Editorial: Good Harbors

April 16, 2011

Good harbors

CL sculptures, NDI's new home

speak well for the community

Two literal landmark events take place this week and next in Hood River County.

Congratulations to the community of Cascade Locks, and to The Next Door Inc. agency for two well-rooted physical additions to the community.

Heather Soderberg's life-sized sculptures of Sacagawea and Seaman (see page A1) are graceful additions to Marine Park, and beautiful permanent reminders of the Corps of Discovery's legacy in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Port of Cascade Locks and other stakeholders scheduled the unveiling on a fitting date: 206 years to the date that Lewis and Clark visited what is now Cascade Locks.

"In this channel we found good harbor and camped on the Lower Side," Lewis wrote in his journal on April 13, 1806.

Even the weather was the same as endured that day by Sacagawea, her child Pomp, Seaman and the rest of the Corps.

What's more, the sculpture may be the very first historical sculptures in Hood River County.

Certainly there are not many outdoor sculptures in Hood River County.

There's the iconic one in Parkdale of the girl hugging the horse, the concrete panther at Mid Valley Elementary and white buffalo on Westcliff, and the wooden eagle at Henderson Stadium at HRVHS.

With sailing events and plenty else drawing crowds to Cascade Locks this spring and summer, the sculptures will serve as a link between the past and future of this dynamic community.

Congratulations also go to The Next Door Inc., which moved into its new headquarters this month.

The largest social service agency in the county will celebrate this accomplishment April 21 with a 5 to 7 p.m. open house. The community is invited, and people really should go check out a place that will not just be an office building but a community resource center.

Founded in 1971, NDI programs now include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge, Families First, New Parent Services, Nuestra Comunidad Sana and treatment services and youth and family services.

With several multi-purpose, learning and conference rooms, NDI will be a facility to host a variety of public activities and classes, which they have been very limited on doing in the past.

The NDI board and its capital campaign organization should be proud of achieving their goal of $200,000 to help renovate the former video store.

Between the sculptures in Cascade Locks and NDI's new headquarters in Hood River, the county connects to its past while it plans for its future.

It's all about continuing to provide good harbors.

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