Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Teens with writing talents are invited to create an entry for a county-wide writing contest now open.
Laura Schaefer, Hood River Valley High School Class of 2004, loved literature and stories of all kinds and was a devoted writer. In Laura’s memory, her brother and sister, with the support of family and many friends in the community, hold this writing contest to foster creative writing in the community that helped Laura develop her love for the craft.
The Laura Douglass Schaefer Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation offers a $500 prize for outstanding original writing submitted by a high school student in Hood River County.
Eligible entrants are residents of and currently enrolled as high school students in Hood River County; one entry per entrant. Only the first received entry will be considered.
Entries must be 1,000-4,000 words in length and be a modern-day fairy tale or fable.
Entrants must submit original creative literature matching the contest criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon, April 1.
All contest terms will be available online at gorgecf.org and from HRVHS English teachers and counselors. Entrants grant the Gorge Community Foundation first publication rights should they win, and retain all other rights to their submission.
Entries must be in Standard Manuscript Format (see shunn.net/format.html) with the important exception that all personal information be restricted to a cover sheet. All entries must be in digital .rtf format.
Patty Rowan, Peter Schaefer and Virginia Euwer Wolff will judge entries on general merit and adherence to the contest conditions. The judges will select one winner and up to three honorable mentions. If the judges find no entry worthy, no prize will be given.
There are no fees.
The Fund awards the contest winner $500 and honorable mentions receive $100. In addition, the winning entry will be published on the Gorge Community Foundation website at www.gorgecf.org.
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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