Honoring Veterans Nov. 11

Veterans Day events begin with a 7-10 a.m. veterans breakfast at the Elks Lodge, co-hosted by American Legion and Gorge Heroes Club. (The Nov. 6 edition gave the wrong time for this event.)

The service at Anderson’s will start at 11 a.m. The Tribute Center is located on Belmont Avenue near 12th Street.

Speakers will include Tom Mann, veteran administrator, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs; Les Logsdon, county veteran service officer; and Gary Steele, commander of the American Legion, Post 22.

National Guard, Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Troop will present the colors, and Pastor Carl Casey of Parkdale Nazarene Church will give the prayers.

A reception will follow the service, hosted by Daughters of the American Revolution (Celilo Chapter).

At 2 p.m. at Best Western Hood River Inn, Jeff Sinchak, on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project, will accept a check from ISR Systems, hosted by Cloud Cap Technology. John Trezza from UTC Aerospace, ISR systems president, will present the $100,000 donation.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a nationwide nonprofit providing support to returning injured soldiers and their families.

Sinchak achieved the rank of senior chief hospital corpsman (diver) during his 24-year career. He served as a member of various explosive ordnance disposal and naval warfare teams.

Drinks and light snacks will be served at this event.

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Open and Closed:

Schools, banks and government offices will be closed on Nov. 11.

Hood River Valley Aquatic Center offers an open swim from 1-3:30 p.m. Admission is just $1 for all ages.

The slide and rope swing will be open and the party room is available for rental.

Hood River Garbage Service will operate as normal.

Scheduled food bank services will be available.

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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



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