Hood River girl vies for Miss Teen Portland

Erika Lily Castro of Hood River was recently selected to participate in the Nationals’ 2003 Miss Teen Portland pageant competition that will take place on Aug. 24. Castro learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition as Nationals, Inc. announced their selections on Monday afternoon. Castro submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by Patty Neidert, this year’s Portland Pageant Coordinator.

“Some of the things that I hope to accomplish from this pageant are to make new friends, learn as much as I can, and to get as much experience as I can out of it as well,” Castro Said.

Castro will be competing, for her share of over $20,000 in scholarships, prizes, and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Castro will be competing in the Miss Teen division, one of three divisions that will have participants between the ages of 10 and 19 competing in modeling routine which include casual wear and formal wear.

Castro will also display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Portland judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Castro were to win the title of Miss Teen Portland, she would represent Portland and the surrounding communities at the Cities of America National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $60,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando.

There is no cost to Castro for participation in the pageant competition. Castro has been sponsored by both Aaron and Associates and Bickford Orchards. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Castro to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s Portland Pageant.

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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



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