Sherman County eNews #83

CONTENTS

  1. CLASSIFIEDS

  2. CALENDAR


1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

REMINDERS:

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THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO VOLUNTEER! To all in Sherman County who volunteer on any level for any task, my most sincere thanks for what you do! Each day I am witness to the people of Sherman County performing selfless acts to help others. Many of these tasks are thankless, time consuming and inconvenient. We are blessed by your presence in our community. Your selfless actions make our county safer, healthier, better educated, more secure and more enjoyable. Time is our most valuable commodity it seems. Each of you who are willingly giving “us” your time and efforts are priceless. Please know that I appreciate you more than could possibly know. Thank you for what you do. ~ Solomon Jacobsen

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins

JOYFUL NEWS! 

WELCOME to The Times-Journal, Jessica Isley! ~Sherman County eNews

 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER BOOK | SHERMAN COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHS. Hello, Sherman Countians! You may have heard rumors about the gorgeous 75-page full-color “coffee table” photo book we have put together featuring local photographers’ best photos of Sherman County. There is a book at the Senior Center in Moro where you may view one in person, and one at the Wasco School Events Center as well. Books will be between $55-$75, depending how many copies are pre-ordered. We’d like to get pre-orders in by March 31st and books will be here before Memorial Day. Proceeds will be donated to the Wasco School Events Center. Please call Kari Silcox 541-521-0073 if you have any questions or would like to order a copy. Thanks!   3/30

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

BUDGET COMMITTEE OPENINGS (3): The City of Moro has three (3) openings for the Budget Committee. The term is two years and is a Council appointed position. This position consists of one/two meetings yearly. Anyone interested in the above position should contact: Erik Glover, Moro City Administrator, 541-565-3535, moro@embarqmail.com or send a letter to: City of Moro, Attn: Budget Committee, PO BOX 231, Moro, OR 97039 by April 02, 2018. 3/30

EMPLOYMENT:

 EDUCATION COORDINATOR. North Central ESD Early Education has an opening for an Education Coordinator. This person will work closely with community Preschools and families throughout Wheeler and Sherman counties to ensure the Head Start program meets performance standards.

This person will be a support for teachers and families to enhance quality learning, interactions and positive parent-child relationships.Good oral and written communication skills, good interpersonal skills, keyboarding and computer skills, understand boundaries, nonjudgmental, culturally sensitive, organized, self-motivated and able to complete paperwork in a timely manner.

  • $14.17 – $20.17 Depending on experience
  • 32 hours/week with benefits
  • Hold current valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance
  • Willing to travel and attend multiple day out of town training’s
  • Preferred Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or in related field
  • Position will be open until filled.

Please submit resumes to Penny Grotting at pgrotting@ncesd.k12.or.us

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. ––from Condon Chamber of Commerce posting.

ROAD MAINTENANCE POSITION. Sherman County Road Department is accepting applications for a Maintenance Worker. Applicant must possess a Class A CDL or have the ability to obtain one within six months of hire. The person will perform a variety of manual and skilled tasks involving heavy lifting; operating heavy and specialized equipment in the general construction and maintenance of county roads, bridges and related facilities. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are available on Sherman County’s website: co.sherman.or.us and the Sherman County Road Department (phone: 541-565-3271) in Moro, Oregon. All road department personnel are subject to random drug testing and before hiring, applicants will have to pass a drug test. The final day to accept applications will be April 10, 2018. 4/6
RETAIL & DELIVERY. Mid Columbia Producers is now hiring for multiple positions.

  • Full Time Retail Associate – Wasco, Oregon Closes 4/13
  • Full Time Petroleum Delivery Driver- Moro, Oregon Closes 3/31
  • Full Time Customer Service Representative- Bend, Oregon Closes: 3/31

For complete job descriptions please visit www.mcpcoop.com. Applications are available for download at www.mcpcoop.com or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to: Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark

PO Box 344 Moro, OR 97039  Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277  Brittany@mcpcoop.com

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039

(541) 565-3500

wowens@sherman.k12.or.us

This position will close on April 2, 2018.  Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer. 3/30

.5 PHYSICAL EDUCATION-HEALTH /.5 DEAN of STUDENT SUCCESS

Position Description:    

Sherman County School District is seeking a licensed 7-12 Physical Education/Health (.5 FTE) and Dean of Student Success (.5 FTE) to teach full time. The successful candidate will spend a portion of their day teaching Physical Education/Health and the other providing services that support the district in meeting its goals. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in pursuing a future position in administration.

The district is looking for applicants who have the ability to work as a team. Applicants should also have working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, prospective applicants must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues. Numerous extended duty and coaching contracts are also available.

Campus Description: The Sherman County School is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 250 students, located in Moro, Oregon. The 2016-17 school year brought the opening of a new elementary wing and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School that joined as one modernized facility.

Application Process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please email Mike Somnis at msomnis@sherman.k12.or.us.  Mr. Somnis will provide you with an official application packet.

Application Requirements Shall Include:

  • Completed SCSD Application Form (Available from the School District)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Teaching License (or eligibility to obtain same)
  • Minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation (written within the last 3 years)
  • Copies of all transcripts
  • Other material as desired

This position will close on April 11, 2018. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.

Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 4/6

2018-19 ART TEACHER with OTHER ENDORSEMENTS

Position Description:  Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified Art teacher with other endorsement(s) to teach full time. The successful candidate will spend a portion of their day teaching Art and the other providing services dependent upon qualifications. The district is looking for applicants who have a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. Applicants should also have working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, prospective applicants must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues.  In addition, numerous extended duty and coaching contracts are also available.

Campus Description: The Sherman County School is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 250 students, located in Moro, Oregon. The 2016-17 school year brought the opening of a new elementary wing and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School that joined as one modernized facility.

Application Process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please email Mike Somnis at msomnis@sherman.k12.or.us.  Mr. Somnis will provide you with an official application packet.

Application Requirements Shall Include:

  • Completed SCSD Application Form (Available from the School District)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Teaching License (or eligibility to obtain same)
  • Minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation (written within the last 3 years)
  • Copies of all transcripts
  • Other material as desired

This position will close on April 11, 2018. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.

Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 4/6

SPANISH TEACHER WITH OTHER DUTIES. Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified Spanish teacher with other endorsement(s) to teach full time ($37,807 – $54,347) for the 2018-19 school year. The successful candidate will spend a half day teaching Spanish and the other half teaching and providing services dependent upon qualifications. The district is looking for applicants that have a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. Applicants should also have working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, prospective applicants must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively. This position will remain open until filled. See: https://www.google.com/search?q=Sherman+County+School+district+moro+oregon+positions+open&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS782US782&oq=sherman+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i59j69i60j69i57j69i60.4684j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

AGRICULTURE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY/CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEACHER

Position Description: Licensed Agriculture Science and Technology/Career Technical Education Teacher, 1.0 FTE, grades 7-12, Woodshop, Metal Shop, Welding, Diesel Mechanics, Agribusiness and/or Small Engines. Other classes will be dependent upon licensing and qualifications of successful candidate. Extended duty and coaching contracts may also be available.

See: https://www.google.com/search?q=Sherman+County+School+district+moro+oregon+positions+open&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS782US782&oq=sherman+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i59j69i60j69i57j69i60.4684j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

FOR SALE:

SHERMAN COUNTY BOOK | SHERMAN COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHS. Hello, Sherman Countians! You may have heard rumors about the gorgeous 75-page full color “coffee table” photo book we have put together featuring local photographers’ best photos of Sherman County. There is a book at the Senior Center in Moro where you may view one in person, and one at the Wasco School Events Center as well. Books will be between $55-$75, depending how many copies are pre-ordered. We’d like to get pre-orders in by March 31st and books will be here before Memorial Day. Proceeds will be donated to the Wasco School Events Center. Please call Kari Silcox 541-521-0073 if you have any questions or would like to order a copy. Thanks! 3/30

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE, NOVELTY GIFTS & FURNITURE REPAIR & REFINISHING. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other reclaimed materials.  Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com/  4/6

LAND. RMLS# 17410095. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but in the country. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $50,000. Call Tiffany Hillman with Dryside Property @ 541-993-7006 5/1

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

FREE:

SERVICES:  

SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL EARLY ENROLLMENT. Sherman County Preschool is offering early enrollment packets to be mailed out or picked up during the month of March. We will be holding our regular Open House enrollment during April, but if you would like to receive an enrollment packet early, please contact the preschool at shermanpreschool@yahoo.com or call (541)565-3320. We especially encourage families who may be interested in Head Start services to enroll early as both Head Start agencies we contract with are going to be filling their spots during March and April. For more information on what Head Start is and what services are offered please visit https://umchs.com/ or http://ncesdee.wixsite.com/website. 3/30 

READY FOR HELP WITH THOSE SPRING PROJECTS?  Local Handyman/General Contractor/Equipment Operator.  Large and small projects. Indoors or Out. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 4/6

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

 

WANTED:

EXCHANGE STUDENT HOST FAMILIES. Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students | ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to http://www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. 


2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

MARCH

26-30 Spring Break: Sherman County School District

30 Good Friday

31 North Sherman Rural Fire Department Egg Hunt & Easter Bunny 12 noon Rufus City Hall

31 SWCD Tree & Shrub Sale 8-12 Moro

 APRIL

1 Easter

2 Sherman County Blood Drive, Sherman County School

2 Sen. Ron Wyden Town Hall 10:30 Wheeler High School gym

2 Sen. Ron Wyden Town Hall 12:45 Condon High School

3 Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Input Session 12 Sr. Center

3 Moro City Council 7 Moro City Hall

3 Rufus City Council 7 Rufus City Hall

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

4 Sen. Ron Wyden Town Hall 1:30 Sherman County School

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 North Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training | Hood River

7 Crab or Ribeye Steak Feed 6 Condon Elks Lodge, Condon

9 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7

10 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

10 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10 North Central Public Health District 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

11-13 Oregon Heritage Conference

12 EFT (Tapping) Techniques with Orice Klaas 6 Sherman Public/School Library

12 An Evening with Haven 5:30-8:30 The Fort Dalles Readiness Center

13 North Central Livestock Association Annual Bull Tour 7:30 The Dalles

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Speedsters & Racers

14-15 Shaniko Hoot, Hollar & Sing 541-489-3263 Shaniko, Oregon

17 Income Tax Day

18 Sherman County Court 9

19 Gilliam County Historical Society Monthly Meeting 3:30

20-22 Gorge Artists Open Studio

21 Super Women/Sidekick Sons Dinner and Dance 5 Wasco School Events Center

21-22 Blossom Craft & Quilt Show 10-5 Hood River County Fairgrounds, Odell

22 Earth Day

23 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Office…everyone welcome!

23 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 2

23-24 Sherman County Budget Committee 8

25 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 Condon

26 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget 10 Board Meeting to Follow

26 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman Public/School Library

27 Arbor Day – Plant a tree!

27-29 39th Annual Cherry Festival – The Dalles

http://thedalleschamber.com/northwest-cherry-festival/

28 Cherry Festival Parade 10 The Dalles

28 Agriculture Job Fair 12-6 Cherry Festival, The Dalles

28-29 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem

29 Agriculture Job Fair 10-4 Cherry Festival, The Dalles

29-May 1 Oregon Cattlemen’s Mid-Year Conference 503-361-8941 Sunriver

MAY

1 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season

2 Gilliam County Museum Complex Opens for the Season

2 Sherman County Court 9

2 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board Meeting 4

3 National Day of Prayer

3 Sherman County Fair Board 7

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist church (Thursday, National Day of Prayer) Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

4 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

5 Wasco County Pioneers’ Annual Reunion | Fort Dalles Readiness Center

7 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-1 Rufus

8 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

8 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

8 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

8 V-E Day Declared 1945

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

12 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Popular Postwar Cars

13 Mother’s Day

15 ELECTION DAY

16 Sherman County Court 9

19 Armed Forces Day

24 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

28 Memorial Day (observed)

30 Memorial Day 

JUNE

6 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

9 Rose Festival Parade, Portland

12 Experiment Station Field Day, Pendleton

13 Experiment Station Field Day, Moro

14 Flag Day

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington

17 Father’s Day

25 Korean War Began 1950

29 Home Run Derby, Condon

30-July 1 Harvester’s Classic Coed Soft Ball Tournament, Condon

JULY

4 Independence Day

4 HYATUS Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Grass Valley Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

8-11 Portland Horseless Carriage Club Tour: Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, John Day

7 Bluegrass Festival in Fossil

7 14th Annual Fossil Cruz-in 9-4 Fossil

9-15 Summer Fishtrap Gathering (Writers in the American West) Wallowa Lake

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show

27 Korean War Ended 1953, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

28 WWI Began 1914

AUGUST

1 All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

3 Jawbone Flats Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

7 Vietnam War Began 1964

11 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Helicopters

SEPTEMBER

2 V-J Day WW II Japanese Surrender 1945

3 Labor Day

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

8-9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Hood River Fly-In

11 Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance

23 Autumn Begins

OCTOBER

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

7 Afghanistan War Began 2001

8 Columbus Day (observed)

12 Columbus Day

13 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Antique Gliders & Bikes

31 Halloween

NOVEMBER

4 Day Light Saving Time Ends (set back clock one hour)

6 Election Day

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Military Vehicles

11 Veterans Day

12 Veterans Day (observed)

22 Thanksgiving Day

DECEMBER

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

15 Bill of Rights Day; Iraq War Ended 2011

21 Winter Begins

25 Christmas Day

31 Official End of WWII 1946


 

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Sherman County eNews #82

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman Museum Opens with New Exhibit & Preview, April 29

  2. Writing Tips: Quotation Marks, Periods & Commas

  3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Exec. Session, April 4

  4. Sherman Extension Hosts Drama Camp, Wins Drama Production Package

  5. Medicare & Medicaid to Issue New Medicare Cards to Beneficiaries

  6. Public Input Sought for Area Agency on Aging Service Area

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


“Another not unimportant consideration is, that the powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers, and foreign commerce.” —Joseph Story (1833)


1. Sherman Museum Opens with New Exhibit & Preview, April 29

m_returnThe Sherman County Historical Museum opening for the season is right around the corner on May 1, in Moro, Oregon. For this 2018 season the museum has a new temporary exhibit to share, “From This Day Forward,” a wedding exhibit. We are so excited about our new exhibit we will be having a Preview Event on Sunday, April 29th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum. We will be having a ‘reception’ with wedding cake and refreshments!

Museum volunteers invite the community to share their wedding photo to be displayed alongside wedding photos from our archives. Be part of history and be part of our photo display! Another reason to visit the museum is to see the creative work of the Sherman Elementary Students that are the local featured artists for the month of May.

The museum is always looking for volunteer Museum Hosts to greet our visitors at the Museum and the Sherman County Visitor Center. Our volunteers are very important to our National Award Winning museum and it is how we keep our doors open every day to share our local history. Please call 541-565-3232 and consider being a volunteer at the museum!

The Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon and will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1st through October 31st. For more information, please call 541-565-3232.


2. Writing Tips: Quotation Marks, Periods & Commas

pencil.spiralThe most common question people ask about quotation marks is whether periods and commas go inside or outside, and the answer depends on where your audience lives because in American English we always put periods and commas inside quotation marks, but in British English periods and commas can go inside or outside

See more here: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/how-to-use-quotation-marks


3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Exec. Session, April 4

ShermanCoLogoDuring the April 4, 2018 Court session, Sherman County Court will meet in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records, for the purpose of internet security.

 


4. Sherman Extension Hosts Drama Camp and Wins Drama Production Package

girl.hopOregon State University Sherman County Extension hosted a fun “spring break drama day camp” Monday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 29 at the Fairgrounds in Moro.  Thirty-seven youth ages 5 to 14 enjoyed a great variety of activities including drama games, creating “shapes” with the group, using their bodies and voices to tell a story, singing and dancing, and presenting short skits each day to their adult audience.

First time “rookie director” Cindy Brown, 4-H Youth Development/SNAP-Ed Educator, relied on curriculum available on-line from Beat to Beat Press.  This included two “e-books”:  Teaching Drama: The Essential Handbook (with 16 ready-to-go lessons to build a better actor) and Drama Games for Kids.  After purchasing the e-books, she completed the company’s on-line survey about its website.  On Thursday, March 30, Brown was notified that OSU Sherman County Extension was the first place winner from a drawing by Beat to Beat Press.  The prize was a Production Kit to any of the kids’ musicals offered by Beat to Beat Press, up to a $299 value.  This Kit includes an Actor Book, Director Book, Piano Vocal Score and Logo Pack in a digital download, plus the Accompaniment CD and Vocal CD.

OSU Sherman County Extension is looking forward to offering more fun, entry-level drama activities to serve Sherman County youth in the future.


 

5. Medicare & Medicaid to Issue New Medicare Cards to Beneficiaries

–Beneficiaries Need to be Aware that this is Not a Scam . . .

Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will start mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare. A new alpha-numeric identifier will replace the current Social Security Number-based identifier. This roll-out will occur over a several month period, based upon the geographic location of the Medicare beneficiary.

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There are concerns that people might believe that this is a “scam,” and therefore, will ignore notifications or throw new identification cards away.

If you are a Medicare beneficiary, please watch your mail closely over the next few months for notifications from Medicare relating to this change. Medicare beneficiaries should begin bringing their new card with them to healthcare visits as soon as they receive it. Here is the way this will work:

*NEWLY ELIGIBLE Medicare beneficiaries will get a card with a unique number, regardless of their geographic location.

*Distribution of cards for current beneficiaries will be randomized by geographic location. Residents of OREGON AND CALIFORNIA, along with other states and territories will begin receiving their new Medicare cards between April and June 2018. Residents of WASHINGTON can expect to start receiving their new cards after June 2018

*Starting in APRIL, people with Medicare will be able to go to Medicare.gov/newcard to sign up for emails about the card mailing, and to check the card mailing status in their state.

*People with Medicare should use the new card once they receive it, but either the Social Security Number-based (old) card or the new random alphanumeric-based numbers can be used through December 2019.

*Beginning January 1, 2020, only the new card will be usable.

*For more information, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/medicare/new-medicare-card/nmc-home.html


 6. Public Input Sought for Area Agency on Aging Service Area

Salem, Ore. — Oregon Department of Human Services — The Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program within the Department of Human Services will host a series of public meetings in April to seek input on the creation of a new service area for the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Umatilla and Morrow counties.

AAAs in Oregon are designated by APD, under the Older Americans Act, to offer services that help older adults remain in their homes.

The proposed new Planning and Service Area stems from APD’s recent public process to designate the Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) as the AAA to serve Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties. CAPECO also currently administers the AAA in Umatilla and Morrow counties.

Federal law and state rules dictate how APD designates a new Planning and Service Area. In accordance with state rule, APD will hold public meetings and seek public comment on the change in service area boundaries to include seven counties.

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. 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’s public meetings seeking public comment on the change in service area boundaries will be held from April 2 to April 11 at the following locations:

Wasco County – 1 p.m., April 2, Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th St., The Dalles, OR 97058

Sherman County Noon, April 3, Sherman County Senior & Community Center, 300 Dewey Street Moro, OR  97039

Wheeler County – 1 p.m., April 4, Fossil Senior Meal Site, Wheeler County Fairgrounds, 702 3rd St. Fossil, OR  97830

Gilliam County – Noon, April 5, United Church of Christ Condon Senior Meal Site, 110 S. Church St. Condon, OR 97823

Hood River County – 1 p.m., April 6, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, Hood River, OR  97031

Umatilla County – Noon, April 10, Milton Freewater Senior Center, 311 N. Main, Milton Freewater, OR 97862

Morrow County Noon, April 11, St. Patrick’s Senior Center, 182 N. Main, Heppner, OR 97836

The meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility, to request an accommodation or to get more information about the meetings, please contact APD Program Analyst Debbie McCuin at (541) 301-1672 or debbie.mccuin@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.


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

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Interview with God

 

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