Sports briefs for Jan. 25

Middle school track and field volunteers, coaches needed

Spring sports aren’t far off, and Hood River’s newly named middle school head coach, Shawnie Emmons, is already busy organizing and assembling resources. To ensure a positive experience for young athletes, coaches and volunteers are needed at both Hood River and Wy’east middle schools. The season officially starts March 31 for HRMS and April 1 for Wy’east, with the popular annual HRV Learn-by-Doing Clinic planned for March 8 and a few preseason workouts planned for before spring break.

Anyone willing to volunteer is asked to contact Emmons as soon as possible at bsemmons@hrecn.net.

Mark your calendar: Little League sign-ups Feb. 4-6

Hood River Little League will hold sign-ups for the spring/summer season Feb. 4 and 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Westside, Parkdale and Mid Valley elementary schools. Try-outs are scheduled for March 1 and 3 at Hood River Valley High School. For more information visit:

hoodriverlittleleague.org.

HR Babe Ruth returning, sign-ups Jan. 29, Feb. 9

After several years’ hiatus, the Hood River Babe Ruth youth baseball program will be back this year. Sign-ups for the program are scheduled for Jan. 29 and Feb. 9, 6-9 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School indoor batting facility. The program is open to players ages 12-15 and costs $90 for the season.

HRVHS baseball fundraiser Feb. 8

Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball is hosting a fundraiser dinner and silent auction Feb. 8 to benefit the program and continued improvements to the team’s home field. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar in downtown Hood River and includes live music by Tony Smiley, dinner and a silent auction, all for $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Windmaster Market, Doug’s Sports or the HRVHS main office.

Waterfront Recreation Committee meets Feb. 12

The Port of Hood River Waterfront Recreation Committee will meet Feb. 12, 1-3 p.m. in the commission board room to discuss the port’s new Hook launch and waterfront trail projects and the pedestrian bridge bike/pedestrian path connections. The meeting is open to the public and public comment is allowed. Call 541-386-1645 for more information.

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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



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