MID VALLEY NEWS: Get those entries ready for the fair

Happy Fourth of July! Odell will celebrate with its annual parade through downtown, beginning and ending at Mid Valley Elementary. Those participating are asked to line up at Mid Valley at 3:30 p.m. For those watching, the parade will begin at 4 p.m.


The Hood River County Fair is right around the corner, and it’s time to get your projects ready for entry, says Fair Manager Clara Rice. Exhibits will be taken July 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 23 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The fair will run from noon on July 24 through the evening of July 27.

Discounted ride coupons are available at the fair office until opening day. Save $5 by purchasing tickets early.


The Odell Garden Club’s next regular meeting will be July 9 at 10 a.m. in the Community Building at the fairgrounds. The club will work on the Hood River County Fair Flower Show details, and members will be bringing designs for critique “to prepare ideas and helpful hints about designs,” says club president Norma Curtis.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, as well as encouraged to enter horticulture and designs at this year’s fair. Check the fair book for classification details.


It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Ruby Ragazza chapter of the Red Hat Society, but the ladies are still going strong. They are hosting a Patriotic Tea at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles July 12 beginning at 2 p.m. The annual event honors veterans and their spouses.


Bored kids? Don’t forget the reading programs going on now at both Mid Valley and Wy’east. Mid Valley students and their families are invited to the school library every Monday and Tuesday through Aug. 6, from 6-7:30 p.m. Students earn prizes for reading and are able to check out books from the school’s library.

At Wy’east, the next “reading check-in” will be held July 22 at Mid Valley. Completed bookmark summaries can be turned in for prizes.

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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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