MID VALLEY NEWS: Clem’s Market has new owners, fresh look

Clem’s Market is under new ownership. Locals Grant and Sandi Porter and Shane and Shannon Willis have purchased the downtown Odell business and are “trying a bunch of different things so we can see what works for our community,” says Shannon. Right now, they’re focusing on food. They have the usual “mini mart” fare, plus eggs, bread, milk and what Shannon calls “fast stuff for kids’ lunches.”

Clem’s now has deli items — Shannon was making wraps the day I stopped in. They also serve sandwiches, chili and kraut dogs, nachos and pizza, all made in the store. She hopes to serve soup, too, when the weather turns colder, and talked about being open during frost season “to have coffee for the guys if they need it.” The goal is to be focused on what the Odell community wants and needs.

So far, the Porters and Willises haven’t been able to reopen the Laundromat — the water heater isn’t working, and they need to evaluate the washers and dryers — but they’re checking into the feasibility of getting that side of the business up and running again. For now, Shannon encourages everyone to come in, have lunch and check out the changes. Clem’s is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.


Mid Valley Elementary will hold its annual open house Sept. 26 from 5-6:30 p.m. Parents can meet teachers, take a tour of the school, visit the Scholastic Book Fair and get information from various school and community booths.


Wy’east Middle School Representative Teri Adams says that this year’s Fall Eagle Fest Open House is also scheduled for Sept. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for Wy’east families. Transportation will be available at both Pine Grove and Parkdale elementary schools, and the fairgrounds will be open for additional parking.

Enjoy a free barbecue dinner, meet Wy’east staff and get information on the many activities going on at the school this year — sixth-grade Outdoor School, after-school clubs, the Splash Into Science trip to Florida, the school’s Home Access Center, summer reading program and more. For more information, contact the school at 541-354-1548.


There are still a few vendor spaces left for this year’s Gorge Fruit and Craft Show, held at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Oct. 19-20. What makes this craft show different from other Harvest Fest events is that only vendors from the four counties of the Gorge participate, making it a uniquely local event. Vendor applications can be found online at hoodriverfair.org.

Other highlights of the Gorge Fruit and Craft Show are the Odell Garden Club’s annual flower show and the Art Club’s show and sale. New this year is a horse team-sorting event to be held in either the arena or barn, depending on weather, says Fair Manager Clara Rice.

For more information call the fairground office at 541-354-2865.

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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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