Wednesday, November 20, 2013
‘Tis the season for holiday bazaars, and we have a couple that are happening soon right here in Odell. The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6 at the Odell church site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find Christmas crafts, home baked goods, soup and homemade pie with ice cream.
The church also extends a thank-you to everyone who attended its recent Harvest Dinner. They enjoyed a full house and a full barrel for FISH.
The Last Chance Christmas Bazaar takes place Dec. 14-15 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in the Community Building. One-of-a-kind gifts from bakers, soap makers, jewelers, artists and photographers will be offered from more than 40 booths. Lunch items will also be available.
Fair Manager Clara Rice reports that secure storage space for cars, RVs, boats and motor homes is now available at the fairgrounds. For more information call the fair office at 541-354-2865.
The Wy’east Middle School PTO has scheduled a fundraiser at Pietro’s Pizza Dec. 3 and 4. Pietro’s is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from all sales — but the catch is that customers must mention the Wy’east PTO when placing their order in order for the PTO to get the donation. Monies collected will provide enrichment activities for students.
The middle school PTO also has a website — www.wyeastpto.com — where parents and community members can visit to get involved and/or click links for additional fundraiser opportunities. For example, you can click on Amazon’s link from the Wy’east PTO page and be redirected to Amazon, who will give the PTO a percentage of the sale proceeds at no additional cost. It’s an easy way to provide extra funds for the school when shopping online.
Mid Valley Elementary students have art cards arriving this week, and those who have already purchased cards should expect them to be sent home soon. The PTO has purchased additional cards, and those interested in buying a box are asked to email Peggy Dills Kelter at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 541-354-1691 and asking for her. A portion of each sale goes back to the school.
There will be no school the week of Nov. 25. Wy’east Middle School representative Teri Adams wishes to remind community members that “kids will be out and about, so drivers need to be cautious of kids on roadways.”
Adams says that second quarter “danger of failure” reports will be processed soon. Report cards will be mailed home Dec. 13.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge