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Mentors needed for BBBS and Mentors for Success

Calling all men in the Columbia Gorge! The Next Door is looking for 30 men in 30 days who are ready to say yes to mentoring!

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Travelogue: Peace Corps in South Africa

They say growing old is not for sissies. When you add serving as a volunteer for the Peace Corps to that equation, I think that I was announcing to the world (at least my family and friends) that I am no sissy and here is the proof. But I had a dream! And one risks a lot when going for a dream.

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Daily Bread: Mornings with Jack

It started with a phone call at night last October from a concerned neighbor who knew we had cats — a cat was by the side of the road; could it possibly be ours?

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Johnsons celebrate 50th

Terry and Donna Johnson, of Hood River, will mark their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 9. The family gathered for a celebration on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.

‘Grape Escape’ returns Oct. 8

The White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF) renews the annual Gorge Grape Escape on Saturday, Oct. 8. In addition to marking the Foundation’s first decade, the night will also launch the next, with a kick-off of the group’s anniversary endowment campaign.

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