Words of gratitude from many community sources

“On behalf of the Columbia Gorge Young Life Committee I want to thank all of the people who made the Father/Daughter Dance a huge success,” writes Jeanine Jacobson.

“First of all, thank you to each dad who made it a priority to have a special and fun time with his daughter. That is what made it a success.Thank you to the Hood River News and especially to Julie Raefield-Gobbo for the stupendous news coverage. Thank you to KIHR for the on-air announcements. Thank you to Young Life High Schoolers who worked tirelessly to help set up before the event; helped during the event and helped clean up afterward. Thanks to The Crazy Pepper for providing food for the workers. More thanks to the Elks Club for providing the space for the event; Debbie Francis for designing the beautiful promotional materials; Print-It for printing them; Shortt Supply for selling tickets; Billie Jean Olmsted and team for the delicious and beautiful desserts; Pam and Nick Bielemeier for portraits; Brittany Moore and Cheramy Rovianek for the lovely decorations and Nate Ohlson for teaching the dances. If I have forgotten anyone I apologize. Blessing to all of you.”


Thank you, Hood River community, for your continued support of the Emergency Voucher Program,” writes Rev. Anna Carmichael of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

“The program assists individual in times of crisis with food, gas and lodging vouchers. We work in conjunction with local businesses, Providence Hospital, the Warming Shelter, Salvation Army, churches and others. The program is funded through grants and donations.

“On Tuesday, Feb. 12, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church invited the community to their Mardi Gras dinner in support of the Emergency Voucher Program. Together we raised almost $400!

“Many thanks to local chef Mark Whitehead for the delicious dinner. If you weren’t able to attend the dinner, but would like to make a contribution to this program, please contact St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.”


“The support is greatly appreciated,” writes Christina McGhee of the Parkdale Elementary PTO.

“I am happily overwhelmed by the support of local businesses! Along with other Parkdale Elementary School PTO members, I have spent the last few weeks seeking donations for our March 8 carnival and fundraising raffle. Nearly every business we contacted donated.

“I know businesses are constantly asked to contribute to fundraising events. This makes their contribution even more impressive. Thank you, Hood River Valley businesses, for caring about kids and helping to support education enrichment programs.”

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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

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