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Brandon Kawachi rolls two 700s

Bowling proved challenging for most in last week’s Orchard Lanes leagues, but it sure wasn’t for Brandon Kawachi. The young star continued to dominate the boards, popping a 719 in the Tuesday night Mixed league and a 706 in the Wednesday night Fraternal league. With his hard-charging hook, Kawachi seems to have his way just about every week. It’s not easy to make the elite team of the week in Hood River but he seems to be there every time we pick up the paper. And, as you might expect with all of his high scores, Kawachi is carrying a ridiculously good 233 average in the Mixed league.

The other half of our dynamic duo of hot shots, Nancy Asai, continues in the groove also. She nailed a couple more solid sets last week; a 627 in the Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league and a 635 in the Tuesday night Mixed league. The latter included a big 263 game, once again topping all women in scoring last week. Nancy’s game is down and in, and there are not many better at it. She makes it look so easy you have to ask yourself, “Why don’t we all bowl like that?”

As we all know, everything is relative; really big scores may have been elusive last week but there were still several fine outings by some of our up and coming newcomers.

Young Levi Phelps struck pay dirt again with a solid 622 series in the Fraternal league, which was 79 pins over his average. Aaron Troxel cranked up a 616 series in the Monday night Industrial league, capping his set with a 234 game that put him 89 pins over his average. And just behind those two was Josh Sorrels, who fired a nice 602 set that was highlighted by a 226 game in the same session to break 77 pins over his average.

Perhaps the most notable performance was the 588 series notched by Jim Block in the Industrial league. Block was a whopping 120 pins over his average. That’s excellent in anybody’s book, but what really makes it special is that he is fresh off knee replacement surgery. Now that he’s got those new knees, he’s bowling like a kid again. If that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.

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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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