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Roots and Branches: A close and colorful clan

We are in the frenetic moments of last minute preparations for the Yasui family reunion, a gathering I first learned about 45 years ago when Flip and I tied the knot.

Community invited to Lila May’s party Friday

The July 31 prom-birthday party for Lila May Schow, who is about to turn 5, will be in the Butler Bank Building, 301 Oak St., starting at 6 p.m.

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United Way of Gorge hands out 2014 money, with youngsters’ help

United Way of the Columbia Gorge (UWCG) allocated funding to 35 local non-profit programs in Klickitat, Hood River, Wasco and Skamania counties at the annual agency social July 23 at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.

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Dress dedicated to brother

Faith Ocheskey, 13, models the dress she made using her brother Stanley’s Hood River Valley High School cap and gown at Wednesday’s 4-H Style Review at the Hood River County Fair.

Stories shared at museum of art, artists, and creative process

“We at The Hood River Art Club would like to thank each of you involved in celebrating our 66th Anniversary Exhibit and Reception at the History Museum of Hood River County,” writes club member Gail Kleish.

Lila May’s party on Friday receives lots more help

The July 31 prom-birthday party for Lila May Schow, who is about to turn 5, is getting bigger.

Cascade Observations: Some other roadside attractions

What do a flat tire, a cloth diaper, a nuclear cooling tower, a gargantuan jug of maple syrup, and a poet’s grave have in common? The answer is “road trip.” On a recent family adventure via a silver Nissan, old memories of trips long past were recalled, and new memories were made.

Parkdale News: ‘It Takes a Community’ project makes progress

When one of its own needed help with a safe place to live, the Upper Valley community responded with donations, fundraisers and offers of help.

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BBBS friends learn windsurfing basics

On a pleasantly warm and breezy day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge held its annual Windsurfing Clinic at The Hook.

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MID VALLEY NEWS: Celebrate the Fourth in Odell

First, a correction: I inadvertently typed the wrong date for the 50-Plus Expo coming to the Hood River County Fair on Senior’s Day in my last column — it will be on July 23, to correlate with the special admission price to the fairgrounds for seniors on that day.

Castillo-Flores named to White House internship

Yonny Castillo-Flores, a 2011 Hood River Valley High School graduate, has been named a White House Intern for summer 2015.

44 Trails Association hosts Trailgate event on July 11

Celebrate the world of Mt. Hood single track at Trailgate, hosted by the 44 Trails Association and the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Bagge Gardens holds last gospel garden concert

Bagge Gardens, located at 1805 Carroll Rd., Mosier, will hold its last-ever gospel music garden concert on July 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Enter parenting pix contest by June 30

There is still time to share your photos of summer fun with the community, in a photo contest sponsored The Next Door Inc.

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Lions collect food

Lions Don and Bonnie Benton hold up an order form given to shoppers as part of the June 6 food drive at local grocery stores.

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