Cascade Observations: Love, punctuated

May 29, and the handcrafted love notes from second graders keep coming — their teacher has informed them that today is my birthday, and that I will be retiring from teaching in the coming year. If I felt uncomfortable about turning 59 when I awoke this morning, their lovely cards have temporarily banished those feelings.

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BBBS holds first golf event; Scouts convene Court of Honor

Indian Creek Golf Course hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters’ first ever golf clinic on Saturday, May 16. Justine Ziegler of Big Brothers Big Sister writes, “Mark Gradin, Director of Instruction and Player Development, and a few volunteers from the Hood River Valley girls and boys golf teams generously presented the event.

The Porch for May 30

SEEN AND HEARD: elementary students checking seed starts in morning light before school … bird-spotted bench in front of downtown store … shop owner flipping cardboard coasters at friends in open car windows, then retrieving his misses … tomato starts leveled by the wind … blackberry blossoms already emerging … new businesses on the Heights gestating behind butcher paper in the windows …

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Mid-Columbia Celilo DAR makes donation of books, bags to Children’s Book Bank

The Mid-Columbia Celilo Daughters of the American Revolution chapter donated over 550 books for the Children’s Book Bank, a nonprofit located in Portland, which will distribute them in the Portland area to low income preschool and grade school children.

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Culture Fest

Community members taught origami, provided music, and showed aspects of their folklore during the first Gorge Culture Fest, May 21 at Columbia Gorge Community College.

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PINE GROVE NEWS: John Stehlik named Wy’East Firefighter of the Year

I am slow/late getting this information in the paper but felt it should still be reported. Unfortunately, with all the recent passing of neighbors and friends, I thought I should remind everyone that for interment arrangements at the Pine Grove Butte Cemetery, Jean Godfrey is the Secretary and can be reached on her cell at 541-490-7713. Randy Holmstrom is the Sexton (grounds keeper) and can be reached on his cell at 541-380-1130.

PARKDALE NEWS: Valley Worship Center has permanent pastor

Exactly 73 years to the day the church first came into being, life-long valley resident Rev. Don Howell was voted unanimously to become the permanent pastor of Valley Worship Center.

Cascade Observations: Dennis, dedicated driver

At Mid Valley Elementary School, it’s the same occurrence every May, as dependable as the annual arrival of one’s birthday.

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Tons of tutus for Lila May

Fun run raises over $10,000

“I get knocked down/But I get up again/No, you’re never going to keep me down...”

Words of Gratitude

C.J. Woodward and Ken Tubbs write: “On the morning of May 6, we needed the help of medical and emergency services and was very lucky to live in Hood River County.

Nellie Hjaltalin shares Meals on Wheels experience

Nellie Hjaltalin, 88, has found it hard to retire as a driver with the Hood River Valley Adult Center (HRVAC) Meals on Wheels program, where she’s volunteered for the past 25 years.

PARKDALE NEWS: Strong women classes coming to upper valley

The Oregon State University Extension office is sponsoring a new program in the upper valley with a series of classes from May 12 through July 31.

Brian McClure Memorial Hike scheduled for May 9

Friends are hosting the Brian McClure Memorial Hike on May 9, to remember Parkdale resident Brian McClure, who died April 8 while mountain biking on Dog River Trail.

Roots and Branches: Turn, turn, turn

Sometimes life has to smack you on the noggin to get your attention.

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‘Tutu Trot’ May 9, helps Lila May, 4, in cancer fight

How much can we inspire a community to give when its most talked-about little girl is facing the cancer fight of her life, always smiling despite the grim odds? In Hood River and beyond, that’s the question that’s been on the minds of hundreds of people, particularly those who are making tutus and planning to wear other fun costumes to show their spirit and support in the 2nd Annual Lila May Tutu Trot.