PARKDALE NEWS: Skate Club returns this Saturday

Get ready for the skating season this year at Parkdale Elementary School gym starting this Saturday, Nov. 2, through March 8.

Any ages are welcome to attend the 6-8 p.m. sessions; however grammar and middle school-age children require adult supervision to attend.

The fee to sign up to skate is just $2 per person per skate year, with a $1 per person for skate rental each time you attend.

The Friday night Parkdale volleyball group will also be playing soon, but times and dates have yet to be determined, so watch this column for further information.

For information on either Parkdale Skate or Parkdale Volleyball, contact Hannah McCarty at 541-806-6695.


The Parkdale Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk this past Saturday was a huge success with almost double the number of participants over last year’s 60.

First-place finisher in the beautiful sunny fall morning 5K run was Ken Kendall of Klamath Falls.

The Bronson family of Parkdale pulled out all the stops this year with Ben Bronson finishing in first place in the 10K and Joel Bronson in first place in the 1K race, followed closely behind by his sister Charis.

The real winners of the run/walk were, of course, the children of Parkdale School, as the event raised more than $1,000 for extra academic and fitness programs.

“The Parkdale PTO would like to thank all who participated in the event.” said co-coordinator Christina McGhee. “We’d also like to thank all the volunteers, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Department and the community members who came out to support and cheer on the runners and walkers. Thank you!”


There is help for Upper Valley seniors who are interested in changing their Medicare Advantage plan or drug plan during open enrollment now through Dec. 7.

Every Tuesday from noon until 4 p.m. and every Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon until Dec. 7, trained advocates for Senior Health Insurance Benefit Assistance (SHIBA) are standing by to help at the Hood River Adult Center.

Parkdale resident Dottie Nelson has been trained as a volunteer advocate for seniors to educate, assist and serve other seniors on Medicare by giving them options to make informed choices.

“We help seniors get signed up for Medicare, or help those having problems getting re-imbursement or dealing with or understanding their Medicare bills,” said Nelson. “All seniors needing any kind of help with their Medicare insurance are welcome to come and get advice and help.”

For more information contact Dottie Nelson at 541-352-7141 or Rachel Larive at 541-386-6465.


The Senior Meals will not be held Oct. 31 at the Mount Hood Town Hall. Meals will resume again on Thursday, Nov. 7 at noon for a donation of $4 each for seniors 60 years and over and $5 for under 60 years of age.

For more information on Senior Meals, contact Dottie Nelson at 541-352-7141 or Sarah Wilson at 503-819-4092.


The Mount Hood Town Hall is proud to announce: 700,000 pounds (that’s 350 tons) and counting!

With the help of Hood River Garbage and Recycling, and the Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program, the Town Hall efforts and recycling bins have been keeping materials out of landfills and providing convenience for Upper Valley residents since 2006.

“To continue this success story, we need the help of everyone using it,” said board member Bob Danko. “While most people do a good job leaving only the materials accepted for recycling, a few have been dropping off items that contaminate the load or leave items on the ground outside the bin.”

In order for residents to continue to enjoy the recycling services at the Town Hall, everyone is asked to only bring cardboard, mixed waste paper, metal food and drink cans, plastic tubs, bottles and jugs and glass bottles and jars.

Glass containers go only in the small blue totes alongside the bin.

Items not for recycle include plastic bags or sheets, take-out food containers or anything styrofoam, ceramics, light bulbs, window glass, food waste or garbage, or containers that had pesticides or oil in them.

A good rule of thumb is if you are in doubt, do not put it in the recycle bin.

“With everybody’s cooperation, the good Upper Valley recycling story can continue,” said Danko. “Successes like this makes us proud to live in the Upper Valley.”


The Mount Hood Town Hall is seeking a part-time building administrator for approximately 10 hours a week to manage the building use, events, class rentals, update the website and write occasional newsletters or attend Hood River City Council meetings.

The hours are flexible, depending on availability and pay is based on experience.

Please express your interest in the position by Friday, Nov. 1, by emailing


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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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