Sherman County eNews #318

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Lions Club Meeting, Dec. 5

  2. Photographer Peter Marbach Lecture, Slideshow, Dec. 5

  3. Sherman County Book Club Meeting, Jan. 18

  4. National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 4-10

  5. Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Event at Oregon Historical Society Features WWII Veterans and Families, Dec. 7

  6. Optimists

  7. Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concerts, Dec. 10, 11

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


1. Sherman County Lions Club Meeting, Dec. 5

LionsInternationalLogoThe Lions will meet on Monday, December 5th, at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at noon. The district governor will be the guest speaker.

 

 


2. Photographer Peter Marbach Lecture, Slideshow, Dec. 5

Landscape photographer Peter Marbach will be at Sherman County Public/School Library Monday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. Peter’s lecture and digital slideshow, “Born Free—The Wild Columbia,” begins where the Columbia River bubbles up from a tiny underground spring. View pictures of unspeakable beauty of this last remaining wild and free section that flows north for nearly 200 miles starting in SE British Columbia. Refreshments will be served.


3. Sherman County Book Club Meeting, Jan. 18

books.loveThe next Sherman County Public/School Library book club meeting is Wednesday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for tea, dessert and discussion of our January book, Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani.  Call 541-565-3279 or email shermanlibrary@sherman.k12.or.us to request a hold. 


4. National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 4-10

hand.wash2North Central Public Health District reminds you that the most effective way to avoid catching the flu is vaccination and it’s not too late in the season! In fact, December 4-10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Please visit your primary care provider or pharmacy today! This will help protect you and your community from this serious contagious disease.

The CDC recommends everyone aged 6 months and older should receive an annual influenza (flu) vaccination. It’s especially important for those with chronic medical conditions, those who are pregnant, and those caring for babies six months of age and younger.

What’s new this flu season:

Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season.

 Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

 There will be some new vaccines on the market this season.

 The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed.

When you get the flu shot, you help protect those that are most vulnerable by stopping the spread of the disease.

The preventive measures listed below will also help stop the spread of flu (and other diseases) from circulating, but because people infected with the flu may infect others 1 day before they become sick, vaccination is still the best way to avoid catching and spreading the flu:

 Cover your cough and sneeze.

 Wash your hands often. Use soap and warm water.

 Stay home when you’re sick. Protect others at school and work by staying home at least 24-hours after a fever (100+ degrees) subsides.

 Clean surfaces. Flu germs can live for hours on hard surfaces. Make sure your home and workspace are wiped down frequently, especially where children are playing.

And while antiviral drugs should not be considered a substitute for vaccination, it is important, especially for high-risk persons (such as those with asthma, diabetes, or chronic heart disease) to seek care promptly should they develop symptoms. Your health care provider may prescribe antiviral treatment to lessen the likelihood of complications.

Need more convincing? Flu symptoms include fever of 100 degrees F or greater, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, headache, nausea, chills and fatigue. Many respiratory viruses have similar symptoms, but influenza tends to be more severe. Having the flu is NO fun and can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death.

Please note that while flu symptoms can sometimes include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (more often for children than adults), the flu vaccine is not intended to protect you from what is commonly referred to as the “stomach flu”. Influenza is primarily a respiratory illness, while “Stomach flu” is usually gastroenteritis, which is caused by viral infections and sometimes bacteria.

Please contact your primary care provider, clinic, or pharmacy, today for more information and to make an appointment. Many accept walk-in clients as well.

At North Central Public Health District, we currently have flu vaccine available only for children that have coverage through the Oregon Health Plan, or have no insurance at all. We also have a limited supply for adults without insurance coverage. Our walk-in clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Additional information about the flu, guidance and materials can be found at:

Oregon Health Authority

http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/FluPrevention)

CDC

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/

Questions? North Central Public Health District 541-506-2600 or http://www.ncphd.org.


5. Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Event at Oregon Historical Society Features WWII Veterans and Families, Dec. 7

American flag2Portland, OR — December 2, 2016 — President Roosevelt’s “day which will live in infamy” has been recognized every December 7th as a pivotal moment in American history. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the attack, the OBON SOCIETY and Oregon Historical Society will focus on the transformation that has occurred since December 7, 1941.

Join us on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) for a free program that will include an eye-witness account from one of the last surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor, and will examine the powerful trust and friendship that emerged between the people of the United States and the people of Japan and today’s shared desire for peace and reconciliation.


6. Optimists

Why is it that optimists seem to be so much happier than pessimists?

There is something really wonderful about optimists. They’re fun to be around, aren’t they? No matter how bad their situation, optimists can always find something to enjoy – usually simple things like the taste of a good cup of coffee, the smell of the air on a fine spring day, the sound of a wind chime tinkling in the breeze. 

Now it’s important to understand that optimism is not saying “everything is getting better every day in every way.” Nor is it saying that the worst is behind us, or seeing sweetness and light, when what’s happening is evil and ugly. Optimists don’t ignore reality. They just choose to look at it from a different perspective.

Optimists know that for all its faults, the world is also filled with good things to be savored and enjoyed. These positive people know that our experience in life is largely determined by where we choose to focus our attention and how we choose to respond to what happens to us. 

Optimists understand that happiness is not so much a matter of what we have and what’s going on around us, as it is a choice we make. The wonders and beauty of life are all around us, right now, right where we are. All that is required is for us to be attentive and open to them and that we make a conscious choice to see and hear and experience them. 

Some days, it’s simply the difference between looking down, and looking up. And yes, for some of us, making that shift is a difficult thing to do sometimes. But it is possible!

Do you choose to be happy today? It is, after all, up to you. ~ The Pacific Institute


7. Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concerts, Dec. 10, 11

music-notesNative flute music will be featured at the Cascade Singers’ Christmas concert Dec. 10 and 11.  James Edmund Greeley from Warm Springs will accompany the choir on three Lakota songs expressing hope for the renewal of the earth.  He will also play several solos from his CD “Before America.”  The concert takes place at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles, Saturday, Dec. 10 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.  Donations gladly accepted at the door.

“Blessings on Earth” is the theme for seasonal music focusing on blessings received and blessings to come.  Cascade Singers and Cascade Children’s Choir will bring Native American, world music, and traditional carols to the program.  Cascade Singers’ Ensemble, a small group within the larger group, will sing two non-traditional carols in jazz idiom accompanied by jazz pianist Rule Beasley.

Greeley is a talented Native American flutist.  His large collection of native flutes are featured in the July 2016 release by Ibori Records, “Before America.”  The CD includes 17 songs, some from the Southwest and more from the Northwest including songs with local connections:  “Salmon Feast,” “Huckleberry Feast,” “Celilo Falls,” and “Nichi’wana,” the Big River.

“Native flute music has been here 3,000 years plus,” Greeley reflects.  “Today I perform to enlighten and bring back my heritage for all nations and all my relations.”  Greeley’s CDs will be on sale at the weekend concerts.


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

bird.owlGov. Brown leaves landowners out of commission appointment (Opinion)  http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/12/gov_brown_leaves_landowners_ou.html#incart_river_home_pop

U.S. Farm Income Continues to Shrink  http://www.capitalpress.com/Business/20161201/us-farm-income-continues-to-shrink 

U.S. National Weather Service, Pendleton, Oregon https://www.facebook.com/NWSPendleton/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf 

Oregon Weather Compass https://www.oregonweathercompass.com/desktop 

The Real Mike Rowe  https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

Three ways DOE research will help eagles coexist with wind energy deployment http://www.designworldonline.com/three-ways-doe-research-will-help-eagles-coexist-wind-energy-deployment/#_

New Tool Predicts the Presence of Blue Whales http://www.seeker.com/new-tool-predicts-the-presence-of-blue-whales-2122767992.html

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) bulletin – 2017 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Spousal Impoverishment Standards.

http://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Federal-Policy-Guidance.html.

http://medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Eligibility/Spousal-Impoverishment-Page.html

Opinion. The Other White People http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/opinion/the-other-white-people.html?action=click&contentCollection=opinion&module=NextInCollection&region=Footer&pgtype=article&version=column&rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Ftimothy-egan&_r=0

Prosecutors in Nevada asking for 3 ranching standoff trials http://eastoregonian.or.newsmemory.com/?token=accedb7db17b34b2f59e5beaf161bbb0_5841cf33_40a1e6&selDate=20161202&utm_source=emailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email+stats


 

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Sherman County eNews #317

CONTENT

  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar


1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

FRIDAY CLASSIFIEDS:

BeeSherman County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example 10/18), contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Friday Classifieds are a great place for Joyful News, thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes. ~ The Editor  

THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

LionsClub.logoTHANK YOU for supporting our Lions Club programs with your purchases of fruit. On Saturday, December 3, the Lions will pick up fruit in The Dalles. We expect the fruit to be delivered to Sherman County School and the Bazaar close to noon for people who have already ordered it. ~ Nell Melzer, Sherman County Lion

applause1THANK YOU, SUE MABE! JOYFUL NEWS is a wonderful idea! Sherman County eNews will happily publish news of births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries with Friday Classifieds. And we hope you will send your announcements to The Times-Journal via times-journal@jncable.com. ~ The Editor

THANKS! Thanks to Sherman County eNews and The Times-Journal for getting the news out to our communities! I know that everyone involved with working for these two businesses spend a lot of time making sure that facts are complete, and the news published timely. Also a big thank you for the “box holder” papers.  I have enjoyed those and called to buy a yearly subscription!! I hope others have or will soon. Thank you again! ~ Beth McCurdy, Wasco

THANK YOU! We want to thank everyone who had a part in making the 5th annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction another huge success! Liz Mills was the winner of the AR15, George Barnett won the gun safe raffle and Leah Fritz and JC Cabral took home the Mystery Yetis. This event could not happen without the generous donors of auction items, the buyers of these items, everyone who bought meal tickets and the many, many volunteers who helped out. We want to give a special thank you to the Sherman County School District and Bonne and Roger Whitley for the last minute loan of chairs and tables. Thank you again! ~ Joan, Cathy, Austin, Scott, Amanda, Jamie and Rita

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]

babyfootprintFEIGNER. Travis and Hannah (Kaseberg) Feigner of Madras and big brother Jase are excited to announce the arrival of Kinsley Mae! Born November 20, 2016 at 2:28 p.m. 6 pounds, 15 ounces, 18.5 inches. Maternal grandparents are Donna Kaseberg and Collin and Michelle Kaseberg. Paternal grandparents are Kurt and Sandy Feigner. 

BALL. Joshua and Jessica (Kaseberg) Ball announce the birth of their first child, Joshua James “JB” Ball, Jr., on 11.09.2016, 7 lbs. 9 oz., 20.5” in Germany. Paternal grandparents are Shannon Ball and Kevin Ball. Maternal grandparents are Chris and Carrie Kaseberg. 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

LOCAL SHOPPING ON DECEMBER 3.

  • The Museum Store 10-3 Sherman County Historical Museum
  • Holiday Bazaar 10-2 Sherman County School
  • Sophomore Class Christmas Tree Sale 10-2 Sherman County School
  • Remember to take a gift for The Mitten Tree at the Sherman County Public/School Library! 12-2

BASKETBALL GAME CONCESSIONS. There is an opening for a group to sell concessions at a Sherman High School basketball game on Friday, January 27. Games with Ione begin at 4:00. Interested groups may contact Ree Ella at 541-565-3500 or rvonborstel@sherman.k12.or.us  1/20

 

COMMEMORATIVE SWEATSHIRTS. There are still some Max Nogle Dinner Dance – Pavilion 100th Birthday sweatshirts left. They are $40 and can be seen on the Pavilion’s Facebook page. If you are interested contact any of the Pavilion Restoration Committee members. ~ Joan Bird, Cathy Brown, Austin Justesen, Scott Susi, Amanda Whitman, Jamie Wilson or Rita Wilson.  12/23

SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL GALA OF TREES TICKETS. Sherman County Preschool is selling Gala of Trees tickets! Available for purchase for $5 from the students or their parents, or go check out the tree/wreath displays and buy tickets at the Wasco Farm Store from November 28th-December 10th. We’ll also be at the Christmas Bazaar on December 3rd selling tickets, as well as cookies and fudge! Winners will be drawn December 19th and you don’t need to be present to win. We’d like to thank our generous sponsors and volunteers- and the community for supporting this awesome fundraiser for the preschoolers! 12/9

THE MUSEUM STORE! The Sherman County Historical Museum Store in downtown Moro, Oregon, will be open for your Christmas shopping on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Come shop, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Sherman County Historical Museum! Get a collection of Sherman County stemless wine glasses, Sherman County Christmas Ornaments or cute farm animals that walk and talk for the special people on your list!  Take a Walk on the Rural Side and we will see you on December 3rd at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store! For more information contact the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232 or email info@shermanmuseum.org. 12/2 

DECORATE THE MITTEN TREE. Bring your donations of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library located in Moro. Community, school staff and students are encouraged to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies which serve Sherman County. 12/30 

EMPLOYMENT:

TOW TRUCK DRIVERS. Trans-Tow Towing is looking for tow truck drivers. CDL or ability to get a CDL preferred but NOT required. Very competitive hourly or commission pay. Call 541-993-9381 or email transtow@gmail.com.  12/23

BASKETBALL REFEREES. Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association is seeking people interested in serving their community by becoming a basketball referee. “Get back into the game you love, get some exercise, meet new people and earn some money,” entices Chris Kaseberg, Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association commissioner. The average age of officials currently in the association is 46 years, and the association is looking for “the next generation” of officials. Anyone interested in becoming a basketball official for local games may contact Chris Kaseberg by calling 541-980-9449, or go on-line, OSAA.org.

PREVENTION COORDINATOR. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Prevention Coordinator. This is a part time position, 20hr/week or .50FTE, Monday-Friday. Applicant must value community collaboration and be skilled in data collection, program implementation, grant management and be willing to engage in the Prevention Specialist certification process. For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or online at http://www.co.sherman.or.us/. Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 12/16 

TEMPORARY TEACHER. Sherman County School District is seeking a Certified Temporary Teacher:

Position: Temporary 2nd Grade Teacher

Start Date: February 6, 2017

End Date: May 5, 2017

Position Description: Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and motivated Certified 2nd Grade Temporary Teacher. The district is looking for an individual with a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. The candidate should also have a working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, the individual must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively. This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and drug test is required. If you are interested in this position, please email Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us0/0

JOBS. The Times-Journal Classifieds

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039. Custodian Posting Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required. Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500 wowens@sherman.k12.or.us

This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer. 0/0

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. 0/0

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE, STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at asseusawest@asse.com. We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!   12/30

FOR SALE:  

SHOPPING LOCALLY ON DECEMBER 3.

  • The Museum Store 10-3 Sherman County Historical Museum
  • Holiday Bazaar 10-2 Sherman County School
  • Sophomore Class Christmas Tree Sale 10-2 Sherman County School

HOLIDAY PHOTO SESSIONS. There is still time to get holiday photos sessions before Christmas, and what better Christmas gift to give than family photos!  To celebrate the Christmas season I’m offering a 33% discount (only $100.00) on all holiday photo sessions through 12/4/16.  It’s the same deal that I’ll be selling at the Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3.  The session has to be paid for in full before Monday the 5th in order to take advantage of this deal.  Come down to the Bazaar on Saturday or get in touch with me now to schedule your next photo session or to buy one for a friend.  Photo sessions can be purchased now for dates in 2017 or done before and during the holiday season. ~ Jeremy S. Lanthorn Jlanthorn@gmail.com JeremyLanthorn.com/Portfolio  541.993.2446  541.333.2013  12/2

THE TIMES-JOURNAL SUBSCRIPTION is a great Christmas or birthday gift! The Times-Journal is a weekly newspaper serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties! It’s a year-round bargain at $35/year with a lot of bang for the buck. ~ The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 times-journal@jncable.com.

GIFT CERTIFICATES make great stocking stuffers! Can’t decide what to get for someone on your list? Explore the ideas you’ll find here at the Sherman County Agri-Business Directory: http://www.co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp.

LEAN-TO CAFÉ. Take a break during the holidays! Take the family cook, family or friends out to dinner! Full-Service Deli, Fresh Desserts, Catering, Daily Specials, Steaks, Salads & Sandwiches. Breakfast until 11 a.m. Gift Certificates. 541-442-5514.

COMMEMORATIVE SWEATSHIRTS. There are still some Max Nogle Dinner Dance – Pavilion 100th Birthday sweatshirts left. They are $40 and can be seen on the Pavilion’s Facebook page. If you are interested contact any of the Pavilion Restoration Committee members. Joan Bird, Cathy Brown, Austin Justesen, Scott Susi, Amanda Whitman, Jamie Wilson or Rita Wilson. 12/23

North Sherman Co. RFPD Notice of SURPLUS. The North Sherman County RFPD Board of Directors has declared the property listed below as surplus to the needs of the Fire District:
1. 1982 Ford F600 with an industrial 360 gasoline motor, 800 gallon tank, and 2 speed rear end. Roughly 30,000 miles. This vehicle has brake seal issues and will not be able to be driven from its location. This vehicle will be sold “as is/ where is”. Minimum bid — $50.00
2. 1991 Chevrolet 3500 4×4 with a 4-door long bed, 454 big block with automatic transmission. Runs and drives. This vehicle will be sold “as is”. Minimum bid — $250.00
Bids must be mailed to North Sherman County RFPD PO Box 121 Wasco OR 97065, or delivered to the fire hall at 411 Yates St. in Wasco OR. Bids must be enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Bid for Surplus Property” and include the name, phone number and mailing address of the bidder.
Deadline to submit bids is 4:00p.m. on December 13, 2016.
The bids will be opened during the December 13, 2016 Board meeting that will be held in the fire hall at 411 Yates St. in Wasco OR beginning at 7:00p.m.
The Board of Directors for North Sherman County RFPD reserves the right to reject any or all bids. If you have any questions or would like to view these vehicles, please contact Jeff Holliday at 541-705-5640. 12/9

CHRISTMAS SWAGS. Make your own Christmas Swags or shop for pre-made ones on Thursday and Friday December 1st and 2nd.  This event will be held at 600 Yates Street (Mt. View Guest House/Gail Macnab’s house) in Wasco from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. We will be working out of the garage, so park in front and follow the sidewalk to the garage. Bring a pair of work gloves if you plan to build your own, otherwise everything will be supplied.  Prices for make-your-own are $10; custom made are $12 & up.  Swags will also be available to purchase at Second Hand Made in Wasco.  12/2

HOUSE FOR SALE OR LEASE. Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for Sale or Lease.  This home is nestled in a serene ½ acre setting, within the Moro City limits.  There is room for a garden and chickens.  Lovely landscaped yard.  You can purchase this home for $139,000 or lease it on yearly terms at $800/month.  This home will be available February 15, 2017.  For more information, please contact Jim Sanders at 541-499-0313.  12/16

PICNIC TABLES.The City of Grass Valley is selling 8 wood picnic tables. These tables are located in the Grass Valley City Park and will be sold to the highest bidders. A number is located on the underside of each table. If you wish to place a bid please indicate the table you are bidding on, include it along with your name and contact information in a sealed envelope and submit it to the City of Grass Valley, PO Box 191, Grass Valley. Bids will be accepted until Dec. 4th and will be opened at the Dec. 5th city council meeting. For more information call 541-333-2434.  12/2

 

COMMERCIAL BUILDING :: JUST LISTED:: $65,000
1013 Clark St, Wasco Oregon
MLS# 16360875
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

670 +SQ FT Commercial Building
4800 SQ FT Lot
Rare Commercial building for sale in Wasco. Two individual office units with separate entries. New paint and flooring. Clean sharp building. Unlimited possibilities abound for this commercial property with fantastic street appeal.  2/14

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp. 0/0 

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, support & training]

HOLIDAY PHOTO SESSIONS. There is still time to get holiday photos sessions before Christmas, and what better Christmas gift to give than family photos!  To celebrate the Christmas season I’m offering a 33% discount (only $100.00) on all holiday photo sessions through 12/4/16.  It’s the same deal that I’ll be selling at the Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3.  The session has to be paid for in full before Monday the 5th in order to take advantage of this deal.  Come down to the Bazaar on Saturday or get in touch with me now to schedule your next photo session or to buy one for a friend. Photo sessions can be purchased now for dates in 2017 or done before and during the holiday season. ~ Jeremy S. Lanthorn Jlanthorn@gmail.com JeremyLanthorn.com/Portfolio  541.993.2446  541.333.2013  12/2
MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS SWAGS. Make your own Christmas Swags or shop for pre-made ones on Thursday and Friday December 1st and 2nd.  This event will be held at 600 Yates Street (Mt. View Guest House/Gail Macnab’s house) in Wasco from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. We will be working out of the garage, so park in front and follow the sidewalk to the garage. Bring a pair of work gloves if you plan to build your own, otherwise everything will be supplied.  Prices for make-your-own are $10; custom made are $12 & up.  Swags will also be available to purchase at Second Hand Made in Wasco.  12/2

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us under agri-business by town – http://www.co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us  0/0

NEWSPAPERS

FREE:

VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENTS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  

PLANNING COMMISSION BOARD VACANCY. The Sherman County Court is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission Board. The term of this appointment will run through December of 2019. The role of the Planning Commission is to develop, maintain, and implement the comprehensive plan, to protect the integrity of the county’s planning process, and to foster the county’s long term interests. The candidate must be able to attend   monthly meetings as needed and make impartial decisions on land use issues that come before the board. This is a volunteer position. If interested, please stop by the Planning Department, located at the Steve Burnet Extension & Research Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon, to pick up an application or call Georgia Macnab at 541-565-3601 for more information. Sherman County requires background checks for all county board positions. 12/30

SHERMAN COUNTY ASA PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Sherman County Court is looking for interested Sherman County residents to become part of Sherman County Ambulance’s Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan Advisory Committee. The ASA Plan is a document outlining a process for establishing a county emergency medical services system. The plan addresses the need for and coordination of ambulance services. The ASA Plan is already in place; however, the court is changing the structure of the committee. The court is requesting representation from each of the communities in Sherman County, which are Kent, Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco, Rufus and Biggs Jct. Members can be emergency personnel or lay citizens. The remainder of the committee will be one member of the Sherman County Ambulance, one member of the 911 Dispatch Center, and one member of County Court.  The Advisory Committee’s function is to monitor performance measures and complaint and dispute resolution. This Advisory Committee will meet at the beginning of January 2017 to approve the updated ASA Plan and then must meet a minimum of every 4 years, unless called to meet sooner for any issues that may arise.  If you are interested in participating on this Advisory Committee, please send a letter of interest to Sherman County Court: P.O. Box 365; Moro, Oregon 97039. Letters of interest must be received no later than December 20, 2016 at 1:00PM.  If you have questions regarding the ASA Plan or Advisory Committee, please feel free to contact Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, at 541-565-3100.  12/16 

WANTED:

BASKETBALL REFEREES. Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association is seeking people interested in serving their community by becoming a basketball referee. “Get back into the game you love, get some exercise, meet new people and earn some money,” entices Chris Kaseberg, Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association commissioner. The average age of officials currently in the association is 46 years, and the association is looking for “the next generation” of officials. Anyone interested in becoming a basketball official for local games may contact Chris Kaseberg by calling 541-980-9449, or go on-line, OSAA.org.

HOST FAMILIES. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.  ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.  The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.  To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!  ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION,  and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

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DECEMBER

Christmas.Ornament.1-2 Make Your Own Swags 10-6 at 600 Yates Street, Wasco

2 Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Festival of the Trees 6 Civic Auditorium

2 Sherman County Residents’ Tour John Day Lock & Dam 1-3 RSVP by 11/28

3 Sherman County Historical Museum Christmas

                  Open House & Museum Store Sale 10-3

3 Sherman County Holiday Bazaar 10-2 Sherman County School, Moro

3 Christmas Tree Sale 10-2 Sherman County School

3 Holiday Open House 12-5 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum… …

         … Bring a non-perishable food item, blanket, or winter coat to donate.

5 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10-2 The Dalles

5 Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit in Portland

5 The Trail Band at the Civic Auditorium

5 Sherman County Lions Club 12 Senior Center

5 Photographer Peter Marbach Lecture, Slide Show 6 Sherman Public/School Library

6 Sherman County Court/Biggs Service District public hearing 11 Linda’s Restaurant

6 Sherman County Weed District Board Meeting 1 Burnet Extension & Research Center

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 1941

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Methodist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship 6:30-8:30 PM Prayer Meeting

10 Drawing for Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees, Date Correction

10 Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

11 Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

13 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

13 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting

13 North Central Public health Board 3 The Dalles

13-14 Washington State University Extension Wheat Academy

14 Farm Service Agency County Office Committee Meeting 9 Extension Office

14 Christmas Luncheon 12 Sherman Senior & Community Center

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board 12-3 Hood River

14 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30 Senior Center

14-16 Oregon Leadership Summit, Portland

15 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

20 Sherman County School Holiday Lunch for Seniors 12:30 RSVP 541-565-3500

20 North Central Public Health District Board 3 The Dalles

21 First Day of Winter

21 Sherman County Court 9 Burnet Building

22-30 Sherman School District Christmas Break

24 Christmas Eve

25 CHRISTMAS DAY

27 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles

29 Sherman County Swearing-in of Elected Officials 9 Courthouse

31 New Year’s Eve


 

Sherman County eNews #316

CONTENT

  1. Being a Team Player

  2. Sherman County Planning Commission Board Vacancy

  3. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Updated

  4. Sherman Middle School Basketball Schedule Updated

  5. Rule reinforces BLM’s relationship with tribes, state and local governments, and the public

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


1. Being a Team Player

teamwork.pencilAre you a team player?

If your answer is “No,” take a moment and think again. If you are alive, you’re on a team. Maybe it’s your family, your relationship, your department or division at work, or your neighborhood or community. Maybe it’s your country or your planet. But no matter how you look at it, you are a member of a team.

If you ask people about the richest experiences in their lives, they will usually come up with something they did as part of a team. Sometimes it’s a sports team, but more often it’s a business team, or family members, community orchestra or church choir, or some other group that was helping each other achieve a common goal.

You can sit on the bench and watch, or you can get up and play. For your mental and physical health, “Be a player.” Get involved. Have a say in calling the plays. Participate! Vote! It’s a lot more fun and, yes, you are correct, it is more work, too. But the more you give, the more you will get. It is all about the opportunity to contribute to something beyond yourself, a chance to express your inner sense of purpose.

“How do I find something to join?” you wonder.  Well, what do you care about? What is important to you? There are other people out there who care about that, too. Why not join with them in a common cause? If there is one benefit to the Internet, it is that it provides a wealth of information about people joining together to accomplish a goal.

You know, a sense of your own personal power is a fine thing, but the ultimate power is the tremendous energy created by people working together toward a positive end-result. No one can make your unique contribution, and no, they won’t get along just fine without you.

So, what are you waiting for? You are a team player – you just need to find your team. ~ The Pacific Institute


2. Sherman County Planning Commission Board Vacancy

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission Board. The term of this appointment will run through December of 2019. The role of the Planning Commission is to develop, maintain, and implement the comprehensive plan, to protect the integrity of the county’s planning process, and to foster the county’s long term interests. The candidate must be able to attend monthly meetings as needed and make impartial decisions on land use issues that come before the board. This is a volunteer position. If interested, please stop by the Planning Department, located at the Steve Burnet Extension & Research Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon, to pick up an application or call Georgia Macnab at 541-565-3601 for more information. Sherman County requires background checks for all county board positions.


3. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Updated

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4. Sherman Middle School Basketball Schedule Updated

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5. Rule reinforces BLM’s relationship with tribes, state and local governments, and the public 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today issued an updated rule that will make its land use planning more accessible to the public, more responsive to the changing conditions on the public lands, and more efficient.

The BLM developed this rule through years of work with state and local governments, cooperators, communities, stakeholders, and the public at large. The rule updates regulations that are more than 30 years old, provides additional and more robust opportunities for input into the agency’s planning process, and ensures that science is a cornerstone of the BLM’s planning work. The BLM launched this effort after hearing from stakeholders that the current planning process is too slow and cumbersome.

“Planning is the cornerstone of managing our nation’s public lands and balancing their many uses and values,” said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. “Allowing additional opportunities for public engagement will improve responsiveness at the local level and help address the challenges of managing public lands in the 21st century.”

The BLM manages 10 percent of the nation’s land and 30 percent of its subsurface minerals. Federal law requires the BLM to develop land use plans, which are essential tools for balancing
the many competing uses and values of the nation’s public lands.

“Under the current system, it takes an average of eight years for the BLM to finish a land use plan. Too often, by the time we’ve completed a plan, community priorities have evolved and conditions on the ground have changed as well,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “This update to our planning rule allows for a more streamlined process that also increases collaboration and transparency.”

The final rule recognizes the vital partnerships that exist between the BLM and tribal, state, and local governments by providing special opportunities for cooperation and collaboration. The rule also enhances the consistency between the BLM’s land use plans and the plans of other governments.

The rule creates a new, up front process to gather data and hear concerns from all parties, and gives the public access to early draft plans. The agency anticipates that this early engagement will help make planning efforts significantly more efficient. The rule also continues to support the use of high quality information, including the best available science. This information will be critical as the agency works to address the major challenges facing our nation’s public lands, including increasingly severe droughts and wildfires, the planning and development of clean energy sources, and changing conditions for key wildlife species like sage grouse.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which directed the BLM to develop land use plans for all of the areas under its care. Using the critical lessons learned from those decades of planning work and close collaboration with communities and partners across the country, this rule will lead to ever-better stewardship of the places that the BLM has the privilege of managing.

The final Planning 2.0 rule can be accessed at www.blm.gov/plan2


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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeAudit: Oregon’s cyber security shortfalls leave state data vulnerable to hackers http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/11/audit_oregons_cyber_security_s.html#incart_river_home

Commentary. Mainstream Media ‘Fake News’ https://patriotpost.us/alexander/46199

We still need the Electoral College http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/12/we_still_need_the_electoral_college.html

The Duplicate Green Card Fiasco https://patriotpost.us/posts/46175

Resist the Tyranny of Censorship https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORLEG/bulletins/1762c4f

Space Weather (free newsletter) http://spaceweather.com/


 

Sherman County eNews #315

CONTENT

  1. Weather: December Outlook & November Monthly Climate

  2. Photographer Peter Marbach Lecture, Slideshow, Dec. 5

  3. Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students 

  4. Greg Walden selected as Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee  

  5. Senator Ted Ferrioli Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

  6. FSA County Office Committee Meeting, Dec. 14

  7. Sherman County FSA Producers Now Have Until Dec. 13 to Submit Ballots


“Thinking about our country and your community. This is the basis of all civic engagement. Developing a well-informed opinion on issues that are important to you.  Focusing your efforts on your friends, so that they too think about the issues that affect us all. Publicly calling out your elected officials for their lies, evasions, and unwillingness to do anything useful if it is a threat to their corporate campaign contributions in the next cycle, and the next after that. Writing to the editor. Until they start to publish – this means you must research and know what you are saying.” ~ Karen Shackelford


1. Weather: December Outlook & November Monthly Climate 

You can find the December outlook and the November monthly climate
summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/climate/climateSummary/climateSummary.php?stationID=MORO3
— Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
541-969-7136
www.weather.gov/pendleton


2. Photographer Peter Marbach Lecture, Slideshow, Dec. 5

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Landscape Photographer Peter Marbach will be at Sherman County Public/School Library Monday, December 5 at 6:00pm. Peter’s lecture and digital slideshow, “Born Free—The Wild Columbia”, begins where the Columbia River bubbles up from a tiny underground spring. View pictures of unspeakable beauty of this last remaining wild and free section that flows north for nearly 200 miles starting in SE British Columbia. Refreshments will be served.


3. Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students  

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!

ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION,  and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.


4. Greg Walden selected as Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee  

American flag2 WASHINGTON, D.C.The House GOP Steering Committee today elected U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)  to serve as the next Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden released the following statement:

“I am deeply honored to earn the support of my colleagues to chair this incredibly important committee.  Americans are looking for big improvements out of Washington, and that’s just what we’re going to give them as we work with the Trump Administration, the Senate, and the governors, to move forward on the Better Way agenda.  Our work will focus on what’s best for consumers, on creating better paying jobs and providing patient-centered health care.

“I commend my friends and fellow committee members, former Chairman Joe Barton and Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus, for stepping forward to compete for this chairmanship.  They are talented legislators and leaders to whom I will turn for help as we embark on our legislative work. I also want to thank outgoing Chairman Fred Upton who proved again yesterday with overwhelming passage of the 21st Century Cures legislation, that our committee does great, bipartisan work for the American people,” said Walden.

Walden said he and other committee chairs will not make subcommittee chairmanship decisions until after the Steering Committee finalizes committee rosters in early January.

About the Energy and Commerce Committee 

As the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House, the Energy and Commerce Committee has broad jurisdiction. It has responsibility for the nation’s telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. Walden is the first Energy and Commerce Chairman from the Pacific Northwest.

For a complete history of the committee, please click here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/about-ec/committee-history

About Greg Walden. Greg Walden represents the people of Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which includes 20 counties in central, southern, and eastern Oregon. Walden, 59, is a lifelong Oregonian whose ancestors came to Oregon by wagon train in 1845. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism. He and his wife, Mylene, owned and operated small market radio stations in Oregon for 21 years.

In 1998, he was elected to the U.S. House, winning a seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee in 2001. Since 2011, he has served as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He’s also served four years as Deputy Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and four years as Chairman.

Walden served eight years in the Oregon Legislature before coming to Congress.  In addition to his small business and legislative experience, Walden also served several years on various boards, including a local community hospital board, a community bank board, the Oregon Health Sciences Foundation board, and the Associated Oregon Industries board.  He’s a Member of the Elks, and Rotary International, and is an Eagle Scout. 


5. Senator Ted Ferrioli Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

ORStateFlagSalem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) released the following statement in response to Governor Kate Brown’s proposed 2017-2019 budget:

“Governor Brown’s budget is a self-inflicted wound caused by years of Democrat overspending on the wrong priorities.”


6. FSA County Office Committee Meeting, Dec. 14

Dec. 14, 9:00 AM: FSA County Office Committee (COC) meeting, Extension Office conference rm, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro. Ballot count for 2016 Sherman FSA COC election and other agenda items.


7. Sherman County FSA Producers Now Have Until Dec. 13 to Submit Ballots

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(Moro, OR) Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Oregon Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Phil Ward, today announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote.

This year, eligible voters in LAA 1, which is the north Sherman County area, north of Baseline Rd, now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA office. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at the Sherman county FSA office at 302 Scott St, Moro.

“We’re extending the voting deadline to Dec. 13 to give farmers and ranchers a few additional days to get their ballots in,” said Ward. “I urge all eligible producers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year’s elections. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

FSA has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 13, 2016. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.

For more information, visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. You may also contact your local USDA service center, FSA office in Moro. Visit http://offices.usda.gov to find an FSA office near you.

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of County Committee seats are up for election each year. County Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support, conservation, indemnity, disaster and emergency programs.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the County Committee election. Approximately 1.5 million producers are currently eligible to vote. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,700 bio-based products through USDA’s Bio-Preferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.