Sherman County eNews #367


  1. Take a Holiday Break at the Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. OSU Requires Vaccinations for Meningococcal B for Students

  3. Distractions

  4. Quotation Marks

  5. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 3

  6. Beatrice Holmes Ward 1925-2017

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

On this day, December 21, in 1964, a great warm and moist surge of Pacific air brought torrential rains on an already deep snow base, resulting in record flooding across Oregon and Northern California.

1. Take a Holiday Break at the Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Holiday Hours 11am-7pm on Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm on Saturday.

Tired of hearing “I’m bored?” Join us Thursday, December 28 for a day filled with Star Wars fun. The Force Awakens starts at 1pm. There will be a story time and crafts for younglings at 3pm. Crafts for older kids, teens, and adults will start after the movie.

2. OSU Requires Vaccinations for Meningococcal B for Students

North Central Public Health is forwarding an Oregon Health Authority media release to make sure it reaches local OSU students and families during winter break. Health officials today reported a sixth case of meningococcal disease infecting a student enrolled at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and are encouraging undergraduate students during winter break to receive vaccinations for meningococcal B disease.

“Oregon State University takes the health and welfare of its students, employees and the general public very seriously,” said Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing.

“Effective immediately, Oregon State University will require all of its Corvallis students 25 and younger to be vaccinated for meningococcal B disease by Feb. 15,” he said. “Prior to this latest case, vaccinations were encouraged for all OSU students 25 years and under, but required for all incoming first-year students and transfer students.”

Paul Cieslak, MD, medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, said, “In light of the university’s new vaccination requirement, most OSU students remain unvaccinated and their time over the holidays might be the best opportunity for them to be vaccinated.”

The latest case is a 21-year-old Oregon State undergraduate student enrolled at the Corvallis campus who was hospitalized Dec. 17 with meningitis while visiting family members. Preliminary tests found meningococcal disease to be the probable cause, and further testing is underway to determine whether it is the same strain of meningococcal bacteria that caused the other OSU cases.

“We offer our thoughts, concern and wishes for a speedy and full recovery for this student and for their family,” Clark said.

If confirmed to be meningococcal B, it would be the sixth case of the disease at OSU’s Corvallis campus since November 2016, and the third since October.

OHA epidemiologists on Tuesday distributed a statewide alert urging health care providers and pharmacists to encourage vaccination and to take every opportunity to vaccinate all OSU undergraduate students age 25 and younger with a series of serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.

Winter break, which began Dec. 9 for Oregon State, continues through Jan. 7.

“We ask that health care providers consider meningococcal disease in their diagnosis when college students, particularly those with links to OSU, show up with unexplained high fever, headache, stiff neck or rash, and report any suspected cases promptly to their local public health department,” Cieslak said.

OHA epidemiologists are supporting OSU, Benton County and other local public health departments around the state in investigating the case, including identifying and treating individuals with whom the student had close contact in recent days. Members of the student’s immediate family have been treated with preventive antibiotics.

The latest illness shows the disease still is a cause for serious concern in and around the OSU Corvallis campus community, Cieslak says, and until students are vaccinated, they remain at risk of the potentially deadly disease.

Two brands of meningococcal B vaccines are licensed in the United States, and they are not interchangeable:

  • Bexsero, a two-dose series, with the second dose given at least one month after the first
  • Trumenba, a three-dose series, with the second dose given one month after the first, and the third dose given six months after the first

Either vaccine can be used, but because they are not interchangeable, the follow-up doses should be of the same brand as the initial dose.

State law requires health insurers to cover the cost of vaccines and antibiotics during an outbreak for enrollees 25 and younger, and who are attending or enrolled to attend OSU at the Corvallis campus. Students having trouble accessing vaccines due to insurance restrictions should call 888-877-4894 or email to connect with patient advocates.

Vaccination is the best means of preventing meningococcal disease. The following measures may offer some additional protection: students reduce the risk of transmission by coughing into a sleeve or tissue; avoiding exchange of respiratory and throat secretions, such as by sharing drinks or kissing; washing and sanitizing hands often; and not sharing drinks, utensils, cigarettes or other smoking equipment or personal cosmetics that touch the lips. Meningococcal B disease is not typically transmitted by touching kitchen counters, tables, doorknobs and other surfaces.

Link to OHA media release:

Additional meningococcal B disease information:

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

3. Distractions

Distracted driving has become a “hot button” subject in most cities around the world, whether it’s texting while driving, eating while driving, even getting dressed while driving! Many cities have enacted laws that fine us for talking on our mobile phones while driving. Many of us have probably encountered someone so distracted by texting, that they walk through an intersection against the DO NOT WALK sign!

These types of distractions and the conversations around them are a serious matter, because the repercussions involve life and death. However, distractions have other ramifications that are not as readily seen, especially when it comes to getting our work done or having our brains learn something new. In this way, distractions keep us from focusing on the task at hand.

While “multi-tasking” is still bandied about as a plus in some workplaces, research has shown this to be a false assumption. Distractions actually impair memory creation. Media multi-taskers (those folks who seem to be glued to instant messaging, email, Facebook, Instagram and the like) are especially susceptible to the negative impact of distractions on their performance, with a steep drop-off shown in their memory-making results.

This is not to say that all distractions are bad. Let’s face it, there are days when we simply need to give ourselves and our brains a break. When this happens, however, it’s not so much a distraction as it is purposely putting a subject or project aside, giving the brain time to sift through the information being presented to it. Additional research shows that the brain gets bored and loses focus after about 20 minutes on a subject. Then, it needs a new stimulus, or it shuts off its attention completely.

You see, the brain learns best when it has time to consider what it is learning, as well as how the new information is going to be applied. And in this process, the fewer the distractions, the better. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Quotation Marks

The rules set forth in this section are customary in the United States. Great Britain and other countries in the Commonwealth of Nations are governed by quite different conventions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Rule 4 in this section, a rule that has the advantage of being far simpler than Britain’s and the disadvantage of being far less logical.

Quotation marks are primarily used to indicate material that is being reproduced word for word, as well as some other important uses.

5. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 3

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

6. Beatrice Holmes Ward 1925-2017 

flower.rose.starA Journey Completed,

A life well lived and a rest well deserved

for a beloved Mother

Beatrice Holmes Ward, a loving Mother was the daughter of the late Alonzo and Emma Holmes.

Beatrice H. Ward received her final call from her God and Savior Jesus Christ to come home Saturday, December 9, 2017 at approximately 6:15 P.M. in Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Beatrice Ward lived a long fulfilling and happy life with her family.

Beatrice Ward was born August 24, 1925 in the town of Morton, Mississippi to a family of six children. She was baptized and received God as her personal savior at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Morton Mississippi.

Beatrice attended grade school and high school in Mississippi prior to marrying Willie B. Ward in Morton, Mississippi, where they produced six children, three boys and three girls. The family moved from Mississippi while the children were very young to McNary, Arizona in 1952 after their last child was born. Her husband Willie B. Ward had got a new job in McNary, Arizona, working for Southwest Forest Industries.

Beatrice was a homemaker and later started to work outside the house when her children were in school. She worked as a fry cook and later a chef in several restaurants in McNary and the neighboring towns to help make ends meet for the family.

After all the children were out of school and had moved to Portland, Oregon, and other places her two sons moved her to Portland, Oregon, in 1979. Beatrice immediately made friends and eventually found a job working for Emanuel Hospital in housekeeping and later retired from there in 1989.

Beatrice was warm hearted, full of life and a loving Mother always willing to share and help others and taught her children those same values.

Beatrice was very proud of her Church and was one of the early members who worked with Rev. Howard and others to see the completion of the new church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She loved gardening and keeping her lawn and flowers looking presentable to the community.

As many that know her, she loved to grow her vegetable and grapes to share with others in the community. It was very fulfilling for her to give to others the fruits of her labor from her garden.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Willie B. Ward, her son Robert Earl Ward and her daughter Vena Mae Ward Lee, her father and mother Alonzo & Emma Holmes, brothers, Billy Ray, Elford & Nelson Holmes, sisters Levelma Davis and Myrtis Thompson.

Beatrice is survived by her sons, Arthur B. Ward, Billy L. (Iralene) Ward; two daughters, Emma Jean Russell, Queen Esther (Robert) Clark, son in law Bobbie James Lee, two nephews, three nieces, four granddaughters, one grandson, four great grandsons, three great granddaughters and a host of many other relatives, friends and neighbors who will miss her smiling face, warm friendship and big heart.


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



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