Two avenues

Get involved with city survey and Homecoming

October 15, 2005

Table top or out and about — two avenues for community involvement await residents of Hood River city and county this week.

The table top is the City of Hood River’s visioning survey, which arrived last week in the mail.

“What things in the community should be preserved?” the survey asks.

It also asks “what is the biggest issue facing Hood River over the next several years?”

Citizens can also rank the importance of such issues as quality of life, economy, community services and housing, and give their three top priorities for growth and development in Hood River.

This is a critical time for community members to give their opinions to city officials, considering that new housing is rising all over town and adding pressure to the ability of the organizations such as the schools and the city to meet residents’ needs.

If you have not yet filled out the lime-green questionnaire, take a few minutes this weekend to do so, or certainly by Nov. 15, the deadline for return to the City Administration building. (Call 387-5210 if you need another copy.)

The out-and-about is an annual opportunity: Hood River Valley High School. Homecoming Week, Oct. 17-22.

Homecoming is a celebration of what has gone before and the traditions that distinguish the Hood River Valley and its educational community. The valley is blessed with the perspectives of newcomers, but it is also blessed with the knowledge and dedication of native and long-term citizens.

The Homecoming traditions include public events such as athletic activities and the Oct. 21 Homecoming Parade. Students will decorate their floats at the fairgrounds Wednesday and Thursday after school and bring them into town on Friday morning.

The parade is about more than floats, however. To see the full range of activities that keep our local high school youth busy, grab a lawn chair and head to the Heights at about 1 p.m. Friday and enjoy the show as well as the music afterward at Jackson Park.

One change in Homecoming events this year: The traditional bonfire has been cancelled.

But the good news is that the school still plans a “Bon Gone,” at the usual time of 6:30 p.m. Thursday, with marshmallows and hotdogs roasted over a barbecue. Either way, it’s a tradition to warm to.

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