Friday, December 14, 2012
The annual Hood River County fire departments’ Christmas Parade rolls Dec. 17-19, 6-9 p.m. each night.
Dec. 17, Odell/Pine Grove
The parade starts with a static display at the Odell Fire Station from 6-6:15 p.m. Other static displays are mentioned in italics below:
Travel north on Odell Highway to Mud Alley; Mud Alley loop to Odell Highway; north on Odell Highway to Summit Drive; west on Summit to Wy’east Drive; north on Summit to Chamberlain Drive; west on Chamberlain; loop back to Summit; east on Summit to Bartlett Loop;
South on Bartlett Loop to Wy’east Drive; south on Wy’east to Davis Drive; east on Davis to AGA Road; north on AGA to AGA trailer park; loop back to AGA Road; north on AGA to Odell Highway;
East on Odell Highway to Chevron Drive; east on Chevron Drive to Midway Drive; south on Midway to Gateway Drive; east on Gateway to Lingren Drive; south on Lingren to Chevron; south on Chevron to Odell Highway;
East on Odell Highway to Highway 35; on 35 to Sunday Drive; southeast on Sunday to Neal Creek Road; south on Neal Creek to Thomsen Road;
East on Thomsen to Fir Mountain; east on Fir Mountain to Wells Drive; east on Wells; loop to Pine Grove School;
West on Van Horn to Highway 35; south on 35 to Glass Drive; east on Glass to Eastside Road; north on Eastside to Highline Drive; north on Highline to Old Columbia River Highway; west on old highway to China Gorge restaurant.
There will be a static display at the China Gorge for 10-15 minutes.
Dec. 18, Parkdale/Dee
Static display at Parkdale Fire Station from 6-6:15 p.m.
West on Baseline Road to Fifth Street; north on Fifth; loop back to Baseline; south on Clear Creek Road to Culbertson Road; east on Culbertson to Baseline;
North on Baseline Road to Toll Bridge Road; north on Toll Bridge Road to Highway 35; north on 35 to Miller Road; east on Miller; loop to 35; south on 35 to Woodworth Drive; west on Woodworth to Old Parkdale Road; south on Old Parkdale to Trout Creek Ridge Road;
West on Trout Creek Ridge Road; loop to Dee Highway; north on Dee to Punchbowl Road; west on Punchbowl to Green Drive; south on Green to Collins Road; south on Collins to Alder Road; north on Alder; west on Lost Lake Road to bus turn-around;
There will be a static display at Dee Fire Station for 10-15 minutes.
Dec. 19, West Side/Hood River
West on Barrett Drive to Markham Road; south on Markham to Portland Drive; east on Portland to Tucker; north on Tucker to Orchard Road;
East on Orchard Road loop to Tucker Road; west on Tucker Road to Barrett Drive; west on Barrett to Methodist Road; north on Methodist to Belmont; north on Belmont to Westside School.
Static display at Westside Elementary for 15 minutes, at approximately 6:45 p.m.
East on Belmont Drive to Avalon Drive; south on Avalon Drive to Adams Loop; south on Adams Loop; loop to St. Charles Place Road; north on St. Charles to Park Place Loop; west on Park Place; loop to St. Charles Place Road; north on St. Charles to Belmont Drive;
East on Belmont to Henderson Road; south on Henderson to Avalon Drive; east on Avalon; loop to Belmont Drive;
West on Belmont to 22nd Street; north on 22nd to May Street; west on May to 30th Street; north on 30th to Eugene;
East on Eugene Street to Rand Road; south on Rand to Montello Ave.; east on Montello. to Prospect Ave.; east on Prospect to 17th Street; north on 17th to Eugene Street; west on Eugene to 25th north on 25th to Sherman.; west on Sherman to Rand; North on Rand Road to Wasco Ave.; east on Wasco Ave. to 18th Street; north on 18th Street to Hope Ave.; east on Hope Ave. to Wasco Ave.; east on Wasco Ave. to 13th Street;
South on 13th Street to Columbia Ave.; east on Columbia to Ninth Street; south on Ninth to Oak Street; west on Oak to 13th Street; south on 13th/12th to Brookside;
West on Brookside Drive to Down Manor and Brookside Manor; east on Brookside Drive to Eliot Drive; east on Eliot Drive to Eighth Street; north on Eighth to Heights Avenue; east on Heights to rear Hawks Ridge Drive Way; loop to Pacific Avenue.
East on Pacific Avenue to Fourth Street; north on Fourth Street to Betty Lou Avenue; west on Betty Lou Avenue to Fifth Street; south on Fifth Street to Pacific Avenue; west on Pacific Avenue to 12th Street; north on 12th Street to Pine Street;
East on Pine Street to Fourth Street; north on Fourth Street to May Street; west on May to 12th Street; north on 12th to Sherman Avenue; east on Sherman to Ninth Street; north on Ninth to State Street; east on State to Front/State Street.
There will be a static display at Front and State for 15 minutes.
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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