Matthew Joyce opened Freshies Bagels and Juice on Nov. 1, 2014 — without any previous knowledge of baking — and business is booming. Located in the former Hood River Bagel Co. store, earnings are up 25 percent over the last eight months than in all 12 months of the previous year.
Karen Gass — or Teacher Karen, as she’s commonly known — has been teaching at Little Feet Cooperative Preschool for the past 20 years.
Lauren Kraemer, left, Hood River County Extension Facility, led a panel presentation on domestic violence and sexual assault Jan. 15 at the Hood River Oregon State University Extension Office classroom.
Ron Dunn knows a lot of people.
Kirk Miller has a day job — he’s a software designer at Insitu — and, with his 50 hour work weeks, you’d think that would be enough to keep him plenty busy.
Residents travel to Parkdale to meet with students
December was service project month at Parkdale Elementary School, and 30 Hood River Care Center residents were the recipients of concentrated holiday cheer
Megan Spears is not a naturally organized person.
As the year comes to a close, so does A Slice of Local Life, a feature that has run every Saturday for the past two years.
From the middle of November through the beginning of March, the homeless of Hood River have a warm place to stay at the Hood River Warming Shelter.
Leadership. Responsibility. Generosity. Thrift.
Orion Wattenberg Trust will provide Meals on Wheels assistance, but more help is needed
Hood River Valley Adult Center Director Collice Martens-Sinclair has good news: The center’s 501c3 non-profit tax status, lost in 2010 due to a “series of unfortunate events,” has been retroactively reinstated.
Emergency Voucher Program coordinator Rev. Maggie Sebastian hit the ground running when she became the Clinical Chaplin at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital almost 3 years ago.
Charlotte Arnold celebrates 50 years teaching tap in Hood River
“ONE and TWO and THREE and FOUR!”
The FISH Food Bank in Odell has opened many doors for the people of the community — and not just in the area of food assistance.
Rodrigo Silva — or Rigo, as he’s also called — really knows pears. He also really knows gift boxes.
Six volunteers are helping in the community while embracing simple living
At the beginning of August, the Mid Valley became home to six young women with hearts for service and social justice.
When Emmy Thomson and daughters Taylor, 16, Timber, 12, and Treasur, 4, moved to Cascade Locks from North Carolina three years ago, they brought with them cherished family traditions.
A chance meeting this summer at Starbucks, between Hood River Adopt A Dog shelter coordinator Janette Skarda and Jan and Tom Short of Wenatchee, Wash., lead to a recent influx of five dogs at the Hukari Animal Shelter, located in Odell.
There isn’t a job on the Mt. Hood Railroad that Jimmy Guthrie hasn’t done, whether that’s working on the track or running the trains.
Family scrapbook offers detailed account of Hood River County’s World War II sacrifices through news clippings
In August 1944, Grace Paasch, lifelong Pine Grove resident, started a scrapbook that would span the course of World War II.
The Hood River County Christmas Project held its biggest fundraiser of the season Nov. 7 with its Gala Fashion Show, held at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is up and running for 2014, with more businesses and individuals than ever interested in filling one (or more) of the program’s green and red shoeboxes for a child in need in one of 130 countries under the umbrella of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization chaired by Franklin Graham
When Celia Smith started out as a beautician 28 years ago, it wasn’t in the iconic A-frame near the fire station in downtown Odell where she’s worked more than two decades.
Parkdale resident Katrina McAlexander — or Trina, as she is commonly known — is in the process of purchasing Mt. View Orchards, and she couldn’t be happier.
Halloween hasn’t even come and gone yet, but Diana Tomson is already thinking about Christmas.
Alonso Magana, 18, is a freshman at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) in Portland, majoring in photography. An Odell native, Magana has always been interested in art — he just didn’t think he was any good at it.
The entryway at Wy’east Middle School is much more colorful these days, thanks to a SPROUTS Club stained glass project held after school last year.
For those of us lucky enough to call Hood River home, there’s a good chance you’ve seen local potter James Diem’s ceramics displayed around town and at local art fairs — like the upcoming Hood River Valley Harvest Fest this weekend at the Waterfront.
St. Francis House held its annual pet blessing ceremony Oct. 10 at the youth center in Odell. Dogs, one very brave cat, and even a chicken came with their humans for a special blessing by Fr. Ron Maag, pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River.
Heads held high in Haiti: Charla Banks returns to troubled Caribbean nation on teaching, volunteering mission
Charla Banks visited Haiti for the first time two years ago as a graduate student at Loma Linda University — and is planning her third trip later this month.
Parents and families gathered at Georgiana Smith Park early Friday evening for the first ever Walk to Remember, in honor of National Awareness Month for Pregnancy and Infant Loss.
Taking a tour of Hood River is like taking a tour of Mark Nilsson’s artwork. And after 20 years in town, he’s created quite a bit of it.
CAST tackles dark classic that taps ‘the pulse of truth or illusion’
What is truth, and what is an illusion?
Community invited to memorial walk on Oct. 3
Pregnancy and infant loss are hard subjects to share — and perhaps that’s why those who suffer these losses often feel unable to acknowledge their grief publicly.
El Mercado del Valle celebrated its last farmers market Sept. 20 with piñatas — some made by St. Francis House, others donated by local businesses — music and dancing.
Colette Todorov likes numbers. And it’s a good thing she does, because her job as office manager for Green Home Construction involves a lot of them.
The United Nations just got a little closer to home.
HRMS receives major Community Foundation grant
What could a school achieve with a $280,000 arts grant over the next five years?
What does elderly and disabled in-home care have in common with bartending?
Okay, Mid Valley—there’s a lot of stuff for the ol’ calendar this time around, so get your pencils ready.
Brian McNamara is a busy man.
Waterfront Park drew a large crowd Sept. 7 for Hood River Waterfront Park Association’s celebration of the newly completed two-tiered amphitheater, the last phase in the park’s development. Local bands Toy Gun Conspiracy and Cripple Hop performed in the first-ever organized concert at the amphitheater.
Lisa Rust started her 18th year at Hood River Middle School this past week, teaching literacy, social studies and climbing wall classes to seventh graders. She began at the school as a science teacher in 1997, and wouldn’t dream of teaching any other age group.
Pear harvest going well, countywide
The summer pear harvest is just finishing up, and overall, it looks very good.
There are times, when I go out on a story, I find another story I’d like to tell just as much. Sometimes I can work a paragraph or two into an existing article; sometimes I cannot.
With the new school year comes new start times and bus schedules for Hood River County School District students.
The Hood River Valley is well-known its wines and vines now, but it wasn’t that way when Anne and Bernard Lerch purchased Hood River Vineyards and Winery in 1992. In those days, there were just three wineries in the entire Columbia River Gorge, and only a handful of vineyards.
The idea was simple: New parents do not always have a local family support network.
Two new fire trucks — one the traditional Odell yellow, the other the traditional Pine Grove red — were dedicated at the 12th annual Wy’east Fire District Memorial at the station in downtown Odell Sunday afternoon.
Jenni Packer, 17, will start her senior year at Hood River Valley High School in September. Like many of her peers, she plays sports (right now, it’s volleyball; in the spring, it will be softball) and is looking forward to “doing all the senior activities” in the coming year.