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Trout Lake News for March 10

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Mercy, can't believe it's nearly Daylight Savings Time, not to mention St Patrick's Day and the first day of Spring. I'd never make it if I lived any further North, where the sun doesn't shine for weeks at a time. Gotta have that shiny warm glow to keep me goin'. Come on sun!!

The Grange calendar is filling up with various activities this month: Blue Skies Dance classes for the youngsters happen every Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.; the Quilters meet every Monday from 9 to 2; Trout Lake Basketball Potluck is on March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.; a benefit dinner on March 19 for Isaias Nunez with music and a silent auction; on March 17 Linda Robertson's students will present their music.

Speaking of the Grange, here's a financial update: annual grange membership costs $38 and there are 32 active members. It costs $860.00 per month to run the Grange Community Hall; this includes utilities ($3851 per year), property taxes ($1227 per year) and supplies ($383 per year). Average monthly income from rents runs about $565, your annual dues and or donations are greatly appreciated and serve to keep this important landmark functioning. Hint: if everyone (not only the grange members) contributed $10 per year that would really make a difference.

Trout Lake ASB is holding a blood drive on March 15 from 1 to 6 p.m.; call 395-2571 to make an appointment.

Trout Lake Area Business Association has a new website which includes registration information for the 9th annual Bike Tour on June 25. The next TLABA meeting will be on April 7 at 7:30 p.m., at the grange. Their new website was created by Mel Rodgers who can be reached at 395-2979 or Mel does event planning, bookkeeping and organizational services; contact her and she'll make it happen!

Presbyterian Church members have been working hard on their building, installing new carpet, refinished floors and new blue spruce paneling. The first service in the "new" church will be on March 6. The March 15 program will be a St Patrick's Day meal and Monte Pearson and Jim Lambert will speak about "Real Milk."

Jim Bull is again offering the AARP Driver Safety Program on March 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a half hour break for lunch. The class will be held in the Community Learning Center at the school. This is a great way to brush up on your driving skills in addition to getting a discount on your auto insurance. Most insurance companies offer a discount on your liability coverage if you show proof of attending the class; check with your agent for more info. Call Jim Bull at 395-2755 (day) or 395-2289 (night) to register.

Save the date -- March 18 and 19 at the Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake. A Conference for Washington's Rural Communities: Pathways to Prosperity. This is a two day conference focusing on smart strategies for rural communities in three subject areas: Economic Development, Community Development and Workforce Development. Who should attend? Community Leaders, volunteers, business owners; anyone passionate about making a difference in Trout Lake.

Many of you may have noticed that your property tax statement did not include a charge for Fire District #1; this is because the newly annexed properties will not be taxed until 2012.

Thanks to grants from the State and from Insitu, Trout Lake School has a robot, yup, a very impressive robot. Search You Tube for Trout Lake Team 3711 to see it in action. Nine kids and four adults from Trout Lake School built the robot in six weeks and will take it to regional competition in Portland on March 24, 25 and 26, where they will compete against 60 other teams. Good Luck 'Bot Team!!

Trout Lake sent three teams to the Destination Imagination competitions this past weekend, two middle school teams and one elementary level team. Each team had seven members and participated in either a theater arts challenge or an improv challenge. Laurie Sherburne's middle school team placed fourth with their theater arts presentation of "Triple Take Road Show" and in addition they won a Renaissance Award, given for outstanding skill in an area of engineering design or performance. Katy McKinney's elementary team placed fourth for their interpretation of the "Triple Take Road Show" challenge and Donna Tiffan's middle school team was first in the "Mythology Mission" improv presentation; they will go on to the state finals in Wenatchee on April 2. This was Katy McKinney's 25th year of coaching the Destination Imagination program, Laurie Sherburne has also led this program for over 20 years. Katy was responsible for bringing the program to Trout Lake, and she and Laurie have been working with the student teams ever since. Once again -- Trout Lake rocks!!!

Last but not least, don't forget the WAAAM IT! Ping pong competition on March 12, at the WAAAM from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to benefit the Skyline Foundation. All ages are welcome; call 509-637-2606 to register. Last year several teams from Trout Lake participated and placed rather well as I recall. Who has a space big enough to practice? Maybe a regular ping pong night up at the Country Inn??

Maxine Bulick, news writer


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