Sports briefs

Cross-country teams headed to coast

The Hood River Valley cross-country teams hope to run over the competition at Saturday’s Three-Course Challenge at Camp Rilea, near Seaside. The boys and girls teams will travel to the coast on Friday, spend the night in the barracks, and then compete Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. Some of the best programs in the Northwest will attend, and runners are randomly placed on the “easy,” “moderate,” and “difficult” courses. For a full report, see the Sept. 24 edition.

Mazeski wins I.C. Fall Handicap

Diana Mazeski of Hood River claimed the Indian Creek Fall Handicap title after firing a net score of 69 last Thursday. Coming in second and leading Class A was Clara Rice, who shot a 71. Sara Smith also shot a 71, while Judy Grainger fired a 72 for third place. In Class B, Irene Kiyokawa shot a 70 to take top honors, and was followed by Cynthia Brocklesby (71) and Barb Zeller (78). Susan Gutzler had the fewest putts in Class A with 29, and Brocklesby had the fewest putts in Class B with 32.

Odell Little League to elect positions

The Odell Little League has several board positions available and will hold an election meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Peppman Field. Positions available include vice president, treasurer, secretary, safety officer and player agent. Please do your part to ensure a successful baseball program for next year and future years. Call Chris Walker at 354-1678 with questions.

HR Little League to elect positions

The Hood River Little League local committee will hold the September board meeting on Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Westside School cafeteria. Officers and committee members for the 2004 season will be elected at this time. All baseball and softball parents are invited. Call 387-3777 with questions.

HR youth basketball meeting Thursday

Hood River Valley basketball coaches Phil Vesel and Tracy Norton will hold an informational meeting on Thursday at HRVHS about a new Youth Basketball Association. The club is geared toward kids in 6th through 8th grades, and is still in the planning stages. Thursday’s meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room F108. If you have questions, call Vesel at 380-1779.

Middle school football opens Thursday

Hood River Middle School and Wy’east Middle School will renew their gridiron rivalry this Thursday at HRMS, starting at 3:30 p.m. The seventh graders will face off in the early game, followed by the eighth graders. Also on Thursday, the two schools’ volleyball teams will battle it out in the HRMS gym.

Summit snowboard meeting Sept. 25

Snowboard season isn’t that far off, which means the Summit Snowboard Team is starting to get organized for the upcoming season. After a disappointing 2003 season, which saw minimal snowfall, the team is hoping for a season more like 2002. And to get people excited, an informational meeting has been planned for kids and their parents on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the HRVHS Commons. If you would like more information about the team, contact Cheramy Rovianek at 386-1396.

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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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