Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Christmas spirit swept through downtown Odell Dec. 15 with a live crèche at Gehrig’s Chevron. Jesuit Volunteer Corps members planned the event, with many others coming together to make it happen.
Marie Harner of Parkdale brought a llama and goats, and Fernando Rodriguez of Odell a horse, all of which were part of the manger scene. Pat Rawson and Julie Raefield-Gobbo led the assembled crowd in Christmas carols, and a few St. Francis House kids filled the roles of Mary, shepherds and wise men.
Hot cider and candy canes came afterwards — a big hit with young and old alike.
Art cards, designed by Mid Valley Elementary students, are still available. Stop by the school office to check out the window display, or, if you’re downtown, at Art on Oak next to Hood River Bagel. The cards range from holiday to everyday designs and make a fun, whimsical gift. A percentage of every box sold goes to the PTO to fund school projects. For more info, call the Mid Valley office at 541-354-1691.
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church reports a successful Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6-7. Odell resident Julie Moe won the quilt raffle, and the soup and homemade pies were a big hit on such a cold weekend.
“We enjoyed visiting with all who attended,” says member Jean Stone.
The Hood River County Fairground buildings are now closed until mid-January for yearly maintenance, reports Manager Clara Rice. However, there are still some storage spaces available; call James Glen at 541-490-5293 for more information or to make arrangements.
Mid Valley Preschool is already taking registration for fall 2014. The bilingual preschool and after-school care program is at capacity with a waiting list, says teacher Socci Galvez. If you’re planning to send your preschooler next year, it might be a good idea to get on the list now.
Thursday, Dec. 19, will be Wy’east Middle School’s last Movie Night of 2013, from 3-4:30 p.m. Leadership students, who organize the events, have yet to announce the film, but all Wy’east students are invited to attend.
The Hood River County School District will be on winter break Dec. 21 through Jan. 5.
“Don’t be surprised to see kids of all ages out and about during these two weeks,” says school representative Teri Adams. “From all of us at Wy’east Middle School, may you all have a peaceful holiday season and a great new year.”
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge