America's Tragedy

Chimes, prayer, flags help local folks cope

As Hood River residents continue to cope with last week's terrorist attacks on the East Coast, these are some of the ways we are dealing with the tragedy:

The carillons on the downtown clock will chime new tunes for the next week or longer, announced Duane Perron of the International Museum of Carousel Art, where the clock is located.

From its perch at 3rd and Oak, the carillon plays the following schedule of patriotic music:

Noon -- "America the Beautiful"; 3 p.m. -- "My Country 'Tis of Thee"; 5 p.m. -- The National Anthem.

Evening worship services will be held tonight at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and continue each Wednesday for an indefinite period, announced the Rev. Robert Chrisman, St. Mark's rector. The special services will be at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 11th and Eugene streets.

Many area businesses and individuals have announced they will participate in the "One Day's Pay" campaign originated by local hair stylist Tammy Pauley. On Sept. 27, many business owners and employees will donate their pay to a fund called "Hood River Together Aids in America's Crisis." In addition, many retailers, restaurants and service establishments in town will donate profits from sales on that day to the fund. Individuals also can donate. All money collected will go to relief efforts in New York City. For more information about participating in the campaign, contact Tammy at 386-6000; Brigette at 386-1786; or Nicole at 386-6188.

Representatives from Hood River County fire departments participated in a memorial parade in The Dalles at noon Tuesday.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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