Walking towards the abyss: Different but the same

For those of you who are familiar with my prior writings, you know that I often like to communicate through humor. But today I’m feeling almost overwhelmingly sad, and I’m trying to channel that energy into something constructive and useful.

Gorge CROP Walk raises $5,000, and counting

Kathy Holmson of the Sept. 24 CROP Walk writes, “It was a beautiful day for a walk. Thank you to everyone who participated."

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‘Chaos of the day’ leads to happy end

The organizers of the Music Festival of the Gorge send out “a huge thank you to everyone that made this year’s event possible through their support, attendance, and donations.”

Gorge Home Tour raises funds and reaches goals

The first Modern Home Tour held in the White Salmon area “was a success as measured by the objectives that I hoped to accomplish with it,” writes organizer Tao Berman. The goal was to promote and highlight our community and raise money for under-privileged children.

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The Porch for Sept. 24

WELL SAID: “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” — Mark Twain

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Yesteryears: May Street School construction delayed because of steel shortage in 1956

May Street School will begin taking shape next week after a two-week construction delay resulting from a steel shortage

Roots and Branches: The return of Dozer

The pictures of people’s prized pets in a recent Hood River News edition struck an empathetic chord among our close knit family. We all have pets that have become family members.

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Travelogue: Japan

Getting to know Tsuruta in a fun, fulfilling youth exchange

Rice fields, shrines, fireworks, museums, humidity, judo, shopping, convenience store food, meeting a famous dog, Pokémon, host families, Japanese hospitality and fire torches are just a few of the memories that come to mind when I think of the 11 day trip to Tsuruta, Japan, I and 15 others embarked on this past August.

Cascade Observations: Blood, Sweat and Lots of Tears

The lovely September light, more golden than the harsher light of July and August, is just one indicator that summer is waning and fall will soon be upon us. Other clues are everywhere — the majority of our tomatoes have been harvested, dried and sauced, pounds of rainbow colored potatoes have been dug and stored away in the basement, and the Delicata squash are nearly as big and as yellow as the school buses rumbling down the street in the early morning hours.

Entertainment Update for Sept. 14

Minstrels ‘St. Cinder’ at The Remains Gallery; Music Festival of the Gorge returns to HR Sept. 17; more

Entertainment Update for Sept.10

Music Festival of the Gorge returns to HR Sept. 17; Walking Man hosts 14th annual ‘Hoptoberfest’ Sept. 10; more

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The Porch for Sept. 10

WELL SAID: “One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” — Jeannette Walls

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This month at Mt. Hood Town Hall: Health classes offered at upper valley center

Mt. Hood Town Hall Manager Amy Gray reports numerous ongoing exercise classes and wellness opportunities scheduled in September.

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Daily Bread: The Columbia — from source to sea

Have you ever wondered where the Columbia River begins? I started pondering this over a decade ago. Since that time, the pondering grew into an exploration of a river and its people that has brought me to the brink of completing the most challenging endeavor of my life as a photographer.

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Roots and Branches: Drums, song carry Minoru Yasui’s message forward

Last Thursday’s kick off of the Minoru Yasui Tribute events in Hood River was a rousing success.