Wednesday, September 19, 2001
I went for a walk at the Hood River High School Track Saturday, the morning after the Eagles Football Game. If I was a reporter/photographer for the Hood River News I would have taken a picture of the large "EAGLE PRIDE" banner in the bleachers next to a photo of the disgusting condition of the field the day after. Trash and garbage everywhere on the track, field and bleachers, on the grass and in the parking lot. It looked like a bomb had gone off. Pepsi cups, lids, straws, admission tickets, HRVHS homemade megaphones, plastic sports drink and water bottles, programs, candy wrappers, join The Booster Club ads, on and on. It even permeated down the trail by Indian Creek. Some patriotic soul, I'm sure with good intentions, strung red, white and blue banners between several trees. Some of the flags off the banners are now on the trail and in the creek which, I'm sure the animal life appreciate the flavor and texture of choking on plastic. Ironically, left on the field were all the little candles lit to signify the audiences' pride and support of America.
I wasn't at the game but I'm sure there was the "Moment of Silence, and The Star Spangled Banner sung" all of course to pay "Tribute" to our Country. What a crock. In the parking lot the day after, there were six school buses from Beaverton, Gladstone etc., here for whatever sports event inside the gym. I can't help but wonder what their impression was. I counted 20 huge cans at the school that have TRASH printed on them. There was one lone employee picking up all the garbage and hauling it out, loads of it. I wonder how difficult it is for those attending to waddle over to one of these cans. Not every one at the game littered the premises, for those that did and do, please don't stand up and tout your support for America and this country if you can't even take pride in yourselves and, all of Our Backyard. Bit by bit, little by little human beings like you that throw garbage out, no matter the location, are disrespecting everything and every living being on this earth. Yes, that little piece of HRVHS Track is the Earth. Do try and get a clue. Either you have Pride or you don't. You can't have it both ways.
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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