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Students from the TDHS/Wasco 4-H Robotics program placed second in the North Marion Invitational VEX tournament and took home the Robot Design Award last weekend. Their accomplishments earned them a spot in the Oregon VEX State Championship tournament to be held in Salem March 8-9. Pictured (from left) are: Shane Squires, Coach Jesse Trosper, Frances Fuller, and Angel Garcia

Application received

An application to construct a single family residence at 1605 E. 19th St. has been received by the The Dalles Community Development Department.

Applicants are Robert Bart and Jonathan Blum, property owner is Bart & Blum LLC. The property is zoned low density residential. Written comment will be accepted until 5 p.m., March 1, at the planning department office, 313 Court St.

Other “Celilo” focus of talk

Local historian John Brookhouse will present the program, “The Town Above Celilo Falls,” 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Original Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles.  Brookhouse has family connections to the long-ago town that served as the launching site for the upper Columbia River above Celilo Falls, called Celilo but not to be confused with the Indian village at the falls.

Brookhouse has added and enlarged maps and photos from last summer’s Wasco County Historical Society program.

Two programs on the 2019 Regional History Forum series canceled because of weather and have been rescheduled.  “World War I, Part 2” is Saturday, March 2, and “Japanese Families in the Mosier Area” is Saturday, March 9.

Admission is free but donations are welcome.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

Center fundraiser Friday

A dinner and auction fundraiser for the Mid-Columbia Senior Center is planned for Friday, Feb. 22.  The event will be held at the Center, 1112 W. 9th Street, The Dalles.

Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m. and auction begins at 6:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by The Springs at Mill Creek, Schultens Ford and Cousins Restaurant, which will serve a Chicken Cordon Bleu dinner.

 Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased at Klindt’s booksellers and Stationers and at the door. Auction items include a one-night stay with dinner for two at Wildhorse Resort and Casino; four Trailblazer tickets; lunch and 18 holes of golf for two at the Chinook Winds Golf Resort and a one-night stay at McMenamins Edgefield.

History after hours

History After Hours, which was postponed during the recent snowstorm, has been rescheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 1, at St. Peter’s Landmark in The Dalles. It is sponsored by St. Peter’s Landmark and the Wasco County Historical Society.

 This is a gathering of the historical organizations in and around Wasco County to share ideas and get to know each other in an informal setting.  Appetizers and drinks will be served. If you have an interest in local history and would like more information about the museums and organizations in the area, you are invited. For more information or questions, call 541-296-5785.

History presentation

On Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m., the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum will host Eric Gleason, The Dalles resident and professional archaeologist, presenting “From Pioneer Drugstore to Community Icon: The Waldron Brothers Drugstore, The Dalles.”

A dinner starts prior to the presentation at 6 p.m. Admission for the dinner and program is $15; the program alone is $5.

Gorge Hops and Hogs

The Gorge Hops and Hogs event, a “family-friendly BBQ extravaganza” presented by Sedition Brewing and The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, is coming up June 15, 2019.

The event is planned to take place in Lewis & Clark Festival Park and will feature a barbecue competition, “People’s Choice” BBQ tasting, regional craft beer and wine, “beer yoga,” live music, food trucks, sponsor exhibits, backyard games, and a kids’ zone.

Registration to compete in the festival is now open, details can be found at www.gorgehopsandhogs.com.

Cultural grant cycle opens

The 2019 Spring Grant Cycle for Sherman County’s Cultural Coalition will begin March 1. Applicants may be individuals or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits. Application deadline is March 29.

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote culture, humanities, heritage and the arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at: https://www.shermancountyculturalcoalition.com.

Completed grant applications may be mailed to Sherman County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039; or emailed to shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com. Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com for more information.

Development grants awarded

Sherman Development League (SDL) has announced the successful completion of grant awards for 2019, committing $19,087.00 to projects of benefit to Sherman County.

Included are projects proposed by Sherman County Ambulance, Sherman County Historical Museum, Sherman County Preschool, Sherman County School – PTO and Wasco School Events Center. Since 2007, the Development League has awarded 77) grants totaling $1,138,095, emergency funding in the amount of $78,412 for eight organizations and provided several loans to private and public entities. Applications for the next round of grant requests will be available in the fall of 2019. Requests for loans may be submitted at any time.

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