Sherman County eNews #192



  1. Sherman County Preschool Enrollment ASAP

  2. Oregon’s Unfunded PERS Liability Climbs to $21.8 Billion

  3. Congressman Walden: House Bill Provisions for Rural Communities

  4. Sherman County Fair Clothing & Needlecraft – Division K

  5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center August Meal Menu

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. ~ Marcus Aurelius

1.Sherman County Preschool Enrollment ASAP

boy.telephonetalkAttention Sherman County preschool families: The school year is sneaking up on us! If you are interested in your child attending preschool he/she must be 3-5 years old on September 1, 2016. We are filling up fast and want to make sure no one is left out, so please enroll ASAP! Before school starts we also need to know if you are interested in using transportation services and/or will be purchasing meals from the school district. To enroll or for more info please contact a Sherman County Preschool employee or phone message (541)565-3320, or call Carrie Somnis’ cell (541) 215-0974.

2. Oregon’s Unfunded PERS Liability Climbs to $21.8 Billion

Fair, Constitutional PERS Reform Options Available

Oregon.Flat.poleSalem, Ore. – Today, the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Board will receive a report from their financial actuary firm Milliman showing PERS’ unfunded liability has risen to $21.8 billion. PERS is now only 71% funded, dropping 15% in just two years. As a result, schools, local governments, and state agencies will be forced to pay almost $1 billion more for PERS in the 2017-19 biennium, the PERS board will learn at their 1 p.m. meeting.

“This PERS crisis will cost schools $365 million, the equivalent of hiring more than 2,000 new teachers,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day).

“Unsustainable and escalating PERS costs will not lead to reducing class sizes, adding school days, or making our communities safer. We need fair and constitutional PERS solutions that reduce costs, ensure the long-term stability of the system to protect retirees, and allow for investments in education.”

PERS rates are expected to increase by an average of almost 5% for school districts in 2017 with continued increases expected in future years. Excessive payouts, like an OHSU professor’s $663,354 per year retirement benefit, the Oregon Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to overturn $5.1 billion in PERS reforms, and overly optimistic investment assumptions contribute to rising PERS costs. To fill the leadership gap on this issue, Senate Republicans are working with the legislature’s attorneys to identify a list of constitutional options that could save billions, such as a $100,000 cap on the salary considered for pension benefits.

Senate Republicans have repeatedly asked Governor Brown and Democrat leaders to work together to find a fair, constitutional solution to Oregon’s growing PERS debt…. However, public employee unions and the Democrat leaders they bankroll continue to ignore the PERS crisis. Instead, government unions are seeking to bail out PERS by passing a $6 billion tax on Oregon sales of groceries, gas, electricity, medicines, and other consumer goods costing average Oregonians over $600 per year.

“If Governor Brown, President Courtney, and Speaker Kotek refuse to act before the school year starts, a coalition of education and public safety advocates, schools and local governments, and moderates of both parties will step up and take the lead in solving this PERS crisis,” said Ferrioli.

3. Congressman Walden: House Bill Provisions for Rural Communities

American flag2[Congressman Greg Walden recently wrote] “… that the House recently passed a funding bill for the Department of the Interior that contains a number of good provisions for our rural communities in Oregon. This important legislation–which I was proud to support–goes a long way in continuing efforts to rein in the regulatory overreach that has stifled economic growth in the West.

“By removing regulatory burdens and red tape, we can get back to growing good jobs in Oregon’s rural communities. Unfortunately, it seems to me that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is determined to smother economic growth in the rural West with a constant stream of overreaching rules and regulations. This bill pushes back on several specific overreaching rules and regulations, such as stopping the EPA from potentially regulating everything from stock ponds to irrigation ditches under their Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. This expansion has been rejected repeatedly by Congress, and this bill uses the power of the purse to fight back against this overreach by the EPA.

“I also continued my work to prevent the sage grouse from being listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Ranchers need more certainty than a promise from a federal agency that the sage grouse won’t be listed. This bill prohibits a listing for 2017, and builds off efforts to enact a 10-year ban as part of a military funding bill that is currently being deliberated by a conference of members from the House and Senate.

“Ranchers face similar uncertainty as wolf populations grow in Oregon and their management remains mixed between the state and federal government. That’s why I worked with my colleagues to include language in this bill that removes gray wolves from the endangered species list, and allows Oregonians to manage wolves at the state level. The outdated language of the Endangered Species Act imposes a heavy burden on rural communities throughout Oregon, and I will continue to support ranchers in eastern Oregon and across the West, where grazing, mining, and outdoor recreation play an integral role in local economies.

“I’m also concerned with the effects of a looming national monument proposal for the Owyhee Canyonlands in eastern Oregon. Local opposition to this proposal has been clear, so I worked hard to include language in this bill that would prohibit the President from unilaterally locking up 2.5 million acres of land in Malheur County. Our farmers, ranchers, and rural communities are most affected by these public lands decisions, and we need to return the focus on home grown efforts rather than those driven by outside groups with no stake in the local economy. I was glad to see this provision included in the bill, and I’ll continue to do everything I can to stop this monument proposal.

“I remain frustrated with bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. and their restrictive policies towards economic activity and proper stewardship of public lands, but please know that I will continue working on strong, commonsense solutions–like the ones in this bill–that improve the lives of Oregonians.

“Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you have on this legislation. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.


“Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
“Oregon’s Second District”

4. Sherman County Fair Clothing & Needlecraft – Division K


Read carefully the general rules in the front of the Premium Book and on our web page


Entry Fees:

  1.    No Entry fees for this division


Entries Accepted:

  1. Entries will be accepted until 6:00 pm on  Wednesday August 24, 2016
  2. Entries for the Clothing & Needlecraft Division are made in the Open Class building, located under the main grandstands.
  3. Entry form follows this section and can also be found on our website on the forms tab.
  4. Junior Class just add the letter “J” behind the class number.  You are junior if you are in the grades of 9-12.
  5. Entries must be made by 6:00 pm on Wednesday of Fair week and delivered at entry.
  7. Articles must be CLEAN and completely finished
  1. NOTE: All needlework wall hangings must be framed/finished and ready to hang.


Judging Criteria

Clothing articles shall be judged on the following:

Suitability, 20%

Workmanship, 60%

Cleanliness, 10%

General Appearance, 10%


Release of Exhibits:

Exhibits will be released on Sunday August 28, at 4:00 p.m. this time is subject to change and will be posted in the Open Class Pavilion and announced during the fair week.




Premiums for Open Class clothing & needle work

1st Place              $4.00

2nd Place              $2.00

3rd Placer            $1.00





Class #

401        Dress, plain

402        Dress, fancy

403        Pants

404        Biking Shorts

405        Sleep Ware

406        Skirt

407        Vest

408        Blouse/shirt

409        Western Shirt/Blouse

410        Jacket

411        Bathrobe

412        Jumper

413        Coat

414        Costume

415        Handbag

416        Apron, fancy

417        Apron, everyday

418        Shorts

419    Totes

420        Other

sweatshirt, décorated

421        Needle punch

422        Cross Stitch

423        Embroidery

424        Applique (must be sewn on)

425        Cut work

426        Beaded

427        Jacket

428        Other



                             (EXAMPLE FOR SEWING ENTRIES)


Division Class # AG/CG   Description of item
K 412 CG   Sewed, Jumper, child’s garment
K 424 AG   Sewed, sweatshirt, Adult garment



###*** (please add correct letter behind class #) ##***


Crocheted >   “C”

Knitted >  “K”

Appliqued >  “A”

Embroidered >     ”E”

Counted Cross Stich >  “CC”

Pieced >   ”P”

Hand Quilted >   ”HQ”



429        Baby Sweater

430        Baby Afghan

431        Nursery Quilt

432        Bib

433        Booties & Cap Set

434        Animal

435        Doll

436        Nursery Wall Hanging

437        Cap, no set

438        Mittens, no set

439        Botties, no set

440        Other


Table furnishings ###***

441        Tablecloth

442        Table Runner

443        Place mats, set of 2 at least

444        Coasters, set of 4 at least

445        Other


household furnishings ###***

446        Tea Towels,  set of 2 or more

447        Dish Towels, set of 2 or more

448        Pot Holders, set of 2 or more

449        Misc. novelty

450        Rugs, braided

451        Rugs, other

452        Other


bedroom furnishings  ###***

453        Bedspread

454        Quilt, hand quilted

455        Quilt, machine quilted by exhibitor

456        Quilt, quilted by another

457        Quilt, tied

458        Comforter

459        Comforter, tied

460        Lap Quilt,

461        Pillowcases, embroidered, set of 2

462        Pillowcases, with  tatted edge, set of 2

463        Pillowcases, with crocheted edge, set of 2

464        Other

465  Centerpieces, over 10″ in size ###***

466  pillows ###***



513        Ladies, sweater

514        Child’s sweater

515        Man’s sweater

516        Ladies, vest

517        Child’s, vest

518        Man’s vest

519        Other



520        Child’s garment

521        Ladies, garment

522        Men’s garment

523        Collar

524        Doily

525        Other



526        Crocheted

527        Knitted

528        Knitted, machine

529        Counted Cross Stitch



                             (EXAMPLE FOR  ENTRIES)


Division Class # TYPE   Description of item



Please add the letter “L” for large and “S” for small

             Larger is over 40″ Small is under 40″

530        Pieced quilted

531        Needlepoint,

532        Crewel

533        Embroidered

534        Counted Cross stitch

535        Crocheted

536        Sampler, original

537        Appliqued & quilted

538        Sampler, kit

467        Holliday

468        Special Occasion

469        Other


539     Fair Theme Article

Sewing Machine Arts

Professional (Professional defined as any person who receives pay for teaching classes for a specific technique or who sells their work)

FREE MOTION Limited to work done FREE MOTION on a sewing machine designed for normal sewing. (Additional categories may be assigned by superintendent as needed).

540        Straight Stitch

541        Side Stitch

542        Combination of Straight and Side Stitch

543        Cut–‐Work

544        Bobbin Work

545        Lace Making

546        Portrait Technique

547        Beading
548        Multi–‐media (hand–‐painted background with thread enhancement, tamping, dying, etc)
549        Manipulated Fabric Design (i.e. wrinkling, pleating, tucking, smocking, etc.)
550        Free Motion Embroidery (Luny used in Crewel Designs, 3–‐D objects, self–‐made fabrics.)

551        Silk ribbon by machine

552        Recycled object used in machine embroidery

553        Free Motion Quilting

554        Applique
555        Other Technique (stitching through metal, roving, tea bags, other unusual objects, etc.)

556        NON FREE MOTION Limited to work done NON FREE MOTION with either a sewing                 machine designed for normal sewing, or on special embellishment machines. (Programmed               stitches, carns, computer cassettes.)

557        Decorative stitches used in a unique and artful way.


558     Swedish Weaving



559        Original and stuffed

560        Sculptured Kit

561        Painted kit

562        Beaded kit

 5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center August Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu


We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at  541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $6.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $3.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 3 4 5
Bacon/Veggie Quiche Parmesan Chicken Tamale Beef Pie Swiss Steak with Rice Pizza: Ham/Pineapple-
Veggies & Green Salad Roasted Potatoes & Veggies Veggies Veggies and Biscuits Pepperoni & Cooks Choice
Fruit Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Veggies & Dessert
8 9 10 11 12
Chicken & Dumplings Seafood Salad Ham Slices Smothered Pork Chops Potato Soup w/Bacon
Veggies & Green Salad Veggies & Rolls Loaded Mashed Potatoes Sweet Potatoes & Veggies Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Dessert Fruit Veggies/Green Salad/Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad- Pie/Ice Cream
15 16 17 18 19
Penne Pasta w/meatballs Chicken Wraps Mac & Cheese w/Ham Oven Fried Chicken Cheeseburger Pie
Veggies & Green Salad Macaroni Salad Veggies & Green Salad Potatoes w/gravy Veggies & Green Salad
Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Dessert Veggies & Fruit Dessert
22 23 24 25 26
Crab Stuffed Pollock Chicken Kabobs w/veggies French Dip Sandwich Hawaiian Burgers on Bun Round up Cowboy Corn Doggie or Boneless Piggy
Scalloped Potatoes & Veggies Green Salad Tater Tots & Veggies Baked Beans BBQ Rib Sandwich & Corn Chips
Green Salad & Dessert Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Jello & Green Salad & Ice cream
29 30 31  
Baked Potato Bar Salisbury Steak Taco Soup w/Veggies
Creamed Broccoli/Cheese Potatoes & Veggies Black Beans & Corn Bread
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert

Menu subject to change due to availability — ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.