Sherman County eNews #152


  1. Sherman County Baseball News Update, May 24

  2. Veggie Rx Helps to End Hunger in Sherman County

  3. Parents of 4th-6th graders….Why send your child to Sherman County 4-H camp?

  4. Cold Winter, Wet Spring Brings Plant Diseases to E. Oregon Wheat Crop

  5. Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board Meeting, Rulemaking

  6. Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Council Candidate

  7. We See What We Look For 

1. Sherman County Baseball News Update, May 24

sports.baseballCongratulations to our Huskies for placing 2nd for the 2017 Special District 6 2A/1A Baseball Tournament!

They will be competing in the OSAA play off game this Wednesday, May 24th here at Sherman High School starting at 4:30.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students, and children 4 years and younger are free.

Please come and cheer on our Huskies as they strive for the opportunity to move on to the Quarterfinals.  Thank you for all of your support!

~ Audrey Rooney, Registrar, Sherman High School, 65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Veggie Rx Helps to End Hunger in Sherman County

food.sack1In the last 12 months, did you and the people you live with worry that you would run out of food before you were able to get more?

In the last 12 months, did you and the people you live with run out of food before you were able to get more?

If you answer YES to either of these questions you are eligible for Sherman County’s new Veggie Rx program.

If you can answer YES to either of the two questions, see Caitlin Blagg, District Administrator, Sherman County Health District & Sherman County Medical Clinic in downtown Moro to sign up to receive $30 in vouchers (per person in the family) for 1 month.  Vouchers can be used at Huskey’s 97 Market, Wasco Market, Gorge Grown Mobile Market, or the Farmers Market on the first Saturday of each month.  People eligible for the vouchers can go back once a month to receive more vouchers for the next month.

Veggie Rx is a program of Gorge Grown Food Network and EOCCO.  This ground breaking program helps address hunger needs in our community through Veggie Rx vouchers that can be redeemed at local grocery stores for FRESH fruits and vegetables!

For more information call Caitlin at the Sherman County Health District 541-565-0536 or the Sherman County Medical Clinic 541-565-3325.

 3. Parents of 4th-6th graders…Why send your child to Sherman County 4-H camp? 

  • Camp helps build self-esteem and self-confidence as kids “learn and do” the 4-H way
  • Camp is a safe environment – we have rules, guidelines and a risk management plan
  • Camp is a place to build social skills and make friends
  • Camp helps your child feel good about themselves – they will gain mastery by cooking their own meals outdoors every day, be part of the group with songs/skits/games, and enjoy being outside
  • Camp gives youth the opportunity to increase in independence and gain leadership skills
  • Camp helps kids be more adventurous and more willing to try new things – paintball, archery, new foods, doing skits in front of the group

From:  American Camping Association’s 2005 Directions:  Youth Outcomes of the Camp Experience 

4-H clover1Get your child all this and more!  Register them ASAP for Sherman County 4-H camp.  Camp is Wednesday, June 14 through Friday, June 16, at the Camp Morrow lakeside facility near Wamic.  Registration deadline is Friday, June 9.  Cost is $100.  Financial assistance may be available…have you and your kids write a letter of request to the Sherman 4-H Association and submit it to the Extension Office.

~Cindy Brown | Educator, 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences

Oregon State University, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon 97039

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

4. Cold Winter, Wet Spring Brings Plant Diseases to E. Oregon Wheat Crop

wheat.blwhframeCORVALLIS, Ore. – The record-setting wet spring in the Pacific Northwest – preceded by a snowy winter – has brought a variety of plant diseases to Oregon’s wheat crop.

Wheat disease is significant in Oregon, where the grain ranks among the state’s top-valued agricultural commodities. The state is known for its soft white winter wheat, most of which is exported to Asia for its use in noodles.

Stripe rust arrived in the fall and spread quickly on susceptible winter and spring wheat varieties in Oregon State University test plots. Cool and wet conditions in eastern Oregon continue to favor the fungal disease, said Christina Hagerty, a wheat pathologist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

“This pathogen needs high humidity and high moisture,” said Hagerty, who conducts research at OSU’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center just outside Pendleton. “This season is shaping up to have higher-than-average stripe rust infection and spread, and the wet and snowy conditions brought some rarer diseases to the forefront, such as soilborne wheat mosaic virus and snow mold.”

Many growers in Eastern Oregon and southern Washington and western Idaho are considering an extra fungicide application, she said, describing it as a “challenging decision” because of the expense. Stripe rust and other diseases are mainly affecting winter wheat, to be harvested in late summer along with spring wheat.

There isn’t much the growers can do about snow mold, however, on Oregon’s grain belt.

“Growers in this region tell me they haven’t see snow mold for 30 years,” she said. “We may not have a snow mold problem for another decade or more.”

OSU works with wheat growers to control plant disease in three basic ways – cultural control, which includes seeding date, tillage and crop rotation; host resistance, which includes planting genetically resistant/tolerant varieties; and pesticides.

“A really good pathogen management plan typically includes all three techniques in some capacity,” Hagerty said.

For more information, go to OSU Extension’s publication Controlling Wheat and Crown Diseases of Small Grain Cereals.

5. Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board Meeting, Rulemaking

At the May 9 2017 Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board meeting, the Board directed staff to start the rulemaking process for the following topics (Phase I):

–Relating to the handling of persons who have died of or with communicable diseases;

–Relating to the holding of funerals for individuals afflicted with communicable diseases;

–Relating to Temporary Operating Permit for a cemetery that does not hold a valid license; and

–Relating to the Indigent Disposition Program.

Copies of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing, Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact, and the proposed rules are available from the Board’s website, under the Rulemaking Related link:

A public hearing has been scheduled for June 22 2016, at 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 445, at 10 am.  The last day and time for written comment is June 22 2016, 4 pm.  If you have any questions regarding the proposed rule amendments, please contact Chad Dresselhaus via email.

Carla G Knapp, Office / Licensing Manager
Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 430
Portland OR  97232-2195
971-673-1507 phone
971-673-1501 fax

7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday

The mission of the Board is to protect public health, safety and welfare by fairly and efficiently performing its licensing, inspection and enforcement duties; by promoting professional behavior and standards in all facets of the Oregon death care industry; and, by maintaining constructive relationships with licensees, those they serve and others with an interest in the Board’s activities.  In order to protect the public, it is the Board’s responsibility to insure that all of Oregon’s death care facilities are properly licensed.  The Board is self-supporting and derives its financing from licensing, examination, and a portion of the death certificate filing fee (not the fees derived from the purchase of a certified copy of a death certificate).

6. Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Council Candidate

The Oregon Department of Education seeks to demonstrate the value educational leaders play. The Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Council (DSAC) was formed in an effort to regularly engage educational leaders throughout the state as thought partners and in turn, better serve schools and districts in Oregon.

The goal is to work with educational leaders to elevate the educator voice in federal, state, and local education policy. Our larger goal is to improve the graduation rate in Oregon. Educators involved in this council will identify best practices, provide input, offer feedback, and make recommendations to the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Anne Shull, an elementary principal of a school of almost 500 students in the North Wasco County School District and a parent of 3 students in the Sherman County School District has been identified as an outstanding candidate for the Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Council for the 2017-2019 biennium. Anne’s educational knowledge and experiential background as a teacher and her leadership as an administrator make her a great appointment to the Advisory Council.  The council will meet at least 8 times over the course of the two years and offer guidance on student achievement, professional learning, teacher evaluations, ESSA, educational practice and policy.

7. We See What We Look For

How many happy people do you know? Would you count yourself among them? If you are like most folks, happiness is something you would like to feel, but it’s also something that you see as being “out there” in the future somewhere.

Now, if you have ever spent much time around a truly happy person, you may have noticed that their mood comes not from what’s going on around them, but from what’s going on inside them. They have a way of looking at life that doesn’t ignore the negative things but doesn’t focus on them, either.

Instead, they give the lion’s share of their attention to finding things to enjoy and appreciate. They have no trouble finding them, either. Every day, no matter where they are or what they are doing, they find things to laugh about, to celebrate, and to praise.

You know, it is an interesting fact of life that what you see is mostly what you look for.  Our brains are designed to help us notice what we have decided is important, and ignore or even blind ourselves to those situations that we have decided are not important.

So if you make up your mind to be happy no matter what happens to you, you will be amazed by all the things you never noticed before, things that bring a smile or a laugh or a moment of joy. Most happy people were not born that way. At some point, they made a conscious or perhaps unconscious choice to enjoy their lives, right here and right now.

If you haven’t done so already, what do you suppose would happen if you made the same choice, starting today? ~The Pacific Institute