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 […]

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Manager’s Message – August 2018

Dear Members, HREC’s Performance Ranks High Last month, we received a report showing how our 2017 performance in serving members compared with 813 other cooperatives nationwide. Hood River Electric Cooperative’s rankings were exemplary once again. Our Prices are Affordable and Stable HREC’s average residential electric rate ranked the 13th lowest of the 813 co-ops in the […]

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 […]