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Revitalized Little League ready for fun

High points in Saturday’s Little League Opening Day included the ceremonial first pitch — a high ball across the plate — by HRVHS varsity baseball coach Erich Harjo, flurries of fireworks amid teams of chilly but excited young players from T-ballers to teenagers lining the infield. Stands full of parents and grandparents added to the fun as the reconstituted Mid-Columbia Little League kicked off the season with gratitude for youth baseball leaders of the past.

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Schools go to staggered start this fall

The Hood River County School Board recently approved new staggered school start and end times for the 2014-15 school year.

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Sen. Wyden hosts town hall at HRVHS

When Ron Wyden told an auditorium full of students, “Let’s focus on the big issues and just have some fun,” he went first.

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SMART supporters read with kids, learn about literacy program

The Start Making A Reader Today “Reading Matters” tour visited Westside Elementary School on April 18.

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Stan Ocheskey, Jenny Packer take ag leadership roles

Meet them at Saturday’s FFA steak feed, auction

The FFA chapter at Hood River Valley High School is an active bunch, as you will learn Saturday if you attend the fifth-annual Steak Feed and Silent Auction, 6 p.m. at HRVHS.

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Families flock to Jackson Park for community egg hunt

Smokey, Sparky, Bunny greet kids as safety fair blends with hunt

Several hundred young children (with parents’ help) scooped up a total of 6,500 eggs at Saturday’s annual community Easter egg hunt in Jackson Park. Some of those eggs were refilled on the spot and distributed again by “secret egg layers.” The Easter Bunny was on hand, along with Sparky the Firedog.

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High marks for HRV track and Field at Blossom Invite

Eagles take second at revitalized meet

Friday afternoon’s sunny weather illuminated nearby fruit trees in full bloom, providing a fitting backdrop for the aptly named Apple Blossom Invitational at Hood River Valley High School. After many years’ hiatus, the event, once a well-regarded track and field meet, was revitalized this year with the intent of restoring it as an annual occurrence.

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Rebranded, Gorge FC looks to the future

With new ownership and new name, local semi-pro soccer team forges ahead

Gorge FC hosted Inter United of Seattle Saturday evening at Hood River Valley High School the newly formed semi-pro soccer team’s first home league game since being formed last year. After breaking out with an exciting 2-0 first-half lead off goals from Raul Marquez — both assisted by Felipe Heredia — the home team lost steam in the second half, allowing four goals to finish with a 4-2 loss.

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Blossom festivities reflect Hood River’s small-town goodness

We Eat Well — "You can't find gooseberry pie anywhere, but we get it here every year," said Longview's Harry Blair, who ate at the Parkdale Grange Blossom Dinner with his wife, Dorothy, and his brother, Terry, and his wife, Suzie.

Service announcement for April 23

Leroy Kitzman

Death notices for April 23

Lonnie Smith, Donald Teckenburg, Verva Harris

What’s new at Community Ed?

Hood River County is known for its abundance of outdoor athletic activities. But what about those of us who are afraid of water, heights, and flying projectiles?

Medical marijuana decisions coming soon

County Commission, City of Cascade Locks to consider moratoriums

Local governments will be voting in the next couple weeks on whether to adopt ordinances that would place up to one-year moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries that are now legally allowed to operate in the state of Oregon.

Kindergarten Round-Up returns April 28

The Hood River County School District will hold its annual Kindergarten Roundup during the week of April 28 to May 2. This is the time for parents to register their children entering kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year.

DeHart, Lane to wrestle in Japan; help sought

In an effort to help re-establish Washington’s high school cultural exchange wrestling program, Oregon has partnered with its neighbor to the north to send a team of 13 high school wrestlers to Japan this June. To help fill the team, Oregon is sending six of the 13, and of those six two (and possibly a third) are Hood River Valley High School wrestlers.

A busy Saturday in sports

There’s always something happening in Hood River County, but Saturday’s list of athletic happenings is especially long. Here’s a quick roundup of several things going on:

A great spring for BSC Hood River

Youth soccer program builds on reputation as small-town powerhouse

The BSC Hood River Bulldogs U14 grade girls club soccer team finished the spring Oregon Youth Soccer Association competitive season with a 2-4-2 record. The team competed against some of the top teams in the state, scoring six goals in eight games and holding the opposing teams to 12 goals.

Kegler’s Corner: 3 Fingers Deep wins Industrial League title

We had quite a match last week between teams 3 Fingers Deep and Hood River Supply for the championship of the Monday night Industrial league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

Sports briefs for April 19

HRV girls lacrosse defeats Central Catholic in overtime; Water’s Edge Duathlon, Half Marathon and 10K is May 3 in The Dalles; more

Police Log for April 19

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River April 7-13.