Friday, March 4, 2011
Winners of an essay contest for Marcy Kingsley's Cascade Locks middle school students were announced on Friday.
The contest, sponsored by the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, posed the question "What is the 'Next Big Thing' that should come to Cascade Locks?"
First place went to Acacia Cannon, for her excellent essay on the advantages of creating a go-cart track in Cascade Locks for both kids and adults to enjoy.
The awards were given in a gathering of the class in the library at the middle school, with parents, teachers and the principal in attendance.
All 22 students in the class participated, with creative responses ranging from outlet malls to zoos to cafes as suggestions for adding fun, entertainment and activities to the community as the "next big thing."
Third-place winner Saul Castaneda proposed an amusement park, complete with rides, video arcade and a water park; while second-place winner Jade Perkins wrote about the advantages of adding a community garden near the retirement complex. Both Perkins and Castaneda received a gift certificate from Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River.
Acacia cited her own love of go-carts, commenting that, "Building go-carts with my dad made our relationship get closer," and she carefully weighed the pros and cons of her proposal and gave thoughtful consideration to the community and its needs, according to Kerry Cobb, chamber executive director.
An excited Acacia received a Flip camera as her first-prize award, and she promised to send the chamber a video of her class.
Two students who each wrote about their desire to have Taco Bell set up shop in Cascade Locks, Nick Harbaugh and Alex Munoz, inspired chamber member David Cobb to arrange for delivery of a Taco Bell lunch for the entire class during the presentation of awards.
The essays are available for the public to read at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, where the bookstore's owners have generously offered to display them during the month of March.
The Hood River County Chamber supports economic and tourism development for the region and provides promotional programs to its 425 members. As a countywide organization, it supports businesses, organizations and governmental agencies in Cascade Locks, Hood River, Parkdale, Odell, Pine Grove and Mount Hood.
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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