Gorge residents are invited to participate in a celebration of the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — virtually — on Monday, Jan. 18. The theme of this year’s celebration, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), is a paraphrased quote by Dr. King: “We are tied…

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This Christmas Present certainly looks different, doesn’t it? We are learning to manage without the Christmas parties, large family Christmas dinners and for many the friendly exchanges and warm embraces after the Christmas Eve church service.

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When Dr. Lynn Orr was interviewed by Hood River News in October 2015, shortly after arriving in her new job as director of The History Museum of Hood River County, she said, “I’ve always been captivated by the physical presence of objects and the stories they tell ... the time they were made…

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The annual Hood River County Christmas Lighted Truck Parade will take place Dec. 7 in the Odell area, Dec. 8 in Parkdale and Dee, in Hood River on Dec. 9, and new this year, in Cascade Locks on Dec. 10, all from 6-9 p.m.

Prestige Care invites Hood River community members to send positive notes, warm wishes and fun artwork to its residents at the Hood River Care Center. 

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Judge Paul Crowley of Hood River, who served Gorge communities for more than 22 years as an Oregon District and Circuit Court judge before retiring in 2014, has been awarded the Oregon Senior Judge of the Year award by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. 

The Gratitude University community project is about to publish an on-line book honoring essential and frontline workers and “unsung heroes,”  and submissions are needed this week, “expressing your gratitude for them and their work,” said GU founder Sara Rose Donahue of Parkdale.

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Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys — to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions, according to a pres…

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On Nov. 11, the United States of America takes time to say thank you to the men and women who have served this country in military uniform.

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Among the countless cancellations wrought by the pandemic this year was the annual United Way of the Columbia Gorge fall gala, which is normally one of the organization’s primary fundraisers. Other United Way fundraising events also have been canceled including the annual holiday benefit concert.

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Registrations for the 2020 Hood River County Christmas Project started Nov. 1 and continue through Dec. 7. The program provides assistance with food and children’s gifts for families in need, during the Christmas holiday and benefits Hood River County families that currently meet State of Or…

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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.

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 …

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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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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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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…

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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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Understanding Medicare is not a walk in the park. It’s more like crawling through a dark cave: Disorienting and challenging. And every year during Medicare Open Enrollment from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, you get to explore that cave again!

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PARKDALE — The Mt. Hood Town Hall, the Upper Hood River Valley’s community center, is slowly opening again under the state COVID-19 guidelines. The annual spring event to raise funds to restore, maintain and operate the Town Hall had to be canceled. Town Hall volunteers hope a new donation c…

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