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Cascade Observations: Sweetness of Winter

It must be February. The candy aisles are turning pink and red, enticing us to purchase sweets for our sweeties. It’s the month when we compose our own statements of affection or ask Hallmark for help in expressing our amorous feelings.

The Porch: Feb. 6

WELL SAID: “Making a career of art is like baking bread. You put the various ingredients into the bowl ... If it’s too wet, you add a bit more flour; if it’s too dry, then a bit more liquid. You let it rise and then you punch it down to let it rise again. You slap it around on a counter to force some elasticity into it. Eventually it starts to take shape and you can envision the nice crusty brown loaf with the perfect amount of chewiness and tenderness it will become. I’m somewhere in that slapping around phase, I think.” — Mt. Hood artist Rachel Harvey, in her February email newsletter.

Lyle School celebrates standout science student

Gage Mattox, Lyle High School 11th grader, has been nominated and accepted to attend the prestigious National Youth Leadership Forum for Medicine this summer at the University of California Berkeley.

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Museum thanks Gilbertson

Friends and associates gathered last week to thank Dottie Gilbertson, at right, for her years of service to the History Museum of Hood River County, as she steps down from the Hood River Heritage Council.

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Edstravaganza

About 400 people packed the hall for ”EdStravaganza,” the 51st birthday party for Ed Wilder on Jan. 27.

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The Daily Bread: The Art of Discipline

It started with the yuletide moon.

Roots and Branches: So much for retirement

It has been six months since my official retirement.

The Porch: Jan. 16

WELL SAID: From late last year, on The Mesquitery chalkboard, and an excellent thought for the New Year:

Cascade Observations: Read any good books?

Steve Duin, a columnist for The Oregonian/Oregon Live, wants his readers to read. And read. And read.

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YoHOHs, friends spread cheer

On a cold, wet and windy Friday afternoon, while most students were leaving for winter break, the Hood River the Youth of Heart of Hospice (YoHOH) club met up with Santa (Robin Pereyda) in the front lobby of school to begin their annual Christmas outing.

Why Isn't This Illegal?

Getting snowed: Break out the shovels

This insanity must stop!

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The Next Door honors Philanthropist of Year

The Next Door is honoring Jeannette Kreft-Logsdon as its 2015 Bonnie Benton Philanthropist of the Year.

Community Foundation looks ahead to 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, the Gorge Community Foundation provided more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships ($112,000) in 2015 to more than 50 organizations or institutions in the Columbia Gorge.

Training begins for certified ombudsman volunteers

Applications are now being accepted for Certified Ombudsman volunteers. A five-day training will be held in the Portland area beginning the last week of January. Those wishing to apply and be eligible to attend training should do so before Jan. 15. The training includes recognizing and reporting abuse, conflict resolution, long-term care and aging issues, elder law issues, investigating, and case reporting.

Happy Ned Year: Caught up in 2’eens

Back again, with more static from my attic.

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