Dave Kalousdian’s Fourth of July will be different this year, but only just.
First, a correction: I inadvertently typed the wrong date for the 50-Plus Expo coming to the Hood River County Fair on Senior’s Day in my last column — it will be on July 23, to correlate with the special admission price to the fairgrounds for seniors on that day.
You’re on deadline and you really should have done your research earlier, but you’ve been pulled a hundred ways all week (excuses!) and you’re just now getting to your story. Which is due in four hours. And okay, you’re panicking more than a little bit. Because this is going to be impossible.
In the early 1990s, while working in a local orchard, Gerardo Bobadilla was challenged by an old-time farmworker to change the course of Mexican history in the Hood River Valley.
When Activities Director Christine Shannon began her free “Gentle Yoga for Beginning Seniors 50 and Over” at the Hood River Care Center mid-February, she started with three students.
I know it’s been a few months (or six), but rest assured, the Odell community column really does still exist. Grab your calendar — there’s a lot going on in our little community over the next few weeks.
Life is busy for Cruz Torres, but you wouldn’t know it from his easygoing demeanor.
Mid Valley School garden brings fresh, local produce to students and community
Walk the path leading to Mid Valley Elementary School’s playground on a Friday afternoon, and you just might be greeted by the sounds of children in the garden.
Whether it’s a new school in an old location or an old program with a new teacher, preschool options have expanded in the middle valley.
When Melissa Vovou was growing up, she wanted to be a veterinarian.
“We’ve changed direction.”
A lot can change in 41 years.
The Mid-Columbia Celilo Daughters of the American Revolution chapter donated over 550 books for the Children’s Book Bank, a nonprofit located in Portland, which will distribute them in the Portland area to low income preschool and grade school children.
Denny Leonard will have been involved with the Hood River American Legion Post 22 for 37 years in June, and all because of a bet.
It all began on Facebook.
When longtime Mid Valley Elementary principal Dennis McCauley retires June 30, his replacement won’t need any introductions.
Hood River author Joe O’Neill is a little busy these days.
‘Rejection is really just an opinion’
Don’t let your fear of rejection hold you back.
Nellie Hjaltalin, 88, has found it hard to retire as a driver with the Hood River Valley Adult Center (HRVAC) Meals on Wheels program, where she’s volunteered for the past 25 years.
Community members helped raise critical funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its Hood River Lock Up 2015, which took place on Thursday at Pietro’s Pizza.
Local photographer Darryl Lloyd will present “Remembering the Year 1980” at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson on May 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is part of the Mount St. Helens Institute’s Volcanic Views and Brews Scenic Pub Lecture Series, which is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the mountain’s eruption.
Doug Nichols, Project Manager for Hood River Public Works, has a job that not many people understand: Wastewater treatment.
Tyson Miller, 16, Hood River Valley High School sophomore, has been busy the past few weeks, helping get ready for the school’s 8th Annual FFA Steak Feed and Silent Auction fundraiser, held today (April 25) in the HRVHS cafeteria and Commons beginning at 6 p.m.
Fair weather shines on valley events: more this weekend
While most agreed that Saturday was the busier day, the weekend’s warm, sunny weather brought scores of visitors to the valley for the second weekend of Blossom Time.
About 16 or so volunteers gathered at Rock Creek in Mosier to help Coho salmon fry reach the Columbia River on Thursday morning.
It’s time to tie a blue ribbon around the ol’ oak tree. Or your car antenna. Or wear on your jacket.
No one is quite sure how long the Odell Garden Club has been putting on their annual Blossom Fest plant sale — it’s estimated at around 20 or 30 years — but whatever the tally, it’s the club’s largest fundraiser.
Pizzicato Hood River has a new name — but lots of familiar food and faces.
Hood River’s Robin Panzer is a Chigiri-e artist — an ancient Japanese art form (Heian period, 794-1185) that uses layers of hand torn colored paper to create images that, when completed, resemble a textured painting. Although it’s an old technique, she unknowingly stumbled upon it in 2011.
Two of Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Head Start facilities — Country Club and Parkdale — recently received the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) five-star rating from the state of Oregon.
Cameron Teems, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, is organizing a special collection of baby blankets April 13-17.
Jim Dummer has been Director of Operations for Gorge-area McDonald’s since 2009, but to get there, he worked his way up through the ranks, from a part-time crew to grill crew to counter to store manager to general manager to supervisor to director — with many steps in between.
If your preschooler or kindergartener says the Tooth Fairy came for a visit at school, chances are this is not a new imaginary friend they’re talking about.
Gordon Pillon aims for 100 percent customer satisfaction at Expertec Automotive Repair, located on the Heights at 1802 12th Street.
Plenty to do — with your buds
Spring break — March 23 to 27 — is right around the corner for Hood River County School District, Horizon Christian, Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School and Columbia Gorge Community College students.
David McClure, of the Dave McClure, Co., and its subsidiary Hood River Woodworking, has made a name for himself over the past two decades he’s lived and worked in Hood River.
The Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is holding a special ceremony today, March 7.
Artistic expression in all forms took center stage at Mid Valley Elementary this week.
Michele Dearing, Collection Development Specialist for the Hood River County Library District, updated the Million Page Challenge board at the Hood River Library Thursday afternoon. And we’ve got sad news, Hood River County — we’re in last place.
Clems is reopening after a three month closure. The one-time convenience store and deli in downtown Odell is now a restaurant operated by longtime Hood River residents Graciela and Rodolfo Gomez.
Where can people of all ages come together to read the same book, discuss its contents, participate in related activities and even hear it read over the radio?
Stan Benson has retired after 25 years on the County Planning Commission.
Hood River Valley High School sophomore Brynn Searcy is an artist. And a state and nationally recognized artist at that.
‘Keys to Talent:’ students excel in creative works
Hood River Valley High School honored artists and writers on Friday with an all-school Fine Arts assembly.
Life hasn’t slowed down much for Kristi Thomsen the past couple of years.
There’s a new organic juice and food bar in downtown Hood River.
Alfonso and Sylvia Delgadillo have enjoyed a steady stream of loyal customers since opening Tropicali Fruit, their Heights-area business serving Mexican-inspired fresh fruit cups, smoothies, juices and sorbets.
Melodi Johnson is recognizable as the wife of Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River. After all, her face adorned his campaign fliers during the last election cycle, too (definitely not her idea), and she is often seen at a variety of events, either alone or with her husband.
Hood River County School District middle and high school students are AVID for college.
To say Hood River Valley High School junior Sebastian Barajas, 17, is busy would be an understatement.