Sherman County eNews #226


  1. All County Prayer Meeting in Rufus, Aug. 2

  2. Sherman County Fair Date Change for 4-H Static Exhibit Judging

  3. Prevent Heat Related Illness by Staying Cool, Hydrated and Informed!

  4. 4-H Exchange Student from Japan in Sherman County

  5. Measuring Your Own Success

  6. OP-ED: “Making bipartisan progress on safe drinking water”

  7. Free Pheasant Hunts for Oregon Youth

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

1. All County Prayer Meeting in Rufus, Aug. 2

All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday August 2 @ the Rufus Baptist Church.

Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Praying starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting as we pray for our county.

2. Sherman County Fair Date Change for 4-H Static Exhibit Judging, Aug. 22

4-H clover1Due to the potential for problems with traffic and cell phones during the eclipse, the Sherman 4-H office announces a date change for the Sherman County Fair schedule.  The 4-H static exhibit judging has been moved from Monday, August 21 to Tuesday, August 22 at 9am at the 4-H pavilion.  Participants will be receiving a letter with additional schedule information. 

The 4-H Horse Show schedule is unchanged for Tuesday August 22 at 10:00am.  

3. Prevent Heat Related Illness by Staying Cool, Hydrated and Informed!

Sun-SoleWith record-high temperatures predicted this week, North Central Public Health District wants to remind you to Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated and Stay Informed.

Excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather related events in this country. Heat related illness can affect anyone at any age; please pay special attention to the tips below if you are over 65 years of age, or if you have existing medical problems like heart disease, if you work outdoors, or if you care for children under the age of four. Heat-related illness is preventable, here are some helpful tips:

Stay Cool

 Find air-conditioned shelter

 Avoid direct sunlight

 Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing

 Take cool showers or baths

 Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device

Stay Hydrated

 Drink more water than usual

 Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids

 Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar

 Remind others to drink enough water

Stay Informed

 Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips

 Learn the symptoms of heat illness

Please also remember that you should NEVER leave children or pets alone in a vehicle.

To learn more about preventing heat-related illness, as well as the signs and symptoms of heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, please see the attached Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Checklist and visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Oregon Health Authority:

National Weather Service (enter your city & state to get a weather forecast):


For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at

4. 4-H Exchange Student from Japan in Sherman County

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Sherman County 4-H is hosting an exchange student from Japan this coming academic year.  Mana Chamoto, age 15, will be staying with the Melissa Montesanti family in Wasco.  She is from the city of Tokushima, which is the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island in Japan.  The population of her city Tokushima is 258,237, with a population density of 1,400 persons per km.  She is will be living in Sherman County in a town with a population of 400, in a county with 1700 persons and a population density of 2.1 inhabitants per square mile (0.81/km2).

Mana will be attending Sherman Junior/Senior High School in Moro, and her host family plans for her to get involved in a variety of school activities including sports and 4-H leadership activities.  The Montesantis are excited to host Mana and have plans to share their home, community, state and lifestyle with her during her stay.  Since her arrival on July 29, they have already taken her to the Hood River County Fair to sample the foods, see the sights, enjoy the carnival and listen to country music.  She will be participating in a Sherman 4-H Teen Leadership Team activity this week involving aerial adventures and team building training. 

As this is a 4-H program, exchange students follow the 4-H Code of Conduct, participate in 4-H activities especially leadership and public speaking, and perform community service.  This exchange is coordinated by Oregon State University’s Global Citizenship Program, through the 4-H International Exchange Programs based in Seattle WA.  Mana is coming to the U.S. through the Labo International Exchange Foundation.

Please help welcome Mana Chamoto to the U.S.A.!

5. Measuring Your Own Success

Most people want to succeed, but whose version of “success” is the best choice? How do you measure your success? How do you know when you have really accomplished something that counts?

Success on other people’s terms may only mean frustration for you, and doing the so-called “right thing” just because you have been told it’s the right thing won’t help, either. If we measure our success by goals that others think worthwhile instead of by our own personal standards, we will wind up in trouble.

Personal growth and fulfillment must start with the centered self, and depend on clear personal values and self-knowledge if they are to be sustained. Measuring our success by other people’s values prevents us from recognizing many of our own significant accomplishments. We wind up denying our own unique talents and abilities.

You know, you are not on earth to measure up to someone else’s expectations, but you are here to develop your potential – in the direction and degree that you choose. It is your responsibility, though, to equip yourself to make wise choices – choices that will help you develop and feel good about yourself and your contributions. Now, it is fine to ask others for advice or information, but in the final analysis, the decision must be yours.

When you count your successes, you build self-confidence and your own sense of efficacy – your appraisal of your ability to cause things to happen for you and the world around you. Your life isn’t a measure of someone else’s success. It’s a measure of your own. ~The Pacific Institute

6. OP-ED: “Making bipartisan progress on safe drinking water”

American flag2By Rep. Greg Walden

All of us in Oregon and across the country deserve access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s why the Energy and Commerce Committee — where I serve as Chairman — just passed bipartisan legislation to modernize the nation’s drinking water infrastructure.

Today, drinking water flows to our homes and businesses through more than one million miles of pipes operated by both publicly and privately-owned water systems. Many of these pipes were laid in the early to mid-20th century with an expected lifespan of 75 to 100 years. In fact, some communities in Oregon still rely on wood stave water pipes that are reaching the end of their life. While in most places, drinking water quality remains high, we also have seen horrible problems from Flint, Michigan to drinking fountains in Oregon schools.

Our legislation focuses on addressing drinking water systems’ physical needs, aiding states and utilities with compliance and operation of the drinking water program, and encouraging the wisest use of money that is spent.

For the last 20 years, Congress has helped drinking water delivery systems meet the challenge of providing consumers with safe and affordable water through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).  From the end of 1997 through 2016, Oregon has received more than  $274 million in grants to help improve the safety and quality of tap water, comply with drinking water rules and reporting requirements, and give a helping hand to the most economically distressed communities struggling to provide their residents safe drinking water. This fiscal year, Oregon is set to receive nearly $12 million in funding to improve its water systems.

Many rural communities across Oregon struggle with failing infrastructure and a limited ability to afford these increasingly costly projects. They turn to the DWSRF for help.  In Malheur County, rural communities such as Vale and Nyssa are completing new water treatment and storage facilities to bring safe drinking water to their residents. In Umatilla County, the city of Pendleton is upgrading more than  30 miles of water lines that are nearly a century old — Mayor John Turner said this project would be impossible without the program.

Our bill, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act, continues those important investments and authorizes $8 billion over five years for the DWSRF while also expanding the number of ways in which the fund can be used to improve delivery systems. In fact, we’re authorizing an increase of $350 million in funding for next year from which states such as Oregon could benefit.

Perhaps most important is how the bill looks to the future, using smart-technology to monitor drinking water quality in real-time. This allows us to better prevent, detect, or rapidly respond to contaminants in our water systems. The ability to have up-to-the-minute information helps ensure water is safe and clean, system leaks and recent contamination are identified quickly, and the accuracy and availability of compliance data is maintained. We also included a program to help our schools replace drinking fountains that might contain lead.

These are just some of the highlights of the bill.  As this measure heads to the House for a vote, I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure it passes and we do our part to make sure the water Americans drink is safe. 

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, represents Oregon’s second congressional district, which includes 20 counties in central, southern and eastern Oregon.

7. Free Pheasant Hunts for Oregon Youth

SALEM, Ore.—Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state in September.

The events are being held in Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). See dates below and register online (see Register for a Class/Youth Upland Hunts), at a license sales agent or at an ODFW office that sells licenses. Note that the Ladd Marsh and Fern Ridge hunts do not require advance registration.

ODFW and partners stock pheasants at these special hunts that give youth a head start on regular pheasant seasons, which don’t begin until October. Quail and dove can also be hunted. Volunteers often bring their trained hunting dogs to hunt with participants. Some events begin with a shotgun skills clinic, so participants can practice clay target shooting before hunting.

These events are only open to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt.
“If your child made it through hunter education but is still new to the sport, this is a great way to get them started,” says James Reed, ODFW hunter education coordinator. “These events happen before regular pheasant seasons open and are a great opportunity for kids to get out hunting.”

ODFW stresses safety during the hunts. Both hunter and supervisor must wear a hunter orange hat, eye protection and a hunter orange vest—equipment provided by ODFW at the clinics to anyone who doesn’t have it. Hunters also need to check in and out of the hunt.

The hunts are free, though participants need a valid hunting license ($10 for youth 12 and older, free for age 11 and under) to hunt. Youth hunters age 12-17 also need an upland game bird validation ($4). Purchase online, at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses. Licenses and validations will not be sold at the events.

While most areas have a hunt both Saturday and Sunday, youth hunters may only sign up for one hunt. They are welcome to hunt stand by on the other day.
See the links below (from for more details including who to contact for more information.

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