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Trisha Walker

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Mid valley news: Art cards are still available at Mid Valley

Christmas spirit swept through downtown Odell Dec. 15 with a live crèche at Gehrig’s Chevron. Jesuit Volunteer Corps members planned the event, with many others coming together to make it happen.

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A slice of local life -- Gavin McAlpine forges ballet bonds and more

You might say Gavin McAlpine is a professional volunteer.

Pipes break at Brookside Memory Care Unit

Residents of Providence Brookside Manor’s Memory Care unit were evacuated after a water pipe broke early Monday morning, a result of freezing temperatures.

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A slice of local life -- Flaggers Betsy and Cheryl: safety with a smile

Betsy Keith and Cheryl Rohan are friends who really, really enjoy what they do.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Pizza sales Dec. 3-4 will benefit Wy’east PTO

Short column this week — but there’s a lot going on.

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A slice of local life -- Library’s Harley Judd connects with youth

A brand new teen area is up and running at the Hood River library branch on State Street, and with it, new Teen Services Assistant Harley Judd.

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A slice of local life: Grandma-to-be Karen Lewis helps elders stay active

Karen Lewis received a hearty round of applause when she began her job as activities coordinator at Providence Down Manor this September. Literally.

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Kaleidoscope: Lights, cameras, fashion!

17th Fashion Gala packs the house, again

A sold-out crowd packed the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn more than an hour before the house lights dimmed for the 17th Annual Hood River Christmas Project Gala Fashion Show on Nov. 15.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Pizza fundraiser will benefit Wy’east PTO

‘Tis the season for holiday bazaars, and we have a couple that are happening soon right here in Odell. The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6 at the Odell church site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find Christmas crafts, home baked goods, soup and homemade pie with ice cream.

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A slice of local life -- HRV junior Caitlyn Fick: A Girl Who’s Up

Caitlyn Fick, a junior at Hood River Valley High School, believes in helping others.

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‘Oh-Man’ for Owen: Root beer and hair cuts help Owen Stolte in cancer fight

On Oct. 20, the Gorge Roller Girls presented Kim Stolte with a check for close to $10,000.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Methodist church hosts Harvest Dinner Nov. 16

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will host its annual free Harvest Dinner on Nov. 16, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Odell Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Dinner will include a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Donations of canned food and money will be accepted for FISH Food Bank.

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A slice of local life -- Sergeant Rau values family and calls Hood River home

Andrew Rau, patrol sergeant with Hood River Police Department, did not plan to go into law enforcement. But, with 22 years of service, he’s the senior-most member of the department, having been hired in July 1991. He’s spent nearly his entire career in law enforcement in Hood River, and here he plans to stay.

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A slice of local life -- Josh Beckner knows the firefighter’s life

Josh Beckner, West Side Fire Department Lieutenant/Training Officer, has only been in his position since July 1, but his fire experience dates back to his junior year at Hood River Valley High School. He began as a student firefighter in 2002, and has been involved in some capacity ever since.

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Harvest Fest Weekend Sampler 2013

Folks enjoy pumpkins, choose fruit from overflowing bins, and munch on pies throughout a sun-drenched Hood River valley autumn weekend

Large crowds of people having fun.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Holiday note cards on sale now at Mid Valley

Senior Health Benefit Assistance (SHIBA) is available by appointment every Tuesday (1-4 p.m.) and Thursday (9 a.m.-noon) from now until Dec. 7 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place.

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A slice of local life -- Lucy Marquez serves as a strong school link

Lucy Marquez, secretary II at Hood River Valley High School, is a 15-year employee of the Hood River County School District. Having lived in Hood River since the age of 5, she has a unique perspective on the local school system — and on what has changed, and what has stayed the same.

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A slice of local life: For Chamber’s Ashley Huckaby, planning’s a pleasure

Ashley Huckaby, event coordinator for Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, has a lot on her plate these days.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Time to enter Fall Flower Show

The Odell Garden Club will host its annual Fall Flower Show during the Gorge Fruit and Craft Show Oct. 19-20 at the fairgrounds in Odell.

‘Tuscany’ event gives United Way a strong campaign start

The United Way of the Columbia Gorge had its most successful kickoff ever Sept. 19, at its Evening of Tuscany event held at the Gorge Room of the Best Western Hood River Inn.

Tsuruta visitor renews bonds formed during 2007 visit

A childhood trip to Hood River helped shape a young woman’s interest in the world.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Clem’s Market has new owners, fresh look

Clem’s Market is under new ownership. Locals Grant and Sandi Porter and Shane and Shannon Willis have purchased the downtown Odell business and are “trying a bunch of different things so we can see what works for our community,” says Shannon.

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Bowling alley owner in league with community

Patrick Olson, proprietor of Orchard Lanes Bowling Alley, has owned the Heights-area business since 2009, but he’s no stranger to the industry.

CROP Walk is Sept. 21

25th-annual event raises funds, awareness in fight against hunger

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries will host its 25th CROP Walk for Hunger Sept. 21, beginning and ending at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road. Maps are available for participants outlining one-mile, 5K and 10K routes. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the walk at 10 a.m.

MID VALLEY NEWS: ‘Great start’ to year at Wy’east Middle School

The Odell Garden Club will host a garden tour and progressive box lunch at its regular business meeting on Sept. 10.

Slice of local life -- Caroline Mead: Surrounded by beauty, inside and out

Caroline Mead, gallery manager at Columbia Art Gallery, loves being part of a community art center. “There’s always something fun happening down here, whether it’s an exhibit or a production or a presentation,” she said. “I love being part of an organization that provides that.” Mead has been gallery manager for a little over two years, but has had an interest in museum work and art center work for many years, she said. Her resume reflects that interest. Originally from Wisconsin, she majored in art history at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, while completing internships at art centers and museums in the Southwest. She lived a summer in Taos, N.M. (near Santa Fe), working at a museum, and then came back to Colorado for another two years at an art center.

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A slice of local life: Tammi Packer keeps it fresh

This weekend (Aug. 16-18) is the Fruit Loop’s Summer Fruit Festival, and Tammi Packer is ready. Packer Orchards and Bakery, located along Highway 35 in Odell, has a host of goodies ready for hungry customers, including apple pie, apple cinnamon rolls and applesauce.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Lionesses hold annual fundraiser Saturday

The Odell Lioness Club will hold its annual garage/yard sale Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1999 Seventh Court, Hood River. Money raised will be given to various Lioness projects, including local high school scholarships and the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

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Voyages of Rediscovery

Canoes honor river species, visit Hood River this weekend

A unique opportunity to see, touch and paddle a dugout canoe on the Columbia River is coming to the History Museum of Hood River County Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.

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Kaleidoscope -- Gorge Grown Food Network: A fertile first seven years

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.

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A slice of local life -- Brooke Pauly finds home in Hood River

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.

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Fair moments: News staff returns from County Fair with stories to share

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).

MID VALLEY NEWS: Openings remain in bilingual preschool

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.

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A slice of local life -- Dave McAlister enjoys his work, expressly

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.

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A slice of local life -- Fairgrounds are a year-round joy for Clara Rice

Clara Rice, Hood River County Fair manager, is retired.

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A slice of local life -- Muir Cohen, happy to keep books in Hood River

Muir Cohen wanted to open a bookstore after he retired. It didn’t quite work out the way he planned.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Get those entries ready for the fair

Happy Fourth of July! Odell will celebrate with its annual parade through downtown, beginning and ending at Mid Valley Elementary.

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A slice of local life: Rick Routson: Orcharding ‘is in my blood’

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Odell Methodist church holds barbecue June 29

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.

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A slice of local life -- Yong Cho: Serving the Odell community

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.

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A slice of local life:Molly Clarke knows the scope, and scoop, at Mike’s

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.”

A slice of local life -- Tammie and Kaitlin Eckert: Still learning

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.

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A slice of local life -- Coral Worth: Twenty-four years and counting

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.

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Pride of Charter Lions

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.

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A slice of local life: Nate DeVol: Dog River’s multi-tasker extraordinaire

Walk into Dog River Coffee, and there’s a good chance you’ll be served by owner Nathan DeVol.

Mid Valley News: Register for May 21 ‘Soccer Shootout’

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.

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A slice of local life: Wy’East Chief Greg Borton: Here to help people

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.

Bald for Bux: CenturyLink workers are shorn’uf caring

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.

‘Biggest Winners’ share their secrets

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.

MID VALLEY NEWS: Blossom craft show returns April 20-21

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.