As of Friday, July 1, 2016
WELL SAID: “When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?’” — Don Marquis
WELL DONE: Four local artists — Maddie Wood, Ellen Hudon, Fenn Paider, and Keenan Collins, ages 18-19 — will be showing a collection of affordable and unique paintings, drawings, and photography at New Leaf Studio on Seventh Street between Oak and Cascade. Artist reception will be July 1 during First Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.; New Leaf is open Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.
SIGN OF THE WEEK: It’s fine to install modern public restrooms, as the city did in 2015 at State and Third streets. It’s another thing to let people know where those restrooms are, as this new sign at Oak and Second indicates.
SPEAKING of signs: The changeable reader boards near exits 62 and 64 tell us those ramps will be closed for periods starting July 9. No details yet from ODOT, but watch Hood River News for details.
NO SWEARING, NO SPIKES: Church League softball starts July 5 at the field on Belmont (Westside Elementary). River of Life Assembly and Hood River Alliance go at it that night, with Riverside and Valley Christian taking the field July 7. That’s the four-team field in the long-running league organized by Commissioner Fred Duckwall. All games start at 6:30 p.m. One way to encourage the tradition is come out and enjoy an evening of softball. Spectators are few but bring a lawn chair and enjoy the shade at what can be one of the most pleasant summer evening spots in town. Cool rules to this league: lineups are supposed to be a male-female mix, no metal spikes are allowed, no one strikes out, and if you hit the ball over the fence a second time, you’re out. So it’s fun to see it when the Alliance sluggers forget and swing hard, “go yard” again, then grimace.
HERE’S AN “UN-PLUG”: The Gorge Footprint Challenge is an ongoing, friendly competition intended to educate Gorge residents about what we can all do to mitigate climate change and to celebrate our achievements. Most people have been told that decarbonizing is prohibitively expensive, but the truth is that clean-energy products like LED lighting, solar panels, electric vehicles, and heat pumps continue to get cheaper and in many cases are already cheaper to own than the older technologies. Learn more at cgcan.org/footprint.
— Kirby Neumann-Rea