Saturday, November 9, 2013
Hood River Fire has once again done a great job of scaring up funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
This year’s haunted house fundraiser has proven to be the most successful in the event’s seven-year history, according to Hood River Fire Lieutenant Paul Henke.
Henke, who started and is responsible for much of the work that goes into the annual production, reported that the haunted house raised $8,500, which he said was “over double what it was last year.” That represents approximately 1,500 trips through the house over a period of five days.
Henke said having the house open for two days the weekend before Halloween made the difference in fundraising for this year’s event.
“We got a lot of repeats (of visitors) from the first week,” he said.
Every single dollar raised from the event will be put toward helping children with the degenerative neuromuscular disease attend summer camps, which Henke said in an earlier story was “the one week (the kids) get to do whatever they want.”
Henke thanked everyone for attending this year’s event and for all it supporters.
“The businesses were great supporters this year,” he said. “They contributed greatly and they were happy to do it.”
Tracy Klas, who did the art direction, promotion and prop sourcing for this year’s production, thanked the public as well on the event’s Facebook page and to “all the community contributors and donations.”
The house at 1145 Alameda Road in Hood River that was used for this year’s haunted house will be burned by the fire department in the spring for training purposes. Henke said he has also gotten burned out on the haunted house and won’t be seeking for another house to use next year.
However, he did say that if someone offered up a house to use next fall, he might consider giving the haunted house another go.
“I really don’t plan on it, but I’m not going to totally rule it out,” Henke said.
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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