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Asai, Sankari named Merit scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced Hood River Valley High School seniors Douglas Asai and Pico Sankari as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from the school and NMSC, which conducts the program has been presented to these scholastically talented seniors.

Hood River student wins scholarships

Lauren Gray, a 2013 graduate of Hood River Valley High School, has won two college scholarships while attending University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.

Elks select Skwarczynski, Walker as Sept. students of the month

Julia Skwarczynski and Abby Walker, two Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as this school year’s first Elks Students of the Month. Both were presented checks for $100 in recognition of their volunteer efforts and achievements at school during last week’s lodge meeting.

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Mid Valley move

Hood River Rotary completed a mascot relocation project at Mid Valley Elementary on Oct. 13.

Ecumenical Ministries hosts voter forums

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), an interfaith organization composed of representatives from area faith communities and churches, invites community members to attend voter forums in White Salmon and Hood River this month for political candidates.

Jan Virk resigns from School Board

Jan Veldhuisen Virk will depart from school board in February after 18 years.

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How to Be Happier

Does it feel like some people are just born happy? That’s because they are. But after hundreds of scientific studies on happiness, we now know that at least 40 percent of our happiness is in our own control. What’s more, it can be boosted by a few key habits.

‘What do we want from our leaders?’: Oregon Humanities leads discussion

Different people have different ideas about what they want and expect from leaders. Society’s understanding of what constitutes leadership is shaped by the behavior and appearance of the people we call “leaders.”

Minoru Yasui’s 100th birthday

Multiple events in Hood River on Oct. 18-19

In celebration of Minoru Yasui’s 100th birthday, Hood River Library, Columbia Center for the Arts and Gorge Owned Network will host events next week in Hood River.

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Helping Hands holds Oct. 12 candlelight vigil

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple ribbons in downtown Hood River serve as a reminder that one in four women will experience domestic violence.

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest starts service

Six new volunteers with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest began the 2016-2017 session this summer, living in Odell and working at various agencies in Hood River.

Soroptimist ‘Live Your Dream’: Applicants sought for cash awards

Soroptimist International of Hood River and Mt. Adams are looking for five Gorge area women who are heads of households to receive $1,500 Live Your Dream Awards to continue their education. Applications are now available at the White Salmon Library and the Hood River Library. The applications are due by Dec. 1.

Five Tips for Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month. Why not take a little time to be car care aware and make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency break-down later, says the Car Care Council.

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Mentors needed for BBBS and Mentors for Success

Calling all men in the Columbia Gorge! The Next Door is looking for 30 men in 30 days who are ready to say yes to mentoring!

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This month at MHTH: Dance classes at Mt. Hood Town Hall

When Amy Gray, Mt. Hood Town Hall manager, was approached by Gail Bacon, a professional Scottish dancer, about starting a class, Gray jumped at the chance to add a new course to the town hall’s flourishing schedule.