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String and Dance workshop next event at Trout Lake


Andrew Christiansen

HONORED TEACHERS: Laurie Sherburne (left) and Sally Wells recently retired from teaching at Trout Lake School. They were honored as Grand Marshals at this year's Trout Lake Fair parade.

The Trout Lake Fair held Aug. 6 was a big success. There appeared to be more people watching the parade than ever, and a fun parade it was. The Grand Marshals, the teachers of Trout Lake School with the two recently retired teachers Laurie Sherburne and Sally Wells in front led off the parade right behind the honor guard. They were followed by political candidates, floats with young people shooting water guns sponsored by various Trout Lake businesses, Trout Lake Fire Department's new equipment and engines(very spiffy they are), Klickitat County Sheriff's department marine rescue unit, Smokey the Bear, antique bicycles, horses dancing to music, a Trout Lake Farm float featuring all of the folks who labor in its fields, an old restored tractor pulling a trailer displaying two more old restored tractors a display of the small tractor used in the tractor pull, the blue train and probably more participants that I have forgotten. Just a lot of fun. The Fair itself had music provided by the White Salmon Jazz band, several food booths including a very popular one supporting the Trout Lake School Lunch Program that featured tostadas and tamales. There were children's games, a zip line, a rock climbing wall, a health fair, a timber carnival, and the blue train ride and the tractor pull for the children. The Baking contest, the Threads and Yarns Fiber Arts contest and The Flower and Vegetable contest drew a lot of participants and provided an opportunity to appreciate the talents of the residents of Trout Lake. The Community Foundation Silent Auction raised several thousand dollars for the scholarship fund. The 5 and 10K fun runs went off at 8 am. And as always the day started with the excellent huckleberry pancakes provided at the annual Firemen's breakfast fund raiser. All in all it was a very satisfying day.

The organizers of the raffles, a major fund raiser for the Fair report that the Quilt, expertly made by the Trout Lake quilters, was Amy Cleghon of Washougal; the winners of the gravel, donated by Terry Schmid, were Tom and Bonnie Reynolds; and the winners of the bark dust, donated by SDS, were Glen and Nancy Lucas. We hope they enjoy and/or find a good use for their winnings and thank them, the donors and all the ticket purchasers for their support of the Fair.

With the retirement of Laurie Sherburne and Sally Wells the school has lost the services of two dedicated and effective teachers. Both have taught for a very long time, about 30 years, developing great skill in motivating and instructing students. Laurie as the art teacher has been responsible for all initiating and overseeing the art program that lead to the creation by the students of all of the art that is so wonderfully displayed on the walls of the school. Sally who spent the last five years of her teaching career at Trout Lake school coordinated the Trout Lake Robotics program which melding the knowledge of the volunteers with the interest of the students has for several years taken the robot of the year through several levels of competition to the semi-finals. They will both be missed but we hope that they will fully enjoy their retirement.

Andrew Christiansen

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: There was constant activity around the silent auction at the Trout Lake Fair. As usual, some interesting items attracted big bids, all for the benefit of the Community Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Coming soon are two other events. On August 19-20 there will be a String and Dance Workshop. It will be held at Mt. Adams Baptist Church, starting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Registration which included lunch on Saturday is $35 per person with couples and family rates also available. Participation in the workshop will lead to improved folk dance musical skills, increased knowledge of and ability to engage in step and contra dance and a sensation of pleasure derived from participating in old time family dance. Instructors will include Dina Blade, Gordy Euler, Ivan Comacho and local musicians Lincoln Crockett and Jed Pearson.

For more information and registration forms go to Also, contact Linda at 2668, or email her at

On Labor Day weekend, coming soon, the annual Community Foundation rummage sale will take place. The sale is a major fund raiser for the Foundation's scholarship program. The sale which has stopped taking donations for the year has received many good donations because lots of people have moved out of town recently.

At the moment Highway 141 is torn up by a culvert replacement project for the ditch that goes under the road near the cafe and there is a detour. The organizers of the sale are hoping that the project will be finished before Labor Day but the sale will go on. So come, find the objects you have always wanted, and spend your money to support a worthy cause.


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