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In Brief: November 21, 2018

County offices closed for Thanksgiving

On Friday, Nov. 23, most Wasco County offices and departments will be closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Remaining open are the Wasco County communication center (911), District Attorney’s office (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), and Planning Department (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Sing the Messiah and More

This year’s Messiah sing-along will feature choruses from the Messiah as well as other Christmas carols, with plenty of audience participation. Some small groups and soloists will perform. Leading the choruses will be a core group: Two practices are planned, Tuedays on Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, both at 7 pm. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1815 E. 15th ST. Performance is 7 p.m. at St. Peters Landmark Church in The Dalles.

College foundation launches annual appeal

Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation is launching its annual campaign this month to help ensure everyone in the Mid-Columbia region has access to quality educational programs and resources.

The foundation and Columbia Gorge Community College seek to support community members who need it most by providing education and training leading to productive careers.

“CGCC is a well-recognized institution, but there’s more to the college than many people may think,” said Stephanie Hoppe, director of the foundation. “The college is more than an education institution. It is a place where diverse people and groups can convene.”

CGCC Foundation’s purpose is to advance and promote the interests and development of the college, its students, and communities which the college serves.

The foundation hopes to raise $200,000 this year. Charitable gifts help provide financial assistance for community members to pursue their higher education. In addition to awarding approximately $135,000 in general, nursing, and electro-mechanical technology scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year to CGCC students, donations to the foundation this past year provided emergency loans to students in crisis, helped students acquire better reading and writing skills, supported student success initiatives and helped grow the foundation’s endowment.

“One hundred percent of donations within the local community have a direct impact on residents right in your own neighborhood,” Hoppe said. “When you give to CGCC Foundation, you strengthen your community through education.”

The annual campaign of CGCC Foundation is under way now. To learn more about how you can support the foundation’s cause, please contact Hoppe at (541) 506-6113,, or visit

ABC’s of Homebuying Dec. 1

Think you can’t buy a home? You might be surprised. Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation and Columbia Gorge Community College are sponsoring the “ABC’s of Homebuying” Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the The Dalles Campus of CGCC.

Come to this class to learn about the entire process of purchasing a home, including down payment assistance and the Oregon Bond program.

Class is $30 with food included. Pre-registration is required, call 541-506-6011 to register and start the process of being a homeowner. Scholarships are available. Contact Dave Peters for more info at 541-296-3397 x118.

Nominations due Dec. 7

Chamber seeks The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce invites community members to nominate businesses and individuals for recognition at the chamber’s annual banquet on Jan. 17, 2019. Nominations are due Dec. 7 at the chamber.

Nominations are sought for the following:

• Outstanding woman, man and volunteer of the year. Award is based on civic and community service, leadership, professional service and achievements in local organizations.

• Agriculture Person(s) of the year. Award is based on leadership in the agriculture industry, community service, leadership in current and past career. Must be a Wasco County resident.

• Outstanding Youth (ages 16 – 21). Award is based on civic and community service, leadership, academic leadership and length of service and commitment. Must be a The Dalles resident.

• Business of the Year. Award is based on vision that goes beyond “Business as Usual,” demonstrated success and exceptional performance in business practices, qualities of leadership, cooperation, teamwork, and contribution to the business leadership of The Dalles area.

• Educator of the Year. An individual who is exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled from any school in The Dalles (please share examples.)

• First responder of the year. Award is for a person having gone above and beyond the call of duty in any particular incident, and showing exemplary bravery or skill (please share an example.)

Nomination is open to all residents of Wasco County, regardless of chamber membership. Additional written explanations and letters of support may be submitted along with the nomination form. The person who nominated the candidate will be contacted. Call the Chamber at 541-296-2231 or email for more information.


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