PARKDALE NEWS: Parkdale Fire re-ignites Christmas tree lighting

NANCY SLAGLE (left) is recognized for her first year as a Parkdale Grange member by her sister Mary Parrott on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the 100th Anniversary Open House at the Grange Hall.

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NANCY SLAGLE (left) is recognized for her first year as a Parkdale Grange member by her sister Mary Parrott on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the 100th Anniversary Open House at the Grange Hall.

The Parkdale Fire Department is hosting the once-again annual Parkdale Tree Lighting at Rail’s End Station on Baseline and Clear Creek Roads on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.

Following the tree lighting will be Christmas caroling led by some members of the Sweet Adelines of Hood River and local area churches and free treats at the Parkdale Community Center.

It’s been over 12 years since the Parkdale tree was lit for Christmas and last year Fire Chief Mike McCafferty found himself remembering how much people in the community, including himself, really enjoyed it.

“I thought it would be nice to bring back the tree lighting this year and it would be a good annual project for the Parkdale Volunteer Fire Association to sponsor,” said McCafferty. “We also thought it would be a good way for the association to thank all of the Parkdale businesses for their continuing support of our department.”

Parkdale businesses are getting into the Christmas spirit by donating treats such as cookies, doughnuts, coffee, hot cocoa and hot cider at the Parkdale Community Center following the tree lighting and caroling.

Saw Tooth Roadhouse is making 250 cookies, Alabama Jim’s is making doughnuts and serving hot chocolate, Apple Valley BBQ employees will be serving coffee, hot chocolate and hot cider, McIsaac’s is providing coffee and Parkdale Grange members will be giving out candy canes.

Solera will hold a Holiday Happy Hour for the community at the pub on Baseline Road from 5-6 p.m. before the tree lighting.

“Parkdale Fire would also like to thank Valley Ag Service and Larry’s Equipment for their donations toward the tree lighting project,” said McCafferty. “We’ve got over 900 lights strung on the tree and over 100 caroling sheets so this is going to be a lot of fun for the community. We hope everyone comes out and helps us celebrate the holiday season.”

For more information contact McCafferty at 541-352-6092.


The Parkdale OSU Extension Study Group is meeting Thursday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Parkdale Grange Hall.

Community members are invited to celebrate the holiday season by learning how to make bows with wire edges and small boxes out of Christmas cards.

Attendees are asked to bring Christmas cards, a ruler, scissors and a pencil.

There will be a potluck lunch following the meeting.

For more information contact Joanne Ehl at 541-352-7363.


Upper Valley Wy’east Middle School students Alexis Montavon and Samantha McCarty are fundraising for a Splash into Science trip to Florida they are planning to attend in March.

The educational trip includes hiking the Everglades at night, snorkeling among vibrant tropical fish, swimming with dolphins and visiting a veterinary hospital dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles.

Splash into Science introduces middle school students to concepts of environmental science, marine biology and life science in a fun and interactive way.

In order to raise money for their trip, Alexis and Samantha are collecting cans and raffling off a new Kindle Fire HD with tickets for $5 each and only 150 will be sold during the next month.

If you want to help support their trip by donating cans or buying raffle tickets, call Hannah McCarty at 541-806-6695.


Boy Scouts from Troop 378 of Parkdale and Odell will be out collecting food for their annual canned food drive by going door-to-door in Parkdale on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Starting at 9 a.m. the Scouts will go door-to-door in Parkdale collecting non-perishable canned food items they will donate to FISH Food Bank.

Please plan on having your donations ready when they come by to collect.


The Parkdale PTO is once again bringing the Missoula Children’s Theatre to Parkdale Elementary and performances for the Upper Valley community will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 and 5:30 p.m. in the school gym.

This week Parkdale students are teaming up with members of the Missoula Children’s Theatre to present “The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.”

The story starts out on Robinson’s island years after he and his sole companion, a goat named Wilson, are shipwrecked.

With an island turned into a tourist destination complete with Friday and his family, a singing leopard, a herd of goats, hula-dancing chameleons and an all-animal band, the story teaches that our differences need not stand in the way of our friendships and everyone on the island lives happily ever after.

Admission to the performances are free or you can bring a non-perishable food donation for FISH Food Bank.


For the past five years the Parkdale Elementary PTO scholarship committee has provided financial support to HRVHS graduating seniors who attended Parkdale Elementary School for at least five years and are choosing to continue their education.

The committee is currently seeking support from local businesses and members of the Upper Valley area for donations to the scholarship fund in partnership with the Hood River County Education Foundation.

If you would like to support the scholarship program with a donation, you can mail your check, made out to the Hood River County Education Foundation, in care of the Parkdale PTO Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 69, Parkdale, OR 97041.


The staff at Parkdale Elementary School would like to remind parents that winter break will be Dec. 23 to Jan. 3. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 6, with a regular Monday schedule.


There will be no Parkdale Skate Club held on Saturday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 21.

Skate Club will resume on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the Parkdale Elementary School gym.


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