Tie" event. On June 19 there will be ANOTHER big event, the 40th Annual World Championship Ride and Tie at Mt. Adams. For information on this event and the sport of Ride and Tie go to the web site

The club organizes horse training clinics which are held at Nelsons' Arena on Stadelman Road. On March 6-7 there will be a Lauman Training Clinic. Spectators are welcome to watch for an hour or so without paying a fee. For half day or more there will be an audit fee. For further information contact Nina Pochina at 509-637-0988. On March 14, there will be dressage and riding lessons with Vi Strode. Spectators are welcome. For information contact either Betty Transtrom at 509-395-2441 or Geri Starbuck at 509-395-2473. On March 21, there will be Natural Horsemanship lessons. For information about this activity contact Betty Transtrom at the number above.

If you like horseback riding, are just curious about what it all is, want to learn more or want to help with any of the events being organized contact Betty at 395-2441. The Club provides wonderful opportunities to become acquainted with people who really, really like horses and activities centered on horses and welcomes new human and horse members.


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