Sherman County eNews #217


  1. News from the 4-H Rookie Cooks

  2. Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays

  3. 6 ways to beat the heat during #OREclipse

  4. What Have I Gotten Used To?

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

 1. News from the 4-H Rookie Cooks

4-H clover1The “Rookie Cooks” cooking club met on Friday July 21 at 9am at the Extension Office.  Present were Logan, Jordan, Zach and leader Cindy.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Logan, 4-H Pledge by Zach.  We worked on fair entries.  Logan and Jordan got their record book forms.  Talked about the fair schedule.  We baked two cookie recipes:  chocolate chip and carrot cake.  After they were done baking we judged them by taste, smell and how they look.  Meeting adjourned 11am.  Signed Logan Barrett

2. Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays

food.freshGoldendale Farmers Market: The Goldendale Farmers’ Market has grown considerably this year in the number of vendors and visitors. The market has partnered with Klickitat County Health to offer the “Eat Well. Live Well” program to encourage healthy eating. The market also offers an EBT incentive for SNAP customers.  Stop by on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm at Ekone Park!

The Dalles Farmers Market: Stop by The Dalles Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm in City Park!

Hood River Farmers Market: The market is in the 5th and Columbia parking lot (across from Full Sail Brewing) on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm. Customers can enjoy free parking in the west lot.

3. 6 ways to beat the heat during #OREclipse

eclipse2Arrive early; stay put; leave late.

Stay cool; stay hydrated; stay informed.

So you’re in a hot car, on hot pavement, in high heat, with a long line of the same in front of you: Not the #OREclipse experience you expected? ODOT and the Oregon Health Authority have some tips to keep you out of that dark place—so you can enjoy the two minutes of dark you came to see.

A real concern for people who aren’t prepared is the possibility of heat-related illnesses. Being stuck in traffic under high heat conditions without enough cold air and cool water could lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke—which can be life threatening.

Now that we’re one month away from the big day, ODOT and OHA have six suggestions to help you beat the heat.

  1. Stay cool: Make sure your car’s air conditioning is working properly—you may need it in Oregon in August, especially if you’re in central or eastern Oregon.
  2. Stay hydrated: Make sure you’re traveling with plenty of water for everyone in your car—including your pets.
  3. Stay informed about your planned travel path: Use and its 400 highway cameras to check travel conditions on your route in real time. Listen to your radio to keep up with the changing temperature, humidity and heat index.
  4. Avoid traveling at the expected peak times—Sunday and Monday. Treat this 3-hour event like it’s a 3-day event because of the large crowds on the roads: It is NOT anything like a college football game day.
  5. Have a plan B: Where can you get off the highway to get into air conditioning and refill your water, if necessary?
  6. Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses so you can react appropriately at the right time. Visit to read some basic information.

OHA and ODOT want you to have a great time—and a safe time—in the days surrounding the eclipse. We’re doing what we can to keep things as safe as possible. Please remember that you and other travelers have a shared responsibility to keep yourself safe on and off the road.

Plan to have a good time in Oregon during the August #OREclipse. Plan ahead so you can.  For more eclipse travel tips and links, visit

4. What Have I Gotten Used To?

It has been said that people can get used to almost anything. This seems to be true, especially if it happens gradually over time. When you get used to things being a certain way, you develop what we call a “comfort zone,” which is pretty much just what it sounds like. Adaptability can be a good thing, but not always.

If you are used to cleaning up your house every day because you like things neat and tidy, you will be uncomfortable when the sink is full of dishes. You will experience tension until you restore order. 

On the other hand, if you are used to a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, it won’t bother you at all – unless, of course, you are expecting company. Then, the things you have gotten used to and comfortable with may suddenly become very un-comfortable. “That’s OK for me,” you may think, “but I don’t want my company to see it like that!”

People, who go on crash diets before the school reunion, or clean out their car before they pick up the boss, are doing the same sort of thing. But think about it – aren’t you worth the same considerations as your company or the boss? Don’t you deserve to live by the same high standards that you adopt to impress others?

Take a look at your life. What have you gotten used to over time that you never really meant to have happen? If you want to change your comfort zone for the better and raise your internal standards, correct use of affirmations and imagery can be a great help. Tell the people close to you what you are trying to do, and stick with it. You can get used to excellence, too! ~The Pacific Institute

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

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Judicial Watch Blog

Ignorance and the Decline of Responsible Government in America

Forbes: Why Republicans Can’t Pass A Health Care Bill

President Donald J. Trump’s Six Months of America First

Forbes: Draining The Higher-Ed Swamp: The Case For Closing Evergreen State College

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