Dan Brophy, a decorated Marine combat veteran and The Dalles outpost leader for Pointman Ministries, will take the role of grand marshal for the local Fourth of July parade. “I think the Fourth is a time for us to appreciate America, and celebrate in an appropriate way the freedom we have as a nation,” Brophy said of serving as “pointman” for the third annual Independence Day celebration.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced Thursday that his bill to rename The Dalles veterans’ clinic after Sgt. First Class Loren R. Kaufman, a native of The Dalles and one of Oregon’s 14 Medal of Honor recipients, has been signed into law by the president.
The Dalles City Council has tabled a request to provide $90,000 for an office manager position at the Wasco County Veterans Service Office for each of the next five fiscal years. On June 13, city officials told Andretta Schellinger, facilitator for Home Fires Burning, a local group that supports female vets and military families, that they wanted time to study the issue. She made the pitch for funding on behalf of her organization and the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee.
The plot of Missoula Theater’s Princess and the Pea strays far from the original fairy tale, with Jack Frost wreaking havoc in the kingdoms of Storm Glacierdom and Riverdom and real-live Dust Bunnies crawling out from under a Princess’s bed to perform a ballet.
Relay for Life participants gather for a Luminaria Ceremony Saturday night at 10 p.m. The luminary are decorated in remembrance of community members who have died of cancer. The names of all were read during the ceremony as their names, and some photographs, were projected on the wall.
Visitors enjoying the Fly-In at the Columbia Gorge Regional/The Dalles Municipal Airport in Dallesport admire a restored Corsair with U.S. Marine Corps markings.
What's Happening from July 19, 2016
The Dalles City Council will be asked Monday to provide $90,000 in funding for each of the next five fiscal years for veterans services. The request has been made by Les Cochenour, president of the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee and Andretta Schellinger, facilitator for Home Fires Burning, a local group that supports female vets and military families.
The second annual “Mom Prom” — a chance to get dolled up and help a good cause at the same time — is set for Friday, June 24 at the Civic Auditorium. Some 40 items will be auctioned, considerably more than last year, and a dinner spread with plenty of options from Italian to Mexican will be on offer, as well as a candy “bar” where people can load up on sweets.
Organizers of the fourth annual Maupin Madness Poker Run expect 120 bikers to show up Saturday, June 11, because the event offers a ride over 200 miles of curvy rolling roads and a great cause — proceeds benefitting disabled veterans. “We’ve just about doubled attendance every year and this is something that can be expected to grow,” said Cristie Amaral, director of the Maupin Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event.
Nonprofit event calendar from May 31.
The small town of Wasco was decked out in red, white and blue Monday as people from around the region and beyond gathered to honor America’s war dead and celebrate the freedoms defended by veterans.
Rod Runyon shares highlights of journey to honor U.S. vets
Memorial Day observances are being held in both The Dalles and Wasco, and organizers invite area residents to attend and pay respects to America’s war dead, veterans and active-duty troops. Jeremy Anderson, chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2471, is the keynote speaker for The Dalles ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, in front of the Veterans’ Memorial at Kelly Viewpoint.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Fort Dalles Museum are participating in the 2016 Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to five family members, from Memorial Day weekend beginning May 28, through Labor Day, Sept. 5.