Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Hood River’s celebrity residence is expected to be under private ownership by the end of the week.
A real estate deal is now being finalized that will turn the Roe-Parker house over to Doug Gallant, an Alaskan native who plans to relocate to the Gorge. Gallant stepped forward with a cash offer of $225,000 — $5,000 more than the minimum bid price.
Hood River County Director of Parks and Buildings Dean Guess said 21 people either expressed interest in buying the vintage home or made offers since it went on the market in December. He said the money from the sale will be deposited in the capital projects fund and, once resettlement costs of about $100,000 have been reimbursed, the Board of Commissioners will decide how to distribute the remaining $125,000.
Last summer the county moved the historic home from its original site next to the State Street library onto a double lot owned by the county on Sherman Avenue. The Queen Anne-style cottage, formerly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, had to be relocated to make way for the $4 million library upgrade now underway. In 1999 the dwelling was purchased for $215,000 from funds raised by the library foundation and a $90,000 loan from the county. The foundation repaid the loan. Shortly after that transaction, the county agreed to assume ownership of the house and take responsibility for its resettlement and accompanying costs. Guess said county crews tried to retain as many of the original features on the 94-year-old residence as possible. It now sits on the hill above Overlook Memorial Park, with a view of downtown Hood River and the Columbia River.
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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