Christmas Tree Pick-up

The annual Christmas Tree Pickup, a community service and fundraiser for The Dalles Lions Club in partnership with The Dalles Disposal, takes place Saturday, Jan. 13.

January 2, 2018 1:26 p.m. read more..

A Gorge ‘Holiday for Heroes’

The Holiday for Heroes Committee received a photo Dec. 27 from a team of defense contractors in Afghanistan posing with 31 Christmas boxes they received from Gorge residents.

December 28, 2017 12:43 p.m. read more..

Christmas treasure found in Army kettle

The clink of coins dropping into Salvation Army collection kettles during the Christmas season, accompanied by the ringing of the attendant’s bell, are part of the holiday soundscape, but on Dec. 23 bell-ringer Barbara Palmer, stationed at Bi-Mart in The Dalles, received a special “clink” in her bucket: a 1-ounce gold Krugerrand coin. The South African gold coin is valued at about $1,200.

December 27, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..

A ‘festive and bright’ job

It isn’t every day that a 1946 Chevy pickup is parked at the Oregon Veterans’ Home — and in a courtyard closed to vehicles. The truck has evoked fond memories for residents who remember driving that model in their youth. “That has been the biggest hit and the one most commented upon,” said Jennifer Ashley, who strung lights on the truck and filled it with lighted presents and a tree.

December 26, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..

Kids make ‘kits of fun’ for the holidays

Winter break is a good time to strengthen family bonds and the Four Rivers Early Learning and Parenting Hub has put together a kit of fun and creative ways to promote togetherness. About 1,000 of the packets are being distributed in the Mid-Columbia region.

December 19, 2017 2:07 p.m. read more..

Volunteers gear up for bike build

Volunteers from the Wasco County landfill and The Dalles Disposal are doing their second annual bike build Dec. 19, where they will assemble new bikes to be delivered to needy children at Christmas.

December 15, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..

Season challenges veterans

Patrick Wilbern deals every day with veterans in need and wants to make their lives easier during the Christmas season, and he is asking for community help to do that. “This is a tough time of year for many veterans, so it is the perfect time to show them that we care,” he said.

December 15, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..

‘Makerspace’ coming soon

Community members have enthusiastically received the Teen Programming and Digital Media Room at The Dalles-Wasco County Library since its opening last June, so much so that funds will now be used to add another technological advancement: a dedicated “makerspace.” The technology lab will be installed in what is now the periodicals’ section on the second floor (the periodicals will be moved to another shelving unit around the corner.)

December 15, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..

Cochenour receives medal

Les Cochenour, former The Dalles mayor, retired Oregon National Guard officer and longtime volunteer for military organizations, received a significant medal Dec. 2 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.

December 13, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

Columbia Gorge Food Bank to open

The Columbia Gorge Food Bank, a transitional program of the Oregon Food Bank, will soon open in The Dalles to provide supplies for communities in Wasco, Hood River and Sherman counties. The Oregon Food Bank began to serve these communities two years ago, when local need surpassed what the Mid-Columbia Community Action Council could handle.

December 13, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

Vet ID Cards now available

The long-awaited Veterans ID Card is finally available as an alternative proof of military service. “The new identification is something that veterans have been asking about for many years,” said Wasco County Veterans’ Service Officer Russell Jones.

December 8, 2017 12:03 p.m. read more..

Civic hosts Trail Band

The Trail Band returns to the Civic Auditorium on Monday for its 24th annual concert — and this year people will not have to bring blankets into the theater to stay warm. The theater has been closed since last December for roof and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) system repairs. The Trail Band will be the first performance in adequately heated space, although the cold has not stopped tickets from selling out in the past.

December 6, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..

Festival of Trees

The 2017 Festival of Trees live auction brought bidders to the ballroom floor Friday night at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

December 5, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Holiday breakfast supports seniors

People wanting to enjoy the social aspect of the holiday season, and a breather from the hectic pace of Christmas preparations, are invited to a Saturday, Dec. 9, breakfast at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W 9th St.

December 1, 2017 2:40 p.m. read more..


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