Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Trout Lake Newswriters
Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669
Sean McGroarty, 395-9394
The first annual Potato Dinner and Talent Show fund raiser for the Community Foundation Scholarship Fund took place Saturday night in the Grange. Who knew that tiny little Trout Lake harbored such a wide range of talent. We had a performing dog, a family singing act, a mandolin and accordion duo, a recently formed band named "Endless Winter", a magic act, a solo singer accompanying himself on a mandolin, a reading on the subject of Love, a touching singing tribute to a 40th wedding anniversary with a chorus of audience members, a belly dancer, a singer accompanied by a piano player, a dance troop, a guitar and harmonica duo, a fashion show, performances by guitar and violin students, a singing duo that played the base and guitar, a martial arts demonstration, and a hilarious comedy act which included a guy named Mortimer(I hope I have not forgotten any one and apologies if I did). It was a standing room only crowd for the show and the applause and laughter was long and loud. The dinner was very tasty with many toppings for the potatoes. All in all a very fun and satisfying event which it is hoped was successful in its aim of raising money for the scholarship fund. Already looking forward to the second annual show promised for next year.
Speaking of seconds -- This will be the second year that the Trout Lake Robotics Team has won in the FIRST Robotics competition at the regional level. The team will go to St. Louis to compete in the International competition on April 25. The Team, number 3711, began the competition in Seattle at the Cascade Regionals seeded seventh. It finished as Regional Finalist #2. In addition it won Judges Award. The judges were impressed by the way the members of the team represented themselves and by the innovative programing. The team was grateful for the financial support offered by the community last year and hopes that the community will provide equal or better support this year. Donations can be dropped off or sent to the school as soon as possible. Also many thanks to the sponsors of the team: Boeing, Terry Schmid Sand and Gravel, Platt Electric, Google, OSPI, Bezos Family Foundation and jcpenny. How outstanding that a relatively novice team from a small school can compete successfully with older better established teams from larger schools. Real tribute to the brain power of the students and the effectiveness of their teachers. Go School!
The Trout Lake Business Association recently made $2000 worth of grants to local organizations including the Trout Lake and Husum Fire Departments, The Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, Mt. Adams Resource Stewards, Jonah Ministries, and the Glenwood School Shop Class out of the funds raised by the 2011 Bike Tour. Thanks to the Business Association for its support of these local organizations. The association is still looking for volunteers to help with the 2012 Bike Tour. Contact Rick at email@example.com to help with this event that brings so much to the community.
On April 4 at the Community Council meeting in the community room of the school there will be two presentations. Trout Lake Irrigators will present information on the Irrigation and Hydropower Reconnaissance Study that is being conducted to determine the feasibility of a singe outtake for the irrigation systems in the valley and the generation of hydropower from the single outtake system.
At the same meeting, there will be information presented about the current grant to fund wildfire hazard reduction on private lands in Trout Lake and how to apply for funds from this cost share program. Trout Lake is located in an urban/wildlands interface and is in danger of suffering from a wildfire. Any steps that a property owner can take to reduce the danger to his property from wildfire could make the difference between having the property come through a fire safely and being destroyed by the fire. Come and learn how to obtain help to protect yourself and your property. Both of these presentations include information that could impact your life in the town; hope to see you there.
On April 8, the Baptist Church will offer its annual Easter Breakfast at the school starting at 8:30 and continuing until 9:30. The huckleberry pancakes are always excellent and the price is right (free). Always fun to attend and socialize with friends and neighbors in this hospitable setting.