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Boys golfers “uninvited” by Redmond

The Hood River Valley boys golfers were the victim of miscommunication last Friday when they traveled to Central

Oregon for the Redmond Invitational. Upon their arrival, the

Eagles found out that they were not invited to play even though the match has appeared on their schedule for months. Coach Bill DeBorde was less than pleased by the Redmond coach’s reception and said, “it’s hard for a person to play when they are not wanted.” However, DeBorde said that the Crook County coach stepped in and convinced the Redmond coach to let the Eagle golfers play. No official scores were kept.

Women’s golf starts at HRGCC

The Hood River Women’s Golf Association began play on April 1 at HRGCC. A total of 13 ladies turned out for nine holes and were led by Patsy Prideaux, who had the low gross score (actual scores not available). Jo Smith took second and Mary Smith third to round out the low gross competition. The low net honors went to Vera Hawk, who outlasted Cynthia Brocklesby and Kaz Sumoge. The HRWGA plays every Tuesday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Call 386-4448 with questions.

Special Olympics coaches needed

Volunteer coaches are needed this spring for the Special Olympics track-and-field program. No experience is necessary and you must be 18 or older to volunteer. The program lasts eight weeks and practices will be held Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School. Mid Columbia Special Olympics is also looking for athletes ages 8-18 to participate in track and field. Call Carole Schmidt at 541-478-3716 with questions.

Skatepark committee raising money

The Hood River Skatepark Committee is attempting to raise $3,000 “as soon as possible” to pay for the construction of a new mini bowl at the Rotary Skatepark on 17th and Wasco Ave. in Hood River. Volunteer coordinator Julie Tucker is looking for support from local businesses, organizations and families so the committee can secure the services of Dreamland Skateparks of Portland, which re-did the street course last year. For more information, call Tucker at 386-3928.

Open 8-ball tournament Saturday

Hood River Billiards will be hosting an open 8-ball tournament this Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Warmups begin at 9:30 a.m. and the format is a race to five, double elimination. Cost is $20 per player. Early registrations are being taken at HR Billiards, which is located in the old Antique Mall on East Cascade Ave. by the Mt. Hood Railroad parking lot. For more information, e-mail or call 541-490-3124.

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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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