Neighbors: Tales of transition, teaching and raft trips

Thanks, Maritime Services, write Gail and Scott Hagee of Hood River: “A big thanks to Maritime Services who gainfully employed between 200-500 people here in Hood River for over two decades. George Selfridge and many others should be applauded for being such good employers providing a good wage with benefits for many families in our area.

“Maritime Services gave many young men and women the opportunity to travel to parts of the world they only dreamed of. Thanks, guys, for your years of hard work and your dedication for supporting local Hood Riverites! Our best to you in your time of transition.”


Former Hood River resident Sigrid Scully, now of Bend, has been working as a volunteer English and language arts tutor at Marshall High School in Bend for the past three years as part of the Central Oregon Council on Aging’s Foster Grandparent program.

Marshall is an alternative high school for students who have not succeeded in other district schools. When Scully secured the position, she moved from John Day to Bend so she could be at the school consistently.

Scully volunteers at Marshall “with almost the same regularity as a staff member,” according to a Bend Bulletin article. “I don’t think I can put into words the impact she’s had on students,” said Principal Julie Linhares. “She’s been so consistent in being here, which means a lot to these kids.”

Scully is the only foster grandparent at Marshall and in the district. She has helped numerous students in her three years.

“I want them all to have hope, and understand that dreams should be followed, and that they shouldn’t give their dreams away to anybody,” said Scully.


Pam Hughes, Life Skills International, was the grand prize winner at last week’s Chamber of Commerce open house.

Membership coordinator Emily Curtis writes, “The event was successful with chamber members bringing prospective businesses to the event to learn about the Hood River County Chamber’s benefits and enjoy the newly remodeled chamber offices.”

Included in the grand-prize was a rafting package from Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys and lunch at Zoller’s “Class V Deli.”

This trip will be guided by 27-year veteran White Salmon River guide Mark Zoller.

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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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