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National Public Lands Day Fees waived at Forest Service day-use sites

Sept. 30 is National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. To encourage people to join in and visit their public lands, the Forest Service is waiving day-use fees at recreation sites across the Pacific Northwest.

Kegler's Corner: League scores soar

League action really heated up last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. There was a passel full of mighty fine scores. Chad Mason is back after finishing college and the youngster has been pounding the pins just like he did when he starred on the award winning HRVHS squad a few years ago.

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Pick of the Week: Fermentation bus visits farmers’ market

Waucoma Bookstore and Gorge Grown are hosting author Tara Whitsitt for a book signing on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hood River Farmers’ Market, Fifth and Columbia streets in downtown Hood River.

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YESTERYEARS: Plans being made for FDR’s visit to Bonneville Dam in 1937

Plans for the forthcoming visit of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bonneville Dam, Hood River Valley and Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood were completed yesterday and, unless there is further change, will stand as published.

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The Daily Bread: Out of the ashes

In the first few days of the rapidly burning Eagle Creek wildfire, my heart hurt. It was a hurt that was raw, and penetrated to a previously unknown depth in my soul.

Entertainment Update for Sept. 27 edition

Open Mic at the White Buffalo; Harvest Moon walk Oct. 5; more

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‘The Tangled Skirt’

Director Judie Hanel presents the Steve Braunstein play “The Tangled Skirt” in an unusual theatrical setting, River Daze Café.

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Hawk Migration Festival Sept. 23

HawkWatch International (HWI) partners with USFS Mt. Hood National Forest, Portland Audubon, and Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum to host a Hawk Migration Festival on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Fun, or learning, or both: A week full of local events and activities

Looking for something to do this weekend — and beyond? This list offers a variety of options, from music and stories to gardening and after school activities.

‘HeART of Our Gorge’

Troutdale Fall Arts Fest supports communities impacted by wildfires

The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce is hosting the third annual Fall Festival of the Arts event Sept. 23-24 at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This juried event of 40-60 artists is free and includes Hood River ceramicist Rebecca Brochu among the artists.

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Oktoberfest is Sept. 23

The second annual Hood River Elks Oktoberfest fills the parking lot at Third and Cascade, overlooking Industrial Way, from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. There is no cover charge. The community is welcome, and the event is family-friendly.

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‘The Tangled Skirt’ at River Daze

Director Judie Hanel presents the Steve Braunstein play “The Tangled Skirt” in an unusual theatrical setting, River Daze Café.

Kegler's Corner: Mark Chabotte rolls perfect 300 game

We’ve got a new definition of going postal. Two weeks ago, postal staffer Randy Tumlinson posted a beautiful scratch 708 series to lead all league scores at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

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Pick of the Week: Elks’ Oktoberfest returns Sept. 23

The second annual Hood River Elks Oktoberfest fills the parking lot at Third and Cascade, overlooking Industrial Way, from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. There is no cover charge. The community is welcome, and the event is family-friendly.

Roots and Branches: There is no masking care

Farming is an honorable profession that can be immensely rewarding on one hand or exceedingly costly on the other, depending on often uncontrollable factors. I am reminded of the decades-old television commercial where the smirking actress says, “It’s not right to fool with Mother Nature.” Either we are getting our comeuppance for fooling with Mother Nature as of late, or she is fooling with us.

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