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A helping hand for the homeless

About a year ago, Dorothy Rodriguez Anderson began handing food and clothing out to the homeless people she saw at the laundromat in The Dalles. She operated out the back door, providing a stream of love, support, acceptance, clothes and food.

What's Happening from September 10

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One caring adult away from success

To many who knew him, “Daniel” probably seemed to be just another sad statistic. Growing up on the tough streets of North Portland, he first started getting in trouble at age 12.

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‘It just sometimes takes a village’

Simple answers to a challenging task

Becky Windsor’s approach to being a foster mom is simple, but effective. “I just love them as much as I can while I have them, but I always know deep in my heart that I’m going to have to let them go, so I do,” said Windsor, who typically has the foster “kiddos” in the family’s Hood River home for six months.

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Help for kids in their middle years

(Editor’s Note: Following is the second of three installments on programs offered by The Next Door, Inc., and what you can do to help children and their families). We all had that awkward moment when we were kids where we wondered where we fit into the world.

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‘Wall That Heals’ damaged by vandals in Goldendale

A 13-year-old boy was apprehended by the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office Saturday for defacing the Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., that was on display Goldendale.

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Riding for America’s warriors

I pulled into the Chronicle parking lot just before sunrise Wednesday morning to find Rod Runyon, Northeast District ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, and three other bikers ready to depart. We were headed out on a very important mission: To escort The Wall that Heals on its one-hour journey from Toppenish to Goldendale, where it would be visited by thousands from Thursday, Aug. 31, through Sunday afternoon, Sept. 3.

Point Man moves on two fronts

The Dalles Outpost of Point Man International Ministries is on a mission to help veterans who are struggling with the aftermath of war, and to send comfort and care items to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Toward that end, the group, an “outreach for veterans by veterans” will be in high gear raising funds through two different venues during the next few weeks: A poker run and a Stoner AR-15 raffle.

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Welcoming The Wall

Forty-one bikers escorted The Wall That Heals into Goldendale Wednesday, where it was greeted by groups of cheering citizens who lined Broadway Street.

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‘Show in the Shade’ classic winners announced

Winner of the Cruise the Gorge Show in the Shade, “#1 Under the Sun,” went to a 1933 Chev Roadster shown by Greg and Dotty Meyer of Tigard.

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Rotary program promotes peace

Youth Exchange project opens the world to area high school students

Since the early 1970s, The Dalles Rotary Club has sponsored the Rotary Youth Exchange, which provides high school students with the opportunity to study in a foreign country.

Gorge cities recognized for war heroes

The Dalles and Hood River are two of 12 towns in Oregon that will be designated as a “Medal of Honor City.”

‘Back to School Bash’ Saturday

Youth and children from throughout the region are invited to a “Back to School Bash” starting at noon Saturday at the Wahtonka Campus of The Dalles High School, 220 E. 10th Street. The event is free, and backpacks with school supplies will be available, along with free haircuts, games and clothing.

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Community Meal seeks volunteers

Community Meal, which has been providing a free meal to all comers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for over 30 years, is looking for a few new groups to help prepare meals a few times a year.

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Military museum opens doors

Grand opening planned for Veterans Day

The Dalles finally has a museum dedicated exclusively to the military. With thousands of veterans living in Wasco County, a museum to honor locals who have served in the armed forces has long been on a community “wish list,” and is now a reality.


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