Sherman County eNews #267


  1. A call for entries: Sherman County Public/School Library Gallery

  2. Walkin’ Talkin’ Indian Trade Blanket Lecture & Appraisal, Oct. 15

  3. The Right to Be Human

  4. P.S.: Friday Classifieds

  5. Annual Open Enrollment for Medicare, Oct. 15-Dec. 7

  6. A Conversation. “Looking for Leadership: What Do We Want from Leaders?”

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

1. A call for entries: Sherman County Public/School Library Gallery

A call for entries: Sherman County Public/School Library Gallery requests art featuring the people, places, and themes of Sherman County. It is to be displayed on the gallery wall in the Library foyer for the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for the Dale Coles Elementary Wing on October 18. Eligibility: Open to artists and residents of Sherman County. Each artist may submit as many entries as you wish, however, if you submit more than 2 we reserve the right to select from your entries. No entry fees. Specifications: All 2-dimensional media will be considered (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, collage, textile arts, etc.) Entries must be original works (no copies, patterns, etc.) You may submit past work which has been on display before or a new work. We simply ask that it meet the subject criteria.

2. Walkin’ Talkin’ Indian Trade Blanket Lecture & Appraisal, Oct. 15

This coming Saturday–October 15, 2 p.m.–Join US for Barry Friedman’s Walkin’ Talkin’ Indian Trade Blanket Lecture at Maryhill Museum.

Author and antique American Indian trade and camp blanket specialist Barry Friedman will take you on a walk through the exhibition “A Kaleidoscope of Color: American Indian Trade Blankets.” Friedman has written two books on the subject: Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets (2003) and Still Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets, Volume Two (2014), serves as vintage blanket consultant to Pendleton Woolen Mills and is a vintage blanket supplier to Ralph Lauren. After the exhibition walk through, Friedman will appraise visitors’ own trade blankets.

3. The Right to Be Human

fatherWe know what civil rights and copyrights are, but have you ever thought about your rights as a human being?

You probably know about the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that the United States’ Declaration of Independence demanded from England in 1776. Over the decades since, around the world, we have given ourselves many other rights, too, though you probably didn’t learn about them in school. And they’re not usually listed or written down.

You have the right to make mistakes, to be less than competent, less than perfect, to be human. You have a right to ask for what you want and to get what you pay for. You have the right to feel good about yourself and to make choices that will cause you to grow. You have the right to decide how you will use your time and to limit other people’s demands on it.

You have the right to be taken seriously and to be heard when you have something to say. You have the right to be recognized for your accomplishments. You have the right to express your feelings of anger and pain as well as those of happiness and approval, as long as you respect the rights of others at the same time. You have the right to question authority, to ask for help and support, and to have privacy.

Finally, you have the right to stand up for your rights and your beliefs, and to direct the course of your own life as you see fit. In other words, you have the right to use – or not use – as much of your potential as you choose.

Are there other rights you’d add to the list? Which ones? Why not make your own list and share it with your family and friends? ~ The Pacific Institute

4. P.S.: Friday Classifieds


IMMEDIATE ASSISTANT PROVIDER position open at Little Wheats Day Care, Moro, OR. Flexible, part time hours 20-25 hours/week. Starting at $9.50/hr.  For more information, requirements and application please call 541-565-3152, or stop by 409 Dewey Street between 7:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. M-TH to pick up an application.  OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

5. Annual Open Enrollment for Medicare, Oct. 15-Dec. 7

Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts next week, and Oregon’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Program is available to help.

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 years or older or younger than 65 with Social Security Disability Income. People living in Oregon who are 65 years or older may be eligible to sign up and find health insurance that best meets their needs. Medicare covers many medical costs, including visits to the doctor, prescription medications, and preventive care, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, diabetes, and blood pressure screenings.

Medicare annual enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2016. Any Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made between these dates so that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2017. Those who are late to enroll may face a lifetime of premium penalties.

“It is important to compare Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans every year,” SHIBA Program Coordinator Lisa Emerson said. “Plans change year to year, as do people’s individual health care needs. People could potentially save money by shopping for a new plan.”

SHIBA provides free insurance counseling to explain how the Medicare program works, additional insurance options that work with Medicare, and help with reducing out-of-pocket costs. SHIBA staff members, along with over 200 certified counselors, serve many of Oregon’s more than 760,000 Medicare beneficiaries to help them understand their Medicare benefits and enrollment options. Free, unbiased, one-on-one assistance is available by calling 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free) or visiting

SHIBA counselors help beneficiaries compare plans and enroll by using the plan finder tool found online at Beneficiaries and their families can also choose to use this tool to compare plans and enroll on their own.

Tips from SHIBA to prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment:

Review your plan notice. Be sure to read any notices from your Medicare plan about changes for next year, especially your Annual Notice of Change letter.

Think about what matters most to you. Medicare health and drug plans change each year and so can your health needs. Do you need a new primary care doctor? Does your network include the specialist you want for an upcoming surgery? Is your new medication covered by your current plan? Does another plan offer the same value at a lower cost? Take stock of your health status and determine if you need to make a change.

Find out if you qualify for help paying for your Medicare. Learn about programs in your state to help with the costs of Medicare premiums, your Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) deductibles, co-insurance and co-payments, and Medicare prescription drug coverage costs. You can do this by visiting or making an appointment with a local certified counselor.

Tips from SHIBA when comparing health insurance plans:

Find your insurance cards. You may need your red, white, and blue Medicare card to review benefit details or enroll in a new plan. If you have a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan, you may also need that card.

Update your list of prescription drugs. Check with your doctor to make sure you understand each prescription. Is a generic available? Can you eliminate unneeded medications? Based on your list, do you have the right plan?

Use the plan finder. The plan finder uses your prescription list to compare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage health plans in your area. Not all companies cover the same drugs so it’s important to have a complete list of your medications and dosages when using this tool.

Contact your doctor, hospital, and pharmacy before making changes. Not all health and drug plans contract or work with the same providers. If you switch plans, make sure you understand which providers you can see for the best price.

Apply for help with drug costs. If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for extra help with prescription drug costs. SHIBA counselors can help you apply for this benefit through Social Security.

SHIBA also publishes an annual Medicare guide, which will be available online this month and in print in mid-November.

More information
SHIBA: To meet with a counselor, contact the toll-free SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-722-4134. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code to be connected to a program in your area. Visit to find a copy of the 2017 Oregon Guide to Medicare Health Plans or to find a free Medicare 101 class in your area.

6. A Conversation. “Looking for Leadership: What Do We Want from Leaders?”

The Dalles, Ore.—October 10, 2016 Different people have different ideas about what they want and expect from leaders. Our understanding of what constitutes leadership is shaped by the behavior and appearance of the people we call “leaders.” Many of our ideas about leadership are tied to positions of power and authority and influenced by race, gender, age, and other identities. How are leadership, power, and authority different? What are other names for what we experience as leadership? Is leadership always in service to the greater good? How can we raise up the kinds of leaders who can best serve our communities?

This is the focus of “Looking for Leadership: What Do We Want from Leaders?”, a free conversation with Lois Ruskai Melina on Wednesday, October 26, at 6:00 at Columbia Gorge Community College/Workforce Readiness Center, located at 400 East Scenic Drive, in room 10.105. This program is hosted by Columbia Gorge Community College and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Melina has a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, a program that views leadership as a process of individual, organizational, and global change. She has taught leadership at Gonzaga University and Union Institute & University. She was the lead editor of the anthology The Embodiment of Leadership, and her academic research has appeared in the journals Leadership ReviewGlobal DiscourseThe International Journal of Servant Leadership, and Qualitative Inquiry.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion please contact Susan Lewis at (541) 506-6047 or

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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

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