The Porch for June 18

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WESTSIDE emcee Ben Bauman at the mic.

WELL DONE: The kids in the Westside Elementary talent show, with a special shout-out to emcee Ben Bauman, a fourth-grader, who ably kept things moving with a dryly humorous touch, at Wednesday’s event.

WELL SAID: “I say we need more love and less power,” Ben Bauman, after Morgan Eddy played piano and sang “More Love More Power” by Michael Smith.

FIX-TATION debuts: The Bike Hub at Third and State now features a “Fix-tation” for bike repairs. It must be getting some use — for several days last week a bicycle kickstand lay on the ground next to it.

SEEN AND HEARD: Someone finds an emerald-hued bird egg on the sidewalk in front of the Post Office and brings it inside to the counter … “Free” stuff season: curb-side deals include mattresses, clothes, what appears to be a battery- or USB-powered stationery kids bike, and a kitchen sink …

WHYS GUY: Why’s there a series of cookies cut on the Event Site lawn? Why is it the announced Rand Road utility project (“starting the week of June 13,” we reported) has yet to break any ground?

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Bumper sticker of the week.

PLATE PARADE — Summer is here and so are the visitors: vehicle plates around town include Pennsylvania, British Columbia, California, Florida, Montana, New York, Texas, and one from New Mexico: a tall non-commercial van, blocking the crosswalk at Fourth and Oak, not that anyone needed to cross there …

TASTY PAGES 2 — For space reasons in The Porch on June 4, we cut out the funny coda to my thank-you note to Hood River Library’s Joanne Gibeaut, for helping me in my Greyhound trip research by tracking down a free stack copy of “Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck, about his eponymous dog, when the Library’s copy was checked out. That copy came back a couple days later — one corner chewed up by the patron’s pooch.

No, it was not named Charley.

— Kirby Neumann-Rea



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