Gary and Sylvia Groce stand in the front yard with their fully restored 26-ton caboose.
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All Aboard!

A piece of the past finds a new home By Drew Myron Some take pride in their manicured yard, others in a bountiful garden. Gary and Sylvia Groce enjoy a massive lawn ornament: a 26-ton red caboose. Blending family history with quirky novelty, their Pine Grove home boasts a fully restored caboose parked on railroad […]

John Gerstenberger and Libby Calnon
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Goodbye and Hello

As a longtime leader retires, HREC makes history with its first female general manager By Drew Myron John Gerstenberger—an earnest self-starter who rose from surveyor to systems engineer to general manager—retired in July after 32 years of service to Hood River Electric Cooperative. His replacement, Libby Calnon, is the first female general manager in HREC […]

Community Meals, a weekly low-cost hot lunch in Mount Hood, draws 20 to 40 diners from around the area who gather to share good food and lively conversation.
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Hot Lunch Among Friends

Weekly meal brings many—mostly seniors—together for food and friendship By Drew Myron What sounds like a party, tastes delicious and feels like home? The answer is Community Meals at Mt. Hood Town Hall. Every Thursday at 11:30 a.m, the basement of the community center fills with friends, neighbors and homestyle meals. Open to all, Community […]

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Literary Socialization

Writers gather for creative support and friendship By Drew Myron At first, the house fills with the gentle click of hands across keyboards, a scratch of pen on paper, turning pages. The room glows in soft, warm light, with comfy couches and pastoral views. Then, relief and release with laughter, tea, wine and sharing. Welcome […]

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Pies, Prizes and Profits

HREC’s annual meeting celebrates success By Drew Myron From pies to prizes to profit, the news was good at Hood River Electric Cooperative’s 72nd annual meeting March 15. The yearly gathering is a family- friendly event that provides members with a state-of- the-cooperative report and an opportunity to elect directors to the board. Addressing a […]

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Adventures in Innkeeping

Fifteen years after buying Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, Steve and Mary Pellegrini revel in seasonal variety By Stu Watson Benjamin Franklin is credited with observing, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” Most of Mary and Steve Pellegrini’s guests leave after one night. But unlike many, who have a limited tolerance […]