Sherman County eNews #266

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County Preschool Has One Opening for 2017-2018 School Year

  2. Sherman County Fair 4-H Basket Raffle Donors, Winners & Support

  3. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee Meeting, Sept. 13

  4. Cynicism: Cool or Catastrophe?

  5. The Dalles Kiwanis Club Steak Feed Postponed Until Sept. 14

  6. Discussion, Release of Long-term Services & Supports in Oregon Studies, Sept. 15

  7. Columbia Gorge Community College Offers Free Monthly Electronic Newsletter


“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.” —Joseph Story (1833)


1. Sherman County Preschool Has One Opening for 2017-2018 School Year

Sherman County Preschool has 1 available spot left for the 2017-2018 school year. School is just starting, so if you have a child who is currently 3-5 years old and are interested in sending him/her to preschool please contact the preschool at 541-565-3320 for more information.


2. Sherman County Fair 4-H Basket Raffle Donors, Winners & Support

4-H clover1THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets for the themed baskets raffle by the 4-H Assn.  We raised $746 to help send 4-H members to 4-H camps and leadership activities.  For those who donated baskets, WOW!  Amazing baskets and such generosity, thank you so much!

 

BASKET       –         DONATED BY        –         THE WINNER

Dutch Oven Cooking – “Pans on Fire” 4-H club – Diana Landry

Sherman County Historical Society – Museum supporters – Helen Stanley

Photography – Jean McKinney -Tanya Barrett

Going Camping – 4-H Swine Club – Carol Howard

John Deere Wagon – Larry & Sherry Kaseberg, RDO – Martha Bachler

Golfing – Sheri Sharp – Jessie Fuhrer

Turkey -“Chicken Tenders –  Jamie Wilson

Robots – 4-H Robotics club – Cecil Wilson

Relax  – “Classy Caballos” 4-H club – Lu Shull

Wine – Karen Thompson Umemoto – Nell Melzer

~ Cindy Brown | Educator, 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences

Oregon State University

66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon 97039

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291  Cindy.Brown@oregonstate.edu  extension.oregonstate.edu/sherman


3. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee Meeting, Sept. 13

recycle.blwhThe Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday September 13th, 2017, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region.  Wasco County is the lead agency.  The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information, call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.


4. Cynicism: Cool or Catastrophe?

Some people think it is smart and sophisticated to be cynical. We see a lot of this in the world today. The trouble is, cynicism does not help solve the challenges before us.

Do you know anyone with a cynical attitude? Most likely, you do. Cynics believe that people are motivated by selfishness. Cynics come off as scornful and contemptuous of anything that looks like virtue or integrity. Cynics pride themselves in having a “realistic approach” and mock those with a more optimistic view. But have you ever noticed that cynics more than likely are unhappy people? They are not only unhappy, but they seem dead to the spiritual values that give life meaning.

You might have heard cynics described as failed idealists who commit a kind of intellectual suicide. Now that may seem extreme, but think about it. Cynics build no bridges, make no discoveries, and expect people to behave badly. They see no room for improvement, so they abandon hope and in the process, give up their power to act and bring about change.

Now, our minds are nourished by a continual supply of new ideas, which we then put to work with a purpose in mind. But if there are no worthwhile new ideas, as the cynic believes, the mind becomes stagnant. A stagnant mind is a danger to its owner and worse than useless to the community at large.

So, refuse to be influenced by the nay-sayers and cynics in your midst. Hold to your hope and humor, your ideals and dreams, your compassion and imagination, for it is these things that give life meaning and bring us all a better world. ~The Pacific Institute


5. The Dalles Kiwanis Club Steak Feed Postponed Until Sept. 14

The Dalles Kiwanis Club is postponing its annual Steak Feed for one week due to the unhealthy smoke situation.  The rescheduled event will take place Thursday Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park.  The Steak Feed is the club’s major fund-raiser for community projects serving children and youth.  The service club thanks all who purchased tickets and hopes those unable to attend on the new date will pass along their tickets to friends or neighbors.  Tickets are still available from Kiwanis members or may be purchased in the park Sept. 14.  


6. Discussion, Release of Long-term Services & Supports in Oregon Studies, Sept. 15

Salem, OR — The Oregon Department of Human Services (Oregon DHS) Aging & People with Disabilities program (APD), in cooperation with the Oregon State University (OSU) and Portland State University (PSU), will present findings from recently completed studies about assisted living, residential care, endorsed memory care, adult foster homes, and nursing facilities. Researchers with the OSU College of Public Health and Human Services, the PSU Institute on Aging and representatives of APD will participate in a roundtable discussion of the studies’ findings.

The event is scheduled for September 15, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at Portland State University.

What are we going to talk about? A few highlights from the studies:

I. The costs of assisted living, residential care, and endorsed memory care communities:
– The monthly cost of assisted living is $3,667 and residential care facilities is $3,770 — more than $44,400 a year.
– Memory care communities average $5,410 per month.
– Average nursing facility costs for a bed in a semi-private room is $8,425.
– Oregon has the highest rate of assisted living and residential care communities that accept Medicaid, and the highest percent of Medicaid-financed residents, in the nation.

II. The demand for endorsed memory care facilities has increased during the past decade.

III. The majority of community based care settings employ full-time registered nurses (RNs), though they are not required to do so.

Detailed information about location, phone numbers, and online links will be sent in a separate release. This session will be available live via Facebook, Twitter and a telephone conference line.

The study reports are located at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/Pages/publications.aspx


7. Columbia Gorge Community College Offers Free Monthly Electronic Newsletter

Information on academic programs, special initiatives, upcoming events at Columbia Gorge Community College are featured each month in “Campus Currents,” a free electronic newsletter produced each month for distribution throughout the region.

The newsletter is being offered to residents throughout the college’s service area, including the general public, students, faculty and staff. Readers will find information on registration, two-year associate degrees in myriad programs, special activities on the Hood River and The Dalles campuses, Community Education offerings and much more. “Campus Currents” also invites news from education and training partners in the Mid-Columbia region.

“Columbia Gorge Community College belongs to the people of the Mid-Columbia region, and our goal in producing ‘Campus Currents’ is to help everyone stay fully informed of the college,” said Dan Spatz, the college’s community outreach manager. “We hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to discover the many ways in which Columbia Gorge Community College serves our region by signing up for our newsletter.”

To participate, simply visit the college’s website, www.cgcc.edu and click on the “News” tab to complete the on-line subscription form.

Information of interest to college students and the education community may also be submitted to currents@cgcc.edu for consideration.


 

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