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'Bang!' goes summer

Fresh fruit, big art, hot rods and ‘Dino Train’ — what’s happening in the Gorge’s splendid season

What are the sounds of summer?

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After 40 years, Tsuruta Mayor Kenji Nakano retires

Kenji Nakano has dedicated almost half of his life to his community and townspeople, and after serving 40 years as the Mayor of Tsuruta, Japan, the 84-year-old is finally retiring.

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HRVHS Class of 2014 up for whatever comes next

The Hood River Valley High School Class of 2014’s motto is an oft-quoted lyric from John Lennon’s 1971 hit “Imagine,” that states: “You may think that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

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Horizon grad sums it up: ‘We made it through together’

Roller-skating incidents, teachers’ waistlines, and misplaced homework assignments lined up as humor fodder in Saturday’s Class of 2014 commencement at Horizon Christian School.

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Ron and Marg Guth find friendship among the Navajo

This was no simple rural delivery.

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Reverent Remodel: Asbury’s new owner respects, yet transforms, the former church

A well-preserved felt banner, reading “Asbury, Hood River,” lies folded on the floor of what was once a Sunday school room of the 100-year-old Methodist Church, left behind 15 months ago when the church closed its doors.

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Chasing the dream

Hood River’s Richard Hallman soul searches during journey to photograph world’s biggest waves

If you’ve lived in Hood River long enough, chances are you’ve seen Richard Hallman’s photography somewhere and thought to yourself, “What a lucky punk.”

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Tutu Trot turnout ‘humbling’

Fundraiser run draws nearly 400, raises $10k for Lila May

There’s something oddly heartwarming about watching a crowd of grown men prance around in pink tutus. In many cases entire families, dogs included, waited patiently, and proudly, for the start of Saturday’s Lila May Tutu Trot, wreathed in flamboyancy usually reserved for 6-and-under ballerinas or Halloween costumes.

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‘Good Body’ and Soul

Compelling monologues examine women’s relationships with their bodies, in CAST play opening Thursday

If a woman is worried about body image, how can she be fully present?

Art Notes

Rachel Harvey holds open studio; ‘Eclectic’ bicycle photo exhibit; Poster contest deadline is May 15

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Nutrition Within Reach: Mealtime in the Schools

In school cafeterias, it’s food for thought

You could say the classrooms move each weekday to the warm, aromatic basement of Parkdale Elementary School, starting at about 11 a.m. Kitchen staff are there to help with the learning.

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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.

Kaleidescope: Firefighters gain in-house knowledge, as structure is torched in west Hood River neighborhood

A rare practice burn in a Hood River residential neighborhood recently gave firefighters from several Hood River County agencies the chance to practice hose handling techniques and other interior and exterior strategies for suppressing a house fire.

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Wy’east students weave images of cultures that combine for community

Even days after the unveiling, students at Wy’east are still stopping to admire the intricate pieces of artwork, staring and studying until they suddenly realize they are late to class.