Parkdale News: Mother’s Day brings final Grange breakfast

Several families in Parkdale are gearing up to hold yard sales during the Memorial Day weekend and all are encouraging more Upper Valley residents to join in.

“If you’ve been waiting for a good time to do a yard sale, this is it,” said Parkdale resident Linda Mooney, who raises money for Relay for Life every year with her sales. “If people have yard sale items but would rather just donate them to a great cause they are welcome to bring them by 7680 Clear Creek Road and I will be happy to add them to my sale.”

Residents on Van Nuys, 3rd and 4th Streets in Parkdale are already planning on being out on different days during the holiday weekend.

Maps will be available at each address listing all the other venue locations.

Signs will be posted and ads will be listed in the Hood River News and online at, and

If you’d like your address to be added to the map contact Linda Mooney at 541-490-9861.


The Parkdale Grange ladies will be cooking up something special for their final breakfast of the season at the Grange Hall on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“We’ll be cooking up special egg dishes for this breakfast such as baked omelets, quiches, and a variety of strattas,” said Grange member Jean Hardman. “We’ll still have the regular menu items such as pancakes, biscuits and gravy available for those who would like them.”

The breakfast is just $6 for adults, $4 for children 5-12, and children under 4 eat for free.


The Parkdale Little League Hit-a-Thon will be held at the main field in Parkdale on Saturday May 11 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

“This is the league’s only fundraiser for the year to support field maintenance and updates to the equipment,” said Angie Green. “Kids are out now collecting pledges to support their league.”

Apple Valley Barbecue will be serving up pulled pork plates with cole slaw for $5 a plate with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Parkdale Little League.


The Upper Valley Extension Group will be holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall.

Members Mary Parrot and Nancy Slagle will be doing a presentation on genealogy and invite you to learn about your ancestors, discover your heritage and write it all down before it’s too late.

Community members are welcome to attend the meeting.


Fire Chief Mike McCafferty says the Parkdale Fire Department’s recent Casino Night fundraiser held on Saturday, April 20 was a big success.

“We had our largest crowd ever at just under 300 people and visitors from as far away as Salem,” said McCafferty. “We also had almost three dozen people take advantage of the free rides home at the end of the night that includes bringing home their cars, which was very good.”

The Casino Night 20th Anniversary special of smoked chicken and tri-tip was such a hit they plan to serve it again next year., according to McCafferty.


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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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