Kickoff: Youth football programs gearing up for summer season

Flag football added for first and second graders

Youth football is about to kick off for the season through Hood River Community Education. Registration for a new flag football program for first- and second-graders, the annual Gorge Tackle Football league for 3rd-6th-graders, two middle school teams and the annual Blue and Gold camp is open now. In addition to registering kids as soon as possible, parents are encouraged to participate in the youth programs by volunteering their time as coaches and team helpers. For more information, to register or to volunteer visit or call 541-386-2055.

n Flag football: A new offering this year by Hood River Community Education, flag football for 1st-2nd-graders, is now open to registration. The co-ed league is non-contact and is aimed at providing youngsters with a chance to have fun together and learn the basic rules, formations and skills in of football. Players will meet twice a week and will be divided into teams for games. Registration is $50, players will meet starting Aug. 8 and games will run September through early October.

n Gorge Tackle football: Divided into 3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade groups, the 12th annual Gorge Tackle Football League starts Aug. 12. Registration is $100, which includes the use of pads and helmets. The season consists of two practices a week held locally and six games, held between Hood River, White Salmon, Stevenson, Lyle, Goldendale and The Dalles.

n Middle School football: Hood River County will field one 7th- and one 8th-grade team this year to participate in Columbia River League tackle football action. Registration is $100 for the season and includes use of equipment. Practices start Aug. 19 and players need to have a current physical, insurance and required paperwork in order to play.

n Youth football camp: For grades 1-8, the annual Blue and Gold camp runs Aug. 5-8 at Hood River Valley High School and is run by HRVHS football coaches and players. The camp focuses on technique, fundamentals and drills used in the high school program and is timed to serve as a boost for youth tackle leagues that immediately follow.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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