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It's all in the family

A look at some family-owned businesses in the Gorge

Mother and son personify yin and yang; Davises grow, work together; Sheppards: Business success rests on enjoying each other's company; Capovillas: 'Simple, straight-up' pub family

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Elks build outward while working from within: Old organization draws new blood with athletics and events

Workout area will replace former pool; Facilities an asset for members and community activities

In an effort to attract new members and better serve existing ones, Hood River Elks Lodge is taking steps to upgrade its athletic facilities. The lodge offers two racquetball courts, a selection of weights, treadmills, stationary bikes and other basic equipment and locker/shower rooms with saunas, but it’s no secret that the amenities have seen better days and are in need of a facelift.

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Kaleidoscope: HRVHS brings Shakespeare to stage in Hamlet

Ghosts, sword fights, spies, poisoned cups, madness and an evil king will bring intrigue and drama to audiences in the Hood River Valley High School production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” running weekends March 1 through March 16.

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Getting serious in Tsuruta

A peek inside elementary school life in small-town Japan

I have now passed the six-month mark of my time here in Tsuruta, Japan, as the Coordinator for International Relations for the Hood River-Tsuruta sister city program.

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Work, respect and purpose are the elixir for this romance

Standing amid the sawdust-laden benches under a bower of woodworking tools, Deb and Dan Baxter of Hood River exude the calm confidence, directness and easy manner of longtime work mates — a perfect analogy for their marriage of 30 years.

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Faith and respect are the glue that holds the Riveras together

For Jorge and Gavina Rivera, faith is the glue that has held their marriage together through the trials and tribulations of the last four decades.

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Life’s many changes kept things interesting for the Kollases

The constant in Paul and Maria Kollas’ life together has been its inconstancy — from the very beginning of their marriage in 1962.

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The ‘Picking experience’ grew into steadfast love

“We enjoyed spending time together, and we had the same goals,” Mary Ellen Picking said of the longevity of her marriage with Chuck Picking, 90.

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Kaleidoscope: Mentoring

What works, who's involved, and how to help

‘You are an important part of some lucky child’s life right now.’ That’s how Bob Camillucci put it to a gathering of mentors on a recent Saturday morning. Camillucci, a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge, and himself a mentor, was addressing fellow “Bigs” and supporters, but he could have been talking about nearly any program in the community where caring adults meet on a regular basis to provide guidance, teaching and friendship to young people.

Mentoring opportunities

ASPIRE; Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge; Community Education; Mentor for Success; Project Invent; SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

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Balloons, not blocks: Mentors use relationships to help youths

In his National Mentorship Month proclamation in January, President Barack Obama wrote, “Mentors know that helping a child unlock his or her full potential starts with care, guidance and support. find the strength within themselves.”

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‘It’s a joy’ to be a ‘Big’

Mike Hendricks is a busy guy.

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Kaleidoscope: Bullshot Crummond

Complete with monocle, physical farce returns to the Hood River stage

The next CAST play provides more derring-do and devilish deeds than you can shake a stuffed duck at.

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Kaleidoscope: A ‘rest’ becomes a life’s work

When former Hood River resident Laurel Patrick began traveling regularly to Mexico in the early 1980s, she wasn’t thinking about its unique biodiversity or how she could bring attention to the many species that filled the region. But then she created El Refugio de Potosí — and that is exactly what she has done.

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In the wake of Sandy: Hood River firefighter helps in aftermath

Last year Hood River Fire Marshal Peter Mackwell’s work took him to New York City, where he saw an oddly familiar scene: tents where firefighters were cooking outdoors.