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Santa Sightings

Good news, boys and girls — Santa Claus is coming to town (and more than once) this Christmas season, and you can find him at the following locations:

Entertainment Update for Nov. 29

Groove Project returns Dec. 14; Camero gives Trans America Bike Trail talk Dec. 9; Old Wave at Trillium Dec. 6

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HR kiter claims Dutch national title

Hood River resident Vetea Boersma earned a unique claim to fame earlier this fall by winning the 2014 National Junior Dutch Kiteboarding Championships in Brouwersdam, Holland. Boersma, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Hood River Middle School, traveled to Holland with his family and was able to compete in the national kiteboarding contest because he is half Dutch.

Kegler's Corner: Rick Nishimoto rules the roost

League action was simply spectacular at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week — big scores were everywhere. Leading the parade of prominent producers was banker-turned-local-orchardist, Rick Nishimoto, who pummeled the pins to the tune of a fantastic 299 game in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league.

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Turkey Trot brings crowd Thanksgiving Day

The annual Turkey Trot run and fundraiser drew more than 300 people to the Historic Columbia River Highway’s Twin Tunnels Trail Thursday morning for a pre-meal Thanksgiving treat.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 26

Willie & Nelson at The Pines; more

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Gorge water-women win big

Ingrid Lerouche, Fiona Wylde finish one-two in AWT

Professional windsurfers Ingrid Lerouche and Fiona Wylde recently sent a statement to the rest of the windsurfing world that girls from the Gorge are not to be trifled with. When they’re not traveling the world in search of wind and waves, the two reside in Hood River, and they represented their home waters phenomenally over the last several months as they competed in the 2014 American Windsurfing Tour.

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Fresh Tracks

Always a good measure of an encouraging start to the season, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort had people cruising its slopes before Thanksgiving. Although limited to a small section of the resort’s nearly 22,000 acres of terrain, the resort had two lifts (Buttercup and Easy Rider, along with the Magic Carpet) running over the weekend for “Preview Sunday,” and with winter weather bringing a foot of fresh snow through the day, those who made the trip were treated to the first powder turns of the newly- christened season.

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This Black Friday, try trophy trout

Yeah, Black Friday is the name associated with the day after Thanksgiving when avid shoppers arrive at their favorite store at o-dark-thirty seeking swinging deals on all kinds of stuff. What with all the pushing and shoving, they arrive home exhausted after a day of shop-until-you-drop spending.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 22

Cowboy Gathering returns Nov. 29; more

Kegler's Corner: 3 Fingers Deep takes Industrial League title

A whole lot of shaking was going on last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. First-round team action was completed in two bowling leagues. This is an important step in the season, as the winning teams have now qualified to bowl in their respective league championship final matches held at the end of the season.

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Emmy Thomson brings fun family traditions to Cascade Locks

When Emmy Thomson and daughters Taylor, 16, Timber, 12, and Treasur, 4, moved to Cascade Locks from North Carolina three years ago, they brought with them cherished family traditions.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 19

‘Easy Boys’ at River City Nov. 26; Tess Barr at Double Mt.; more

Kegler's Corner: Charlotte Severns is No. 1

Charlotte Severns was the No. 1 bowler in town last week after having an outstanding outing in the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Charlotte had the pins dancing every which way but loose and improved with every game, finishing up her series with a mighty fine scratch 210 game.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 15

HR wrestling spaghetti feed fundraiser Nov. 23; Turkey trot on Thanksgiving