MID VALLEY NEWS: Odell Methodist church holds barbecue June 29

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church is hosting a community barbecue at the Odell church June 29 beginning at 5 p.m. The street on the north side of the church will be closed for this event.

The Wy’east Fire Department barbecue crew and the Gilhouley Trailblazer 4-H group will help serve burgers, salads, chips and drinks.

“This is a donation event with all proceeds going to the FISH Food Bank,” says member Jean Stone. “Come prepared to eat, have fun and visit with friends, old and new.” For more information call Stone at 541-386-2951.


Those participating in the annual Odell Fourth of July parade are asked to meet at Mid Valley Elementary at 3:30 p.m. to line up. For everyone else, the parade will follow its usual route downtown beginning at 4 p.m.


Mid Valley Elementary is hosting a summer reading program again this year, with the school library open every Monday and Tuesday, June 17 through Aug. 6, from 6-7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded, and both students and their families are welcome to attend.


Wy’east Middle School also has a summer reading program, with students competing to see how many books they can read and report on during the break. Students will have periodic check-in times to turn in completed bookmark summaries and receive prizes.

Check-in times are as follows: June 28 at Wy’east, July 22 at Mid Valley, and Aug. 23 at Wy’east. More information was sent home with report cards, or parents can call the school at 541-354-1548.

“It’s so important for kids to continue building their reading skills by reading entertaining books even outside of school,” says Wy’east representative Teri Adams. “The benefit they receive gives them an advantage at the start of the new school year that can make a huge difference on their over-all performance and State Test scores.”

Parents are asked to encourage their children’s interest by reading with them this summer and/or providing quiet reading time during the day.


Fair Manager Clara Rice reminds everyone that the Hood River County Fair is only five weeks away and encourages baking, sewing, ceramics and hobby entries. Now that the kids are out of school, be sure to check through all those papers and projects sent home for entry as well.

Look for more information about the fair in upcoming columns and the Hood River News.


The Odell Lioness Club has announced the winner of its annual Spring Gift Basket Raffle. Doug and Cheramy Rovianek of Hood River won the basket filled with items and gift certificates totaling over $1,200, all donated by local merchants.

Money raised from this annual fundraiser is used for scholarships and charities, including the Lions annual fireworks display on July 4, vision screenings and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The club thanks all Hood River merchants for “their faithful support of our projects, and all those who purchase raffle tickets from our members every spring,” says Pennie Burns.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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