Mid Valley News: Wy’east seeks volunteers for after-school programs

Odell Garden Club President Norma Curtis invites everyone “interested in gardening and having a great social group” to join. The club not only holds educational meetings and sponsors flower shows, but does a lot of volunteer work in the community as well. For more information, contact Curtis at 541-386-6635 or nlcurtis@hrecn.net.


Wy’east Middle School is looking for adult volunteers to help with period 7 activities — these are after-school clubs that run until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and include art, cooking, math, band and homework — as well as the school’s College Knowledge Program — a program that introduces students to the prospect of college after high school. Those interested can contact Vice Principal Patricia Cooper at 541-354-1548.


The Hood River County School District is currently taking a Transportation Efficiency Survey on its website (hoodriver.k12.or.us) as the administration and school board are looking at different transportation options to reduce costs. As this will affect start times for all district schools, they’re looking for parent and staff input. Please take a moment to complete the survey (link found under the 02-08-14 column).


Missed Odell Little Leagues sign-ups because of the snowstorm? Not to worry. This year, parents can sign up their children online by visiting midcolumbialittleleague.com. Create an account and sign up all children at once. Cost is $45 for one player, $45 for player two, and $25 for each additional player.

Odell Little League Chair Machel Rivera reports there are many new fun and exciting changes in store for this season, and parents have until the end of February to sign up.


Not technically my jurisdiction, but the annual Pine Grove Rural Fire Department auction takes place at the station on March 1 beginning at 9 a.m.

They’re currently taking donations of usable items; you can drop off such items at the station on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call 541-386-2900 to make other arrangements.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge

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