Happy Ned Year: Chooglin’ into 2015

Still no Happy Ned Year app – these nuggets are newsprint only. I’d use a typewriter if I could just get a ribbon. Always liked the fingerprints. So here are my smudges for 2014.

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A readerboard year: ‘What will it take to get your attention?’

This is the 13th annual “Readerboard Year” list – an (almost) exhaustive list of all the messages put up at roadside marquees with moveable letters.

How to Help, updated for Dec. 27

Next Door — The Next Door is in need of full time and part time foster parents in Hood River and Wasco Counties. The Next Door provides care and behavioral treatment for children and teens age 6-18 and is seeking individuals who are willing to open their hearts and homes.

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WELL SAID: The poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote in 1833 “In Memoria” for his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, of “the Christmas bells from hill to hill,” and despairs at the start of the poem: “This year I slept and woke with pain/I almost wished no more to wake/And that my hold on life would break/Before I heard those bells again.”

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Helping Hands, and Feet

Helping Hands Against Domestic Violence receives an unusual donation from Footwise of Hood River: 100 pairs of shoes, from the Israeli manufacturer Naot.

Pine Grove News: Historic church hosts Chritmas Eve Service

The congregation of the Pine Grove /Odell United Methodist Church is hosting the Twilight Service on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. The service will be held at the Historic Pine Grove Methodist Church at 2415 Eastside Rd.

Parkdale News: Churches of the Upper Valley celebrate Christmas

The Upper Valley is gearing up for the religious holiday with special church services for those who are wanting to celebrate.

Giving thanks in a season of red, green … and pink

Scouts held a Spookoree event at Rasmussen’s Farm to publicize Scouting fun.

Advent and Christmas services, updated for Dec. 13

The Parkdale Community Church Choir will sing the Christmas Cantata, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” during the service at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 21.

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SCANNING: In years past we’ve published “a scanner year” – entertaining excerpts from what we heard over the dispatch communications device in our office – and while we did not get it together in 2014 to compile such a list, one item overheard on Dec. 9 was funny in itself: the words of the officer were, in full and verbatim: “An inquisitive toddler.”

Cascade Observations: The closeness of Christmas

Last week I woke up at 3 a.m. with a severe case of the night sweats. My doctor would have diagnosed it as a post-menopausal event, but I think it was the Ghost of Christmas Past paying me a visit.

PARKDALE NEWS: Parkdale Christmas tree to shine its light

The annual Parkdale Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, starting at 6 p.m. in Rail’s End Park on the corner of Baseline and Clear Creek Roads.

Parkhurst Place helps Cat Rescue

Parkhurst Place Senior Living announces a partnership with Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, a non-profit (501c3), all volunteer organization that helps homeless cats and kittens, and Dutch Bros Coffee of Hood River.

How to Help, updated for Nov. 20

Warming Shelterl HR Care Center; more

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‘Go Duckies’ with Grandma Emerson

I went to the 2014 Homecoming Celebration at the University of Oregon. My grandma (Joan Yasui) was the University of Oregon Homecoming Queen a long time ago. She was one of the Grand Marshals of the parade. I got to ride in a Maserati with her and wave to the people. I yelled, “Go Duckies.” The parade ended at a pep rally where the marching band played and the students all cheered.