Mid Valley News: FISH marks third year, seeks help

The Odell FISH Food Bank site opened its doors almost three years ago in downtown Odell and has been quietly distributing food to clients on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. ever since.

“We are so grateful that the Odell community has embraced the food bank in a very positive way, offering help when needed, donating products from gardens, and volunteering,” says volunteer Becky Bugge. “In fact, some of our volunteers are also our clients!”

Volunteers help with a variety of needs, transporting food from Hood River to Odell, stocking shelves, keeping the building clean, checking expiration dates, registering clients and helping with food selection, says Bugge.

“The Odell site is the only one of our four sites where our clients can actually choose their food by ‘shopping’ rather than being handed pre-assembled bags or boxes,” she says.

Volunteers and donations are always needed. Call the site at 541-352-1900. To make a donation, send it to FISH Food Bank, c/o Becky Bugge, 3481 Ehrck Hill Road, Hood River, OR 97031.


The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church has announced its service schedule. Good Friday Service will be held at the Pine Grove Sanctuary on March 29 at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday Service will be held March 31 at 10 a.m. in Odell.

“Don your finest Easter bonnet and celebrate the joy of Easter with us,” says member Jean Stone. Children will be making Easter bonnets during children’s time.


Odell Little League will host a field clean up April 6 beginning at 9 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to help get the fields in working order. Opening Day ceremonies are scheduled for April 13 at 10 a.m. The annual parade will snake through downtown Odell, ending at the field.


Fred and Trish Paige will present a grafting workshop for the Odell Garden Club April 9 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Community Building at the fairgrounds. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, email club president Norma Curtis at nlcurtis@hrecn.net or call 541-386-6635.

And yes, the club will have its annual plant sale during Blossom Fest weekend during the Blossom Craft Show — for one day only. Put April 20 on your calendar now!


Wy’east Middle School Representative Teri Adams reports that the sixth-grade class will go to Outdoor School in May. A special parent meeting will be held in the school’s Performing Arts Center April 11 at 6 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about this year’s program and talk with staff.

“All sixth-grade parents will want to attend this meeting to get the information they need to plan for their child,” says Adams.

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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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