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Trisha Walker

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Jeff McCaw and Boy Scout Troop 282 help bring Christmas cheer to families in need

Leadership. Responsibility. Generosity. Thrift.

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Adult Center looks to future

Orion Wattenberg Trust will provide Meals on Wheels assistance, but more help is needed

Hood River Valley Adult Center Director Collice Martens-Sinclair has good news: The center’s 501c3 non-profit tax status, lost in 2010 due to a “series of unfortunate events,” has been retroactively reinstated.

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Rev. Maggie Sebastian, Emergency Voucher Program coordinator, lives ordination vows through service

Emergency Voucher Program coordinator Rev. Maggie Sebastian hit the ground running when she became the Clinical Chaplin at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital almost 3 years ago.

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A golden anniversary

Charlotte Arnold celebrates 50 years teaching tap in Hood River

“ONE and TWO and THREE and FOUR!”

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Gale Arnold blends food and education at Odell FISH Food Bank location

The FISH Food Bank in Odell has opened many doors for the people of the community — and not just in the area of food assistance.

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Jesuit Corps hits ground running

Six volunteers are helping in the community while embracing simple living

At the beginning of August, the Mid Valley became home to six young women with hearts for service and social justice.

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Rodrigo Silva brings orchard foreman experience to the gift box line

Rodrigo Silva — or Rigo, as he’s also called — really knows pears. He also really knows gift boxes.

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Emmy Thomson brings fun family traditions to Cascade Locks

When Emmy Thomson and daughters Taylor, 16, Timber, 12, and Treasur, 4, moved to Cascade Locks from North Carolina three years ago, they brought with them cherished family traditions.

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Canine Can-Do: Adopt A Dog takes on pooch influx, seeks public’s help

A chance meeting this summer at Starbucks, between Hood River Adopt A Dog shelter coordinator Janette Skarda and Jan and Tom Short of Wenatchee, Wash., lead to a recent influx of five dogs at the Hukari Animal Shelter, located in Odell.

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Jimmy Guthrie is truly working on the railroad, and he loves it all the live long day

There isn’t a job on the Mt. Hood Railroad that Jimmy Guthrie hasn’t done, whether that’s working on the track or running the trains.

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Family scrapbook offers detailed account of Hood River County’s World War II sacrifices through news clippings

In August 1944, Grace Paasch, lifelong Pine Grove resident, started a scrapbook that would span the course of World War II.

Strike a pose: Gala Fashion Show Nov. 7

The Hood River County Christmas Project held its biggest fundraiser of the season Nov. 7 with its Gala Fashion Show, held at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room.

Expanded Operation Christmas Child program gets going

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is up and running for 2014, with more businesses and individuals than ever interested in filling one (or more) of the program’s green and red shoeboxes for a child in need in one of 130 countries under the umbrella of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization chaired by Franklin Graham

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For Celia Smith, cutting hair ‘doesn’t feel like coming to work’

When Celia Smith started out as a beautician 28 years ago, it wasn’t in the iconic A-frame near the fire station in downtown Odell where she’s worked more than two decades.

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Katrina McAlexander feels honored to keep Parkdale’s Mt. View Farm in the family

Parkdale resident Katrina McAlexander — or Trina, as she is commonly known — is in the process of purchasing Mt. View Orchards, and she couldn’t be happier.

Expanded Operation Christmas Child fills boxes for kids in need

Halloween hasn’t even come and gone yet, but Diana Tomson is already thinking about Christmas.

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HRVHS grad Alonso Magana’s photographs blur lines between reality and fantasy

Alonso Magana, 18, is a freshman at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) in Portland, majoring in photography. An Odell native, Magana has always been interested in art — he just didn’t think he was any good at it.

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Legacy in Glass: Entryway mosaic presents students’ many pursuits

The entryway at Wy’east Middle School is much more colorful these days, thanks to a SPROUTS Club stained glass project held after school last year.

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Potter James Diem combines clay and family to create functional works of art

For those of us lucky enough to call Hood River home, there’s a good chance you’ve seen local potter James Diem’s ceramics displayed around town and at local art fairs — like the upcoming Hood River Valley Harvest Fest this weekend at the Waterfront.

Mid Valley News: Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair this weekend

St. Francis House held its annual pet blessing ceremony Oct. 10 at the youth center in Odell. Dogs, one very brave cat, and even a chicken came with their humans for a special blessing by Fr. Ron Maag, pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River.

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Heads held high in Haiti: Charla Banks returns to troubled Caribbean nation on teaching, volunteering mission

Charla Banks visited Haiti for the first time two years ago as a graduate student at Loma Linda University — and is planning her third trip later this month.

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First ‘Walk to Remember’ brings hope and healing

Parents and families gathered at Georgiana Smith Park early Friday evening for the first ever Walk to Remember, in honor of National Awareness Month for Pregnancy and Infant Loss.

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Mark Nilsson finds distinctive style in mixing it up, credits community with success

Taking a tour of Hood River is like taking a tour of Mark Nilsson’s artwork. And after 20 years in town, he’s created quite a bit of it.

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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?

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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