The long-awaited Veterans ID Card is finally available as an alternative proof of military service. “The new identification is something that veterans have been asking about for many years,” said Wasco County Veterans’ Service Officer Russell Jones.
Concert first in the newly-heated space
The Trail Band returns to the Civic Auditorium on Monday for its 24th annual concert — and this year people will not have to bring blankets into the theater to stay warm. The theater has been closed since last December for roof and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) system repairs. The Trail Band will be the first performance in adequately heated space, although the cold has not stopped tickets from selling out in the past.
The 2017 Festival of Trees live auction brought bidders to the ballroom floor Friday night at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.
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People wanting to enjoy the social aspect of the holiday season, and a breather from the hectic pace of Christmas preparations, are invited to a Saturday, Dec. 9, breakfast at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W 9th St.
Margo Vankat, right, serves potatoes at St. Mary's Academy during the Community Thanksgiving meal Thursday. Organizers said the flow of diners was steady throughout the day, supported by a host of volunteers who were busy serving, preparing and cleaning.
As a daredevil kid who didn’t suffer too many scrapes growing up, Garron Dahle was cool and confident, with an uncanny ability to measure risk, his dad said. It’s a skillset that has served him well in his military career as a special operations combat controller — someone who orchestrates multiple airborne assets in combat situations — and recently earned him a Bronze Star Medal.
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John Huffman, in his new role as state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, announced Monday that the agency was investing $13.2 million to improve access to health care services for Gorge communities. The loan will be used by One Community Health, a nonprofit provider, to replace its Hood River dental and medical complex, 1220 Indian Creek Road.
Free holiday meal open to anyone
Prep work began Monday for the annual community Thanksgiving meal, which takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles. The free meal is open to anyone.
‘Sasquatch & Spirituality’ presented at Discovery Center
Last Friday night the Discovery Center hosted a lecture by Mel Skahan, called “Sasquatch & Spirituality.” Mel is a forester for the Yakama Nation, and he’s worked outdoors in that postion for over 20 years.
Eighty-five boxes are on their way to troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East thanks to the generosity of area residents, reported Chris Mumford, co-chair of the Holiday for Heroes Committee, on Friday afternoon.
Evelyn Rogers, a third grader at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles, wanted to celebrate her eighth birthday in September by helping people in need. She asked family and friends to forego buying her gift and, instead, donate items for families who had been displaced by Hurricane Harvey in Texas in late August.
The Holiday for Heroes Committee has raised more than $2,000 for troop boxes and accumulated a pile of snack and hygiene items for shipments to the Middle East. Because of the community’s generosity, Mike Knopf, a member of the committee and The Dalles Outpost Leader for Point Man International Ministries, said more than 30 boxes — the original goal — can be filled on Thursday.
The Dalles celebrated Veterans Day with a parade led by a number of women veterans as grand marshals.