Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Ciena Brittle put on quite a show in last week’s Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. The 19-year-old Columbia Gorge Community College freshman simply blew the pins apart with a huge 258 game and a fine 622 series. Ciena is a talented bowler who has just begun to scratch the surface of her potential in tenpins.
She has all the tools. She has a flawless approach and her footwork synchronizes perfectly with her arm swing, which allows her to walk, swing the ball and get to the foul line in perfect timing. The ball then comes off her hand at the release point, thumb out first, then the fingers, spinning the ball in a counter-clockwise rotation to produce a beautiful hook that she controls like a master. As a result, she posts big numbers like these and she’s not even 20 years old. Many women bowl the entire lives and they don’t shoot scores like these.
Ciena wants to go to Wichita State University because it has the best bowling program in the country, having produced multiple national collegiate champions in both men’s and women’s competition. Attention Wichita State: You couldn’t get a better recruit than Ciena. She will be a star for you and give you many more national championships. She should get a scholarship.
Leading all scoring last week was lefty Wally Jaksha, who had that big breaking hook of his right on the money all night long in the Monday Industrial league, where he pummeled the pins to the tune of a stellar 706 series. He has definitely returned to form lately and is now carrying a solid 203 average. We expect this from Wally as he has logged many big ones in the past and has been one of the top bowlers around here for many years.
While we’re on the subject of a 200 average, let’s all send a hearty congratulation to Levi Phelps, who just joined that elite club after firing a big 258 game and 639 series in the Wednesday night Fraternal league. This is another talented youngster who we expect to see big things from in the future.
Great bowling everybody!
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Wally Jaksha (2), 706
Jeff Miller (4), 687
Roger Montavon (4), 657
Erin Mason (2), 656
Jan Halstead (2), 649
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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