Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A long list of helpful ideas for Halloween safety awaits readers at the bottom of this page.
The great thing about the list is that many suggestions are valid any time of year: Go slow down residential streets, watch for kids darting out of driveways or off sidewalks; add pieces of reflective tape to clothes you wear while walking or riding in the dark.
For the purposes of Thursday’s sugar-seeking haunts, however, it is laudable that once there are plenty of groups offering Safe Halloween events in the community.
The downtown Hood River brings selected street closures for safer trick or treating, and the giant pumpkin that was carved at Harvest Fest will be on display (see Halloween Happenings, page A2).
The Heights Business Council hosts the annual Safe Halloween event at the Armory, and Providence senior village opens its doors at Brookside and Down manors for kids to come in, show off their costumes, and receive treat or two from the residents. The events are popular, but not quite with the steady stream of goblins and witches as other locations. A visit to these facilities is a way of giving as well as receiving.
Throughout Hood River Halloween, adults get into the act as they escort their kids to these events, everyone in costume.
The standard door-to-door Halloween tradition continues in Hood River, which brings the focus back to the need for caution out on the streets and sidewalks.
The only drawback with reflective tape is that not everyone wears it, so the best policy is just to take is slow and help every little zombie make it home safely.
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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