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Curves offers August membership deal

Curves of Hood River is offering new members the rest of the summer free if they sign up by Aug. 31.

Curves held an open house July 17 introducing a new line of healthy meal bars and snack bars.

Owner Julie Cantrell said the Curves Bars are packed with protein and fiber and contain natural flavors, and are designed for post-exercise recovery.

New members will not pay monthly membership fees through Aug. 31. A one-time registration fee may apply and the offer applies to the Hood River site only. To learn more contact Cantrell at 541-386-6600 or stop by 1108 12th St., Ste. B, in Hood River.

Bisnett Insurance adds Pemco

Bisnett Insurance, 508 Cascade Ave., an independent insurance agency serving Northwest residents and businesses since 1982, recently teamed with Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance, a 60-year-old company known for its top-rated customer service.

Bisnett customers have the option to call, shop online, or sit down for face-to-face conversations with an agent.

Founded by Roger and Linda Bisnett, Bisnett Insurance has grown to more than 30 employees with offices in Hood River, Baker City, Milton-Freewater, John Day, Pendleton and Lake Oswego. It also has a Ketchum, Idaho, office and an Arizona branch based in Scottsdale. Agents Marty Miller and Ginger Cimmiyotti Wagenblast staff the Hood River office.

Gallion joins Columbia River Insurance

Tina Gallion has recently joined Columbia River Insurance as an agent. She made the move from another local insurance company for the professional growth opportunity.

Previous to her insurance career she was a mortgage broker in Lake Oswego for five years and had moved from the Bay Area where her career started in high tech; she attended Denver University and received her bachelor’s degree in general business.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this team; it’s a very exciting time for me and the company,” she says.

Tina is married to Darren Gallion and has two children: Cole, 4, and Quinn, 2. She also stated that she will miss her old customers; “They are the heart and soul of our business.”

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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