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Institute to replace Academy

Trout Lake News for Nov. 10

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

It is with great regret that we write that the NorthWest Service Academy, an Americorp sponsored program, is closing as of the end of December due to the loss of federal funding. NWSA has been part of the local community for 17 years. In this time more than 1200 Americorp members participated in the program and contributed more than 200,000 hours of community service to the region. That is a lot of time given to help with tutoring, community conservation projects, trail maintenance and other projects dependent on volunteer labor for their completion. Here in Trout Lake, NWSA members helped each year with the Trout Lake Festival of the Arts and the Trout Lake Fair; they provided parking, set up and break down muscle, cleaning and helped with booths and gave other help as needed. The program brought to Trout Lake many, many bright and energetic altruistic younger folks some of whom have taken up residence here to the benefit of the town. However all is not completely bleak because a new nonprofit organization is being founded. It will be called the Mount Adams Institute. It is hoping to carry on the tradition and spirit of the Service Academy. Initially the program will focus on helping military veterans transition back to civilian life. It will also provide summer camp/outdoor leadership experience for the youth of military parents both veterans and current military. The founder of the Institute is Brendan Norman. He has a crew of former NWSA staffers who are volunteering their time to help start up this Institute. He is looking for more help to get it started. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this project please contact Brendan via e-mail. His address is

Brendan says that the "NWSA is incredibly appreciative of the support offered by the community and the Forest Service over the past 17 years."

Halloween was a very busy time in Trout Lake this year. The town was appropriately dressed with well carved Halloween pumpkins, corn stalks, and decorations gracing the front of the Station Cafe. The store porch was host also to Halloween pumpkins, no two alike, and corn stalks. The leaves were falling and the fall colors were bright.

The new owners of Serenity's had a "meet the owners" open house complete with good food and more pumpkins. The Country Inn had its traditional Halloween party. There were wonderful costumes, especially enjoyed the frumpy housewife with her hair in curlers that I spotted at the store Halloween night And there were parties, trick and treaters and just right fall weather. All in all a notable and enjoyable holiday also described by a friend as "a mad social whirl."

On Friday, Nov. 11, (also Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day and originally celebrated to mark the end of World War 1 on Nov. 11, 1918 at 11 a.m.) a conference, Mount Adams In A Warming Climate, will take place at the school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be speakers addressing topics that range from the history and human ecology of the mountain area through glacier change to effects on the ecosystems and fire management of climate change. As of this writing there are still a few spaces available. The cost is $25 which includes lunch. Contact Bob Vocke at 493-2232 for further information or to register.

So, on to more upbeat news. The Holiday Market which is to be held at the School on Dec. 3 is now registering vendors. If you are interested in participating please contact Laurie Sherburne at 395-2294. Applications can be found at the store, post office and school. This event provides a great way to see and enjoy what townfolks are creating. Also a good place to pick up a few Christmas gifts while consuming a tasty lunch. Since the event is sponsored by the National Honor Society chapter of the school, all of the spending is guilt free because your money is supporting an important activity.

Likewise looking forward to another Christmas shopping opportunity right here in Trout Lake, the Scholastic Book Fair will be held at the school from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3. The books for sale are for kindergarten through eighth grade students primarily but there are some adult books and maybe some adults would like to reread books previously read when they were a different age. The money raised supports the school classrooms, school library and some of the RIF programs.


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