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THE DALLES — Mid-Columbia Senior Center hosted their 2021 Wasco County Ageless Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

The Ageless Awards honor volunteers 75 and older for their contribution to their community. Each year, there are four awards given out. This year, the winners were Sherry Munro, Duane and Sue Powell, Darrell France, and Mary Davis and the Fort Dalles Floozies.

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As a photojournalist at The Dalles Chronicle for many years, I’ve photographed a lot of theater, much of it in our local schools.

I’ve long been impressed by the professionalism I’ve found in the area, like the vast majority of productions undertaken by The Dalles High School’s drama department over the years under the direction and guidance of Lowry Browning. And in the past few years, Leslie Sullivan has revived theater at The Dalles Middle School with impressive results.

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The Civic Auditorium Historic Preservation Committee has hired Elizabeth Wallis as the new program manager for the Civic. Wallis replaces Trish Neal who served in that position for about a year, at the time Neal and Sherry Munro, the board secretary, took over management of the Civic.

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The Dalles will be “volunteer central” next Saturday, July 16, with a unique local event: the inaugural Community Volunteer Fair at the Civic Auditorium. The concept behind the volunteer fair is to match those interested in honing their job skills with agencies and organizations that need volunteers to help run their operations more efficiently. It’s also a great way for someone to learn more about an organization they may later want to go to work for.

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When The Dalles Civic Auditorium was built back in 1921, it was meant as a community center for the benefit of all The Dalles residents, and when a group of volunteers banded together more than 20 years ago to preserve the building, they had the same thing in mind — and its supporters hope citizens recognize that and sign on as supportive members of the organization.