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Out of towner wins 8-ball tournament

Jeremy Mercado of Hermiston (above left) defeated Chris Schreiber of Vancouver, Wash., in the finals of last Saturday’s Open 8-ball tournament at Hood River Billiards. A field of 13 players from all over Washington and Oregon participated in the event, which saw Hood River’s own Cristy Barsky finish third. Barsky said she played her “best tournament in years” against a superlative field, and although she had to settle for third, she still won some tough matches to reach the Final Four. The next open tournament at HR Billiards will be May 26. The name of the game will be 9-ball. Handicap events continue Wednesdays and Saturdays, beginning at 7 p.m. For more, e-mail

Babe Ruth 14-year-olds drop close one

The Hood River Babe Ruth 14-year-old team dropped a narrow 6-4 decision to a 14- and 15-year-old team from Maupin on Monday. The team was coming off three big wins — two against Bend on May 3-4 (13-3 and 12-2), and another over Goldendale on May 4 (26-5). Next up is a matchup against White Salmon.

Slusher, Roberts win Wacky Pants Open

Jim Slusher and Mike Roberts teamed up to shoot a one-under-par 70 on May 4 at Hood River Golf Course to win the annual Wacky Pants Open. AB McClearn and Randy Hayes finished second with a 72, while Gary Sollman and Andy Wells finished a close third with a 73. Aron Asai and Brandon Kawachi settled for fourth with a 74. Low net winners were Jason Coffey and J. Russell Swyers, who combined for a net score of 59. Corey Yasui and Chad Wimmers carded a 60, while Peter Bollinger and Jimmie Osbourn finished third with a 61. The next HRMGA event is a Two-Man Scrambler, scheduled for May 18 at 8:30 am.

Mason wins game of “Fairways”

Armanda Mason took first place in Day’s Play on May 8 at Indian Creek, winning the game of “Fairways,” which counts only fairway shots and deducts all putts. Second place went to Barb Zeller, third to Darlene Roberts, fourth to Irene Kiyokawa and fifth to Jo Smith. The Spring Handicap is scheduled for May 22. Sign up by calling the Pro Shop or Susan Gutzler at 386-6265.

Referee clinic to be held May 17-18

Anyone interested in obtaining their USSF Level 8 soccer referee certification is invited to attend a two-day clinic next Saturday and Sunday at the Coe Building (Hood River Community Education). The clinic will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and cost is $25. With questions or to register, call Jim Tedford at 386-9271.

Glow Ball tournament this Sunday

Indian Creek Golf Course will host the first Glowball scramble of the season on Sunday, May 18 at 9 p.m. Sign up as a team, a couple or a single, and they will pair you up. If you have questions, call the Pro Shop at 386-7770.

HR Little League meeting Thursday

The Hood River Little League Main Board will be holding a meeting on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. The meeting will be held in the lobby conference room across from the cafeteria. Call 387-3777 with questions.

Sailing lessons set to begin Thursday

Hood River Community Education, in cooperation with the Hood River Yacht Club, will be sponsoring sailing lessons starting Thursday. The lessons are for beginners, and those with some basic background. Get hands-on experience aboard sailing vessels ranging in size from 20-35 feet. The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays and tuition is $75 per person or $95 per couple. Sign up by calling Community Education at 386-2055.

Clif Bar “Epic Day” essay contest

Clif Bar would like to celebrate the change in seasons by inviting the people of Hood River to relive the most incredible day they have ever spent in the great outdoors. In 400 words or less, tell them about your most epic day in the outdoors, in the snow, dirt or wherever you choose to play. The winner will receive $100 and some Clif Bar memorabilia. The winning story will be posted on, and will be entered into the “Mac Daddy of all Epic Days” contest. Entries will be judged by Clif Bar’s Hood River representatives. Submit your stories to Clif Bar Epic Day, 2811 Prospect St., Hood River; or to

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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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