Kegler's Corner: Randy Nieto is latest Bowler of the Week

Team of the Week

Jeff Miller (5), 718

Mark Chabotte (4), 700

Lynn Spellman (4), 692

Randy Nieto (1), 681

Earning top honors last week was righty Randy Nieto, who scorched the boards with a 267 game that propelled him to a solid 681 series in the Monday night Industrial league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. The pro painter from across the river ended up 132 pins over his average, the most by anyone at the lanes last week, which makes him the latest Bowler of the Week.

Jeff Brittle wasn’t far off that pace after notching a 675 series in the powerhouse Wednesday evening Fraternal league. Brittle, who without question rolls the biggest roundhouse curve this side of New York City, sure had things his way in the third game of the night. He blasted the first 10 strikes in a row, but just missed on that 11th toss, to finish with a 287 game; he completed his three-game series 108 pins over his average.

It’s difficult to understand what it’s like to be proficient at this game when you’ve been at it for nearly nine decades. Sure, most of us don’t make it that far at all and many of us 20 and 30 years younger are so stiff and sore we would never entertain the challenge of competing in bowling. But, those people are not Esther Yarnell. She is a legend around here. The spry nonagenarian still bowls league regularly.

At 93, Esther says, “bowling keeps me young.” She is truly amazing. A few years ago she bowled a match with our local HR News sports editor (Ben McCarty) and handily bested that young whipper-snapper. Well, she was at it again last week in the Wednesday afternoon senior Colts and Fillies league, where she topped all women in scoring and just missed a 200 game in the process. Esther rolled a 194 game and 498 series. We could make a claim that numbers like those may be some kind of record but we know Esther. She will probably top those scores next week.

Great bowling, everybody.

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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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