The Porch, Dec. 23 edition

WELL SAID: “Why did I walk though crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me?” — Marley’s ghost, in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

‘For Christmas I want just everybody to be happy’

Letters to Santa collected by Chamber of Commerce at the Dec. 1 tree lighting event, courtesy of “Elf” Ashley May, Chamber Events Coordinator:

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Himalayan Dreams: Listening to a wild heart

In life, there’s the plan, and there’s what happens.

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YESTERYEARS: Overhead street lights brighten residential districts in 1957

Hood River’s new overhead street lighting system, now brightening the residential districts, was completed by Pacific Power & Light company a year ahead of schedule to give the city modern and efficient lighting.

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Roots and Branches: Wooly winter memories

‘Tis the season for Christmas programs, having already attended two Dance Academy Christmas programs, and, by the time this runs, three Mid Valley Elementary programs.

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Pick of the Week: Library hosts annual Winter Solstice party

Enjoy a family-friendly event celebrating the longest night of the year at the Hood River Library on Thursday, Dec. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Wy'east Middle School celebrates Kindness Matters

For the month of January, Wy’east Middle School in Odell will be celebrating “Action for Happiness — Kindness Matters.”

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Shop with a Cop

Officers, from left, are Juan Pulido, Brent Goe, Jeremy Cervantes, Isaac Miller, Erin Mason, Houston Webb, Sal Rivera, and Don Cheli.

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Winning wreath

The winning team from the Dec. 9 Parkhurst Place wreath contest was Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union. Their wreath, made of blue Christmas bulbs, is above; at right are other entries in the contest.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 20

New Year’s Eve Planner, more

Firefighters staged ‘real treat’ of a parade

Peggy Swyers of Eastside Road writes:

Special Olympics sends a ‘Shred Day’ thank you

Terri Cannon of Special Olympics writes:

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History Museum of Hood River County hosts open house Saturday

The History Museum of Hood River County hosts its Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 4 p.m.

Holiday Happenings, updated for Dec. 16 edition

Holiday happenings

How to help during the holidays

Wells Fargo bank branches throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington are helping out those in need by collecting donations of food and toys this month.