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Trisha Walker

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School year starts Tuesday

With the new school year comes new start times and bus schedules for Hood River County School District students.

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New Parent Services celebrates 25 years

The idea was simple: New parents do not always have a local family support network.

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In the ‘sweet spot’ for growing fruit, Anne and Bernie Lerch enjoy staying small but diverse

The Hood River Valley is well-known its wines and vines now, but it wasn’t that way when Anne and Bernard Lerch purchased Hood River Vineyards and Winery in 1992. In those days, there were just three wineries in the entire Columbia River Gorge, and only a handful of vineyards.

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New fire trucks dedicated at Wy’east District memorial

Two new fire trucks — one the traditional Odell yellow, the other the traditional Pine Grove red — were dedicated at the 12th annual Wy’east Fire District Memorial at the station in downtown Odell Sunday afternoon.

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A boss already at 17, Jenni Packer sees a future in agriculture

Jenni Packer, 17, will start her senior year at Hood River Valley High School in September. Like many of her peers, she plays sports (right now, it’s volleyball; in the spring, it will be softball) and is looking forward to “doing all the senior activities” in the coming year.

New start times, bus schedules at area schools

With the new school year comes new start times and bus schedules for Hood River County School District students.

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Gorge Fruit Growers’ Jean Godfrey has big heart for orchard industry

Jean Godfrey, executive director of Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers (CGFG), has a detailed job description with a simple purpose.

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The prolific, delicious blackberry

Thinking of a blackberry binge?

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Near Parkdale, Tannenbaums bring ‘Nature’s Finest’ to valley

Ronny and Ellen Tannenbaum have only been farming in the Hood River Valley for a couple of years, but their farm, Nature’s Finest, is quickly gaining a following.

Mid Valley News: Wy’east school library will be open Aug. 8, Aug. 21

El Mercado del Valle was closed July 26 because of the Hood River County Fair, but rest assured, it will be back Aug. 2 in the covered play area at Mid Valley Elementary. The market will have a new time — 3 to 7 p.m. — for the rest of the summer; the market ends Sept. 20.

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Fair Moments

One of the great things about the Fair is meeting up with friends you haven’t seen for a while.

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Counselor Sam Graham passes along her love of summer camp

“Sam! Sam! You’re seaweed!”

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Where to shop organic and vegan

The organic food movement isn’t new — Wikipedia claims it began in the early 1900s, before the First World War — but it is enjoying a surge in popularity. There are several organic markets in Hood River, two of which are Mothers Marketplace, located near downtown, and Rosauers’ Huckleberry’s, on the Heights.

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Urinetown: With grit, CAST show looks to the sky

It’s hard to describe Urinetown, the Musical.

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Noah Tauscher takes his passion for music on the road — to USC’s Grammy Camp

Hood River Valley High School senior Noah Tauscher, 17, is getting ready for the Grammys.

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Athlete Fiona Wylde, 17, travels the world for wind sports, but still feels grounded to Hood River

Seventeen-year-old Fiona Wylde grew up around water, so it’s probably not surprising she’s an elite water sport athlete.

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It’s fresh in Odell

Mercado del Valle gets strong turnout on first weekend

El Mercado del Valle opened for the summer season on Saturday, a fair-like array of produce, hot food and cold drinks, craft items and information booths — including Cover Oregon — under the Mid Valley Elementary covered play area.

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Erica Gerald loves helping guide wind and water sport store Second Wind to version 3.0

For Second Wind Sports co-owner Erica Gerald, one word sums up the entire Hood River windustry: Stoked.

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Romeo Robichaud battens down success by answering the phone and looking for wind

RBS Inc. — Robichaud Batten Systems — is flying under the radar, and that’s how owner Romeo Robichaud likes it.

Mid Valley News: Eighth-grader designs new El Mercado logo

El Mercado del Valle has a new logo, thanks to Wy’east Middle School eighth-grader Jairo Munoz.

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Bruce Peterson came for the wind, created his space, and ‘earns the lifestyle’

Ask founder Bruce Peterson to describe his business, Sailworks Inc., and he’ll tell you it’s just a cool little toy shop.

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2nd Wind settles into new location

Outdoor gear retailer expands offerings from updated locale

Second Wind Sports moved from its longtime location on Oak Street in April to its new store on the corner of Second and State streets — formerly The Pines Tasting Room — and things are going pretty well, says co-owner Pepi Gerald, even with the State Street construction project right outside the door.

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Hood River’s Community Supported Agriculture enterprises thrive as they connect farms and homes

Where can you get fresh, seasonal produce grown by local farmers delivered weekly?

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Toll Bridge park hosts take pride in caring for a world-class campground

The care and keeping of Toll Bridge Park and Campground, located in Parkdale, falls to two Jims.

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La Banda fills musical gap in community

Community Education’s new Hispanic music program is picking up tempo.

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The men who care for scenic Pine Grove Cemetery give extra attention at Memorial Day

There’s a lot of history in Pine Grove Butte Cemetery, and that’s something Sexton Randy Holmstrom likes best about the job.

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.

‘Disheartening’ reductions needed in new school budget

The Hood River County School Board passed the 2014-15 budget Tuesday, with no one from the sparse crowd choosing to speak when Budget Committee Chair Chip Dickinson opened the floor to public comment.

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Quick action saves prom event

Hood River Valley High School students made the best of a bad weather situation on Saturday when prom was moved from Timberline Lodge to the school’s cafeteria and commons areas.

Two Duckwall employees run Boston marathon

The Hood River Valley was represented in Boston April 21.

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‘Good Body’ and Soul

Compelling monologues examine women’s relationships with their bodies, in CAST play opening Thursday

If a woman is worried about body image, how can she be fully present?

Schools face yet another year of reductions

Hood River County School District is facing its ninth straight year of financial reductions.

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Dave Fults: At HRV, ‘Your kids will be taken care of’

Dave Fults has a dual perspective of Hood River Valley High School: He teaches government, advanced government and “economics as needed” to seniors, but he’s also a parent; three of his four boys have graduated from HRVHS (Ritchie, Seth and Eli), and his youngest (Sam) is a sophomore.

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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.

Mid Valley news: Mercado del Valle to open in June

It’s been long rumored that a farmers market was coming to Odell … sometime. This summer, the Gorge Grown Mercado del Valle (Valley Market) becomes a reality.

What’s new at Community Ed?

Hood River County is known for its abundance of outdoor athletic activities. But what about those of us who are afraid of water, heights, and flying projectiles?

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A Slice of Local Life: Peter Hardy fills many roles at Adventist School

If you’re looking for Peter Hardy, you can find him teaching middle school math at Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School four days a week.

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Cascade Locks teacher will retire after 38 years, but keep connections she loves

Laurie Wheeler finds teaching “a natural fit.”

Mid Valley News: Blossom Fest Craft and Quilt show coming soon

It’s Blossom Fest time! The Blossom Craft Show and Quilt Show takes place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds April 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A wide variety of Northwest vendors — at last count, 120 — will be on site, featuring art, crafts, garden art, home furnishings and decorations, photographs, gourmet food products, jewelry, clothing, plants and more.

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Preschool teacher Socci Galvez: ‘There is so much to learn with them.’

If someone could figure out a way to harness the enthusiasm in Socci Galvez’s preschool class, the energy crisis would be solved.

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A Slice of Local Life: Betty Dean thanks God for the ability to help others

Betty Dean has helped a lot of people in her time.

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A slice of local life: Dr. Allan Henderson keeps tending his roots

Dr. Allan Henderson has always liked horticulture — so much so that he purchased a 45-acre orchard on Belmont Drive in 1983 while practicing family medicine.

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World traveler Margaret Annala has deep Hood River roots

Margaret Annala has lived 98 years in this world, and she’s seen most of it

MID VALLEY NEWS: Mid Valley school holds Family Night March 13

Mid Valley Elementary School held its annual Art Week last week, and Family Night, showcasing student work, will be held at the school March 13; watch for information regarding times coming home with your child this week.

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Former mayor, fire chief ‘Willy’ Pattison: Living long and well

Bill Pattison — or Willy, as he’s generally known — has lived in Hood River all 85 of his years. But he wasn’t born here.

Mid Valley News: Art Nights coming to Wy’east, Mid Valley

Wy’east Middle School will host Art Night for the Family Feb. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. “Families are invited to join us as we offer different make ‘n’ take art projects they can experience together, making for a fun family night out,” says school representative Teri Adams. For more info, contact the school at 541-354-1548.

Pine Grove firefighters raise funds

The 50th Annual Pine Grove Rural Fire Department Auction takes place March 1 beginning at 9 a.m., and even with unfavorable weather conditions, the station has accumulated quite a collection of items to sell.

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Christina McGhee of Parkdale brings local thrust to a life in fitness

Christina McGhee has a lifetime of experience to share during her fitness classes at the historic Mount Hood Town Hall, located at 6575 Highway 35 in Mount Hood. The 10-year board member is one of three who teach morning, afternoon and evening classes that are catered toward the Mount Hood-Parkdale community, although everyone is welcome to attend.

Mid Valley News: Wy’east seeks volunteers for after-school programs

Odell Garden Club President Norma Curtis invites everyone “interested in gardening and having a great social group” to join. The club not only holds educational meetings and sponsors flower shows, but does a lot of volunteer work in the community as well. For more information, contact Curtis at 541-386-6635 or nlcurtis@hrecn.net.

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