Sidelines: Feb. 2, 2011

Feb. 2, 2011

Little League sign-ups Feb 3-5

Baseball season is right around the corner and Hood River Little League sign-ups for baseball, softball, tee ball and coach pitch for kids 12 and under will be held according to the following schedule:

Hood River -- at Westside Elementary School Feb. 3-4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Odell -- at Mid Valley Elementary Feb. 3 and 8 from 6-8 p.m.

Parkdale -- at Parkdale Community Center Feb. 4 from 6- 8 p.m.

Trout Lake -- at Trout Lake School March 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and March 8 from 4-6 p.m.

Bring your child's birth certificate, registration fee ($50 for first player, $45 for additional siblings) and completed registration forms which can be found at: http://www.eteamz.com/hrcll/.

HR Running Club hosts first meeting Feb. 3

The Hood River Running Club will hold its first meeting for the public Thursday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Shortt Supply at 1414 12th St. in Hood River. The group's mission will be to help support middle school running programs and to help feed running habits. The running public is welcome to come and tell club members what they want from a top-end running club and to get feedback from club members on their ideas for the club.

For more information contact Steve Wrye at 541-806-2335 or stevewrye@gmail.com.

Babe Ruth sign-ups Feb. 3

Sign-ups for Babe Ruth Baseball (boys age 13-14) will take place this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School commons. Bring birth certificate and registration fee. For more information contact Chuck Johnisee at Your Rental and Party Center, 541-386-2062.

Clinic for Little League umps and

scorekeepers Feb. 17

Hood River County Little League is offering clinics this year for scorekeeping and umpiring for all interested in developing the skills to umpire or keep score at Little League games this season.

The clinic will be Feb. 17, from 6- 8 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School cafeteria.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

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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