Expanded Operation Christmas Child program gets going

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is up and running for 2014, with more businesses and individuals than ever interested in filling one (or more) of the program’s green and red shoeboxes for a child in need in one of 130 countries under the umbrella of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization chaired by Franklin Graham

Cascade Observations: A grudging Luddite keeps in touch

I’m living in a dichotomy. I have one foot firmly planted in the land of the Luddites, and the other just as anchored to the whirling world of technology. For example:

Roots and Branches: Rockin’ those sticky senior adventures

I have made several personal discoveries about aging as the golden era envelopes me. Comprehension of its impact on one’s physical and mental abilities seems to come and go as frequently as the sunrise. And it continues to be a surprising revelation each time you rediscover that you can’t put a name to a familiar face, or that rising from a crisscross applesauce position on the floor is seldom achievable without looking like one of those hip hop, robot poppin’ dancers.

Warming Shelter to open early due to projected inclement weather

Due to the projected weather forecast, the Hood River Warming Shelter will open on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at Mid Columbia Center for Living.

Meals with Meaning: Gorge Soup and other groups host food events for good causes

Gorge Soup events will be Nov. 11 for adults and Feb. 26, 2015, for kids.

Paddling, storytelling, and cooking: honors, events and thanks

Mary Parrott, a member of Parkdale Grange will be telling a story from her childhood as part of the Evening of Excellence on Friday Nov. 14 at the 2014 National Grange Convention in Sandusky, Ohio.

Parkdale News: Parkdale Grange will honor Veterans on their day

For the last several years, the Parkdale Grange ladies have been baking up more than just blueberry muffins on Veteran’s Day.

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Hood River Special Olympics holds annual annual Bowling with the Cops and Firefighters fundraiser

Hood River Special Olympics held its annual Bowling with the Cops and Firefighters fundraiser on Monday at Orchard Lanes.

Parkdale News: Run or walk to Oct. 25 Parkdale pumpkin parade

It’s time to get those Halloween costumes out and add your running shoes to what has become not only Parkdale’s annual Pumpkin Parade, but also a Fun Run/Walk fundraiser for Parkdale Elementary School.

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Glass to fabric for quilt winner Charlene Fort

Plenty of helping hands, working with cloth, dough, or glass, have combined on behalf of Helping Hands Against Violence.

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Rat Rod comes home

Gary Fisher, Resurrected Rust team leader, delivers the rat rod “Roadmaster Jr.” to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Oct. 11.

Mid Valley News: Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair this weekend

St. Francis House held its annual pet blessing ceremony Oct. 10 at the youth center in Odell. Dogs, one very brave cat, and even a chicken came with their humans for a special blessing by Fr. Ron Maag, pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River.

Roots and Branches: A family tree, true and solid

Today’s column is most fittingly about roots and branches of our family tree, the influence of community on the harvest we so profoundly appreciate, and an actual tree recently created for our home.

Parkdale News: Own a piece of upper valley history

The Board of Directors of the Mt. Hood Town Hall is looking for someone who is interested in keeping a piece of history in exchange for a donation.

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Walking, cleaning, working, parking for community

Word from the Columbia Gorge CROP Hunger Walk Committee: