Sherman County eNews #283


  1. Spooktacular Bingo at Second Hand Made in Wasco, Oct. 28

  2. Letter to the Editor

  3. Winter Weather Awareness Week, Oct 31-Nov 4 

  4. Free Training: Safe Medication Use in Older Adults, Nov. 1, 2

  5. Value and Respect

  6. Mid-Columbia Center for Living Mental Health Counseling Services

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

“The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.” – Cicero, 55 BC

1. Spooktacular Bingo at Second Hand Made in Wasco

Halloween.Witch.HouseCome on down to Second Hand Made in Wasco on Friday the 28th at 7PM for a Spooktacular Bingo. We will play 10 rounds of Bingo at $1 a card and will end the night with a cash blackout round.  We will be open late on Halloween to give out goodies, so add us to your trick or treating route.

2. Letter to the Editor

Vote for Joe Dabulskis. I did. I believe that he is the best man for the job.

Kenton Mathewson


3. Winter Weather Awareness Week, Oct 31-Nov 4 

Winter Weather Awareness Week in the Pacific NW

Oct 31-Nov 4

Be aware of potential winter weather dangers.

 4. Free Training: Safe Medication Use in Older Adults, Nov. 1, 2

Hood River

November 1, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m.

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

Riverview Room

1108 E. Marina Way

Hood River, OR 97301

 Register for Hood River Class


The Dalles

November 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center

Medical Office Bldg: Conf. Rm. A

1810 E. 19th Street

The Dalles, OR 97058

Register for The Dalles Class

Safe Medication Use in Older Adults

This class is designed to help anyone who cares for an aging Oregonian better understand the importance of safe medication use in older adults.  In this class, you will:

  • Learn how medicines can work in older adults, including risk factors, age-related changes and adverse medication side effects.
  • Learn the importance of dementia screening tools and regular medication reviews using a team approach with a primary care provider.
  • Develop new skills related to approach and ability to connect with people affected by dementia.
  • Learn how to recognize behavioral expressions of distress and receive tools and resources for non-medicine interventions and effective pain management.

Take a moment to register today!

Oregon Care Partners helps caregivers improve the lives and care for aging Oregonians by providing access to no-cost, high quality trainings in all corners of the state. Professional and family caregivers, administrators, and members of the public are encouraged to sign up for free classes and learn more at

5. Value and Respect

American flag2The United States military is experiencing an explosion of suicides amongst personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, far beyond what has been considered “normal” in such wartime situations. Teenagers end their promising young lives, as a result of “cyber-bullying” – that instant proliferation of vicious “text assault” by their peers. And unfortunately, there does not seem to be an end in sight.

Are there solutions? Well, there are ideas.  Short-term “band-aid” approaches can only offer short-term help. What is needed is an early intervention approach. It starts with teaching our children, at the earliest of ages, to value and respect each other. Parents, grandparents, older siblings – it is our responsibility to help guide those younger citizens in what is acceptable behavior. More than that, it is our accountability to teach them how to positively interact with each other, using ourselves as examples. Every interaction we have becomes a learning opportunity for our youth.

Additionally, we are accountable to get outside of ourselves and pay attention to those around us. If we take the time to stop, watch and listen, we will raise our own awareness of those who are silently screaming for help, and be able to offer an uplifting word, or some kind, gentle attention. It’s the feeling that no one cares that hastens the slide into that downward spiral.

The downward spiral is an early-warning system. Early recognition can provide the opportunity to stop the slide. We then work to bring ourselves back to the “surface,” perhaps avoiding a full-blown depression. This early detection also gives us the opportunity to get help from someone with professional experience.

Life is precious, and as far as anyone really knows, we only get one shot at it here on earth. We all have contributions to make. The talents and abilities you possess, your character and personality have a purpose. They are a major part of the contribution you make, every day, to the world around you. Does one life truly count? Of course, it does! Every minute of every day!

And so do you. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Mid-Columbia Center for Living Mental Health Counseling Services

Mid-Columbia Center for Living is a comprehensive outpatient behavioral health agency that offers a wide range of services to adults, children, and families. Our highly trained staff are here to help you or your family members with issues related to mental health, addictions, or developmental disabilities. Sherman County Counseling Services  541-565-3149.

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

Oregon.Flat.poleSinging Waters: Where Rolls the Oregon 1931

 Excess wildfire, cheatgrass affecting sage-grouse—targeted actions needed

Our Floral Commons.

 Morning Has Broken

Oregon Government Ethics Commission Advisory Opinions

“It has long, however, been my opinion … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in … the federal Judiciary … working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821) 

At Stake: The Constitution

Alexander, how will you vote?

Washington Post: Press Telling Trump Supporters ‘Your Candidate Is Virtually Certain to Lose’

Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say