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Reverent Remodel: Asbury’s new owner respects, yet transforms, the former church

A well-preserved felt banner, reading “Asbury, Hood River,” lies folded on the floor of what was once a Sunday school room of the 100-year-old Methodist Church, left behind 15 months ago when the church closed its doors.

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Chasing the dream

Hood River’s Richard Hallman soul searches during journey to photograph world’s biggest waves

If you’ve lived in Hood River long enough, chances are you’ve seen Richard Hallman’s photography somewhere and thought to yourself, “What a lucky punk.”

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Tutu Trot turnout ‘humbling’

Fundraiser run draws nearly 400, raises $10k for Lila May

There’s something oddly heartwarming about watching a crowd of grown men prance around in pink tutus. In many cases entire families, dogs included, waited patiently, and proudly, for the start of Saturday’s Lila May Tutu Trot, wreathed in flamboyancy usually reserved for 6-and-under ballerinas or Halloween costumes.

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‘Good Body’ and Soul

Compelling monologues examine women’s relationships with their bodies, in CAST play opening Thursday

If a woman is worried about body image, how can she be fully present?

Art Notes

Rachel Harvey holds open studio; ‘Eclectic’ bicycle photo exhibit; Poster contest deadline is May 15

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Nutrition Within Reach: Mealtime in the Schools

In school cafeterias, it’s food for thought

You could say the classrooms move each weekday to the warm, aromatic basement of Parkdale Elementary School, starting at about 11 a.m. Kitchen staff are there to help with the learning.

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Blossom festivities reflect Hood River’s small-town goodness

We Eat Well — "You can't find gooseberry pie anywhere, but we get it here every year," said Longview's Harry Blair, who ate at the Parkdale Grange Blossom Dinner with his wife, Dorothy, and his brother, Terry, and his wife, Suzie.

Kaleidescope: Firefighters gain in-house knowledge, as structure is torched in west Hood River neighborhood

A rare practice burn in a Hood River residential neighborhood recently gave firefighters from several Hood River County agencies the chance to practice hose handling techniques and other interior and exterior strategies for suppressing a house fire.

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Wy’east students weave images of cultures that combine for community

Even days after the unveiling, students at Wy’east are still stopping to admire the intricate pieces of artwork, staring and studying until they suddenly realize they are late to class.

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Art Notes: Celebrating works large and small

‘Collective Voices’ at CCA; Essley in ‘The Nook’At CCA; ‘Best of the Gorge’ artist call issued; more

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Mid-Columbia Lions Follies goes Broadway, starting this weekend

‘Mayhem at the Madison’

The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies will be presenting “Mayhem at the Madison” as its 38th annual show starting Thursday.

From Madison to Manila: A ’20s Filipino music icon rediscovered

I never met my maternal grandfather. He died before I was born, an ocean away.

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Meeting Elvis by rail: A dream-come-true for a trainman’s daughter

“I had a blast!” said Dorothy Phelps, resident of Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community, of her recent Senior Wish activity

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Traveling to a changing Cuba

First-time visitors feel enlightened, not estranged

I have been fascinated with Cuba all my adult life. In 1959, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara led a small group of young men and women into Havana, Cuba, and took over the government of Fulgencio Batista. In 1959 Dick Schmuck and I were married. Finally, 55 years later, we visited Cuba.