Two Duckwall employees run Boston marathon

The Hood River Valley was represented in Boston April 21.

Odell native Asalia Valdez and Hood River’s Sara Snyder, both of Duckwall Fruit in Odell, ran the Boston Marathon this year. While both have run other marathons, this was their first time in Boston.

The idea was Valdez’s. “(Boston) was just something in my head,” she said. “One day I was running on the trails with my friends, and I said it would be fun to run in Boston. Sara said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We had a little over a year to train.”

“I qualified for Boston pre-kids, but never actually ran it,” said Snyder. “It’s always been a goal of mine to get back there, and Asalia was instrumental for getting me there.”

To qualify, they ran the Eugene Marathon in April 2013. They also trained together.

What impressed them most about Boston was the number of spectators. “Literally spectators were rows deep the entire race,” said Snyder. “It was so cool having that many people out there. ‘Boston Strong’ is a motto that they really do follow.”

Valdez works as a production assistant at Duckwall, and Snyder in finance. “They’re such a wonderful supporter of their employees,” said Snyder. “We felt the company’s support from all the way across the country, watching for us, rooting for us, supporting us during training and runs. It felt like they were there with us.”


Mid Valley Elementary School’s annual carnival will be May 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. Davis Drive will be closed in front of the school for food, games, music and raffle drawings.

Raffle tickets are still on sale and may be purchased from any student; there will also be tickets available during the carnival. Money raised goes to the PTO.


Wy’east Middle School drama students are presenting Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” in the school’s Performing Arts Center May 8-11 at 7 p.m. under the direction of teacher Jennifer Graves. There will also be 2 p.m. matinee performances May 10-11. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, and all are invited to attend.


Wy’east Middle School sixth graders will be off to Outdoor School at the Brooks Environmental Learning Center north of Goldendale May 12-16.

“This is our sixth year in this program, and it’s been the school’s fortune to implement a cabin counselor program with Hood River Valley High School students, as well as a number of students doing their Extended Applications project in instruction,” said school representative Teri Adams.

Community contributors include Walmart, Rosauers, Safeway, Nelson Tires, Juanita’s Fine Foods, Columbia Gorge Organics, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Franz Bakery.

Parents needing additional information are asked to contact the school.


Parkdale Garden Club hosted the Mt. Hood District Garden Club spring meeting on April 26 at the Parkdale Grange. Clubs from Odell, Parkdale, Dufur, Maupin and Hood River were in attendance. In accordance with the theme “Hats Off to Spring,” the ladies all wore hats.

Several certificates of appreciation were awarded, said Odell Garden Club president Norma Curtis.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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