Editorial:Go Eagles

The Hall of Fame event last week, with its fond reminiscences on past exploits, showed how firmly engrained was the sports experience in the continuing lives of standout athletes.

It’s an affirmation of the power of teamwork, and community, given the numerous citations of support for athletes.

With Homecoming and all its events next week, there are ways the community can continue this tradition and get behind the teams, and students in general who have formed “Eagle Army” to rally school spirit this year. The public can attend the 1:15 p.m. Friday parade, and the game that night.

On the other hand, new this year is that parents will not be allowed to attend Thursday’s Air Guitar, for gym space reasons, but DVDs of the event will be for sale, which is another way to support it.

Visit the school and check out the hall decorations, and go to the parade and cheer on the teams and groups. It’s one more way for the community to support the school, and given recent frightening events, those connections are precious.

Flags lowered: CWO Jonathan Gibson

Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, Sept.27, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Gibson.

“CWO Gibson was among the best of Oregon, serving both his state and nation,” said Kitzhaber. “My thoughts are with his family and his unit during this difficult time. His death is tragic and he will be missed by many, but his legacy of service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

CWO Gibson, 32, of Aurora, died Sept. 22, as a result of an MH-60S Knighthawk crash while operating in the central Red Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.

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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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