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Aesthetician Lively to join acupuncturist Clark at new May Street location

The Heights exerts ever greater appeal.

Mary Lively, who has based her aesthetician services out of Flow Yoga/Day Spa on Third Street for the last 10 years, is moving south with co-worker Nikol Clark. Clark has purchased a craftsman-style home at 1029 May Street, which will house Lively’s practice and her own. They’ll open shared doors in January, after renovations are complete.

Lively provides complimentary skin care consultations, treatment facials, chemical peels, organic skin care, microdermabrasion, waxing and make up. Clark will offer acupuncture, custom blended Chinese herbal formulas, and fine teas.

Contact Lively by e-mail or calling 541-490-5796.


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Pop in to Naked Winery for Green Drinks, news about its sustainability efforts

Gorge Owned hosts the last Green Drinks of 2013 tonight (Dec. 11, Wednesday), at Naked Winery’s tasting room downtown, corner of Second and Cascade.

The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Attendees will learn about Naked Winery’s efforts to reduce waste and carbon emissions. Lots of networking oppies, too. This event is open to the public. GO! requests a $5 donation to cover organizing costs. GO! members get in for free!

Green Drinks coincides with the first Holiday Giving event in downtown Hood River. Downtown stores will be open late and encouraging members of the community to come downtown to fill out wish lists at their favorite downtown stores. Participating stores will choose a local charity and offer incentives to customers who donate.

Go here to get more info about Green Drinks and Gorge Owned.


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Santa Claus took detour, but he and parade will make it to Hood River Dec. 13

The cold, snowy and slick weather last week drove a spike through the heart of the previously scheduled Christmas parade in downtown Hood River, but it’s back on the calendar for this coming Friday, Dec. 13.

Dean Pivirotto, membership assistant with the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, says “this year’s Hood River Holidays Kick-off Celebration/Parade/Tree Lighting … is now going to be this coming Friday night, December 13th, from 5 to 8 p.m.”

For full information, just check out the details online. 

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Hood River County housing sales, pricing continue recovery from 2011 lows

Hood River County real estate sales numbers and pricing continues its recovery, according to Joel Knutson of RE/MAX River City in Hood River.

Citing real estate sales numbers for Hood River County through the end of October, Knutson says data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service shows the median price of a single family home is about back to what it was in 2009.

Average home prices (skewed by sales of higher-priced houses) are hovering between the numbers for 2008 and 2009.

Knutson says sales numbers put the county on pace to equal transaction totals for the year 2007, just before the housing bubble burst.


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Snow, cold prompt Chamber to postpone downtown holiday parade to Friday, Dec. 13

This just in — because of weather and slick road conditions, the annual holiday parade in downtown Hood River has been postponed until Friday, Dec. 13.

The parade, organized by the Hood River Chamber of Commerce and downtown business community, typically wraps up at Overlook Park with the lighting of the community Christmas tree.

Stay tuned for updated information at organizers — and the rest of us — wrestle with the cold, snow and changeable conditions.

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Cold weather suspends bridge work, traffic delays

A quick note from the Port of Hood River:

“Due to cold temperatures, welding has been suspended for this week. Delays will resume next week Monday, November 25, through Wednesday, November 27. Anticipates one-lane closures 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on these days. Drivers can anticipate up to 10-minute delays.”

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Full Sail lagers rock the (taste)buds at World Beer Championships

This freshly poured news from the folks at Full Sail Brewing — its lineup of lagers won seven gold and four silver medals from the World Beer Championships.

According to a company news release, every Full Sail lager earned either a gold or silver medal at this year’s competition.

“This is such an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster.

“The sophistication and complexity of lager beers highlight a brewer’s skill and passion for quality. To bring home a medal for every single one of our lagers is testament to the craftsmanship that comes with our 26 years of brewing.”

Longtime Northwest beer writer John Foyston has tasted a few, and has described Full Sail as “Oregon’s biggest, best lager brewery.”

The Beer Championships are a blind tasting conducted by the respected Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, which also evaluates a variety of other alcoholic beverages.

Here are the Full Sail beers and honors:


  • Session Premium Lager
  • Session Fest Premium Red Lager
  • LTD 06 Black Bock Lager
  • LTD 04 Pale Bock Lager
  • LTD 03 Bohemian Pilsner Lager
  • “26″ Cascade Pilsner
  •  Big Daddy J’s Imperial Lager


  • Session Black Premium Dark Lager
  • LTD 07 Oktoberfest
  • LTD 05 Vienna Lager
  • Vendell Veizen Weizen Bock


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Goodwill prepares to open doors Thursday on new mega-store in The Dalles

Aerial view shows interior of the new Goodwill store in The Dalles, about 70 percent stocked for the store's Nov. 21 opening.

Aerial view shows interior of the new Goodwill store in The Dalles, about 70 percent stocked for the store’s Nov. 21 opening.

After months of construction in The Dalles at the site of the former Albertson’s grocery store, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette at 7 a.m. Thursday will open its 49th store — 9,500 square feet of curated contributions from people who in all likelihood have documented their donations for tax deduction purposes.

Dale Emanuel, spokesperson for Goodwill, says the four-day grand opening will feature giveaways of five $100 Goodwill shopping sprees and a Grand Prize of a 55-inch flat screen TV. Free coffee, too.

The store, located at 1218 W. 6th St., will employ has many as 30 people, two-thirds of whom have a barrier to employment. The store’s total area is more than 22,000 square feet.

Earlier this year, Goodwill opened a Goodwill boutique store (Goodwill on Oak), prompting some grumbles from neighboring merchants about the perceived lack of an aesthetic fit with the desired cachet of downtown Hood River retailing. All that said, the downtown store has been a popular destination for bargain hunters.

Other casual commenters noted concerns about the non-profit’s business model. A smattering of comments to the Buzzer noted that Goodwill generates healthy margins on sales of donated items priced below what retailers of new items — at for-profit stores — must charge for their purchased inventory.

Another correspondent, with a long history in the journalistic trenches, pointed us (and you) to this story in the Portland Business Journal, about the issue of Goodwill executive compensation.

The store in The Dalles is 75 miles away from the Goodwill store in Gresham.

Emanuel says that when Goodwill sells a donated item, “95 cents of every dollar provides vocational opportunities – including jobs, job training and job-placement services – to people with barriers to employment. In 2012, Goodwill’s Job Connection staff was able to find community employment for more than 10,000 Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington residents. GICW programs served more than 52,000 local individuals in 2012.”

She urged people in need of employment assistance to visit the new store’s Job Connection office or go online.

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