Sherman County eNews #109


  1. Reminder! Sherman Jr./Sr. High Booster Meeting, April 19

  2. Free Class, “Grow Your Own Groceries,” April 24

  3. Local Area Agency on Aging Joins Nationwide Movement to Redefine Volunteering

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

 1. Reminder! Sherman Jr./Sr. High Booster Meeting, April 19


Sherman Jr./Sr. High Booster Meeting

This Wednesday, April 19, 2017

6 p.m.

Student Activity Lounge

Please come to get involved!

You can make a positive difference!

We will be planning activities for the remainder of the school year.

2. Free Class, “Grow Your Own Groceries,” April 24

food.onion“Grow Your Own Groceries” by attending a free class Monday, April 24 6pm at the Sherman Extension Office.  This is the second class in the Sherman Resiliency Series, and will focus on perennial vegetables, berries and fruit trees.  In contrast with most vegetable gardening, which uses new plants each year, “growing your own groceries” with perennials means you plant once and harvest over the long-term.

A perennial food planting offers many advantages to the home gardener.  For many years, you can have easy-to-grow nutritious food that is relatively low maintenance compared to putting in a large garden with seeds and annual plants each year.  Once planted, the soil is no longer disturbed, and plants required less water and fertilizer once established.  Many perennial vegetables, berries and fruit trees can serve as ornamentals and be in the yard as “edible landscaping”.

Perennial vegetables include such standards as asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish.  For garlic and/or onion lovers, try bunching or Egyptian “walking onions” or wild leeks (ramps).  Potato fans may want to try Jerusalem artichokes (“sunchokes”) or Groundnut (“Indian potato”).  There are a large number of useful but fairly uncommon perennial vegetables that provide greens for salads or cooking, including Sea kale or perennial kale, sorrel, chicory, and Good King Henry.  You can even eat the fiddleheads from ostrich ferns or the flowers from daylilies.

Berries like a sunny spot, consistent moisture, but not too much wind, which is a challenge in our area.  Gardeners enjoy herbaceous berries such as strawberries; caneberries such as raspberries, blackberries, marionberries, and boysenberries; bush berries including blueberries, aronia, goji berries, Japanese haskaps or honeyberries, gooseberries, and currants.  Bush-like trees that provide berries include sea berries (“sea buckthorn”) and elderberries.

Fruit trees require consistent year-round maintenance but provide large amounts of fruit during the summer and fall months.  Most gardeners in our area will need to plant cold-hardy varieties suited to a shorter growing season, lack of rainfall and temperature extremes.  Many home orchardists find they need to invest in a 7- or 8-foot fence to keep out hungry, destructive deer.  Types of fruit that can be grown in our area includes apricots, cherries, peaches and nectarines, plums and prunes, pluots and apriums (plum and apricot crosses), Asian pears, European pears, apples, and more.

For more information or to get copies of the class handouts, contact or call the Sherman Extension Office at 541-565-3230.

3. Local Area Agency on Aging Joins Nationwide Movement to Redefine Volunteering

Volunteer SmileVolunteering is a New Approach to Keeping Older Adults Healthy and Active

(The Dalles, OR) – National Volunteer Week is April 23 – April 29 and the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging is looking to meet the rising demand for aging services by utilizing volunteers in new ways. In communities from coast to coast, aging services organizations are tapping the passion, talent, and leadership of older adult volunteers to expand reach and serve older adults in need.

The Challenge:

By 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be 65 and older—twice their number in 2000 and one in every five Americans. As they age, many will need services that allow them to stay independent, such as transportation, home-delivered meals, assistance with personal care, and the like. Yet federal, state, and local budgets are not keeping pace, leaving increasing numbers of older adults without critical assistance.

At the same time, roughly 10,000 people are reaching age 65 every day, flooding the potential volunteer pool with a wealth of skills and energy. Of people who are retiring, many want to devote their newfound time to creating real impact in the world.

The Solution:

MCCOG’s Area Agency on Aging seeks to encourage older adult volunteers to offer their skills and passion to power up aging and disability services. By joining or leading a team, volunteers can help others—and keep themselves active, healthy, and learning. And the Area Agency on Aging can serve older adults, better.

How MCCOG AAA Is Making a Difference:

The Area Agency on Aging is currently recruiting volunteers for these projects:

  • Friendly Visitors spend one or two hours a week or every-other week visiting an elder, sharing a hobby, preparing a snack, being a friend.
  • Healthy Living Volunteers co-lead 6 week workshops for seniors on topics such as Healthy Eating for Successful Living, Chronic Disease Self-Management and Diabetes Self-Management.
  • Money Managers assist elders and individuals with disabilities in bill paying and budgeting.
  • Nutrition Volunteers help at senior luncheon sites or deliver hot meals to elders’ homes at noon.
  • SHIBA volunteers provide area elders with accurate information regarding health insurance options.
  • Shopping Assistants shop for seniors or accompany them to the store.
  • Event Assistants help plan, promote, and execute events organized by the AAA.
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman Volunteers advocate, educate, and investigate on behalf of the resident to protect their rights and dignity. This role is best suited for someone that has 16 flexible hours to volunteer each month.
  • Front Office Receptionist acts as the gateway for community members to receive needed services. The front-desk receptionist will: welcome visitors and answer incoming calls; provide outstanding customer service to all clients, visitors, staff, and volunteers; and respond to inquiries by providing information and directing visitors to appropriate resources.

Potential volunteers also are welcome to tell us what they’d like to do, and we’ll discuss the possibilities.

About MCCOG Area Agency on Aging

In 1965, Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) which created structures at the federal, state, and local levels to administer programs for older adults. AAA’s Advocate for older adults living in their area. AAAs are responsible for analyzing the needs of seniors, assessing existing services, and implementing new services as needed.

We provide a variety of programs and services that support and promote the independence, dignity, and health of older adults in our community and those who care for them. These programs and services include:

  • Case Management
  • Family Caregiver Support
  • Friendly Visitors
  • Health Insurance Assistance
  • Homemaker/Home Care Services
  • Options Counseling
  • Oregon Money Management
  • Public Outreach, Education, and Advocacy
  • Senior Meal Programs.

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

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