Wednesday, April 30, 2014
In my last correspondence I welcomed new neighbors; this week I need to mention the passing of a longtime neighbor, Betty Hudson. Betty had fought her illness many years and passed on April 1.
Betty Hudson was born Nov. 17, 1930, and lived in Hood River most of her life. Betty worked in many of the local area jobs and schools. Her lifetime friend of 67 years, Betty DeHart, will miss Betty always because she was in Betty and Emmett’s wedding and had been neighbors and friends ever since. Condolences to the family; and Betty’s death was preceded by the death of her son Dick Hudson several months prior.
Dollie Rasmussen wants to thank everyone who came by and helped in everything from set-up to take-down for the Pine Grove Church open house and bake sale on Saturday, April 19. The bake sales did very well and many people viewed the church and looked through the photo albums and history of the church.
On Friday, April 18, Dollie and Lynn were working at the church a tour bus stopped and asked if they could see the church. The bus was the Sandy Senior Center out of Sandy, Ore., and they were on a sightseeing trip of Hood River.
The 14 people on the bus had been wanting to see the church prior, and so off the bus they went, and soon Lynn heard music in the sanctuary and one member was playing the piano and all 14 were singing “Jesus Loves Me.”
It was a special moment and many were touched with joy that day and one visitor in particular said he had not sung that song for many years. Who doesn’t remember singing “Jesus Loves Me” growing up?
The Pine Grove Church has an email of pinegrovechurch1907.com and also a Facebook page, Pine Grove Methodist Church, Hood River. Feel free to comment if you know about the church or have any questions.
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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