Sherman County eNews #225


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

  2. Sherman County Fair Entries: Who, Where, When & it’s Free!

  3. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!

  4. Grand-parenting From A Distance

  5. Travel Oregon: Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse in 2017

  6. A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live.

  7. ODOT urges travelers not to pop in and out of #OReclipse

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

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

Tuesday, August 1 at 10am – Summer Reading Program
0-4 Construction Zone
5+ Tower Power/On a Roll

Wednesday, August 2 at 10am – Summer Reading Program Finale
Christopher Leebrick Storytelling
National award-winning Storyteller Christopher Leebrick has enthralled audiences with his remarkable storytelling ability since the age of thirteen. He has performed from coast to coast at festivals, theaters, concert halls, schools, libraries and campfires.

Thursday, August 3 at 11:00am – Baby Lap-Sit Story Time
Come build early literacy skills with your little one as we read a story, sing songs, and play games like “peek-a-boo.”

Thursday, August 3 at 6:00pm – Game Night
Come join us for game night, ages 10 and up.

2. Sherman County Fair Entries: Who, Where, When & it’s Free!

Wheat, Wind & Waves!

Who can enter?  Anyone from age 1 and up. One must be a resident of the United States.  Some special contests are only available to Sherman Co. residents.

When do you enter?  Wednesday August 23, 2017 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Bring your items to the Sherman County Fairgrounds at 66147 Lonerock Road in Moro Oregon.

What can you enter?  Just about anything >> Baked goods, barley, beer, ceramics, chickens, a collection, crocheting, dried fruits or herbs, ducks, flowers, hay, home canning, house plants, knitting, leather craft, macramé, needlework, painting, sewing, soap, sewing, taking pictures, vegetables, wheat, wine.

What can kids enter in the “Kid’s Corner?”   Cookies, candy, cake that they baked.  A holiday decoration, a garden vegetable, a house plant, a sewing project, a collection or an object of art made from recycled materials.  Don’t forget about the coloring contest!!

More details and class info can be found in our 2017 Premium book or at our web site. 

3. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!


Be mindful of slow-moving wheat trucks that may be just around the corner

in Biggs Canyon/Spanish Hollow on Hwy. 97


on Hwy. 206 in Fulton Canyon!

Cyclists are encouraged to avoid harvest market roads.

Please keep all vehicles on paved roads to prevent field fires.

~ Peter W. Murphy, Public Information Officer

ODOT Region 4 Bend, Oregon  541-388-6224

4. Grand-parenting From A Distance

seniorMaPaIt’s tough to be a good grandparent when your grandchildren are many miles away – but it can be done. Long-distance grand-parenting takes some special attention and creativity if it is to result in the kind of close feelings that transcend miles on the map. Here are some distance-solving tips for you that will help.

First, make the most of the mail. It’s fine if the letters are brief, as long as they are frequent. While you are waiting for food at a restaurant, write a note on the paper place mat and send it, or clippings of cartoons that make your grandchild smile. Use colorful stickers and stamps, and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if it will speed a response. Regular “snail” mail may be old-fashioned, but there is something special about finding a letter in the mailbox.

E-mail and texting have quickly become wonderful ways to maintain a day-to-day relationship. A quick message every morning, or one that has arrived by the time your grandchild returns home from school, makes a positive impact. They will look forward to them. You are never too old to learn, and texting quick messages or sending e-cards to your grandchildren creates a vital connection.  As the Baby Boomer generation actively embraces grandparenthood, they also have the computer skills to creatively keep contact with grandchildren geographically far away.

Video conferencing is terrific, and getting easier by the day. So much can now be done via video emails! Record a favorite children’s story to be played at bedtime, or a one-of-a-kind message filled with love and your special self-esteem building assurances. These days, you can even read the bedtime story directly to your grandchildren via Skype!

The point is, “be there” for your grandchildren, even if you can’t be there with them. Celebrate their successes, while you create special days just for them. You will never regret it, and they will love you for it – forever.

5. Travel Oregon: Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse in 2017

eclipse1One of nature’s most incredible — and rarest — sights is coming to Oregon. On August 21, 2017, the state will be treated to a total solar eclipse, a rare celestial event in which the moon passes in front of the sun and completely blocks its light, briefly turning daytime into twilight. Mark your calendar now, because the next opportunity to view a total solar eclipse from Oregon won’t occur for nearly 100 years.

What is a total solar eclipse? A total solar eclipse can only be seen from within a relatively narrow strip of the Earth’s surface known as the path of totality. Within this region — which is only about 90 miles wide — the sun appears to be completely eclipsed by the moon, and the moon’s shadow on the Earth plunges observers into twilight for several minutes. In this temporary twilight, known as totality, temperatures drop and stars become visible. Observers on either side of the path of totality see only a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon somewhat blocks the sun but daylight still persists.

Where can I experience it? Cities closest to the path of totality have the best viewing opportunities. On August 21, 2017, the path of totality will begin in the remote Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii and first make landfall on the Oregon Coast, just north of Depoe Bay, at 10:15 a.m. From there the moon’s shadow will race east toward Salem, where the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing party at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Thousands of people are expected to turn out to celebrate the roughly two-minute-long totality in Salem, Oregon’s capital and the largest city in the path of totality. A number of viewing events are being offered in the Salem area at area vineyards, the Oregon State Capitol and more. Continuing east, the shadow of the moon will pass over Madras (where Oregon Solarfest will celebrate), Mitchell (near where Symbiosis and Oregon Star Party will host special viewing events), John Day and Baker City (where the Geiser Grand Hotel will host a special talk with space scientists). Due to the rapid movement of the moon around the Earth, the moon’s shadow will traverse the entire state of Oregon in only 12 minutes.


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7. ODOT urges travelers to not pop in and out of #OReclipse

eclipse2It’s not a game day: Treat the 3-hour eclipse like a 3-DAY event

Experts say up to one million people may enter the path of totality across Oregon to view the Aug. 21 eclipse. Travelers who treat this once-in-a-generation event like a college football game day—arriving just beforehand and leaving immediately afterwards—might be in for some serious interstellar shock. There could be thousands—or tens of thousands—of other travelers doing the same thing.

Please don’t do that. Build breathing space into your travel plans.

Visit to view about 400 highway cameras and check out your planned travel route in real time. Visit for #OReclipse travel tips.

  • Arrive early: Don’t be late for your very important date.
  • Stay put: Once you arrive, help other travelers by staying off the road.
  • Leave late: ODOT predicts skyrocketing congestion immediately after the eclipse when many travelers head home. Beat the congestion somewhere cool and comfortable.
  • This is not a game day: Treat this 3-hour event like a 3-DAY event.

ODOT will manage the state highway system as much as possible to try to accommodate the increased number of travelers. Incident response crews will park at strategic locations along many highways to help people and move vehicles causing backups. ODOT does not plan to close any state highway. But sheer traffic volume could still overwhelm the system.

You can help. Plan your journey to avoid the busiest expected periods of traffic (Sunday and Monday). If you’re on the road when the eclipse takes place, play it safe! Don’t stop on the highway or shoulder to view the eclipse. Don’t block traffic or walk into travel lanes. If another person’s eyes are on the sky, they won’t see you. And don’t wear your eclipse glasses while driving!

Plan to have a good time in Oregon viewing the eclipse. Plan ahead, so you will.

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