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Senior news: Don’t take for granted the simple joys of everyday life

I’m not fond of these winter doldrums in The Dalles: grey overcast skies with a few days of sunshine, just to tease us that better days are ahead. And although I may not like them, I find these gloomy days are necessary, because without them I wouldn’t really appreciate the warm T-shirt days with blue skies. And isn’t that the way it is in our daily lives? All the challenges and difficulties, the missteps and losses, remind us not to take for granted the simple joys and comforts we can experience every precious day.

One local flu case reported so far but more expected

While only one person in Wasco County has reported getting the flu this year, health officials say they expect that number to rise around the beginning of the year.

What's happening from Dec. 14

Nonprofit events calendar from Dec. 14, 2014.

Ask Dr. K: Preventing sleep apnea will also help your heart

DEAR DOCTOR K: At my last checkup, my doctor asked if I snore. When I told the doctor that my husband says I snore a lot, the doctor said snoring can be a sign of heart disease, particularly in postmenopausal women. What does snoring have to do with heart disease? DEAR READER: Snoring is not a sign of heart disease, but it can be a sign of sleep apnea. And people with sleep apnea are at greater risk for heart disease. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes brief, repeated pauses in breathing throughout the night. A woman’s risk of sleep apnea rises after menopause.

Looking back, Dec. 14

Looking back on Dec. 14, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

‘Wild’ delivers

Rare is the movie that delivers on the promise of a book, but “Wild,” the true story of a Portland woman’s hard-won reclamation of her shattered life, is such a film.

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Seeing Stars

A Red Carpet rundown

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Heavenly Sleep

THE “RAMONA HARWOOD Christmas Carolers,” made up of fourth graders from Colonel Wright Elementary school, sing Silent Night, with hand motions, while caroling at the Columbia Gorge Senior Center in The Dalles during lunch Thursday, Dec. 12.

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Flights of fancy

SANTA PREPARES for takeoff in his hot air balloon in this Christmas display on Bridge street between 9th and 10th streets in The Dalles. Submit your Christmas photos by email, TDCphotos @thedalleschronicle.com.

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Mirror image

STILL WATER reflects a small sailboat moored in the guest moorage area of The Dalles marina as the sun sets Tuesday evening.

What's happening from Dec. 9

Nonprofit events calendar from Dec. 9, 2014.

Christmas at the library

The Dalles Wasco County public library will host a children’s puppet show and holiday movie Saturday, Nov. 29. Puppets begin at noon, with movie to follow. The puppet show is “Jingle Bell Rock” by Martin’s puppet theater, a new show for the holidays featuring Frosty the snowman and holiday music including Sleigh Ride, selections from the Nutcracker Suite and Jingle Bell Rock. There will be a magic show by Father Christmas, variety acts by Rudolph the Reindeer and the ever popular Punch and Judy. The show is family friendly, recommended for ages 3 and up. For more information on the show and movie, call the library at 541-296-2815.

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Group plans for female warriors

Organizers expand mission to honor veterans of both genders

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