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Hearts form leaves and handwritten messages form a cornucopia of expression taking the shape of a long-branched tree.

Pitch and Pool: Kudos for fall success, and a look ahead

The winter sports season dawns on Saturday, following Thanksgiving break for local students. As noted in This Week at HRVHS, the Blue and Gold Night will be held Nov. 28, and it’s a great opportunity to see the nascent skills of our Eagle teams in action, and give the youngsters the support they deserve.

Shop Locally: Support your neighbors, and find the pleasures of hometown spending

Santa and his elves have their workshop. Gorge residents have their local shops.

Veterans Day: Notes on observing Nov. 11, and help for veterans all year round

To say it out loud is uplifting: “Thank you for your service.”

The Christmas Project: Help make the season merry and bright

The Hood River County Christmas Project began registering families in need on Friday — the 91st year community members have stepped up to provide assistance during the holiday season — and with this start comes the call for volunteers.

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Danger Zone: Damaged trees require attention

Kudos to Oregon Department of Transportation for quick response this week to calls to remove hazardous material from Highway 30 east of Hood River.

Safe Halloween: Be on guard for roving ghouls

When asked to “reflect on Halloween,” one could look at it two ways.

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How to get your item into the newspaper

Logo’s Last Leg: The mountain, of course, will remain

Talk about a spur to discussion.

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Kind Words: Chalk will fade but ways endure to counteract bullying of kids

Bullying of youth is an ancient and year-round problem, but it naturally gains a new focus when the school year resumes and students are back together on a daily basis.

National Newspaper Week: Why community newspapers matter

The chosen theme for this year’s National Newspaper Week is “Power of the Press,” and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing.

‘Hearts with Umpqua’: Flags lowered for victims of killings in Roseburg

A gunman murdered 10 people at Roseburg’s Umpqua Community College Thursday, the worst school shooting in Oregon since the 1999 Thurston High School shootings in which four people died.

Fire Watch: Thank the firefighters, but realize that fire season continues

Helicopters flying over school zones — a necessary step — is not an everyday occurrence, but it serves as a reminder that fire danger goes on.