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The Porch for May 30

SEEN AND HEARD: elementary students checking seed starts in morning light before school … bird-spotted bench in front of downtown store … shop owner flipping cardboard coasters at friends in open car windows, then retrieving his misses … tomato starts leveled by the wind … blackberry blossoms already emerging … new businesses on the Heights gestating behind butcher paper in the windows …

Yesteryears: Duckwall, Al Groff Company roads get new names in 1955

Two county roads recently were renamed by the county court. Duckwall Road is now Wy’east Drive and is the county road between the state highway boarding the F.L. Moe property south of Tucker’s bridge to Duke’s Valley Road. It is routed by Wy’east High School. The second road formerly was the Al Groff Company Road and is now the Roy Webster Road. It extends from Dethman Ridge Road to Ehrch Road. The names were changed on May 11 and May 18.

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Mid-Columbia Celilo DAR makes donation of books, bags to Children’s Book Bank

The Mid-Columbia Celilo Daughters of the American Revolution chapter donated over 550 books for the Children’s Book Bank, a nonprofit located in Portland, which will distribute them in the Portland area to low income preschool and grade school children.

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Culture Fest

Community members taught origami, provided music, and showed aspects of their folklore during the first Gorge Culture Fest, May 21 at Columbia Gorge Community College.

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Travelogue: Finland

Border to Border ski: Finding solitude and friendship in a week’s Arctic Circle trek

The Rahalta Rajalle Hiihto is a classic (kick and glide) cross country ski event that crosses Finland from the Russian border to the Swedish border along the Arctic Circle.

Free admission for active military personnel, families at Discovery Center

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is proud to participate in the 2015 Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums offers free admission to museums for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend, May 23, through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

Friends of the Library used book sale May 28-30

Craving a few more books to read? Maybe, say, a whole bag of books for a dollar? Then you’re in luck. The upcoming Friends of the Library Used Book Sale is just what you’ve been waiting for.

Community Briefs: Day hike destination changes May 27

Plus: Original Courthouse program set May 30; ‘Emporium’ pops up at Butler Bank Bldg.; Roald Dahl Literary Challenge May 29

Mid-Columbia Ladies Chorus featured June 7

Mid-Columbia Community Choir Ladies Chorus will present a benefit concert on June 7, at 3 p.m. in the Grace Baptist Church sanctuary at 1280 W Jewett, White Salmon, Wash.

Entertainment Update for May 27

Ken DeRouchie Band w/ Tracy Klas at River City May 30; Dan Boller at The Pines; more

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Armed and chivalrous: Medieval tournament graces fairgrounds

Before a backdrop of modern houses and irrigated orchards, an ancient battle raged at the Hood River County fairgrounds last weekend.

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Get a Grip! May 26 Climbing Wall Rodeo welcomes beginners and experienced climbers

Gorge Grippers Climbing Team presents Climbing Wall Rodeo May 26 at the Hood River Middle School gym, locate at 1602 May Street.

Write on: schools offer contest

The Hood River Public Schools writing competition is on.

Try these two track events

Don’t run and hide.

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Sunset magazine names Hood River ‘Best Adventure Town’

Sunset Magazine has named Hood River Best Adventure Town in its 2015 travel awards.

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