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Buckle up for Hood River County Fair

Country Music Star Sammy Kershaw

A Columbia Gorge summer highlight arrives soon. Loaded with exhibits, family-friendly tradition, and fun for everyone, the Hood River County Fair, returns to the Hood River County Fairgrounds, Wednesday through Saturday, July 26-29. The fair has been named “best in the state.” It’s known for outstanding entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults, a wide variety of displays, and food to please every taste. The fairgrounds are at 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River, Oregon, near the community of Odell. The Hood River County Fairboard organizes the fair, and a wonderful group of community sponsors and hard-working volunteers make it possible.

The fair serves up open class, 4-H, FFA, and commercial exhibits of all kinds, along with carnival rides and midway fun, exotic animals, livestock, daily appearances by dynamic performers, special entertainment every evening—including Country Music’s Sammy Kershaw on Saturday–great activities, and all kinds of delicious food. Continue reading

July is National Picnic Month – therefore, it’s hardly surprising that the following are “official” national holidays to be celebrated this month: National Grilling Month, Hot Dog Month, Pickle Month, Horseradish Month, Baked Beans Month, Ice Cream Month, Watermelon Month, AND let’s not forget that July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day!

• The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1 to July 3, 1863, is considered by many military historians as the turning point of the American Civil War, because it marked the last major attempted invasion of the North by the Confederacy. Continue reading

By Delia Lopez

This year is flying past. It has been a cold wet year here in Oregon. This is what Steve Solomon, author of “Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades,” would call a cabbage year. If you are growing a garden to actually feed your family you’d better be growing cabbage. Many people till their garden area around May 15 and put in all their starts in a single weekend.

Corn seed rots pretty quickly in cold wet soils, so planting too early or when the ground is still cold will result in very low rates of germination and stunted growth. Yesterday, I saw the first signs of life from my corn area, little two-inch shoots coming up. I soak my seed in warm water to hasten germination. I have found it makes a real difference. Continue reading

By Jim Kight, NW Connection

Recently I have been a “guest” at two of the local hospitals. For those of you who have had similar experiences the one thing you look forward to during your stay is meal time. Traditionally, hospital food could best be described as institutional and tasteless, without regard to presentation or convenience of delivery. However, there is one hospital that has split from the herd, Adventist Medical Center.

To my surprise and delight, they had items that were on their order menu that I would expect in a fine dining restaurant. I thought this was too good to be true. So, I picked up the phone and ordered my meal. It was delivered on time and hot…except for the carrot cake.

For this story, I interviewed Irene Franklin, who is a real fireball and a get-things-done type of person. Franklin is Director of Nutritional Services and a Registered Dietitian. Continue reading

Mark Ellis, The Northwest Connection, Assistant Editor

Margo Goodman, owner, Double Mountain Horse Ranch

Hitting the trail at Double Mountain

On a gorgeous spread of farmland plateau above the Columbia River outside Hood River stands the Double Mountain Horse Ranch. It’s hard to imagine a better place for those seeking the adventure and renewal that comes from riding a beautiful trail on horseback.

“Horses captured me from an early age,” says owner Margo Goodman.

When the opportunity arose seven years ago, Goodman made the decision to cash in her retirement account of $80,000 and purchase the ranch. “It has been a wonderful journey,” she says. “The Lord has had His hand in my life, guiding me and keeping me healthy through horsemanship.” Continue reading

Nancy J. Smith, Photo Credit: Studio One Photography

Nature photographer Nancy J. Smith has received her sixth national award from the Calendar Marketing Association (CMA). The Association sponsors the industry’s premier awards program honoring the highest quality in calendar design and production. Smith’s 2017 ‘The Majestic Pacific Northwest’ calendar was submitted in a category with the widest pool of competitors: Wall Class Retail Division, Best Scenic Photography category. Criteria used by the CMA panel of judges to select its winners include: calendar originality, information quality, complete execution of the subject or theme and quality of photography.

“I think what makes my calendar unique is the ‘close-up corner’ on each page, where I provide a showcase for the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. There, I provide in-depth background and detail on a particular wildflower or species of wildlife I’ve found in the region. A big part of each photographic adventure is my anticipation of what I’m going to see – it’s always different. I challenge myself to give audiences the sense of what I’m seeing and feeling. I’m thrilled by CMA’s recognition but my biggest reward is bringing joy and inspiration to others through my work.” Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

It was bound to happen. It’s that time of year. Our lawns that Craig has worked so diligently on – sloping masterpieces of green sward – are, all of a sudden, pock marked with pyramids of finely dug dark brown earth.

Now, there are a couple of ways to look at this: Number one – “Wow, this is great dirt! Get the pots for the deck and fill them up!” Number two – “Connie, call the mole guy – NOW!” Well, I threw the mole guy’s card away four years ago – after the “incident.”

It was late fall. The leaves had fallen and the air was crisp. I was relaxing in the living room; dark was setting in; and so was I. Craig came in from outside. Continue reading

The rose, the flower for those born in the month of June, is the national flower of both the United States and England. It is also state flower of several states including Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia, New York and Texas. Portland, Oregon holds an annual Rose Festival, and in Southern California’s annual Rose Parade features hundreds of floats decorated with many thousands of roses and other flowers and plants. Continue reading

Melodie Favara: Photo credit, Jim Kight

Meet Blake, Toshia and Melody: Photo credit, Jim Kight

A year and four months after moving her traditional barber shop to its new location on 1149 NE Division Street, Melodie Favara is still catching up with customers from her former location, and has attracted quite a few new ones.

“Traditional” is the key word at Hair’s My Barber Shop; Favara is the proprietress of a classic barber shop—complete with a vintage barber pole–catering exclusively to men.

“I knew after three weeks in beauty school that traditional barbering for men was the career path for me,” she says.

When an expansion by her former landlord necessitated the shop’s relocation, Favara began scouting for a new location. In terms of square footage, the January 2016 move was a big upgrade, from a 300- square foot, two-chair shop on NE Kane to the 1000-square foot shop on Division. Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

First, my credentials…I have a PHD in scary movies – hence my superb qualifications to write this particular column. My PHD was earned at the tender age of seven when I moved into my own bedroom and realized I had made one huge mistake.

It had a large walk in closet and off of that closet was a door that led to an attic. Until I figured out that I could wedge a chair under the door knob, rendering the closet useless, I simply didn’t sleep. Yes, my parents did say “what’s with the chair?” I responded with the probable grim consequences of removing the chair and after a few strange looks, my parents just left the whole thing alone. I loved that chair! Somehow, I knew I’d be fine in the daytime. Nighttime was the problem. There was a light bulb with a string in the attic (dead giveaway that something was in there).

Now, this did not stop me from watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the first one). Continue reading

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