Sherman County eNews #304


  1. Memorial Service for Bill Brazell, Nov. 19

  2. Celebration of Life for Linda and Dean Brege, Nov. 19

  3. Holiday Open House at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Dec. 3

  4. Senator Ted Ferrioli Responds to November Revenue Forecast

  5. Staying in Touch

  6. Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles Receives $114K Grant

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

1. Memorial Service for Bill Brazell, Nov. 19

Memorial Service

For Bill Brazell, EMT/FF (Ret.)

Saturday, November 19th at 3:00PM

Senior and Community Center in Moro.

2. Celebration of Life for Linda and Dean Brege, Nov. 19

Celebration of Life


Linda and Dean Brege

Saturday, November 19 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Bob’s Texas T-Bone Restaurant in Rufus.

3. Holiday Open House at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Dec. 3

Mark your calendar for the annual Holiday Open House at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Saturday, December 3, from 12 to 5 p.m. Bring a non-perishable food item, blanket, or winter coat to donate to local families and get free museum admission, with complimentary cookies and hot cocoa or cider. Enjoy live holiday music from 12 to 4 p.m. A hearty soup and salad luncheon will be available for purchase from 1 to 4 p.m. Get 20% off all Christmas décor at Columbia River Trading Co. See the live raptors at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon, 541-296-8600 x 201 or

4. Senator Ted Ferrioli Responds to November Revenue Forecast 

Oregon.Flat.poleSalem, Ore. Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) responded to this morning’s November revenue forecast update with the following statement:

“Another revenue forecast telling us what we already know: our growing budget shortfall has left Oregon on an unsustainable path. Job growth continues to slow, leaving families with less income, while the legislature continues to overspend. With a $1.5 billion budget shortfall and PERS creating a fiscal aneurism for the state, the legislature has real work to do to get Oregon’s economy healthy again. We must come together in 2017 to get our priorities straight and set Oregon’s fiscal house in order before the hole gets any bigger.”

5. Staying in Touch

For many of us, perhaps most of us, our families come first, before all the other important things in life. But does our behavior reflect that belief? 

family3Although most people would say that nothing is more important than their families, day-to-day behavior can tell another story. As Jennifer James, a former Seattle columnist, once pointed out, “When we’re moving fast, sometimes the relationships we care most about get short shrift. We think those we love will forgive us if we spend most of our time on other things. But a child may grow up before we notice that the hours of being too busy have extended into days, weeks, months and years.” Parents think there will be time to pull it back together. But they are wrong. 

James reminds us that, “There are ways to give time and interest to children, family and friends even when every minute seems loaded.” For example, you can turn off the TV or close down the laptop when a loved one is talking to you. Move away from the temptation of email, Facebook, Instagram and the like. Video games can get put aside for a few moments. The simple gesture of looking directly at someone and stopping what you’re doing for a few minutes, while they’re talking, says they are important to you. 

With school back in session, our children are being pulled in many directions with after-school activities, homework, friends, instant messaging. Many families don’t gather around the table for meals anymore. We need to find alternative, everyday ways to really be with each other, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time, if we’re going to stay close and feel like a family. 

And while some folks might think it antiseptic and distant, it’s time to use today’s technologies as an instant way of staying in touch. The simple text, “Thinking of you. Love you. See you soon,” lightens the heart and puts a smile on a loved one’s face. After all, it is about the connections, yes? ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles Receives $114K Grant

flag.starsThe Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is pleased to announce that its Veterans’ Home in The Dalles has received a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant to help recruit and retain high-quality nursing staff at the award-winning skilled nursing facility.

In recent years, health care facilities across the state and nation have been impacted by a nursing shortage, which is projected to continue for the foreseeable future. This grant will fund three key initiatives designed to make sure the Home maintains the high-quality staff necessary to provide the excellent care its residents deserve.

“The Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles is ‘The Place Where Honor Lives,'” ODVA Director Cameron Smith said. “This grant will help ensure we continue to attract the best and brightest nursing staff to care for Oregon’s veterans and their families.”

The grant, which will be eligible for renewal over the next three years, will assist in funding three new initiatives at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles:

– A loan forgiveness program, which will reimburse registered nurses a portion of their school loans, up to $18,500 (cost of the RN program at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles)

– Signing bonuses, offering a $5,000 bonus (paid over one year) to all newly hired RNs and a $1,000 bonus (paid over one year) to all newly hired certified nursing assistants

– The establishment of a permanent in-house training program for CNAs, which will give the Home much greater flexibility in maintaining an abundant supply of high-quality staff, in keeping with its new, more focused care model

The award was for just over $114,000, which will be matched by ODVA, pursuant to the terms of the grant. This means a total of more than $228,000 will be allocated for these three programs.

Opened in the fall of 1997, the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles was the state’s first veterans’ home. The 151-bed facility provides rehabilitative, residential, medical and long-term care and services to veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents, who have lost a child to war-time service.

The Home is Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, and was named one of the top rated nursing homes in Oregon by U.S. News & World Report last year. ~ Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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

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