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Foundation Gets Web Site

Trout Lake News for Feb. 10

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

greenpastures@gorge.net

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Maxine@gorge.net

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

sba_352@gorge.net

Well another winter of odd spring-like weather. Would rejoice in the early spring except I daily expect it to snow more. Hard to know what might happen, uncertainty, uncertainty. Did think that I saw a robin last week but maybe day dreaming.

So lots of news this week which is wonderful.

Due to the much lamented demise of the Trout Lake Website, though there are rumors that the business association is working on establishing a new one, the Trout Lake Community Foundation has established a website to house its scholarship application forms. It is especially concerned that graduates from Trout Lake High School who are living away can have access to the forms. The site is located at http://community.gorge.net/tlcfoundation/tlcf.htm. If you know of a T. L. graduate residing elsewhere who might be interested in applying for a scholarship, please pass along the site address.

As usual application forms will be mailed to the families of graduating seniors. Completed applications must be received by the foundation by May 2 this year because May 1, the usual deadline, is a Sunday. If more information is needed contact either Coralee Warner at 395-2218 or Jim White at 395-2585. This is a wonderful program of such great benefit to the recipients and to the town. Every cent helps ease the financial strain of the cost of college tuition making the lives of both students and parents less stressful resulting in more relaxed towns folks who spread their relaxation to others through interactions with them. So the benefits spread.

As usual many thanks to all of the members of the foundation who work so hard as volunteers to raise the money for the scholarships and administer the program.

Received a press release from Jim Bull about AARP Driver Safety Training Class. Jim is willing to teach a class here in Trout Lake if 10 to 12 folks are interested in attending. The class is an eight-hour class for adults 50-plus years of age. Generally it is completed in two sessions but a full day class can be arranged if a majority of those who want to enroll would prefer it.

Participants will work through an interesting, interactive curriculum emphasizing defensive driving techniques. There are no tests and no driving is involved. Washington State has authorized auto insurance discounts for those who complete this course. Check with your insurance carrier for more information. You do not need to be an AARP member to enroll. There is a fee to cover the cost of the materials. If you are interested in taking the class contact Jim Bull at 395-2755 or jimbull@gorge.net.

On to some delicious news. A teriyaki restaurant which will be run by Trout Lake resident Wes Parker is opening in White Salmon this next week. The restaurant is located on Jewett Boulevard in the store previously occupied by the Collage of the Gorge. Hours of operation are not yet completely set but the restaurant will open in the morning for coffee and pastries and then will serve teriyaki the rest of the day. Should make a unique contribution to the dining experience in the area.

Trout Lake will have its very own Coffee House Reading, shades of the beatnik era! Heavenly Ground will host author Robin Cody reading his work on March 1 at 6 p.m. Admission is free with purchase of a beverage. The author will have books available for sale. The flyer for the event says that "Robin Cody writes compellingly about our area and history." His works include Ricochet River, Voyage of a Summer Sun, Canoeing the Columbia River

and Another Way the River Has. Seems like an interesting and inexpensive way to spend an evening and really the first literary event open to the public to held in the town in many years that I am aware of.

And remember, coming in March will be the Ping Pong tournament held to benefit the Skyline Foundation. Last year it attracted many good ping pong players from Trout Lake. It was a real revelation to discover how popular playing ping pong is in our town and was fun to watch all the games. Further information will be published in the column as the event grows closer in time.

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