Sherman County eNews #75


  1. Sherman 4-H News Report

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

  3. CAPECO selected to provide services for older adults in five Mid-Columbia counties

  4. What Could It Hurt?

  5. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  6. Dinner and Line Dancing to Boost College Scholarships, April 26

1. Sherman 4-H News Report

4-H clover1The Goatees 4-H club met on March 22 at 6pm at the Extension office.  Attending were:  Bailee, Wyatt, Erynne, Michael, Clay, Cade, Austin, Lexi, Virgil, Meadow, Coral, Patrick, Joe, Talon, Drake, Tayler, Kaylex, Liberty, Kiera.  Excused absences:  Mercedez, Logan, Elijah.  Pledge of Allegiance by Erynne Wolf, 4-H Pledge by Bailee.  We voted for President (Erynne Wolf), Vice President (Wyatt), and Secretary (Lexi).  Discussed tagging dates, fundraisers (concessions), introduced ourselves, talked about fair and record books and tagging dates.  Our next meeting will be sometime in April.  Meeting adjourned at 6:30pm.  Signed Bailee Owens, News Reporter

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

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3. CAPECO selected to provide services for older adults in five Mid-Columbia counties

ORStateFlag(Salem, Ore.) The Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) has been designated as the Area Agency on Aging to serve Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties. CAPECO currently administers the AAA in Umatilla and Morrow counties and provides many other services to Gilliam and Wheeler counties as the Community Action Program serving that area.

AAAs in Oregon are designated by the Department of Human Services’ Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program under the Older Americans Act to offer services that help older adults remain in their homes. “CAPECO has created and maintained many partnerships to serve older adults and we look forward to our expanded role as head of the AAA in a seven-county region,” said CAPECO Chief Executive Officer Paula Hall. “We will work with the local communities in the counties we serve to build programs that maintain local control, but also ensure older adults receive the support they need.”

APD sought a new entity to assume the role of the AAA in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties when the former administrator, the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, announced it would cease providing services under all its programs this past fall.

“We are pleased that CAPECO stepped forward to fill this important role as it has the community knowledge and resources to effectively serve the region,” said Jane-ellen Weidanz, APD administrator for long-term services and support.  APD assumed administration of the AAA on February 1, 2018, and will continue until the program is transitioned to CAPECO on or about September 1, 2018. APD will be holding public meetings and seeking public comment on the change in service area boundaries inclusive of the seven counties.

4. What Could It Hurt?

Is there anything about your life that you’d like to change? If so, here are a couple of ideas. If you don’t have anything you’d like to change, well, read on anyway. What could it hurt?

What would you like to change about your life? If you’d like to do more than hope for this change, it’s a good idea to write out specific goals and sub-goals detailing the steps you need to take in order to get there.

It’s also a good idea to support your change efforts by using affirmations and visualizations, because all meaningful and lasting change starts on the inside first, and then moves out. You see, if you use them correctly, affirmations and visualizations will help you take a lot of the stress out of change.

Now, it’s important to remember that change needs to be something you really want to do, not just something you think you have to do, or should do. If it is a “have-to,” you will get a lot of push-back from your subconscious.

It is the people who are totally satisfied with their lives, exactly the way they are, that cause concern. You see, humans are teleological beings, which means they are goal-directed. If there is nothing you are striving for, nothing you really want to accomplish or change, life becomes stale and you become complacent. You lose your creative energy and drive and you flatten out.

The same thing happens to organizations that allow themselves to “enjoy” their success for a little too long, and lose the competitive drive, the abundance of energy, that got them to where they are today.

So, if you could use an energy boost, try setting some achievable goals that matter to you and see what happens. What could it hurt? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • 800: Approximate number of exhibitors at the Governor’s Marketplace Conference, encouraging small and diverse businesses to pursue state contracts, in Salem on Thursday.
  • 3: Executive orders the governor has signed so far this year.
  • $426 million: Additional money that the Secure Rural Schools payments will provide to rural areas in the next two years, approved as part of the Congressional spending package this week.
  • 90: Days former U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall will be barred from practicing law for lying about a sexual relationship with an employee in her office, according to The Oregonian.
  • 6: Length of a new docuseries on Netflix, “Wild Wild Country,” that traces the story of the followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh that took up residence in rural Central Oregon.
  • 14,550: Oregon Department of Corrections inmates.
  • 4,650: Flu vaccines for inmates purchased this season.
  • 4,550: Flu vaccines administered to inmates.
  • 1: Inmates who died of the flu, according to Willamette Week.
  • 43: Initiative petition number assigned Thursday to advocates seeking a ban on “assault weapons” on the statewide ballot on November.

6. Dinner and Line Dancing to Boost College Scholarships, April 26

There will be line dancing lessons, live auction, prime rib buffet and fun for the entire family when Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation launches its “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser April 26 during Northwest Cherry Festival.

“The Foundation awarded approximately $120,000 in scholarships in 2017-18, and our goal is to increase this amount every year as we help students achieve their educational and career goals,” said Stephanie Hoppe, the Foundation’s executive director. “We’re privileged to join the Northwest Cherry Festival line-up with this inaugural event, and we cordially invite everyone to help us celebrate our college’s mission of building dreams and transforming lives.”

“Saddle Up and Celebrate” is Thursday, April 26, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Ft. Dalles Readiness Center on The Dalles Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College. The buffet dinner features music and dancing by “Willy and Nelson,” line dancing lessons with Don Slusher, prime rib dinner, and live auction featuring auctioneer David Griffith.

Price at the door is $40 or $35 one week or more in advance. Table sponsorships start at $400.

The evening begins with line dancing lessons from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner, music and dancing, auction at 7 p.m., then more dancing and music starting at 7:30 p.m. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” concludes by 9 p.m.

The event is part of a full roster of Northwest Cherry Festival, which celebrates its 39th season in 2018 with a theme of “Return to the Planet of the Cherries.” The complete schedule for Northwest Cherry Festival is on The Dalles Area Chamber’s calendar at  For details on “Saddle Up and Celebrate” call (541) 506-6111, visit the Foundation website,  or email