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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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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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