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HR Cardenales begin with home win

The Hood River Cardenales men’s baseball team began its new season on Sunday with a 14-3 win over the McMinnville Aguilas. The Cardenales scored 12 runs in the first three innings to seal the victory, which was spurred by three homeruns and superb pitching. Manuel Cervantes, Jose Mendiola and Andy Rodriguez combined to give up just 10 hits, while striking out 10. Cervantes and Rodriguez each hit homeruns, along with Hugo Sandoval, who also had four RBI’s. Felipe Sanchez chipped in with three RBI’s on 3-5 at the plate.

Women’s golfers getting into swing

Seventeen ladies competed in a game of “IF’ last Tuesday at Hood River Golf Course. Each player throws out her worst score, but is still able to take a full handicap for their net scores. Patsy Prideaux came out on top with a net score of 60. Barb Zeller was a close second with 62 and there was a three-way tie for third between Cynthia Brocklesby, Elaine Rife and Vera Hawk, who each shot a 64. Sue Gutzler came in sixth (66), Clara Rice seventh (68) and Frances Arnold eighth (70). Golf will continue at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday this month. Please arrive at 9:15 a.m.

Day’s Play for April 10 at Indian Creek was “throw out three holes.” Patsy Prideaux took first place with a score of 50, Darlene Roberts second with 52, and Barb Zeller third with a 53. Pauline Kennedy took fourth (55), while Cynthia Brocklesby and Sara Starnes tied for fifth (58). The Flag Day tournament is set for April 24. Cost is $10. Sign up in the pro shop or call Zeller at 386-3207 or Brocklesby at 354-5550.

Bass and Walleye fishing class April 22

HR Community Education is sponsoring a fishing seminar on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School. Cost is $10 and a wide variety of topics will be covered. Special guest is Bud Hartmann. Call 386-2055 for info or to register.

TOP Soccer returns to HR on Monday

TOP Soccer, the community outreach program for soccer, is ready to begin its fourth season in Hood River. The program is geared for elementary and middle school children with special needs, and offers an unmatched coach-to-player ratio that makes learning fun. Practices begin April 21, and will be held for five Mondays at the Hood River Middle School gymnasium from 6-7 p.m. Coaches are also needed. If you would like to register your child or get involved in TOP Soccer, call Roxanne McClure at 387-3012, or John Ritter at 386-6255.

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 HRVHS. 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.

Little League meetings upcoming

The Hood River Little League local township will meet April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Providence Hood River Hospital. The HR Little League main board will meet on April 21 at 8 p.m. in White Salmon. For more information, call Diana McCrea at 387-2294.

Sunshine Golf Classic on April 19

The Sunshine Division Inaugural Golf Classic will be held April 19 at Indian Creek Golf Course. The four-person team scramble begins at 8:30 a.m. Prizes donated by area businesses will be given away at each hole, as well as to the top four finishing teams. The grand prize of the day will be a 2003 Dodge pickup to the golfer who masters a difficult stretch of terrain to sink a hole in one. The cost to join the “Ray of Hope” fundraiser is $200 per team and the competition is limited to 36 teams. For more info call 387-5253.

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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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