Sherman County eNews #68


  1. It’s a Process: The American Health Care Act.

  2. Test Your Smoke Alarms when Setting Your Clock Forward, March 12

  3. Maryhill Museum of Art’s Season Opening Celebration, March 18

  4. The Missoula Children’s Theatre Auditions, Practices and Performances

  5. Dealing with Setbacks

  6. Columbia Gorge Community College Spring Courses

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

1. It’s a Process: The American Health Care Act.

American flag2The legislation, part of House Republicans’ American Health Care Act, is being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which Oregon Congressman Greg Walden chairs) and the Ways and Means Committee this week. During these “markup sessions,” members debate the bill, offer amendments, and—at the end of it—vote yes or no on the bill. If they vote yes, it goes to the next step in the process. For this bill, it would next go to the House Budget Committee.  Then it would go before the full U.S. House. If the House passes it, it would then go on to the Senate. ~ Andrew Malcolm, Congressman Walden’s Office.

This explains the process overall very well:

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2. Test Your Smoke Alarms when Setting Your Clock Forward, March 12

clock.793Sunday, March 12 marks the beginning of daylight saving time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery.”

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Walker. “Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.”

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:
1)Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2)When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct battery type to use.
3)Always retest alarms after installing new batteries.
4)Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5)Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm
10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6)Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm’s hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.
* Practice you home fire escape plan at least two times a year at different times of the day/night.
* Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Ensure that someone will help them.

For more home fire escape planning information visit:

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit

3. Maryhill Museum of Art’s Season Opening Celebration, March 18

March 18, 2017
Season Opening Celebration
Guided gallery talks, rooftop tours and a festive evening party to shepherd in the 2017 season at Maryhill.

Gallery Tours | 3 to 5 p.m.
Experience a new program at Maryhill! Gallery Guides will give a themed tour of our collection. Space is limited; check at the membership desk to sign up when you arrive.

Rooftop & Stucco Tours | 3 to 5 p.m.
Learn more about the Stucco Preservation Project during your rooftop tour. Space is limited; check at the membership desk to sign up when you arrive.

   Opening Fête | 5 to 8 p.m.
Raise a glass and kick up your heels as we celebrate the opening of Maryhill’s 2017 season with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the jazz sounds of the Underwood Jazz Society with Mike Stillman & Friends. Maryhill Winery will be on hand to pour their excellent wines. Cost: $35 members / $45 non-members. To reserve, call 509.773.3733 ext. 20.

4. The Missoula Children’s Theatre Auditions, Practices and Performances

drama1The Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “The Princess And The Pea” is scheduled for the week of Monday, March 13th through Saturday March 18th in the cafeteria at Sherman County School.

The auditions will be held on Monday, March 13th at 3:30 in the cafeteria at SCS. There are roles for students in Kindergarten through 12th grades.  Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Director. There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session.  There will be no buses to take them home after the audition or the rehearsals. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition.

This is a group audition – no advance preparation is necessary, but a smile  never hurts. Students should just be ready to come and have a good time!

Rehearsals will be conducted Monday – Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 for session 1 and 6:00 to 8:00 for session 2 at SCS in the cafeteria. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition. Cast members scheduled for the full 4½ hours of rehearsal will be asked to bring a sack lunch, dinner or snack.

The performances will be held on Friday, March 17th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 18th at 3:00 pm and will be presented at SCS.  The students in the cast will be called for dress rehearsal before the performance that day. All those cast must be available for all scheduled performances.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana.  This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!

~ Gerald Casper, Sherman County School

5. Dealing with Setbacks

Today, let’s talk about how to deal with setbacks in your quest to be a better person.

Affirmations are a wonderful way to help you change in positive ways. Affirmations are simply present-tense, positive statements of a desired end-result. For example, an affirmation you could make if you want to be a more loving person is, “I treat all people with respect and courtesy in every possible circumstance.”

Given this affirmation, what happens when you’re driving to work and another driver cuts you off, glaring at you as if you had no right to be on the road in the first place? You respond automatically with a very disrespectful gesture, call the other driver a distinctly discourteous name – and then feel terribly guilty. Do you give up in disgust and say, “Well, obviously affirmations don’t work, so why bother?”

Not at all! You see, before you made the affirmation, you probably wouldn’t have noticed your disrespectful behavior as anything unusual. But because of your affirmation and your promise to yourself, you are instantly and uncomfortably aware that this is not how you want to behave.

So you say to yourself, “That’s the old me talking. The next time, I intend to respond differently. I intend to behave respectfully and courteously, no matter what the provocation.” And you keep after it, saying your affirmation and visualizing it, feeling how it feels again and again day after day, until the new behavior becomes second nature. In no time, you won’t really remember having been any other way.

You may take one step backwards initially, but you really are heading two steps forward. ~ The Pacific Institute 

6. Columbia Gorge Community College Spring Courses

What do print-making, Pacific Northwest literature, beekeeping, business ethics, country living and mushroom identification all have in common? These and many other classes are all part of spring programming at Columbia Gorge Community College, with registration now under way.

The Country Living Series, a Community Education course, includes a wool felting class, flint-knapping, and how to make a willow gathering basket. Classes meet at the Rockford Grange in Hood River.

If you like to forage for mushrooms, now’s your chance to learn about identification, fungi structure, evolution, and ecology. Following a lecture class, students carpool from the Hood River campus for a Saturday field trip. Another popular course, on beekeeping, was first offered this past winter. And if you’ve been following recent discoveries on hazards posed by the Cascadia earthquake zone, the college will be offering a special program in April on related geology and precautionary steps your family can take to prepare for those hazards. If you’d like to attend, contact the college to reserve your place by April 1.

All these programs are offered by the college’s Community Education program. Registration deadline varies by class.

On the college credit side, students will find classes in print-making, math, communications, business ethics, Literature of the Pacific Northwest, science and dozens of other subjects, many leading to job-specific training certificates and the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree, which opens the door to a baccalaureate degree. Enrollment deadline is April 5 for credit classes.

“Many family-wage jobs go unfilled in our region because employers cannot find employees with the right skills,” notes Mary Kramer, director of career technical instruction at Columbia Gorge Community College. “Those jobs don’t necessarily require a four-degree degree. Students attending CGCC receive relevant, affordable training for well-paying jobs right here in our communities. We encourage people to contact an academic adviser and learn more.”

Financial aid is often available. Scholarship applications are due April 27.

Columbia Gorge Community College has campuses in Hood River and The Dalles. Many other classes are offered on-line. For details, visit, or call (541) 506-6000 in The Dalles or (541) 308-8211 in Hood River. Columbia Gorge Community College: Building dreams, transforming lives.

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