Mid valley news: Church’s Potato Dinner returns March 16

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church Potato Dinner will be held March 16 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Odell church’s fellowship hall. Baked potatoes with all the trimmings, salad and ice cream will be served. Adults are $6, seniors $5, children $3, and those under age 3 are free. All proceeds will be donated to FISH.


Speaking of FISH, the Odell site is coming up on its third anniversary. Food is distributed every Thursday from 4-6 p.m., and English classes are offered afterwards by volunteer site director Gale Arnold.

“In addition to Gale, we have wonderful volunteers, including groups from the Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church, Starbucks and Wy’east Middle School, as well as many individual volunteers,” says volunteer Becky Bugge.

Look for more information on the Odell FISH site in upcoming columns.


Odell Little League will host a mandatory parent meeting March 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Mid Valley Elementary gym, says chair Machel Rivera. Other dates to keep for the calendar: April 6 is field clean-up day beginning at 9 a.m., and Opening Day is scheduled for April 13 at 10 a.m., with a parade, opening ceremonies, barbecue and hit-a-thon planned.


Wy’east Middle School will hold parent/teacher conferences March 14 and March 19 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. in both gyms.

“This is a great time for the school community to gather and parents are invited to come and meet with teachers regarding their student’s progress and see what activities are going on at the school,” says school representative Teri Adams.


Vendor spaces are still available for the 15th Annual Blossom Craft Show, scheduled for April 20-21 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell. Applications are available at www.hoodriverfair.org.


Mid Valley Elementary School’s SMART program (Start Making A Reader Today) runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. until mid-May, and volunteer readers are always welcome. For more information or to volunteer, contact the school at 541-354-1691 and leave a message for coordinator Jennifer Cassella, or email midvalley@getsmartoregon.org.


Mid Valley Preschool is currently taking registration for the 2013-14 school year. Teacher Socci Galvez has full day (7:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and preschool only (9 a.m.-noon) options available. The school is bilingual and is held in the Mid Valley Elementary old cafeteria. For more info call Galvez at 541-806-3887.


Congratulations to Wy’east Middle School Region 4 Oregon Battle of the Books tournament champions Symeon Walker, Jesse Wiley, Jake Bromham, Ruben Gonzaga and Doug Asai, and coach/teacher David Sacquety. The team came in first out of 42 schools competing in a tournament held March 2 at Canby High School. The state tournament will be held April 13 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. (See photo and story above).


The middle school is still looking for volunteers to help with Period 7 activities.

“There are some very committed kids who love staying after school until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,” says Vice Principal Patricia Cooper. “We would like to invite you to become part of our fantastic team.”

Those interested in volunteering are asked to email Cooper at patricia.cooper@hoodriver.k12.or.su or call 541-354-1548.

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

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