Sherman County eNews #322


  1. Public Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 8

  2. Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration Courses, Nov. 16

  3. Banishing Shame

  4. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes; Current Draft Agenda, Dec. 6

  5. Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Underway through Dec. 15

  6. Editorial Note: November 1st. My 80th Birthday!

1. Public Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 8

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on November 8, 2017, at 6pm at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.). The public is welcome to attend!

2. Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration Courses, Nov. 16

Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offer two pesticide license recertification courses on November 16 at The Dalles campus.

Worker Protection Standard meets from 8:30 – 12:30. Participants receive 4 core credits. Hazard Communication meets from 1:00-5:00. Participants receive 3 credits.

The workshops are free. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541.506.6011, or online at

3. Banishing Shame

There is a strong, direct relationship between low self-esteem and shame. Today, let’s explore this relationship.

We all experience shame from time to time, that horrible sinking feeling that strikes at the very center of our being and launches a fundamental assault on our self-esteem. 

Shame truly does have a damaging effect on the development of healthy self-esteem. Perhaps the most important step we can take to rid the world of this malignant emotion is to avoid raising another generation of shame-based people.

Psychologist Susan Miller once wrote in the Atlantic Monthly, “A child’s experience of being someone who counts, comes in large part from the parents’ capacity to empathetically tune into that child.”

That means allowing children to feel what they feel and responding to them in a reasonable way. For parents, it means getting rid of perfectionism, blame, and attempts at constant control. And it means understanding that children have a right to their own thoughts, perceptions and feelings, and a right to make their own choices, within reason, even when they are different from ours.

If we want to raise healthy children who are free from unhealthy shame, the need to feel free to be themselves, without fear, is vital. Children need parents and grandparents who love them and appreciate them just the way they are, while setting reasonable limits and keeping them safe from harm. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes; Current Draft Agenda, Dec. 6

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the October 16, 2017 special session and the October 18, 2017 regular session are now available on the county website at

The most current draft agenda for December 6, 2017, is posted on the website. Updates will be available on the website.

Please note: The second Sherman County Court session for November is canceled due to the Association of Oregon Counties conference. The next County Court meeting will be December 6, 2017.

5. Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Underway through Dec. 15

(Salem) — For people who do not get health insurance through their job or another program, Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 is an important time. It’s the open enrollment period at, where individuals and families can sign up for coverage and the only place they can get help with health insurance costs.

Open enrollment is just 45 days long. People who need to get or renew coverage should act soon. Follow these tips to get covered:

1. Get free, local help enrolling. You can sign up for health insurance on your own at, but if you face any difficulties, have questions, or need advice to choose a plan, trained experts are available. Certified community groups (community partners) and licensed insurance agents will help you free of charge. They are listed at Only licensed insurance agents can give plan advice.

2. If you already have coverage, log in to your account to update your application and look through your 2018 plan options. Your income, available plans, or premiums may have changed since you last enrolled. To make sure you continue to get all the financial assistance you qualify for and to choose the plan that’s best for your needs and your budget, you should actively shop at People who do so, instead of automatically being renewed, often save money.

3. Be ready to submit documents to verify income, but don’t let paperwork stop you from starting your enrollment. When you apply for financial assistance at, you enter the income you think you will have for 2018. That is easiest for people whose income does not change much. will sometimes ask for proof of income if you enter an amount that is much different from what you had last year. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to upload or mail in paperwork to prove your current income. Don’t let it stop you from starting your application. Many times, those extra documents are not required.

4. If you want to keep seeing your current doctors, make a list. Many health insurance plans rely on networks of providers, and you save the most money when you see an in-network doctor, nurse practitioner, or health care provider. Plans and networks can change, and has tools for narrowing your plan options to the ones that include your providers in their networks. It helps if you have your list handy when you start to look through the plans. An insurance agent can help you make sense of network changes and find the plan that matches your provider needs.

5. Mind the deadline! Open enrollment for 2018 plans ends Dec. 15. Once the deadline passes, you won’t be able to get or switch plans unless you experience a major life event, such as moving across the state or out of state. Start your application early, and get help if you need it. Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace staff can answer questions by phone at 1-855-268-3736 (toll free). Other experts are listed at

6. Editorial Note: November 1st. My 80th Birthday!

Dear Readers,  

Because I love fundraising and Sherman County, I hope that you will want to express your appreciation for Sherman County eNews by celebrating my 80th birthday with your support for the Sherman County Historical Museum where I volunteered for nearly 40 years. Your help with the endowment fund or website project will be a perfect gift! 80 cents, $1.80, $8, $80…. Here’s the address: Sherman County Historical Society Museum, Attn: Endowment Fund or Website Update, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039. You will be greatly appreciated!


Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher, Sherman County eNews since 1999