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‘Big Art’ adds works, moves others, gets mayor’s pie as a reward

Pie from the mayor was the unusual twist at Hood River City Council on June 26. Mayor Paul Blackburn, who holds periodic citizen conversation sessions called “Pie with the Mayor,” presented a round baked good to the Art of Community committee in thanks for their completion of a new gallery of art works installed around the city.

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Pet of the week: PJ is ‘playful, happy boy’

PJ has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week.

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HEALTH Media holds ‘Sticker Shock’

The Hood River Valley High School HEALTH Media club and incoming freshman from the Wy’east Middle School HEALTH Media Club held their Fourth of July Sticker Shock Campaign on June 28. Their mission: To keep the community safe during the Fourth of July.

Book signing at Waucoma July 7

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Stephen Holgate for a book signing on Friday, July 7 from 5-8 p.m. Holgate will be signing his novel, “Tangier,” a story of fathers and sons, the alienation of being a stranger in a strange land, the seductive face of betrayal, and finally, the lengths we’ll go to for redemption.

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Bend in the Road opens

Keely Stawicky opens the antiques and collectibles cooperative Bend in the Road July 1 in the “Booth Corner” building on Tucker Road, formerly Good Karma thrift store.

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‘Enchanted’ partners

Alpaca garment purveyor Carol Thayer, right, welcomes Hood River artist Adele Hoffman and her “Abrazo Style” line of clothing and accessories as partner in the newly-renamed shop, Enchanted, 314 Oak St. (formerly Sophie’s Enchanted Alpaca).

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CenterPointe plans merger with Inland Bank

Shareholders of CenterPointe Community Bank will meet July 6 in Hood River to vote on a merger with Inland Northwest Bank based in Spokane, Wash.

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Making Noise at the Library

“It’s okay to make some noise in the library,” Rachael Fox, above, tells members of the Chamber of Commerce at the June 16 monthly “Coffee Clatter” event in the reading room at the Hood River Library branch.

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Whisky Tango: Old friends bring cocktail club to the downtown bar mix

Vince Culp and Steve Vollans will have plenty to tell Sandy High School classmates at their 20th reunion next year.

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The Ale List: Not particularly Bourbon Street: a look at the ‘Hood Orleans’ myth

Back before I drank beer, LONG before (and I only took it up at age 24) I remember a Seattle Times report that the famed Ivar’s Acre of Clams restaurant got in trouble for putting lesser beer into Heidelberg empties and selling it to go with the bivalves.

CL Business Showcase scheduled for June 22

The 2017 Cascade Locks Business Showcase will be on June 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cascade Locks Marine Park Pavilion.

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Fresh Start Culinary Program regroups for the summer

Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program is taking a summer break from training students to look at lessons learned from its successful first 18 months of operation.

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The Ale List: Second annual Kriekfest returns to Parkdale June 24

Kriekfest, the summer’s first big beer event in the Gorge, returns to Parkdale for its second annual celebration of cherry-based sour ales — local, regional, national and international — on June 24 starting at noon at Clear Creek Station.

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Pet of the Week: Baxter is ‘young and eager’

The volunteers at Hood River Adopt A Dog have chosen Baxter as this week’s adoptable pet. Writes Lauren Halliday, assistant shelter manager:

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Sheppard’s Moves

Sheppard’s is on the move after nearly a century on State Street.


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