Thursday, August 4, 2011
Signs of the times, urban and rural:
Travel to the Hood River County Fair and you'll see the portable speed indicator sign on
either Summit or Wy'east roads.
There, in 2-foot changeable numbers, you can see how fast your vehicle is traveling. And it's a fair way to avoid a ticket.
Motorists going to the fair should use caution, based on the sheer number of cars that are certain to be present. Plenty of folks walk and bicycle to the fair, too, and it's good to keep your speed down for their sake.
Crowds will be biggest at the fair late Saturday afternoon and evening as people will gather for the fun of the Jo Dee Messina concert, nighttime on the carnival midway, and all the other joys of the last hours of the fair.
The end of the fair is not quite the last rites of summer, but it is a signal (along with "back-to-school" ads) of the impending change of seasons.
A related indicator of the time of year is the welcome repainting of the crosswalks and stop lines at local intersections, partly in preparation for the return of school-bound pedestrians.
Repainted crosswalks and portable speed signs remind us of the need to be careful any time of the year.
They can also help us remember to savor the summer while it is still with us. In the words of Joseph Krutch, "August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied."
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge