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I don’t know how often any of you, as readers of The Hood River News, stop by the office to conduct business, but I can tell you this: The feel of the building is much different today than it was when I first started here eight years ago.

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We lost an extraordinary man Easter weekend, who some described as saint-like and others described as one of the kindest human beings they had ever encountered. 

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Former Henkle Middle School Principal Rick George will hold an author reading and signing for his debut novel, “Vengeance Burns Hot,” on Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Hood River Library. The event is co-sponsored by Waucoma Bookstore, and copies of the novel will be available for purchase.

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The Central Gorge Master Gardener Association will hold a celebration on May 17 at 3 p.m. to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Japanese Heritage Garden at 2990 Experiment Station Drive in Hood River.

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At the age of 47, I decided that I should go back to school to become a classroom teacher.  My classes at Lewis & Clark were thought provoking and often challenging. Most of all, they exposed me to the art of teaching creatively. I had wonderful instructors who opened my eyes. I played w…

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“The Foreigner,” Larry Shue’s laugh-out-loud tale of mistaken identity, overheard secrets, and sneaky ideas, is opening soon at The Bingen Theater. Presented by Big Britches Productions, the 10-performance run begins May 10.

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Okay, here’s the usual jazz, blues, rock, classical, folk, country, literature and short video format update happenings going on in our neck of the woods.

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1919 — 100 years agoA company has recently been incorporated in this city under the name of Hood River Fuel Company, the owners of which are T.G. Frohn, C.D. Nickelsen and Nelson Emery, all old residents of the county. The company will handle a general line of fuel, consisting of wood, coal …

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WELL SAID: “Men have become the tools of their tools.” — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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With so many beautiful trees in bloom throughout our area, this lonely Magnolia in the yard below the downtown city library may seem to pale in comparison. This, and other Magnolia trees throughout the Hood River area, are some of the earliest to present their springtime blooms. This particu…

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1919 — 100 years agoAn important orchard sale was negotiated during the past week and is now completed, the 20-acre highly developed orchard tract of Charles Somervell at Pine Grove having been purchased by Jakku Bros. and M.A. Udelius. This orchard is one of the best-known tracts in the val…

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For years, March has been one of the most celebrated months in the Yasui household thanks to multiple birthdays, including Grandpa Flip and three granddaughters, Kendra, Rayla and MacKenzie. This usually means a birthday dinner at Meema’s with a menu of the celebrant’s choosing.

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On April 6, the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team hosted the OSAA District 9 State Qualifier tournament. Teams from Cove Charter School, Pine Eagle Charter School and Pendleton High School competed with HRVHS to represent District 9 at the State Tournament, which will be h…

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My name is Audrey Schlemmer. I am a junior at Hood River Valley High School and last summer and the first semester of 11th grade I interned under Dr. Lynn Orr, director of the The History Museum of Hood River County.

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Jess Clemons at Rivertap April 13Live music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, April 12: Kit Garoutte, 7-10 p.m. (one man band, soothing low key sounds)Saturday, April 13: Jess Clemons, 7-10 p.m. (solo artist, singer/songwriter)Sunday, April 14: Sunday Night Jam featuring The Reddy Black Trio, 6:…

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1919 — 100 years agoThe lower section of Mosier hill, extended for about 300 feet above the bridge, was closed to traffic last Thursday, and will remain closed for at least two months. It is expected that in the near future, heavy blasts will be fired along this section and immediately after…

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Experience the power of empathy with “Walk in the Shoes of a Dyslexic: Simulation and Student Panel,” a hands-on event designed to increase awareness of the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia encounter daily, on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Little Oak Monte…

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WELL SAID: “Together we will go and see what waits for us/a backdoor to the universe, that old moondust.” — Traffic

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The staged reading of “Pygmailion,” presented by Plays For Non-Profits, closes this weekend. The benefit for the History Museum of Hood River County and the Library Foundation was underwritten by Hood River resident Elaine Johnson, a patron of local non-profits. She helped fund the show in m…

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March’s Tree of the Month is this sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua, shown above), many of which are growing in and around Hood River.

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1919 — 100 years agoThe interest in bowling, which has been very great during the past two or three months, has culminated in the formation of the Hood River Duck Pin League, composed of six teams, which start a series of 90 games at the Pat Lindsay alleys this (Tuesday) evening, a handsome …

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In 1973, I read a book that influenced my life — “Them” by Joyce Carol Oates. Yesterday, while immersed in Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming,” memories of that novel’s impact on me resurfaced. 

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1919 — 100 years agoR.A. Collins, one of the prominent ranchers of the Dee section, who was in town last Saturday, says the price of land in that locality, which he declares is the best in the county, is very satisfactory. The Zibe Dimmick place of 28 and a half acres, he reports, located on…

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