Sherman County eNews #90


  1. Did you know?

  2. Oregon Cattlemen Join Effort to Help Southern Plains Wildfire Victims

  3. Experience the World – Host a Japanese student this summer!

  4. Sherman 4-H Club News Report

  5. Sherman Resilency Series: April & May Classes

  6. Green Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Flyby, April 1

  7. Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting, April 11

  8. Fermentation Science Instructional Series

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

Participate in the process of your community and country.

One person can make a difference.

Take a stand.

Do something about it.

Look hard at your larger community

–it may need your specific participation.

–Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

1. Did you know?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, secondhand smoke causes nearly 34,000 premature deaths from heart disease each year in the United States among nonsmokers.  Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25–30%.

Want more information?

Contact Taylor at

Sherman County Prevention


2. Oregon Cattlemen Join Effort to Help Southern Plains Wildfire Victims

cowboy6Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members are organizing relief efforts for ranchers impacted by wildfires in the Southern Plains of the U.S. To donate, go to the Stewardship Fund on the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association website and include the memo, “Southern Wildfire Relief,” or contact Katie Shrock of OCA

3. Experience the World – Host a Japanese student this summer!

This summer, your family can experience Japan without leaving home…host a 12-16 year old Japanese student for a month through the OSU Extension 4-H Global Citizenship program!  Open your home to an exchange delegate and open your lives to the world.  Through States’ 4-H International, families will have an opportunity to experience Japan by hosting an exchange delegate.

Your family does not currently have to be involved with 4-H to host a delegate.  You just need a willingness to share your lives and your friendship with a young person from another country.  These youth want to experience American culture, make new friends, and improve their English by staying with your family.

The program is open to families who have a child close in age to the Japanese youth.  Each Japanese visitor will be matched with a host family based on the host sibling’s sex, age and interests.  The homestays are for a month during the summer, but the experience will last a lifetime.

The Japanese students will be here approximately July 23-August 19. .  In the host family home, a separate bed is required, but not separate bedrooms.  It is best if there is an adult home during the day, or if you arrange childcare, day camps and other activities if the adults are at work, rather than leaving the exchange student home alone with other children.

Interested in becoming a host family?  Applications can be filled out now and are due by the end of April.

Any questions, contact Cindy Brown, County Coordinator for 4-H Exchange Programs. OSU Sherman County Extension, 541-565-3230 or email

4. Sherman 4-H Club News Report

4-H clover1The Shooting Sports 4-H club met on March 29, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Sherman Extension Office.  Attending were Logan, Wyatt, Joey, Patrick, Bailey and Courtney.  During the meeting, we learned about gun safety and the parts of a gun.  Meeting was adjourned at 5:20pm. ~ Submitted by Courtney Coelsch, News Reporter


5. Sherman Resilency Series: April & May Classes

Provide for yourself and your family, and be better able to withstand hard times or “bounce back” after disruptions or dramatic changes in your life.  The “Sherman Resiliency Series” will help you do just that.  OSU Sherman County Extension will be providing a series of free classes this spring to help local folks develop their own resiliency skills for challenging, changing times.

Classes will be held at 6:00pm at the Extension Building at 66365 Lonerock Road in Moro.  The schedule for April and May classes is:

Monday, April 10     Grow Your Own Groceries:  Vegetable Gardening

Monday, April 24     Grow Your Own Groceries:  Perennials, Berries and Fruit Trees

Tuesday, May 2               Raise Meat ‘n’ Eggs on the Homestead (or Backyard!)

Tuesday, May 16    Make Compost to Improve Your Soil

Watch for upcoming summer classes.  Topics will include Food Storage; Food Preservation (Canning, Freezing, Drying); Water Storage and Filtration; 72-hours kits (aka “Get Home Safely” bags).

For more information, contact Cindy Brown at OSU Sherman County Extension at 541-565-3230 or email

Visit the following websites at Oregon State University for further information on these topics:


Raising Chicks

Small Farms

6. Green Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak Flyby, April 1

APRIL 1ST COMET FLYBY: No kidding. Green comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is flying over Earth’s North Pole this week where sky watchers can find it all night long not far from the bowl of the Big Dipper. At closest approach on April 1st it will be just 21 million km from Earth–an easy target for backyard telescopes and almost visible to the naked eye. Visit for more information and observing tips.

7. Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting, April 11

Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6 p.m.

Hood River County School District Office, Rm 6 – Board Room

1011 Eugene St, Hood River Ore 97031

Agenda topics include Resolution 031417 to make CGCC a Sanctuary Campus, Audit, Tuition & Fee Schedule, RFP Selection, Reports. 

Tiffany Prince

Assistant to the President and Board of Education

Columbia Gorge Community College

400 East Scenic Drive

The Dalles, Oregon 97058-3456

(541) 506-6103 | Cell (509) 942-9924 |

8. Fermentation Science Instructional Series

The Columbia Gorge is now home to an estimated 45 wineries, 14 breweries, 13 cideries and two distilleries – not counting dozens, probably hundreds, of home brewers.

All those brewers represent different applications of “fermentation science,” the topic of a six-part instructional series starting next month through Columbia Gorge Community College.

Local industry leaders in such disparate fields as beer, cider, wine, spirits, baking and fermented foods will describe the commonalities uniting their work, facilitated by Dr. Kevin McCabe, lab supervisor at Full Sail Brewing Co. and former microbiology professor at the college. Students will learn the principles of fermentation science, systems design and engineering, social and cultural implications of quality food and beverage production, agricultural and industrial waste and water treatment, and fermentation business management.

“These courses are designed for anyone with an interest in fermentation, whether they’re established professionals, people who would like to work in the field, or home brewers looking to compare notes with industry experts throughout our region,” explained Suzanne Burd, community education coordinator at the college.

“The Oregon State Legislature has invested in fermentation science programs at our colleges and universities because these investments create jobs in a rapidly-growing industry and add value to our agricultural crops. Many of those new jobs are right here in our region, and Columbia Gorge Community College is doing its part to help grow this important sector of our economy,” Burd added.

The Fermentation Science Course starts April 5 and will be held every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the Hood River – Indian Creek Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College. For details and registration, call (541) 506-6011 or visit

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

bird.crow.flyBipartisan U.S. Senate committee supports safety bill for Columbia River tribal sites

My Columbia Basin News 

Self-driving Bicycles

Brilliant Maps