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HRV swimmers denied by Douglas

The Hood River Valley High School swimmers received an unexpected day off last Thursday, when they were “uninvited” to a dual meet that was scheduled to take place in Portland.

Coach Jane Nichols did not know why David Douglas High School had cancelled the event, but was disappointed to find out just as her team was boarding the bus.

“We were disappointed, but we made the best of it,” she said. “We had a make-shift meet here in Hood River and it was good practice for the kids. Some even swam in every event, which impressed me.”

Nichols hopes that Centennial doesn’t do the same thing next Thursday, when the Eagles are scheduled to travel to Gresham for another non-conference dual meet.

Next up for the Eagles is The Dalles Invitational on Saturday at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

The team has three meets, including a Feb. 4 home meet against Pendleton, remaining before the Feb. 14 district meet in Bend.

For a full wrap-up of The Dalles Invite, see the Jan. 29 edition.

Avalanche Awareness class Thursday

The local Alpinee Club will host an avalanche awareness lecture on Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Alpinee Hut, 1889 Tucker Road in Hood River. The class is free and open to the public. A field session on Saturday will follow. Cost for the field session is $5 and carpools will meet at 9 a.m. The field session is designed for backcountry recreationalists, and people are asked to bring their equipment. For more information, contact Bob Brownback at 386-3850.

Handball tournament Saturday at Elks

Stop by the Hood River Elks Club at 9 a.m. on Saturday for the 8th annual Hugh Hinman Memorial Handball Tournament. Spectators are welcome free of charge, to watch 12 local players and 12 players from Portland battle it out for the top prize. If you have questions, call Ken Goe at 354-2211.

Table tennis returns to First Baptist

The First Baptist Church in Hood River is hosting a Wednesday night table tennis club again this year. The first meeting was Jan. 15, and anyone interested in playing is welcome to turn out from 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday through March in the fellowship hall at 1889 Belmont Dr. Call 386-4923 with questions.

** Stop by First Baptist Church on Sunday at 3 p.m. for a Super Bowl party. Free hot dogs, pop and soda will be served. A halftime video featuring all-pro Aeneas Williams will also be shown.

Softball fundraiser to be held Friday

Show your support for the Hood River Valley High School softball team by attending a Chili Feed on Friday, Jan. 24. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria, right before the girls basketball game versus Mountain View. Cost is $5 per person. Contact Phil Hukari at 386-4500 with questions.

Mt. Adams Nordic ski race on Jan. 25

Come enjoy a winter morning at Mt. Adams during the five-mile (8 km) Big Tree Ski cross-country ski race on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The free event is open to both competitive racers and those who want to ski at a more relaxed pace. The course is a loop trail for classic diagonal stride skiing. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and participants are asked to meet at the Pineside Sno-Park, 6 miles north of Trout Lake. All vehicles must have a 2003 Sno-Park pass. Call 509-395-2617 with questions.

Knights of Columbus shoot upcoming

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a youth Hoop Shoot on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 2-4 p.m. at Wy’east Middle School. All kids, ages 10-14 as of Jan. 1, are eligible, and proof of age is required. For more information, call Frank Wall at 354-2489.

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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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