Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Help save Secrets
How many people know what plant adaptation is? Or what the six structures in a healthy forest ecosystem are?
Nearly every fifth-grader at Westside school does.
I am in fifth grade here, and we’ve just been visited by volunteers from the Secrets program. Secrets is a weekly class that teaches us about nature and the world around us. In the past eight weeks, I’ve probably learned more about forests and everything in them than in my entire life. The Secrets volunteers are really nice, and they really go the extra mile to make this fun and interesting. I can’t imagine coming into my last year of elementary school and not getting to have the legendary Secrets classes that I’ve heard about from fifth-graders since I was in kindergarten.
Next year, though, that could be the case.
Secrets is slowly losing funding, and before we know it, it could be gone. There are ways people can help save Secrets. Volunteer your time, or donate funds. Anything you do will be greatly appreciated.
I think that Hood River should do everything it can to keep Secrets alive for everyone to enjoy for years to come.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge