Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Just missing the elite Team of the Week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes were Rod Pratt and Mark Chabotte. Pratt rolled a nice 671 set in the first outing of the Thursday afternoon County league with a fine opening series capped by a big 255 game. The question is, how did he do that after not bowling league since last spring? Has he been practicing? Or, maybe he’s simply got talent.
We’ve seen Pratt post many big numbers in the past, so we know he’s got talent. Perhaps it’s time to expand his horizons and get into some more competitive arenas; he might want to try the Fraternal league or a few tournaments.
Chabotte clicked for a fine 669 series in the Monday night Industrial league during his first time ever on the friendly maples at Orchard Lanes. His great start was highlighted by a solid 250 game. Rumor has it that the U.S. Bank staffer is an excellent bowler; he recently joined the crew at Orchard Lanes and we’re glad to have him on board.
Welcome to the bowling wars you two; it’s great to see some new faces stringing strikes.
Bernie Keys has been one of our top women bowlers for a few years now after bowling operations ceased in The Dalles. She’s posted many nice scores and did so once again in her first night in the fast-paced and explosive Wednesday night Fraternal league. She topped all women in scoring last week at the lanes with an excellent 590 series that was capped by a 219 game. Welcome to the Fraternal league, Bernie; you’re going to enjoy the competition in the best league in the Gorge; that alone will make you better, so we expect to see bigger and better things from you now. You will also find the pace of the three-person format helps your momentum to produce bigger scores. We need more women to step up to the plate and get in on the competitive aspect of this great game.
On a sad note, we lost Bob Hanel last week. He had been fighting serious illness for the past few years. The Indian Creek Golf Course entrepreneur was an avid bowler and one of our favorites. He was a mainstay on the Indian Creek team in the Fraternal league, a special crew of guys that you could always count on to keep things interesting and competitive. Bob always looked forward to bowling his league sessions, and he was a heck of a bowler who usually averaged around 200 pins per game.
He was the glue that kept his team together for decades. We will miss him greatly. Our condolences go out to the Hanel family.
Team of the Week:
Greg McDaniel (2), 700
Michael Allen (2), 690
Roger Montavon (3), 683
Brandon Kawachi (2), 678
Gordon Sim (4), 677
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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