Saturday, April 21, 2012
The History Museum of Hood River County invites the community to participate in some input meetings for new museum exhibits.
As part of the Phase I Renovation project, The History Museum is working with exhibit designer Larry Watson from Ko-Kwow Exhibits and Arts in North Bend, Ore.
The master exhibit plan is under progress at this time. The main display themes have been identified for Phase I and include Native American, Settlers, Timber & Logging, Agriculture, Japanese Culture/World War II Internment, Recreation and Wind Sports, Hood River’s Story and the Luhr Jensen Gallery. Other themes will be expanded or added in Phase II.
While the museum has artifacts to fit most of these topics and themes, the community is invited to join in discussions on “What is the story” that needs to be told in each of these areas.
People who have specific knowledge and information about the themes and stories are invited to come and share.
“The museum board and exhibit team are committed to accurately portraying the stories of each of these areas,” said Connie Nice, museum coordinator. “We value input and ideas from people in the community that will help us make our new displays even better. We’re confident that once we’re done, the museum will be an exciting place that people will want to visit again and again.
“The exhibits are an essential part of the visitor’s experience,” she said. “We’re calling on all loggers, millworkers, windsurfers, kiteboarders and water sports enthusiasts to help us out. Now is your time to get your story told.
“Please join us at one of the community input meetings. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.”
The meetings will be held from 7-8 p.m. on April 26 and May 3, 17 and 24, at the Hood River Fire Department, 1785 Meyer Parkway (behind the Hood River Aquatics Center). Enter through the front doors on the west side of the building.
The April 26 and May 3 meetings will be on the subject of timber and logging, and the May 17 and 24 meetings will cover recreation and wind sports.
For more information contact Nice at 541-386-6772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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