Trout Lake Newswriters
Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669
Sean McGroarty, 395-9394
First, graduation took place Friday night. The graduating class consisted of 12 seniors, a slightly larger class than usual, while the class of 2016 which graduated from eighth grade this year had 15 graduates, including the student from Honduras, a gigantic class for Trout Lake. The Community Foundation gave $30,874.93 worth of, scholarships to current and previous students, a very impressive sum. The recipients were Lauren Hoodenpyl, Alyssa Pearce, Lindsey Scott, Slater Modrich, Chantel McGraw, Lucas King, Krista Clark, Alura Gilliand, Luke Dearden, Eli Caudillo, Kristian Rubesh, Mikael Dick, and Anna Nakae. There were three new scholarships this year: The Jerry Wood Memorial scholarship, the Betina McCuiston Memorial scholarship and the MDK Trust scholarship given through the Community Foundation by an anonymous donor. The foundation money comes from the penny drive, the talent show ($1080) and the Labor Day rummage sale. In addition the foundation administers scholarships for people and groups who want to establish a scholarship. What a wonderful organization and how lucky Trout Lake and its students are to have this dedicated group of volunteers. Also new were the awards given to four seniors, Emma Wirth, Juana Rico, Ramiro Avila, and Jordan Wilson by the Trout Lake Abby. Awards were given to these students because the grantors believe that they have "potential to add worth to our world." The awards are free of conditions, however the Abby asks that "if and when they obtain financial security they help out another young student." Other organizations, Trout Lake Farms for one, granted scholarships and we hope that information about these will be given in following columns.
The Trout Lake Saturday Market opens June 30 for the season. It will be held in the grange. Looking forward to seeing the lovely selection of quilts, enjoying the baked goods, and browsing the items offered by the vendors. The market will continue through Labor Day weekend.
The Trout Lake Bike Tour takes place June 30, also, a busy day here in the village. It is hoped that the forest route used by the tour will be melted out. At the present time FR 88 and 23 are still snow covered beginning about 15 miles out of town. The tour organizers are still looking for volunteers to help with various activities of the race such as registration. If you can help please contact Rick Allen at 395-0024.
Trout Lake has been experiencing visits by a bear or bears, 28 sightings so far. An alert reader (our only reader?) has sent in tips, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bears.hmtl, about how to manage your property to avoid visits by bears. It is most important to not put out garbage because it attracts bears unless it is placed in a can (metal) with a tight fitting lid. The cans should be kept in a shed, garage or fenced area away from the house. Spray the trash cans with disinfectants to reduce odors. Do not put out meat and fish waste, keep this in your freezer until pick up or dump run day. Take down bird feeders in March and bring hummingbird feeders in at night (bears love sweets). Do not allow rotting fruit to remain on the ground under the trees. And do not feed pets outside. Other tips can be found on the site given above. It appears that the Fish and Wildlife Department is not intending to remove the bear or bears so it will fall to the individual resident to protect themselves from these visits.