Sidelines November 16, 2005

HRVHS alumni basketball games

The annual Hood River Valley High School alumni basketball games will be Saturday, Nov. 26 in the HRVHS gym. Start time is 9:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $15. All local residents and HRVHS graduates are also welcome to participate. Registration starts at 9 a.m. For more information contact Phil Hukari at 386-4500.

Community Education youth basketball

Community Education basketball has been one of the largest youth programs in the county for several years. Set to begin in the first week of January, registration deadline for the program is December 2. Players in grades three through six will be divided into separate boys and girls leagues for third/fourth graders and fifth/sixth graders. Practices will take place once a week, with games held on Saturdays.

Registration fee each player is $38. Players can register through Community Education at 1009 Eugene St., Hood River or (541) 386- 2055.

Coaches needed — Consisting of about 40 teams each year, the league needs a large number of volunteer coaches. Anyone interested in coaching a team is asked to contact the Community Education office as soon as possible.

Hood River Little League board meeting

The next meeting for the Hood River Little League Main Board will be Monday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Board Room (on the east side of the building). For questions, contact Cindy Yoshimura at 386-8759.

HRV Baseball winter hitting camp

The Hood River winter baseball camp will take place in the newly completed indoor facility at Trainer Field. The camp will be directed by new HRVHS head baseball coach Craig Webster and coordinated by assistant coach Greg Cusick. The camp is open to players ages 8-14. Emphasis will be on fundamentals, technique and the mental aspects of hitting. Dates will be December 17-18, with two hour sessions each day. For more information or to register for the camp contact Webster at: cwebster@hoodriver.k12.or.us or the Hood River Valley High School athletic department at 386-4500.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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