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Roots and Branches: High energy children and the belief to succeed

June has been jumping, packed with year-end school activities, community projects and preparation for the upcoming harvest.

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YESTERYEARS: Hottest day of the year recorded in 1967

Thermometers here recorded the hottest day so far this year on Monday before thunder clouds moved in to cool off the area during the evening.

Local notes: Thanks and appreciation

Ruby Patterson and Mason Leavitt of HRVHS Speech and Debate write:

Cascade Observations: Deadly Sins and Doing Good

Lately, the Seven Deadly Sins have been rearing their ugly heads far too often. Evil and excess seem to be in charge. In the same week that good Samaritans were murdered on a Portland MAX train defending two innocent girls, I paid $30 to take a voyeuristic tour through William Randolph Hearst’s monument to excess, the Hearst Castle.

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Yesteryears: Brick to replace wooden structure on Oak in 1917

A brick business block will replace the frame structure on Oak Street which was destroyed by fire last week.

Entertainment Update for June 14

John Bunzow at The Pines; Rob Guidera at White Buffalo; more

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A Step Up

“These graduating seniors Friday walked the halls of Westside Elementary where their academic careers began,” writes teacher Joelena Evans .

Community Notes: Elks party shout-out; ‘Home with Heroes’

“A shout-out of sincere thanks to everyone in the community that donated their time and energies, merchandise and space to make the graduation night party at the Elks Club happen on Friday night,” writes Kevin Donald of Hood River.

ESA installs new officers

On May 27, Delta Kappa ESA installed Debbie Sanguras as the new president for 2017-2018 during a luncheon held at the Columbia Gorge Hotel.

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Yesteryears: Building dedicated at fairgrounds in 1987

They dedicated a brand-new building at the Hood River County Fairgrounds last Saturday, and the focus was on volunteers when Fair Manager Doris Jensen gave credits to highlight the program.

David and Irene Benton celebrate 60 years

David and Irene Benton celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 8. They were married in El Cajon, Calif., on June 8, 1957.

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Spring Scenes

David Skakel captured this image of the family dog Mossy playing with a fawn in their Mosier yard.

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YESTERYEARS: Temperatures soar above 90-degree mark in 1947

The last week in May has been unusually hot in eastern Oregon, but Hood River Valley was cooler than most other areas, with high temperatures in the valley not to exceed the 90-degree mark.

Roots and Branches: Two-way umbrellas and other essentials of spring softball fandom

The seemingly endless seasons of softball are in full swing for fervent fans of a sport involving garish yellow balls, smelly leather cleats and dirt filled diamonds. It has provided us some much-needed diversion over the last three months watching JV, varsity and traveling team players come into their own.

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party fun

Jena Hager (Alice), Camilla Blanco (Queen of Hearts), Jadyn Howard (Rabbit) and Mallory Keller (Mad Hatter).

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