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An excited mob of youngsters scour the grassy slopes of Jackson Park during the 2012 Community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning. Elapsed time before all eggs were found: about 30 seconds. The Columbia Gorge Fellowship of Churches hid more than 7,000 plastic eggs, and children ages 1-10 each received a goodie bag. A safety fair was also held from 10 a.m. to noon, with help from Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and the Hood River Fire Department.

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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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