PARKDALE NEWS: Blood Drive comes to Mt. Hood Town Hall

The first-ever Mount Hood Town Hall Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, April 1, from 1-6 p.m. in the Town Hall gym.

Blood donors must be 18 years or older, or 16-17 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and bring a legal form of ID.

Members of our community are asked to consider donating to give the gift of life to those in need.

You can schedule an appointment by calling Town Hall Manager Nikki Stansel at 541-645-0341, or you can just walk in during the hours of the drive.

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The date has been set for this year’s combination Enchanted Evening and 100 Anniversary celebration at the Mount Hood Town Hall.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 28, for great food, music and connecting with friends and neighbors.

For more details on the event go to: http://bit.ly/1jxVgdb.

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It’s time for spring cleaning and to start collecting your yard sale items for the Mount Hood Town Hall.

The Town Hall’s annual Community Yard Sale fundraiser will be held this year on Saturday, July 19, and your donated items are needed to make this event a success.

Drop-off dates for items are being scheduled and will be posted here in this column soon.

If you have a lot of items or larger items that require pickup, contact Nikki Stansel at 541-645-0391.

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If you’ve driven past the Mt. Hood Town Hall lately you’ve probably noticed something is missing in front.

The former playground has now been dismantled and the groundwork is underway for the new playground projected to be finished by early June 2014, just in time for summer!

Extra helping hands from the community are needed and appreciated to help get the new playground put together, so if you would like to help, contact Nikki Stansel at 541-645-0391.

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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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