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Staying strong can mean many things — physically, psychologically, emotionally strong. We’ve heard from the experts that exercise is one of the important ways we can maintain fitness, health and vitality. But finding the right program that fits our lifestyle and abilities as we age can be ve…

OSU Hood River County Extension Central Gorge Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who are available to research and offer suggestions for your home gardening questions. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Hood River County Master Gardener plant clinics will be held virtually, April thr…

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The North Wasco County Education Foundation has launched a new Spring Pledge Drive, with a goal of raising $10,000 to bolster their programs that support the North Wasco County School District #21. As we all know, this past school year has been incredibly difficult for students, teachers, pa…

Have you traveled less during the pandemic? My wife and I had until we were vaccinated, and felt safe enough to drive to Seaside to spend a night at the coast and walk along the too cold and windy beach. It was the first time we had driven past Hood River in 14 months!

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Oregon State University Extension Service, in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank, is offering a free, five-week Seed to Supper program beginning April 5. Classes will be held via Zoom and include a private Facebook group. Participants will receive a free gardening book, seeds and other re…

First Book Hood River County recently received a total $6,145 in grant money, which in turn was awarded through four literacy grants to Gorge-area programs.

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Books got mobile at Horizon Christian School in Hood River March 5 ... well, book characters at least. The school celebrated Literacy Week with a variety of events, culminating in a book character parade in the Heights neighborhood. Students chose a favorite book and created inventive costum…

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Round Room LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Retailer, has announced that all 526 of its TCC stores donated “appreciation boxes” to more than 500 schools across the U.S., including Chenowith Elementary School in The Dalles and Mosier Community School in Mosier.

Sense of Place Lectures, a program of Mt. Adams Institute, has announced a Request for Proposals for its 12th season, which will run during the fall/winter, 2021-2022.

Hood River’s Sophie Caldwell, a junior at Oregon State University and the daughter of Hood River restaurant owners Shawna and Mike Caldwell, recently earned a $5,000 cash award from Women for Women During COVID (WWDC), with help from Soroptimist International of Hood River. She is one of thr…

A contingent of about 60 people, including Hood River County School District teachers and supporters, gather Wednesdays at 4 p.m. at Overlook Memorial Park to present their case to the public over negotiations for a Hood River Education Association contract, which expired a year ago. The dis…

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After a three-month hiatus due to the pandemic safety precautions, Hood River Valley High School Leos students and their Hood River Lions adult helpers are back for first-Saturday monthly can and bottle collection at Rosauers on Hood River’s Heights. On March 6, the first collection day sinc…

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At the last three tournaments — Singletary Invitational, University of Oregon Invitational, and Logan Will Invitational — Hood River Valley High School’s speech and debate team continued to do well, said adviser Ann McDonald.

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Columbia High School senior Jacob Lockman has been named a 2021 National Scholar by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. Lockman will receive a $25,000 scholarship.

Book Character Parade marked the end of Literacy week, March 1-5, for the elementary grades at Horizon Christian School in Hood River, which is holding fully in-person learning. Students and staff dress as their favorite book character and carry that book with them during the parade.

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Colorful arrows and bright blue dots — hundreds of them — welcomed students back this week to Parkdale Elementary School, a place most students have not seen for a year.

In the first regular board meeting since the White Salmon Valley School District’s reopening process, Superintendent Jerry Lewis updated the board on the progress of the multiple bond projects nearing completion, and administrators gave reports to the board on how each school is handling the…

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Yup, that’s right — free seeds for your garden! If you haven’t heard about the 2021 "Grow This: OR Garden Challenge," well, pull up a chair and let me share. This is an annual challenge, which started March 1, promoted by Oregon State University in conjunction with Oregon Supplemental Nutrit…

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Phil Williams, currently vice principal at The Dalles High School, will be stepping in as the principal at Chenowith Elementary for the remainder of this school year following the immediate resignation of Monica Darnall, who had planned to leave at the end of the year, according to a press r…

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Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. for a free, live webinar exploring eagle winter migration, behavior, and biology; the history of the Gorge Eagle Watch program; local efforts to protect migrant and resident eagle populations; and viewing opportunities f…

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Many know OF the garden, but most don’t know ABOUT the garden. Let me start at the very beginning ... there were once two Hood River churches, Asbury United Methodist Church and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, that decided to join forces to become Spirit of Grace Church. Located at 1140 Tucker…

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Starting Feb. 1, the Hood River County Library District is going fine free for all patrons. “Fine free” means that patrons will not be fined daily for overdue materials. This change is a part of an institutional movement from libraries nationwide, guided by the recommendations of the America…

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Hood River County School Board will not act on a change to in-person learning prior to its Jan. 27 meeting. New state metrics, statistics on COVID-19 positivity cases, were scheduled to be issued Jan. 19.

The Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate competed Jan9-10, virtually, at the Hap Hingston Forensic Invitational at Pacific University. For the Sweepstakes (teams with most points), HRVHS took second place. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Sadie Smith took gold; Mel Glatter, Jacob Kaplan…

White Salmon — Children in the White Salmon Valley School District’s after-school program, A-List Adventures, received coats, sweaters and hats this fall and winter, thanks to a number of community donations.

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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