It's early afternoon, and Montira Spitzer is busy working at a stove top in the back corner of Montira's Asian Market, 302 W. Second Street, downtown The Dalles. She is preparing to restock a case of hot take-out lunches near the front entrance. CORRECTED: Montira's Asian Market is at 302 E. Second Street, not west.
When Crestline Construction was recognized as the 2016 Business of the Year by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, Operations Manager Erik Kerr had no trouble articulating why he felt the company had received the award.
Community involvement was celebrated Thursday evening at the annual “Unsung Heroes” banquet hosted by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. “An unsung hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their deeds and qualities,” explained Lisa Farquarson, executive director of the chamber, about the criteria for selecting seven people and a business as outstanding contributors to local society in 2015.
A ‘transformative’ year ahead
Two well-known local chefs will serve as chef instructor and administrator for a new gorge-wide, 12-week culinary training program, “Fresh Start Culinary Arts.” Chefs Matt Patterson and Rainbow Trosper will join the new program on Feb. 16. Patterson, currently the chef and kitchen manager at Rack and Cloth in Mosier, will be the program's chef instructor. Trosper, currently handling catering and deli prep and desserts at Boda's Kitchen in Hood River, will be the program administrator.
With proper maintenance, wood stoves are safe option
Freebridge Brewing tap finally started flowing Saturday night
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will roll out the red carpet for “Unsung Heroes” of The Dalles Thursday, Jan. 21, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive. This longstanding chamber event is an opportunity for citizens to recognize those within the community who go the extra mile to help in any way they can, asking nothing in return. Nominations were made by the community and closed in November.
While many know Goodwill as an organization that offers job programs, beyond that core mission the nonprofit also gives to area nonprofits and agencies. This year, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette’s (GICW) charitable arm has given more than $128,000 to 20-plus agencies such as Transitional Youth as well as area food programs, like Clatsop Emergency Food Bank, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council in The Dalles, Oregon Food Bank, Lincoln City Food Pantry, Clark County Food Bank and the Union Gospel Mission.
Taggers have once again been targeting The Dalles with spray painted graffiti — some of it vulgar, some of it threatening — but those whose properties have been hit need not repaint or call a specialist, said Barbara Pizzola of A's Sewing.
Freebridge is set to span the beer production gap in the gorge. Steve and Laurie Light took over the historic Mint building and plan to open Freebridge Brewery to the public on Jan. 15. “This has been a long time coming,” Steve said, “People around here talk about how this town of 17,000 has had no brewery, while Hood River, a smaller community, has five. People here in The Dalles also want good, local beer.”
Chamber seeks help with holiday campaign
Businesses restricted in residential zones
Frank Perea II takes lead role at local paper
Businesses report steady foot traffic Saturday