Mike Elston of The Dalles High School Class of 1965 stopped by the studios to tell us about a fundraising effort the class had made in order to provide tablets to a match class so they could download textbooks rather than spending all the money for expensive textbooks that would be completely outmoded in a few years. They raised $4,000 in just a few months and then an anonymous giver donated a matching amount, which allowed them to equip another class.
Now the DHS class of 1965 is challenging all other former classes of both The Dalles and Wahtonka to match or beat their gift.
And they’re looking to form an alumni organization. Check out the interview below.
You can reach Mike at (503) 753-7932 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
By his own admission, Mike Smith serves on 21 boards and commissions, and in today’s Talk of The Gorge program, we talk about three of them: his role as a Sherman County Commissioner, his role as chair of the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments and his role as representative to the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization.
Our guests on Talk of the Gorge were Lou Marzeles and Leslie Geatches, the core of the Goldendale-based folk-rock band Sonic Light Brigade. The group focuses on great melody, catchy rhythms, and sound craftsmanship. While known for its prize-winning originals, the group also plays a crowd-pleasing mix of well-known songs, and they are skilled at programming concerts for specific occasions. As live performers, their aim is to be engaging, moving, and at the same time a lot of fun.
In its choice of material, the band specializes in what they call memorable music. “There’s a reason people remember certain music,” says Marzeles. “There are qualities in some songs that make them stick fondly in the mind. We focus on those qualities. During our sets you could hear well-known tunes from a wide range of eras alongside originals that sound like they could have easily come from those same times. We play them because great melody and catchy rhythms are the foundational qualities that shape all lasting trends and patterns for popular music.” The band covers a lot of decades of music, though it certainly isn’t about “oldies,” especially given that half the band is in their 20s and love the music they play. “It’s about melody, harmony, rhythm, fun—by all means fun—the sound and spirit of being in a great groove together.” And when the band performs, they include their audience in that groove. Topping off the familiar sounds are the band’s originals that have won awards and a recording contract.
“Fully Loaded” is putting it mildly. This behemoth of a book is overflowing with the incredible stories, surprising facts, weird news, little-known origins, forgotten history, fun wordplay, and everything else that millions of loyal fans have come to expect from world’s best-selling bathroom reading series. As always, it’s divided by length: quickies for the reader on the go, medium-sized articles for those with a few minutes to spare, and extra-long pieces for those truly leg-numbing experiences. Publisher Gordon Javna talked with us about many of the fascinating topics, from the worst fire in American History (and if you don’t live in the upper Midwest, you’ll never have heard of it)to the World’s Worst Business Decision. \
Throughout the 17-year history of the Epicurious website, the people involved have worked hard to create the best digital recipe collection in the world. What has made their site even better is all of you—our passionate community—weighing in with your expert ratings, reviews, and tips. All of that creativity and expertise has been available on your computer, phone, tablet, printer, and even refrigerator, but it was never available in print, until now!
This collection of over 250 of their best-loved, top-rated recipes was taken from their collection of more than 200,000 recipes. They’ve added menu suggestions, gorgeous new photos from the renowned Ellen Silverman, and most importantly, the community’s best tips and recipes. Tanya Steele reveals some of her favorites
This new classic Christmas gift book “brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity.” Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter’s Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need. We talked with Chris Clarke of Habitat about the book, its story and about Habitat itself.