Big? This big

How big is big? A 185,000 foot square building has the same footprint size as these combined downtown businesses CM & WO Shepperd, Dave's Sports, At Home on Oak Street, Andrew’s Pizza and Bakery, Skylight Theater and Pub, Cascade Travel, Air Time Hood River, Bank of America, Columbia Art Gallery, Central Cascade Alliance, the basement of the Hood River Police Department, Franz Hardware, Sail World, Hood River Nutrition, Blossoms Eatery, Informal Flowers, Hood River Hotel, Pietro’s Pizza, Windwing, River City Saloon, American Legion, Scott Insurance, Apland Jewelers, Waucoma Bookstore, Midtown Mall, The Wearhouse, Anna’s Boutique, The Gift House Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate Office (2nd and Oak), Hood River Restaurant, Gorge Fly Shop, Discover Bicycles, The Trillium Cafe, A Salon Day Spa Boutique, Frolik, Hood River Stationers, Antiques and Oddities, Down Town Chiropractic, The Next Door Inc., Van Metre's Furniture, Hood River Masonic Lodge, the law office of Jaques, Sharp, Sherrerd and FitzSimons, the law office of Soshkowski and Bischof, Hood River City Administration, Twigs, Benefit Consultants, Acorn Trading Company, Columbia Scooters, Annz Panz, Kerrits, International Museum of Carousel Arts, Wine and Internet Bar, Carousel Candy Company, the law office of Annala, Thompson, Carey and Baker, Christian Supply, The Crazy Pepper Cantina, CAST Performing Art Center, The Frame Gallery and half of Columbia Gorge Trading and Pawn.

Duckwall Pooley Fruit Company's largest building is 30,000 square feet. Diamond Fruit Company's main building at Diamond Central is 90,000 square feet.

Gary J. Fields

Hood River

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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