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Trisha Walker

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Mid Valley News: El Mercado ends season

El Mercado del Valle celebrated its last farmers market Sept. 20 with piñatas — some made by St. Francis House, others donated by local businesses — music and dancing.

Pregnancy, infant loss support group formed

Community invited to memorial walk on Oct. 3

Pregnancy and infant loss are hard subjects to share — and perhaps that’s why those who suffer these losses often feel unable to acknowledge their grief publicly.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

CAST tackles dark classic that taps ‘the pulse of truth or illusion’

What is truth, and what is an illusion?

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Colette Todorov finds rhythm in numbers, and in belly dancing

Colette Todorov likes numbers. And it’s a good thing she does, because her job as office manager for Green Home Construction involves a lot of them.

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HRV grad is new United Nations U.S. Youth Observer

The United Nations just got a little closer to home.

Embedding arts and music

HRMS receives major Community Foundation grant

What could a school achieve with a $280,000 arts grant over the next five years?

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Mary Gailley mixes home care and work behind the bar, with some motorcycling on the side

What does elderly and disabled in-home care have in common with bartending?

Mid Valley News: Busy weekend planned for Middle valley

Okay, Mid Valley—there’s a lot of stuff for the ol’ calendar this time around, so get your pencils ready.

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Crowd celebrates completion of park

Waterfront Park drew a large crowd Sept. 7 for Hood River Waterfront Park Association’s celebration of the newly completed two-tiered amphitheater, the last phase in the park’s development. Local bands Toy Gun Conspiracy and Cripple Hop performed in the first-ever organized concert at the amphitheater.

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Teacher of teens and alpinists, Lisa Rust tackles middle school, mountains

Lisa Rust started her 18th year at Hood River Middle School this past week, teaching literacy, social studies and climbing wall classes to seventh graders. She began at the school as a science teacher in 1997, and wouldn’t dream of teaching any other age group.

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The weather delivers: pear harvest looks plentiful

Pear harvest going well, countywide

The summer pear harvest is just finishing up, and overall, it looks very good.

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Mid Valley News: The story within a story at the Wy’east Fire District Memorial

There are times, when I go out on a story, I find another story I’d like to tell just as much. Sometimes I can work a paragraph or two into an existing article; sometimes I cannot.

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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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 Parent Services celebrates 25 years

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

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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?

Two Duckwall employees run Boston marathon

The Hood River Valley was represented in Boston April 21.

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.

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.

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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.

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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