Sherman County eNews #220


  1. It’s Sherman County Fair Week: Country Pride County Wide!

  2. U.S. Navy Band Country Current to Perform at Maryhill Winery, Aug. 28

  3. Wasco School Centennial Celebration, Sept. 3

  4. 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, Sept. 24

  5. Financial Donations Urgently Needed to Aid Louisiana

  6. Congressman Greg Walden: Mental Illness & Drug Addiction

  7. Rising to Expectations

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

1. It’s Sherman County Fair Week: Country Pride County Wide!

Sherman County Fair – Country Pride County Wide

 2. U.S. Navy Band Country Current to Perform at Maryhill Winery, Aug. 28


U.S. Navy Band

Country Current

to perform at

Maryhill Winery

6 p.m. Sunday, August 28

No admission fee.

The Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble Country Current is renowned for its versatility and phenomenal musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. Reaching out to communities locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of active-duty sailors.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy. All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.

3. Wasco School Centennial Celebration, Sept. 3

Wasco School Centennial Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016

Registration begins at 10:00 a.m.

Program begins at 11:00 a.m.

No-host lunch provided by The Lean To Cafe and The Feed Trough

Bring pictures and memorabilia to share in the timeline as well as memories to share at the program.


For information, contact Carol Olmstead at 541-442-5842

4. 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, Sept. 24


10th Annual


September 24, 2016

Boat or bank fishing on the scenic Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam (only 20 miles east of The Dalles and 100 miles east of Portland).

Check-In: 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (Heritage Landing)
Weigh-In: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Wasco, OR)

See the details here:

5. Financial Donations Urgently Needed to Aid Louisiana

American flag2The American Red Cross remains on the ground in Louisiana, with volunteers helping the thousands of people who have lost everything they own in the devastating flooding. Twenty-seven local responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington are assisting relief efforts by delivering food, water and relief supplies such as cleaning items, and providing overnight stays in 18 Red Cross shelters.

To date, the Red Cross has received approximately $7.8 million in donations and pledges designated to support Louisiana — but recovery costs are expected to exceed $30 million.

“The devastating flooding in Louisiana has changed tens of thousands of people’s lives forever,” said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. “The people of Louisiana truly need our help and with the generosity of our donors, the Red Cross will continue to provide relief and long-term recovery assistance to a devastated region.”

Red Cross volunteers are also providing emotional support to help people cope. Health services volunteers are monitoring the health needs of people in shelters and replacing things like lost wheelchairs, eyeglasses and medications. Others are going out into neighborhoods to personally deliver supplies to affected communities.

Theresa Grimes, a volunteer from Bend, Oregon has been on the ground for two days. She is serving meals to people in some of the neighborhoods hit hardest by flooding. “A woman came up to me and asked me where I was from. I told her, ‘I’m from Bend, Oregon,’ and she started to cry. “She said ‘You came all this way to help us. I can’t believe it.’ She was so moved she couldn’t stop crying. It told her, ‘It’s my honor to be here to help you and I wouldn’t miss it,” Grimes said.

It’s been more than a week since the floodwaters destroyed and damaged thousands of homes and together with local, state and national partners, the Red Cross has:
* Served more than 260,000 meals and snacks
* Distributed more than 60,000 relief items
* Provided more than 40,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters – Sunday night, 3,000 people were still seeking refuge in 18 Red Cross and community shelters
* Handled more than 17,000 calls from people seeking information and help.

Help people affected by the Louisiana Floods by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

6. Congressman Greg Walden: Mental Illness & Drug Addiction

Oregon.BeaverAcross Oregon, I’ve talked with many families who are struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. These touch every segment of our communities, no matter where you live or what you look like. Tragically, they often carry with them a major stigma in society, and help is hard to find.  Fortunately, Congress is working in a bipartisan way to help solve these problems and offer relief to those who need help.

The size of the crisis is staggering. Nearly 10 million Americans have a serious mental illness, and yet 40 percent of them aren’t receiving the treatment they need. In Oregon, more people are dying from drug overdoses than car accidents, with our state ranked consistently at the top for non-medical use of prescription pain relievers.

I’ve heard the heartbreaking personal stories from people who are most affected. At roundtables in Medford, Bend, and Hermiston, I spoke with parents whose children experienced homelessness, violence, and worse due to mental health issues or drug addiction. I’ve heard from law enforcement officials about how the default place for the mentally ill is often the local jail. Local physicians and caregivers told me how they severely lack the resources to effectively help patients suffering from addiction.

The good news is recently the U.S. House passed two key pieces of legislation: the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to tackle this crisis head on.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act focuses on improving drug abuse treatments, addressing the underlying causes of addiction and helping those most at risk.  Our bill expands access to care and prevention services in our communities, and establishes best practices that will help prevent lawful prescription use from spiraling into abuse. It gives new tools to law enforcement and prevention advocates to combat the epidemic of painkillers and heroin.

Importantly, we’re increasing first responders’ access to the potentially lifesaving anti-overdose drug naloxone. While some states, such as Oregon, have already broadened its availability, I believe the use of naloxone should be boosted around the country. With our bill, we can ensure better access to treatment, we can reduce the number of legally-proscribed pills that shouldn’t be out there and save lives.

Meanwhile, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act would be the first significant overhaul of the nation’s mental health system since the Kennedy administration. Our bill reforms the 112 federal programs that address mental health, ensuring they effectively coordinate and streamlining the bureaucracy currently creating serious barriers to care. It allows families to better work with health care professionals to care for loved ones, and helps fix the shortage of 100,000 psychiatric hospital beds in this country. Our bill also advances tele-psychiatry to help mentally ill patients in rural and underserved areas.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, those patients with severe mental illness who do receive care are 15 times less likely to commit, or be the victim of, violent acts than those who go untreated. While the vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act works to make sure that those who are struggling do not go on to harm themselves or others.

Both of these bills addressing mental health and opioid abuse have passed the House with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. I’m proud to say that the drug addiction plan has also been passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President.  And I hope that the Senate will soon pass the mental health reform bill so that we can deliver help quickly to those who need it.

Mental health and drug addiction issues do not discriminate based on age or gender or where you live or what political party you belong to. They impact our neighbors, our friends, and our families in Oregon and across the nation. For the sake of our children, our safety, and our society, we must fix this broken system that allows those who are suffering from mental illness and drug addiction to fall through the cracks.

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


7. Rising to Expectations

What happens to us when the society in which we grow up doesn’t value our personal attributes?  You know, many, if not most, of our feelings of self-worth or self-esteem have been influenced by the messages we get from our society.

Some of those messages are overt and up front: we know without question that our society values affluence, power, efficacy, youthfulness and health. Now, imagine how it might feel to be poor, relatively powerless, or chronically ill or disabled in this society.

Some messages are subtler. We say we value diversity, children, old people – but our behavior often says something else. If movie stars and models are young, tall, thin, with expensive clothes, what message does it send to those of us who are different from that?

If the kids in school laugh at us because of our accent or the work our parents do for a living, what do we learn about our value? It is terribly important that all of our children feel proud of who they are – just the way they are. And, that they learn to respect the differences in each other from an early age.

Our children need to be carefully taught. Sometimes all it takes is one concerned teacher, parent or other adult who cares enough to take the time to set the record straight in the child’s mind.  Every one of our kids needs to know that what is and is not valuable really depends on some pretty arbitrary things like where you happen to be born and when.

Children of all ages need to know that they are loved, prized, and capable of rising above stereotypes to be uniquely valuable human beings. For in the end, we rise to each other’s expectations, or we fall to them. ~ The Pacific Institute

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


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