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Pine Grove News: Visitors give an uplifting music gift

In my last correspondence I welcomed new neighbors; this week I need to mention the passing of a longtime neighbor, Betty Hudson. Betty had fought her illness many years and passed on April 1.

Parkdale News: Parkdale Garden Club hosts ‘Hats off to Spring’

The Parkdale Garden Club is hosting this year’s annual Hood River District meeting on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. at the Parkdale Grange Hall, and anyone in the community who is interested in the garden club is welcome to come to the free event.

Mid Valley news: Mercado del Valle to open in June

It’s been long rumored that a farmers market was coming to Odell … sometime. This summer, the Gorge Grown Mercado del Valle (Valley Market) becomes a reality.

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Families flock to Jackson Park for community egg hunt

Smokey, Sparky, Bunny greet kids as safety fair blends with hunt

Several hundred young children (with parents’ help) scooped up a total of 6,500 eggs at Saturday’s annual community Easter egg hunt in Jackson Park. Some of those eggs were refilled on the spot and distributed again by “secret egg layers.” The Easter Bunny was on hand, along with Sparky the Firedog.

Two Gorge residents earn Governor’s volunteer awards

Sigrid Scully of Hood River and Doug Leash of The Dalles will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Awards.

Parkdale News: Come see your neighbors at the Lions Follies

It’s that time of year again, when your friends, neighbors and school principal in the Upper Valley lend their time and talents to the annual Mid-Columbia Lions Follies fundraiser for the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

Daylight Savings Bingo a success

B.G. Brackman of the Delta Kappa chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha writes:

WAAAM celebrates history of the Chevrolet April 12

On the April 12 Second Saturday event, the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum will feature Chevrolets.

Pine Grove News: Pine Grove Church hosts open house April 19

Hello again! I would like to welcome many of our new neighbors. There have been some changes in the area so hopefully we can all get to know each other soon.

Mid Valley News: Blossom Fest Craft and Quilt show coming soon

It’s Blossom Fest time! The Blossom Craft Show and Quilt Show takes place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds April 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A wide variety of Northwest vendors — at last count, 120 — will be on site, featuring art, crafts, garden art, home furnishings and decorations, photographs, gourmet food products, jewelry, clothing, plants and more.

Books’ great beginnings

In 2004 during our weekly visits to the school library, many of the female students in my third-grade class were inclined to check out books about princesses, fairies and cute puppies. Meanwhile, their classmate Thania Torres searched the shelves for books about anatomy. She shared with me every fascinating fact she discovered about the human body. At the ripe old age of 8, Thania was already certain that one day she wanted to be a doctor.

April 12 ‘Be a Hero’ event helps McCabe family

The community can gather to “Be a Hero” for the Matt McCabe family of Hood River on April 12 with a Zumbathon charity event from 9-10:30 a.m. at Westside Elementary School, 3685 Belmont Drive. No tickets are needed; donations are accepted at the door.

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Team Blackhawks concludes season at Super Regionals in Sacramento

Team Blackhawks from HRVHS robotics traveled to Sacramento for First Technology Challenge Super Regionals, and struggled in the first four rounds with a robot that was not tested.

RMEF celebrating 25th anniversary in Hood River

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to protecting wild elk and other wildlife and the land they inhabit. This organization was started around 1984 and has around 1,000 members in the Gorge and 200,000 members nationwide.

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A Slice of Local Life: Betty Dean thanks God for the ability to help others

Betty Dean has helped a lot of people in her time.