Kegler's Corner

Michael Allen is the bowler of the week

Silky smooth Michael Allen was in the zone in last week’s Fraternal league. He scattered the sticks to the tune of a mighty fine 679 series, which was 148 pins over his average. Allen’s easy style is yet another way to make those 3lb-6oz pins dance. He rolls a nice, controllable hook, right in the track area around the second arrow to make the ball do most of the work. This outstanding performance makes him the latest Bowler of the Week and lands him on the Team of the Week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes.

Senior star Gordon Sim just missed making the team of the week with a solid 674 series that he fired in the Wednesday afternoon Colts & Fillies league. He got off to a bit of a slow start in the session but really found the range in his second game, which he opened with ten straight strikes. That eleventh one just missed, leaving one pin standing for a great 289 game. With this outing, Sim raised his lofty average to 210 pins per game. Gordon is in the top five averages in the city, which is very impressive indeed.

The highlight event of the season is just around the corner. Everybody get ready for the 61st-annual Hood River City Championship tournament Dec. 8-16. This great event is for our local league bowlers and consists of team, doubles, singles and all events. It’s a handicap format so anybody can win.

League highlights for the week are below.

Team of the week:

Greg McDaniel, 736

Jason DeGeus, 709

Brandon Kawachi, 690

Michael Allen, 679

Jeremy Bloom, 675


Greg McDaniel, 736 series

Jason DeGeus, 267 game


Nancy Asai, 247 game and 553 series

Tuesday Night Mixed

Jeremy Bloom, 675 series

Nancy Asai, 221 game and 581 series

Josh Worth, 250 game

Colts & Fillies

Gordon Sim, 289 game and 674 series

Nancy Sayler, 486 series

Charlotte Severns, 180 game


Michael Allen, 679 series

Josh Worth, 279 game

Lads & Lassies

George Buck, 552 series

Marion Campbell, 215 game and 552 series

Marge Meyer, 215 game and 480 series

Hood River County

Rod Pratt, 519 series

Marc Smith, 190 game

Joyce Wilson, 467 series

Linda Sanders, 167 game

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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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