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Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Sean McGroarty, 395-9394

Kira Fogarty

Sofie Brubaker

With the political season upon us there are lots of civic minded projects and groups meetings in Trout Lake to discuss the community. For starters, there will be a short Trout Lake Area Business Association meeting at the Grange on Thursday, Nov. 1. Several area topics will be discussed including next year's Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour plus possible new welcome signs for Trout Lake. All community members are welcome.

Also the past two months there have been conversations within the community that have brought up the possibility of developing a Trout Lake service that would provide and/or facilitate services that enable the impaired, ill and/or physically limited to remain in or near their homes as long as possible. This new initiative is called Trout Lake Care.

Since the response for the project was excellent, a presentation was made to a group at the Oct. 3 Community Council meeting. Twenty people completed the information card. There were no negative comments. Most indicated at least moral support for the project. Eight people offered to serve on a steering committee including Ray Thygesen.

Since this is such a monumental project the purpose of the steering committee is to do a needs assessment and if so indicated prepare an implementation plan. Accurate survey results are needed for both. At the first committee meeting held Oct. 18 it was decided to rename the project Trout Lake Care (TLC). They also decided that a survey concerning equipment, needs, and volunteerism was in order. The survey forms will be distributed at the Baptist and Presbyterian Churches and at the Community Thanksgiving meal at the school on Nov. 14. Finally, they encourage those over 60 to subscribe to the Klickitat County Senior Newsletter which has more than 300 individuals in the community that are eligible but only 32 households which do subscribe.

One other tasty way to support our community and county is to attend the Skyline Foundation's Cultivate Klickitat fundraiser for the Skyline Foundation and Skyline's Community Meeting Space on Nov. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Skyline Hospital. There will be dinner, music and a live auction. The cost is $50 per person, and space is limited so acquire your tickets online by emailing

or 509-637-2602. The dinner will consist of a four-course, farm-fresh dinner prepared by the area's finest chefs and local beer and wine. The auction will have a lot of wonderful items some of which include a complete beekeepers starter kit, trips to go clamming on the Oregon Coast, sailing in the San Juan or a Klickitat River Fishing trip, and many more!

So no matter what you're doing at the moment, now is a good time to give back to our community by getting involved and there are a lot of good ways to do it.

Trout Lake Newswriters ~ Sofie Brubaker


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