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MID VALLEY NEWS: Clem’s Market has new owners, fresh look

Clem’s Market is under new ownership. Locals Grant and Sandi Porter and Shane and Shannon Willis have purchased the downtown Odell business and are “trying a bunch of different things so we can see what works for our community,” says Shannon. Right now, they’re focusing on food. They have the usual “mini mart” fare, plus eggs, bread, milk and what Shannon calls “fast stuff for kids’ lunches.”

Clem’s now has deli items — Shannon was making wraps the day I stopped in. They also serve sandwiches, chili and kraut dogs, nachos and pizza, all made in the store. She hopes to serve soup, too, when the weather turns colder, and talked about being open during frost season “to have coffee for the guys if they need it.” The goal is to be focused on what the Odell community wants and needs.

So far, the Porters and Willises haven’t been able to reopen the Laundromat — the water heater isn’t working, and they need to evaluate the washers and dryers — but they’re checking into the feasibility of getting that side of the business up and running again. For now, Shannon encourages everyone to come in, have lunch and check out the changes. Clem’s is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.

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Mid Valley Elementary will hold its annual open house Sept. 26 from 5-6:30 p.m. Parents can meet teachers, take a tour of the school, visit the Scholastic Book Fair and get information from various school and community booths.

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Wy’east Middle School Representative Teri Adams says that this year’s Fall Eagle Fest Open House is also scheduled for Sept. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for Wy’east families. Transportation will be available at both Pine Grove and Parkdale elementary schools, and the fairgrounds will be open for additional parking.

Enjoy a free barbecue dinner, meet Wy’east staff and get information on the many activities going on at the school this year — sixth-grade Outdoor School, after-school clubs, the Splash Into Science trip to Florida, the school’s Home Access Center, summer reading program and more. For more information, contact the school at 541-354-1548.

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There are still a few vendor spaces left for this year’s Gorge Fruit and Craft Show, held at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Oct. 19-20. What makes this craft show different from other Harvest Fest events is that only vendors from the four counties of the Gorge participate, making it a uniquely local event. Vendor applications can be found online at hoodriverfair.org.

Other highlights of the Gorge Fruit and Craft Show are the Odell Garden Club’s annual flower show and the Art Club’s show and sale. New this year is a horse team-sorting event to be held in either the arena or barn, depending on weather, says Fair Manager Clara Rice.

For more information call the fairground office at 541-354-2865.

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