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Ice storm letters to the Editor for January 25, 2012

Letters to the Editor focusing on ice storm response

Kudos to emergency workers

We live on Reed Road and had been hunkered down for about a week given the weather. Much of the time the power was off, the telephone inoperative; but the fireplace was operative in our living room thanks to Opportunity Connections fire starters. The warmth of the fireplace caused my husband and I to be in the same place at the same time resulting in some interesting dialogues, a good thing.

Another good thing was to see the activity of the emergency crews that set about the task of getting us back on line with power, the Internet, the telephone and road clearing.

From my small vantage point I cannot thank enough the CenturyLink guy who trekked up our long driveway to assess our problem and fix it.

The power and road crews were equally impressive. They systematically addressed problem areas and set priorities to maximize results for our citizens in Hood River.

They are to be thanked. So, thank you all very much.

Mary Ellen Barilotti

Hood River

Salute to Gorge spirit

Echoing the sentiments of the Hood River News, we would like to thank all those who came to the rescue of neighbors and strangers during the recent storm.

From the guys with the school district who gave us a lift home when we got stuck in the snow on Wednesday morning, to the power companies whose staff worked 16-hour days in terrible conditions to restore service.

From the kind souls who set up warming shelters in their communities, to the people behind the scenes who coordinated their services to keep us all as safe as possible.

And to our newspaper delivery lady, Ricki, who managed to get through (somehow) to deliver our newspaper on Saturday morning - we salute you!

Thomas and Faith Keolker

Hood River

Efforts appreciated

Thank you, Dog River Coffee, a friend in a time of crisis.

I would like to publicly thank Nate, Phoebe, Nikki, Lynette, Benjamin and all of the Dog River Coffee crew for such a great service to our community during the ice storms and power blackouts this past Friday and Saturday. Their seemingly tireless efforts to host the throng during the crisis, was always with a smile and a pleasant greeting.

There were times when Dog River looked and sounded like a refugee camp. But instead of feeling stranded in the crisis, the atmosphere felt more like a party with all of your best friends together to celebrate the ice.

I know these guys must have been tired from taking care of half of Hood River all day long, but they just kept going. Thank you, Dog River, for being such an excellent part of all our lives. You are all very much appreciated. We love you.

Robert MacFarland

Hood River

Thank utility crews

I would like to recognize and thank the Pacific Power and CenturyLink workers who have worked around the clock to restore power and telephone service in our area. With the recent snow and ice that took down cables all over this area, they have a task that will take them days to repair.

I have seen firsthand the number of trees that took out both power and telephone services. Crews from multiple utilities have worked together as a team and are doing their best to repair this extensive damage as fast and safely as they can. Please be patient; they all are wanting to get all of your services up and running to keep you connected and warm.

If you happen to run into one of these hard-working crews, let them know that you appreciate what they are doing; it's not an easy job.

Phil Marx

Hood River

Small-town blessings

I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all the people at Hood River Electric Co-op for working long hours in extreme weather last weekend as they did their best to restore power to hundreds of customers in the upper valley.

I also want to thank the HREC folks who patiently answered the phone long past business hours, yet remained as courteous as always.

I was one of the last customers in our area to have electricity restored after several days without; I couldn't help thinking about the stressful conditions HREC employees were faced with and how their families must have worried.

I also want to thank the local fire department (particularly Fire Chief Mike McCafferty) for their vigilant community service during such an emergency situation. Know that I am among the many people grateful for your time and personal sacrifice during those long freezing cold hours you worked overtime and beyond.

And finally, I want to say thanks to the CenturyLink crew that came on Saturday and pulled the downed line off the start of my driveway.

I feel blessed to live in this small town with good people who have an exceptional commitment to community service! Thank you!

Susan Nugent

Parkdale

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