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West Side Elementary School students stepped into the role of a firefighter on Wednesday and learned how hard it is to control the spray from a tanker truck. At right, Breanda Meyers waits her turn as engineer paramedic Diedrick Snelling demonstrates.

Above, lieutenant-paramedic Paul Henke shows the hose to Tyler Bennett, Lucy McLean, and Veronica Mendiola.

For more than 10 years, the Hood River Fire Department has been teaching children about fire safety practices. Capt. Clay McCrea said the annual event includes the “stop, drop and roll” drills, lessons about how to dial 9-1-1, and the opportunity to climb aboard the trucks and use some of the equipment. This week the crew visited Mid-Valley, Pine Grove, May Street and West Side schools. They plan to take the same program to Cascade Locks in the near future.

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"The tangled skirt" opens run at unique venue

Director Judie Hanel presents the Steve Braunstein play “The Tangled Skirt” in an unusual theatrical setting, River Daze Café. Here, Bailey Brice (Bruce Howard) arrives at a small town bus station and has a fateful encounter with Rhonda Claire (Desiree Amyx Mackintosh). Small talk turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse and both seek advantage. The actors present the story as a staged reading in the café, where large windows and street lights lend themselves to the bus station setting, according to Hanel. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. (There is no Friday performance.) Tickets available at the door or Waucoma Bookstore: $15 adults, $12 seniors and children under 15. No children under 9. Enlarge



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