Trout Lake Tracker, by Linda Wall
What a brilliant summer and fall it was at Trout Lake! The campground was packed during the season, many locals and visitors enjoyed venturing out on the water and into the mountains – and the weather, well, it was downright, fabulous. Say goodbye to lolling around on the beach – it’s time to take in our Trout Lake days of fall…
The annual Trout Lake Community Club (TLCC) Garage and Bake Sale kicked off the August long weekend at the community hall. The two-day fundraiser was another tremendous success, bringing in over $1,000. A large volume of merchandise donated to the sale moved quickly, and there was a usual frenzy for local baked goods on both mornings. Two new promotions of fresh popped popcorn and sushi lunches were well received. I cannot express enough thanks to all the volunteers who assisted me with the setup, the two days of sales and close-up of the event. Your time and effort is always greatly appreciated – you help make it happen!
Keith Thomas and Krys Barnwell hosted a karaoke fundraiser night during the summer at the community hall. A packed house sang along and enjoyed the evening as a flurry of eager, aspiring vocalists took centre stage. Alex Schmitt brought the crowd to their feet with his rendition of Sweet Caroline, while Peter Kearns paired with Mike Jones to belt out Rockin’ in the Free World. Cathie Kearns took home a repeat 50/50 draw prize. Many thanks to Keith and Krys for organizing the fun event!
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) held an open house to present the proposed zoning bylaws for Area B. Approximately 20 residents from Trout Lake and surrounding communities attended the August meeting. Loni Parker, Area B Director and Jan Thingsted, Planner, Development Services, along with student assistants, Erica Hartling and Taylor Jenks were on hand to answer questions after the presentation.
The TLCC held an extraordinary general meeting on Oct. 12. A short agenda was presented to the 19 members who attended. President Carrol Christiansen chaired the meeting and opened discussion to the membership regarding some key projects. One plan is construction of the back porch roof at the community hall. The membership has agreed to proceed with the project which will also entail some minor upgrades to the front entrance for safety and stability.
At the dock and day beach area, some concerns have been raised about public safety. The club will be looking into new signage to try to discourage speeders and overnight campers, and to make everyone aware of bears in the area. It was also suggested that bear aware signs be posted at the campground.
Trout Lake BC Internet Society (TLBCIS) held their annual meeting on Oct. 12. The brief meeting was chaired by president, John Wall. John presented the society’s financial status and reported on the upgrade and maintenance work done over the summer at the two mountain repeater stations. He also commented on future objectives to explore increasing the service bandwidth and customer base. There are currently over 70 active subscribers to the Internet service.
Linda Wall’s Trout Lake Tracker is a quarterly column about the life and times of the tiny hamlet of Trout Lake, B.C., located south of Revelstoke.