Wednesday, April 17, 2002
The pear, apple and cherry pedals seem to say "it's Blossom time again."
Orchards and other businesses connected to the agricultural bounty of the county invite visitors to help celebrate the return of spring and the start of a new growing season. The event is the Hood River Blossom Festival, Friday through Sunday.
The festival starts with Friday's 7:30 p.m. (revised time) introduction of the Blossom Festival Court, at Hood River Hotel. Court ambassadors are Hood River Valley High School students Joyce Yang, Lori Wimmers, Christy Paul and Becki Flory.
Hood River News' special three-part Panorama section, included in this issue, gives the complete picture of festival events, from the Hood River waterfront to the flanks of Mt. Hood, along with related weekend events such as Earth Day Fair, with Saturday's 2 p.m. "Procession of the Species" parade, and the American Soap Box Derby, starting at 9 a.m., both downtown.
The annual Hood River Antique Expo, one of the festival's biggest events, fills the Hood River Expo Center both days with its show and sale.
Panorama features include a map and complete listing of festival events, a year-long Gorge events calendar, previews of coming festivals this summer and fall, a successful "eau de vie" business using Hood River pears, a 20-year retrospective on windsurfing in Hood River, recollections of a life-long Parkdale and Odell orchardists, and guest columns by four newcomers to the Hood River Valley.
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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