Grave Matters discussion series: funerary practices and green burials

Join in the discussion of funerary rituals and modes of remembering at the Hood River Library on Wednesday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m.

Lions provide sight screenings this weekend in CL

The Columbia Gorge Lions Club will host its 40th annual Sternwheeler Days Festival in Cascade Locks June 26-28. Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation will also be on hand June 28 to conduct free state-of-the-art sight screenings for children.

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Teen rescues Punchbowl Falls swimmer

Barros honored as ‘Crag Rat for the day’

It was a big week for Claudia Barros — the 17-year-old graduated from high school Friday and saved a woman from drowning near Punchbowl Falls Sunday.

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Cascade Locks School, supporters celebrate Walk/Ride to School Month

Twelve students won new bikes, scooters and skateboards during the Walk/Ride to School event in May. Cascade Locks School’s PTO challenged businesses and organizations to make donations to purchase the items with the group donating the most money winning two hours of community service from the school.

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HRV students continue streamside enhancement

Cleaning out your desk in the final days of school is one thing.

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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.