Saturday, July 28, 2012
American Legion Post 22 in Hood River initiated new officers July 18.
Keegan Hodges, District 5 commander, presided. The new officers are Gary Steele, commander; Jim Tomson, first vice; Rodger Schock, second vice; and Carl Casey, adjutant.
The American Legion was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1919 as a war-time veterans organization.
The American Legion was instrumental in the creation of the Veterans Administration and having the VA elevated to a cabinet-level agency and designated as the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Legion is also universally recognized as the originator of the GI Bill of Rights and it continues to work to maintain the rights and benefits earned by veterans through service to their country.
Legionnaires are also deeply involved with community activities ranging from hospital services and blood drives to youth programs such as the Boy Scouts, Civic Awareness, American Legion Baseball, scholarships and the annual American Legion Boys State/Boys Nation programs.
This year, the Hood River American Legion Post 22 awarded scholarships to two Hood River Valley High School students.
Officers from Post 22 planned to attend the 4-H, FFA Market Animal Auction at the Hood River County Fair on July 27 to buy some animals in support of the youth.
All Legionnaires; all veterans; Sons of American Legion (all male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of the American Legion or of eligible veterans); Auxiliary members, (mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, and grandmothers of members of the American Legion or of eligible veterans); their family and guests are welcome to attend the club and activities.
The Club opens at 4 p.m. Dinner is from 4:30-8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
For dinner reservations at the Legion club call 541-308-0000. Walk-ins are welcome.
For membership information call 541-806-2544.
Veterans should note that Hood River County Veterans Service Officer Les Logsdon can be reached at 541-386-1080.
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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