MID VALLEY NEWS: Prime Time kids learn from adult experts

The Odell Garden Club held its monthly meeting Jan. 8. The group is planning its annual tea party, to be held Feb. 12 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds.

“Anyone interested in joining our Garden Club is invited to attend,” says club president Norma Curtis. “It will be a great way to get to know our members and enjoy a lovely tea party.”

For more information, contact Curtis at 541-386-6635 or nlcurtis@hrecn.net.


Mid Valley Preschool, held in the old gym at Mid Valley Elementary, has two openings for preschool and two for full-day care. The program is bilingual. For rates and detailed information, call teacher Socci Galvez at 541-387-5722 or 541-806-3887.


Feb. 1 marks the end of the second quarter for Hood River County School District students.

“This is an academic milestone for the 2013 school year, especially for our high school students,” says Wy’east Middle School representative Teri Adams. “Parents can be enhancing the academic success of their students by making sure time at home is set aside for homework, as well as a quiet, non-distracting environment for them to work in.”

Parents with questions about their student’s progress should start with the district’s homepage at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us. Individual school information is available, as well as contact information for teachers.


The Prime Time After-School Program at Mid Valley received a visit from retired professor Dennis Bokovoy, a geologist and biologist, on Jan. 10. Bokovoy shared his knowledge of the Ice Age with students, who enjoyed his presentation.

Coordinator Kay Laughlin has scheduled a visit from veterinarian Laura Makepeace for Jan. 17. Makepeace works at Tucker Road Animal Hospital and will share how to care for pets in the winter months.

For parents in need of after-school childcare, Laughlin has openings. The program starts immediately after school and serves students at both Mid Valley and Parkdale. See Laughlin or call the new Prime Time phone number, 541-387-5717.


There will be no school Jan. 21. Be sure to watch out for children while driving about the community.

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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

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