Sherman County eNews #318


  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 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


Questions? North Central Public Health District 541-506-2600 or

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 

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U.S. Farm Income Continues to Shrink 

U.S. National Weather Service, Pendleton, Oregon 

Oregon Weather Compass 

The Real Mike Rowe

Three ways DOE research will help eagles coexist with wind energy deployment

New Tool Predicts the Presence of Blue Whales

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

Opinion. The Other White People

Prosecutors in Nevada asking for 3 ranching standoff trials