Sherman County eNews #31


  1. Immunization: School Exclusion Day is Wednesday, Feb. 21

  2. Vernon Melzer Memorial Service, Feb. 10

  3. The Olympic Games – NBC, NBCSN & USA Network – Beginning Feb. 8

  4. History Forum: Fourteen Miles on the North Shore Railroad, Feb. 10

  5. Navigating Through Crisis

  6. The American’s Creed

  7. The Sherman County Citizen-Reporter Online

1. Immunization: School Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 21

Oregon law requires that all children attending public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities, have up-to-date immunization documentation (or have an exemption) to remain in school. 

The goal is to make sure children are fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases and can go to school in a safe and healthy environment.  Immunization is a safe way to help protect your family, your school and your community, against disease. 

The date for exclusion this year is Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  

Each year North Central Public Health District sends a letter to the parents of children that need additional immunizations, indicating what additional immunizations a child needs.  Letters are in the mail this week.

Please be aware that North Central Public Health District typically receives a large number of walk-in clients needing to be immunized the week of school exclusion.  Our walk-in clinic hours that week will be Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Clients are seen on a first-come-first-served basis.

Parents seeking immunization for their child should contact their primary care provider, their pharmacist (if the child is over 11 years of age), or North Central Public Health District during our walk-in clinic hours. 

You can also call 211 for information about where to go for immunizations in your area.  

In recent years there have been a few changes, please keep in mind:   Hepatitis A vaccine requirement: The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series now required for children18 months through sixth grade.  Nonmedical exemption process: Parents wanting a new nonmedical exemption for their child must provide documentation that they have received education about the benefits and risks of immunization on a Vaccine Education Certificate. Parents can get education from a health care practitioner or from watching an online vaccine education module. More information about the new process is available at

On Wednesday, February 21st, children will not be able to attend school or child care if their records on file show missing immunizations.  

No child will be turned away from North Central Public Health District due to a parents’ inability to pay for required vaccines.  Please note that our walk-in clinic hours that week will be Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at

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

2. Vernon Melzer Memorial Service, Feb. 10

flower.rose.starVernon Melzer, lifelong Sherman County resident, son of Carl and Abbie Melzer, husband of Virginia Melzer, father of Daryl Melzer and grandfather of Tim and Don Don Melzer, a veteran of WW2 who served in the Marines, will be remembered on Saturday, February 10th, 11 a.m. at the Moro Church, with interment at the Rose Cemetery followed by potluck lunch at the Senior Center. 

3. The Olympic Games – NBC, NBCSN, CNBC & USA Network – Beginning Feb. 8

The Olympic Games will be broadcast on various NBC networks. Those include NBC, NBCSN, USA Network.

  • NBCwill present 176 hours of live coverage, and its primetime coverage begins on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. ET, and concludes with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 25.
  • NBCSNwill present 369 hours of coverage, including live primetime and 10 days of 24-hour coverage from Feb. 18-25. The Pyeongchang Games officially begin on NBCSN on Wednesday Feb. 7 at 11 p.m. ET, with live coverage of mixed doubles curling.  
  • CNBC will present 46 hours of coverage, including its curling telecasts beginning Monday, Feb. 12 and concluding Friday, Feb. 23.
  • USA Network will present 40.5 hours of ice hockey and curling coverage, most of which will air live between 7-9:30 a.m. ET. Coverage begins on Saturday, Feb. 10 with a live presentation of the Women’s hockey qualifying round.


4. History Forum: Fourteen Miles on the North Shore Railroad, Feb. 10

Local historian Loren Delaney will offer stories and photos at the Feb. 10 Regional History Forum program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse.  He will present “Fourteen Miles on the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railroad” at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

Delaney was born in The Dalles and raised in Wishram, WA before moving back to The Dalles.  He worked for the city and taught math at Columbia Gorge Community College.  He has collected stories of north shore railroad history covering mile posts 94 to 108, “Grand Dalles” (now Dallesport) to just east of Wishram where the sternwheeler Norma plied the Columbia.

The Norma was the link between the SP&S and the south bank prior to the construction of the railroad bridge that connects Wishram and Celilo.  The steamboat played a key role in James Hill’s victory in the race to build a railroad up the Deschutes River canyon. 

This is second program in the 2018 Regional History Forum series.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

5. Navigating Through Crisis

When you find yourself having to navigate your way through a crisis, what can you do to come out on the other side stronger for the experience? 

Every crisis involves risk. Yes, it may be fraught with danger, but it is also an opportunity for tremendous learning and growth. Crisis is a time of testing, but it is also a time of renewal.

Many people, when faced with crisis, tell themselves that they have failed and convince themselves that there is no point in trying any longer. For example, if a young woman tries to become a professional writer and fails, it does not mean she is a failure as a person or that her life is a failure. It simply means that, at this particular time in her life, her attempts at writing for a living are not working out.

There are many other possible choices she can make, including trying again at some point in the future. She has not failed, and she does not have to give up her dream. But she does need to learn from the attempt and, perhaps, rethink her strategy. Is there another way she can go about it? Does she need more education? More experience? More exposure? Help promoting her work?

Failure is only failure if you let it cause you to quit. If you choose to let it help you, it is merely information you can learn from. Every situation is a learning experience, if you look at it from this perspective – again, it is your attitude toward the experience. You see, it is in meeting crisis with determination that we measure up to life and its challenges, whether it is as individuals or organizations. When we face crises head-on, we develop tenacity and great inner strength.

And we set ourselves up to meet the next challenge with optimism and persistence. ~The Pacific Institute

6. The American’s Creed

By William Tyler Page

“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.”

7. The Sherman County Citizen-Reporter Online

The February edition of the Citizen Reporter is currently published online and can be found at

~Kayla von Borstel

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