‘Tongue Twister’ winners

Kim Vogel, center, won the second annual Tongue Twister Tournament April 6. The event, a benefit for SMART Reading Program in Hood River County, raised $920 for the literacy program that serves students in local elementary schools. With her are runners-up Tom Penchoen, left, and Greg Gilbertson. Vogel, dressed in her pirate garb for Lions Follies (details, page B1) beat a field of nine other local residents, including defending champion Buzzy Nielsen. Musicians Ben Bonham, Ronnie Ontiveros and Dennis Williams performed and audience members tried tongue twisters to win prizes; youths from the Health Media Clubs at Hood River and Wy’east middle schools also did tongue twisters. Other competitors were Regena Rafelson, Murphy Jackson, Janet Cook, Andrea Roberts and John Rust. Judges for the event were Shaun Anderson, Emily Wells and Will Carey. Sponsors were Cascade Eye Center and the law office of Annala, Carey, Baker and Thompson.

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