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Mixed doubles bowling this weekend

Bowlers 50 years and older are invited to join the fun at

Orchard Lanes this Saturday and Sunday for the Hood River Seniors Mixed Doubles Tournament. Play begins both days at 12:30 p.m. with a check-in time of noon. There will also be a singles tournament both days beginning at 2:30 p.m., with a check-in time of 2 p.m. Entry fee is $12 per person and the handicap is 100 percent of 210 (no limit). All prize money in each division will be returned at 100 percent of a ratio of one in four. Entry fees are non-refundable. For more information, call Raye Hukari at 386-4448.

Skate Committee meeting scheduled

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation will host a skate park meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the HR Aquatic Center meeting room. Agenda issues will include a discussion of the layout of the new skate park, the construction of new concrete ramps and fundraising. All interested community members are invited to attend. Call District Director Lori Stirn at 386-5720 or volunteer coordinator Julie Tucker at

386-3928 with questions.

Six HRV frosh wrestlers go undefeated

The HRV freshman wrestling team continued to demonstrate the program’s depth with a strong showing at the Barlow Frosh/Novice Tournament Jan. 12 in Gresham. Erik Flory, Zach Bohince, Sal Fuentes, Terry Sanders, Josh McHale and Dominic Buttaccio all compiled 3-0 records on the day and won each of their matches by pin. HRV may have had seven undefeated wrestlers on the day but top 160-pounder Isiah Simmons was out with an injury. Jayde Cannon, Mike Durkan and Alex Bryan also performed well Saturday, each winning two out of three falls. “The team had another great weekend,” coach Stan Prouty said. “Having six champions who won each of their matches by pin is great. We’re improving every week.”

HRV baseball auction Jan. 26 at Full Sail

The HRV boys baseball team will hold an auction on Jan. 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Full Sail Brewery to raise money for the upcoming season. A silent auction will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. and a live auction from 8-9:30 p.m. Among the items to be auctioned off are four tickets to a Seattle Mariners/New York Yankees game at Safeco Field. Additional information will soon be available. Please call head coach Gerry Flink at 386-4608 with questions.

Knights of Columbus Hoop Shoot

The local Council of the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a youth free-throw competition on Jan. 26 at Wy’east Middle School in Odell from 2-4 p.m. The contest is open to all kids ages 10-14 from Hood River County and the White Salmon/Bingen area (proof of age required). There will be five separate age groups for both boys and girls. First-place winners will receive trophies and will qualify for the district shoot-off to be held in Gresham in February. District winners will compete at the state contest in Portland in March. Call Frank Wall at 354-2489 with questions.

Cross-country ski race at Mt. Adams

Come enjoy a winter morning at Mt. Adams during the five-mile (8 km) “Big Tree Ski” cross-country race on Saturday, Jan. 26. The free event is open to both competitive racers and those wishing to ski at a more relaxed pace. The course is a groomed loop trail for classic, diagonal stride skiing. Participants are asked to meet at the Pineside Sno-Park, six miles north of Trout Lake (follow the signs to Mt. Adams Recreation Area). All vehicles must have a valid 2002 Sno-Park permit. Race time is 9:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Call (509) 395-2617 with questions.

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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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