The winter holiday season has been a blur of Nutcracker practices and performances, charity fund raisers, shopping for gifts and food, cooking and cleaning. Add to that all the family meals and holiday visitors and my five weeks of vacation was overflowing with the basic elements of happiness, sharing, caring and service with loved ones.
Still no Happy Ned Year app – these nuggets are newsprint only. I’d use a typewriter if I could just get a ribbon. Always liked the fingerprints. So here are my smudges for 2014.
This is the 13th annual “Readerboard Year” list – an (almost) exhaustive list of all the messages put up at roadside marquees with moveable letters.
Next Door — The Next Door is in need of full time and part time foster parents in Hood River and Wasco Counties. The Next Door provides care and behavioral treatment for children and teens age 6-18 and is seeking individuals who are willing to open their hearts and homes.
WELL SAID: The poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote in 1833 “In Memoria” for his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, of “the Christmas bells from hill to hill,” and despairs at the start of the poem: “This year I slept and woke with pain/I almost wished no more to wake/And that my hold on life would break/Before I heard those bells again.”
Helping Hands Against Domestic Violence receives an unusual donation from Footwise of Hood River: 100 pairs of shoes, from the Israeli manufacturer Naot.
The congregation of the Pine Grove /Odell United Methodist Church is hosting the Twilight Service on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. The service will be held at the Historic Pine Grove Methodist Church at 2415 Eastside Rd.
The Upper Valley is gearing up for the religious holiday with special church services for those who are wanting to celebrate.
Scouts held a Spookoree event at Rasmussen’s Farm to publicize Scouting fun.
The Parkdale Community Church Choir will sing the Christmas Cantata, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” during the service at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 21.
SCANNING: In years past we’ve published “a scanner year” – entertaining excerpts from what we heard over the dispatch communications device in our office – and while we did not get it together in 2014 to compile such a list, one item overheard on Dec. 9 was funny in itself: the words of the officer were, in full and verbatim: “An inquisitive toddler.”
Last week I woke up at 3 a.m. with a severe case of the night sweats. My doctor would have diagnosed it as a post-menopausal event, but I think it was the Ghost of Christmas Past paying me a visit.
The annual Parkdale Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, starting at 6 p.m. in Rail’s End Park on the corner of Baseline and Clear Creek Roads.
Parkhurst Place Senior Living announces a partnership with Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, a non-profit (501c3), all volunteer organization that helps homeless cats and kittens, and Dutch Bros Coffee of Hood River.
Warming Shelterl HR Care Center; more