Kegler's Corner: Showdowns loom in Orchard Lanes bowling leagues

In the blink of an eye, the main bowling season at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes will reach a climatic conclusion this month as we determine team champions. This is really what it’s all about, conquering those ever-changing invisible lane conditions, holding each other up through the grueling season and striking out in the tenth to win points for the team. The intensity of it all is what makes bowling so much fun.

It’s not easy to win a league championship; it’s something to be really proud of. Let’s review the teams that have won rounds so far and are in the hunt for the season’s coveted titles.

In the Monday night men’s Industrial league two rounds have been completed. Round one was won by Buntings’ Bob Mason, Wynn Winfield, Mike Bosse, Ken Espersen and Brandon Kawachi; round two was won by Hire Electric’s JD Blackford, Dan McHale, Scott Pritchard, Ted Rosenberg, Fred Bergren and Bob Rosenberg. Columbia Hills RV is currently leading in round three.

This league concludes its season with a unique March madness-like bracket tournament for the title, which is an exciting way to end the season.

In the Tuesday morning women’s Workshirkers league, the first round was won by, for the umpteenth time in a row, the Nobi’s crew of Shirley Thornhill, Nina Kruckenberg, Charlotte Severns and Nancy Asai. Ain’t We Tweet is currently leading in round two, but Nobi’s is just a smidgen behind them. Keep on trucking Tweeters, don’t turn around to see who’s behind you.

In the action-packed and wildly popular Tuesday Nite Mixed league, the first round went to Got Sand, comprised of Heather Mitchell, Russ Frazier, Matt Webber, Bryan Mason and Matt Mitchell. Currently the second-round is a toss-up between Team Nishi and Valley View Appliances.

In the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts and Fillies league, the first round was won by In the Pocket’s Eric Plimmer, George Eastwood, Linda Cope and Gerry Cope. Charlie’s Angels is currently leading the second round. The seniors bowl mainly for camaraderie and to socialize with each other, so they don’t have a roll off to determine an overall league champion. The winners of each half stand together as co-champs of this popular league. Many thanks to the inimitable Joyce Ebersole for always keeping the senior action filled to the brim.

In the powerful Wednesday night Fraternal league two rounds have been completed. Round one was won by the Montavon’s Berries crew of Jeff Brittle, Roger Montavon and Pat Olson; round two went to the Hood River Sports Club’s Jason DeGeus, Ken Kramer and Josh Worth. We expect a big finish in this league, as it is the best in the Gorge.

In the Thursday afternoon senior Lads and Lassies league the first round was won by 3 Pugs’ Minnie Allen, Clifford Beat and Gordon Sim. The second round is a close race between On the Ball and the Crazy Three. And, finally, in the exciting Thursday evening County league, the first round was won by Damfinos trio of Hoby Hansen, Nate Lain and Beri Davidson. Coming down to the wire in the second round are the Gutter Sweepers and Incredibowl’s.

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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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