ON THE AGENDA

Hood River County Library District Board of Directors holds a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Community Meeting Room of the Hood River Library. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The agenda and full meeting packet is available for download at http://bit.ly/YdLzbr.

Members of the public who are considering running for the board are particularly encouraged to attend; the deadline to file is March 21.

“This meeting provides a great opportunity to see how the board operates and what it does,” said Director Buzzy Nielsen.

The Hood River County Forestry Department has scheduled a regular meeting of the Forest Recreation Trails Committee for March 20.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. at the Oregon State University Extension Service Center conference room. The Extension Office is located at 2990 Experiment Station Drive (the road next to Your Rental and Party Center) in Hood River. Meetings are open to the public.

Mosier City Council holds a goal-setting session March 16, starting at 9 a.m., at 1102 Fourth Ave.

Possible discussion items: maintenance of city property, parks, streets, water, sewer, cemeteries, contracted services, an update of fees and “staff wish list.”

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, March 19, at Grace Su’s China Gorge restaurant, 2680 Old Columbia River Highway, Hood River. Following the luncheon and meeting, the group will take a tour of the newly renovated History Museum of Hood River County. Hostesses are Mary Watts, Wilma Townsend and May Reffett.

The April 16 meeting will be held in Wasco, Sherman County. All interested persons in education are encouraged to attend both meetings. Inquiries may be directed to Unit 20 President Roy Nellermoe at 541-354-1007.

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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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