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December 28, 2005

As you read this, the Christmas gift-giving is past and most people are back at work. The New Year’s Celebration awaits, and mid-week between the holidays is a time mixed with the mundane and the magical.

The toys may have broken, the tree dried out and the Christmas cookies may have gone stale, but this remains a time of good cheer. In that spirit, some of our neighbors sent electronic greeting cards, and we share them here.

If you thought the joy of toys was past, think again as you read the article below.

The nations of the former British Commonwealth enjoy

the Dec. 26 tradition of “Boxing Day,” a day of giving and festivity. For the rest of us, there is joy to be found in a box — even an empty box, now a part of the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The Hood River County Museum holds its open house Dec. 27-29, with a definite emphasis on boxes and other playthings that stand the test of time.

Museum opens doors Dec. 28-29

Hood River County Historical Museum holds its second annual Community Holiday Open House Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hood River County Historical Museum at exit 64.

This special holiday open house is a gift from the museum board and staff to the community, according to museum coordinator Connie Nice.

Coffee and holiday treats will be provided by Starbucks by the Bridge in Hood River. Last year was the first time ever that the museum was open during the winter months. The event was so well received that the museum board will repeat the invitation again this year, according to Nice.

Normally the museum is closed over the winter months for exhibit design and collection inventory work. The museum is located on Portway Avenue, just off of I-84

“When we planned last year’s holiday open house event we had no idea if anyone would show-up. We were pleasantly surprised not only at the number of people who came in, but we also enjoyed hearing stories of special family holiday memories shared by the visitors,” Nice said.

There is no charge to visit the museum; however, donations are always appreciated to help with special events and maintain the museums archive collection.

The museum will reopen to the public on their regular schedule in 2006 on Wednesday, March 29th. The theme for 2006 is “A Travel Scrapbook” to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Mt. Hood Railroad.

Most of the exhibits have been left intact for this Holiday Open House event; however, a few display cases are in the process of being redesigned for the upcoming 2006 season.

New exhibits planned for the 2006 season include: updating the Toy Hall of Fame case, a special display on the Internment Camps of World War II, a train depot, around-the-world travel memorabilia from Hood River residents, and a collection of paper folding umbrellas created by Suma Kobayashi from old Diamond Fruit can labels.

For further information contact Nice at 386-6772.

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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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