Kegler's Corner

We all knew it was just a matter of time. Greg McDaniel is perhaps the most accomplished bowler in town. In fact, he may be one of the best players in the Northwest.

While many of us struggle a bit on the lanes now and then, Greg is always rock-solid. This season, he’s been bowling in a couple of Orchard Lanes’ leagues just to keep sharp. Until this past week, he was carrying a nifty 217 average in both the Monday night Industrial and the Wednesday night Fraternal leagues. That’s a heck of an average in anybody’s book, but Greg has the talent to take that lofty number much higher.

And, the powerful lefty from The Dalles did just that in last week’s Fraternal League action. He started the session with a ho-hum 227, warmed that up a bit to a fine 256 in his second game and then capped things off with a blistering perfect 300 game to finish the night’s work with a mighty fine 783 series.

That scintillating effort elevated him to a 222 average in the league. There are now three guys in town who are carrying averages over 220 pins per game.

In other news, Michael Allen had another splendid week, splintering the sticks in the high-scoring Fraternal where he racked up a super 727 series to take second place on the latest Team of the Week. Michael made the limelight just a couple of weeks ago with a 700 series, so it looks like we’ve got another legitimate star bowler in the making.

Two of our other Team of the Week stars also found the groove in the Fraternal: Jeff Miller fired a 717 and Jeremy Bloom tossed a 696 series. The remaining big shooter on the team is Brandon Kawachi, who tossed a 709 in the Tuesday Nite Mixed. When it comes to posting big numbers, it’s hard to beat the quartet of McDaniel, Miller, Kawachi and Bloom; they are charter members of the who’s who in Hood River bowling.

Good Pro TV matches last Sunday; hope you got to see them. Chris Barnes and Missy Parkin prevailed as the World Bowling Tour champions. Next week is the Cheetah championship on ESPN at 10 a.m. Don’t miss it! Our own city bowling championships will be ongoing this week so we should have the results in our next edition of Kegler’s Corner. Stay tuned, as that will be interesting.

Team of the Week:

Greg McDaniel, 783

Michael Allen, 727

Jeff Miller, 717

Brandon Kawachi, 709

Jeremy Bloom, 696

League highlights

Industrial: Jeff Miller, 677 series; Mac Proffitt, 258 game

Workshirkers: Nancy Asai, 225 game and 632 series

Tuesday Nite Mixed: Brandon Kawachi, 260 game and 709 series; Karen Shortt, 234 game and 551 series

Colts & Fillies: Joe Krug, 200 game and 572 series; Shirley Thornhill, 494 series; Polly Bull, 207 game

Fraternal: Greg McDaniel, 300 game and 783 series; Nancy Asai, 213 game and 585 series

Lads & Lassies: Jim Green, 211 game and 524 series; Marge Meyer, 478 series; Joyce Hert, 185 game

Hood River County: Steve Watt, 593 series; Linda Sanders, 202 game and 493 series; Rod Pratt, 214 game

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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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