Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist church is holding a community Harvest Dinner Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited. Contributions for FISH Food Bank will be accepted.
The celebration will continue Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with a special harvest service led by lay Pastor Christy Matson. For more information, call Jean Stone at 541-386-2951.
The Last Chance Holiday Bazaar will be held Dec. 8-9 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, and Fair Manager Clara Rice reports a few vendor spaces are still available. The event is held in the Community Building and is limited to 42 spaces. For more information, contact Rice at 541-354-2865.
Odell Garden Club President Norma Curtis thanks everyone who attended the club’s annual Fall Flower Show. “We made 47 bouquets to sell for the local and state charities we sponsor,” says Curtis. “We sold out by 4 p.m. on the first day.”
The show was very successful. One of the state judges commented that the Fall Flower Show is the best show she judges, and another said the designs were getting more creative and better each passing year.
Winners are as follows:
Best of show: Norma Curtis; People’s Choice: Naomi Frisbie; Most Imaginative: Margaret Taylor; Best of Horticulture: Norma Curtis, oak leaf hydrangea.
Wy’east Middle School is holding an Internet Safety Forum, organized by community agencies and the Hood River County School District, on Nov. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Wy’east families are encouraged to attend.
Honors Humanities Gifts from Our Ancestors, a local organization promoting cultural awareness of Native peoples in the Gorge, has given a grant to eighth-grade teacher Steffanie Olson. Her second semester Honors Humanities class will use the grant to study the Columbia River Indians, both past and present. It will cover the cost of Native artists to create a mural and story medallions, as well as a field trip to The Dalles Discovery Center, says Wy’east Vice Principal Patricia Cooper.
The lost-and-found table at Mid Valley Elementary is already overflowing. Parents are urged to check out the tables by the new cafeteria for missing items.
Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 378 are selling apple cider, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas (and every day, adds Scout Master Nick Kirby). Cost is $3 for a half-gallon and $5 for a gallon. All proceeds help boys pay for camp. To order, call Kirby at 541-354-1323.
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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