How long has it been since you have had fruit fresh off the tree? Tired of eating fruit from your local grocery that has no taste? Then you need to come to the Draper Girls Country Farm. Not only do they have a plethora of fresh fruits like, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and apricots, but also early summer vegetables. The best part is you can pick them yourself, or you can purchase them already in a basket, ready to take home.
The farm is beautifully landscaped and maintained with Mt. Hood in the background. Continue reading
Last year I wrote about Letterboxing as an enthralling treasure-hunt style activity and public library summer reading programs as methods to fill time and keep the edge on those nine months of education that your child just completed. I also consistently mention how much our children simply want to spend time with their parents. They don’t necessarily need a trip to Disneyland, Great Wolf Lodge or a Caribbean resort to make a happy memory with you. Instead, consider conserving what is in your wallet and instead go for these simple methods of spending time together without spending money.
Help your child start a lemonade stand. Continue reading
The Hood River County Fair, presented by Griffith Motors, returns Wednesday through Saturday, July 27-30. It’s a fun and traditional family-oriented county fair, that’s been named the “best in the state.” The fair is known for outstanding entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults, displays and exhibits, and food to please every taste. The scenic fairgrounds are at 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River, near the community of Odell. Continue reading
Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job.
The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign someone to an expensive contract. After a short honeymoon, the new leader will sink into the bureaucratic quagmire and leave after a short and forgettable tenure.
Management experts know that if system results are disappointing, you need to change the system, not the people. The single most important change Portland could make would be to redesign how the money flows.
Right now, tax dollars go to school bureaucracies, regardless of results. Students are assigned to schools like widgets in a factory, and few families have a “Plan B” if they are unhappy. Continue reading
There she was. The love of my life. Of course, we were only in the 2nd grade, but I knew she was the one. I ran up to her swing and kissed her. Oh, the heaven’s exploded. Sadly, it didn’t go anywhere. She picked one of the other boys who kissed her.
I decided I wanted a more mature woman anyway. So, when I was in the 5th grade, I set my eyes on Sandy, the beautiful 8th grader. She was taller than me, so a kiss wasn’t likely. But one morning as I passed my sister’s dresser, I saw her bracelet. Suddenly the entire plan came together. At recess I gave the bracelet to Lonnie, my fearless friend, with the instructions to tell Sandy it was from me. The rest of the day flew by, daydreaming at my desk of life with Sandy…until Continue reading
The other day, Pauli called me. She lives in Marysville, WA. Her husband Dave passed away a little over a year ago. It’s hard to think of them without each other. They were a perfect balancing act and our dearest friends.
We met showing dogs and decided it would be more fun to travel to the same shows in our motor homes. We did this for many years. Dave lived well into his 90’s and Pauli is now in her 80’s. Her last Pekingese dog died on Dave’s last birthday. To say we love them both is almost an understatement. Pauli can tell a joke like no other. And, Dave’s penchant for talking politics and riling up someone standing near was legendary. Continue reading
The first version of “Yankee Doodle” is generally attributed to a British army physician, Dr. Richard Schuckberg, during the French and Indian War. It was a satiric look at New England’s Yankees. According to one story, Shuckburgh wrote the song after seeing the appearance of Colonial troops under Colonel Thomas Fitch, V, the son of Connecticut Governor Thomas Fitch. It is believed that the tune comes from the nursery rhyme Lucy Locket.
“Brother Ephraim sold his cow
And bought him a commission
And then he went to Canada
To fight for the nation;
But when Ephraim,
he came home Continue reading
On June 7th, 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, led the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.
Stuck, an accomplished amateur mountaineer was born in London in 1863. After moving to the United States, in 1905 he became Archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Yukon, Alaska, where he was an admirer of Native Indian culture and traveled Alaska’s difficult terrain to preach to villagers and establish schools. Continue reading
The 12th annual Gorge Days celebration is taking place in North Bonneville, Washington, Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, 2016. Just 45 minutes east of Vancouver off of Highway 14, North Bonneville provides a magnificent setting in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. All events take place at or around North Bonneville City Park and the celebration is sponsored by the City of North Bonneville and organized by the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.
The weekend kicks off on Friday morning with citywide garage sales that continue all day Saturday. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what your police officers and county deputies do throughout the day and evening to protect you while you are at work or sleeping? Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is presenting their 12th annual Citizens’ Police Academy in Wood Village City Hall so you can find out first-hand.
The program is open to adults over the age of 18 and, in the past, attendees over the age of 70 have attended. The students are a cross section of our community with several married couples attending. Continue reading