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Mid Valley News: FISH marks third year, seeks help

The Odell FISH Food Bank site opened its doors almost three years ago in downtown Odell and has been quietly distributing food to clients on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. ever since.

“We are so grateful that the Odell community has embraced the food bank in a very positive way, offering help when needed, donating products from gardens, and volunteering,” says volunteer Becky Bugge. “In fact, some of our volunteers are also our clients!”

Volunteers help with a variety of needs, transporting food from Hood River to Odell, stocking shelves, keeping the building clean, checking expiration dates, registering clients and helping with food selection, says Bugge.

“The Odell site is the only one of our four sites where our clients can actually choose their food by ‘shopping’ rather than being handed pre-assembled bags or boxes,” she says.

Volunteers and donations are always needed. Call the site at 541-352-1900. To make a donation, send it to FISH Food Bank, c/o Becky Bugge, 3481 Ehrck Hill Road, Hood River, OR 97031.

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The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church has announced its service schedule. Good Friday Service will be held at the Pine Grove Sanctuary on March 29 at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday Service will be held March 31 at 10 a.m. in Odell.

“Don your finest Easter bonnet and celebrate the joy of Easter with us,” says member Jean Stone. Children will be making Easter bonnets during children’s time.

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Odell Little League will host a field clean up April 6 beginning at 9 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to help get the fields in working order. Opening Day ceremonies are scheduled for April 13 at 10 a.m. The annual parade will snake through downtown Odell, ending at the field.

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Fred and Trish Paige will present a grafting workshop for the Odell Garden Club April 9 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Community Building at the fairgrounds. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, email club president Norma Curtis at nlcurtis@hrecn.net or call 541-386-6635.

And yes, the club will have its annual plant sale during Blossom Fest weekend during the Blossom Craft Show — for one day only. Put April 20 on your calendar now!

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Wy’east Middle School Representative Teri Adams reports that the sixth-grade class will go to Outdoor School in May. A special parent meeting will be held in the school’s Performing Arts Center April 11 at 6 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about this year’s program and talk with staff.

“All sixth-grade parents will want to attend this meeting to get the information they need to plan for their child,” says Adams.

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