Thursday, November 3, 2005
August 24, 2005
Sounds of wheels and wood on asphalt, trucks grinding on steel coping and rails, music and cheers echoed past the stretch of cars lined down Wasco Avenue from the skate park almost to Wal-Mart. The Mayonnaise Skate Jam spread 38 competitors and a myriad of spectators around the Hood River Rotary Skate Park Saturday afternoon for a fund-raiser that turned out to be by far the park’s busiest day of the summer.
Although primarily a fund-raiser for the skate park, competition was fierce among the more advanced age groups, and everyone gave it their all for a best of two runs scoring format in both street and bowl events. After hours of skating, individual champions received their prizes and much-coveted bragging rights for the rest of the summer.
Youngsters in the 12 and under division started the street course with nerves of steel, despite many of them competing in front of the largest audience of their lives.
After their stints of fame, the youngsters cleared the course, lined its edges and watched keenly the moves of older skaters. The crowd demanded big tricks and the competitors cheered each other on, with everyone exploding in unison when someone landed something difficult or ate the asphalt especially hard. Best crash was a judged category for each age division, as was best trick and best overall run.
“The event was totally stellar,” said volunteer emcee Sean Stuart. “Every contestant put out an awesome effort and the overall attitude was awesome from everyone. We had killer music playing all day, thanks to Dave Rouge and David Kelleher and both events went extremely smooth. The kids went home stoked.”
Since its development in the late 1990s, the Hood River Skate Park has hosted several competitions. Although not the biggest or highest caliber competition held over the years, the Mayonnaise Skate Jam was different than the rest in one very important way.
“The event was different than the rest because it was very community oriented,” commented Hood River Skate Park volunteer coordinator Julie Tucker. “It was great to see everyone out in the park having fun, kids and parents alike. I am so incredibly grateful for all the time people took to put it together.”
Buckets of sweat, a little blood and a couple twisted ankles, along with the help of dozens of volunteers, raised about $400 for the skate park.
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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