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Editorial: Pine Grove FD can use your help

February 18, 2012

After the January storm, in this space we described the varying ways to get rid of broken trees and debris "as opportunities for both cleanup and revival."

Yet another such opportunity presents itself now. It's not for the organic stuff, but for those used goods that might need clearing out of the garage or basement.

The 47th annual Pine Grove Fire Department auction is coming March 3, and the firefighters could use donations that are in working order. Appliances, toys, furniture, antiques, tools, vehicles, farm or household items and garden equipment are just some of the categories.

Proceeds help the rural department, now part of the Wy'east Fire District, supplement its budget to keep the facility and equipment up to date.

That rototiller you used once back in 2006? Donate it. Those extra boxes of tile that your business overstocked? The bikes your kids outgrew? Donate them.

Items can be dropped off at the firehouse, on Van Horn Drive near Highway 35, on Saturdays, Feb. 18 and 25, and weekdays Feb. 27-29 and March 1-2.

Then mark your calendar and plan to attend the auction starting at 9 a.m. March 3, and check out the local treasures.

Got choices

'Coloring Book' is a valuable

resource for kids, parents

The two students made a good team, like composers when one takes the music and the other the words.

Adal Martinez created the picture and Rain Vaday crafted the concept and together the Hood River Middle School students created a catchy design on the T-shirt reading "Got Choices." That's Rain and Adal at the top of page A1. In the special section "Coloring Book" inside this edition, you can see the rest of the HRMS Health Media Club wearing the shirts as they recently canvassed downtown Hood River encouraging business owners to follow smoke-free workplace laws. It's just one focus of the Health Media clubs at the middle schools and high school.

The annual coloring book is a fun and idea-filled section for kids to enjoy and learn from, and a great resource for parents and other caregivers.

In addition to the article on the Health Media kids, and ways their works might inspire younger kids, look for a series of tips on how parents can create a better relationship with their teenaged children.

All told, the images and words point out helpful ways to help keep kids safe.

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