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Vaca, Bricker are December Elks Students of the Month

Adrianna Vaca and Elizabeth Bricker, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as Elks December Students of the Month. Both were presented checks for $100 in recognition of their volunteer efforts in the community and their achievements at school during a Lodge meeting.

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Celebrating ‘Tinsel & Tails,’ a benefit for Adopt-A-Dog

Twilight, the chill of winter air, and the promise of holiday music welcomed people and their dogs to the fifth annual Hood River Adopt a Dog “Tinsel & Tails” festivities on Dec. 29, at Riverside Church, writes Sarah Segal.

‘Thank you for your support’

Dan Pratt, board president of the Mosier Valley Senior Center, writes: “The Board of Directors of the Mosier Senior Center would like to thank all the people who so generously responded to our appeal for funding so that we could remain open."

County targets affordable housing with construction tax

Hood River County Board of Commissioners last week asked staff to write up an ordinance creating a new construction tax devoted to funding affordable housing programs.

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One Community Health dentist Kevin Prates honored with Leadership Citation

Kevin Prates, DDS, was recently honored with the Oregon Dental Association’s Presidential Leadership Citation for 2016, announced his employer, One Community Health (OCH).

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Fermentation 101: new course toasts brewers of all stripes

The Columbia Gorge is now home to an estimated 45 wineries, 14 breweries, 13 cideries, two distilleries, and one of the world’s largest yeast laboratories — not counting dozens, probably hundreds, of home brewers.

Elks honor Mooney, Graves as Students of the Month for Nov.

Madison Mooney and Morgan Graves, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as the November Students of the Month. Both were presented checks for $100 in recognition of their volunteer efforts in the community and their achievements at school during a Lodge Meeting.

What’s closed For New Year’s?

List of closures for New Year's Day and Jan. 2, a federal holiday.

Bid on unique art benefit by Dec. 31

The community has three days to bid on a painting for a unique non-profit benefit that is itself a unique piece of artwork.

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Winning Windows 2016

Lucy Gorman, owner of Lucy’s Flowers on Oak Street, stands in front of her winning storefront display

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UP Railroad agrees to changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network.

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‘Well done is better than well said’: A church readerboard year

This was the year that a readerboard stirred up some controversy.

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Goodies to Go

Bonnie Taylor, left, talks with volunteer Darlene Daggett as she picks up her orders of holiday breads and cookies from the Fresh Start Culinary Program.

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PARCEL-EBRATIONS

Patrons line up, and a U.S. Postal Service employee works the window for parcel pickups, Tuesday at the Hood River Post Office.

‘12 Columns of Christmas’ available at Hood River News

The editorial on A4 continues a long tradition of Christmas editorials in Hood River News. A few years ago, we compiled a dozen into “12 Columns of Christmas,” along with information on supporting Hood River Warming Shelter and other programs for the disadvantaged in Hood River County and the Gorge.