Sherman County eNews #101

16 April 2016


  1. Libraries of Eastern Oregon Presents “The Appalachian Dulcimer,” April 21
  2. Letter to the Editor: Heritage Foundation
  3. Health-related volunteer opportunity in Sherman County
  4. Goldendale  Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show, April 29-May 1
  5. Free Class “Spring Into Vegetable Gardening,” April 18, 22
  6. Friends of Goldendale Observatory Solar Viewing at Discovery Center, April 30
  7. Heart to Sole Foot Care, LLC
  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Libraries of Eastern Oregon Presents “The Appalachian Dulcimer,” April 21

MusicNotes.musicaLibraries of Eastern Oregon presents “The Appalachian Dulcimer” with musicians Heidi Muller & Bob Webb on Thursday, April 21 at Sherman County Public/School Library. Come at 4:00 p.m. to learn to play the Dulcimer. The three-string mountain dulcimer is one of the easiest and most fun instruments to learn and requires no previous musical experience. At 7:00 p.m., enjoy a concert with some uncommon songs performed by Heidi and Bob at. Lessons at 4:00pm, concert at 7:00 p.m. For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279. See

2. Letter to the Editor: Heritage Foundation

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to Stephen Moore’s commentary on how the left are embracing dictators. The ridiculous statements he made are typical for people of his ilk. A Heritage Foundation Fellow. The Heritage Foundation is a bastion for elite, extreme rightists and those who believe their religion should be the official religion of our government and country. They are famous for making statements that turn reality upside down. Bernie Sanders’ supporters are for democracy, not a government that is paid for by an elite group of very wealthy people to serve only themselves. The Panama Papers are just a tip of the iceberg. People enter politics today, not to serve their country, but to pursue wealth, because that is where the money is. Power and greed have completely corrupted the system.

Corporations used to pay 30% of this country’s income tax needs, now they pay less than half. Most billionaires today pay a smaller % of their income on taxes than a $50,000/year wage earner. Wealthy individuals and corporations have hidden trillions of $ in off shore accounts and paid no tax. Our political leaders take orders from the military industrial complex, the fossil fuel industry, drug companies, and other large corporations. The lawmakers are paid to make laws that benefit the few at the expense of the majority. They hate Bernie because he exposes these facts with the truth.

Fred Justesen, Grass Valley

3.  Health-related volunteer opportunity in Sherman County

Sherman County residents have a great opportunity to contribute their ideas for healthy living…with the potential for a free lunch, too!  The Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance, comprised of representatives from 12 counties in the east side of the state, wants to find out what local folks think about colon cancer screening projects and how to encourage folks to have the testing done themselves.

Colorectal cancer is preventable. Routine screening can reduce deaths through the early diagnosis and removal of pre-cancerous polyps. Screening saves lives, but only if people get tested. According to the Oregon Health Authority, one in three (36 percent) Oregonians ages 50-75 are not being screened as recommended.  There are a variety of reasons for this, and Sherman residents will be able to serve on a focus group to discuss why.

Anyone 50 to 75 years of age who lives in Sherman County is eligible to participate.  You can help your community and your own health by serving as a volunteer for focus group, with the topic of discussing how to increase participation in colon cancer screening activities.  Findings will be shared with health organizations in eastern Oregon, with the goal of improving the overall colon cancer screening rates in the region.

The Sherman County focus group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3 from 12pm-2pm at the Moro Senior Center, with lunch provided.  If you are interested in participating, contact Project Coordinator John Adams of the Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance:  541-219-0907 or A total of 12 final participants will be selected and invited to participate, and eligible to receive a $25 stipend.  Funding for the project is provided in part by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Partnership Program.

Cindy Brown, Sherman representative to the Oregon Healthy Living Alliance, encourages anyone interested to apply to participate.  “How often do you get the chance to be part of a focus group, talk about health care issues, learn what challenges people face, get a free lunch and get paid, too?!  Colon cancer has hit my family in the past year, so now I’m paying attention to this issue.”  Questions can be directed to her at OSU Sherman County Extension, 541-565-3230 or

4. Goldendale  Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show, April 29-May 1

April 29 – May 1

Klickitat County Fair Grounds. Goldendale, WA

The 2016 Goldendale Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show. Since the Goldendale area has been known as a Sportsman’s Paradise for decades, we’ve expanded the show to include exhibitors from hunting and fishing suppliers, guides, and speakers. We’re gearing up for a great show with more home improvement exhibitors, and local contractors than ever before. Thinking about landscaping and gardening? We’ll have exhibitors, speakers, and workshops to help you get the best of outdoor summer living. We’ll also have great food, drawings, giveaways and fun for the kids.

Show Hours

  • Friday, April 29 – Noon – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a safe and supervised educational experience for children at the show with an archery range and BB gun range expressly for the use of young people. All equipment will be provided. Children must have permission from a parent or guardian prior to participating.

5. Free Class “Spring Into Vegetable Gardening,” April 18, 22

food.corn2Sherman County folks wanting their first ever…or a bigger, better…vegetable garden this year, get ready to learn how!   “Spring Into Vegetable Gardening” with a free class offered by OSU Sherman County Extension.  Come learn about great reasons to grow vegetables, site selection, soil preparation, what to grow and where to plant, watering and mulching, weed and insect control.  Participants will receive a free gardening book from OSU, informational handouts, and free seeds.

Two dates available, pick the one that best fits your schedule:

  • Monday, April 18 at 6pm at Rufus City Hall
  • Friday, April 22 at 9am at Sherman Extension Office, Moro

Cindy Brown

4-H and Healthy Living, OSU Sherman County Extension, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro OR 97039  |  541-565-3230 office   |   541-993-5291 cell

6. Friends of Goldendale Observatory Solar Viewing at Discovery Center, April 30

Sun-SoleBob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to 4 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. For more information visit

7. Heart to Sole Foot Care, LLC | Sherman County Senior Center

Heart to Sole Foot Care, LLC. Kari Peters, RN, will be providing foot and nail care service at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center in Moro the 3rd Thursday of every month from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 541-980-4815 to schedule an appointment. See

8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


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