Tuesday, July 11, 2006
By ESTHER K. SMITH
News staff writer
June 28, 2006
The first-ever “Idol Night in the Gorge” Relay for Life benefit drew a roomful of people to the Elks lodge to see 11 singing acts vie for the Gorge Idol title and to enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and a silent auction.
Winning first place by popular vote — not by process of elimination by acid-tongued judges, as in the television show — was 12-year-old Makenzie Bassham, who sang “Baby Girl.” In second place was Randall Jex, and in third place was the husband/wife team of Justin Kelley and Tara Schifter-Kelley.
The youngest contestants were sisters Kathryn and Rebeka Wagner, 5 and 7 (whose mom, Jessica, was also a contestant); and 10-year-old Jacob Mears and 11-year-old Scott Bergstrom also vied for the title. The other entrants were Shelbi Hagerstrom, Nita MacDougall, Jennifer Russell, and Marilyn Scott.
American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 15, and end 24 hours later, on Sunday, July 16. Organizers are seeking cancer survivors to be honored at the event.
A special survivor lap is scheduled for 10 a.m. with lunch provided by Subway at 11:30 a.m. Contact Kayla Monahan at 352-7330 or 806-1533 to register or to receive additional information regarding activities for survivors.
Luminarias to honor those with cancer will be lit at 10 p.m. during the relay. Purchase luminaries by contacting Pam Webster at (509) 493-4540. Forms will be available at all businesses listed above.
If you are interested in starting a team, please contact Terry Joyer at 386-5467 or Brandi Nelson at (509) 493-1468. A Relay message line, 387-5882, is available 24 hours a day.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge