Saturday, January 18, 2014
Gorge Ecumenical Ministries will host its annual celebration on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.
The event will begin with a potluck dinner and will take place at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road.
The keynote speaker will be Rev. Mark Knutson, senior pastor at Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church and a passionate advocate for those who are vulnerable and marginalized. Knutson has built a strong multicultural ministry and is widely recognized for his leadership in building and leading interfaith partnerships.
At the event, GEM will present the Inspired Service and Action Award to DeLona Campos-Davis in celebration of her many years of service to the Gorge community.
Campos-Davis has positively impacted the lives of many, particularly children and youth, through her leadership at Peace Village and her many contributions to environmental and social justice concerns and service activities throughout the area.
GEM, which supports and oversees the operation of the Hood River Warming Shelter, FISH food bank and the Emergency Voucher Program, will also honor volunteers who have served at these programs during the past year.
GEM is an interfaith association of churches and other communities of faith that works to build to a just and compassionate world through advocacy, education and service in the Columbia Gorge.
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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