Sherman County eNews #122


  1. Free class:  Raise Meat ‘n’ Eggs on the Homestead (or Backyard!), May 2

  2. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Report

  3. What Is Your Definition of Success?

  4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center May Meal Menu

  5. From the Desk of Senator Bill Hansell

  6. Culture Fest ’17 celebrates Mid-Columbia’s diversity, May 18-19

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

1.Free class:  Raise Meat ‘n’ Eggs on the Homestead (or Backyard!), May 2

chicken.familyIf you and your family want to have more fun with your food and be more self-sufficient in the process, make sure to attend a free class hosted by OSU Sherman County Extension:  “Raise Meat’ n’ Eggs on the Homestead (or Backyard!).”  This class will be held Tuesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Extension building in Moro.  Come learn about having your own delightful flock of chickens, ducks, geese or other birds to provide eggs and meat to your family.

This is the third class in the Sherman Resiliency Series.  Provide for yourself and your family…be able to withstand hard times or “bounce back” after disruptions or dramatic changes in your life.

The fourth class in the series is “Make Compost to Improve Your Soil,” which will give you encouragement and tips to turn kitchen scraps, yard debris and livestock manure into a wonderful soil amendment for your yard and garden.  This class will be held Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Extension building in Moro.

If you are unable to attend the classes but would like the information, contact Cindy Brown at 541-565-3230 or email

2. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Report

Central Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of May 1, 2017

For further information contact: Peter Murphy 541-388-6224

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is continuing to invest in Oregon’s future with roadway improvement projects throughout Oregon’s central region (ODOT Region 4). ODOT is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. The following projects reflect ODOT’s commitment to make improvements as traffic numbers rise and to make the roadways safer and more efficient for drivers. All work is dependent on weather conditions. Red denotes new or updated information.


US97 @ Wickiup Jct. (La Pine)

For the week of May 1st, 2017. The contractor will be installing rebar for the bridge deck as well as other miscellaneous bridge work will be occurring all week. All work will be occurring off of the current highway alignment, therefore, no delays are expected.

US20 @ Barclay (Sister) Project

For the week of May 1st, 2017. EB and WB US20 traffic will be moved to the Barclay side of the intersection with the contractor working on the McKinney Butte Side. They will be performing excavation and concrete paving on the McKinney Butte side of the

intersection during the week, with some night work involved. The contractor will be starting to work both Saturdays and Sundays. If night work does occur motorists can expect delays of around 5-10 minutes. No delays, other than the detour for left turns in and out of Barclay and the closure of McKinney are anticipated during all hours next week.


US26: Gumwood Lane – Earl Street Sec.

For the week of May 1st, 2017. The contractor will be working nights Monday through Friday Morning at 8 pm to 8 AM.

The construction will consist of grinding and paving on US26. Delay’s could be up to 20 minutes during these times.Starting Monday night at 8 pm the contractor will beginning grinding and paving operations on US26. Delay could be up to 20 minutes at night and no delay during daytime after 8 am. Gumwood will remain closed throughout the week.


I84: Mosier – The Dalles Sec.

For the week of May 1, 2017. The Contractor will be performing single lane closures on I-84 EB & WB between MP 84 – MP 76 from 7pm to 7am.

Also, the Contractor will be working on the ramp shoulders from 7pm-10pm and closing the ramps from 10pm to 5am.•

Exit 82 EB on and off will be closed April 30th & May 1st from 10pm – 5am •

Exit 83 EB on and off will be closed May 2nd & May 3rd from 10pm – 5am •

Exit 84 EB off will be closed May 4th from 10pm – 5am

Please plan your trip accordingly.

Speeds have been reduced to 50mph through the construction zone.

3. What Is Your Definition of Success?

Most people want to be successful, but not everyone can tell you what success looks like. Today, let’s look at the meaning of success.

What does it mean to be successful? Do you consider yourself a success? If you do, why? If not, what will success look like when you have finally achieved it?

These are important questions because your happiness in life will probably depend on knowing the answers. Now, some people think that success means a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a fancy car with wi-fi hotspot, and an 80-foot sailboat. Others think that success is never having to work again after they win a few million in the lottery. Still others believe that success, for them, would be helping to find a cure for cancer or devoting their lives to serving others.

All of these folks are correct, if you define success as getting to do what you really want to do, doing it well, and feeling good about the fact that you are doing it. It is perfectly OK to choose a purpose for yourself that doesn’t mean a thing to the rest of the world. The important thing is that you have a purpose.

Now, would others want for you to have a higher purpose, a higher commitment to solving community challenges? Of course. In fact, most of us would find greater fulfillment in service to a cause greater than ourselves. But ultimately, the choice of what fulfills you is yours to make.

The only failure is performing poorly or haphazardly at those things you have chosen as being important to you.In the final analysis, you are a success when you are actively engaged in becoming the person you most want to be and doing the things you most want to do – and if those things can help improve the life of another, so much the better. ~ The Pacific Institute

4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center May Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center Meal Menu May 2017

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $6.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $3.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 3 4 5
Baked Potato Bar with Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Oven Fried Chicken Swedish Meatballs Chicken ala King
Chili and Cheese Garlic Bread Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Rotini Biscuits
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Ice Cream
8 9 10 11 12    Mother’s Day Lunch
Cheeseburgers Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Herb Sauce Meatloaf Pastrami & Swiss on Rye Ham & Cheddar Quiche
Oven Fries Veggies & Rice Baked Potatoes Veggies Muffins
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
15 16 17 18 19
Turkey Tetrazini Ham Fried Rice Beef Stroganoff Chicken Oriental Beef & Bean Burrito
Veggies Egg Foo Young Rotini Noodles Rice Pilaf Mexican Rice
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream
22 23 24 25 26
Chicken Strips Baked Fish Mac & Cheese w/Bacon Pot Roast w/Potatoes & Carrots Split Pea Soup w/Ham
Tater Tots Potato Casserole Veggies Veggies Veggies & Rolls
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
29 30 31
CLOSED TO OBSERVE MEMORIAL DAY Pork Chops w/Shroom Sauce Waikiki Meatballs
Veggies & Rice Rice Pilaf
Green Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert

MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO AVAILABILITY — ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of food is prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

 5. From the Desk of Senator Bill Hansell

Oregon.Flat.poleAs the second half of session begins, we are continuing to work on finding solutions to PERS and the large unfunded liability we have.  Budgets are beginning to be put together, the large budgets like Education and Transportation will not be completed until after the May economic forecast comes out around the 15th.  Once that comes out, we will be moving into budget over drive.

The first deadline for policy bills was last week.  We now know which bills are still in play and which have been killed in committee.  I introduced 26 policy bills this session, 11 of them are still alive in Ways and Means, 8 have passed out of the

Senate unanimously (or with one No-vote on the floor), 7 have died in committee.

Some of the bills that are now in the House where Representative’s Barreto and Smith have taken the lead to shepherd them through the House side include:

SB 367 – A bill for EOCI and Two Rivers Correctional Officers to receive the information they need if they are exposed to bodily fluids of inmates.  I’m working closely with EOCI correction officers on this bill.

SB 368 – A bill that was brought forward by a Umatilla County Commissioner asking for private insurance companies to continue covering youths (like they do adults) when they are awaiting trial.

SB 373 – A bill that was brought forward by the Mayor of Joseph regarding Nuisance Deer in a city limit.

SB 381 – A bill requested by a resident of Adams, Oregon whose house was being foreclosed on without his knowledge because notices were sent to his street address and not his PO Box.

Other bills that I have sponsored which are still alive and working their way through the session include:

SB 374 – Implementing Real ID for all Oregonians.

SB 381 – A constituent request for disabled veterans to be able to register early for a campsite in a state park.


Thank you for the opportunity to serve and represent you in the Oregon Senate.


Senator Bill Hansell

6. Culture Fest ’17 celebrates Mid-Columbia’s diversity, May 18-19

What does the phrase “We are all one” mean to you?

Columbia Gorge Community College celebrates Gorge Culture Fest on May 18 and 19, and in conjunction with this third annual event the college invites artists, writers and the general public to submit original artwork and writings showcasing our common heritage.

Culture Fest ’17 will take place on the Hood River campus. It will include the art exhibit “Somos Uno” or “We Are All One,” as well as guest speakers, videos, poetry, dancing, music and cultural displays.

“We are asking that artists, writers, and the community in general reflect on the concept of We Are All One and what that phrase may mean to them,” explains Kelly Sullivan, academic adviser at the college.

“Science reveals that between any two people on the planet our DNA is 99.9 percent identical,” Sullivan explained. “We share more than biology, and in this show we are looking for our common experiences. What brings us together as individuals, as members of a community, or as global citizens? We encourage artists to use this opportunity to explore and express your vision for how to achieve greater acceptance, inclusivity, and celebrate the dynamic and glorious potential of a diverse, welcoming community.”

Artists and writers of all ages throughout the greater Columbia Gorge region are eligible and encouraged to enter in photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glasswork, decorative textiles, short video (five minute maximum), mixed media, short essay (1,000 word maximum), graphic novel, and poetry.

The show will open Thursday, May 18, at 5 p.m. to coincide with an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project featuring Kerani Mitchell, who will lead a conversation entitled, “Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians,” at 6 p.m. at the college’s Hood River campus.

Culture Fest continues Friday, May 19, featuring community meditation, basket weaving workshop led by Jefferson Greene (enrollment is limited; for information call (541) 506-6022); dancing featuring Mid Valley Elementary Folklorico Dancers; music by Jamba Marimba and Los Amigos de la Sierra; song, story, and dance performance led by Jefferson Greene, cultural artist of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Nez Perce; and a variety of activities from 4 to 9 p.m. celebrating the diversity of cultures and backgrounds in our regional community. A full schedule is posted on the college website, . Art exhibit applications are available and community partners welcome at the event. For details, contact Rose at or Kelly at

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

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Rasmussen Reports: If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.

Presidential Authority to Revoke or Reduce National Monument Designations

Yes, President Trump Can Undo Controversial National Monuments

No Such Thing as a Close Election (“non-voters always win”)

European Places With “Saint” or “Holy” In Their Names 

MIT Can 3D Print a Building in Hours

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The American Spectator