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Grange Place To Be Saturday

Trout Lake News for Sept. 29

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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

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Final results from the Community Foundation Rummage Sale are in. The sale raised $17,039.05, which is $454.87 more than last year. Way to go folks, and that's a lot of folks. Sale managers count 174 individual volunteers, which is about 15 percent of the total population of Trout Lake (men, women, and children, that is, excluding dairy cows and chickens and horses) and they collectively logged 1309 volunteer hours, an impressive number. I doubt there are stats about how many people donated, since the donation location is so handy and open at all hours.

Wow, the Grange is going to be a busy place this coming Saturday. In no particular order, here are the events.

The Trout Lake Community Club is sponsoring a Princess Tea Party, otherwise known as the 3rd Annual Little Girl Cupcake Tea, on Saturday, Oct. 1. This event is for mommies, grandmas, and/or friends with their little girls up to 12 years old. The tea party starts at 2 p.m., and the Club is requesting a $5 donation to help cover expenses. The afternoon's activities include crafts, cupcakes, and tea. Please RSVP to Meg Vollema 395-2335.

A benefit dance, to raise funds for the Trout Lake Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 6 p.m. to midnight. You can eat terrific Mexican food for $5 per plate, enjoy music in English and Spanish, and join in the karaoke competition. You will be asked for a donation of $5 per person at the door. Call Rachel Griffith at 509-310-9256 for more information or to pitch in.

Trout Lake Men's Club first meeting of the fall will feature Steve Stampfli who will speak on the demolition of Condit Dam in late October. The meeting is at the Grange on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. and is open to all. Club coordinator Dean Hostetter's message to members says "Be sure to bring your wife and friends." This newswriter guarantees that Steve will have a great presentation. He has spent many years on Condit history and doings.

In fact, you can watch the Condit progress, and learn a lot about Condit history via a camera that Steve has set up just below the dam which is talking hourly pictures. Some of the pictures, with progress reports, are posted and Steve has written about the construction of the dam and has posted pictures of the gorge that will be uncovered by dam removal. http://whitesalmontimelapse.wordpress.com/about/. The latest post shows that the tunnel at the base of the dam is about forty feet long, nearly halfway. The removal, just like the construction, is an engineering feat.

This will be my last column for now. We have two new writers joining the group. They are Sean McGroaty and Kira Fogarty, and we hope all you faithful readers will offer them a big welcome, and fill their inboxes with great news items. As for myself, what will I do with all the time on my hands? Hah. For one thing, and contrary to rumors, my egg business will stay open, in the capable hands of my housemates, and for another, I think I will keep busy minding the new grandtwins. I want to say thanks to all of you who have commented over the years on something I wrote in a column. It's what keeps your newswriters going, knowing that someone is reading. Remember, we still need one more writer. Pat Arnold, ex-newswriter.

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