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Keep fireworks legal, and safe

The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks.

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History links Mike’s (30 years) and Tum-A-Lum (110)

I was headed into my freshman year of high school when Mike’s Ice Cream opened in 1986. It was a big deal — there weren’t a lot of places where kids my age could hang out, and having something downtown, across from the library park (that sold ice cream! In waffle cones!) really opened up options for me and my friends. We’d meet, grab a cone, and catch up on what we’d been up to that summer.

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Christian ‘role models’: Horizon sends off 2016 graduates

Horizon Christian School sent off its Class of 2016 with a call to action: share your faith and wisdom with the world.

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Graduation 2016: HRV grads weather the storm to receive diplomas

It was rainy, it was windy, it was cold, but the weather Friday night at Henderson Community Stadium failed to dampen the spirits of the Hood River Valley High School students and their loved ones who gathered to watch the Class of 2016 graduate.

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Summer Fun: Summer events calendar, June to September

School’s soon out for summer, but this year one sample of summer fun is all about school: “Encyclopedia to Wikipedia” exhibit at History Museum of Hood River County, open daily.

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Travelogue: Greyhound

Towns and times: across the U.S. by bus — and back

"What — were the wagon trains all booked?" This was just one response I got when I told people I had returned from a cross-country Greyhound bus trip.

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Snapshots of Culture Fest

This year’s Culture Fest at Columbia Gorge Community College was indeed a Kaleidoscope of vibrant color, dance and community interaction.

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Going to the dogs: Hood River’s dog-friendly vibe doesn’t end at the office

It’s no secret that Hood River is a dog-friendly town — go literally anywhere and you’ll see dogs and their humans together.

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A ‘ridiculous’ kinship: CCA takes on sibling rivalries in comedy opening Friday

Nobody’s safe from mockery in Columbia Center for the Arts’ upcoming play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” which opens Friday.

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Hood River County Reads celebrates its 10th anniversary — 11 years in

‘Ten years of reading together’

Hood River County Reads celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and kicked off the 2016 season with book distribution of this year’s selection, “Martin Marten” by Brian Doyle, at the Hood River Library on sunny Sunday, April 17, with additional books at the Parkdale and Cascade Locks branches April 19.

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Travelogue: Cuba

HRVHS Spanish class part of historic ‘first wave’

A group of 26 unsettlingly sunburnt adults and teenagers from Oregon wandering through a Cuban city isn’t as inconspicuous as it sounds, especially if the entire assembly is constantly squinting at the sun as if confused by its presence.

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Mid-Columbia Lions Follies celebrates '40 Years of Magic'

The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies is celebrating 40 years of performances and presents“40 Years of Magic,” opening April 15 at the historic Hood River Middle School Auditorium. The show will feature selected songs, dances and skits from past shows in a variety format.

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In support of a superhero

Friends mobilize for Kyle McCarthy

When Mid Valley staff and students set out to help third grader Kyle McCarthy and family raise the $6,000 needed to get him a new ultra-light wheelchair, no one imagined they would do it — and then some — all in one day.

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A Basket Ball: The squishy rush at Jackson Park

Boots were as helpful as baskets Saturday at the egg hunt.

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Call him Parkdale’s ‘Mr. Betzing’

Principal for the Day might just be a cool new tradition at Parkdale Elementary School.