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Trout Lake News for Nov. 15

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

Sofie Brubaker

Crisper days and the threat of snow in the Valley signal that the season of giving thanks, and giving gifts, is soon upon us. Big-Box retailers are giddy over the early arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday,-- and the Black Friday that follows -- promising more days of consumer frenzy until Christmas than in recent years.

But, do you really want to battle with those rabid crowds, clawing each other over the last iPad Mini? Do you really want to risk a boot to your throat in pursuit of the next Tickle Me Elmo; or Cabbage Patch Kid; or whatever hot new toy Sammy and Suzy just have to have to make their lives complete (until it is forgotten by February)? Why waste your gas and send your hard-earned money to China, when you can buy beautiful and delicious local products, and keep that money circulating and nourishing your own community?

Local artisan cheeses, woolen goods, clothing, jewelry, huckleberry products, arts and crafts, and more can be found in Trout Lake businesses, and even more locally-produced goods will be available at the upcoming Holiday Market at Trout Lake School on Dec. 1 (Interested vendors can contact Laurie Sherburne at 395-2294 or 395-2571 for more information). It sure beats a stiff arm from an angry shopper with a quadruple latte' coursing through her veins!

Speaking of community...many thanks are due to the Trout Lake Community Club for hosting another delicious Community Feast at Trout Lake School this past Wednesday, and to all who contributed and attended. It is a wonderful and enduring tradition that helps maintain our collective bond, while also filling our collective stomachs with goodness!

In the spirit of thanks and giving, Mt. Adams Baptist Church will be accepting food donations for Thanksgiving until 10 a.m. on Nov. 19. Donated items can be left inside of the front door of the church. For more information, please contact Ruth at 395-2712.

Trout Lake School is also having a canned food drive for local food baskets. So, please share the bounty with your fellow members of the community...And stay away from the big, bad, Big-Box!

Trout Lake news writer, Sean McGroarty.


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