Daylight Savings Bingo a success

B.G. Brackman of the Delta Kappa chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha writes:

“Delta Kappa hosted its third annual Daylight Savings Bingo event recently at Best Western Hood River Inn. The affair drew 117 guests and garnered $2,900 toward the chapter’s annual community outreach activities and national charitable projects.

“The chapter’s 48 years serving the community as a philanthropic nonprofit organization has included partnering with families, volunteers and neighborhood businesses giving their time and donations. The group’s collective efforts continue to foster hopes and dreams for others in need (

“Delta Kappa chapter yearly events, along with community partners’ donations, have strengthened the outreach endeavors at both local community and national level. The chapter’s contributions have included FISH Food Bank, Hood River National Guard, veterans located in The Dalles, high school scholarships, Special Olympics/Hood River.

“National projects include Easter Seals and St. Jude Research Hospital and National Child Safety Council.

“Thanks go to the following neighborhood businesses and partners for their donations: Pacific N.W. Federal Credit Union, Tropical Illusions Salon, Hood River Jewelers, JoAnn’s Fabrics, Hood River Hotel, WAAAM, Footwise Shoes, Papa Murphy’s, River’s Edge Automotive, New York Sub Shop, Tum-A-Lum Lumber, Nobi’s, Big Winds, Twiggs, Pizzacato Gourmet Pizza, NAPA Hood River, Salon Don’Ya, Gorge Surf Shop, Doppio, Best Western Hood River Inn, Columbia Gorge Hotel, Windy River Computers, Casa El Mirador, At Home on Oak Street, Dakine, Tammy’s Floral, Foundation 45, Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, Pacifica Candles & Gifts, Full Sail Brew Pub, G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe, Hood River Cherry Wood Crafts, Hood River Stationers, Pietro’s Pizza, Ground Espresso/Bar & Café, Double Mountain Pub, Dream Street, Hood River Bagel Co., China Gorge, Sheri Gaston-Mihasci, LMT, Rosauers Supermarket, White Buffalo Wine Bar & Bistro, Walmart, Solutions Hood River, Bette’s Place, Eagles Lodge Hood River and The Dalles; Duckwall Pooley, Parkitecture Jewelry, Janet Hawkins, Hood River News, Carol Wells, Sally Ruggles, Michele Nardone and Rube Landsiedel.”

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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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