Stories for November 2013

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Saturday, November 30

      

Wes Lapp finds peace in freediving

Wes Lapp got hooked on freediving about 10 years ago, when he and his wife, Nancy Napp, took a six-week trip to Micronesia with the objective of conceiving their first child. The trip was a success; somewhere between Guam and Pohnpei their daughter, Zan, was in utero, and the two returned home to Hood River to start their new family.

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Trail users asked to mind conditions

As winter weather settles in for the next several months, representatives of local mountain biking groups are asking riders to be mindful of trail conditions and respect the hard work volunteers have put into making Gorge-area trails the world-class singletrack that they have become.

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Magana named Player of the Year

Giovani Magana, Quique Rueda, Edgar Villegas and Joel Aberg represent Hood River Valley High School on the recently announced Class 5A All-State soccer team.

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Entertainment Update for Nov. 30

Photos with Santa helps Adopt A Dog program; Sasquatch is coming Dec. 28; Countryside’ at Everybody’s; Benefit for Owen Stolte Dec. 7; Free Holiday films at Skylight; Tallman Band at White House; Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8

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How to Help for Nov. 30

Get a haircut, donate to FISH; Volunteer as tax preparer; Parkhurst House Senior Living Community; FISH food bank building project; Robotics volunteers needed; Hat Project welcomes volunteers, yarn; Next Door seeks foster parents; Help grant senior wishes; Help with Christmas Project registration

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Become an OSU Master Gardener

Would you like to learn more about gardening, plants and insects? Do you like to work with people? Do you want to improve your gardening skills? Do you like to share your gardening experiences? Then the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program might be right for you. The training is open to everyone with an interest in gardening.

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Silverado showcases Streeter ‘Mixed Metals’

Jewelry by Cari, a Hood River-based designer of interchangeable, personalized handmade charms jewelry, will conclude a preview of its latest Mixed Metals Collection at Silverado Jewelry Gallery in Hood River on Nov. 29-30.

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CPA Willow, Shamrock build anew

More than three years after beginning the planning process, Wendy B. Willow, certified public accountant, is excited to see her new 1,400-square-foot office space rising to the east of the dilapidated structure that has been home since 1999.

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Friday, November 29



Wednesday, November 27

 

Full room, healthy mix for HRV wrestling

With 10 returning district placers leading the charge, Hood River Valley High School wrestling is gearing up for what is expected to be another exciting season on the mat, and with precious little time to spare, the team will be working hard over the holiday break to get in shape for the first round of competition in less than two weeks.

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Nestlé drilling test wells in Cascade Locks

Nestlé began drilling test wells this week in Cascade Locks to see if an aquifer believed to be beneath Port of Cascade Locks property can be used in a water exchange Nestlé wants for a proposed water bottling plant.

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Kaleidoscope: A Snapshot in Time

“Bear Wallow, 12:50, 11-6-39”: so says the caption on the Autographic camera image of a smiling man clothing a hat while standing in a field. The rustic, plain-faced image befits its subject, the photographer Alva Day (born in Colorado, 1887, died in Oregon in 1955, and buried at Idlewilde Cemetery).

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Kegler's Corner: Ebersole stars in Senior Tourney

The results just came in for the recent 2013 in-league Senior Tournament held at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Association manager and organizer extraordinaire, Joyce Ebersole, had her left side tosses in the groove as she simply cleaned up, taking the top three spots in the mixed doubles event and, just for the heck of it, finishing second in eomen’s foubles. Clearly, this makes Joyce our latest Bowler of the Week.

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Columbia Bank offers grants to charities

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Columbia Bank will grant a total of $20,000 to three charities throughout Washington and Oregon. Community members may nominate nonprofit organizations for a top prize of $10,000 and two $5,000 prizes.

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Train to become an OSU Master Gardener

Would you like to learn more about gardening, plants and insects? Do you like to work with people? Do you want to improve your gardening skills? Do you like to share your gardening experiences?

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Museum volunteer training offered

December brings several volunteer opportunities and family work days at The History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Marina Drive, Hood River:

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Tuesday, November 26

 

Massive blaze destroys thousands of empty bins at Diamond Fruit

A pillar of fire rose over Odell Monday night as flames devoured 10,000 plastic fruit bins on Diamond Fruit property at AGA Road and Odell Highway. Firefighters came from every department in the valley, deploying 12 tenders and engines including the Tower 3 from Hood River Fire Department. The fire was reported at about 7:20 p.m. “It looked like a Roman candle, flames sticking straight up,” said Pat Roy, who lives on AGA Road directly across from the fire.

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Saturday, November 23



CL port talks toll increases

Port of Cascade Locks commissioners came to a tentative consensus during their regular meeting Thursday night to double tolls for trucks and other heavier vehicles crossing the Bridge of the Gods, but to not raise tolls on cars.

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Hanging up their whistles

After decades of donning black-and-white uniforms and chasing players up and down the field, throwing flags, counting yards, calling first downs and touchdowns and rousing the scorn of many thousands of spectators, Phil Hukari and Wayne Smith are hanging up their whistles.

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WAAAM spreads wings into new hangar

The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum has expanded into its new building bringing the total display area of the museum to over 100,000 square feet.

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Local youth design winning Peace Posters

Christine Kaiser, an eighth-grade student at Wy’east Middle School, Brianne Dunn, a sixth-grade student at Mid-Columbia Adventist, Nolan Ryan, a fifth-grade student at Horizon Christian School, and Kennedy Leavitt, a seventh-grade student from Hood River Middle School, have all taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Hood River Lions Club.

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Westside Elementary evacuated Thursday due to smoky library

A downed power line was responsible for knocking out electricity for about two-and-a-half hours Thursday morning on the west side of Hood River, as well as indirectly sparking a small fire at Westside Elementary that sent smoke through the school and triggered an evacuation.

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The Porch, Nov. 23

WELL SAID: “Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” – Jonathan Kozel

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Suicide survivors event Saturday

Survivors of suicide are invited to a free public event Nov. 23 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, in the board room on the second floor, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Walk-ins are welcome.

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For Fred Bergen, refereeing is a sport in itself

Like many 2-year-olds, Fred Bergen loved fire trucks, and growing up in New York City meant they were a common sight. At 47, Bergen, who now lives in The Dalles, has lived with the effects of his childhood curiosity ever since.

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Sports briefs for Nov. 23

HRV wrestling spagetti feed Saturday; Mt. Hood Meadows opens Saturday; Trails Committee members sought; Turky Trot is Nov. 28; Local businesses chip in for ski team

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‘Share the warmth’

In partnership with nonprofit organizations in their communities, Windermere Real Estate offices in the Gorge are hosting Windermere’s annual “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive.

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Cooper Spur Race Team starts second FreeRide season

Taking the term “training” loosely, Cooper Spur Race Team’s FreeRide Team started winter practice a couple weeks ago, and although the snow is still far up the mountain at the moment, the dozen or so kids at practice this week were geared up and working on their best rail-sliding maneuvers.

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Friday, November 22



Wednesday, November 20



Hospice youth visit Veterans Home

The Saturday before Veterans Day the Youth Heart of Hospice YoHoHs from Hood River and The Dalles visited the Oregon Veterans home. Their visit included giving flags to the veteran residents, and every Heart of Hospice patient received a certificate of appreciation with their name and branch of service.

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MID VALLEY NEWS: Pizza fundraiser will benefit Wy’east PTO

‘Tis the season for holiday bazaars, and we have a couple that are happening soon right here in Odell. The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6 at the Odell church site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find Christmas crafts, home baked goods, soup and homemade pie with ice cream.

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Roots and Branches: Caution, ‘shroomers, caution

I have made several trips into the hills to hunt mushrooms this fall, resulting in a freezer full of delectable morsels. The weather has been great for the production of a prolific crop of fungi, with some of the largest specimens I have seen in years.

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New volunteers join CASA

Judge Janet L. Stauffer swore in the newest group of Columbia Gorge CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) on Nov. 7.

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Kaleidoscope: Lights, cameras, fashion!

A sold-out crowd packed the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn more than an hour before the house lights dimmed for the 17th Annual Hood River Christmas Project Gala Fashion Show on Nov. 15.

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Dog owners: Beware of salmon poisoning

The active fall chinook run has brought many spawning salmon to the sandy shores of the sandbar and the Hood River, which writhe and die upon the shoals after completing their reproductive duties.

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‘Chair Affair’ raises $14,000

Megan Spears of the Westside PTO writes: “Westside’s Chair Affair: Oh, My Word! Reflecting back over the last three years, I have to say that the Chair Affair event is getting better and better. More of our Westside community attended this year than ever before; the night was a wonderful opportunity to connect with some friends and meet some new!

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Soroptimist Extravaganza is ‘more than a sale’

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its ninth annual pre-holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza on Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room. The event will feature Gorge and Portland area artisans exhibiting holiday gift items of jewelry, metal art, alpaca garments, pottery, glassware, paintings, cards, and more.

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Dunn earns MHC water polo honors

Hood River Valley High School senior Connor Dunn picked up Mt. Hood Conference All-League second team honors for his role this fall on the HRVHS water polo team’s first varsity season.

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Sports briefs for Nov. 20

Hawks Madness is Friday; HRV wrestling spagetti feed Nov. 23; County seeks Trails Committee members; Stenberg helps Corban win soccer title

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Tuesday, November 19

 

Monday, November 18



Saturday, November 16

     

4-H’ers ‘Tie One On’

Since there was no school on Monday, Nov.11, due to Veterans Day, the Hood River County 4-H members gathered at the OSU Extension Building to decorate their own aprons, as well as cookies, to give to people of the community.

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New Columbia River Gorge trail segment is now open

The new 1.6-mile segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail will officially be open to the public Thursday allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between Troutdale and Cascade Locks without using Interstate 84.

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Cell tower plan nixed

The Hood River County Planning Commission didn’t take long to deliberate Wednesday night on whether a proposed cell tower would stand or fall.

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On a mission

Stadium lights set a thick blanket of fog aglow over Woodburn High School’s soccer field Tuesday night, giving dramatic ambiance to what promised to be an exciting 5A boys soccer state semifinal between the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs and the No. 4-ranked Hood River Valley Eagles.

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Opening day crowd helps ring in Bealls store

The first thing to know about Thursday’s grand opening of Bealls store in Hood River is that nearly 100 people waited in 40-degree weather, some slipping into the foyer for warmth, to be the first in the doors of Hood River’s newest store at 9 a.m.

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Friday, November 15



Wednesday, November 13

      

‘Puff Factory’ planned for CL

CASCADE LOCKS – An Odell orchardist is looking at a Cascade Locks location for her new business, “The Puff Factory,” a 26,000-square-foot plant that will use a unique freeze-drying technique to transform Hood River fruit into snack products. Plans are to employ 30-50 people.

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CL port plans downtown, sports center projects

CASCADE LOCKS — As innovative as The Puff Factory would be (article, A1) two other development proposals by the Port of Cascade Locks are even closer to reality, according to Gary Rains, the Port’s economic development director.

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Saturday wreck blocks freeway

Two people received minor injuries Saturday at approximately 12:40 p.m. when their sport utility vehicle and trailer jackknifed in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 in Hood River. The crash blocked the eastbound lanes for about 90 minutes while a detour helped route traffic off the freeway and around the crash scene.

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On to the semis

The Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team traveled to Woodburn Tuesday afternoon to face one of the biggest games in HRV soccer history.

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Mid-Columbia Community Choir announces concerts

Mid-Columbia Community Choir will soon present three benefit holiday concerts. The first concert will be presented on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Riverside Community Church sanctuary, Fourth and State streets in Hood River.

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Tuesday, November 12

 

Saturday, November 9

       

HRV united

The Parkrose Broncos stood little chance Tuesday evening against the steamrolling Hood River Valley Eagles varsity boys soccer team. Edgar Villegas struck first just 20 seconds into the game, bringing the home crowd to its feet and firing up the Eagles in what would end as a 7-1 pounding in the opening round of the 5A state championship.

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Special Olympics join forces in HR, TD to form Gorge team

In a recent move to combine forces and facilities, Hood River and Wasco/Sherman County Special Olympics programs have decided to merge into one Gorge-wide team to participate and compete in sports like bowling, basketball, skiing, bocce ball, track and field and swimming.

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Business Notes for Nov. 9

Beall’s store opens Thursday; Bingen Windermere holds open house; Cohen sells advisorship to Moser; Coffee Clatter returns Nov. 15

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Johnson announces run for re-election

Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) announced this week that he will file his candidacy for re-election as state representative to House District 52 for the 2014 campaign cycle. House District 52 encompasses Hood River, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Sandy, parts of Estacada and Gresham, as well as other communities within the Hood River, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties.

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Honoring Veterans Nov. 11

Veterans Day events begin with a 7-10 a.m. veterans breakfast at the Elks Lodge, co-hosted by American Legion and Gorge Heroes Club. (The Nov. 6 edition gave the wrong time for this event.)

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Remembrance Day

With 400 World War II veterans dying every day in the U.S., this poem, passed along by friends, serves as a poignant reminder of the reason we celebrate Veterans Day (formerly called Remembrance Day).

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Friday, November 8



Wednesday, November 6

  

Deibert gains aviation honor

Odell native and 1954 Wy’east High School graduate Larry Deibert was inducted into the Evergreen Aviation Hall of Honor on Oct. 20. Diebert, a decorated Vietnam war veteran now serving as civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, was enshrined there with five other honorees.

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Polar Express returns Nov. 9

One of the region’s most classic attractions has announced the return of a holiday tradition: Mount Hood Railroad brings back The Polar Express for two magical months. The Polar Express will transport riders to the North Pole and into the holiday spirit during the popular Hood River event.

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Girls team fifth, Bockius sixth at state XC finals

In a repeat of last year’s standings, Hood River Valley High School varsity girls cross country team finished in fifth place Saturday at the Oregon 5A State Championships. The Eagles had nine runners in Eugene for the race — seven varsity girls (Sascha Bockius, Lauren Robinson, Daisy Dolan, Sophia Marble, Kailee McGreer, Denali Emmons and Althea Dillon) representing the Columbia River Conference championship team and varsity boys runners Ricardo Castillo and Justin Crosswhite, who qualified for the race individually.

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Athletes, coaches honored

With the exception of the varsity boys soccer team, which played a first-round playoff game Tuesday evening, 2013 fall athletics at Hood River Valley High School are a thing of the past. As is tradition at the end of each season, coaches from each of the four Columbia River Conference teams vote on the top athletes in their respective sports, who earn All-Conference honors.

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Play-in defeat ends season for Eagle girls soccer

Facing a do-or-die game Friday night, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team ended its season with a 3-1 loss against the No. 22-ranked Wilson Trojans. The Eagles had home-field advantage for state championship tournament play-in game after finishing the regular season ranked No. 11.

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Show me the way? Director talks about movie stars and the inspiration of ‘Walking the Camino’

I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that the topic of a major spiritual pilgrimage has made an appearance in my blog for the second time in as many weeks. Last week, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher played a piece called “Diario dun Camino,” based on composer Jeremy Gill’s personal journey along the 500-mile trail, and this week, filmmaker Lydia Smith will be at the Mt. Hood Film Festival with her award-winning documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.”

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Crew hauls trash from Indian Creek

On Sunday, Nov. 3, Indian Creek Stewards and community volunteers picked up about 10 cubic yards of garbage, including an armchair, propane tanks, and a lot of plastic along Indian Creek in the area from 12th Street to the Union Street substation.

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Who? Me?

Oregonians are invited to submit an essay or article for Oregon Humanities magazine’s spring 2013 issue on the theme “Me.”

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ANOTHER VOICE: A year for change, technologically, at

This has been quite the year for changes in Oregon’s higher education system. As members of the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee we have been closely involved with the structural realignment of higher education. For the Gorge this means we are well prepared to take advantage of this new structure.

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Program helps parents coach teen drivers

Parents who ensure that teens get ample practice in a wide variety of situations and transfer their safe driving wisdom to their novice drivers are more likely to help their teens develop the necessary skills to be safer drivers, according to a series of research studies from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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MID VALLEY NEWS: Methodist church hosts Harvest Dinner Nov. 16

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will host its annual free Harvest Dinner on Nov. 16, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Odell Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Dinner will include a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Donations of canned food and money will be accepted for FISH Food Bank.

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Hospice youth spread Halloween cheer

Wearing festive hats and beautiful smiles the Hood River Youth of Heart of Hospice/YoHOH’s began visiting Hospice patients this season, delivering festive little pumpkins, visiting with patients and reading autumn poems by Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost.

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OF WHAT Are We Afraid?

Based on how things went at our house last Thursday night, I’m not entirely convinced that Halloween is a dog’s favorite holiday. I mean, talk about frustration!

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Historical survey methods discussed

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society invites the community to a presentation, “Metes and Bounds Survey,” given by Jim Bull and Fred Henchell Nov. 9 in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center’s lower meeting room, beginning at 1 p.m.

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History of Crag Rats discussed at library

Who are the Hood River Crag Rats? Come to the Hood River Library Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. to learn the history and activities of the Hood River Crag Rats, presented by their historian, Bill Pattison.

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Honoring Veterans

The Nov. 11 Veterans Day service at Anderson’s Tribute Center is just one part of the day’s observation in honor of those who have served the United States in the military.

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Saturday, November 2

       

Sports Briefs for Nov. 2

CSRT introduces youth FreeRide program; Local Special Olympics fundraiser coming soon; Sign up now for youth basketball programs

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HRV girls soccer claim Columbia River Conference title

Claiming the outright Columbia River Conference title Tuesday evening with a momentum-building 3-1 win at The Dalles-Wahtonka, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team closed the regular season with a 4-0-2 CRC record and a 5A No. 11 ranking.

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MUSEUM BLOG

When I think of fall, I think of my mother-in-law, Meg Nice. She had a particular love of the beautiful orange and red leaves of the viney maples found high on the coast range passes.

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‘Operation Christmas Child’ is Nov. 18-24

What starts out as a simple gift — a decorated shoebox packed with items such as needed school supplies, grooming necessities and colorful toys — is used to transform the hearts and souls of millions of children and their families in more than 100 countries.

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Friday, November 1


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