Betsy Keith and Cheryl Rohan are friends who really, really enjoy what they do.
Short column this week — but there’s a lot going on.
A brand new teen area is up and running at the Hood River library branch on State Street, and with it, new Teen Services Assistant Harley Judd.
Karen Lewis received a hearty round of applause when she began her job as activities coordinator at Providence Down Manor this September. Literally.
‘Tis the season for holiday bazaars, and we have a couple that are happening soon right here in Odell. The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6 at the Odell church site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find Christmas crafts, home baked goods, soup and homemade pie with ice cream.
17th Fashion Gala packs the house, again
A sold-out crowd packed the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn more than an hour before the house lights dimmed for the 17th Annual Hood River Christmas Project Gala Fashion Show on Nov. 15.
Caitlyn Fick, a junior at Hood River Valley High School, believes in helping others.
On Oct. 20, the Gorge Roller Girls presented Kim Stolte with a check for close to $10,000.
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will host its annual free Harvest Dinner on Nov. 16, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Odell Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Dinner will include a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Donations of canned food and money will be accepted for FISH Food Bank.
Andrew Rau, patrol sergeant with Hood River Police Department, did not plan to go into law enforcement. But, with 22 years of service, he’s the senior-most member of the department, having been hired in July 1991. He’s spent nearly his entire career in law enforcement in Hood River, and here he plans to stay.
Josh Beckner, West Side Fire Department Lieutenant/Training Officer, has only been in his position since July 1, but his fire experience dates back to his junior year at Hood River Valley High School. He began as a student firefighter in 2002, and has been involved in some capacity ever since.
Folks enjoy pumpkins, choose fruit from overflowing bins, and munch on pies throughout a sun-drenched Hood River valley autumn weekend
Large crowds of people having fun.
Senior Health Benefit Assistance (SHIBA) is available by appointment every Tuesday (1-4 p.m.) and Thursday (9 a.m.-noon) from now until Dec. 7 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place.
Lucy Marquez, secretary II at Hood River Valley High School, is a 15-year employee of the Hood River County School District. Having lived in Hood River since the age of 5, she has a unique perspective on the local school system — and on what has changed, and what has stayed the same.
Ashley Huckaby, event coordinator for Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, has a lot on her plate these days.
The Odell Garden Club will host its annual Fall Flower Show during the Gorge Fruit and Craft Show Oct. 19-20 at the fairgrounds in Odell.
The United Way of the Columbia Gorge had its most successful kickoff ever Sept. 19, at its Evening of Tuscany event held at the Gorge Room of the Best Western Hood River Inn.
Clem’s Market is under new ownership. Locals Grant and Sandi Porter and Shane and Shannon Willis have purchased the downtown Odell business and are “trying a bunch of different things so we can see what works for our community,” says Shannon.
A childhood trip to Hood River helped shape a young woman’s interest in the world.
Patrick Olson, proprietor of Orchard Lanes Bowling Alley, has owned the Heights-area business since 2009, but he’s no stranger to the industry.
25th-annual event raises funds, awareness in fight against hunger
Gorge Ecumenical Ministries will host its 25th CROP Walk for Hunger Sept. 21, beginning and ending at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road. Maps are available for participants outlining one-mile, 5K and 10K routes. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the walk at 10 a.m.
The Odell Garden Club will host a garden tour and progressive box lunch at its regular business meeting on Sept. 10.
Caroline Mead, gallery manager at Columbia Art Gallery, loves being part of a community art center. “There’s always something fun happening down here, whether it’s an exhibit or a production or a presentation,” she said. “I love being part of an organization that provides that.” Mead has been gallery manager for a little over two years, but has had an interest in museum work and art center work for many years, she said. Her resume reflects that interest. Originally from Wisconsin, she majored in art history at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, while completing internships at art centers and museums in the Southwest. She lived a summer in Taos, N.M. (near Santa Fe), working at a museum, and then came back to Colorado for another two years at an art center.
This weekend (Aug. 16-18) is the Fruit Loop’s Summer Fruit Festival, and Tammi Packer is ready. Packer Orchards and Bakery, located along Highway 35 in Odell, has a host of goodies ready for hungry customers, including apple pie, apple cinnamon rolls and applesauce.
The Odell Lioness Club will hold its annual garage/yard sale Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1999 Seventh Court, Hood River. Money raised will be given to various Lioness projects, including local high school scholarships and the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
Canoes honor river species, visit Hood River this weekend
A unique opportunity to see, touch and paddle a dugout canoe on the Columbia River is coming to the History Museum of Hood River County Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.
Drive past Hood River Middle School on a late Thursday afternoon, and you’ll see the colorful canopies and crowds that converge to make up Gorge Grown Farmers Market.
When Brooke Pauly and her husband, Mike, were married almost 11 years ago, they bought a travel trailer, quit their jobs, and toured the United States. The trip, while fun, had a purpose, too: The Paulys wanted to move to a small town, and they were looking for just the right one.
Once upon a time, like at last year’s Hood River County Fair, I dreamed that someday I would have unlimited time to actually look at the exhibits instead of just following my kids around and watching them ride roller coasters in varying degrees of scariness (not for them, but for me).
School is still a month from reopening, but it’s not too early to start thinking about enrolling your child in Community Education’s Mid Valley Preschool.
Dave McAlister has done every possible job in his 15 years with the Postal Service. He started as part-time Christmas help (that doesn’t count toward his 15-year total), working his way through the ranks as a mail processor, carrier, clerk and postmaster.
Clara Rice, Hood River County Fair manager, is retired.
Muir Cohen wanted to open a bookstore after he retired. It didn’t quite work out the way he planned.
Happy Fourth of July! Odell will celebrate with its annual parade through downtown, beginning and ending at Mid Valley Elementary.
Rick Routson’s earliest memory takes place in his family’s orchard: When he would venture into the orchard with his parents as a child, he was usually placed in one of the big wooden fruit bins for safekeeping.
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church is hosting a community barbecue at the Odell church June 29 beginning at 5 p.m. The street on the north side of the church will be closed for this event.
Yong Cho has been commuting from Portland to Mid Valley Market, the store he purchased in Odell from John and Kathie Alley in 2007, for the last six years. He makes a 180-mile round trip every day, taking only one day off per month—if that.
Molly Clarke, Hood River Valley High School senior, has been employed at Mike’s Ice Cream for the past three years, and she can’t think of one downside to working with ice cream all summer long. “It’s one of the best jobs ever,” she said. Clarke has lived in Hood River all her life and was a frequent customer at Mike’s growing up. “I still remember certain people who worked there, who would split my scoop in half for me; little things like that.”
Every Thread Counts — ETC to locals — celebrated its one-year anniversary May 1 under the new ownership of mother-daughter team Tammie and Kaitlin Eckert. The business will celebrate at its new location in the old Wine Sellers space, 514 State St., on June 17. The Eckerts — Tammie and husband Joe, son Max and Kaitlin — are originally from the East Coast, moving from Sandy Hook, Conn., to Mosier in 2011.
Hood River Sports Club manager Coral Worth has witnessed a lot of changes during her 24 years with the business. She’s seen owners, managers, daycare and front desk staff come and go. And she’s seen the once basic gym expand to include indoor courts, a gymnastic area, a yoga loft and pool facilities. Through all the changes, Worth has remained a familiar face. She’s been at the Sports Club longer than any other employee, working her way up from a daycare position at age 14.
The Odell Lions Club met May 9 at the Odell Community Park to pay homage to remaining Charter members Ken Raasch, Arnie Udelius, Bob Hanel and Ted Weber. The club presented four conifer trees and a plaque to honor the four who, in 1971, were part of a group of 50 original members.
Walk into Dog River Coffee, and there’s a good chance you’ll be served by owner Nathan DeVol.
The Hood River County Fairgrounds will host a Ranch Sorting and Team Penning clinic May 4. The Ranch Sorting clinic starts at 9 a.m. and costs $45.
Wy’East Fire District Chief Greg Borton wears only one firefighter’s helmet these days, but it wasn’t long ago that he wore, figuratively, two.
A simple brainstorming session between CenturyLink Hood River’s Jaclyn Miller and Heather McClain has turned into a $3,370 fundraiser in support of coworker Tiffany Baumgarten.
1st Place Team: Duckwall Fruit Co.; 1st Place Individual: Sharon Vink
Sharon Vink has participated in the Biggest Winner individual contest before, taking second place. This year, she’s taken first, with a total weight loss of 16.3 percent.
The Blossom Craft Show returns to the fairgrounds in Odell April 20-21, and includes more than 100 vendors, filled with all manner of food, plants, arts and crafts and wine tastings.
Becky Bugge loves FISH.
MT. HOOD-PARKDALE — The United States Post Office will be offering the last of a series of “Postmark America” postmarks at the Mount Hood-Parkdale post office in Parkdale, beginning March 29 at 10 a.m.
The Odell FISH Food Bank site opened its doors almost three years ago in downtown Odell and has been quietly distributing food to clients on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. ever since.