Go-time for CSRT

Cooper Spur Race Team is 65 kids strong as it starts its 35th winter race season. Fresh off the team’s annual Cooper Camp over winter vacation, young skiers performed admirably in the first Mt. Hood Mighty Mite race over the weekend. Melissa Nardone was the race’s fastest girl, beating out Natalie Hall in second (Mount Hood Race Team) by a hundredth of a second. CSRT’s Louise Howe was a close third, trailing by only two-tenths of a second. Despite tripping the wand on her first run, Anne Hendrickson (CSRT) snagged second place in the U10 division. For the youngest girls, U8, CSRT swept the top five places, with Elena Kaimaktchiev in first, followed closely by Sutton Bell LeFevre and Gigi Odonell rounding out the top three. For the CSRT boys, Carter Rigert fought hard for his sixth-place overall finish. In the U12 division, Cassell LeFevre threw down some stunning arcs and landed himself a third place, followed closely by Lowell Schmidt in fifth and Josh Nardone in seventh. In the U10 boys division, Cooper Spur’s Zeke Bukovansky battled his way to third place.

CSRT is holding steady in numbers over recent years and is seeing strong interest in the team’s new freestyle skiing program, started this year. Racers range in age from 6 to 16 and train anywhere from one to four days a week, depending on the level they want to compete at. For more info visit www.cooperspurraceteam.org.

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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



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