Pulling weeds and pulling for each other

“I am still smiling ear to ear from a wonderful Waterfront Park weed-pulling Earth Day event!” writes Marge Gale of Hood River.

“The stars and moons all aligned to make for a perfect day filled with wonderful community members helping to beautify the park and all her many plots.

“I felt like a happy bee buzzing from plot to plot, totally energized by all the smiling faces and hard work happening all around. We had previous adopters mixed with new adopters mixed with high school students, mixed with new folks in town, mixed with folks just out enjoying the park — it was just so lovely!

“I know that we all are busy and have 10 things pulling us in different directions at the same time, so to see those who made the choice to come and love the park and care for the plots, well, that just makes this Adopt-A-Plot gal dang teary and proud and joyful.

“Thanks so much to all who gave their time on Earth Day. I am especially thankful to Nate at Dog River Coffee for the generous coffee donation along with a hearty thanks to Subway for their cookie donation.

“A big shout out of thanks to Kristen and Drew at Humbleroots Nursery in Mosier, 503-449-3694.”

Anyone interested in adopting a plot may contact Gale at 541-386-6135 or www.adoptaplottoday@g-mail.com.


On April 19 at 1:30 p.m., Providence Down Manor held a “‘90s Celebration” to recognize each of the 38 residents who are 90 years or older.

The residents put on skits, sang and shared stories. They also watched “Steamboat Willie,” a 1928 animated film that introduced the world to Mickey Mouse, to reminisce in the “good ol’ days.”


Author Paula Friedman of Parkdale writes, “As it tends to be, the Hood River/mid-Gorge area was enormously neighborly recently, with the Hood River News, Waucoma Bookstore, the Hood River Library and a wonderful bunch of book-loving friends, neighbors and other readers all providing encouragement and support for my April 1 reading from “‘The Rescuer’s Path,’ my new novel of love, politics and family.

“Also, thanks to the News for the important coverage of the Whistling Ridge appeal, and to Kirby Neumann-Rea for his delightfully informative article on the impending State Street construction and other traffic projects.”


Hood River Valley High School is looking for adults interested in sharing information on life beyond high school — with a focus on careers.

The first HRVHS Career Fair will be held May 2, 1-3:30 p.m. in the commons area. Adult volunteers are being sought to provide career insight.

Employers, individual career representatives (doctors, firefighters, nurses, small business owners, engineers, etc.) and trades people (plumbers, beauticians, wind energy technicians, etc.) are encouraged to bring their personal employment knowledge to the students attending the fair.

Career opportunities in the Gorge are the focus. Volunteers will meet students one-on-one during the casual event. Contact Wendy Herman at 541-387-5034, ext. 1, or wendy.herman@hood-river.k12.or.us for more information.


Look for a “Connect the Dots” global day of action on climate change on May 5 starting at 9 a.m.

Gorge area residents are invited to join with thousands of communities around the world to “connect the dots” between climate change and extreme weather conditions.

Participants will meet at the park and ride lot in Hood River (Highway 35 and State streets across from China Gorge) at 10 a.m. Those of all ages are welcome. For more information visit climatedots.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

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