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WELL SAID: “Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace — that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best not only in our lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith let us march toward the clean world our hands can make.” — Stephen Vincent Benet, 1942

WELL DONE: Monthly upper valley breakfasts are back.

Members of the Parkdale Grange decided it was time to fill the need for once-a-month group breakfasts that ended last year when the Lions stopped serving them.

On Jan. 13, families can join neighbors and friends from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Parkdale Grange Hall for a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage patty and your choice of pancakes or biscuits and gravy.

Fresh-cooked applesauce will also be served, along with your choice of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or local fresh apple juice.

The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Children under 4 are free.

PANCAKE DAY: Dine with the Grange as a warmup for a great new American tradition; Feb. 5 is National Pancake Day.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Hood River Middle School presents the play “Three-and-a-half Wishes” Feb. 15-16. This one features students and staff, including (for the second year in a row) Principal Brent Emmons.

TREE TIME: Hood River City Public Works Department accepts Christmas trees at its facility, 18th and May streets, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 18.

There will be no curbside pickup this season. Check in at the office before dropping trees off.

Hood River Transfer Station, 3440 Guignard Road (541-386-4676) will also accept Christmas trees. Yard debris and tree disposal on Wednesdays is free.

RADIO TIERRA: “Here in the Gorge” is back from holiday break. Every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. hear interviews with people who make the Gorge fun, livable, interesting, with hosts Susan Hess and Gale Arnold.

Community radio Radio Tierra is at 95.1 FM Hood River.

On Jan. 15, hear Janet Hamada, The Next Door executive director, on how her staff of 80 works in four counties helping families.

Mosier firefighter Ellen Dittebrandt was the guest for Jan. 8.


“The Porch” is back after a long hiatus, and we hope it’s as much fun as, well, a pancake breakfast.

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