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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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Riding to save vet lives

It isn’t unusual to have a former graduate return to town for a visit; however, it is unusual to have that individual cycle 300 miles across Oregon to get here. AJ Davila, 34, a 2000 graduate of Wahtonka High School, rolls into town Aug. 27 or 28, the end of a two to three-day journey from Klamath Falls to raise money for other veterans.

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Exploring Marine culture

DI explains meaning behind boot camp chaos

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Library makes room for kids, teens

The Dalles/Wasco County Library has grown … younger. Earlier this month, the library, at 722 Court Street, completed a 2,300-square-foot addition to the main building that is geared toward youngsters. The newly finished space will be used for story times, kids’ books and programs, arts and crafts, board games, and other kid-oriented activities.

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Recruits recall first day

SAN DIEGO — Garrett Berg and Hunter Leonard, both 18, remember the chaotic night they arrived at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego as the most traumatic of the eight weeks they have now spent in training.

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A moment of shame

SAN DIEGO — Yesterday I told you all about what happens when recruits arrive at the Receiving Center to be processed for training. The chaos where every move is orchestrated by drill instructors is designed to disorient young males (all females train at Parris Island, S.C.) and prepare them for a grueling 13 weeks of boot camp. Today it was our turn. I couldn’t help but groan when our bus pulled up outside the center shortly after 7 a.m. and Sgt. David Alvarado was waiting on the curb with a small horde of other DIs, Marine sergeants and officers.

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