Trout Lake Newswriters
Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669
Sean McGroarty, 395-9394
Suddenly Trout Lake is a busy place with a lot to write about this week. Feast or famine is what they say. I much prefer a feast of news items, makes it so much easier to write the column.
Spirit Week at the school was a lot of fun with fancy dressing, school colors, lots of assemblies and best of all the Lip Sync Contest held between the girls and boys basketball games at Homecoming on Friday night. Each class seven though 12 choose a recorded song and created and performed a dance routine while singing the song. There was a lot of enthusiasm and creativity displayed in the performances which the audience applauded loudly. The homecoming events were so well attended that it was difficult to find a place to park. Feels good to see the town give such support to events at the school.
Which leads into a plea to support the school by voting for the replacement school levy. The ballots were mailed out this week. The ballots need to be filled out and in the mail to be postmarked by Feb. 12. This M&O Levy provides the school district with funds to bridge the difference between the money it receives from the state and the cost of operating the school. It will allow the school to continue to: provide strong educational programs which include individualized attention to students as needed; provide extracurricular activities including robotics, sports and Destination Imagination; improve computer technology; obtain new materials for the library and maintain the building and grounds. The amount being requested in this levy is the same amount that has been approved each year since 2010. So, we used to say get out and vote but now it is stay in and vote (and mail it). A lot less ringing phrase but the act of voting is just as important as it was when we went to the polls. VOTE!
The Trout Lake Business Association is asking members to renew their membership and is seeking new members. Dues are just $30 a year if you renew or join before Feb. 15. The mission of the Business Association is "to support and give back to our communities in the Trout Lake, Glenwood, BZ corner and Husum areas by helping local businesses succeed." The Business Association sponsors and produces the yearly Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour which brings many riders and visitors(tourist dollars) to the local area. It gives grants to support local charities and community service groups. It also maintains the community website: www.troutlakewashington.com
. All in all a good group to support either through membership or through volunteering to help with the bike tour. Dues can be sent to PO Box 394 in Trout Lake. Potential volunteers can contact Rick at 395-0024.
The Business Association is now seeking applications from local charities and community service groups for the yearly grants. Proposals must be in by Feb. 20, in order to be considered at the meeting Feb. 21, at the Grange, starting at 7:30 p.m. Please mail the proposals to Bev Meyer, PO Box 394, in Trout Lake.
The annual Cabin Fever Festival will be held Feb. 9 and 10. It has a somewhat new format this year, gone is the beloved soup contest; it will be missed. The Nordic Ski Race, an opportunity to ski and clown around, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Pineside Sno Park. There will be a chance to make Valentines at Destino from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., eat the community lunch at noon at the Grange, and taste cheese from Cascadia Creamery at Destino from 3 to 5 p.m. Then in the evening at 7 p.m. there will be a Snow Ball Costume Party (do we all dress up as snow balls or is it a ball to celebrate snow?) at the Country Inn. On Feb. 10 there will be an open house at the Gotchen Creek Guard Station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go to the Snow King Sno Park to find the trail to the cabin. Be sure to have a sno park parking permit on your car. Hope everyone can come and have fun.
Mark your calendars to attend the public meeting about the proposed reduction in postal services here in Trout Lake on Feb. 11, at Jonah Ministries.
Looking further to the future, Jonah Ministries is again having Craft Getaway Weekends. These events give crafters, especially scrapbookers, a chance to gather, make crafts and share ideas for a whole weekend with lodging and food provided. No need to do anything except have fun with craft. The events are organized by Harmony Allaway and held at Jonah. For more information contact go to the Jonah Ministries web site.
And last but not least, the organizers of the events to raise money so Yeltsin and Lidenis Reyes can continue in school in Honduras wish to offer a big thank you to the community for their support. Enough money was raised to pay the school registration fees and to pay for the first three months of school. Additional funds will be needed to pay for the rest of the year. If you are interested in making a donation please contact Karen at the school at 395-2571 or on her cell at 541-980-6508 or Stephanie at 395-2275. Again to everyone who donated, bought an ice cream float, or bought a raffle ticket THANK YOU.