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Neighbors: Tales of transition, teaching and raft trips

Thanks, Maritime Services, write Gail and Scott Hagee of Hood River: “A big thanks to Maritime Services who gainfully employed between 200-500 people here in Hood River for over two decades. George Selfridge and many others should be applauded for being such good employers providing a good wage with benefits for many families in our area.

“Maritime Services gave many young men and women the opportunity to travel to parts of the world they only dreamed of. Thanks, guys, for your years of hard work and your dedication for supporting local Hood Riverites! Our best to you in your time of transition.”

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Former Hood River resident Sigrid Scully, now of Bend, has been working as a volunteer English and language arts tutor at Marshall High School in Bend for the past three years as part of the Central Oregon Council on Aging’s Foster Grandparent program.

Marshall is an alternative high school for students who have not succeeded in other district schools. When Scully secured the position, she moved from John Day to Bend so she could be at the school consistently.

Scully volunteers at Marshall “with almost the same regularity as a staff member,” according to a Bend Bulletin article. “I don’t think I can put into words the impact she’s had on students,” said Principal Julie Linhares. “She’s been so consistent in being here, which means a lot to these kids.”

Scully is the only foster grandparent at Marshall and in the district. She has helped numerous students in her three years.

“I want them all to have hope, and understand that dreams should be followed, and that they shouldn’t give their dreams away to anybody,” said Scully.

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Pam Hughes, Life Skills International, was the grand prize winner at last week’s Chamber of Commerce open house.

Membership coordinator Emily Curtis writes, “The event was successful with chamber members bringing prospective businesses to the event to learn about the Hood River County Chamber’s benefits and enjoy the newly remodeled chamber offices.”

Included in the grand-prize was a rafting package from Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys and lunch at Zoller’s “Class V Deli.”

This trip will be guided by 27-year veteran White Salmon River guide Mark Zoller.

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