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Trisha Walker

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‘Tuscany’ event gives United Way a strong campaign start

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Clem’s Market has new owners, fresh look

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.

Tsuruta visitor renews bonds formed during 2007 visit

A childhood trip to Hood River helped shape a young woman’s interest in the world.

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Bowling alley owner in league with community

Patrick Olson, proprietor of Orchard Lanes Bowling Alley, has owned the Heights-area business since 2009, but he’s no stranger to the industry.

CROP Walk is Sept. 21

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: ‘Great start’ to year at Wy’east Middle School

The Odell Garden Club will host a garden tour and progressive box lunch at its regular business meeting on Sept. 10.

Slice of local life -- Caroline Mead: Surrounded by beauty, inside and out

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.

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A slice of local life: Tammi Packer keeps it fresh

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Lionesses hold annual fundraiser Saturday

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.

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Voyages of Rediscovery

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.

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Kaleidoscope -- Gorge Grown Food Network: A fertile first seven years

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.

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A slice of local life -- Brooke Pauly finds home in Hood River

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.

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Fair moments: News staff returns from County Fair with stories to share

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).

MID VALLEY NEWS: Openings remain in bilingual preschool

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.

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A slice of local life -- Dave McAlister enjoys his work, expressly

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.

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A slice of local life -- Fairgrounds are a year-round joy for Clara Rice

Clara Rice, Hood River County Fair manager, is retired.

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A slice of local life -- Muir Cohen, happy to keep books in Hood River

Muir Cohen wanted to open a bookstore after he retired. It didn’t quite work out the way he planned.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Get those entries ready for the fair

Happy Fourth of July! Odell will celebrate with its annual parade through downtown, beginning and ending at Mid Valley Elementary.

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A slice of local life: Rick Routson: Orcharding ‘is in my blood’

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Odell Methodist church holds barbecue June 29

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.

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A slice of local life -- Yong Cho: Serving the Odell community

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.

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A slice of local life:Molly Clarke knows the scope, and scoop, at Mike’s

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.”

A slice of local life -- Tammie and Kaitlin Eckert: Still learning

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.

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A slice of local life -- Coral Worth: Twenty-four years and counting

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.

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Pride of Charter Lions

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.

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A slice of local life: Nate DeVol: Dog River’s multi-tasker extraordinaire

Walk into Dog River Coffee, and there’s a good chance you’ll be served by owner Nathan DeVol.

Mid Valley News: Register for May 21 ‘Soccer Shootout’

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.

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A slice of local life: Wy’East Chief Greg Borton: Here to help people

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.

Bald for Bux: CenturyLink workers are shorn’uf caring

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.

‘Biggest Winners’ share their secrets

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Blossom craft show returns April 20-21

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.

Postmark: Parkdale, offered March 29

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.

Mid Valley News: FISH marks third year, seeks help

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.

Mid valley news: Church’s Potato Dinner returns March 16

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church Potato Dinner will be held March 16 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Odell church’s fellowship hall. Baked potatoes with all the trimmings, salad and ice cream will be served. Adults are $6, seniors $5, children $3, and those under age 3 are free. All proceeds will be donated to FISH.

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Hoffman estate gives $92,000 to Rotary

Scholarship fund reaps latest in a long line of family’s gifts

The Hood River Rotary just received a $92,381.45 boost to its scholarship fund, thanks to a trust set up in the early 1990s by Bernice Jackson Hoffman of Pine Grove.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Hosts needed for Tsuruta visitors

Don’t miss the unveiling of the mural “Harvesting Our Stories” in Mid Valley Elementary’s cafeteria lobby Feb. 28 at 5:15 p.m. The mural honors Odell’s fruit industry and those who work in it. This is an “Arts Build Communities” project, made possible through the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon taxpayers.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Local events feature teapots and artwork

Vendors are being sought for the upcoming Blossom Craft Show, April 20-21 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell. Applications are online at hoodriverfair.org.

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Kaleidoscope: A ‘rest’ becomes a life’s work

When former Hood River resident Laurel Patrick began traveling regularly to Mexico in the early 1980s, she wasn’t thinking about its unique biodiversity or how she could bring attention to the many species that filled the region. But then she created El Refugio de Potosí — and that is exactly what she has done.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Prime Time kids learn from adult experts

The Odell Garden Club held its monthly meeting Jan. 8. The group is planning its annual tea party, to be held Feb. 12 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds.

Three notes of kindness

Salvation Army volunteers warmed by a boy’s donations in memory of Newton victims

Greg Simpson saw a lot of people put money in the Hood River County Salvation Army Service Extension Unit kettle while he and Stu Watson rang the bell outside of the Hood River Walmart on Dec. 22 for the Lions Club.

News staffers share Christmas memories: Five-layer wrapping and other gift games

My mother is the Queen of the Christmas game.

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First big snow good for business

“Mother Nature has given us a boost,” said Mark Russell, Manager of Les Schwab, of the snowstorm that hit the Gorge this week.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Pre-school holds holiday potluck

Mid Valley Preschool is holding a Holiday Family Potluck on Dec. 19 from 5-6:30-ish p.m. Teacher Socci Galvez says that everyone is welcome, especially if they have small children and want to check out the school, located in the old cafeteria at Mid Valley Elementary School.

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Monday will be year’s busiest day for mail

Kevin Branson, postmaster general at the Hood River Post Office, said area branches are gearing up for Monday, Dec. 17, which looks like it will be the busiest mailing day of the year.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Garden club decorate Odell with wreaths, swags

The Odell Garden Club held its annual swag and wreath-making event Nov. 19. Members created wreaths and swags for downtown Odell businesses, and then for their own homes. Parkdale and Dufur garden clubs attended as well, and everyone enjoyed a potluck lunch served by Kay Lincoln, Elizabeth Spiker and Jill McBee.

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Hood River woman wins panoramic Harvest quilt

Longtime Hood River resident Jean Harmon won this year’s Harvest Quilt, organized by the Friends of ETC and benefiting the Soroptimists.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Odell group cooks up ‘walking bake sale’

The annual Odell Methodist Christmas Bazaar will be Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Wy’east hosts Internet safety forum

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist church is holding a community Harvest Dinner Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited. Contributions for FISH Food Bank will be accepted.

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Methodists set table for Nov. 10 dinner

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist church will host a community Harvest Dinner Nov. 10 beginning at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to attend. Contributions for FISH Food Bank will be accepted.