Sherman County eNews #198


  1. News from Sherman County’s Oregon Youth Conservation Corps

  2. How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely

  3. Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum Events

  4. Looking to Retirement

  5. The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key 1814

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

1. News from Sherman County’s Oregon Youth Conservation Corps 

Oregon Youth Conservation Corps started on Monday, June 26th.  We met for a brief orientation and then went around the county to schedule more jobs with our leader, Miranda Owens.  On the 27th-28th we assisted Dan Son from the Weed Department on the Lower Deschutes by pulling 20 bags of Yellow Star Thistle.  We learned that some noxious weeds disrupt the growth of other plants.  On the 29th we learned about healthy eating from Cindy Brown and then picked up garbage on the mouth of the Deschutes trails.  On Friday, we were certified in CPR and First Aid by Carl Langston.  Overall, this last week we completed a moderate amount of work and learned about our habitat.  ~ Sherman County’s Oregon Youth Conservation Corps


The Summer Conservation Corps (SCC) is OYCC’s largest state funded program, with the goal of having a local program in each of Oregon’s 36 counties. OYCC provides funding for work youth crews throughout Oregon to complete projects such as trail construction and maintenance, landscaping, planting, wetlands/bank/stream restoration, invasive species (weed) removal, construction, gardening and greenhouse projects. Crews typically consist of five youth and run for six to eight weeks.

2. How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely

eclipse2A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within a roughly 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina ( (link is external)) will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds, turning day into night and making visible the otherwise hidden solar corona — the sun’s outer atmosphere — one of nature’s most awesome sights. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well. 

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality ( – link is external).

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
  • If you are within the path of totality ( – link is external), remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.

A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. More information: (link is external)

3. Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum Events

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

1600 Air Museum Rd. Hood River, OR 97031


Calendar of Events


July 8 – Traffic Jam

A Car Show and Swap Meet, WAAAM Style

Caboose Tour, Biplane Rides, Twin Tunnels Tour Parade, Vehicle Rides &

Car Show Awards, Restoration Shop Tour.

July 10-13 – WAAAM Camp

July 22 – Model T Driving School

August 12 –Second Saturday Motorcycles & Vintage Snowmobiles

August 26 – Model T Driving School

September 9 & 10 – Annual Hood River Fly-in

September 16 International Model A Day 

September 23 – Model T Driving School

October 7 – Model T Driving School

October 14 – Second Saturday The 40s – Cars & Planes of the 40s

November 11 –Second Saturday WWII Auxiliary Fields as the Airports of Today

4.  Looking to Retirement

bench.guysMany people look forward to retirement, but not everyone finds it pleasant when it finally arrives. How can you make the most out of your so-called “golden” years?

Retirement is a time that some people look forward to and others almost dread. One thing is certain, though, retirement is a time of life that produces many changes – and some of them you might not expect. 

For example, John Mosedale, author of “The First Year, A Retirement Journal” pointed out that not having a job any longer can mean a loss of self-esteem and a lessened sense of worth – especially for people whose whole identities have been wrapped up in their work, for many, many years. Mosedale wrote that it is important to figure out who you really are before you retire. It is vitally important to realize that you are far more than what you do at work, no matter how absorbing and interesting your job may be.

If you want to be a well-rounded person and really enjoy your retirement when it rolls around, now is the time to cultivate interests, hobbies and even passions that you can expand and explore more deeply later on. Keeping busy, setting and achieving meaningful goals, maintaining good health and financial security, and especially feeling that you have a purpose in life are keys to a fulfilling retirement.

These things won’t happen by magic when you turn 65 or 70. The time to start is now. What sort of retirement would you like to have? Can you see yourself at age 75 and beyond? What are you doing? Where are you doing it? And what can you do right now to make sure this vision of your future becomes a reality?

The Baby Boomer Generation is expected to live longer and more active lives than any past generation. Perhaps, we need to find a different word to describe “retirement,” one that does not infer stopping or withdrawing, but one that means “having the time of my life.” ~The Pacific Institute

5. The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key 1814

American flag2Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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

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