OSU honors Kirby, Moore for ag contributions

Ralph Kirby and Allen Moore, both life-time residents of the Hood River Valley, will be honored as 2001 Diamond Pioneers by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences on Thursday in Corvallis.

The two men will be recognized for their lifetime contributions to agriculture, natural resources, OSU and their communities.

Kirby was cited particularly for his work with young people in Hood River County. He has dedicated his life to Hood River 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts of America and community involvement toward improving living standards of young and old.

As a 4-H leader, Kirby spent 50 years working with young people in the 4-H swine project. He has been a volunteer and leader for the Hood River County Fair. A trademark of his community work has been an annual scholarship dinner for graduating high school seniors.

Moore Orchards has been the focus of Allen Moore's work for the last 65 years. The family operation won the Oregon Farm Bureau's "Outstanding Family Farm" award in 1989. He served for 10 years on the Hood River County Extension Advisory Board and was actively involved with research conducted by the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Moore also has served as chair of the Hood River County Fair Board, as well as been a Hood River County commissioner and served on the County Unit School District board.

Kirby and Moore, along with 29 other men and women from around Oregon, will be honored at a luncheon hosted by Thayne Dutson, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU. Their names will be added to the college's Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry, which was established in 1983.

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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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