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Senior members of the Hood River Valley High School Chamber Singers share a light moment before their final performance Friday during Class of 2015 Commencement.

Cascade Observations: Love, punctuated

May 29, and the handcrafted love notes from second graders keep coming — their teacher has informed them that today is my birthday, and that I will be retiring from teaching in the coming year. If I felt uncomfortable about turning 59 when I awoke this morning, their lovely cards have temporarily banished those feelings.

Hood River student wins Holocaust Center contest

“How can lessons of the Holocaust inspire you to make the world a better place?”

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Elks honor ‘Students of the Year’

The 19th annual Elks Student of the Year ceremony was held in the Elks Lodge ballroom on the evening of May 31. Les Perkins, local businessman and County Commissioner, was the guest speaker. He talked about the value of community service and how the benefits of helping others within the community are long lasting and beneficial in many different ways.

Workshops set for bird and pollinator habitats

Learn to create habitat around your home at the Hood River Watershed Group’s upcoming Backyard Habitat Workshop on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lyle schools unite with ‘Art for Sky’

Lyle — Students from Lyle School District created a grand scale human painting of a crimson salmon last Friday. The schools teamed up with “Art for the Sky” photographer Daniel Dancer of Mosier to make the proposed public art piece a reality.

Stevenson Elementary principal becomes school superintendent

The Stevenson-Carson School District Board of Directors selected Karen Douglass, Principal of Stevenson Elementary, as its new district Superintendent Thursday. Douglass will begin her new position on July 1, replacing outgoing Superintendent Dan Read.

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Preschool options expand in Odell and Pine Grove

Whether it’s a new school in an old location or an old program with a new teacher, preschool options have expanded in the middle valley.

‘Incredible Years’ returns June 23

Come enjoy summer fun with the Incredible Years program for parents and other adults and their children 2-8 years starting Tuesday, June 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Apartments, 1615 9th Court St., northeast of Walgreens.

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HRMS band serenades Salem

Hood River Middle School Symphonic Band plays for Oregon's Legislature

From the balcony of the cavernous Oregon House chambers, eighth graders from Hood River Middle School regaled state decision makers with a fluttering, jubilant piece.

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Sarah Segal named Oregon History Teacher of the Year

Sarah Segal, a sixth grade teacher at Hood River Middle School who teaches Social Studies, Literacy and Writing was recently named Oregon History Teacher of the Year for 2015 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Elks announce May ‘Students of the Month’

Madison Graham and Jessie Karr, both students at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Students of the Month for May by the Hood River Elks Lodge No. 1507 and were each presented with a check for $100. They joined 16 other winning students in the running for the annual Student of the Year Awards, held May 31.

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Moreland will serve as principal at Cascade Locks Elementary School

Amy Moreland has been selected as the next principal of Cascade Locks Elementary School beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Her selection was approved by the School Board at its May 27 meeting. Moreland will be replacing Kim Vogel who is retiring at the end of the school year.

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Sarah Braman-Smith selected as Principal at Wy’east Middle School

Sarah Braman-Smith of Madras has been selected as the next principal of Wy’east Middle School beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Her selection was approved by the School Board at its May 13 meeting. Braman-Smith will be replacing Catherine Dalbey who will begin serving as the district’s Director of Human Resources July 1.

Workshops set for bird and pollinator habitats

Learn to create habitat around your home at the Hood River Watershed Group’s upcoming Backyard Habitat Workshop on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.