Sherman County eNews #80


  1. Sherman County Prevention: Super Women/Sidekick Sons Dinner & Dance, April 21

  2. KIDDE Smoke Alarm Recall

  3. Relationships and Change

  4. U.S. Census: How Our Data Are Used

  5. An Amazing 2 Letter English Word

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center April Meal Menu

  7. Columbia Gorge Community College Announces Next President

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

1. Sherman County Prevention: Super Women/Sidekick Sons Dinner & Dance, April 21

boy.telephonetalkWhat: Super Women/Sidekick Sons Dinner and Dance aka Mother/Son Dance

With: Optional Super Hero Costume Contest. Attire as casual or formal as you want. Childcare provided for siblings.

Registration: Ends April 14th in order to plan for food and childcare.

Who: No need for blood relation if you are the mother figure in a young man’s life, age 3-12, please joins us for FUN, FOOD, Photographer, DJ and MEMORIES.

Where: Wasco School Event Center

When: April 21st 2018 @ 5 p.m.

Cost: Free…nonperishable food item donations for the Sherman County Food Bank are GREATLY encouraged.

Questions? Volunteer? Willing to volunteer to make this a successful event?



Amy Asher

Sherman County Prevention Coordinator/Outreach Coordinator

Office: 541-565-5036

2. KIDDE Smoke Alarm Recall

arrow-rightOregon State Fire Marshal —- On March 21, 2018, Kidde issued a recall of 452,000 dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms sold in the United States. The smoke alarms have the model numbers PI2010 (AC/hardwired) and PI9010 (DC/battery powered). “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.

Kidde states that a yellow protective cap in limited instances may have been left on one of the two smoke sensors during the manufacturing process, which could compromise the smoke alarms’ ability to detect smoke.

Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the cap themselves. If the yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement alarm. They should remove the recalled smoke alarm ONLY AFTER they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

Alarms were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home, and hardware stores nationwide and online at,, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.

For more information, visit the Kidde website: or the Consumer Product Safety Commission website:

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Smoke Alarm Installation Program does not distribute Kidde smoke alarms, therefore alarms issued by the OSFM to Oregon fire agencies, the American Red Cross Cascades Region, or other organizations are not affected by this recall.

For more information on smoke alarms, visit the OSFM Smoke Alarm Information Center:

3. Relationships and Change

What happens to an ongoing relationship when you decide to change? Let’s try to answer this important question today.

As you move forward with your plans for personal growth and change, there is bound to be a consequent change in your closest relationships. You see, your personal changes may be threatening to a partner who is uncomfortable or insecure with change. You may find yourself facing spoken or unspoken messages that say, in essence, “Change back! You can’t grow because I don’t want you to!”

If this happens, it is up to you to decide what is best to do. You may choose to return to your old self and not change. Or you may decide that you cannot afford to not change, and choose to forge ahead with your plans.

If you reach an impasse and the situation gets too rough, you may choose to leave the relationship or you may choose to take the risk of change and work toward helping your partner change. Of course, it won’t be helpful to push her or him into change. It needs to be seen as something desirable, so painting a visual and verbal picture of the benefits both of you would receive is probably the way to go.

Be patient and persistent, and try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Demonstrate self-respect and respect for your significant other as well. If real caring and intimacy exist in your relationship, almost any change can be worked out, and will eventually be another reaffirmation of your love and commitment to each other. ~The Pacific Institute

 4. U.S. Census: How Our Data Are Used

To determine the distribution of Congressional seats to states:

  • Mandated by the U.S. Constitution
  • Used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Used to define legislature districts, school district assignment areas and other important functional areas of government

To make planning decisions about community services, such as where to:

  • Provide services for the elderly
  • Build new roads and schools
  • Locate job training centers
  • To distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year.

Census data informs how states and communities allocate funding for:

  • Neighborhood improvements
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Much more

To provide Age Search information for:

  • Qualifying for Social Security and other retirement benefits
  • Passport applications
  • Proving relationship in settling estates
  • Researching family history or a historical topic


 5. An Amazing 2 Letter English Word

A reminder that one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition:  UP      

Read until the end …  you’ll laugh.         

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is ‘UP.’  It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv.], [prep.], [adj.], [n] or [v].      

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?  

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?  Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?  We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.  We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.            

At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.      

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special. And this UP is confusing:  A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.  We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!      

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary.  In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.            

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.      

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.  When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP.  When it rains, the earth soaks it UP.  When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP.  One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP!      

Oh . . . one more thing:  What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?  U  P!  Did that one crack you UP?

6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center April Meal Menu

April 2018

  We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served. 

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 3 4 5 6
Chicken ala King Ham & Broccoli Quiche Beef Burgundy/Noodles Pork Carnitas Split Pea/Ham Soup
Biscuits & Veggies Cran-Apple Muffins Veggies & Salad Mexican Rice & Tortillas Dinner Rolls & Veggies
Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
9 10 11 12 13
French Dip Sandwich Hot Turkey Sandwich Baked Ham Hamburger Gravy over Mac & Cheese w/Ham
Potato Wedges, Salad Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Cheesy Potatoes Mashed Potatoes Veggies & Salad
Veggies & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Dessert
16 17 18 19 20
Cheeseburgers Chicken Tetrazzini Meatloaf Oriental Chicken Pizza loaded w/ Meat
Potato Wedges Veggies & Salad Mashed potatoes/Gravy Rice Pilaf & Veggies Veggies & Salad
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Dessert
23 24 25 26 27
Oven Fried Chicken Ham Fried Rice Chicken Fried Steak Sweet & Sour Meatballs Baked Potato Bar
Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Veggies & Salad Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Rice Pilaf w/ Chili & Cheese
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad, Veggies & Dessert
30 Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

Tuna/Salmon Casserole  
Veggies & Salad  

7. Columbia Gorge Community College Announces Next President

After eight months and a field of 44 applicants, Columbia Gorge Community College’s board of education Tuesday night approved a contract with Dr. Marta Yera Cronin as CGCC’s next president. The decision was unanimous.

Cronin, vice president of academic affairs at Indian River State College in Florida, will become the third president since CGCC was established in 1977. During her tenure there, Indian River was twice selected as a finalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

She emerged with a strong vote of confidence from the board after extensive on-campus interviews with four well-regarded finalists.

“Marta’s combination of experience innovating new programs, working with a diverse student population, and guiding faculty professional development promise great things for CGCC,” said board chair Stu Watson. “She is assertive, creative and passionate about making CGCC a destination – for students and residents of the Gorge community.”

Led by board vice chair Lee Fairchild, a search committee involving a broad mix of Gorge residents spent days reviewing applications from across the country. They selected 10 semifinalists for on-line interviews in February.

That process helped the committee trim its list of top candidates to the final four, also including Dr. Leanne Frost, of Great Falls College-Montana State University, MT; Dr. Paul Jarrell, of Santa Barbara City College, CA., and Dr. Sara Thompson Tweedy, of SUNY Westchester, NY. Campus visits by the four finalists included meetings with faculty and staff, college leadership, the community and board of education.

“Marta brings impressive experience working with staff and faculty to improve student success,” Fairchild said. “In the face of tight budgets, she also showed a track record of success in securing more than $12 million in grants. She loves to work with her team to leverage limited resources for new programs. We’re excited to have her talents and experience at CGCC.”

Cronin is fluent in three languages. She studied French as an undergraduate at the University of Miami, earned her master’s in reading from Barry University, Miami Shores, FL, and received a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Sarasota (now Argosy University-Sarasota), FL. Before moving to Indian River, she taught French, Spanish and reading in public high schools. At Indian River, Cronin helped develop a teacher education bachelor’s degree program, helped reform math instruction, and convened 11 Florida colleges to collaborate on an $8.3 million federal grant. She currently serves as president of the Florida Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and was chosen as a leadership fellow to the American Association of Community Colleges National Community College Hispanic Council.

After a period of personal and professional transition, Cronin will assume her leadership role at CGCC July 1, 2018. Chief academic officer Lori Ufford continues as the college’s interim president prior to that date.

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

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Sherman County eNews #79


  1. Discover the art and passion of tango!

  2. Commitment is Key

  3. Class: How Communication Influences Care in the Non-dementia Adult Population

  4. Oregon’s 142nd Fighter Wing F-15s deployed to Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands

  5. National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29

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

1. Discover the art and passion of tango!

music.notes (2)Join us at Maryhill Museum of Art on Saturday, March 31, as we kick-off another season of tango! With the Columbia Gorge as a backdrop, tango at Maryhill will engage your senses and transform your spirit. Beginning, novice and more experienced dancers are invited to take a lesson at 6 p.m. followed by dancing until 9 p.m. Come with a partner or solo; all levels welcome. Light refreshments included.

Cost: $7 Maryhill Museum of Art members / $10 nonmembers. Registration preferred; but not required. To reserve, call 509.773.3733 ext. 25. To gain entry after hours, please use the glass doors to the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing just off the Cannon Power Plaza.

Mark your calendar for all of our Tango events in 2018: April 28, May 19, June 23, July 28, September 1, September 29 and October

2. Commitment is Key

key.goldThere is no question about it: Commitment is a key to success whether it’s in a marriage, a business, personal and professional growth, or sports – an example we use today.

What made Larry Bird one of the best players in basketball? He was considered slow, and many thought he could not jump. Sometimes it almost looked like he was playing in slow motion. But Larry Bird succeeded as a player because he was totally dedicated to success. He practiced more, played harder, and had more mental toughness than most of his competitors. He got more out of his talents than almost anyone did.

The same was true with Tom Watson, the great golfer. Tom was nothing special at Stanford, considered just another kid on the team. Long after college, his coach still talked about him, saying, “I never saw anyone practice more.”

Russell Wilson, quarterback of the NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks, has always been considered too short to play the pivotal position. But it is his dedication to improving at every practice and every game, constantly watching film of upcoming opponents, and ultimately, goal-setting to do whatever is necessary to win each game that has made him a football household name, of late.

You see, the difference in physical skills between athletes doesn’t tell you much. It’s the quality of their commitment that separates the good players from the great. People who are committed to success are willing to do whatever it takes, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else. Everything they do reflects their commitment.

Ask yourself the following questions and think about your answers: “How strong is my commitment – to my career, my relationships, my personal growth? How much of my time and energy do I give these things? Do the results I get reflect my level of commitment?”

Now here is another question for you to consider: How do you feel about your answers? ~The Pacific Institute 

 3. Class: How Communication Influences Care in the Non-dementia Adult Population

Oregon Care Partners

Class: How Communication Influences Care in the Non-dementia Adult Population

FREE to those who live or work in Oregon

Saturday, April 7th, 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Check-in starts at 12:00 p.m.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center

1810 E. 19th Street

The Dalles, OR 97058

Free CEUs 4 available for qualified professionals.

How does your personal communication style impact the person in your care, especially those who are experiencing challenging behaviors? This intensive, self-discovery class will focus on identifying your individual style of communication and how you read and respond to stressful situations. An expert instructor will help you see how biases, belief systems and assumptions can impact how you respond to a challenging behavior and will help you learn how changing your behavior and finding new ways to respond can create a more positive outcome.

Register here:

Oregon Care Partners helps caregivers improve the lives and care for aging Oregonians by providing access to no-cost, high quality trainings in all corners of the state. Professional and family caregivers, administrators and members of the public are encouraged to sign up for free classes and learn more at

4. Oregon’s 142nd Fighter Wing F-15s deployed to Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands

American flag2RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The U.S. Air Force deployed F-15s from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, and the 104th Fighter Wing, Westfield, Massachusetts, to Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, as part of a Theater Security Package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Nearly 260 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing deployed with the aircraft as the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. Approximately 40 Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, will support the 123rd EFS for this mission.

Since 2015 the U.S. Air Force schedules and deploys force packages of fighters and tankers throughout the U.S. European Command area of responsibility. TSP deployments to Europe vary in length and are supported with total force aircraft and Airmen from stateside units.

Once in theater, the aircraft will forward deploy to multiple locations throughout the theater, participating in exercises and training with our allies and partners. This highlights the United States’ ability to deploy fighter aircraft to support our partners and allies in the European theater, and around the world.

The 123rd EFS will conduct training missions from Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K., and Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will participate in Frisian Flag 2018, a Royal Netherlands Air Force-led exercise.

The TSP supports Operation Atlantic Resolve, and is funded by the European Deterrence Initiative. Activities funded through EDI increase the capability and readiness of U.S. forces, allowing for a faster response in the event of any aggression by a regional adversary against NATO sovereign territory.

5. National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Department of Veterans Affairs — Forty-five years ago on March 29, combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. This marked the beginning of the end of nearly two decades of direct U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia, but the social, cultural and psychological wounds of the Vietnam War still linger for those Americans who lived through it, and especially for the veterans who served during this turbulent time in our nation’s history.

There are over 120,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in Oregon today, representing more than a third of our total veteran population. They represent the largest single demographic and the true leaders in our veteran community today.

And yet, too often and in too many ways, our Vietnam-era veterans remain invisible to the general public. Their incredible courage and remarkable achievements, both in Southeast Asia and here at home, too often go unrecognized. Their unique challenges and adversities too often go unacknowledged.

Young men and women returning from their service in Vietnam were not welcomed home. They were shunned and ignored. They were not allowed to take their rightful place among America’s heroes. They came home, not to the soldier’s rest that they deserved, but to a new battlefield, one in which they would be forced to struggle for the respect and recognition they had rightfully earned.

It has taken generations for the fruits of their labor to be known, but today we stand as a proud and grateful nation, humbled by the valor and sacrifice of those who answered their nation’s call–including the 58,000 U.S. service members who went to Vietnam and never came home.

They did not make the decision to go to war; they went because their country asked them to. They kept the faith. They represented the best the United States of America had to offer and they fought for freedom, the mark of a true patriot. They put their lives on the line to help and save others.

We stand together to say now, what we should have done 45 years ago: “Thank you, and welcome home.”

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

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