Friday, November 30, 2012
Four students from four area middle schools advance in Lions International Peace Poster Contest. They are: Vicente Rodriguez, an eighth-grade student at Wy’east Middle School (see his essay, at right); Genesis Quezada, a seventh-grade student at Mid-Columbia Adventist; George Lowell, a seventh-grade student from Horizon Christian School; and Austin Norton, a seventh-grade student from Hood River Middle School.
All took the first step in becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Hood River Lions Club.
The posters are among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions International sponsors the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people.
Staff members including art instructors and vice principals from each school judged the posters based on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme “Imagine Peace.” The judging was Nov. 5-9.
Hood River Lions Club President Pam Chandler said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of all the students.
“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.
“Rodriguez, Quezada, Powell and Norton’s posters will advance to face stiff competition through district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if one of them is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” Chandler said.
One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the award ceremony at the Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
Local winners and the second and third placers from each school will be honored by the Lions Club Dec. 15 at the Hood River Library, where their posters will be on display.
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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