Mid Valley News: Guess who won the Lioness basket?

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will be worshiping at the Pine Grove church site on Eastside Road in June, July and August. Services begin at 10 a.m., and everyone is invited to attend.

Member Jean Stone reports that the church’s Blossom Fest sale at the Pine Grove church site was very well attended. A portion of the proceeds were given to the Meals on Wheels program.


The Odell Garden Club journeyed to Beaver Creek for a visit to Ethel’s nursery — Ethel being a rather prolific gardener with her own little nursery setup. Sixteen ladies and one gentleman took six vehicles, with plenty of room left for all the plants they purchased while there.

The club treasury also bought a hanging cedar planter for Club President Norma Curtis to take to the upcoming OSFGC Convention as the club’s contribution. The club also stopped for lunch at Izzy’s Pizza.

“The weather was great, and no one got lost,” Curtis summarized.


The Hood River County Fair Board is donating profits from the May 24 ranch sorting horse event to two local youth fighting cancer, says Fair Manager Clara Rice: Donavan Doroski and Lila May Schow. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will either be held inside or outside, depending on the weather.


In an interesting turn of events, I get to report that I won the Odell Lionesses’ annual May Basket raffle. Actually, it was four baskets, and I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses and independent consultants. It’s a truly amazing haul.

I’ve shared goodies with friends and family, which has made me quite popular, and our little Walker Four has had a couple of family dates courtesy of some very nice gift certificates, with many more to look forward to. Thank you!

The Odell Lionesses wish to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets and contributed to this fundraiser. A few of the many organizations they support are: Hood River Valley High School’s Project Graduation, the Pregnancy Resource Center, Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), Promoting Responsible Ownership of Dogs (PROD), the Hood River County Christmas Project, and scholarships for high school senior girls.

Send news items of the mid valley to Trisha Walker at twalker@hoodrivernews.com.

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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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