Summer Wrestling/Winter Champions Camp

Hood River's only summer wrestling camp will be from June 21 to 24 at the Hood River Valley High School. Sessions will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. Camp staff will have more than 50 years of combined coaching experience. Although the clinic is designed for wrestlers with some club or middle school experience anyone between fourth and ninth grade is encouraged to attend. A variety wrestling skills will be covered, and wrestlers will also get to participate in team Olympic games and listen to motivational speakers.

"If you’re looking to improve on last season, learn more advanced wrestling skills or dreaming about winning that state championship, this camp is for you," commented clinic organizer Mark Brown. To register, contact Brown at 386-5001 or stop by the Hood River Community Education office. Day-of registration will be accepted. All campers need to bring a sack lunch; afternoon snack is provided.

Law Enforcement officers run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is coming to Hood River County by way of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. The annual Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.

After several years, the run has spread to an international level, raising more than $20 million in one year and bringing together more than 85,000 law enforcement officers around the world. The local torch run will be Saturday, June 18 at 12 p.m. starting at the Mosier end of the Twin Tunnels. Anyone interested in helping with the local Special Olympics movement is encouraged to contact Rena Hunley in The Dalles at (541) 298- 7362. Torch Run T-shirts and raffle tickets for a 2005 Fat boy can be purchased through Kendra Raiser at (541) 288-6840.

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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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