Reunion update, July 3

The Wy’east Class of 1961 will have a joint “70th birthday” party July 20 at Charburger Country, 4100 Westcliff Drive, beginning at 5 p.m. with an informal get-together, to be followed by dinner, games, a contest for best birthday hat and gift exchange. For more info contact Norma Curtis, nlcurtis@hrecn.net, or Jerry Petricko, petzoo@gorge.net.

The annual Parkdale-Wy’east High School Picnic will be held July 21 at Toll Bridge Park and all Parkdale High and Wy’east High School grads are encouraged to attend. The picnic is a simple potluck; paper plates, eating utensils and some soft drinks will be provided. There is no cost to attend but a suggested donation of $5 per person is encouraged. For more info contact Marie Pickering at mpick@gorge.net.

The HRHS Class of 1963 will hold its 50-year reunion Aug. 17 from 2-5 p.m. in the Shoreline Room at Best Western Hood River Inn. The cost is $20 per person and includes light hors d’oeuvres. Send to Dave Jubitz, P.O. box 52, Hood River, OR 97031. Members of classes 1962 and 1964 are also welcome. For more info contact Heather Weisfield at 509-493-3821.

The HRVHS Class of 1973 will hold its 40-year reunion Aug. 16-18. The weekend will kick off with a Friday night meet-and-greet at the Elks Lodge, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday will feature dinner and dancing at Divots restaurant. Admission is free but $10 donations at the door are appreciated. There is a potluck picnic tentatively scheduled for Sunday. For more info email classof73reunion@charter.net or call 541-386-9434.

The Wy’east High School Class of 1969 will hold a reunion Sept. 6-7 Anyone having contact info for Wy’east Class of 1969 members is asked to email wyeast69@gmail.com or call Terri Vann at 541-490-6557 or Davinne McKeown-Ellis at 541-386-4475 (leave message).

The HRVHS Class of 1974 will hold its annual mini-reunion July 13 on the patio at Divots restaurant at Indian Creek Golf Course, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is a no-host, casual get-together, and members of surrounding classes are welcome. A count would be helpful for planning purposes; please contact Kim Kerr Lelli at:

KKReunion74@aol.com.

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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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