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Hunters search for elusive elk

Trout Lake News for Nov. 17

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

Sofie Brubaker

Safety orange and camouflage have made their annual appearance in the Trout Lake landscape, signaling the arrival of modern rifle elk season. Hunters gather each morning and evening at the general store, trading stories, and searching for any information that might help them land that elusive big buck. Skis are waxed, snowmobiles are tuned, snow blowers and shovels are ready for duty. All await the return of Old Man Winter's white beard to the Trout Lake valley -- some with glee, others with dread. Any day now, any day now. But now is the time for one last raking of pine needles, and picking up those things in the yard that will soon disappear under a deep cover of snow, until spring reveals them once again.

A Thanksgiving community celebration will be held at the Bethel Congregational Church in White Salmon on Monday, Nov. 21. Trout Lake pastor Dorothy Franklin will be preaching. All are welcome to the potluck supper at 5:30, and the service to follow at 7.

The following day Tuesday, Nov. 22, a Community Feast will be held at the Trout Lake School. The Trout Lake Community Club will provide the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce, and beverages, but it is requested that side dishes and desserts be provided by community guests, according to the first letter of their last names. A-M should bring a side dish, while N-Z should bring a dessert. Please bring your delicious dish by 10:30 a.m. Food will be served at two times, according to grade. Grades K-5 will be served at 11 a.m., and grades 6-12 will be served at 12 noon. Community members are welcome to attend at either time.

A Scholastic Book Fair at Trout Lake School will be held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3. The majority of the books are focused on grades K-8, but books for young adults and adults will also be available. Sales will benefit school classrooms, the school library, and a portion of the RIF program.

Also at the Trout Lake School, a Holiday Market sponsored by the Trout Lake chapter of the National Honor Society will be held on Dec. 3. The market will contain arts, crafts and food for sale. Anyone interested in selling their wares should contact Laurie Sherburne, 395-2294, or submit an application, available at the school, general store, or post office in Trout Lake.

Trout Lake would also like to welcome a new business to the community. Destino, Arts and Crafts and More will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 12 to 6 p.m., at 2396 Hwy. 141. Sweets, savories, chocolates, cider and tea will be available, and art projects for the whole family will occur throughout the day. Destino will be providing art classes for both children and adults, for a monthly fee. Children's classes have already begun, while adult classes begin on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enrollment is open-ended. Any questions about classes or enrollment should be directed to Ardis DeFreece (360) 907-1660.


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