The Porch, Oct. 5

The Porch is back … again. Well, at least SOMEONE gets a long vacation around here.

WELL SAID: “The world is a playground and life is pushing my swing.” — Freshman hallway, Homecoming sign.


n Ivan Martinez had help from friends in asking fellow sophomore Diana Romero to Saturday’s Homecoming Dance. At 8 a.m. Wednesday Ivan held a dozen roses while his buddies stretched a banner across the H wing hallway. “Waiting until the last minute?” asked media teacher Shawn Meyle, who video recorded the romantic moment as dozens of students looked on.

“Homecoming Dance, Diana? Yes or Yes?” read the sign.

“My friends made it up. I just had to show up and ask,” Ivan said. Everyone got a little nervous when Diana didn’t show right away and the bell was about to ring.

“I told her to come down here,” one conspirator told an anxious Ivan. “You were supposed to bring her!” a buddy replied. But then Diana arrived, and the morning drama ended, with a big hug — and a yes.

n Pirates fish and chips food truck was chosen by Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer fans (through a program sponsored by Jeld Wen and Portland Food Cart Alliance) to serve at JeldWen Field twice this summer.

“It was a lot of fun; we served almost 1,000 people between the two games,” noted Richard and Sherri Wilson. “The owner of Jeld Wen field liked our food so much that he had it both days and also recommended us to another one of the owners and his wife, who also loved it.”

Pirates was usually found throughout the summer at Hood River’s Windance parking lot. Other Pirate gigs this sujmer included Gorge Blues & Brews in Stevenson, and Kiteboard for Cancer in Hood River.

n The annual Kids Clothes Giveaway is today at St. Mark’s Church (11th and Eugene). Anyone may fill a bag from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizers Anna Carmichael and Sue Jenkins praised the generosity of the community for the huge selection this year.

Jenkins said, “Many of the donations come from the high school and middle schools, including White Salmon. They call us up at the end of the year and we go and pick up the lost and found. We just make sure no identifying marks are on the clothes.”

The donations, which include lunch boxes, provide surprises.

“One lunch box had a sandwich still in it. I opened it up and — well, the only place it could go was the garbage,” Jenkins said.


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