A rousing cheer for the Hood River High School reunion

Dr. Philip Leveque of Molalla writes:

“Hood River High School had a glorious historic reunion on Aug. 11, with the HRHS auditorium filled beyond capacity with at least 1,000 graduates and their spouses.

“I believe I was the oldest male graduate there, from the Class of 1940. I also believe that I am one of the few HRHS survivors of World War II. I know of two others: my brother, Dr. Charles Leveque of the Class of 1936 (he is 94; our sister is Marianne Fletcher), another is Robert Allegre of the Class of 1937 (He is 93). There could be others but they didn’t show up.

“There were three of us from the Class of 1940 of six known to still be living: Ada Mae Arens and Madeline Wells (maiden name).

“I was a cheerleader in 1940 and they allowed me to lead a rousing cheer 72 years after the last time I was there.

“The outstanding hit of the program was the presentation of an outstanding piece of historical research by John Lamphiear of the Class of 1964. He researched all the way back to the first high school about 1923(?). It was a splendid review and widely appreciated.

“The program was organized by Phil and Sue Hukari, relatives of longtime pioneers of the county. They did an exceptional job. Others who were outstanding were Pastor Mark Allen, Connie Smith (who acted as master of ceremonies) and Dr. William Stewart (former principal). We also had some of the teachers who taught there before the high school was closed in 1970.

“It was a fantastic experience for all. I got the start of my highly successful professional life at HRHS thanks to the teachers.”

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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