Community members convey their gratitude

Last weekend’s Lila May Schow Fundraiser was a success and this weekend brings another chance to help out.

Jennifer Lorenzen explains:

“On behalf of Lila May Schow and her family, I would like to extend our thanks to all those who came to, donated, and participated in the Photos with Santa fundraiser. Special thanks go to Erin Tegeler Photography, Columbia Gorge Hotel, Rosauers, Walgreens, Hood River Fire Department, Amancay Maahs, Chris Wilt, Kimberly Sweek, Matt Adams, the staff at Northwest Pediatrics, and Hood River News.

“Our community’s’ generosity is a blessing to Lila and her family. If you missed your opportunity to share with Lila, the Hood River County Fire Department will also be hosting a photo with Santa fundraiser on behalf of Lila on Sunday, Dec. 9, noon to 4 p.m. at the Fire Hall, near 18th and May streets.. Don’t miss your opportunity to show your support to this local family.


Hosted by the Columbia Gorge Lioness Club, the recent Cascade Locks was a first-time event for the community.

“It was so encouraging to see the number of women there who are active in the community in a very positive way,” writes Robbie Lee. Represented were women involved in the Action Team, AWANAS, Bingo, Bridge of the God Quilters, CLAD, FISH, Lions, Lioness, Pre-school Playgroup, RARE, SMART, Women’s Fellowship, and local artists. Thanks everyone for coming out and contributing to a successful fun event.”


“There is sad news about the passing of former Pine Grove resident Linda Diers,” writes Debra Laraway, Hood River News’ Pine Grove correspondent.

“This past spring a donation fund was set up for Linda with Cascade Central Credit Union on the Heights in Hood River. The family would like to Thank everyone for their cards and support during her battle with ALS.

Linda’s services were held Nov. 27 at the West Union Lutheran Church in Carver, Minn. Linda and Dave have lived in Carver for the past several years.

Memorials and or sympathy cards can be mailed to: Dave Diers and family at 114 Reform Street N., Apartment 206, New Young America, MN 55368.

Dave and Linda’s son, Martin Diers, a Pastor for the Augustana Lutheran Church presided in the service for his mother.

From a poem read for Linda by the family:

Asleep, in Jesus! Blessed sleep,

From which none ever wakes to weep;

A calm and undisturbed repose,

Unbroken by the last of foes.

Asleep in Jesus! Oh, how sweet

To be for such a slumber meet,

With holy confidence to sing

That death has lost his venomed sting!

Asleep in Jesus! Peaceful rest,

Whose waking is supremely blest ...

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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