‘Idol Night’ boosts Relay For Life


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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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

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