Sherman County eNews #72


  1. Spring break drama day camp for kids

  2. Greg Walden to hold two-day hearing, examine 25 bills to combat nationwide opioid crisis

  3. March 18-24 is National Agriculture Week; March 20 is National Ag Day

  4. Death Notice: Ked Dejmal

  5. Opinion: Principium Imprimis

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

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Benjamin Franklin.

1. Spring break drama day camp for kids

drama1Got a kid who loves to act, play games, sing or be silly?  Who loves Missoula Children’s Theatre and wants more?  Sign’em up for a spring break Drama Day Camp hosted by OSU Sherman County Extension.  This day camp will be fun and games…literally…as beginners in drama learn best through specifically designed games to encourage communication, working within the group, and learning to be comfortable speaking out loud.  There won’t be any memorization, scripts or a play to put on…this is just the basics of learning how to connect with the audience to tell a story!

4-H clover1This free day camp will be held Monday March 26 through Wednesday, March 28 at the 4-H Pavilion at the Sherman County Fairgrounds, 9am to 1pm. Kids need to bring their lunches.  Limit of 20 kids per day.  Call to reserve a spot for one, two or all three days.  541-565-3230.   Older 4-H members from the Leadership Team will be assisting with the drama day camp.

~Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

College of Public Health & Human Sciences

4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed

66365 Lonerock Rd

Moro, Oregon 97039

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

2. Greg Walden to hold two-day hearing, examine 25 bills to combat nationwide opioid crisis

American flag2Hearing is part of Walden’s legislative push to address the opioid crisis in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his push for concrete solutions to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon and across the country, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a two-day hearing beginning tomorrow to examine 25 bills to address the nationwide crisis. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. ET, and is entitled, “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Prevention and Public Health Solutions.” The second day of the hearing will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. ET.

In February, Walden announced a legislative push to combat the opioid crisis, and the Energy and Commerce Committee has since reviewed eight bills to improve patient safety and bolster enforcement tools. Tomorrow’s hearing will be the second of three legislative hearings to examine the opioid crisis and possible legislative solutions. Rep. Walden intends to bring a legislative package to the floor of the House of Representative by Memorial Day.


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3. March 18-24 is National Agriculture Week; March 20 is National Ag Day.

cow.blueOregon Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general agriculture organization, encourages all Oregonians to take a moment to thank the hard-working farm and ranch families across the state and nation during National Ag Week. 

“Agriculture benefits all Oregonians by ensuring food security, providing jobs, preserving the environment, and enhancing our quality of life. It’s particularly impressive when you realize that farmers and ranchers represent less than 1 percent of the state’s population,” said Anne Marie Moss, communications director for Oregon Farm Bureau.

food.raspberries“An excellent way to support our farm and ranch families is to buy Oregon-grown products at the grocery store, farmers’ markets, and restaurants,” said Moss.

> To help Oregonians find local farm stands and u-pick fields, Farm Bureau offers the Oregon’s Bounty website at where visitors can search for local farm stands or u-pick fields.

> To recognize National Ag Week and the invaluable service provided to Oregon’s Ronald McDonald Houses, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) members and elected officials will gather at the at the Ronald McDonald House on the Campus of Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland on Monday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m.

food.sack1Farm Bureau members will donate $3,400 worth of groceries to fill the pantries of the two Ronald McDonald Houses based in Portland. Portland’s Ronald McDonald Houses shelter and feed 50 families every night, offering a home-away-from-home for families who have to travel to Portland because their children are seriously ill and require hospitalization or specialized care.

State Representative Janelle Bynum, who serves on the Board of Trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington, and Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson will be at the East Portland Ronald McDonald House to welcome the Farm Bureau members when the groceries are delivered.

> Oregon agriculture: Did you know?
Sources for the following stats include the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, Oregon State University, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Ag Census, Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, among others. 

Find more cool facts about Oregon agriculture on Oregon Farm Bureau’s website at!

–97% of Oregon’s farms and ranches are family owned and operated.
–Less than 1% of Oregon’s population are principal operators of farms and ranches.
–Nationally, one farmer supplies food for about 155 people in the US and abroad.
–About 1 of every 5 principal operators of Oregon farms and ranches are women, which is one of the highest percentages in the nation.
–The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program reports that 1,200 farms and ranches have
achieved century status for remaining operational and within the same family for at least 100 years. 39 more boast Sesquicentennial status for reaching the 150-year milestone. Now that’s sustainable by any measure!
–Oregon farmers, ranchers, and fishers produce more than 225 crops and livestock, making Oregon one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation.
–Oregon producers also represent a diversity of successful operations. That helps keep the industry resilient. Big or small, organic or conventional, growing for local or export markets, Oregon is home to all types of agriculture.
–Oregon is the No. 1 producer in the United States for blackberries, boysenberries, and
hazelnuts, raising nearly 100% of the U.S. supply for these commodities.
–Oregon is No. 1 in the U.S. for Christmas trees, rhubarb, potted azaleas, crimson clover, and a few grass seed varieties.
–Oregon ranks 6th in the United States in certified organic acreage and 4th in farmgate sales for organics.
–Oregon ranks 6th in the United States in fresh market vegetables.
–Oregon leads the way when it comes to Farm to School in the US. 100% of school districts in Oregon participate at some level with the Farm to School program, compared to 42% of school districts nationwide. Nationally, 40% of schools participating in farm-to-school programs sourced milk locally, but in Oregon, that number is 58% and growing.
–There are 35,439 farms in Oregon, covering about 16.3 million acres.

Find more facts about Oregon agriculture on Oregon Farm Bureau’s website at

4. Death Notice: Ked Dejmal

flower.rose.starKed Dejmal, 83, of Eugene, died March 14. A graveside service was held on Saturday, March 17, at Lane Memorial Gardens. He was the husband of Nina Belshee who grew up in Sherman County.


5. Opinion: Principium Imprimis

American flag2If there is to be a peaceful transfer of liberty to our posterity, then we must return to principium imprimis, or First Principles.

Short of another American Revolution to remove by force those who do not abide by their oaths, our freedoms cannot long endure unless we, the people, reaffirm what was well understood by our Founders: that our Creator is the only eternal assurance of liberty.

The primacy of faith must be restored in order to preserve the conviction that, as Jefferson wrote, our “liberties are the gift of God”; traditional families and values must be restored as the foundation of our culture; individual rights and responsibilities must be restored as the underpinning of republican government; free enterprise must be unbridled from government constraints; and constitutional authority over each branch of government must be restored to ensure liberty, opportunity and prosperity for a civil society.

The Cycle of Democracy has been accurately summarized as:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty (rule of law);
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage (rule of men). (unattributed)

Our Founders established a democratic republic, not a democracy, in order to enfeeble this cycle, but with the erosion of constitutional authority, our Republic is now in grave peril of following the same cycle as have all other democracies in history. Only intervention by citizens and leaders who advocate for the primacy of constitutional authority, those committed to supporting and defending that authority above their self-interest, can save the Republic for the next generation.

Irrevocably linked to liberty ensured by constitutional Rule of Law is economic liberty.

Nineteenth-century historian Alexis de Tocqueville once observed, “[Democratic Republics] and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

In 1916, a minister and outspoken advocate for liberty, William J. H. Boetcker, published a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots:

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.

Fact is, the central government cannot give to anybody what it does not first take from somebody else.

And none can claim the name “American Patriot” if they comport with or adhere to laws and regulations which violate our Constitution.

At its core, the word “patriot” has direct lineage to those who fought for American independence and established our constitutional Republic. That lineage has descended most directly through our history to those who have pledged “to support and defend” our Constitution — those who have been faithful to, and who have abided by, their oaths, even unto death. On behalf of those gallant souls, Samuel Adams asked, “Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen and then ask yourself, What should be the reward of such sacrifices?”

The time is at hand when Patriots must inquire with a unified voice, “If there is no constitutional authority for laws and regulations enacted by Congress and enforced by the central government, then by what authority do those entities lay and collect taxes to fund such laws and regulations?”

On July 4th, 1776, our Declaration of Independence, this nation’s supreme manuscript of incorporation, asserted, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”

Our Declaration’s principal author, Thomas Jefferson, also wrote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. … Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”

While one hopes and prays that liberty can be restored and extended to our posterity without discord or rebellion, history does not favor such prospects.

Fellow Patriots, until the next Continental Congress is convened, I implore you to make no peace with oppression, and I leave you with these words of encouragement from the Father of our Nation, George Washington: “We should never despair. Our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times.”

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!

Mark Alexander
Publisher, PatriotPost.US

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

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