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.

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Travelogue Part Three: Global Health Outreach, in India Brauers provide varied health care and instruction

On the high plains of inner Mongolia,

On a chilly morning last October, I awakened with a start, hardly realizing where I was.

Parkdale News: The Upper Valley takes care of one of its own

To those living near the Columbia River, Parkdale seems a long ways to drive home to, but to those living at the base of Mt. Hood, this community is a special place not only for its beauty, but also in the closeness of friends and neighbors.

Roots and Branches: Young people and the art of guidance

The winter holiday season has been a blur of Nutcracker practices and performances, charity fund raisers, shopping for gifts and food, cooking and cleaning. Add to that all the family meals and holiday visitors and my five weeks of vacation was overflowing with the basic elements of happiness, sharing, caring and service with loved ones.

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.