Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Mid-Columbia Reading Council was recently honored by the International Reading Association on the 20th anniversary of the chartering of the council.
The Reading Council is an organization of educators and people interested in literacy and improving reading instruction and promoting literacy worldwide. The council has more than 100 members in Hood River, The Dalles, and surrounding communities.
The council promotes literacy in the community with a special Workplace Literacy Project, which was awarded a national prize for Community Service by the International Reading Association in 2000. Quality picture books are placed in businesses for employees to borrow to read to their children. The council also holds an annual writing contest for students.
The council holds regular meetings to encourage professional growth in literacy. Co-presidents are Karen Bailey of Mosier and Keri Bradberry of Hood River.
The council's next meeting will be tonight at Hood River Hotel with a talk by Larry Tucker on supporting second-language learners. Call Bailey for more information, at 478-3467.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge