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Dufur "branding party' Saturday

Local farmers and cattle ranchers are getting ready to put their irons in the fire on Saturday.

‘Gorge Happiness Month’ begins Oct. 1

Feeling down unhappy? Full of angst and inner turmoil? If so, Gorge Happiness Month may be just the event to cheer you up.

POW/MIA recognized Friday

Ceremonies will take place throughout the nation Friday, Sept. 16, for National POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action) Recognition Day, including a remembrance ceremony at Sorosis Park, 350 E. Scenic Drive, in The Dalles.

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Pig Bowl fundraiser is Saturday

Annual football game to help families in need The 14th annual Pig Bowl, a friendly flag football competition between Oregon and Washington law enforcement officers, will be 7 p.m. Sept. 17, at the Wahtonka field.

9/11 memorial planned Sunday

Community members are invited by Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue to join emergency responders Sunday for an observance of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the East Coast. Firefighters and law enforcement officials will gather at 7 a.m. at Station One, 1400 W. Eighth Street in The Dalles, for the short program. “When 9/11 happened, the mantra became ‘Never Forget,’ and I think that was not just so that we would remember the losses of that day; it was something that we needed to cement in our minds so that we would guard against it happening again,” said Fire Chief Bob Palmer. Palmer opens the ceremony on Sept. 11 by recounting the events of 9/11, and then Chaplain Marilyn Roth will give the invocation.

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‘Vampire Squadron’ reunites

Air Force pilots served during Vietnam war

In an era when drone aircraft increasingly patrol the skies, members of the Vietnam War-era “Vampire Squadron” – called that because the unit’s missions were usually flown at night -- are coming to The Dalles to reconnect and reminisce about the time they served together in wartime.

Fall library programs begin

Children in grades K-4 are invited to The Dalles-Wasco County Library every week for after school activities. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning Sept. 27, the library will be offering Tuesday Tales at 4 p.m.

Library to celebrate author Roald Dahl

The Dalles-Wasco County Library will join bookstores and libraries around the world in celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday Tuesday, Sept. 13, 4:00 p.m. Dahl was author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other children and young adult books. This free program will include games, crafts and treats all based on Roald Dahl’s children’s books. The Dalles-Wasco County Library currently has a display of books by Roald Dahl for children and adults to check out and read.

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Survivors offered wellness, healing

Yoga, parenting and health focus of classes

Families who have survived trauma, whether past or present, are being offered free classes and activities to aid in healing through HAVEN of the Columbia River Gorge’s new wellness program.

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MCMC adds payment drop box

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has installed a drop box for payments on Third Street at The Dalles city hall.

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Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

Maryhill Museum is hosting the Pacific Northwest Plein Air exhibit Saturday and Sunday Aug. 27-28.

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Children’s Addition

The Dalles/Wasco County Library celebrated the opening of its new 2,300 square foot children’s addition with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. Approximately 200 people turned out for the event, prompting Oregon State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen to comment that she had never before “seen a crowd this big at a library opening.”

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Serving under a Romanian sky

Local unit trains in Europe with a multi-national force

TD football players apologize to Lions decision’

Members of The Dalles High School football team apologized to the Lion’s Club Tuesday for leaving early after they agreed to do a four-hour shift helping with the Dallesport drag races Aug. 14.

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Tough training ends with graduation

I stood watching the 313 Marines of Alpha Company march onto the parade deck of Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego for Friday’s graduation while wondering how the recruits that I had seen arrive four days earlier were faring. Even as families cheered at the sight of five platoons crisply demonstrating how hours of drilling had taught them to execute sharp movements in synchronicity, the 400 men of India Company were experiencing the “Black Friday” drop into their respective platoons.

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