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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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WELL DONE: “The Vagina Monologues” directed by Judie Hanel, closed last week after playing to large audiences, including a packed opening night “Ladies Only” house — with one last-minute ticket-buyer, a male.SEEN AND HEARD: A sunny Wednesday on the library lawn, a blanket spread with books, …

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The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Membership Awards Dinner on Feb. 8  at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. The award winners presented by the Chamber are nominated and voted by the chamber membership. 

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Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) and Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) invite the community to join in a second of three monthly brown bag lunch presentations.

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Local real estate brokers, staff and owners with Windermere Columbia River Gorge supported three local charitable organizations in the Columbia River Gorge area during 2019. Through the Windermere Foundation, a total of $3,650 was given to local charities supporting low-income children and f…

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Phil and Judy Jensen of Hood River have been named The Next Door’s 2019 Bonnie Benton Philanthropists of the Year. The couple was recognized and thanked by staff and fellow supporters earlier this month at the organization’s annual Donor Appreciation event held at Columbia Center for the Art…

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Volunteers in Action (VIA) will hold its next new volunteer training on Monday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. — lunch will be provided — at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in classrooms 1 and 2.

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Name calling: Malicious rantings seem to be the norm these days, not the exception. Accused murderer Jeremy Christian fills his speech with hateful expletives, rendering it almost impossible to publish his comments verbatim in the newspaper. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who as president should b…

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Tom Burns and Kathleen Morrow get acquainted at cane-point in “Leading Ladies,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig and directed by Bruce Ludwig (no relation). This is the first show for Big Britches Productions’ 2020 season, once again at the Bingen Theater. The 10-performance run began Feb. 7. The stor…

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Tony Smiley at Route 30 Feb. 15Live music coming up at Route 30:Friday, Feb. 14: Alonzo GarbanzoSaturday, Feb. 15: Tony SmileyFriday, Feb. 21: The New Prohibitions, 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 22: School Boi (AC/DC cover band), 7 p.m.Friday, Feb. 28: The Growlerz, 7 p.m.Route 30 Bottles and Brews, …

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There will be line dancing lessons, a live auction, a prime rib buffet and fun for the entire family when Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation launches its “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser April 16.“The foundation awarded approximately $150,000 in scholarships in 2019-20, and our …

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pFriem Family Brewers broke ground on the 20,000-square-foot facility last summer and expects to have most of the barrels from the brewery’s barrel aging program moved in within the next few months.

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Student engineers from the Steelheads robotcs team showed just how well they stack up to the Hood River Rotary group in its lunch program last week. The demonstration was a run-up to Saturday’s First Technology Challenge Super-Qualifier at Hood River Valley High School.

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The Garage, a new event-space in Bingen, will host a grand opening on Feb. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. The festivities will begin with drinks and small bites, then music, and is open to all.

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One hundred and two Hood River Valley High School art entries in drawing, 2D and 3D art have received Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention in the Oregon State level of the Scholastic Art Awards 2020. They are students of HRV art teachers Carol Birdsell, Matthew Gerlick, Gabrielle Iverse…

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Knot Another Hat owner Sarah Keller, center right, and about 20 friends gather Jan. 29 for the revived “Knit Night” event at her shop, located at 11 Third St. Knit Night was one part of the weekly Locals Wednesday Downtown (LWD), which started last month under the auspices of Hood River Down…

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Wasco Brothers at Zim’sLive music coming up at Zim’s:Friday, Feb. 7: Wasco Brothers (country/honky tonk), 7-10 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 8: Al & Nolan Hare with Ben Tibbets, 7-10 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 11: Tuesday Taps & Tunes with Al Hare and Kenny Olsen, 7-9 p.m.Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second …

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1910 — 110 years agoG.Y. Edwards & Co. report a sale of interest at a good figure consisting of 16 and a half acres in the Willow Flat district belonging to D.L. Davidson. This was bought by W.A. Melville, a native of Edinburg, Scotland. It is partly set to orchard, the balance being unc…

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For over 50 years, Mt. Hood Meadows has been evolving, transforming and adapting for its skiing and snowboarding visitors. Dave Tragethon, vice president of sales and marketing for the ski resort, said that same ideology continues today.

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Two local Lego Robotics teams earned top honors at the First Lego League (FLL) State Tournament held at Liberty High School in Hillsboro on Jan. 19. A field of 58 teams from across Oregon showcased innovative research projects, Core Value presentations, robot design and application as part o…

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In celebration of World Read Aloud Day, SMART Reading, a statewide children’s literacy nonprofit, has issued a challenge to get 10,000 Oregonians reading with children on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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WELL SAID: “I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” — Helen Keller

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The third in a series of Lunch and Learn presentations at the Hood River Library, held Jan. 23, tackled the difficult topic of immigration and why people are risking their lives and the lives of their families to cross the border between the United States and Mexico.

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The Fifth Annual “Gorge-ous Night in Olympia” is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the Washington state Capitol Building located at 416 Sid Snyder Avenue. The reception, hosted by Representatives Gina Mosbrucker (R-Goldendale) and Chris Corry (R-Ya…

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All community members  interested in learning more about garden related topics are invited to attend six classes that are a part of the 2020 Oregon State University Extension Service Central Gorge Master Gardener training program.

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Barney & the Stray Kitties at White BuffaloOn Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6-8 p.m., Barney & the Stray Kitties return to the White Buffalo, with country rock and blues seasoned with rich vocal harmonies.White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River; 541-386-5534.

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 In what is now an annual tradition, Oregon Food Bank held its ninth MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Featured business for the week Flow Yoga hosted a local business pop-up Jan. 22 for Locals Wednesday Downtown (LWD), the new weekly program of the Downtown Business Association that started this month.Owner Stephanie Adams greeted visitors and gave tours of the facility, which provides a var…

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The Gorge theater scene burgeons again in the next few weeks after the holiday hiatus.A total of five productions open in Bingen, Hood River and Odell starting Jan. 31.First up are “The Vagina Monologues” at Columbia Center for the Arts and “Leading Ladies” at Bingen Theater.

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