Books’ great beginnings

In 2004 during our weekly visits to the school library, many of the female students in my third-grade class were inclined to check out books about princesses, fairies and cute puppies. Meanwhile, their classmate Thania Torres searched the shelves for books about anatomy. She shared with me every fascinating fact she discovered about the human body. At the ripe old age of 8, Thania was already certain that one day she wanted to be a doctor.

April 12 ‘Be a Hero’ event helps McCabe family

The community can gather to “Be a Hero” for the Matt McCabe family of Hood River on April 12 with a Zumbathon charity event from 9-10:30 a.m. at Westside Elementary School, 3685 Belmont Drive. No tickets are needed; donations are accepted at the door.

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Team Blackhawks concludes season at Super Regionals in Sacramento

Team Blackhawks from HRVHS robotics traveled to Sacramento for First Technology Challenge Super Regionals, and struggled in the first four rounds with a robot that was not tested.

RMEF celebrating 25th anniversary in Hood River

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to protecting wild elk and other wildlife and the land they inhabit. This organization was started around 1984 and has around 1,000 members in the Gorge and 200,000 members nationwide.

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A Slice of Local Life: Betty Dean thanks God for the ability to help others

Betty Dean has helped a lot of people in her time.

PARKDALE NEWS: Blood Drive comes to Mt. Hood Town Hall

The first-ever Mount Hood Town Hall Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, April 1, from 1-6 p.m. in the Town Hall gym.

Book drive will help CCCF

The Oregon Women Lawyers Coffee Creek Book Drive will take place through March 31. There will be collection boxes near the clerks’ offices in each of the 7th Judicial District courthouses. In both Wasco and Hood River counties the boxes will be on the third floors of the courthouses.

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Acevedo, Walker win DAR essay contest

Westside Elementary fifth-grader Ariana Acevedo and Hood River Valley High School ninth-grader Abby Walker were selected as the Daughters of the American Revolution Celilo Chapter’s 2013-14 American History Essay Contest winners.

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‘Spare’ some time March 8 for BBBS

You don’t have to be an expert bowler to participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge’s largest community fundraiser of the year. All you need is a little “spare” time

The devil made them do it

I am rather intrigued by the idea of the evil twin, where all of us, somewhere on earth, have a twin self that is as malignant and morally corrupt as we ourselves are innocent and pure. Or just the opposite, if you like.

Mid Valley News: Art Nights coming to Wy’east, Mid Valley

Wy’east Middle School will host Art Night for the Family Feb. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. “Families are invited to join us as we offer different make ‘n’ take art projects they can experience together, making for a fun family night out,” says school representative Teri Adams. For more info, contact the school at 541-354-1548.

Regional Bach festival winners announced

The Regional Bach Festival, sponsored by the Oregon Music Teachers Association, was held in Pendleton Feb. 16. Students from teachers in the Pendleton-Umatilla Valley area and the Columbia River Gorge competed in an afternoon of Baroque music that included pianists, violinists and vocalists.

Call for photographers in ‘Pushing Reality’ contest

A call for entries is being made to professional and amateur photographers to submit images from the Columbia River Gorge area. This year, the show is concentrating on photography that is outside the “box.”

Supply’s side shows good economics

Hood River Valley Guidance and ASPIRE present Class of 2015 College Information Night for students and parents of HRV juniors, Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m in the Bowe Theater. The presentation will be available in English and Spanish. Highlights include “Using Naviance as Your College Search Tool”; AdmissionsTesting” and “The Costs of College.”

Generosity is ‘in the bag’

“Thank you for running our request for free yarn for the Parkhurst House Community Hat Project, writes Terri Hanson.