‘Taken aback’, taken to tea

Eat at Joe’s

Beth Hukari, of Parkdale, writes:

“Even though there is no snow — YET! — The Crooked Tree at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort continues to put out excellent food by Chef Joe Silliman. They offer great prices in their Happy Hour menu of scrumptious food and drink. Tuesdays is local music night (check their website).

Priced for tight budgets — a nice evening out — in a great atmosphere. Get out of Hood River and into the woods!”

Surprised and speechless

Pat McAllister writes:

“At the Chamber Banquet last Friday evening I was taken aback by the award Hood River Supply received as the 2013 Chamber Business of the Year. It left me speechless so I didn’t take the time to thank the chamber for this award.”

See page B1 for more on McAllister and the Chamber event.

“So on behalf of Hood River Supply I would like to publicly thank the Chamber for this recognition.

“The past two years have been a very challenging time with the construction of the new store, as well as rewarding, as we have received numerous positive comments about our expansion and the great addition to the Heights,” writes McAllister.

“I would also like to thank the chamber staff, directors, and ambassadors, for the great job they do to help promote and provide networking opportunities for all the businesses in the valley and Mid Columbia.

Thank You!”

Tyynismaa completes basic training

Air Force Airman Taylor M. Tyynismaa graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Tyynismaa, a 2012 graduate of Hood River Valley High School, is the daughter of Terri Tyynismaa of Hood River.

Another ‘Senior Wish’ granted at Hawks Ridge

Cathy Carter, marketing director at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community, shared the following story about Hawks Ridge’ Senior Wish program:

“Brenda von Stockhausen always wanted to attend High Tea at The Empress in Victoria, B.C. For her Senior Wish, Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community took her to High Tea at the Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River.

“Brenda, her daughter Christiana Perkey, granddaughter Katie Perkey, caregiver Michelle Brisbois and I all went to High Tea on Dec. 21.

“The Columbia Gorge Hotel had exquisite, delicious nibbles, beautiful holiday décor and their famous, amazing white lights everywhere.

A fabulous time was had by all — especially Brenda. ‘I loved going to High Tea with everyone,’ she said. ‘It was so much fun. We laughed a lot and ate a lot!’

“Brenda has been a resident at Hawks Ridge Assisted living since 2012. She enjoys walking, Bible study and encouraging others.”

Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community created the Senior Wish Project to help residents with achieving a dream or goal. “We try to achieve this dream in the best way we can, big or small,” Carter said. “The Hood River and surrounding communities have been very philanthropic. We appreciate any donation to help fund this happiness project.

The Senior Wish program began in 2013. Hawks Ridge held a Country Fair in August, with more than 50 business contributors and volunteers, the event drew nearly 500 visitors and raised more than $1,500 for the Senior Wish Project.

To learn more about how to donate, volunteer, be a part of the Country Fair 2014 or for more information on the Senior Wish Project, contact Cathy Carter at marketing@hawksridgeas-sistedliving.com or 541-387-4087.

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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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