Little Feet Preschool holds

Little Feet Cooperative Preschool, Hood River’s only cooperative preschool, has started its annual plant sale fundraiser. Planters, annuals, perennials, vegetable starts and herbs sourced from local nurseries are available for pre-order. Order deadline is April 3.

Pine Grove Reflections

Pine Grove Fire Department supporters are reflected in a heavy framed mirror, just one of hundreds of items sold in live auctions inside the fire hall and outside in the yard in the March 7 fundraiser for the department.

Cascade Observations: The ‘Classified’ are critical

Classified in the world of government most often refers to something that someone doesn’t want us to know about. In the world of public education, the word has a decidedly different meaning, referring to a group of people who literally are the backbones of schools. These amazing folks, from custodians to instructional assistants, cooks to bus drivers, are too often overlooked when praise is given out. This last week, officially known as “Classifieds Week,” teachers and administrators in our school district tried earnestly to let our classified staff know just how much we love them and count on them to educate and protect our students.

Delta Kappa honors outstanding members

Delta Kappa ESA held their Outstanding Member Awards luncheon recently at the Hood River Inn. Charlotte DeHart, treasurer, and Tami Arthur, awards chairman, received top honors for their total dedication and excellent work through the years.

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Congratulations, Esther

Friends gather around Esther Yarnell on March 4, the 95th birthday one of Hood River’s most durable bowlers.

PARKDALE NEWS: Come one, come all to the Parkdale carnival this Friday

It’s time to take the family over to Parkdale Elementary School this Friday, March 13, to enjoy all the fun and games, not to mention good food, at the annual carnival fundraiser sponsored by the Parkdale PTO.

May St. lasagna dinner, art sale on March 12

May Street Elementary School will hold its annual Teddy Webber Scholarship Dinner and Student Art Auction on March 12. This event, which began in 1997, is held to raise money for the school’s artist in residence program and the Teddy Webber scholarship fund.

Random Stuff

I’ve decided that today’s column is going to be about the random thoughts of a man who spends his days prying the clothes off stiff, cold corpses, and chatting amicably with the criminally insane.

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Youth bring customized cheer to Hospice patients

Valentine’s Day received a personal touch from the Hood River Youth of Heart of Hospice (YoHOHs), who decorated custom cards for each Heart of Hospice patient.

Car crashes into Parkdale Bicentennial Garden

Just last summer Parkdale’s Bicentennial Memorial Garden began to once again take shape and bloom under the combined efforts of the Parkdale Garden Club, the Central Gorge Master Gardeners and the Parkdale Grange.

PARKDALE News: Cedar’s fundraiser a big success

Upper valley residents packed the house at the fundraiser dinner at Solera Brewery on Wednesday, Feb. 11 to support Parkdale resident Cedar and the effort to build him a home.

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Dallman, Kennedy to wed

Sadie Dallman and Andy Kennedy, along with their families, have announced their engagement.

Zumba event helps Lila May Schow on Saturday

Cancer victim, 4, loves to dance

Friends and family continue to work, and play, on behalf of Lila May Schow, a Hood River four-year-old who is fighting cancer.

Parkdale News: ‘Follow the yellow brick road’ to Parkdale Feb. 21

The Wizard of Oz will be performed at Parkdale Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Cascade Observations: Books’ great beginnings

9,651 pages of pleasure

Signs and signals are everywhere that 2014 is behind me and the New Year has formally arrived. Bank statements recapping last year’s paltry interest earnings arrive in the mail box; I no longer write “2014” on dated material; and it’s time, once again, to recap the previous year’s reading history.