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Trout Lake News for May 13

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Seth Bichler

Well, if April showers bring May flowers, what does May snow bring? I've been polling people for a rhyming answer, okay to ignore meter. Some people had ideas. "Garden slow to grow. Increased river flow." Most people? "Whaddya mean snow in May? I want to go to Hawaii." And yes, my garlic is all brown on top from freezing, and the asparagus is only growing a millimeter a day, what of it hasn't frozen too, and I'm reduced to eating 3-inch spears because I get tired of waiting, but we did have two beautiful days this past weekend, so who's complaining.

You just missed the Community Club's May 11 flower exchange, but plenty of time to plan for the rest of the monthly events, starting with the June 15 Hawaiian Party. There are a variety of events including a picnic, a tea party, and book fair planning monthly throughout the summer and fall. Call Meg 395-2335 for more information.

Kindergarten Roundup is May 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the school. Call Debbie Wroe at the school 395-2571 for more information.

Dogs of the Gorge (cats too) fundraiser at the White Salmon Grange this year Saturday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to noon. This is the only group location in Klickitat County serving Klickitat County with shelter and neuter services. I personally send money to the Rowena center, Home at Last, PROD, and every other local spay/neuter/shelter group I can find, but if you can only support one, Dogs of the Gorge is closest to home.

We've mentioned the Ride and Tie and Endurance Ride horse event several times, so you probably know the date is Saturday, May 15. There are some ways that non-riders can relate to this event. You can just go out to the camp, Friday afternoon and early evening, while the horses are arriving, or Saturday after 6 a.m. while the riders are starting. Start times are staggered, so there will be action throughout the morning. Finishers should start coming in around noon, also staggered. Awards are Sunday morning; call a race organizer for the time.

Spectators need to be aware that the horses participating are athletes and can be rambunctious, so spectators need to keep their distance from the horses. The riders are athletes too, and this is an athletic competition, so the focus will be on the event. There are no spectator stands.

There is also a free Ride & Tie Clinic at the horse camp on Friday, 2 p.m. (check in at registration table).

All welcome, especially if you're just curious. There will even be a short practice loop, come with a horse, or without.

Trout Lake School Spring Band Concert is Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the school. Band teacher Justin Brumley says the musicians are ready and have a great program. The fifth and sixth graders theme is "Different Journeys," and the seventh and eighth graders will be doing movie music, including their first jazz performance. The high school musicians will be presenting an all jazz program. We have a number of students who play multiple instruments, so don't be surprised to see students playing instruments you might not expect them to.

Steve Stampfli will be making a presentation on Condit Dam on Friday, May 21, at the community room at the school. Steve Stampfli will describe the Condit hydroelectric project since its origins in 1910, to PacifiCorp's recent decision to decommission the project under the terms of the 1999 settlement agreement. He will provide information on the reasoning behind the company's decision to remove the project, and describe how the actual dam removal will be accomplished in target year 2011.

The DI team has found the box they needed. It is to be used as a stage for the puppets in their presentation. Locally they've been using a desk, but that was going to be too hard to ship, so they will take the box instead. There's still time to contribute, and if we exceed the $8800 goal by another couple of hundred, they will be able to buy food for the team as well.

In our continuing coverage of the change at the cafe, I have learned something about this history of the station and cafe. Interesting how fast we begin to take the status quo for granted, and then feel a jolt when there's a change. It turns out, though, that many people have had a go at running the station including Langfields, Lauterbachs, Linda and Larry Williams, Ray Holtman, and of course Joe and Eula Smith and Bonnie and Bob Henderson. Each of them put their stamp on the establishment, as did Keri Smith (and thanks for the nice letter in the Enterprise). Andy and Cherie VanLaar, the current owners, have brought and will continue to bring the expression of their own ideas and business.

The moral? Someone in town (that mysterious someone) should organize a forum for our local business owners, including the farmers of course, to talk about how they have managed to operate a business that provides a living for themselves, their families, and their employees. We have a good many people doing just that, and a tip of the hat to all of them for their skill and accomplishments. What have been their challenges, their insights, and their strategies?

Donna Tiffan, organizer of the yarn and thread fair booth, and Pat Arnold, organizer of the veggie and flower fair booth, are looking for donated prizes. Donna's booth has nine divisions each for adult and junior and Donna enjoys giving prizes in each category, a total of 18 prizes. All donations welcome, including anything you produce or would make and donate. Donna is thinking in particular that maybe people have new or newish items they have received as gifts that are not being used. Flowers and veggies needs four prizes. The grand prizes every year are the painted flower pots, but there are four other prizes. Pat is wondering if there are home canners out there putting up fruit preserves or other garden items who might be willing to donate a jar or two. Pat Arnold, newswriter


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