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Fun, or learning, or both: A week full of local events and activities

Looking for something to do this weekend — and beyond? This list offers a variety of options, from music and stories to gardening and after school activities.

Roots and Branches: There is no masking care

Farming is an honorable profession that can be immensely rewarding on one hand or exceedingly costly on the other, depending on often uncontrollable factors. I am reminded of the decades-old television commercial where the smirking actress says, “It’s not right to fool with Mother Nature.” Either we are getting our comeuppance for fooling with Mother Nature as of late, or she is fooling with us.

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YESTERYEARS: Odell Sanitation District opens bids for new plant in 1967

Days of the septic tank in Odell are numbered. Directors of the Odell Sanitation District have marked October 9 on the calendar as the bid opening date on $342,000 in the sewer construction bonds.

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Wy’east class of ’67 celebrates 50-year reunion

The Wy’east High School Class of 1967 held a 50-year reunion Aug. 18-19. Former teachers Joan Fowler, Roy Nellermoe and Mary Neville attended. On Friday, 62 gathered at the private campground of Mike and Sue Faulkender in Parkdale.

Thanks, Firefighters

Words of thanks around the valley

Entertainment Update for Sept. 20 edition

Lesley & Kerry at White Buffalo; Steve Hale at The Pines; more

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‘Conoce Tu Columbia’ launch party Sept. 19

Join Columbia Riverkeeper for the launch of its new Radio Tierra broadcast, “Conoce Tu Columbia / Know Your Columbia,” on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Lake Taco, 1213 June St., Hood River. Free tacos for the first 20 people.

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Thanks, Firefighters

Signs thanking firefighters and first responders are cropping up all over the valley on church buildings, storefronts and yards.

Cascade Observations: Our dynamic ‘Dreamers’

DACA is an angry-sounding acronym that could be the name of a Cold War undercover spy operation.

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YESTERYEARS: Hood River County celebrates Constitution’s bicentennial in 1987

The time arrives today to start an observance that has been two centuries in the making.

Green Drinks Sept. 13 at Town Hall

The next Gorge Owned Green Drinks event is Sept. 13,from 5:30-7 p.m. at Mt. Hood Town Hall.

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Three Flags and a pit stop

Back on Sept. 1, when Gorge smoke was more of a bothersome haze than a choking blanket, approximately 300 motorcyclists passed through Hood River en route to Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

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YESTERYEARS: Bill Walton surprises Cross Channel Swim organizers in 1977

Just under 140 swimmers paddled across the Columbia River Monday during Hood River’s annual Labor Day swim, but most of the attention focused on just one surprise entrant. Nobody was more surprised than Chamber of Commerce Manager Tina O’Banion when Portland Trail Blazer basketball star Bill Walton checked in for the crossing. “Really,” she said, “I didn’t know.” She said he had sent his application in more than a month early. “He signed as William Walton, Portland,

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Champion crowned

Ethan Woo, right, victor at the Rock Paper Scissors Tournament on Oak Street, battles Nick Piersall Friday evening.

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‘Coloring Book Challenge’ brings donations to FISH, Klahre House

Columbia Center for the Art’s recent Coloring Book Challenge Project has resulted in a donation of 300 coloring books and coloring utensils to the FISH Food Bank and The Next Door’s Klahre House. Many of the coloring books are by local artists Sally Bills Bailey and Charlene Rivers, and the coloring kits include crayons, colored pencils and markers.

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