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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Wine & Pear Fest was a sweet success

Event layout changes worked well; Rotary looks ahead to fifth annual in 2015

Red wines are famous — red pears, not so much

Wine-Pear Festival returns May 17-18

The Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Festival returns May 17-18, and meeting the vintners and the growers is a big part of its appeal.

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Peter Pan flies at Wy’east

Students learn about community while presenting drama this weekend

You can’t script what happens backstage — but you can use it as a teaching moment.

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Crag Rats lift ‘victim’ from cliff in rock face training

Crag Rats clung to a jagged cliff worthy of their name Saturday afternoon.

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New scoreboard lights up at Collins Field

Collins Memorial Field is a scenic ballpark, between views of Mount Adams to the north, Jackson Park to the east, Tsuruta Tennis Courts to the west, the historic Hood River Middle School across May Street, and the green ball field itself.

Vandals damage Mike’s patio furniture

Sometime Sunday night, vandals damaged three chairs and a bench at the popular Mike’s Ice Cream patio on Oak Street.

May 20 Primary Election ballots are in the mail

Weekend tasks: Mow the lawn, check the oil, open your ballot.

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Nutrition Within Reach: Mealtime in the Schools

In school cafeterias, it’s food for thought

You could say the classrooms move each weekday to the warm, aromatic basement of Parkdale Elementary School, starting at about 11 a.m. Kitchen staff are there to help with the learning.

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Revitalized Little League ready for fun

High points in Saturday’s Little League Opening Day included the ceremonial first pitch — a high ball across the plate — by HRVHS varsity baseball coach Erich Harjo, flurries of fireworks amid teams of chilly but excited young players from T-ballers to teenagers lining the infield. Stands full of parents and grandparents added to the fun as the reconstituted Mid-Columbia Little League kicked off the season with gratitude for youth baseball leaders of the past.

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Families flock to Jackson Park for community egg hunt

Smokey, Sparky, Bunny greet kids as safety fair blends with hunt

Several hundred young children (with parents’ help) scooped up a total of 6,500 eggs at Saturday’s annual community Easter egg hunt in Jackson Park. Some of those eggs were refilled on the spot and distributed again by “secret egg layers.” The Easter Bunny was on hand, along with Sparky the Firedog.

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Stan Ocheskey, Jenny Packer take ag leadership roles

Meet them at Saturday’s FFA steak feed, auction

The FFA chapter at Hood River Valley High School is an active bunch, as you will learn Saturday if you attend the fifth-annual Steak Feed and Silent Auction, 6 p.m. at HRVHS.

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Blossom festivities reflect Hood River’s small-town goodness

We Eat Well — "You can't find gooseberry pie anywhere, but we get it here every year," said Longview's Harry Blair, who ate at the Parkdale Grange Blossom Dinner with his wife, Dorothy, and his brother, Terry, and his wife, Suzie.

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SMART supporters read with kids, learn about literacy program

The Start Making A Reader Today “Reading Matters” tour visited Westside Elementary School on April 18.

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Sen. Wyden hosts town hall at HRVHS

When Ron Wyden told an auditorium full of students, “Let’s focus on the big issues and just have some fun,” he went first.

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Can artificial glaciers be grown on Mount Hood?

Watershed Group meets Tuesday

A pioneering method of bringing more ice on the north side of Mount Hood will be the topic of the Hood River Watershed Group’s meeting on Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the OSU Extension meeting room, 2990 Experiment Station Road, Hood River (turn north just after Your Party and Rental Center).

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Rep. Mark Johnson stumps for education, criticizes Salem’s

Mark Johnson called his Thursday talk to Hood River Rotary “the good, bad and the ugly.”

‘Grey Lady’ gets a little lost in its 36-hour Hood River tour

The New York Times has once again found favor with the Gorge, in an article they call “Hood River in 36 hours,” published April 3 in the newspaper’s online edition.

Kaleidescope: Firefighters gain in-house knowledge, as structure is torched in west Hood River neighborhood

A rare practice burn in a Hood River residential neighborhood recently gave firefighters from several Hood River County agencies the chance to practice hose handling techniques and other interior and exterior strategies for suppressing a house fire.

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Tax-Aide Credit: AARP, IRS honor Marilyn Wall for 30 years as volunteer

Marilyn Wall’s is a life with taxes, and she likes it.

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Hanel sisters believe memories will remain after auction is over

The Hanel sisters believe you can’t truck away a legacy.

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Boys lacrosse beats Canby, improves to 3-2

Short quick passes led to a series of close, quick goals in the second half as the HRVHS boys lacrosse team defeated Canby 10-8 Wednesday in a physical, closely contested game at Henderson Field.

Hanel Development auctions all equipment this weekend

Hanel Development Group, the last corporate vestige of Sterling Hanel’s legacy, is closing shop and selling equipment large and small.

Time for Art at May Street

May Street Lasagna Dinner and Art Auction happens Thursday

May Street Elementary School holds its annual Teddy Webber Scholarship Dinner and Student Art Auction on Thursday. This event, which began in 1997, raises money for the school’s artist-in-residence program and the Teddy Webber Scholarship fund.

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Video: Firefighters get valuable training from practice burn

A rare practice burn in a Hood River residential neighborhood gave firefighters from several Hood River County agencies the chance to practice hose handling techniques and other interior and exterior strategies for suppressing a house fire.

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'Hotel Impossible' films at Vagabond Lodge

Tom Reid, left, and Theo Davis of Green Home Construction of Hood River stand with designer Blanche Garcia on the grounds of the Vagabond Motel Thursday, the final day of filming for an upcoming episode of The Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” with TV host Anthony Melichiorri.

Collective Voices speak

This weekend brings a special art show, “Collective Voices,” connecting the ideas of about 25 Hood River and Klickitat County middle schoolers.

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Downtown businesses ‘need relief’ from construction impacts

City responds to merchants’ State Street concerns

City officials pledged to take steps to respond to merchants’ complaints that the Urban Renewal Project in downtown Hood River is hurting business.

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City councils take different tacks on marijuana

On April 14, CL talks moratorium; HR puts issue on agenda

By 4-2 vote, Hood River City Council took a measured step Monday toward an official action on requesting a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

Time to put a light on the 10-foot smoking rule

Among my circle of basketball-loving family and friends I am known for my relentless rant in which I call for a major change in the game’s 10-foot rule: As players 18 years and older are so much taller and more talented than their 1891 equivalents, I think the basket should be raised to 11 feet: no more 10-foot rule.

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‘A Few Good Men’ opens: Large cast aligns veteran actors with new faces on local stage

The cool thing about a large-cast theater production is the greater likelihood of seeing new faces on stage.

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Candles burn long and bright for Owen Stolte

A 200-flame constellation shone in the Friday night air as the community gathered to celebrate Owen Stolte, who died March 20 at age 14.

ROUND TABLE: My ‘Bracketology’ is a muddle of Madness

March Madness is one of my favorite times of year:

State Street update: City, Crestline host status meeting on Wednesday

Dust, pedestrian access, and signage issues, and the potential of summer street work, are among the topics expected to be addressed on Wednesday in a morning meeting about the downtown Urban Renewal Project.

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Big day for Little Red

Mid Valley thanks Joann Frazier for 18 years of cape-able leadership

Joann Frazier was the leader of the pack Thursday, red cape and all.

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HRMS performers get to watch themselves in ‘Kid Next Door’ screening at Skylight Theatre

A group of middle schoolers got together Wednesday after school at Skylight Theatre.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake ‘strikes’ it rich for BBBS

A $50,000 goal is the best birthday present Kristin Reese could ask for.

‘Feast of Words’ raises $25,000

About 200 people attended the third-annual Feast of Words at Hood River Library on March 8.

HR Reads kicks off Sunday

Hood River starts with a community gathering Sunday, but is underlined by a moral question.

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School Board hears bleak fiscal picture

One percent, or five, is not enough, says Dan Goldman.

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‘New’ principal for HRVHS

Meet the new principal: same as the old principal.

‘Voice of My Own’ enlivens words of women

Voices rise as 16 women stand and deliver in a new staged reading production at CAST March 14-15. “A Voice of My Own,” by Elinor Jones, happens Friday and Saturday at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Short monologues, scenes and songs illustrate the rich history of women writers (Lady Murasaki, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, George Sand, and more) finding their voices, making themselves heard, and the prices many of them paid.

‘Voice of My Own’ enlivens words of women writers

Voices rise as 16 women stand and deliver in a new staged reading production at CAST March 14-15.

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School District faces $800K in budget cuts

When Hood River County School District Board of Directors meets Wednesday, it will meet the new high school principal, and hear updates on the community-wide sports field analysis and the proposed changes in school bus runs and school starting times.

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Parking patrols are back on

The City of Hood River has hired a new community service officer and the highest- profile part of his job, parking meter patrols, resumed Tuesday.

Heights traffic

Look for relief by Friday on waterline installation work on the Heights that has resulted in two-way detours on one-way streets since Monday.

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Heights traffic switch takes effect Monday

The Heights detours will start Monday.

Doonesbury at 44: Don’t put a gate around Walden Pond, Garry

How will the sands of time treat Doonesbury?

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Former Tualatin manager brings city-county experience

City hires Steve Wheeler as city manager

Steve Wheeler will start work in early May as city manager of Hood River. Wheeler, 61, was hired Monday, Mayor Arthur Babitz announced.