Friday, December 28, 2012
The Pacific Power Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to The Nature of Words, a Bend, Ore., nonprofit that promotes creative writing for youth, to help support “Words Without Walls,” NOW’s statewide creative writing program for youth.
In addition to its annual literary festival, NOW supports the literary arts and humanities in Oregon with ongoing creative writing programs for young students and adults.
Funding for “Words Without Walls” will allow a creative writing residency to be established in Hood River and 15 other locations for a total of 32 classrooms in Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Klamath and Hood River counties receiving writing workshops.
“The Nature of Words fills a gap deep spending cuts have left in education by encouraging students to take part in the literary arts and creative expression,” said Angela Jacobson, Pacific Power regional community manager in a press release.
For more information, contact www.thenatureof-words .org.
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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