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It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…

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The United Way of the Columbia Gorge (UWCG) held its “Viva Las Vegas Benefit Gala” on Oct. 5 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. This was the 11th year for the campaign kickoff event and it was supported by more than 100 volunteers and part-time staff.Guests were dressed in festive even…

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In pursuit of some peace from the barrage of political propaganda filling the airwaves, Flip and I headed into the woods.  In some ways, we were seeking higher ground on a variety of fronts.

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With the Hood River Aquatic Center building well past its usable lifespan, the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District (HRVPRD) is still working on a way to make a brand new facility, with an added community center, a reality.

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“Across the Poliical Divide” is a timely event for Gorge Happiness Month, Oct. 15 in White Salmon. Happiness Month is 31 days focused on the three daily actions scientifically proven to make people happier: Gratitude, acts of kindness and moments of silence.The goal is to inspire as many peo…

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Between the bounty of fall fruit, the plethora of fall foliage, and the Gorge as a haven for runners as well as quilters, this weekend brings a big variety of events to the Hood River area.

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Fruit and Craft Fair returnsThe annual Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair, held at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, returns Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking and admission are free.

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Hood River Valley High School AVID and SUMMIT programs took 18 students to Western Oregon University Oct. 4 for the annual WOU Instant Wolf Day. All of the students were accepted into the school; 90 percent are the first in their families to be accepted into a four-year college, said HRVHS A…

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I think I’m finally understanding the concept of “TV Movie.”These things must have been made within 10 feet of TV studios, when actors could walk off the set of one TV show directly into the set of a TV movie.For the full effect, you need to go back at least 42 years, preferably via thrift-s…

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The Gorge Magazine won Best Overall Writing at the Pacific NW Magazine Group conference and awards ceremony held in Lake Oswego on Oct. 11. The contest was open to magazines from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The magazine also won second place for Best Overall Design; third place for Best Ph…

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“Into the Beautiful North” is set in the U.S.-Mexican border region, is the featured book for “The Big Read” in Hood River and The Dalles.

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Award winning poet, writer and educator Alejandro Jimenez will speak at Riverside Church on Oct. 20.Jimenez is a two-time National Poetry Slam Semi-Finalist, multiple time TEDx Speaker/Performer, and Emmy-nominated poet, whose book “Moreno. Prieto. Brown.” was the Hood River Reads selection …

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Get There Challenge, spearheaded locally by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, is underway.The annual Get There Challenge helps people who live or work in Oregon discover healthy and economical travel options like public transit, walking, or biking to work, school, or play, said…

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1919 — 100 years agoConcern about the facilities available for taking care of contagious diseases, such as influenza and smallpox, is growing. Hood River needs both temporary and permanent hospitals, also provision for the care of patients under detention until the nature of the disease from…

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Columbia Center for the Arts is offering a series of events and performances featuring a blend of Spanish and English language and cultural traditions. The program is made possible by a grant from the Kinsman Foundation. All events are free and open to the public (see sidebar).The program’s …

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On Second Saturday, Oct. 12, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) will have several of its antique gliders out soaring for visitors to see and enjoy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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1919 — 100 years agoA memorable event in the annals of Parkdale was the celebration on Sept. 30 of the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Cooper, they having been married in the old country in 1869. All the younger children were present for the anniversary, from the oldest to the youngest. …

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The Columbia Gorge Community College received a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant to distribute free copies of Luis Urrea’s “Into the Beautiful North,” and to provide related programming throughout the month of October.

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A touch of rain and a heart-breaking football loss did not dampen the Homecoming spirit at Hood River Valley High School Friday.Eagles past, present and future celebrated the 50th HRVHS Homecoming at a packed-house football game on Oct. 4.Brenda Perez and Cole Yinger were crowned Homecoming …

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Skamania County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (SCARES) has recently installed a radio repeater on Augspurger Mountain for the primary purpose of facilitating emergency radio communications when normal methods of communications are unavailable. At an elevation of 2,900 feet, Augspurger Moun…

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Keynote speaker David Anderson, NW Natural CEO, will address the Columbia Gorge Economic Symposium on Nov. 1, at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, The Dalles.

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Gorge Happiness Month events return for the fourth year in the Gorge in October with 20 different free events and participation by more than 140 different businesses and organizations in 10 different towns.

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The Underwood Community Blood Drive happens Friday, Oct. 11, and 10 more donors are needed. There are appointments open starting at 11:45 a.m. until 4 p.m., said a press release. 

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ArtAge Publications, the largest distributor of plays, books, and materials for older actors, will soon release its 2020 catalog. The catalog, will include “Love in 4/4 Time,” written by Hood River playwright Gary Young.“Love in 4/4 Time” received a development grant from the Salvador Fund o…

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On stage this weekend: ‘Cell’ cast members Leti Valle, left, as Jenny; Viviana Rafakowski as Rosa; and Sonja Marquez as Marti; not pictured, Angel Reyes as Leo. Gary Young directs Cassandra Medley’s play. The limited-run production is Oct. 4-6 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.

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Once again, the Hood River Saddle Club’s spaghetti dinner scholarship fundraiser was a success; and, once again, clubhouse manager Helen Hansen’s secret sauce had folks lining up at the door before the 5 p.m. start time, bringing many back for seconds. 

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For me, nearly every conversation I’ve had this past week has included something along the lines of “Have you seen Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ special on PBS?”

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1919 — 100 years agoThe first really sharp warning on the approach of winter was given Monday morning, when residents of all sections of the valley awoke to find everything white with frost. Following rain on Saturday, a sharp snap in the weather set in late on Saturday night, and Sunday bro…

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My brother-in-law, Bill, is an explorer of all things American. He did exhaustive research on the American vice presidents, writing and publishing the book, “Veeps — Profiles in Insignificance,” which includes quirky facts and stories about our second-in-commanders, from Adams to Cheney. His…

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