Emily Fitzgerald

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Sharing Music’s Memories

Walter Lutz shares his love of historical accordions, songs

Nursing homes aren’t usually grim, but for some they can be: Nursing home residents are typically at the ends of their lives, dealing with conditions too severe for their families to handle alone. Isolated from their loved ones and the outside world, it’s easy for some residents to become catatonic, as Walter Lutz discovered in the Columbia Basin Care Facility’s lunchroom one afternoon in 2008 while visiting his dying mother. And so, a couple years later, Lutz carried an accordion up to the nurses’ station at Columbia Basin and asked permission to play live music for the residents.

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‘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.)

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.

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Sleep Center expands in HR

Ronelle Masters and her husband, Alejandro, have enjoyed success since celebrating the grand opening of their second Downey Sleep Center in Hood River this past May.

Minor injured in shooting

A local man allegedly shot a minor in the neck with an AR-15 Saturday afternoon. Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Quinton Street at 2:32 p.m. and arrested Jordan Fus, 20, on numerous charges including assault in the third degree, violation of probation and felon in possession of a firearm.

Santa comes to The Dalles

The Dalles Main Street welcomes a special guest once again this holiday season and children are invited to meet and have their picture taken with him on one of two different Saturdays. “Santa in the Downtown” takes place across from Petite Provence from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

Dufur advances in STEAM competition

Dufur High School is among 255 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which encourages students to tackle real-world issues in their communities using skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

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Teen attends advocacy training

When 15-year-old Isaak Kemp walked into a Sherman County town hall meeting two years ago to ask a question about how tax codes would continue to support the private business sector under a new president, his community was impressed. Now, they have even more reason to be, as Kemp travelled solo from Wasco to Pittsburgh this past October to attend a training for the Climate Change Reality Leadership Corps, a network of environmental activists that’s part of a larger non-profit titled The Climate Reality Project.

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