Saturday, February 22, 2014
Plenty of kids got into the fun at the first Aporkalypse Now event for Helping Hands Against Violence, at Springhouse Cellar Feb. 12.
The first bacon-eating contest ever on record in Hood River was won by Nick Alvarado, 12. Harlie Smith, 9, and Jacy Johnston, 9, gave the contest a try, but they didn’t put away quite as much bacon in one minute as Nick.
The bacon eating came after a time of socializing and tasting bacon-oriented dishes by local chefs, and a bacon poetry contest, won by Bob Camillucci.
“The event was a huge success thanks to so many who donated time, efforts and their skills for such an imperative cause,” said victims advocate Karen Schultz.
Organizers expressed thanks to the many people who donated time, efforts and their skills for the cause. Judges were Sen. Chuck Thomsen; Gary Gorman; Hood River Mayor Arthur Babitz, Temira Lital (“The Gorge Is My Gym’); Francois Pelletier, Columbia Graphics; and John Hitt, Solera Brewery in Parkdale.
Chefs were: Apple Valley BBQ, Judge’s Choice Award; White Buffalo Wine Bar, People’s Choice Award; Double Mountain Brewery Tap Room; Stonehedge Restaurant; Trout Lake’s The Station Café.
A special thanks to Roger and Lee Montavon for donating a whole, personally raised hog, with half a hog donated to each winner.
Helping Hands is a nonprofit organization, dependent upon federal grant funding, and community donations. Every dollar, every hour donated reaches far beyond the immediate need, and guarantees HHAV the ability to continue serving, and giving back to our local community. To learn more about giving back to Helping Hands, along with the services it provides, visit: helpinghandsoregon.com.
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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