Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Odell Garden Club will host its annual Fall Flower Show during the Gorge Fruit and Craft Show Oct. 19-20 at the fairgrounds in Odell. This year’s theme is “Fall Fantasy,” and is open to the public. Club president Norma Curtis encourages everyone to bring their horticulture and design entries. For more information, contact Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-386-6635.
And speaking of the Gorge Fruit and Craft Show, Fair Manager Clara Rice says activities and booths continue to be added to this year’s event, including a 4-H “Cow Pie Bingo” fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday.
New this year is a horse team-sorting event to be held in either the arena or barn, depending on weather, says Rice. For more info call the fairground office at 541-354-2865.
Rice says there are still vendor spaces available to those who live in one of the four counties of the Gorge. “There’s always a spot for the locals,” says Rice. Vendor applications can be found online at www.hoodriverfair.org.
Mid Valley Elementary is looking for volunteers to read one hour a week with the school’s SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) program. Coordinator Jennifer Cassella has openings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact Cassella at email@example.com or 541-400-9080.
For the past couple of years, Mid Valley students have been creating note cards, and this year will be no different, says ELL Specialist and artist Peggy Kelter. Look for order forms coming home with students in the next couple of weeks — orders are due by Oct. 23. A box of cards is $14.95, with a portion of each sale going to the school. The Mid Valley PTO will purchase extra sets of assorted cards, which will be available to anyone wishing to support the school and its young artists; to order, call Kelter at 541-354-1691.
Wy’east Middle School had another successful Fall Eagle Fest Sept. 26. Families met teachers, learned about services and activities, and enjoyed dinner.
“A huge thank you goes out to Wy’east families for attending,” says school representative Teri Adams. “We’d also like to thank local businesses Juanita’s Fine Foods, G.S. Long & Company, HRVHS FFA and the Odell Fire Department, who contributed products and/or services to the evening.”
Adams says the school’s Scholastic Book Fair, held the week of Fall Eagle Fest, was also a success. All proceeds benefit the Wy’east Middle School library “in purchasing books to keep our kids reading,” says Adams.
And congratulations to Wy’east sixth-grade math and science teacher Barbara Hoikka, who received a State Math Award by the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics in August.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
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