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Parkdale news: Parkdale principal, teachers retire

Kim Vogel has announced she is retiring as of June 30, 2014, eight years after becoming principal of Parkdale Elementary School and with 20 years of service with Hood River County School District.

“It has been a blessing to be here,” said Vogel. “I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the best teachers in the district, meet some of the most caring parents I’ve ever met and been hugged too many times to count by the kindest children on the planet. I will miss each and every one of them.”

However, don’t start singing “Happy Trails to You” to Vogel just yet, as she has accepted a half-time position at Cascade Locks Elementary, where she began her HRCSD career as a teacher in 1990.

Wait — doesn’t “retire” mean you stop working?

Vogel says she promises to return to Parkdale to work a carnival booth next year and to watch the next principal “do something messy.”

Whoever the next principal is, they certainly have very large, creative, messy shoes to fill!

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A retirement party for Parkdale Elementary Principal Kim Vogel and longstanding teachers Jana Shuler and Jeanie Dexter-Krieger will be held Friday, June 6, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Mount Hood Town Hall.

Friends, family, co-workers, adult former students and community members are invited to come wish them well.

Jana Shuler teaches a fourth-fifth-grade combo this year and has been at Parkdale Elementary since 1999.

Jeanie Dexter-Krieger, affectionately known by her students as Ms. DK, teaches fifth grade and began her teaching career at Cascade Locks Elementary in 1989 before coming to Parkdale in 1997.

“Jana and Jeanie have readied hundreds of fifth-graders for middle school over the years and they will be greatly missed,” said Principal Kim Vogel. “Their love for their students and ability to meet student’s individual needs are only two of their outstanding characteristics.”

Two current HRCSD teachers will be replacing Ms. DK and Mrs. Schuler in the fall.

Holley LaVoie, currently a third-grade teacher at May Street Elementary, and Parkdale Reading Specialist Shelly Curtis will be transferring to the positions.

Both Holly and Shelly are Parkdale residents and are excited to teach in the community they live.

If you plan on attending the retirement celebration, you are asked to contact Heidi at the school office at 541-352-6255 to let her know.

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Have you been thinking about holding a yard or garage sale?

Do you live in the Mt. Hood or Parkdale areas?

Upper Valley Yard Sale days are being planned for the community on Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Area residents are invited to hold their own individual yard sales on either or both of the days.

Maps with all the yard sale locations will be provided to pass out to buyers at each address.

After the sale, sellers are encouraged to help the community by donating their clean, quality, unsold items to the Mt. Hood Community Yard Sale that will be held the following weekend, Saturday, July 19.

For more information or to register your address as a sale location, contact Audrey Schneider at 541-806-3039.

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If you’re familiar with the local music scene, you know the band The Toy Gun Conspiracy.

Band members Elliot Cain and August Beard of Parkdale, Cooper Holzman of Hood River and Alan Gibson of Cascade Locks started out playing locally, including the Mount Hood Town Hall, have added Portland to their list of gigs, and will now be playing at Riverfest on June 14 in Independence, Ore.

In an effort to gain more attention for their original songs in the alternative rock and pop genres, The Toy Gun Conspiracy is now competing for votes online to play in Portland for the Battle of the Bands Warped Tour 2014 sponsored by Vans.

“It’s kind of incredible to play music for people and in order to project our band, we’re using an outlet like this,” said band member Elliot Cane. “It’s a great opportunity for us and we really appreciate everyone’s vote and spreading the word.”

To vote for the band to share the invite to vote, go to: http://bit.ly/1gHJa4S.

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