MID VALLEY NEWS: Time to enter Fall Flower Show

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 nlcurtis@hrecn.net or 541-386-6635.

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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.

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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 midvalley@getsmartoregon.org or 541-400-9080.

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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.

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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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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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