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A total of 102 cyclists representing May Street Elementary School, most of them kids, took to Hood River neighborhoods Oct. 9 for a mid-day “Bike Trains” ride. 

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There is something decidedly welcoming and comforting about houseplants, which is what I seek during trying times — and these are trying times. The old standards, philodendron and spider plants, are still around (and I believe those macramé hangers are making a comeback), but there are so ma…

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Four missionaries from Church of Latter Day Saints set up a table in front of Hood River Stationers last week offering blank cards and pens for people to write notes of support to firefighters. Sisters Aurora Sperry, left, Raquel Grimaldo, Hailey Smith, Chloe Welch are assigned to service in…

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Donated books and bags of Lego toys are going out to Hood River County children in a partnership between Hood River Library District and Library Foundation and Hood River County School District.

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Willow Bill hadn’t always been a “water guy,” but now at the age of 51, he is making his second trip down the Snake and Columbia rivers to the Pacific ocean and back in a handmade canoe, recreating the final stretch of Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition of 1804-1806.

Women who have primary financial responsibility for themselves and their  dependents and have financial need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards for Women. Applications are available online at bit.ly/LYDA-apply …

Every year in October I have written about Gorge Happiness Month and with all that is happening, it may be more important than ever. Because of the many challenges we face — unable to visit friends or participate in favorite activities, worried about leaving the house — you may find happines…

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Four winning photos were selected in Columbia Gorge News’ Halloween Photo Contest. Each winner will receive gift certificates to Pietros Pizza. 

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Dewey Thomas, a long-time resident of Wasco and now living in The Dalles, is celebrating his 106th birthday Wednesday, Nov. 3, and the event will be celebrated with a “Birthday Card Party.”

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On a stormy Saturday, the annual “Shred Day” for Special Olympics made $2,321 “in spite of the rain,” said Geri Murray, who started the annual event about 10 years ago.

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Dickey Farms, 511 W. Steuben St., Bingen, hosts a family-friendly “Mini Harvest Fest” Oct. 24-25. Every child is invited and Halloween costumes are encouraged, said a press release. The event will include apples, cider, candy, pumpkins, corn on the cob, tamales, pizza, hot chocolate and more…

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The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) has received approval from Food and Nutrition Services to disburse increased food benefits in October.

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You may remember this Emo Philips quote that I’ve shared before. “I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.”

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It really does take a whole village — and because kindness knows no boundaries, the devastating wildfires are proof of the Northwest’s enduring spirit of generosity.

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Fill Your Pantry is back for its sixth year on Nov. 8, with far less of the face-to-face communal aspect to the fall tradition, but with just as much of the bounty.

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A modified Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair took place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds this past weekend, Oct. 16-17, with some COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Painters-tape arrows on the floor guided shoppers on a one-way route through each fair building, hand sanitizer stations were p…

Fall has arrived beautifully and I’m sure you are all enjoyed the warm sunny days before the rains came as much as we did at our house. Now is the time when cattle are being moved home from summer pastures and there may be cattle drives on the highways from time to time. Please use caution w…

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I don’t know about you, but the idea of fall house cleaning is not high on my bucket list. Now, don’t get me wrong, I clean house … on occasion, but it’s my garden that requires my attention now. The dust bunnies can wait!

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John and Joyce LaFollette celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 24. 

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The “Columbia River Indian’s Giveaway” event happens Oct. 24 at Discovery Center in The Dalles. The socially-distanced event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles.

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It has become an annual ritual: My Medicare Wellness Visit with my primary care provider. It gives us a chance to update my prevention plan by reviewing my health status and identifying any risk factors — and most importantly a chance for me to grumble about how my body isn’t behaving as it should!

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Now in its 11th season, the popular lecture series will be live-streamed and video archived Trout Lake, Wash. (October 9, 2020) — Mt. Adams Institute has announced the line-up for the annual Sense of Place Lecture Series. Now in its 11th season, the series will feature virtual lectures rathe…

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Hood River — Plan now to shop at the annual Pre-Christmas Sale at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Our Klickitat (OK) is reaching out to present a training opportunity through the Washington prevention summit, the training will be held virtually on Nov. 3-4. This training would be beneficial to any youth, volunteers and professionals who are working towards the prevention of substance abu…

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Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week, Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Counc…

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Julie and Harley Newland of 419 E. 10th St. are the winners of the October 2020 Beautification Award from The Dalles Beautification Committee and Columbia Gorge Realty. The sign will stay in the Newlands’ yard through the end of October, at which time it’ll move on to November’s winner. Afte…

Bethel UCC in White Salmon invites the community to a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. This will be an outdoor service led by Pastor Laura Robinson, pictured at right with two friends. Four-footed friends must be on leash and feathered or finned friends contained. The Bet…

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