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The Ale List: Pfriem launches first bottles

pFriem Family Brewing held a party April 2 to launch its first bottles since opening in 2012. pFriem now sells 23 beers in annual, seasonal, limited and barrel-aged varieties. The Classic series is offered in a capped 500ml German-style bottle while the Select line and barrel-aged beers are being packaged in a corked and hooded 375ml bottle.

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Pet of the Week: Andre is polite, sweet dog looking for a new home

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Andre as the program’s adoptable pet of the week:

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County curbs Logsdon brewery barn expansion

The Hood River County Planning Commission voted at a hearing Wednesday to limit Logsdon Farmhouse Ales’ public expansions. The commission plans to bar the rural Odell area brewery from expanding its barn facility and conducting public tours and beer tastings.

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Look beyond ‘easy solutions’ on climate says former White House staffer

In Wednesday talk, former Federal official says ‘what’s really needed is carbon pricing’

A crowd of about 60 gathered at Springhouse Cellars to hear former White House staffer Dr. Johannes Loschnigg speak about climate change, common misconceptions and steps residents can take to brace themselves for the global shift.

Local committee to develop four year plan for improving dental health of children

A committee of community members will be meeting over the next six months to create a four year plan to improve children’s dental health in Hood River and Wasco counties.

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HRVHS robotics student gives back to community

“I love giving back to the community” is Lucas Gilbert’s response to Hood River Valley High School Robotics newest project.

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Artist Robin Panzer employs ancient ‘new’ medium

Hood River’s Robin Panzer is a Chigiri-e artist — an ancient Japanese art form (Heian period, 794-1185) that uses layers of hand torn colored paper to create images that, when completed, resemble a textured painting. Although it’s an old technique, she unknowingly stumbled upon it in 2011.

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Blue Ribbon Campaign raises awareness

The Blue Ribbon Campaign, started in 1989 as a grandmother’s tribute to her grandson, who had died as the result of child abuse, came to downtown Hood River on April 4.

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Baby blanket drive supports hospital’s perinatal loss program

Cameron Teems, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, is organizing a special collection of baby blankets April 13-17.

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises funds, awareness

Big bowlers, Little bowlers and bowlers in between made a difference at Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2015 on Saturday, March 14. The event grossed more than $55,000, almost half of the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual budget.

Soroptimist accepts ‘Woman of Distinction’ nominations

Soroptimist International of Hood River invites individuals and organizations to honor a woman in their midst whose professional or volunteer work has made a distinctive difference in the life of Hood River County or in the lives of women and girls. Nominations for the service club’s annual “Women of Distinction” award are being accepted until Thursday, April 30th.

ODOT holds on-line open house on pedestrian and bicycling route inventory

ODOT has launched a virtual open house to enlist public help in preparing an inventory of “active transportation” (walking and biking) needs on ODOT highways in the Portland area. The virtual open house can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ATNI and will be accepting public comments until April 19.

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Port plans to close on Lower Hanel land buy

The Port of Hood River is taking final steps to close on the purchase of a 9-acre property in Odell, the former lower Hanel Mill site. The vacant lot could become a valuable property for the Port as early as July.

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Blossom Time: Cider Fest, Studio Tour and more

Blossom Time bubbles up this weekend with the kickoff event, the second annual Hard Pressed Cider Fest, at Mt. Defiance Fruit on Stadelman Drive in Odell, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.