Editorial: Good Harbors

April 16, 2011

Good harbors

CL sculptures, NDI's new home

speak well for the community

Two literal landmark events take place this week and next in Hood River County.

Congratulations to the community of Cascade Locks, and to The Next Door Inc. agency for two well-rooted physical additions to the community.

Heather Soderberg's life-sized sculptures of Sacagawea and Seaman (see page A1) are graceful additions to Marine Park, and beautiful permanent reminders of the Corps of Discovery's legacy in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Port of Cascade Locks and other stakeholders scheduled the unveiling on a fitting date: 206 years to the date that Lewis and Clark visited what is now Cascade Locks.

"In this channel we found good harbor and camped on the Lower Side," Lewis wrote in his journal on April 13, 1806.

Even the weather was the same as endured that day by Sacagawea, her child Pomp, Seaman and the rest of the Corps.

What's more, the sculpture may be the very first historical sculptures in Hood River County.

Certainly there are not many outdoor sculptures in Hood River County.

There's the iconic one in Parkdale of the girl hugging the horse, the concrete panther at Mid Valley Elementary and white buffalo on Westcliff, and the wooden eagle at Henderson Stadium at HRVHS.

With sailing events and plenty else drawing crowds to Cascade Locks this spring and summer, the sculptures will serve as a link between the past and future of this dynamic community.

Congratulations also go to The Next Door Inc., which moved into its new headquarters this month.

The largest social service agency in the county will celebrate this accomplishment April 21 with a 5 to 7 p.m. open house. The community is invited, and people really should go check out a place that will not just be an office building but a community resource center.

Founded in 1971, NDI programs now include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge, Families First, New Parent Services, Nuestra Comunidad Sana and treatment services and youth and family services.

With several multi-purpose, learning and conference rooms, NDI will be a facility to host a variety of public activities and classes, which they have been very limited on doing in the past.

The NDI board and its capital campaign organization should be proud of achieving their goal of $200,000 to help renovate the former video store.

Between the sculptures in Cascade Locks and NDI's new headquarters in Hood River, the county connects to its past while it plans for its future.

It's all about continuing to provide good harbors.

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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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