Sports briefs

Wrestling officials meeting Monday

The Mid Columbia Wrestling Officials Association will have its first meeting on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Fadness Realty in The Dalles. Anyone interested in officiating middle school and high school wrestling for the upcoming season is invited to attend. For more information, call Dennis Radford at 541-296-3058.

Airtime Wrestling begins Monday

The Airtime Wrestling Club will begin its new season at

6 p.m. Monday at HRVHS. Coaches Bill Van Ek and Mark Brown encourage all youth wrestlers in grades K-8 to stop by the high school and learn what this exciting program is all about. For more information on Airtime or youth wrestling, contact Van Ek at 354-3616 or Brown at 386-9365.

Odell Little League to meet Oct. 30

The Odell Little League board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Mid Valley Elementary library. The agenda will

include budget issues, new uniforms and new equipment. For more information, call Lisa at 386-3514.

Skate Park fundraiser on Halloween

The Skate Park Revival Committee will host a Halloween chili feed at Obsidian Snow and Skate from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday. Cost is $5 and includes chili, cornbread and a drink. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Skate Park in Hood River. For more information, call Julie Tucker at 386-3928.

Hood River Billiards tourney Nov. 2

Hood River Billiards will host the 2002 Autumn Open 9-Ball Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Warm-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at the facility on East Cascade in the old Antique Mall building (next to the Mt. Hood Railroad Station). Format is a double-elimination race to seven and entry fee is $20. HR Billiards will contribute $50 to the prize fund, which will pay out to the top six competitors. Players are asked to bring two cans of food or donate $1 to the Drive for Hunger in Oregon. For more, call 386-2978 or e-mail

League 8-ball season starts soon

The Columbia Gorge Pool League is inviting all clubs, taverns and other establishments to join in the fun of sponsoring a team for the upcoming Tuesday night 8-ball league. Games will be played every Tuesday beginning Nov. 19, while rosters of eight and sponsorships are due by Nov. 8. Anyone interested in registering a team or competing as an individual should call Dennis Wang at 509-538-2950 or e-mail

HRV Ski Swap scheduled for Nov. 2-3

The Hood River Valley High School ski team will hold a ski swap on Nov. 2-3 at Westside Elementary. Equipment check-in hours are from 3-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, while the sale hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 3. A $2 admission charge applies on Nov. 2. All sales are final and 20 percent of all sales go to benefit the HRV ski team. Call 386-4500 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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