Roots and Branches: So much for retirement

It has been six months since my official retirement.

The Porch: Jan. 16

WELL SAID: From late last year, on The Mesquitery chalkboard, and an excellent thought for the New Year:

Cascade Observations: Read any good books?

Steve Duin, a columnist for The Oregonian/Oregon Live, wants his readers to read. And read. And read.

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YoHOHs, friends spread cheer

On a cold, wet and windy Friday afternoon, while most students were leaving for winter break, the Hood River the Youth of Heart of Hospice (YoHOH) club met up with Santa (Robin Pereyda) in the front lobby of school to begin their annual Christmas outing.

Why Isn't This Illegal?

Getting snowed: Break out the shovels

This insanity must stop!

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The Next Door honors Philanthropist of Year

The Next Door is honoring Jeannette Kreft-Logsdon as its 2015 Bonnie Benton Philanthropist of the Year.

Community Foundation looks ahead to 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, the Gorge Community Foundation provided more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships ($112,000) in 2015 to more than 50 organizations or institutions in the Columbia Gorge.

Training begins for certified ombudsman volunteers

Applications are now being accepted for Certified Ombudsman volunteers. A five-day training will be held in the Portland area beginning the last week of January. Those wishing to apply and be eligible to attend training should do so before Jan. 15. The training includes recognizing and reporting abuse, conflict resolution, long-term care and aging issues, elder law issues, investigating, and case reporting.

Happy Ned Year: Caught up in 2’eens

Back again, with more static from my attic.

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Make it Champagne or Fresh Air (or both) this New Years

Wear a mask — for any occasion — this New Year’s.

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The Daily Bread: Toward The Light

I love December.

Art gathered for ‘Cheers to Ed’

Artists are invited to donate works to the next big event for Ed Wilder, “EdStravaganza,” at Butler Bank Social Club on Jan. 27.

Fund started for Allison Walls

Allison Walls of Hood River started chemotherapy treatments Friday in her battle with large-cell lymphoma.

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Kollas Memorial Walk: Better late than never

What do you do when your dad founded the Joe Kollas Memorial 4th of July Run / Walk (now the Kollas–Cranmer Run / Walk) and you missed it for the year? Simple: you schedule a make-up for yourself, even if it’s in November!

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Uplifting Tom

Every time Tom Yates talks to groups of Providence Down Manor Village residents, he has a joke or a trivia quiz.