Thursday, June 9, 2011
How do you lasso a time capsule?
Ask Kelly Beard, John Krussow, Ron Guth and Uriel Marquez.
They were key hands in a novel way to unearth a cylinder buried in 1989.
Pine Grove Elementary held its "Final Fiesta" as a K-5 elementary school Friday. The event, attended by about 300 people, was equal parts feast, time warp, reunion and farewell.
The school will be "repurposed" for special education and other services in 2011-12, and current students will be attending Mid Valley.
Beard, the Pine Grove principal, and time capsule designers Guth and Krussow, and a crew spent about 45 minutes working to remove the two-and-a-half-foot cylinder, buried since 1989, but found themselves at a stalemate. The capsule was buried 22 years ago at the 100th anniversary of the founding of Pine Grove School.
About 50 students, alumni and parents stood around the hole throughout the excavation, anxious to see the time capsule freed from the earth. Marquez, performing with lariats, gave the crew an idea.
They wrapped a rope around the cylinder and an iron cross bar, and leveraged the capsule.
The crowd cheered as the capsule was carried to the front of the school, where Beard and 1989 principal Doug Mahurin took turns sawing off the top.
Out came documents, drawings, clothing items, books, and even an empty pack of Marlboros and a 5-inch "floppy disk".
The items will remain on display for a month, and the capsule will be reburied, along with a new time capsule filled by 2011 students and staff.
"I had mixed emotions about opening it, but considering the fate of the school I agreed it was a good idea," said Molly Krussow, a third-grader in 1989 and now the mother of 13-year-old Riley. Mother and daughter read an enclosed item from Molly's mother, the late Patricia Krussow.
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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