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The Next Door names ‘Philanthropists of Year’

Jeff and Melissa Rippey of Hood River have been named The Next Door’s 2017 Bonnie Benton Philanthropists of the Year. The couple was recognized and thanked by staff in November at the organization’s office on the heights.

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The local Lions Clubs in Hood River County are in the process of vision screening students at local schools.

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Legion supports cadet

Hood River American Legion Post 22 sponsored Hood River Valley High School senior Sarah Sullenger to attend the 2017 Oregon Police Academy Cadet training program.

Pet of the Week: Bojangles is ‘happy-go-lucky’

Mr. Bojangles is ready for a home, and has been selected by volunteers as Adopt A Dog’s adoptable pet of the week.

‘I Am Jazz’ reading supports transgender, non-binary youth

The book “I Am Jazz” will be read Dec. 7 at White Salmon Community Library.

County Clerk notes dates for Jan. 23 special election

A special election will be held throughout Oregon on Jan. 23 on Measure 101 which “approves temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums,” according to the referendum text.

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Multnomah Falls Lodge reopens

Visitors got their first glimpse of Multnomah Falls Nov. 29 as the lodge reopened to the public following the Eagle Creek fire.

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Lions announces grocery winners

For the 19th year, the Hood River Lions has awarded two more winners in its Grocery Raffle contest hosted by Rosauers Supermarket, who donates $500, said a press release.

Groups offer ways to help during the holidays

Warm, handknit or crocheted items for men, women and children are being collected at Knot Another Hat for local warming shelters in Hood River and The Dalles, as well as for The Next Door, Helping Hands Against Violence, and the people of Cascade Locks.

Sheriff Log, Nov. 19 to 25

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

Hood River man appointed to House Dist. 52 seat

A Hood River man has been appointed Oregon House District 52 representative.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ opens Dec. 2: Interview with Gary “Ebenezer Scrooge” Young

Gary Young, who portrays Ebenezer Scrooge in the new production of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” sat for an interview Nov. 27 in his Heights home, after polishing off a bowl of his own homemade soup. He spoke with editor Kirby Neumann-Rea, who has the role of Mr. Fezziwig in the production, by Plays For Non-Profits.

Clear Creek Distillery moves home to Hood River

The founding member of the Oregon craft spirits scene, Clear Creek Distillery will move its operations from Portland to Hood River in the first half of 2018. This move brings Clear Creek Distillery closer to the source of its signature Pear and Pear-in-Bottle Brandies.

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House District 52: Counties will select from three candidates

Three finalists have been named in the search to fill a vacant District 52 seat in the Oregon House.

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‘Warming the Gorge’ returns, Christmas Project gears up

It’s that time of year again — time to make things for others as the holidays grow near. Some are not lucky enough to have anyone to make warm things for them, which is why Yvonne Ellsworth and Sarah Keller started the Warming the Gorge campaign in 2015.