PARKDALE NEWS: A whole new meaning for Veterans Day

This week this column starts off with a personal note.

Veterans Day takes on a whole new meaning for this reporter’s family as on Saturday, Nov. 10, my son, a Cavalry Scout in the United States Army, will be leaving Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma for his first deployment to Afghanistan.

We’re very proud of this young man and all he has achieved.

This year my son trained to operate the Raven, a 4-foot drone that can be carried by backpack, launched by hand and directed by a laptop computer.

In just the last six months he has learned about the Afghan culture and to speak Pashto, the language of southern Afghanistan, where he will be stationed.

He has also been promoted three times, from a private first class to sergeant just this week, just two years after joining the Army.

No matter where we stand on this war, we can all stand behind our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, family members and friends who, on this Veterans Day, put themselves in harm’s way so that we can be safe.

This Veterans Day let’s remember all those who have served before and continue to serve us in protecting our country.


In honor of Veterans Day, on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. the Upper Valley Extension Group will meet at the Parkdale Grange Hall to bake muffins for residents of the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles.

This is the third year the group will bake the muffins and deliver them to the veterans at the home on Veterans Day.

The group will also be cooking up a Stone Soup with a chicken base for them to enjoy with their muffins.

Community members are welcome to be a part of this project and are asked to bring something to add to the soup.


The Extension Group will hold its November meeting, titled “The Efficient Cook and Quick Breads,” on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Parkdale Grange.

Learn how to cook efficiently and save time and resources in the kitchen! Quick breads are just one way to be more efficient.

Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.


Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. in the Parkdale Elementary School gym, Nanda and the Jacket, an acrobaticalist ninja theater group, will perform at an assembly.

The community is welcome to attend the teaser performance of the show that will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Hood River Middle School Auditorium.


This Saturday, Nov. 3, is the first session of the season for the Parkdale Skate Club in the Parkdale Elementary School gym.

From 6-8 p.m. everyone can skate for a one-time $2 individual registration fee and a $1 fee to skate.

Friday, Nov. 2, is the first adult volleyball game of the season in the school gym and coordinated by Hannah McCarty, Skate Night coordinator.

For more information, contact Hannah at 541-806-6695 or


There is no school on Monday, Nov. 5, due to a teacher workday, or on Monday, Nov. 12, due to the Veterans Day holiday.


Parent-Teacher conferences at Parkdale Elementary will be starting on Nov. 8. Parents should look for information by the teachers being sent home with their children.

Parkdale Elementary parents can nominate an educator from the school for a chance to receive the Education Celebration Award.

The Oregon College Savings Plan will be recognizing three outstanding educators during the 2012-13 school year and each winning school will receive $5,000.

Details can be found on the free Oregon College Savings Plan folders that are coming home with students the first week in November, or by going to


Send items to or P.O. Box 448, Parkdale, OR 97041.

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