Wednesday, November 2, 2005
The Hood River Valley Sweet Adelines returned from regional competition in Eugene proudly wearing two medals. The 26 member chorus, directed by Karla Callaway, won first place in the small chorus division and also earned second place among all choruses entered.
Sixteen choruses from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana were entered in the regional contest. All but one of these was in the small chorus division of 15 to 40 singers where Hood River Valley earned top honors. In addition to the two medals earned the chorus came home with the traveling plaque for first place and Callaway earned the Division A director award.
“We’ve been in the top five for several years now,” said Virginia Hosford, outgoing president, “but this is the first time we’ve won the blue. It feel so good.
“This is such a wonderful hobby and we love what we are doing with or without medals, but it is great to be recognized by our peers for our musical growth.”
Hood River Valley Chorus will appear at noon on May 21 at the White Salmon Spring Festival on the park stage. The public is invited to come listen to the chorus and share in their excitement.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge