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‘Before I Die’ encourages reflection

“Before I Die” walls have sprouted up throughout the Gorge over the last three summers, first appearing in Mosier, then in The Dalles and now near the corner of Sixth and Oak in Hood River.

‘Weed of the Month for June’ is the invasive Scotch broom

Scotch broom was introduced as an ornamental along highway corridors and in western Oregon as a dune stabilizer.

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Love of languages

Multi-lingual HRVHS student pursues unique teaching opportunity

Julia Skwarczynski knows a lot of languages. Besides English, the Hood River Valley High School student — who will be a senior next year — speaks French, Spanish and Polish (her native language), is learning German, and this year began Russian lessons as well.

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Fresh Start Culinary gains CGCC certification connection

Columbia Gorge Community College approved the college’s first non-credit certificate of completion for training offered by the off-campus Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program.

Hood River Death Café meets July 9

Explore death, dying beliefs, rituals at July 22 event

The fifth Hood River Death Café will be held on Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at Providence Down Manor, 1950 Sterling Place, Hood River.

The Next Door marks 45 years

Local agency celebrates decades of changing lives

Think back in time to the year 1971. The Vietnam War was dividing the country. Young people turned to drugs to numb their fear and confusion while their parents anxiously watched the fast-paced social changes that were occurring. The Beatles had gone their separate ways.

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HRV students earn Ford Foundation scholarships

Jackie Santa Cruz and Jesus Chavarias, both 18, were two of 5,987 Oregon and Northern California high school seniors to apply for a Ford Family Foundation scholarship their senior year of high school.

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‘Straw pull’ decides school board vacancy

In a historic first, a “straw pull” decided who will be appointed to the Hood River County School District Board of Directors.

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Final reunion for Odell High School

Bernice Arthur, left, and Pat Rasmussen Hoodenpile, along with Nate Arthur, far left, greet Delpha Clark, class of 1944, Saturday at the final reunion of the Odell High School, which was founded 100 years ago.

National FFA scholarship goes to Jakelyn Santa Cruz

The National FFA Organization awarded a $1,000 Fastline Publications scholarship to Jakelyn Santa Cruz of the Hood River Valley High School FFA. The scholarship is sponsored by Fastline Publications as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Santa Cruz will attend Oregon State University.

‘Incredible Years’ parenting classes begin on July 13

‘Incredible Years’ Parents can enrich their child’s life and their own by attending the “Incredible Years” 12-week parenting program starting Wednesday, July 13. The series will be held at The Next Door office in The Dalles at 318 W. Second St.

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A carnival to take on cancer

Luminaria remain, but changes abound in revamped ‘Relay For Life’ July 9 at Hood River Marina

This year’s Columbia River Relay For Life, titled “Evening of Hope,” moves to a new location, and proceeds on a different, shorter schedule, with an emphasis on music, dancing, and active fun while honoring cancer survivors and treasuring loved ones’ memories.

Sports camps make exercise fun

School may be out for the summer, but there are plenty of sports camps for children and teens available to keep them healthy and active during the break. Here are three:

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Peace Fellowship awards Boonstra

Columbia River Fellowship for Peace has presented the Susanna Blake Gabay Peace Scholarship to Charley Boostra.

Gamez named to CGCC board

J. Carmen (Carmelo) Gamez, a longtime resident of The Dalles, has been appointed to succeed M.D. Van Valkenburgh in Position One on the Columbia Gorge Community College board of directors.

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