Tuesday, July 8, 2003
Keep the sirens
I am surprised to hear that because of a few complaints our local firefighters were told not to run their lights and sirens for the 4th of July parade.
What a huge disappointment!
Do these people not remember what it was like to be a child, and all the excitement that seeing and hearing fire trucks brings? Because it offended “some” the Pledge of Allegiance was taken away from our schools and from those of us who believed in its value. Please do not take away our right to hear and see our local men and women that risk their lives everyday to save ours! Let them celebrate with us as they wish!
To the person who has listened to and granted the wish of those who do not want to hear the sirens: here is our vote to KEEP the lights and sirens as a part of our celebrations.
Dennis and DeAnna Shute
As one who has umpired a few high school baseball games over the years, I was intrigued by Dave Leder’s reference (July 2, American Legion baseball) to a shifting strike zone. After checking my high school rule book, I could find no such rule so I figured that he has umpired high school baseball in an association where there is such a rule. Unfortunately, we umpires here in the mid Columbia have never heard of it. Speaking for myself anytime a batter refers to my shifting strike zone, said player becomes a former resident of the ballpark. I would suggest to Mr. Leder that the next time he goes to a game he introduces himself to the umpires, tells them of his extensive knowledge of the rules and of the regular season and playoff games he has worked and then asks them about their shifting strike zone. Now, no two umpires will react the same, but I suggest he carry a telephoto lens because taking pictures from the parking lot can sometimes be difficult.
Hood River responded with overwhelming support for the fireworks celebration of the 4th of July. I had many more people donate at the fireworks booth than I have had in the past. I think that this resulted from the publicity of both KIHR and the Hood River News. I wish to thank both for their efforts.
The Lions had people walking the parade route and asking for donations. The reaction, overall, was very positive. I do not have the exact figures, but Paul Zastrow seems to have collected the most of any of our walkers. We appreciate the willingness of anyone to do this difficult job.
Pietro’s and Domino’s donated free pizzas and drinks to the fireworks crews for the 4th. This was greatly appreciated. Few people realize it but usually Eyeopener Lions are busy from morning until after the show in prep work, the show and cleanup. Now for someone to donate a breakfast for the day after the 4th for the crew. ( This is the unglamorous and unappreciated work after the event.)
At this time I do not have figures to indicate whether or not we received all of the money necessary to pay for this event. I do know that Hood River responded positively to our requests for funding.
We appreciate the monetary support of the many donators of Hood River and visitors. For those who choose to just enjoy the show, we hope that they enjoyed the free show.
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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