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By Deb Brumley
For The Sentinel 

Hackbarth retiring after 24 years

A personal remembrance


August 21, 2019


A NEW LIFE: Lori Hackbarth, left, with family members Jon and Jennie York, is retiring after 22 years as executive assistant to the superintendent of the Goldendale School District.

Nearly a handful of decades have passed since a 17-year-old, newly single, young mother of a baby girl took a necessary customer service job at Grigg's Department Store in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. This young mom was responsible for the store's customer happiness, the reconciliation of till monies, correct employee timecards, employee camaraderie and any other problem-solving aspect of the store's operations. She was not old enough to vote but was old enough to be divorced, a mother, and to shoulder more management responsibilities than her pay or job description might suggest.

This early, high level of responsibility at a very tender age, may well have been the precursor to her professio...

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