Stories for November 2005

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Thursday, November 10

            

Seussical talent

The beloved stories of Dr. Seuss are set to music in this lively adaptation of the Broadway show

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Pies Galore

The fourth annual Heights contest ‘just gets better every year’

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End of the trail

A lot has changed since Don Hardman built the Tee Pee Trail off Post Canyon Road 25 years ago. Sometime next year, however, the trail will experience the most drastic change of all.

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Edelweiss Day

Huge crowds jammed Mtn View Orchards near Parkdale Saturday for the annual Swiss-German Edelweiss Day, hosted by Ruthie McAlexander, right, and her husband, Lyle, and family. Visitors Heidi Eidler, left, of Pendleton, originally from Austria, listens with her daughter, Tamara Morgan of The Dalles, to the music of the Edelweiss Irregulars. Eidler, whose family heritage connects to the former German colony in Namibia, southwest Africa, particularly enjoyed the group’s rendition of a folk song from that region, “Hard As A Camelthorn Tree.” Lyle McAlexander said the festival, in its 31st year, saw its largest turnout ever.

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Welcoming Committee

It’s a family affair in the seventh annual Halloween display in front of Debbie Miller’s Mt. Hood Restaurant on Highway 35 in Mt. Hood. Her daughter, Tabitha Merritt, and Miller carved the pumpkins and adorned them. Miller, above, stands with the figures of her husband, Sherman, and herself. In the photo at top, are the jack-o-lanterns representing, from right, Tabitha’s husband, Justin, on banjo, and the Merritt children Trinity, Sebastian, and Cassidy, and Tabitha.

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Wednesday, November 9

     

Obituaries - Oct. 15

Mary Henricke Hood River resident Mary A. Henricke died at her residence at Down Manor Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005. She was 92 years of age. Private services will be observed. Mary was born Aug. 18, 1913, in Boise, ID to Harry and Comelia (Kaizer) Hill. She attended schools in Portland, Ore. graduating from Grant High School and furthering her education at Oregon State University. Mrs. Henricke purchased and rented properties in the Portland area when she was working in the Real Estate business. She also owned a metaphysical bookstore near the downtown Portland Library. Mary moved to Hood River in 2003 and has made close friends with many fellow residents at Down Manor. Mrs. Henricke is survived by her son, Dave Bronson of Hood River, two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations) 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031. Bernice Myers Bernice Mary Myers of Coos Bay died on Sept. 18, 2005. Bernice was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Delta, Colo., to Ira and Libby McKissen. She moved with her family to Hood River, where she attended school. She married Bill Myers on June 4, 1947, and settled in the Coos Bay area in the mid-1950s, Her main career in life was that of a wife, mother and homemaker. Sh was an avid gardener and became known in the neighborhood as “the lady who could make anything grow.” Her love for animals was evident by the number of stray cats and dogs that showed up on the family doorstep and never left. Bernice’s determination to rise above a crisis, whether it be taking care of a loved one, or dealing with her own health problems, will be a life lesson for those who were fortunate enough to know her. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Ken Bright of The Dalles, Ore.; brother-in-law, Fred Myers and wife, Margaret, of Anaheim, Calif.; sister-in-law Lois Myers of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; son, Stanley Myers of Salem, Ore.; daughters Christine Brown and husband, Joe Cook, of North Ben, Rena Tabbott of Zimmerman, Minn., and Rosie Meyers of Tehachapi, Calif. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews, and her dear friends, Ron and Joanne Patnode of Bridge, Ore. The family suggests those who knew Bernice to plant something of their choice in their yard in her memory.

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Under construction

As workers prepare I-84 for blasting, ODOT crews race to re-open Highway 35 after flood

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An all-day affair

They may be pint-sized, but now kindergartners have full days of learning at school, thanks to school district and Oregon Department of Education efforts to establish all-day kindergarten.

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Top-end Soil

Up-scale homes strive for balance between community and privacy

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Squrl hard to catch

With only three races left in the 2005 OMMA circuit, Hood River’s Steve Curley is points leader in two classes

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Thursday, November 3

                                                         

JUMP at your own risk

Injuring yourself while cliff jumping is as easy as the sport itself: all you have to do is jump. If you can do it right, however, it’ll open up a whole new world.

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The longest mile

On his first Cross Channel Swim 35 years ago, Joe Sullivan swam with Roy Webster, the event’s founder, and seven others. On his 33rd consecutive swim this year, he’ll swim with 550.

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Bound by adversity

Steens Mountain Camp leaves runners with lasting impressions and lessons from high-altitude Oregon

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a long dip in the COLUMBIA

The Cross Channel Swim is more than just swimming across one of the nation’s greatest natural borders. It’s a riddle.

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Who should pay?

On three separate occasions this summer, cliff jumpers leapt from the 65-foot cliff on Eagle Creek. All three injured themselves, requiring the rescue of the Sheriff’s Office and Crag Rats. Who should get the bill?

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Adoptive builders

Trailbuilders operate on an unspoken rule when constructing a path: You build it. You’re responsible for it. For Jim Mudry and Dave Bisset, it’s now official.

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The things we did in summer, I'll remember all winter long

Fun came in many forms and fashions this summer in Hood River County, on the water and on land, inside or outside, planned or impromptu, at work or at play, in costume or come-as-you-are. Hood River News staff took thousands of photographs this summer, and it was always a challenge to choose just the right image of any event. We often wished we could print more than one.

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Pear Plenty

Mary Jette’s two-pound Bartlett stands out among the bounty of the season in Hood River County. The giant was picked last week on Mary and Fred Jette’s orchard on Willow Flat Road. The pear is more than twice the size and weight of most large Bartletts, such as the example in Mary’s right hand. The two-pounder spent a week in the fridge and was ready to eat by Monday. But Mary said the field man from Diamond Fruit, Chad Wimmers, told her, “Don’t eat that pear until I see it.”

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Grasping the GAP

Hood River’s land values are skyrocketing and housing is tough for many to afford. Local leaders respond to the trend.

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Principal and teacher join Adventist school

Students returning to Mid-Columbia Adventist School were greeted by two new smiles this week — those of new Principal Peter Hardy and Bobbi DeWebber the new fifth through eighth grade teacher.

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The hope-builders

Developers provide affordable housing with quality materials and interesting architectural features

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Playing it SAFE

Cascade Locks: Parks and Recreation teams up with CLIK to give kids health, happy choices

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Grapes of Wonder

Robb Bell blends local grapes, wine-making expertise at Cathedral Ridge Winery

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Shades of green

Academy of Angels harbors Oregon men and women on errands of mercy in New Orleans

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Historical Tour September 24, 2005

A Union Pacific Challenger rolled through the Gorge Thursday, stopping in Hood River briefly before heading on to The Dalles. The visit was part of a cross-country tour. Union Pacific owned 105 Challengers at one point.

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The Walk of Life

Thirty-one teams of friends and family got together over the weekend at the high school track to raise more than $98,000

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The winding path to completion

A curving path, flanked to the south by an arching rock wall build by Mount Hood Gardens forms an inviting entry from the Sixth Street, or western, end of the park. Most of the park is currently off-limits as crews complete stairways, paths, rock walls, and other improvements. Iron railing frames rocks and construction equipment at the northwest corner of the library building, where changes in the Georgiana Smith Memorial Park continue the blending of old and new at the expanded county park.

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Wednesday, November 2

                                                                         

Measure 14-23 passes

he ballot title will now become part of the city charter; officials will try to figure out how

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Patricia Schmuck honored

Dr. Pat Evenson-Brady, standing, laughs with Patricia Schmuck Wednesday after presenting Schmuck with a plaque recognizing her four years on the Hood River County School District Board of Directors.

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Florida On Film

Hood River photographer Frank Menard broadens his horizons in low-lying southern locations

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Out of the dark

The New Yasui Building was caught in a dispute that would have left $60,000 of restaurant equipment without electricity and many employees without jobs. A city intervention turned on the lights.

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Congress considers budget extension

Rep. Greg Walden argues for a seven year extension for the ‘Payment to Counties Law,’ which annually contributes roughly $2.8 million to Hood River County’s $28 million budget

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a PROJECT man

In nearly three decades, Jim Hammermeister built hundreds of pieces of furniture; few of them ever went home with him

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Sobering

DUIIs heighten the inherent hazard of traveling by automobile

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