Tuesday, April 30, 2013
SALEM—Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will be hosting an in-district town hall on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. to provide a legislative update, focusing specifically on K-12 and higher education issues.
“There are some exciting opportunities for our local education efforts to be assisted by state investments. There is also much to discuss regarding the budget situation what impact that may have locally,” said Rep. Johnson.
“I think it’s important that citizens know what we’re working on in Salem and how it affects our schools, families, and our communities as a whole.”
Dr. Frank Toda, president of Columbia Gorge Community College, will be speaking, providing some insights on what is happening at the local level. Janet Hamada, director of The Next Door Inc., will also present information on current legislation of interest to the local Hispanic community.
Rep. Johnson is serving his second term on the Hood River County School Board and is a past chairman. In Salem, he serves on the Higher Education and Workforce Development committee.
The town hall will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.–11 a.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River Campus in the library commons area. The campus is located at 1730 College Way in Hood River. It is free to attend and open to the public.
“I always enjoy spending time speaking with and listening to the members of my community, answering questions and receiving feedback on what else we can be doing in Salem as we move forward,” said Johnson.
If you’d like a particular question or topic covered at the town hall, or if you would like more information about the event, email Mark@RepMark
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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