Sherman County 4-H Club News Report: The Chicken Tenders
Taco Dinner to Benefit Goldendale Equestrian Team, March 8
Grass Valley’s 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, March 24
Letting Go of The Shoulds
Oregon Adds 5,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment Rate Remains at Record Low
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1. Sherman County 4-H Club News Report: The Chicken Tenders
The Chicken Tenders poultry 4-H club met on February 27 at 5:35pm at the library program room. Attending were Ben, Calvin, Antone, Quinton, Joey, Hunter, Cohen, Renen, Maddie, Cali and Emersyn. Pledge of Allegiance led by Joey, 4-H Pledge led by Cohen. We talked about fund raisers, the order and prices of turkeys, meetings, and showmanships. Our next meeting will be March 13 at 5:30pm. Meeting was adjourned at 6:05pm. Signed, Cali Johnson, News Reporter
2. Taco Dinner to Benefit Goldendale Equestrian Team, March 8
Monterey Taco Dinner & Silent Auction
March 8 | 5 – 7:30
Silent Auction closes at 6:30
Dinner & Dessert $8 | Drinks sold separately.
American Legion, Goldendale.
Sponsored by the Goldendale Equestrian Team, this benefit will support athletes during the 2018 season.
Questions? Auction items to donate? Call Anita 509-250-1395.
3. Grass Valley’s 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, March 24
Grass Valley’s 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24th
Egg Hunt 10 a.m. Grass Valley Park & Pavilion
No charge to participate.
This year features a kids’ tractor pedal and pull competition
Immediately following egg hunt for kids aged 4 to 12
(through a generous grant from Sherman County Cultural Coalition).
Dress Warm! Bring a sack lunch & bag or basket to collect eggs!
Games for children 0-4 inside the Pavilion!
After tractor pedal and pull is over,
A Skate Party! (approximately at noon)
All ages welcome to skate!
Prizes & Snacks.
Join us for a fun, fun day!
4. Letting Go of The Shoulds
If there is one subject that pops up most often, it’s about “The Shoulds.” For example, this email exchange from someone who claimed they are plagued by what is known as “The Shoulds.” This person wrote that life had been consumed by “a bunch of shoulds” and that there were days the writer woke up dreading what might happen during the day. In short, life was “no life at all.”
Living by “The Shoulds” is not a constructive thing. Life is meant to be lived and lived with joy. Life is too short and too precious for it to be miserable and weighed down by things we think we are supposed to do or think. Consider this:
Most of us were raised with “shoulds” coming from our parents and family members, perhaps even our faiths. And while some of these “shoulds” were valid and created to maintain safe and productive communities, some of them have become millstones around our necks.
It is good – from time to time – to take a look at the attitudes and habits that are running our days. Along with taking an inventory of your comfort zones and restrictive zones, take a look to see if there are any “shoulds” running around unattended. Give them a thorough “look-see” to make sure that each is valid, and not keeping you from exploring new opportunities or possibilities.
And by the way, this goes for organizations as well. Organizational “shoulds” have a tendency to be institutionalized as untethered rules and regulations, and can get in the way of productivity and growth, without anyone noticing. These organizational “shoulds” could stand to be studied for their continued usefulness.
Life is about choices, and we have the ability to choose. We always have had this ability. Not only do we have the ability, we have the responsibility to make choices for ourselves. It is your life, and you are in the driver’s seat, if you choose to be. ~The Pacific Institute
5. Oregon Adds 5,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment Rate Remains at Record Low
Oregon’s unemployment rate has been at an historical low and stable for more than a year, remaining at 4.1 percent in January and December. Annual revisions to labor force data show Oregon’s unemployment rate between 4.1 percent and 4.2 percent for all 13 months between January 2017 and January 2018. Oregon’s unemployment rate of 4.1 percent is the lowest unemployment rate in the comparable historical series which dates back to 1976.
In January, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 5,000 jobs, following a revised gain of 9,800 jobs in December. Three major industries each added close to 1,000 jobs: private educational services (+1,100 jobs), construction (+1,000), and manufacturing (+800). These gains were partially offset by a loss of 700 jobs in leisure and hospitality. Health care and social assistance added 2,300 jobs above the gain due to a reclassification of home care workers.
Payroll employment grew by 2.7 percent in the most recent 12 months. Between January 2017 and January 2018 Oregon added 50,600 jobs. Recent estimates of payroll employment indicate an acceleration in job growth, led by construction which added 7,500 jobs in that time. Three other industries posted rapid growth faster than 4 percent: private educational services (+2,800 jobs, or 7.9%), other services (+3,100 jobs, or 5.0%), and leisure and hospitality (+9,700 jobs, or 4.8%). Meanwhile two industries cut jobs: information (-100 jobs, or 0.3%) and wholesale trade (-600 jobs, or -0.8%).
Starting with today’s news release, employment of Oregon’s approximately 17,000 home care workers will be counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change is due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.
The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources. This press release incorporates, for the first time, the annual revisions to the data for 2017 and prior years.
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