MID VALLEY NEWS: Wy’east hosts Internet safety forum

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist church is holding a community Harvest Dinner Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited. Contributions for FISH Food Bank will be accepted.

The celebration will continue Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with a special harvest service led by lay Pastor Christy Matson. For more information, call Jean Stone at 541-386-2951.


The Last Chance Holiday Bazaar will be held Dec. 8-9 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, and Fair Manager Clara Rice reports a few vendor spaces are still available. The event is held in the Community Building and is limited to 42 spaces. For more information, contact Rice at 541-354-2865.


Odell Garden Club President Norma Curtis thanks everyone who attended the club’s annual Fall Flower Show. “We made 47 bouquets to sell for the local and state charities we sponsor,” says Curtis. “We sold out by 4 p.m. on the first day.”

The show was very successful. One of the state judges commented that the Fall Flower Show is the best show she judges, and another said the designs were getting more creative and better each passing year.

Winners are as follows:

Best of show: Norma Curtis; People’s Choice: Naomi Frisbie; Most Imaginative: Margaret Taylor; Best of Horticulture: Norma Curtis, oak leaf hydrangea.


Wy’east Middle School is holding an Internet Safety Forum, organized by community agencies and the Hood River County School District, on Nov. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Wy’east families are encouraged to attend.


Honors Humanities Gifts from Our Ancestors, a local organization promoting cultural awareness of Native peoples in the Gorge, has given a grant to eighth-grade teacher Steffanie Olson. Her second semester Honors Humanities class will use the grant to study the Columbia River Indians, both past and present. It will cover the cost of Native artists to create a mural and story medallions, as well as a field trip to The Dalles Discovery Center, says Wy’east Vice Principal Patricia Cooper.


The lost-and-found table at Mid Valley Elementary is already overflowing. Parents are urged to check out the tables by the new cafeteria for missing items.


Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 378 are selling apple cider, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas (and every day, adds Scout Master Nick Kirby). Cost is $3 for a half-gallon and $5 for a gallon. All proceeds help boys pay for camp. To order, call Kirby at 541-354-1323.

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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

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