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Autumn palette on display

Trout Lake News for Oct. 20

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

The length of each day's light ebbs slowly but steadily towards winter, and the mornings are greeted with a sparkle of frost. Cupboards and cellars are being filled with the bounty of harvest, and the scent of wood smoke mingles with the sweet aroma of decaying foliage. Up here in the Trout Lake valley, nature's full autumn palette is in glorious display. Flanking Highway 141 and Forest Road 88, the crimson fire of vine maples and dogwoods and the golden iridescence of maples, cottonwoods, and aspens delight the eyes and fill the soul. Life is good, my friends!

Upcoming events: The Trout Lake Grange is hosting a Food Day celebration at 7 on Oct. 20. There will be a free harvest exchange, a film ("Nourish"), and a panel discussion to follow. For more information, contact Stephanie Horace 493-1588.

Trout Lake archeologist Cheryl Mack will be speaking about the early history of the Columbia River Gorge in the "Sense of Place Lecture Series" on Nov. 11 at the Springhouse Cellar in Hood River. Doors open at 6, and lectures begin at 6:30.

The Friends of Mt. Adams will be hosting an all-day symposium, "Mt. Adams in a Warming Climate" at the Trout Lake School on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendance is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Registration fee is $25, although a limited number of partial scholarships may be available. For more information, contact Bob Vocke 493-2232, email:

A final note to my fellow Trout Lakers (Lakians? Lakists?): As this is my inaugural news column, I would like to cast my line out to any and all who have news, events, and announcements that are relevant to the greater Trout Lake community. We may be small in number, but we are also a diverse and often dispersed group. Although I have lived here for over eight years, I am still meeting new people and discovering new things about Trout Lake. I look forward to not only being a mouthpiece for all of you, but also to strengthen and broaden my connections to the place and people I love so much. Thank you. Sean McGroarty. Email:


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