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SERENDIPITY, and the many names that make local history interesting

What do the building that houses Shortt Supply, Reed College, Cats, the corner of 9th and State Street, and Eliot Drive all have in common?

Are you crazy? Part I

My first significant exposure to the “criminally insane” came many years ago when I was a physician assistant student in Baltimore, Maryland.

Yesteryears: Butler Bank Co. celebrates 25 years of serving Hood River in 1925

Tomorrow, April 4, the Butler Banking Co. will celebrate its 25th birthday. Established 25 years ago, when Hood River was just a village, and when apple growing in the valley was still in its infancy, the Butler Bank has taken a prominent part in the growth of this section during the past quarter century. The quarters of the Butler Bank, completed last year, rank very high among the various bank buildings of the state.

PET OF THE WEEK: Howdy loves people, attention … and bacon

Howdy is about a year old, and probably a Cattle dog mix, and 40 pounds.

Curves comes through

The clients at Curves gave a boost to FISH food bank last month.

Church News: Holy Week services and other local church events

Updated for April 1

Riverside Church; Valley Worship Center; Valley Christian; Easter egg hunt planned; Bible classes offered

Child Advocacy Center gains three-year grant

The Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center (CGCAC) has been awarded a 3 year grant from the Ford Family Foundation to fund child abuse prevention training.

Forum highlights solar issues

A community meeting Friday will highlight solar Issues in Oregon. Environmental advocates, businesses, representatives are expected to gather for the5 p.m. event at the Hood River Community Library meeting room, 502 State St, Hood River.

‘Strengthening Families’ returns

Strengthening Families Program, offered by the Hood River Alliance Church on Rand Road, starts April 9.

Animal control officer wins national dog trainer title

You wouldn’t guess that Casey DePriest, Hood River County animal control officer, is also an expert of the softer side of animal relationships. Her true passion is dog shows, a calling for which she is nationally ranked.

Sheriff Log, March 23 to March 29

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.

Police Log, March 23 to 29

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.

Earth Day celebrations highlight businesses, community leaders and clean-up projects

To celebrate Earth Day, many different groups have come together to organize events around the Gorge.

ODOT announces long-term repairs on Highway 26

Look for delays in areas west of Government Camp

Construction will delay travelers over Mt. Hood on U.S. 26 with congestion, one hour road closures, 20-minute traffic stops and increased truck traffic west of Government Camp. This project will take place April through October in 2015 and 2016.

Folklorist Nancy Nusz seeking Gorge traditions, stories

The Oregon Folklife Network is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded it funding to document cultural traditions in the Columbia River Gorge. Folklorist Nancy J. Nusz will be working in Hood River, Wasco, Jefferson, Sherman and Gilliam counties with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs during March and April 2015.

Fire incident conference meets in Vancouver

Agencies from region look at 2015 fire season

The 2015 Northwest Incident Management Team Review Conference will be held in Vancouver on April 7 – 10 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

Saddle Club fundraiser April 17

The Hood River Saddle Club will host their annual spaghetti feed fundraiser on April 17, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. The menu features all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert.

Letters to the Editor for April 1

Teacher’s thoughts; Family opportunity; Supports SB612

‘Back to School’: Make your voice, or presence, known

Overheard: “This time of year you can’t get them to do anything.” That was one high school teacher to another, Monday morning as students returned to class following Spring Break.

ANOTHER VOICE: Tips for living in a small town

I have lived in Hood River for almost 11 years, and this is the first place I’ve ever loved. Coming from Seattle, I had to learn a few things to settle into the community. If you’re new to small town life, this advice is for you.