Sherman County eNews #222


  1. Solar Saturday and a “Great American Eclipse” Program, Aug. 12

  2. Beginners’ Boot Camp for Genealogists, Aug. 12

  3. What are you planning to take to the Sherman County Fair?

  4. Demolition Derby Cars & Drivers Wanted, Sherman County Fair, Aug. 27

  5. Recreational Vehicle Fire Safety

  6. Getting a Clear Picture

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

1. Solar Saturday and a “Great American Eclipse” Program, Aug. 12

eclipse1Bob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public on Saturday, August 12 from 11 am to 3 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather and clouds permitting, on the museum lawn.

Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. From 3 to 4 pm Yoesle will present “The Great American Eclipse,” in the Murdock Theater. The eclipse presentation is included with museum admission and only $5 for the program only. For more information visit

2. Beginners’ Boot Camp for Genealogists, Aug. 12

Beginners’ Boot Camp

August 12th 9:30 to 5:00

Genealogical Forum of Oregon

2505 S.E. 11th Avenue, Suite B-18, Portland, Oregon 97202

Join Laurel Smith for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be classes about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research and more–all geared toward beginners. Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat. ~

3. What are you planning to take to the Sherman County Fair?

What are you planning to take to the Sherman County Fair?  The following are a few classes in the Open Class Division. Remember, anyone can enter something in the open class division. There is NO entry fee. Entry day is Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

  • Flowers >>> Asters, geraniums, gladiolus, daisy, marigold, roses, zinnia, potted plants and more!
  • Hay & Grain >>> wheat, barley, sheaf of grain, oats, grass hay and more!
  • Land Products >>>  herbs, garden veggies, garden oddities, fruits, nuts, eggs and more!
  • Kitchen Products >>> canned fruits, veggies, meats, jellies and jams, butters, relishes, dried fruit, veggies, herbs, breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies and more!!
  • Clothing & Needlecraft >>>  sewing, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, counted cross stich, quilted items like  baby items, table furnishings, afghans, pillow case, quilts, afghans, wall hangings and more!
  • Arts, Crafts & Hobbies >>> ceramics, leather craft, stained glass, jewelry, collections, holiday collections and more!
  • Photography >>> snapshots, album page, whole album, enlargement sequence of people, animals, sports, flowers, sunrise, grain, special events, and more!
  • Kids Corner >>>  baked goods, garden veggies, flowers, sewing, knitting, pumpkin painting, writing, paintings, Legos, art from recycled items, and more!

Don’t forget the coloring contest for the kiddos!!

All of the classes are posted on the web site and in the fair premium book to be picked up at your local post office or stores in Sherman County. 

4. Demolition Derby Cars & Drivers Wanted, Sherman County Fair, Aug. 27

Cars! Trucks! SUVs! Cash for the Crash!

Demolition Derby

Sherman County Fair Moro, OR August 27th, 2017.

Time trials start at 2:00 p.m. with derby to follow.

Over $5,700 in money will be paid PLUS Trophies.

Extra Finale Money is being added weekly.

Heat winners $100.

Time trial $50.

People’s Choice $50.

Columbia Gorge Bonus Winner will be awarded $1000 cash.

(Must have driven at Goldendale 7/1/17 and Moro 8/27/17)

For more information/registration visit www.shermancountyfairfun.

5. Recreational Vehicle Fire Safety

Oregon’s summer travel season is well under way and State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding all recreational vehicle (RV) operators to remember fire safety when operating their vehicle.

“Getting away in an RV is a popular pastime of Oregonians and visitors,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “However, RV users have a number of things to pay attention to in order to stay fire safe.”

The OSFM encourages RV operators to follow these fire safety guidelines:

Cooking Appliances:
* Make sure to have proper ventilation before operating the appliance.
* Open the overhead vent or turn on an exhaust fan.
* Watch what you heat. A leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.
* Keep anything that can catch fire away from burners.
* Never use cooking appliances for heating.

If You Smell Gas:
* Check your stove knobs to make sure they are off.
* Put out all open flames (pilot lights, lamps, smoking materials, etc).
* Shut off the gas supply.
* Don’t operate electrical switches. Turning a switch on or off can create a spark and may cause an explosion.
* Open doors, windows, and vents.
* Leave the RV until the odor is gone.
* Have the gas system checked and repaired by a qualified professional.

Electric Heaters:
* All heaters need space. Keep things that can burn such as paper, furniture, bedding, or curtains, at least three feet from heating equipment.
* Use portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off , so if they are tipped over , they will shut off.
* Plug space heaters directly into an electrical outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips.

Generator Safety:
* Check all exhaust system connections regularly for leaks and tighten as necessary.
* Make sure the generator tail pipe extends past the edge of the RV.
* Always operate the generator in an area where the wind will carry the exhaust fumes away from the RV.
* Allow the generator to cool down before refueling.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
* Install a CO alarm inside your RV.
* If the alarm chirps, replace the batteries of the entire alarm, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
* Replace CO alarms based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Smoke Alarms:
* Install a smoke alarm inside your RV.
* If the alarm chirps, replace the batteries of the entire alarm, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
* Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.

For more RV Fire Safety information, download our brochure at

6. Getting a Clear Picture

eye2Digital or print, when you are taking pictures, you want to have a sharp, clear focus. You want to have the same clear focus for your everyday life.

Most of us live in a culture that presents us with a bewildering array of options. However, the confusion of too many options will largely disappear once you know how to focus. In this sense, focusing means to concentrate all your attention on one particular thing, and, much as you do with a camera, bring it into sharp relief in order to clarify your relationship with it.

When we concentrate our attention on a particular endeavor, problem or person, we bring all of our energy to it, shutting out the details that don’t pertain to the matter at hand. Even if we find ourselves caught in a crisis where our attention seems to be demanded everywhere at once, when we choose to focus our attention on one aspect of the problem, a solution becomes much easier. A natural progression then begins to unfold, making it possible for us to arrive, eventually, at an overall resolution.

Remember, your experience in life is determined by where and upon what you choose to focus your attention and energy, just as a photographer must decide what to focus the lens on and what to leave out. If you let your attention wander all over the place, you will end up feeling muddled and blurry, just like the picture that results from a camera lens not held still.

It is a matter of deciding what you want, and then focusing on it. Take charge of your attention, and you will be taking charge of the situation. ~The Pacific Institute

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