Multi-lingual HRVHS student pursues unique teaching opportunity
Julia Skwarczynski knows a lot of languages. Besides English, the Hood River Valley High School student — who will be a senior next year — speaks French, Spanish and Polish (her native language), is learning German, and this year began Russian lessons as well.
Jackie Santa Cruz and Jesus Chavarias, both 18, were two of 5,987 Oregon and Northern California high school seniors to apply for a Ford Family Foundation scholarship their senior year of high school.
The Hood River Valley Evening Garden Club hosted this year’s Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs Convention June 13-16 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn — the first time in more than a decade the state convention has been hosted by a Hood River club.
I was headed into my freshman year of high school when Mike’s Ice Cream opened in 1986. It was a big deal — there weren’t a lot of places where kids my age could hang out, and having something downtown, across from the library park (that sold ice cream! In waffle cones!) really opened up options for me and my friends. We’d meet, grab a cone, and catch up on what we’d been up to that summer.
The Golden Rule, an anti-nuclear sailboat, was in Hood River Wednesday for multiple events, hosted by Columbia Riverkeeper.
Frost fans and helicopters, like this one above an orchard in Odell, have been employed the past few days as rains moved through the valley at just the wrong time for cherry growers.
Linda Chamberlain, who works with The Fistula Project at Kitovu Hospital in Uganda, has held a high tea fundraiser at her Wilinda Blueberry Patch on Frankton Road for the past several years.
New this year at schools in the Hood River County School District: Graduating seniors visited their elementary schools to parade the hallways in cap and gown.
The Packer Family has been busy lately.
Current, former students nominate theater teacher
Sunday’s Tony Awards playbill will contain a familiar name and school, thanks to the efforts of students and community members.
Mr. HRV played to a full house June 2 at Hood River Valley High School.
Teens serve community and beyond
Hood River has a new teen service project that is seeking to benefit both the local community and those abroad.
Mid Valley third graders replace desk chairs with exercise balls as part of Providence pilot program
Students sat at attention in a loose cluster in Sarah Christiansen’s third grade Mid Valley Elementary classroom at the end of March, listening to Physical Therapist Assistant Nissa Huber explain proper use and care of the new exercise balls that would soon re-place their desk chairs.
It’s no secret that Hood River is a dog-friendly town — go literally anywhere and you’ll see dogs and their humans together.
Outgoing Hood River Valley Adult Center (HRVAC) Interim Executive Director Suzanne VanOrman was the honored guest at Wednesday’s senior center luncheon.
Families gathered at the Wy’east Middle School cafeteria on April 28 for a potluck celebration to mark the end of Juntos (“together” in Spanish), a Latino high school/college and career readiness outreach program that had brought them together the past five weeks.
A crowd of former students, teachers and administrators, many with old photographs and other memorabilia to share, gathered at Coe Primary Building Thursday to celebrate the building’s 100th birthday.
Hood River Valley High School’s annual Community Work Day was back April 27 with a new name — Community and Campus Pride Work Day.
Walkers, runners — and volunteers — needed for Saturday event
The Hood River Valley March of Dimes 5K-10K walk/run takes place this Saturday, April 30, beginning and ending at the Parkdale Rural Fire Protection District Station, 4895 Baseline Drive.
‘Ten years of reading together’
Hood River County Reads celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and kicked off the 2016 season with book distribution of this year’s selection, “Martin Marten” by Brian Doyle, at the Hood River Library on sunny Sunday, April 17, with additional books at the Parkdale and Cascade Locks branches April 19.
Ora Cantrell turned 93 on February 1, and she’s seen a lot of changes in Hood River during her time here — stories she figures it’s time to share.
A trio of “little free book boxes” will come to Hood River this spring, thanks to Lucy Fine, Hood River Valley High School junior.
Hood River County Reads will kick off its 10th year with “Martin Marten” on April 17.
OSU Extension’s Community Meals and Cooking Class is entering its fourth month, and has proven a popular way to not only fight food insecurity in the Gorge, but teach cooking and nutrition.
Friends mobilize for Kyle McCarthy
When Mid Valley staff and students set out to help third grader Kyle McCarthy and family raise the $6,000 needed to get him a new ultra-light wheelchair, no one imagined they would do it — and then some — all in one day.
Hood River Valley High School students in Jeff Blackman’s electric car (e-car) class have been preparing all year for this Saturday’s Electrathon America race, and will host eight teams from around Oregon and Washington.
Mid Valley staff hopes fun run will equip student with new wheelchair
Remember Mid Valley Elementary’s Blossom Boogie 5-10K? The school is bringing it back this year, with a new name and a new cause.
When the Hood River Watershed Group (HRWG) met March 22 for its regular monthly meeting, members and interested citizens — from Hood River and The Dalles — got a first glimpse of the Hood River Water Conservation Strategy, presented by Ed Salminen and Nicklas Christensen, Watershed Professionals Network, and Cindy Thieman, HRWG coordinator.
A popular prom dress sale will continue this year thanks to the work of a Hood River Valley High School junior.
March has been nationally designated as Gambling Awareness Month, and locally, the Center for Living is spreading the word about gambling addiction and free treatment options available to both gamblers and family members.
Hood River Valley High School’s theater department is ready to debut its winter play, “Taming of the Shrew,” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Rachel Harry, this weekend.
The Remains art gallery is hosting something new on Feb. 26 — a student art show, the first in the gallery’s history.
Hood River County Prevention, in cooperation with Hood River Valley High School’s Health Media Club, has a new bilingual billboard on 12th Street, promoting the message, “Brains Develop Better Without Drugs/Alcohol.”
You’ve just had a hip replacement and you need crutches for a couple of weeks. And then there’s that wheelchair gathering dust in the garage that you’d really like to find a new home.
Experts list the simple tools of staying alive
Hood River is known as an outdoor mecca, and with the increase in traffic comes an increase in the calls for lost or injured recreationalists.
Pastor Jeff Mueller hopes to start trend
May Street Elementary isn’t usually crowded in the afternoons after school, but on Wednesday, Jan. 27, the entryway was packed.
Next training starts Feb. 16
Ask Susan Baldwin, Columbia Gorge CASA volunteer manager, about her volunteers and the children they serve, and she’ll start to tear up.
For Heidi McLennon, owner and designer at Anana’s Boutique in downtown Hood River, what’s old is new again.
Now is the time to form teams and collect donations
Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge’s largest fundraiser of the year, takes place March 12, and Hood River Match Coordinator Justine Ziegler says now is the time to form teams and commit to sponsorships.
Retired energy consultant issues call to reverse climate trend for agriculture
When Mark Cherniak, a retired energy consultant living in Mosier, spoke about climate change on Thursday, the message was stark: It’s not going to get better; it’s only going to get worse. And we can’t afford to wait any longer to reverse the trend.
A tradition that has spanned the past 20 years continued at Horizon Christian School on Tuesday morning.
With the closing of 2015 and the start of the new year, we take this opportunity to look back on the faces and stories that made up our Saturday Spotlight—a weekly feature about how residents of Hood River County spend their days.
There’s something very stressful about goldfish.
It’s winter break for the Hood River County School District, and that means all students and staff are relaxing at home, right? Not if you’re Terry Draper, longtime Parkdale Elementary head custodian.
For me, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until I hear the opening notes of the music from “Scenes from the Nutcracker.” The festive costumes and magical storyline from the CGDA ballet performance never fails to put me right in the holiday spirit, ready to eat Christmas cookies and make snow angels.
Local blueberry farmer serves as ambassador for program to improve health for women in Uganda
Linda Chamberlain appreciates the Gorge-wide support she’s received in her work with The Fistula Project at Kitovu Hospital in Uganda.
Janet Planet dreamed of owning a bead store long before she opened Sparkling Creations in Hood River almost 10 years ago.
Kids start campaign; Robotics teams advance to state
The May Street Rockin’ Robo-Dragons team is saving the world one Hood River grocery shopper at a time.
The Christmas Project will provide more gift boxes this year than ever before to disadvantaged Hood River County residents.
Don Bales’ gun shop — aptly named Don’s Gun Shop, Inc. — is a bit of a social club.