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Sumako Kobayashi

Sumako (Akiyama) Kobayashi recently celebrated her 99th birthday. She was born on Binns Hill in Hood River on Nov. 30, 1914.

Santa photos help Adopt A Dog

The community is invited to help Adopt A Dog by having photos taken with Santa at the Hood River Hotel.

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Blocks of love: Cascade Locks ladies make, donate quilts to domestic violence shelter

For those who have been displaced from their homes following a domestic violence incident, the holidays can be an especially difficult and traumatic time of year.

Snow didn’t stop ‘Girl Up’ supporters: ‘I really couldn’t have done it with you’

“To the community of Hood River — I want to say thank you,” writes HRVHS junior Caitlyn Fick.

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Fire truck parade rolls Dec. 17-18

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ lighted Christmas parades continue Dec. 17-18, 6-9 p.m.

Elks clinic visits, screens Head Start kids’ vision

The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at OHSU provided vision screenings to preschool children Nov. 10 at Hood River Head Start.

A memorable ‘Tree of Remembrance’

Julie Raefield-Gobbo, director of Providence Foundation, writes:

Cascade Locks coins help Giving Tree

Ducks fans in Cascade Locks are celebrating after the University of Oregon’s victory in last month’s “Civil War Penny Drive” at Cascade Locks School.

How to Help for Dec. 14

Bid on auction items for Warming Shelter; more

Food banks gain grant from OCF

FISH Food Bank Building Project is the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the community grant program of The Oregon Community Foundation to assist in the construction of a new distribution center and warehouse in Hood River.

Youths brighten hearts on Thanksgiving at Care Center

On Thanksgiving morning the Youth of Heart of Hospice/YoHOHs arrived at the Hood River Care Center bringing dozens of assorted carnations and carringing signs that read Happy Thanksgiving for the resident.

Town Hall hosts event for winter shelter

The Hood River Warming Shelter works to ensure that homeless families and individuals have a warm and safe shelter during the dangerously cold winter months here in Hood River and the Columbia Gorge, according to Immanual Lutheran Pastor Jeff Mueller.

How to Help: Volunteer opportunities are plentiful

‘Share the Warmth’ at Windermere; more

Insider’s View: The canned food drive -- Students compete to help FISH food bank

As the height of the holiday season is approaching, a fully stocked food bank is needed.

Volunteer as tax preparer

For more than 35 years in the Gorge, the AARP Tax-Aide program has been operating with volunteers to prepare taxes for senior citizens and low- to moderate-income persons, free of charge. Volunteers are needed to join the program.