Country Politans to play River City

On Sunday (September 9th) from 6-10 P.M. River City Saloon in Hood River is hosting a benefit concert, the Honky Tonk for Highland Farm. Portland¹s The Countrypolitans will headline backed by local band, Wild River. The Countrypolitans have been described as Œa dash of Hank Williams, a smidgen of the Texas Playboys, and a half-cup of Roseanne Cash.¹ Wild River plays a mix of bluegrass, swing, old time fiddle tunes, and blues.

Highland Farm is an extraordinarily beautiful and biologically diverse farm and old forest property on the cliff overlooking the Columbia at the west end of Underwood Mountain. Highland is the proposed home of a center for sustainable agriculture, education, and the performing arts. A number of institutions have become involved in the planning process for a collaborative learning facility at Highland, including Washington State University, Lewis and Clark College, and local elementary, secondary and high schools.

Highland Farm is a collaborating partner in the Little White Salmon Biodiversity Reserve which was founded in August of 2000 by a partnership between the Paul G. Allen Forest Protection Foundation, Pacific Power, and five local landowners. The farm and forest properties were acquired as the land base for a working school in the art and science of sustainable watershed management, which will include research, training and hands on learning.

Highland Farm was purchased with the help of a loan from the Bullitt Foundation of Seattle, which will need to be paid back next year. This benefit concert is a chance for people to find out more about the mission and upcoming opportunities at Highland, as well as to contribute to the campaign to permanently protect the unique biodiversity of the Little White Salmon watershed. Cover charge is ten dollars.

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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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