Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Eagles make All-State soccer teams
Oregon’s 2012 5A All-State boys and girls soccer teams were announced this week and a few Hood River athletes made the list. Players were selected and voted on by coaches across the state through Oregonian staff.
First Team: Camiel Burrsma (senior)
Second Team: Edgar Villegas (junior), Jose Muro (senior)
Honorable Mention: Giovani Magana (freshman)
Honorable mention: Sophie Grace (sophomore)
Meadows begins night operations
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort opened for night operations this week, with lifts running until 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To kick off the “Meadows After Dark” season, the resort is offering discounted lift tickets for $15 on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The regular night ticket (for non-passholders) is $30 and is good from 3-9 p.m. Season night passes cost $129.
As of deadline Tuesday, the resort reports a 42-inch base. Forecasts for the week show off-and-on snow with up to a foot possible through Wednesday night and another round of snow in line for the weekend.
Indoor Soccer Academy for grades 5-8
The weather might be wet and the fields soggy, but many kids still want to play soccer. For boys and girls in grades 5-8, the answer is Hood River’s Indoor Soccer Academy League. The league is held at Wy’east Middle School and is designed for players of all abilities, with a focus on skill development.
Games will be held in the Wy’east gym on Sundays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 11. An open gym and parent meeting will take place Dec. 16, 4 p.m., at Wy’east where parents can learn more information and register kids and players can meet one another and get a feel for what the league will be like.
Boys and girls teams will be created with an emphasis on development, not competition, with focus on ball handling, passing and movement. Volunteer coaches are welcomed and can complete required back ground check at the Community Ed office.
Registration can be done through Hood River County Community Education’s website at www.hrcommunityed.org or in person at the Dec. 16 open gym. A one-time fee of $25 covers six games and a T-shirt. For questions contact Pepe Rivera at 541-399-3362.
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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