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Sept. 16, 2011

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It's feeling more like autumn, which means that pumpkins aren't far behind. This giant pumpkin at Rasmussen Farms will greet visitors during this weekend's Pear Celebration, at participating farms all along the Fruit Loop. See the Saturday edition of the Hood River News for a list of u-pick opportunities.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

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



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