Mid Valley News: Guess who won the Lioness basket?

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will be worshiping at the Pine Grove church site on Eastside Road in June, July and August. Services begin at 10 a.m., and everyone is invited to attend.

Member Jean Stone reports that the church’s Blossom Fest sale at the Pine Grove church site was very well attended. A portion of the proceeds were given to the Meals on Wheels program.


The Odell Garden Club journeyed to Beaver Creek for a visit to Ethel’s nursery — Ethel being a rather prolific gardener with her own little nursery setup. Sixteen ladies and one gentleman took six vehicles, with plenty of room left for all the plants they purchased while there.

The club treasury also bought a hanging cedar planter for Club President Norma Curtis to take to the upcoming OSFGC Convention as the club’s contribution. The club also stopped for lunch at Izzy’s Pizza.

“The weather was great, and no one got lost,” Curtis summarized.


The Hood River County Fair Board is donating profits from the May 24 ranch sorting horse event to two local youth fighting cancer, says Fair Manager Clara Rice: Donavan Doroski and Lila May Schow. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will either be held inside or outside, depending on the weather.


In an interesting turn of events, I get to report that I won the Odell Lionesses’ annual May Basket raffle. Actually, it was four baskets, and I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses and independent consultants. It’s a truly amazing haul.

I’ve shared goodies with friends and family, which has made me quite popular, and our little Walker Four has had a couple of family dates courtesy of some very nice gift certificates, with many more to look forward to. Thank you!

The Odell Lionesses wish to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets and contributed to this fundraiser. A few of the many organizations they support are: Hood River Valley High School’s Project Graduation, the Pregnancy Resource Center, Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), Promoting Responsible Ownership of Dogs (PROD), the Hood River County Christmas Project, and scholarships for high school senior girls.

Send news items of the mid valley to Trisha Walker at twalker@hoodrivernews.com.

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