Neighbors, April 18, 2012: Taking time to express thanks, celebrate, and rest

Hood River Valley Christian Church co-pastors Dave and Linda Presley will take a sabbatical.

In April, May and June the Presleys will be on an extended time of rest, renewal and refreshment.

While the Presleys are on sabbatical, Hood River Valley Christian Church will have a variety of guest speakers bringing the message each Sunday.

Serving as worship leaders and presiding each Sunday during the sabbatical are retired clergy and HRVCC member Rev. John Ihle and retired seminary professor and HRVCC member Dr. Rod Parrott.

Hood River Valley Christian Church invites friends, neighbors and visitors to the community to worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings to hear any of its guest speakers.

The church is located at 975 Indian Creek Road. Call 541-386-2608 or email for more information.

Guest preacher on April 22 will be Rev. Donnamae Grannemann. She is a retired Christian Church pastor and HRVCC member who now lives in The Dalles.

On April 29, Rev. Dr. Cathy Myers Wirt will preach. She is co-regional minister of the Christian Church in Oregon.


Delta Kappa Chapter hosted 77 bingo guests March 10 at the Best Western Hood River Inn. The event raised $1,800 toward the chapter’s annual philanthropic work for local high school scholarships, Special Olympics, Easter Seals and St. Jude Research hospital.

The success of the event was achieved beginning with the support of local businesses and community partners providing product donations, services and monetary contributions. The BINGO participants experienced three ways to win prizes during an afternoon playing bingo, Lucky Bingo and placing generous silent auction bids.

Penny Phelps, event coordinator, along with committee members extend their heartfelt gratitude to the businesses, community partners and guests who came together with a common spirit, to help create hopes and dreams for others:.

Supporting businesses were:

NW Natural; Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa; White Buffalo Wine Bar and Bistro; Hood River Jewelers; Expertec Automotive Repair; Rivers Edge Towing and Automotive; Les Schwab Tire Center; E&L Auto Parts and Machining; Paddocks Appliance Electronics; Dream Street; Walmart; Grace Su’s China Gorge Restaurant; Rosauers Supermarket; Salon Don’ Ya; Willow Salon; Up Front Hair Salon; Laurie Nail Spa,; Judy’s Hair Cottage; Pietro’s Pizza; Papa Murphy’s Pizza; Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant; Tricycling Along Antiques; Dairy Queen; Chris Vail Park, Lane Jewelry; Janet Hawkins-Mabrey, Passion for Purses.

Community partner donations were made by: Rob Norton, Rube Landsiedel, Betty Sollman, Penny Phelps, B.G. Brackman, Debbie Sanguras, Marj Baker, Betty Blake and Sue Inman.


The family of Jim Weseman writes: “Thank you to those who were able to attend Jim’s funeral at the Parkdale Elementary School. A special thanks to Kim Vogel, principal at the school, for assisting us in setting up and letting us in the school early on Sunday morning.

Thanks to the Parkdale community for coming together with food and support afterwards at the Parkdale Fire Hall; Mike McCafferty for preparing the ham and his mom, Martha, for helping organize the potluck dinner.

A very special thanks to Bob Huskey for coming to Jim and Cleo’s home to meet with the family and help organize the service. Bob’s funeral message captured the spirit of Jim and his family and honored Jim with heartfelt words.

Thanks to Jacalyn Hill Carr for the hours she spent preparing the picture presentation and music for the service. We would also like to thank our friends, family and community for coming together during this difficult time.

Please make donations to the Parkdale Fire Department or to the Parkdale PTO for bleachers for sporting events held on the outdoor field.”


Minnie Lee Herman celebrated her 101st birthday surrounded by her friends at the Mosier Senior Center.

Minnie Lee Talley was born on March 26, 1911, in Oklahoma where she grew up with three sisters and three brothers. She has an “older” sister still living in Oklahoma City as well as a younger sister in Arkansas. Minnie and her husband, Sterling Herman, moved to Mosier in 1947 and she has been a resident of Mosier ever since.

In addition to a son and grandchildren, Minnie has two ladies who give a lot of time helping her: Connie Zuba and Kathy Long.


In the Community Easter Egg Hunt in Cascade Locks, 95 kids enjoyed a free event for the locals, sponsored by Cascade Locks Recreation.

The kids had a great time and their parents spent time with friends, writes Pamela Morse of Cascade Locks Parks and Recreation.

“We were visited by the Easter Bunny and Gerry Tiffany. Gerry helped hide the eggs behind the Cascade Locks School. The Easter Bunny welcomed photos taken with the kids and gave each child an Easter sucker.”

“The city’s Parks and Recreation Committee have sponsored this event for about 25 years. We have always had a great turnout and a good old-fashioned good time.”

The Lions, Lionesses, the Port of Cascade Locks, Columbia Market and Papa Murphy’s helped provide the prizes.


Winter’s wind damage meant a load of firewood for needy family, courtesy of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

A tree on the May Street side of the hospital was weakened as a result of the large branch that came down in the storm and was deemed unsafe to leave standing, according to Christina Vanderwerf of Providence. The hospital located a family via Community Action Council.


The Hood River Chamber of Commerce “Travel to Learn” series continues through April 22. For details go to Classes include exciting experiences in culinary arts, fine arts, outdoor recreation, and many more.


The next Hood River Chamber Coffee Clatter will be at Glassometry Studios, 3015 Lower Mill Drive, Hood River, 8-9 a.m. on Friday.

The monthly networking event is open to the community. Anyone may come and share information about their business or organization.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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