Wednesday, November 2, 2005
June 22, 2005
Twelve top businessmen are posing in the buff — albeit using a few well-placed props — to raise money for United Way of Hood River. The “calendar boys,” a lineup of government and business leaders, plan to promote the project by riding on a float in the Fourth of July Parade. They will be dressed — in banners denoting their respective calendar months and in boxer shorts and Ugly Local t-shirts (see "Term began as insult, became badge of honor".)
“It was awesome. I think every one of us got into the project because it is such a great way to help United Way,” said Gordon (Mr. September) Sato, who serves on the United Way board of directors.
He helped spearhead the creation of the calendar once he learned that sales of a similar edition in Junction City had netted $250,000 in one year. The Men of Long Tom Grange calendar was brought to his attention by Leslie Cogswell, also a United Way board member, after she learned about its fundraising success. When notable Hood River photographer Susan Crowley and graphic artist Micki Chapman volunteered to lend their talents to the concept, Sato believed the design would be classic. So he broached the subject with other board members and Barbara Briggs, executive director of the Hood River chapter, and got enthusiastic approval.
“Every penny from the sale of the calendars goes to United Way because all of the other costs are paid for by advertisers,” Briggs said.
Once they had been given the go-ahead, Sato and Cogswell began recruiting men who were either native to the Hood River Valley, or had lived here for more than 20 years. Attorney Jerry Jaques said he was “amazed that someone wanted to publish a picture of a red headed bald guy” and was reluctant to sign on at first. However, with the help of some Full Sail Ale and reassurance that the money was going to a good cause, he got into the spirit of the moment. Jaques then pulled out his law tomes, fedora and overcoat to help Crowley arrange a “legal brief” setting.
County Commission President Rodger Schock also wasn’t originally impressed with the idea but then he decided “why not” if others were stepping forward. So, he took up his welding torch and let Crowley set up a red, white and blue scenario with sparks flying that, surprisingly, didn’t burn any of his exposed skin.
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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