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All Day Kindergarten Starts This Year

Trout Lake News for Sept. 1

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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Well, athletic practices have started, locker sign-ups started Aug. 29, and the teachers go back to school on Sept. 6, followed by the students on Sept. 7. This year marks the beginning of all day kindergarten, with a new first grade teacher joining the staff. We bid welcome to you, Kim Watson, and hope you like it here in Trout Lake.

Bill Smith is spearheading the effort to put a new roof on Linda Niskanen's house. Call Bill at 637-0851 to volunteer or contribute. Must be finished before the snow falls, which could be soon.

Although, really, snow is kind of the last thing on our minds right now. More of us thinking about hot dry weather, enjoying it, but also thinking about fire. That helicopter pulling water out of the river (do they have fish screens on those buckets?) and flying right over my house sure got my attention. The storm last night seemed mostly south and east of us, no reports yet of lightning strikes.

There will be a pre-school get together on Friday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. for parents and children. If you want to attend or want more information, call Judy Skelton 395-3669.

The next Trout Lake Irrigators public meeting on the reconnaissance study being done regarding consolidation and piping will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the big room upstairs at Trout Lake Farm. Go to the main (west) entrance and go up the stairs. The consultants on this study, Anderson Perry and Associates, built several public meetings into their work plan, and the point is to present the work to date to the public, irrigators and non-irrigators alike. Everyone's thoughts and input are welcome.

The Trout Lake Farm to School program is holding a benefit dinner for the program at the Trout Lake CSA on Sunday Sept. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. To volunteer, contact Kira Fogarty at tlfarmtoschool@gmail.com. You can purchase tickets at the school, for a suggested donation of $30 to $50. The food will be raised locally, cooked locally, and totally delicious. Child care will be provided at the school from 4:45 to 8:15.

The Skyline Foundation is also holding a fundraiser that weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m., with local food from Klickitat and Skamania counties, including donations from Trout Lake's own Cascadia Creamery and The Station Cafe. The funds raised will be used to improve Skyline's beautiful community room.

Contact Gabe Snider at 395-3390 or gsnkder@fs.fed.us to sign up as a Wilderness Steward. You will commit to three or more overnight patrols at Trapper Creek, Indian Heaven or the Mt. Adams Wilderness area during the summer months, and participate in other stewardship activities. Your reward will be, in addition to knowing that you are helping to preserve the wilderness, a forest pass and compensation for mileage. Gabe's poster quotes the legislation that authorized the creation of wilderness areas. "A wilderness is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and the community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." Of course, we are part of the web of life on this planet, but it is also true that humankind is often busy trying to gather all the strands of the web without understanding of or regard for the effect on the web itself and its ability to sustain itself. One of the wonderful things about life in Trout Lake is that we are close to wilderness. This program offers you a new way to appreciate and preserve the wilderness. You don't know what you've got till it's gone, as the song goes. Note: these comments represent the views of the newswriter, and are unsolicited by Gabe or anyone at the ranger district offices.

Trout Lake Community Foundation's Annual Rummage Sale will be held Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2 to 5). Over 15,000 items with the average price per item being less than a dollar. New items are brought out each day of the event, which will be held in the town center all four days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sunday, all items are half price and on Monday, it's fill a big for $3 or a box for $5. On Tuesday and Wednesday all items are FREE!

All proceeds of the sale help fund the educational goals of local students. The Trout Lake Community Foundation provides scholarships each year for post secondary education and career training. Over the past 10 years dozens of students have been awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to further their educational goals.

Come find hidden treasures and help support Trout Lake community students!

Don't miss the last day of the Trout Lake Saturday Market season on Sept. 3. Attendance has been good this year and there has been a nice variety of vendors each week.

Betty Schmid, market founder, will be celebrating her 85th birthday on that Saturday. She is the oldest person residing in the valley, who was born in Trout Lake. Be sure to congratulate her at the market.

Tune in next week for another dose of history from past columns. No room or time this week. Pat Arnold

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