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Swimmer Shortt goes to Nationals

Former Hood River Valley High School swimmer Caitlyn Shortt has qualified for the U.S.A. Swimming Summer Nationals Meet. At U.S.A. Swimming Spring Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind., April 1-5, Shortt took 16th in the 200 IM, 26nd in the 200 breaststroke; 22nd in 400 IM, and 46th in 100 breaststroke. Shortt, 17, competed with between 74 to 108 swimmers in the events. Summer Nationals will be in College Park, Md., in August. She is also preparing to compete at the Olympic Trials in June 2004 at a new 15,000-seat complex in Long Beach, Calif.

TOP Soccer giving kids kicks at HRMS

TOP Soccer, the community outreach program for soccer, has begun its fourth season in Hood River. The program is geared for elementary and middle school children with special needs, and offers an unmatched coach-to-player ratio that makes learning fun. Practices began April 21, and will be held for the next three Mondays at the Hood River Middle School gymnasium from 6-7 p.m. If you would like to register your child or get involved in TOP Soccer, call Roxanne McClure at 387-3012, or John Ritter at 386-6255.

Boys place 4th at Seaside tourney

Under cloudy skies with the occasional drop of rain, the Hood River Valley boys golf team took 4th place at the Seaside Invitational Golf Tournament in Gearhart.

Senior Jake Morgan posted the top score of the day for the Eagles with 76. He was followed by sophomore Herbie Annala with an 84 and junior Jimmy Woodruff with an 85.

Junior Chris Perry came out with an 87 and sophomore Alex Bryan with an 89.

“This was a great round for Jake at 4 over par,” coach Bill DeBorde said. “Also a great round for Alex. This is a personal best for a varsity tournament for Alex.”

Team score for the Eagles was 332. Tillamook came out on top with a 306, followed by Astoria with 322 and The Dalles with 328.

HRGC ladies tee up May 6

It was a close race at Hood River Golf and Country Club on April 30 when the ladies played for the least number of putts for the day. Vera Hawk had only 33 putts to win first place, but Susan Gutzler and Maxine Negley were right behind her with 34.

Vivian Foster took fourth place with 35 and Patsy Prideux was in fifth with 36. Frances Arnold, Shirley Ekker and Barb Zeller tied for sixth place with 37.

On May 6, tee time changes to 8:30 a.m. for the summer. This being the first Tuesday of the month, ladies are asked to arrive by 8 a.m. for the monthly business meeting.

Babe Ruth 14-year-olds win two

The local 14-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team opened league play last Saturday with two big wins over teams from The Dalles. Hood River won game one over Pepsi by a 14-1 count, and took care of Y-102 in game two by a score of 8-1.

CGWA work party set for Saturday

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association has scheduled a work party from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Doug’s Beach (Highway 14, just east of Lyle, Wash.). Clif Bar and the Washington State Parks have teamed up with CGWA to help pick up litter and winter debris, as well as clean up the roadside. Volunteers are asked to bring weed-eaters, shovels, clippers and gloves to help the cause. The work party is part of the Washington State Parks’ “Adopt-A-Park” program, and is open to anyone. If you would like more information, call CGWA at 386-9225, or e-mail them at

Trail Daze scheduled for May 10

Hood River Community Education and Shortt Supply are teaming up once again for Trail Daze, which will be held on Saturday, May 10, at Hood River Valley High School. The event will offers a series of informational clinics for a small fee of $15. The clinics will last all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature separate hour-and-a-half sessions that focus on orienteering, footwear, hydration and more. One of the highlights of Trail Daze will be a hands-on orienteering demonstration by world-renowned orienteer, Mal Harding. If you would like to learn more, call Community Education at 386-2055.

Horse penning team starts season

Windy Ridge Team Penners start their fourth year season May 3 in Goldendale, at Bradley Arena in Goldendale, Wash. beginners and experience riders are wclcome, call Ron or Linda Harder 386-4958. Gldendale, The Dalles, Hood River. Entry fee of $25.

Trophy buckles in intermediate and advanced divisions.

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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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