Wednesday, November 2, 2005
June 18, 2005
One established park will be the setting to celebrate another, in a benefit concert June 19.
The community is invited to the Fathers’ Day concert at Jackson Park, from 3 to 7 p.m., to help raise money for the Hood River County Library Park renovation project, and to have fun.
Victor Johnson, Django’s Cadillac and the Hapa Howli Boys will provide varied entertainment for all ages. Vendors from nonprofit organizations will have food and refreshments available for purchase. The Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club will offer hamburgers and hot dogs, and the Soroptimists International of Hood River will offer root beer floats.
The event will celebrate the beginning of construction of the library park — officially, the Georgiana Smith Memorial Park — which curves around the Hood River County Library on three sides. The work in progress can now be seen: bulldozers, piles of rock and other building materials, and the areas of bare ground that will become patios, walkways and planting areas have been carved on the grounds.
This new park, which now extends west to Sixth and Oak streets, is enlarged thanks to the donation of the new parcel of land by the John and Charlene Stoltz family. It is being landscaped to improve its accessibility to the public, according to Virginia Hosford, president of the Hood River Library Foundation, which is coordinating fund-raising and the renovation.
Three patios, one with a pergola; benches, a small amphitheater, and well-graded paths will offer opportunities for sitting, strolling, and enjoying outdoor events. The Oak Street side showcases old stonework and shade trees as well as its panoramic view of the Columbia River.
Paving bricks, available to purchase, will be inscribed with the names of the donors.
Donations for other amenities to the park, such as trees or other plantings, are also being accepted.
Hosford said the Foundation is seeking grant money for the project, but that it hopes to also garner extensive support from the Hood River County community.
Whether or not party-goers wish to contribute to the park, all are encouraged to join the celebration and bring the children for an afternoon of fun, according to Hosford.
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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge