Drive past Hood River Middle School on a late Thursday afternoon, and you’ll see the colorful canopies and crowds that converge to make up Gorge Grown Farmers Market.
When Brooke Pauly and her husband, Mike, were married almost 11 years ago, they bought a travel trailer, quit their jobs, and toured the United States. The trip, while fun, had a purpose, too: The Paulys wanted to move to a small town, and they were looking for just the right one.
Once upon a time, like at last year’s Hood River County Fair, I dreamed that someday I would have unlimited time to actually look at the exhibits instead of just following my kids around and watching them ride roller coasters in varying degrees of scariness (not for them, but for me).
School is still a month from reopening, but it’s not too early to start thinking about enrolling your child in Community Education’s Mid Valley Preschool.
Dave McAlister has done every possible job in his 15 years with the Postal Service. He started as part-time Christmas help (that doesn’t count toward his 15-year total), working his way through the ranks as a mail processor, carrier, clerk and postmaster.
Clara Rice, Hood River County Fair manager, is retired.
Muir Cohen wanted to open a bookstore after he retired. It didn’t quite work out the way he planned.
Happy Fourth of July! Odell will celebrate with its annual parade through downtown, beginning and ending at Mid Valley Elementary.
Rick Routson’s earliest memory takes place in his family’s orchard: When he would venture into the orchard with his parents as a child, he was usually placed in one of the big wooden fruit bins for safekeeping.
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church is hosting a community barbecue at the Odell church June 29 beginning at 5 p.m. The street on the north side of the church will be closed for this event.
Yong Cho has been commuting from Portland to Mid Valley Market, the store he purchased in Odell from John and Kathie Alley in 2007, for the last six years. He makes a 180-mile round trip every day, taking only one day off per month—if that.
Molly Clarke, Hood River Valley High School senior, has been employed at Mike’s Ice Cream for the past three years, and she can’t think of one downside to working with ice cream all summer long. “It’s one of the best jobs ever,” she said. Clarke has lived in Hood River all her life and was a frequent customer at Mike’s growing up. “I still remember certain people who worked there, who would split my scoop in half for me; little things like that.”
Every Thread Counts — ETC to locals — celebrated its one-year anniversary May 1 under the new ownership of mother-daughter team Tammie and Kaitlin Eckert. The business will celebrate at its new location in the old Wine Sellers space, 514 State St., on June 17. The Eckerts — Tammie and husband Joe, son Max and Kaitlin — are originally from the East Coast, moving from Sandy Hook, Conn., to Mosier in 2011.
Hood River Sports Club manager Coral Worth has witnessed a lot of changes during her 24 years with the business. She’s seen owners, managers, daycare and front desk staff come and go. And she’s seen the once basic gym expand to include indoor courts, a gymnastic area, a yoga loft and pool facilities. Through all the changes, Worth has remained a familiar face. She’s been at the Sports Club longer than any other employee, working her way up from a daycare position at age 14.
The Odell Lions Club met May 9 at the Odell Community Park to pay homage to remaining Charter members Ken Raasch, Arnie Udelius, Bob Hanel and Ted Weber. The club presented four conifer trees and a plaque to honor the four who, in 1971, were part of a group of 50 original members.
Walk into Dog River Coffee, and there’s a good chance you’ll be served by owner Nathan DeVol.
The Hood River County Fairgrounds will host a Ranch Sorting and Team Penning clinic May 4. The Ranch Sorting clinic starts at 9 a.m. and costs $45.
Wy’East Fire District Chief Greg Borton wears only one firefighter’s helmet these days, but it wasn’t long ago that he wore, figuratively, two.
A simple brainstorming session between CenturyLink Hood River’s Jaclyn Miller and Heather McClain has turned into a $3,370 fundraiser in support of coworker Tiffany Baumgarten.
1st Place Team: Duckwall Fruit Co.; 1st Place Individual: Sharon Vink
Sharon Vink has participated in the Biggest Winner individual contest before, taking second place. This year, she’s taken first, with a total weight loss of 16.3 percent.
The Blossom Craft Show returns to the fairgrounds in Odell April 20-21, and includes more than 100 vendors, filled with all manner of food, plants, arts and crafts and wine tastings.
Becky Bugge loves FISH.
MT. HOOD-PARKDALE — The United States Post Office will be offering the last of a series of “Postmark America” postmarks at the Mount Hood-Parkdale post office in Parkdale, beginning March 29 at 10 a.m.
The Odell FISH Food Bank site opened its doors almost three years ago in downtown Odell and has been quietly distributing food to clients on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. ever since.
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church Potato Dinner will be held March 16 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Odell church’s fellowship hall. Baked potatoes with all the trimmings, salad and ice cream will be served. Adults are $6, seniors $5, children $3, and those under age 3 are free. All proceeds will be donated to FISH.
Scholarship fund reaps latest in a long line of family’s gifts
The Hood River Rotary just received a $92,381.45 boost to its scholarship fund, thanks to a trust set up in the early 1990s by Bernice Jackson Hoffman of Pine Grove.
Don’t miss the unveiling of the mural “Harvesting Our Stories” in Mid Valley Elementary’s cafeteria lobby Feb. 28 at 5:15 p.m. The mural honors Odell’s fruit industry and those who work in it. This is an “Arts Build Communities” project, made possible through the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon taxpayers.
Vendors are being sought for the upcoming Blossom Craft Show, April 20-21 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell. Applications are online at hoodriverfair.org.
When former Hood River resident Laurel Patrick began traveling regularly to Mexico in the early 1980s, she wasn’t thinking about its unique biodiversity or how she could bring attention to the many species that filled the region. But then she created El Refugio de Potosí — and that is exactly what she has done.
The Odell Garden Club held its monthly meeting Jan. 8. The group is planning its annual tea party, to be held Feb. 12 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds.
Salvation Army volunteers warmed by a boy’s donations in memory of Newton victims
Greg Simpson saw a lot of people put money in the Hood River County Salvation Army Service Extension Unit kettle while he and Stu Watson rang the bell outside of the Hood River Walmart on Dec. 22 for the Lions Club.
My mother is the Queen of the Christmas game.
“Mother Nature has given us a boost,” said Mark Russell, Manager of Les Schwab, of the snowstorm that hit the Gorge this week.
Mid Valley Preschool is holding a Holiday Family Potluck on Dec. 19 from 5-6:30-ish p.m. Teacher Socci Galvez says that everyone is welcome, especially if they have small children and want to check out the school, located in the old cafeteria at Mid Valley Elementary School.
Kevin Branson, postmaster general at the Hood River Post Office, said area branches are gearing up for Monday, Dec. 17, which looks like it will be the busiest mailing day of the year.
The Odell Garden Club held its annual swag and wreath-making event Nov. 19. Members created wreaths and swags for downtown Odell businesses, and then for their own homes. Parkdale and Dufur garden clubs attended as well, and everyone enjoyed a potluck lunch served by Kay Lincoln, Elizabeth Spiker and Jill McBee.
Longtime Hood River resident Jean Harmon won this year’s Harvest Quilt, organized by the Friends of ETC and benefiting the Soroptimists.
The annual Odell Methodist Christmas Bazaar will be Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist church is holding a community Harvest Dinner Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited. Contributions for FISH Food Bank will be accepted.
Methodists set table for Nov. 10 dinner
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist church will host a community Harvest Dinner Nov. 10 beginning at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to attend. Contributions for FISH Food Bank will be accepted.
Rachel Shields has worn many hats in her 90 years: She’s been the director of Asbury Day Care Center (later Frankton), foster parent and missionary. She was appointed ombudsman in 1993 by Meredith Cole, Oregon’s long term care ombudsman, and named a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C., by Gov. John Kitzhaber. She also leads weekly Bible studies at Providence Down Manor.
The annual Gorge Fruit and Craft Show will be held at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell on Oct. 20-21. The show only hosts vendors from the four counties in the Gorge, and features produce, plants and flowers, wine tasting, gourmet food products, baked goods, arts and crafts and jewelry.
We all have our dreams when we go to the fair.
Mosier Farmers Market has issued a challenge “pitting family against family, friend against friend, and town against town to see who can eat/earn the most points in our first-ever World Premier Mosier Eat Local Challenge.”
Debra Reed-Sharp, postmaster of Cascade Locks, recently won the Postmaster of the Year Award from the National League of Postmasters for Oregon.
The 2012 Hood River Firefighters Ball will be at Columbia Gorge Hotel on May 5 at 6 p.m.