Little League All-Stars rack up the District W’s

Hood River Little League All-Star teams did a bang-up job this past weekend in the District 5 Championship double-elimination tournament held in Bend, facing stiff competition from teams all around Oregon, including North and South Bend, Crook County, Jefferson County, John Day, The Dalles, Warm Springs, and Central Oregon.

The teams are comprised of the top players in this year’s local league, which encompassed Parkdale, Odell, Hood River, White Salmon and Trout Lake.

The finals for the tournament are scheduled for this weekend, with the top teams in each age group from the district moving on to the state contest. The oldest age group (11-12) will then have a chance to compete in the regional and national tournaments. As of Wednesday afternoon, all teams were still in the tournament, although some teams still had games to play. The following were the results available as of press deadline:

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9-10 girls: The girls softball team was perfect in the first four games of the tournament, and is heading to state.

On June 29, Hood River defeated Warm Springs by a score of 13-10 and shut down Crook County with a decisive 17-5 victory on June 30. Hood River then beat Bend South the next day 9-7 and on July 3 in the championship game, defeated Crook County again, this time 15-4.

The girls have earned a spot in the state tournament, Scappoose, July 13-18.

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9-10 boys: Hood River opened up with a resounding 14-4 win over John Day on June 29.

The team followed up with another big victory on June 30, defeating Columbia by a score of 18-5. Hood River, however lost an 8-7 heartbreaker to North Bend on July 2. The day after, Hood River again beat John Day, this time by a score of 11-1.

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10-11 boys: The 10-11 age group also started off with a bang, defeating Crook County on June 29 in a 11-1 rout.

The Dalles then beat Hood River, 10-0, on June 30. After Warm Springs forfeited a game on July 1 due to a lack of players, Hood River played Hermiston July 2 and won 16-5. Wednesday, Hood River played South Central and again came out ahead with a 4-3 win.

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11-12 boys: Hood River had a bye for the first round of play on Saturday, then sneaked by Hermiston on Sunday with a 5-4 victory. On July 3, Hood River lost to South Bend 0-5.

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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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