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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.

‘One of those long-haul people’

“Dee Campos-Davis is one of those cherished people ... who is insistently, patiently, lovingly and relentlessly nudging us toward the choices of caring service and action,” John Boonstra writes about Delona Campos-Davis, who received the Inspired Service and Action Award from Gorge Ecumenical Ministries on Jan. 26, in a potluck dinner event at Riverside Community Church.

‘Taken aback’, taken to tea

Beth Hukari, of Parkdale, writes:

Town Hall lunch diners enjoy meal donated by Cooper Spur

The weekly senior meals program at Mount Hood Town Hall had a special guest Jan. 23: a guest chef.

Sweet Adelines hold Guest Night Jan. 28

Are you a woman who loves to sing? In the shower, in your car, or on a stage? Harmony of the Gorge chorus is hosting a special guest night, Jan. 28, for women who love to sing.