Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Wishram School Facilities Manager Tye Churchwell writes: “During the month of September, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints did a ‘day of service’ in the community of Wishram.
“Actually, what was originally planned as a ‘day of service’ turned out to be more like a ‘month of service’ for some.
“An amazing core group of hard-working, dedicated, focused volunteers came into Wishram with the goal of making a difference. They asked us to put together a wish list of things we would like to see happen. In our wildest dreams, none of us believed that even a portion of the items on the list would get done — all of them did.
“The amount of work that these volunteers put into the community of Wishram, not counting all the planning that went on prior to the work, was nothing less than remarkable.
“Wishram School staff would like to express our deepest appreciation for the volunteer work that church members, along with volunteers from various Gorge communities, did for the community of Wishram. Words cannot describe, nor do justice, to the appreciation that most of us in Wishram feel.
“These volunteers worked countless hours. They caulked and painted the entire exterior of the school building (and it is a huge building); demolished and removed numerous truckloads of concrete; built forms to replace the concrete, along with building other forms for new concrete; poured and finished all the concrete; moved and spread over 20 yards of gravel. They also repaired several areas of chain link fencing.
“At the same time all of this was going on, the exterior of the fire station was primed and painted; the fire department garage roof was stripped and replaced; the community garden was weeded and mulched; and several handicap ramps for elderly and/or disabled community members were repaired and/or built new. A huge barbecue was brought in for all the volunteers and any community members who wanted to come.
“The planning that went into this project was nothing short of amazing. Over 200 total strangers came into Wishram and made a difference.
“Again, as I said before, words cannot describe the appreciation we feel, but we truly want to say thank you. These days of service were a blessing to the community of Wishram.”
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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