99 bottles of news on the wall, 99 bottles of …

15 Sep

Congrats to Heidi McLennon, proprietor of Anana’s Boutique, who earlier this summer opened a companion store in The Dalles. Husband Steve, he of the rhythmic hands and medical acumen, tells us her store in The Dalles often does better than the Hood River store. When you expand, you gotta like a warm reception. Good for you, Heidi …

Uh-oh. I was sworn to secrecy by the person who shared the secret, but then I guess there was a lot more swearing to secrecy going on, because word on the street is that Mary Closson, executive director with the Chamber of Commerce, is out after 2.5 years. On “admin leave,” I hear, after new marketing director Kerry Cobb and two other new recruits walked out, and the Chamber just about lost another recent hire. …

From a source connected to the buyer, word that Hospice of the Gorge may be on track for acquisition by Providence Health Systems. I haven’t had time to pursue the official denials, but I will …

Guess who’s turning 100 next year? That’s right, the Hood River Hotel. They’re working on a cake big enough to hold all those candles. Happy b’day, early …

Port of Hood River becomes the first in the U.S. to deploy an electronic toll collection system, based on the … well, read the details in the press release. It involves wireless technology. Here’s another take on the news  …

Tourism promotion goes viral, thanks to one of the big dawgs. Maryhill Museum of Art has created what it calls 36 Hours in the Gorge, the first in a series of itineraries that point its guests at cool things to do on the way to or from the world-class museum. Thanks, MMA …

Ran into our friend Samantha Irwin, doyenne of The Balch Hotel — in Dufur, which isn’t far from Rufus, or Husum, for that matter — and learned of a cool promo she’s doing called Primp My Bride. Go to the website to learn more and enter. First time I read it, I misread it. Hey, that’s no way to treat a bride! …

Clip and paste here, from Kristin and Nick Walrod: Dancing Moon Farm at Gorge Grown, September 16. Stock up on the fall bounty of tomatoes, squash, melons, garlic, potatoes, strawberries, raspberries and much more, while helping a great cause! Dancing Moon Farm will donate 50% of the sales of its farmers’ market booth on September 16th to the Save Our Library Campaign which is working to reopen the Hood River County Library by supporting a ballot measure this November that will establish an independent Special Library District. For more information about the campaign. This donation would be valid only at the Dancing Moon Farm booth at the Thursday Gorge Grown market, from 4-7 at the Hood River Middle School.

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