Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Hood River Middle School defeated The Dalles Middle School in a nail-biting league final that went to shootouts after a 4-4 tie. The game was an exciting conclusion to a new Hood River Community Education soccer program designed to give Gorge-area middle school students another outlet for the sport and an opportunity to represent their schools on the field.
The girls’ season lasted about three months and included games between middle school teams from Wy’east, The Dalles, White Salmon and HRMS. A similar boys season wrapped up earlier this month, with Wy’east claiming the league title in a win over White Salmon in the finals.
“This league… is an excellent addition to this community,” noted HRMS coach Angie Adkins. “It gives kids who have not had much or any opportunity to play on teams a chance to develop their skills and understanding of the game before getting to high school, so they will actually get the chance to play for their high school. It also gives kids who have experience a chance to practice and share their skills with the others during their off season.”
The league is a collaborative effort between HRCE and coaching staff from the county’s other soccer programs, who have lent their experience and expertise to help make the program a success. Assuming participation is high enough, players will also have the opportunity to play in a similar middle school fall league once school gets started in September.
“I was amazed at how quickly these girls improved,” Adkins said. “Several didn’t even know how or when to do a throw-in at our first practice. They worked hard, asked questions, listened well to me and to the more experienced players, and practiced with friends and family … I hope this program can continue (funding is a big issue) so we can continue to help kids who might not otherwise get the chance to develop their skills for high school.”
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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