Sherman County 4-H Camp Earns “Excellence in Camping” Award
Sherman County Veggie Rx Earns “Community Partnership” Award
Get Involved in a Local Farmers Market!
Does It Need to be a Struggle?
Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School Board, March 21
36 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized During Traffic Stop East of Bend
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
1. Sherman County 4-H Camp Earns “Excellence in Camping” Award
An “Excellence in Camping Award” was given to the new Sherman County 4-H camp at the annual Oregon State University 4-H/Family Community Health Conference held March 12-15 in Portland. Cindy Brown of OSU Sherman County Extension accepted the award on behalf of the camp.
The Sherman County 4-H Camp was held for the first time in June 2017. Prior to that, Sherman youth had attended a tri-county 4-H camp that had operated for 36 years then lapsed after 2015 due to regional Extension employee turnover.
Sherman County 4-Hers had camp brought back to life in 2017 with a new camp focus, innovative activities, and reaching out to underserved audiences. Sherman County 4-H parents and leaders rallied around the idea of having a Sherman County 4-H Camp with a natural resource and outdoor experience focus. A partnership with the Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District for grant funding and class instructors made the camp possible.
Camp programming focused on giving youth conservation education and outdoor experiences building life skills, while being safe and enjoying socialization and recreational opportunities. Promoting new activities including outdoor cooking at every meal, paintball, and providing scholarships, resulted in more Sherman students, more boys, and more low-income campers.
2. Sherman County Veggie Rx Earns “Community Partnership” Award
A second place “Community Partnership Award” was given to the new Sherman County Veggie Rx program at the annual Oregon State University 4-H/Family Community Health Conference held March 12-15 in Portland. Cindy Brown of OSU Sherman County Extension accepted the award on behalf of Sherman Veggie Rx.
In an expansive community partnership, the following partners worked together to write a $22,323 grant to the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) and launch this new program: Sherman LCAC, Gorge Grown Food Network (project director), and North Central Public Health (fiscal agent), Sherman County Medical Clinic, OSU Sherman County Extension, Mid-Columbia Center for Living, and Sherman County School.
This grant helped initiate a new program for Sherman County: a prescription program through medical providers for fresh fruits and vegetables, popularly known as “Veggie Rx.” Veggie Rx is quickly becoming a national model for bringing health care, nonprofits and food systems together to address health and hunger. The Sherman Veggie Rx program launched in May 2017 and is continuing.
Clients at the medical clinic, mental health counselor, WIC, and students at the Sherman School, are screened for food insecurity, using two validated food security questions. If qualifying, individuals or families receive monthly prescription vouchers good for $30 worth of fresh produce at local stores and/or farmers’ markets. Medical providers prescribe vouchers at their discretion based on the number of members of a family. This Sherman Veggie Rx project focuses on the Children’s Health Promotion incentive measure through EOCCO, by addressing food insecurity within families.
Sherman families that receive Veggie Rx vouchers report that the program gives them increased access to fresh produce, helps them stretch their food budget and/or food stamp allotment, and encourages them to purchase and consume more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Local grocery stores and farmers’ market vendors benefit from the new customer base as families shop with their Veggie Rx vouchers. To better respond to the greatly increased demand for fresh produce, Huskey’s 97 Market in Moro worked with staff from the Gorge Grown Food Network to become a Healthy Corner Store, setting up new attractive displays for regionally grown and other produce.
3. Get Involved in a Local Farmers Market!
Farmers markets in the Gorge are seeking new vendors, sponsors and volunteers! Contact the farmers market manager to find out how you can get involved in a farmers market near you!
Goldendale Farmers Market contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hood River Farmers Market contact: Hannah@gorgegrown.com
Mercado del Valle (Odell Farmers Market) contact: email@example.com
Mosier Farmers Market contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mt. Hood Town Hall Farmers Market contact: email@example.com
Stevenson Farmers Market contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherman County Farmers Market contact: email@example.com
The Dalles Farmers Market contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
White Salmon Farmers Market contact: email@example.com
Cascade Locks Farmers Market contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Does It Need to be a Struggle?
Do you believe that you have to fight for what you get in life? Were you taught that life is, first and foremost, an unending struggle? This may be one of those beliefs we want to re-frame, especially if it is holding us back from attaining the one thing we all want – happiness.
Whenever you feel a sense of struggle, of pressure tempting you to react with anxiety or even panic, ask yourself, “How would I be seeing or doing this differently, if I was willing to let it be easy?”
As you consider an easier way to approach the situation, you will probably find a sense of peace and freedom comes over you. From this perspective, you can usually see the way out. Many of us have been imprinted with the belief that life is a struggle. We have to work hard to earn a living and support ourselves and our families. Suffering and sacrifice are the only things that buy happiness. Fortunately, none of this is true.
The glory of life is to live in graceful celebration, gratitude for who we are and what we have, and to enjoy peace requires no loss whatsoever. Life is here to be enjoyed and appreciated. Struggle is a sure sign that you are moving against your blessings. Peace is not a victory we can ever win by battle. If you are fighting for anything, you are at war. Peace is a natural gift that we accept by opening our hearts and letting go of the struggle.
When Albert Einstein was asked, “What is the most important question facing humankind?” he answered with another question: “Is the universe a friendly place?”
Our little corner of the universe seems to be a bit fractious right now, but it doesn’t have to be a struggle. Yes, some areas of the world are suffering, but we have the brains, the creativity, the tools to change that. By changing the way we think, we do change the way we act. ~The Pacific Institute
5. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School Board, March 21
The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 that will include an executive session and a work session. The Executive Session will begin at 7:00 a.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) to review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member and pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(k) to consider matters relating to school safety. The Executive Session will be followed by a work session that is expected to begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. These meetings will be held in the Sherman County School/Public Library.
6. 36 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized During Traffic Stop East of Bend
Oregon State Police: On Monday March 12, 2018 members of the Oregon State Police stopped a Mexican Plated 2018 Nissan Versa on US Highway 20 MP 18 east of Bend, Oregon. The vehicle was stopped for a speed violation. During the course of the traffic stop an OSP K-9 alerted and a search was conducted. The search resulted in the seizure of over 36 pounds of methamphetamine.
The driver, Michel Alberto Fuentes Burgos (age 28 from Sonora, Mexico) was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on charges of the Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of methamphetamine. Subsequent investigation shows that the vehicle was stolen in February of 2018 in Sonora Mexico and further charges will be forwarded to the DA for consideration.
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