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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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More than 70 community members participated in the Sept. 21 CROP Hunger Walk, with White Salmon United Methodist Church winning the annual Golden Sneaker award for the most walkers participating in their group — 22.The fundraiser raises money each year for Church World Service, which provide…

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WELL SAID: “There’s no simple explanation/ for anything important any of us do/ And yeah, the human tragedy/ consists of the necessity/ of livin’ with the consequences/ under pressure, under pressure.”

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The Hood River County (HRC) Community ID has officially launched, with 76 county residents registering for their cards during a launch event hosted by The Next Door at Hood River Valley Christian Church on Tuesday.

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

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1919 — 100 years agoFine weather, a big crowd, more exhibits than the board could take care of were some of the main features of the county fair and in most communities would be accepted as the necessary adjuncts to success. All these, and many others, were outstanding features of the Hood R…

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Wy’east High School class of 1969 — the Golden Eagles — held its 50th year reunion Sept. 6-7 with a variety of events. Above, classmates at Divots Sept. 7. Pictured are, back row, Mike Flores, Richie Goss, Roy Nellermoe, Chuck McCoy, Lee Brittenham, Bill Jones, Niles George, Mert Smith, Bunn…

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While working on the history of the fruit industry for the Odell mural, I came across multiple sources of information about the history of various immigrants to our valley. While the Japanese side of the Yasui family has been pretty thoroughly documented, I have been negligent in digging dee…

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1919 — 100 years agoIn honor of the men and women of the valley that have withstood the hardships of the early settlement days, the County Fair Board has termed Friday, Sept. 19 as Pioneer Day. It is due to the endurance and conscientious efforts of the pioneer people that we are able to dis…

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Hood River Hops Fest, an annual celebration of beer’s bitter friend, freshly harvested hops, returns Saturday.Hood River County is surrounded by world-renowned hop growing regions, and since 2003 brewers have gathered each September in downtown Hood River to share their fresh-hop beer creati…

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The verdict is in on Hood River Saddle Club’s Aug. 24 “Meet a Horse” event: It was a galloping success! For a first-time, first-of-its-kind event offered to the public by the club — and without a chance to actually rehearse — the assessment is two hooves up!

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The energy and exhilaration of sport, particularly the conditions typical of water sports, are difficult to capture in a museum setting. Nonetheless, through videos, photographs and colorful gear, The History Museum virtually vibrates with the energy of the Gorge’s water scene in its newest …

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Get your tickets, grab your appetite and plan to come to the Hood River Saddle Club spaghetti dinner on Friday, Sept. 20 from 5-8 p.m. at the clubhouse, located on the corner of Belmont and Country Club.

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