Sherman County eNews #82


  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

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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.


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 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:

 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 Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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