Sherman County eNews #258


  1. Free Medicare Class at Columbia Gorge Community College, Oct. 12

  2. Do Unto Others…

  3. Such a Thing as Good Stress?

  4. DriveHealthy Campaign Launches to Reduce Distracted Driving

  5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center September Meal Menu

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” –Thomas Jefferson (1808)

1. Free Medicare Class at Columbia Gorge Community College, Oct. 12

grandparents.3Get your questions answered

(Salem) — Every day, state Medicare experts hear from people who missed a Medicare deadline, face a penalty or paid more for health or drug insurance than they should have.

“People call and say nobody told me about this deadline or that my neighbor’s drug plan isn’t the best for me,” said Donna Delikat, Medicare trainer for the state’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program. “That’s why we offer classes that explain Medicare and answer typical Medicare questions.”

SHIBA is a state-federal program that trains a network of volunteer counselors to offer free, unbiased counseling to Oregonians with Medicare. State staff will visit Columbia Gorge Community College in Hood River on April 6 to offer a free, two-hour class on the ABC & Ds of Medicare. The class is open to anyone, including people new to Medicare.

“People who take this class will get tips about Medicare that may help them avoid problems later,” Delikat said. “Also, anyone who is looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity can take the class to see if helping others with Medicare is something they want to pursue.”

Class information

When & Where: From 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Hood River Campus and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at The Dalles Campus on Thursday, October 12th.

Who should enroll: People in Medicare or soon to be in Medicare, insurance agents and others who work with Medicare recipients.

Register: Call (541) 506-6011 for the class in The Dalles or (541) 308-8211 for the class in Hood River. Preregistration is preferred but not required.

Help with Medicare: Call SHIBA at: 1-800-722-4134

Volunteer opportunity: SHIBA trains and supports volunteer counselors who want to help people with Medicare in their community. Learn more by attending this class or by calling SHIBA.

SHIBA is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more formation, visit SHIBA at or the department at

2. Do Unto Others…

The greatest of all success rules is this: do unto others as you would if you were the others.

The Golden Rule is more than a principle of ethical behavior; it is a dynamic force that can work good in the lives of untold numbers of people. When you make it a practice to treat others as though you were the others, you spread goodwill among people who, in turn, may be moved to do the same. By their actions, they influence still more people, who generate goodwill among even more people. This force for goodwill increases exponentially and will return to you from totally new sources. The benefit you receive from a good deed performed today by a total stranger may have been a chain reaction from long ago when you observed the Golden Rule in your own dealings with another. ~Napoleon Hill

3. Such a Thing as Good Stress?

Most of us know that too much stress can create problems, for both mind and body. However, did you know there is a kind of stress that is good for you? That is hard to believe, isn’t it? Let’s look a little closer into this “good stress.”

All of us have comfort zones. A comfort zone is just a term used to describe the physical or psychological area in which we feel comfortable and at ease. When we move away from the familiar to the new and different, we are moving out of our comfort zone.

If the move is not something we choose to do or are not ready for, we feel anxiety and stress. If you have ever walked into the wrong rest room or been forced to speak in public, you understand anxiety and stress! It didn’t take long for you to get back to where you knew you belonged.

For most of life, the higher your self-esteem, the broader your comfort zone – and the easier it is for you to deal with unfamiliar situations and new challenges. You see, when you raise your self-esteem, you automatically expand your comfort zone. It works the other way around, as well.

If you use techniques like affirmation and visualization to mentally take yourself out of your comfort zone safely, when it is time to deal with the real thing, instead of anxiety you will feel excitement – a good kind of stress – and you will be giving your self-esteem a boost. It’s a mindset shift to start looking at the future with optimism and confidence.

Most likely, you still won’t feel good about walking into the wrong rest room, and some of us may still want to get out of there as fast as possible! But, you will be able to handle change more easily and deal with new situations without becoming anxious, upset and negatively stressed.

So, for this week, choose an upcoming situation or event that has you concerned. It can be personal, professional, whatever. Take a few quiet moments to close your eyes, a couple of times a day, and imagine what it will look like, feel like, even smell like in this situation. See yourself as poised and calm, and in charge. Rehearse in your mind what you will say to the people involved, maintaining that calm and in-charge feeling. See if this doesn’t reduce your anxiety.

You might even find yourself standing taller physically, because you’ve seen yourself standing taller in your mind. ~The Pacific Institute

4. DriveHealthy Campaign Launches to Reduce Distracted Driving

telephone2Campaign designed to change cultural norms and reduce distracted driving begins!

SALEM — Who are Oregon’s safest drivers? That’s what a new campaign created by AAA Oregon/Idaho, ODOT and the Oregon State Police seeks to discover. DriveHealthy’s aim is to help reduce the incidence of distracted driving in Oregon by introducing friendly competition.

Why the need for this? A recent survey found that while 69 percent of Oregonians are VERY uncomfortable riding with a driver who is sending a text message, 72 percent admit to driving distracted themselves! In Oregon on average eight people are hurt or killed by a distracted driver each day. This has contributed to the largest increase in traffic fatalities in Oregon in a decade. At the same time, cell phone use in vehicles has strong addictive properties: Changing this behavior will be difficult.

“We’re connected to each other socially with technology,” said ODOT Director Matthew Garrett. “And the fact is, that connection doesn’t stop when we get behind the wheel. So we want to replace the addiction to the phone by using those same social connections, combined with immediate feedback on driving and friendly competition.”

“Here’s how it works,” said Garrett. “It’s simple. You get with your closest friends, family or co-workers and form a group. Your group works together to beat others in the same category – like schools, civic clubs, religious organizations or co-workers at other Oregon businesses. You can also compete on your own as an Oregon resident.”

Organizations can register at Starting September 1, they can download a free app from Lifesaver and the competition begins. Each month is a new opportunity to compete. Will it be effective? Data suggests that a recent similar campaign in Boston reduced distracted driving among participants by 47 percent.

By not opening your phone while driving, you keep your score high. At the end of each month, the groups with the highest scores win bragging rights on the DriveHealthy website.

“We’re convinced,” said Garrett, “that while technology helped create the problem, technology can also help provide a solution to distracted driving.”

DriveHealthy started as the result of a statewide task force, which also recommended passage of tougher cell-phone laws. House Bill 2597 takes effect October 1 and, among other changes, increases the penalty for using a mobile electronic device while driving to $2,000.

Businesses, corporations, organizations and media outlets can support the DriveHealthy campaign in a variety of ways:

  • Adopt the campaign as a cause for your organization
  • Sponsor media promotion for DriveHealthy in your local market
  • Sponsor monthly rewards for the best drivers

For information on how to sponsor DriveHealthy monthly rewards, contact LifeSaver ( For information on how to adopt DriveHealthy in your community, contact Tom Fuller (503-986-3455,

“Our goal is lofty,” said Garrett. “We want to change cultural norms around distracted driving like they changed regarding seat belt use and drunk driving. It took decades to make significant progress in those areas. Today things change at Internet speed so I’m hopeful the norms around driving healthy can become a part of our culture quickly.”

5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center September Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center


Meal Menu

September 2017

  We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served. 

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Hot Dog on a Bun
Baked Beans
Veggies, Salad & Dessert
4 5 6 7 8
Closed for Labor Day


Ham & Cheese on a Bun Oven Fried Chicken Baked Potato Bar Turkey Tetrazini
Potato Wedges & Veggies Potatoes/Gravy & Veggies Veggies Veggies
Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Ice Cream
11 12 13 14 15
Hamburger Gravy Pork Chops Mac & Cheese w/Ham Chicken ala King Navy Bean Soup w/Ham
Mashed Potatoes Potato Wedges Veggies Biscuits & Veggies Yeast Rolls & Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
18 19 20 21 22
Beef Chili Stuffed Peppers Spaghetti w/meat sauce Quiche Lorraine Pizza loaded w/meat
Cornbread Veggies Garlic Bread Muffins & Veggies Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Ice Cream
25 26 27 28 29
Chicken Clam Chowder Swedish Meatballs Pork Fried Rice Cheeseburgers
Veggies Cottage Cheese & Rolls Rotini & Veggies Egg Rolls Oven Fries & Veggies
Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad & Ice Cream

Menu subject to change due to availability   ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.