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Native wildflowers bloom early, and already in flower is the mules ear, a member of the sunflower family, and the grass widow,  one of the earliest blooms in the eastern Gorge.

Annika Baumgarten never thought she would be pulling weeds in Hawaii. The 14-year-old from The Dalles was happy to do it, however. She recently returned from the United Church of Christ National Youth Event on the island of O’ahu where she spent her time helping the environment, learning Hawaiian culture and bolstering her faith.

The VFW are looking for more members, and were raising funds Friday by collecting donations for memorial poppies handed out at two stores in The Dalles.

Tacia Miller and Finley Hawkins, 5, take in the balsam root and lupine flowers along the Tom McCall Preserve trail at the top of Rowena Loops on Thursday. The Gorge’s majesty is in full bloom as our 6-legged flying friends are hot after nectar.

To the editor: On Sept. 9, we were in The Dalles for an event. We visited the I00F Cemetary to place fresh flowers on our daughter, mother, grandmother and grandfather’s graves. Beautiful green manicured grass upon entering, in the veteran's section, but the section we were visiting was parched, weeds growing about a foot high.

Purple lupine flowers enjoy the recent sunshine on a hillside near the Rowena Crest Viewpoint.

Since the early 1960s, Zion Lutheran Church has celebrated Easter by erecting a stark wooden cross on its lawn at the beginning of Lent, and then decorating it with a riot of flowers the day before Easter.

Lora passed on to glory at the Oregon Veterans Home in the arms of her daughters and in the presence of the Delta angels Monday evening, March 28.