Veterans Day events

Hood River’s annual Veterans Day observance will be at Anderson’s Tribute Center at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Colors will be presented by the National Guard, Boy Scout Troop 378 and Cub Scout Troop 378

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Arthur Babitz will give a welcome and Pastor Carl Casey, Parkdale Nazarene Church, will give the invocation.

Soloist Anita Decker will sing the National anthem, and “Making of the Flag” will be recited by Nick Kirby, charter representative of Elks Lodge 1507

Tom Mann, veteran administrator of Department of Veteran Affairs, will speak, along with Les Logsdon, county veterans service officer, and Gary Steele, commander, American Legion Post 22

“Our Veterans,” will be led by American Legion Post 22

Mid-Columbia Community Choir will present a patriotic medley

Casey will provide closing remarks, and the event will conclude with a reception hosted by Daughters of the American Revolution, Celilo Chapter.

Columbia River Fellowship for Peace presents speaker Peter Lumsdaine, education coordinator of ARROWS (Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare and Society), at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Riverside Church Ruth Wells Room.

Lumsdaine, former Department of Energy researcher, Plowshares prisoner and Najaf Emergency Peace Team coordinator in occupied Iraq, will be speaking on ‘Deep Resilience, Ecological Refuge and Effective Resistance’ to challenge the CIA’s role in escalating Middle East violence, at the edge of the looming peak-oil World War against Iran and the emerging technological matrix of the robotic/biotech Age.

This presentation follows a vet-led Armistice Day vigil/open mic at Overlook Park, Second and State streets, 4:30-6 p.m. Hot soup and beverages will be served at the church.

Donations will be greatly appreciated. For more information email or call 541-400-0244.

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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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