Business Notes for May 21

Apple Valley Country Store to celebrate 25th anniversary

Apple Valley Country Store is turning 25 years old this year.

To thank all its customers, the Tucker Road store will be offering free Marionberry cobbler to everyone who stops by on Saturday, June 7.

Apple Valley, a family business now owned by Justin White, will also hold a “Cherry Celebration and Country BBQ” at the store on July 19-20. Join the Apple Valley Country Store as the Fruit Loop celebrates an anticipated harvest of over 4,000 tons of cherries. Apple Valley will be having old-fashioned country barbecue featuring cherry-wood smoked ribs, pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches.

Safeco Insurance recognizes Bisnett Insurance

Safeco Insurance has recognized Bisnett Insurance, Hood River, with a Safeco Premier Partner Program award for performance and partnership. Fewer than 10 percent of independent insurance agencies that sell Safeco personal lines products receive this distinguished honor.

“Only the best agencies are selected for the Safeco Premier Partner Program,” said Matthew Nickerson, president of Safeco Insurance. “A commitment to service and high achievement has earned these top performers access to special resources that provide additional support to their important role as trusted advisors for our customers.”

“We are honored to be recognized as a Safeco Premier Partner agency,” said Kent Bergstedt, vice president of sales and marketing. “And we take pride in helping our customers protect what matters most to them.”

Bisnett Insurance has been serving Northwest communities for nearly 32 years. Roger Bisnett joined the insurance business in 1980, forming Bisnett Insurance in 1982. The organization achieved smart growth organically and through acquisition. The agency has grown to operate eight Bisnett Insurance locations, including Hood River, in Oregon, Idaho and Arizona.

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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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