Kegler's Corner: Brandon Kawachi fires 760 series

If you bowled in the Fraternal league last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, you had a pretty good chance to make the Team of the Week. In fact, every member of this week’s fab five blistered the boards in Fraternal action.

First up is the ultimate striking machine, Brandon Kawachi, who exploded out of a nasty slump and notched the highest series of the current season at the lanes: a glitzy 760 that included a big 276 game. Brandon has been deeply mired in the mud up to this point in the season, averaging a little over 180 pins per game. But that’s all over now. For a bowler of his caliber to end up 217 pins over his average is quite amazing, but that needs to be tempered a bit because he finished last season with a 220-plus average. He is that good. We’ve seen him toss more perfect 300 games and award-winning 800 series than you can shake a stick at. In fact, he’s earned so many high score rings from the governing body of bowling that they are about as bankrupt as the U.S. government!

Once again, as he routinely does in work and play (no matter the weather, rain or shine, snow or wind), Bryan Mason delivered the goods. This time it was a solid 738 series that was capped by a 276 game in the Fraternal, good enough to be second on the big five. Brawny Bryan handles that heavy bowling ball like it was a toy, firing it with great speed and plenty of revs. He is definitely at home on the friendly maples at Orchard Lanes.

Mighty Casey Barker struck time and time again to post a solid 729 set in the Fraternal for the third spot on our team of the week. Casey’s big night was highlighted by a 278 game. It’s very interesting to watch Casey bowl; he plays the lanes deep inside and uses loft to project the ball more directly at the pins. And it works really well: His ball saves up all its energy until it impacts the pins; they simply explode off the deck. Casey, otherwise known as Mr. Excitement because he is the most enthusiastic bowler you will ever see, enjoys every second of this great game. He is carrying a lofty 222 average, the most improved bowler in town.

Getting the cleanup spot on the top five was smooth Michael Allen, who also cracked the magical 700 mark in the Fraternal with a nice 706 series that included a 267 game. Michael’s game is pretty much the direct opposite of the previous three stars who employ power to bash the sticks. He is a finesse artist who lets the ball do the work instead of working the ball. Goes to show you, there are many ways to be successful in tenpins.

Finally, the anchorman on our big squad this week is Pat Olson, proprietor of Orchard Lanes and a man who wears many hats in that job. Not only is he talented in his work, he is a heck of a bowler, and always one of the top shooters in town. This time he just missed 700 with a 699 in the Fraternal that was sparked by a 279 game. Pat is usually a very talented down-the-board’s player, but this year he’s more inside as he works on expanding his repertoire to get in shape for tournament action.

Team of the Week:

Brandon Kawachi, 760

Bryan Mason (3), 738

Casey Barker (2), 729

Michael Allen, 706

Pat Olson (3), 699

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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