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Kennedy dominates Skins Tournament

Mary Beth Kennedy (above right) ran away with the Class A title at last Thursday’s Skins Tournament at Indian Creek, taking 17 of 18 skins on the day. Diana Mazeski was the only other golfer to break through in Class A, but the races were a lot closer in Class B and C. Pauline Kennedy (above center) tied Kathie Guthrie (not pictured) with six skins to tie for the Class B title, while Susan Gutzler, Sara Starnes and Clara Rice each had two. Cynthia Brocklesby (above left) won Class C with nine skins, and was followed by Jean Puddefoot with seven, and Sally Walker and Lynn Garcia with one apiece. Pauline Kennedy had the fewest putts on the day with 30. Day’s Play will continue every Thursday this summer, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

CGWA to host Windfest this weekend

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association and the American Windsurfing Industries Association are gearing up for Windfest, to be held Friday through Sunday at the Hood River Event Site and Expo Center. Highlighted by Saturday’s Pray for Wind Party at the Hood River Inn, and Sunday’s CGWA Swap Meet, Windfest offers something for windsurfers and non-windsurfers alike. For more information, call 386-9225 or visit

HRV basketball camps upcoming

Hood River Valley High School will be hosting two basketball day camps during the month of July. First up is the July 7-11 HRV Hoops Camp for boys and girls entering 4th-8th grades. Play lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and players are asked to bring a lunch and water. Preregistration cost is $85, and will go up to $90 at the door. All players will receive a T-shirt and a basketball. For more information, call Community Education at 386-2055.

Also coming to HRVHS next month is the Eagles Varsity Camp for players entering 9th-12th grades. Camp is scheduled for July 14-18 and preregistration cost is $65. The price will go up to $70 at the door. Play is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and players are asked to bring a lunch and water. Call 386-2055 with questions.

Big Winds Waterstart clinics for women

Big Winds will be offering the first of two Women’s Waterstart Clinics on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Led by Big Winds’ best female instructors, these clinics are designed to improve fundamental shortboard skills in a fun, supportive environment. Cost is $75 per outing and does not include equipment rental. To sign up, contact Big Winds at 386-6086.

Julee’s hosts cave adventure Saturday

Explore a lava tube formed by an eruption some 1,900 years ago when Julee’s Gorge Tours hosts an Ape Cave adventure at Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument this Saturday at 10 a.m. The hike into the cave takes roughly two hours, with a 1.5 mile return hike above ground. Cost is $15 per person and includes a guide and PowerBars. Bring a lunch, and a headlamp or flashlight. Northwest Forest Pass is also required to park, and carpools will be arranged. Payment is required by Friday. For more information, visit

HRV baseball all-conference mentions

Three Hood River Valley High School baseball players were recently honored by the Intermountain Conference for their performances in 2003. Ryan Pratt was awarded honorable mention as an infielder, Heath Goin was an honorable mention pitcher, and Bryan Nishimoto was an H.M utility player.

GOAL soccer camp coming in July

Sign-ups are now being take for the GOAL soccer camp, which will be held July 8-11 from 3-7 p.m. at Westside Field. Instruction will be provided by top local coaches like Jose Ponce, and all kids interested in improving their soccer skills are encouraged to sign up. For more information, call Hood River Community Education at 386-2055.

Oregon skatepark tours being offered

Tour the state’s best skateparks this summer with Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation. This tour is highly recommended for youth skateboarders ages 12-16, and two days have been selected this summer. The first is July 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will include stops in Hood River, Tigard, McMinnville and Newberg. Registration is required by Friday and cost is $15 per person. The second tour is set for Aug. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will include stops at Burnside, Beaverton, Tualatin and Wilsonville. For more, call 541-296-9533.

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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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