Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Little League sign-ups this week
All three local little league chapters will be holding sign-ups this week. Hood River Little League is asking players to come to Westside Elementary this Thursday or Friday (or Feb. 12) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration includes boys and girls T-ball, coach pitch, minors and majors. Parents who wish to help coach or umpire will also register at this time (need a picture ID). Kids should bring copy of birth certificate. Call 386-2450 with questions.
Parkdale Little League will hold sign-ups this evening from 6-8 p.m. in the Parkdale Community Center. Cost is $30 per player and a copy of birth certificate is required. Call Rich Garvin at 352-7227 with questions.
Odell Little League baseball and softball sign-ups will be held this Thursday and Feb. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Mid Valley Elementary. All kids 5 and up are eligible and cost is $30 per player. Copy of birth certificate required to play. Managers, coaches, umpires and other volunteers are also needed. Call 354-3323 with questions.
Soccer players needed for spring league
All men interested in playing in the Columbia Gorge Soccer League this spring and summer are asked to begin organizing their teams for sign-ups, which begin Feb. 17. The league, which was 19 teams strong last year, is expanding to include a “B” division (depending on interest). All new teams would begin in the B division and must qualify for the 16-team “A” division. Prices and schedules are still being determined, and an insurance policy is in the works. For more information, call Jose Bibian at 386-6061 or Dave Leder at the Hood River News: 386-1234.
Youth swimmers still making waves
Local youth swimmers Justine Rawding, Erin Jones and Sophie Oswald continued their ascent when the Hood River Valley Osprey attended a recent meet in Vancouver, Wash. (Jan. 24-25). Rawding took one first, three seconds and a third in the 15-and-over division, while Jones posted one first, two fourths and two fifths in the 11-12 girls division, including a new state “A” qualifying time in the 50 fly (33.88 seconds). Oswald, an 8-and-under, posted finishes of fourth, fifth and seventh. Additional top-10 finishes were turned in by Mariah Rawding, Adi Robertson, Jessie Robertson and Fatima Valle.
Beginning fly fishing seminars in HR
The Gorge Fly Shop in Hood River will be hosting a beginner fly-tying class starting this Saturday. Learn the basics of the top-producing flies with eight hours of expert instruction. All tools and materials will be provided. Three class dates to choose from: 1) Feb. 8 and Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 2) Feb. 18, Feb. 25, March 4 and March 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and 3) April 19 and April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for the class is $60 and space is limited. If you have questions, call 386-6977 or stop by the store at 201 Oak St.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge