Sherman County eNews #150


  1. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, June 13

  2. Just a Few Days to Sign Up for Sherman County 4-H Camp!

  3. CGCC-Small Business Development Center’s Summer Class Schedule

  4. Secure Your Load – Keep Roads Safe & Oregon’s Landscape Beautiful

  5. Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm!

  6. U.S. Senate: McConnell Statement on Cancelling the August Recess

  7. Walden bill to improve care for Oregon veterans becomes law

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

“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” —George Mason (1788)

1. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, June 13

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on June 13th,
2018- 6 p.m. at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.). The public is welcome to attend!

2. Just a Few Days to Sign Up for Sherman County 4-H Camp!

4-H clover1Sherman youth currently in 4th-6th grade…only a few more days to get signed up for this month’s Sherman County 4-H Camp!  Registrations are due Friday, June 8.  Camp is held at the Camp Morrow lakeside facility on Pine Hollow Reservoir in south Wasco County outside of Wamic…a wonderful place with a lake, dock, nice buildings, evergreen and deciduous trees, a creek, a grassy field and lots of goose poop!  Sherman campers will enjoy songs, skits, nature classes, swimming, boating, water play, archery, paintball, “gaga ball”, mini golf, Capture the Flag, music and a party, outdoor cooking, campfires, and more!  Cost is $110.  Contact OSU Sherman County Extension for more details and registration forms.  The Extension building is located up the hill in Moro toward the Fairgrounds, 66365 Lonerock Road, 541-565-3230. 

3. CGCC-Small Business Development Center’s Summer Class Schedule

   The Columbia Gorge Community College Small Business Development Center will be offering two “Starting a Successful Business” workshops throughout the summer. The first workshop will be held at CGCC The Dalles campus on Tuesday, July 10, from 9:00 AM to noon.  The second workshop will be held at the CGCC Hood River Indian Creek campus on Monday, August 6, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  The workshop is free.

   The Starting a Successful Business workshop will focus on the necessary steps to start a business in Oregon, the criteria for choosing a business structure and the four cornerstones to help succeed in business. The public is invited to attend.

   Register online at or call 541 506-6121 for more information.

4. Secure Your Load – Keep Roads Safe & Oregon’s Landscape Beautiful

car.vacationOregon Department of Transportation is joining organizations across the country in raising awareness about the importance of securing your load. Why? A 20 lb. object at 55 mph has a force of 1,000 lbs. at impact. Beyond the huge safety risk, unsecured loads are responsible for up to 40% of roadside litter. Keep road users safe and Oregon’s landscape beautiful by securing the load in your vehicle or trailer with these tips from

  • Tie it down with rope, netting or straps.
  • Tie large objects directly to your vehicle or trailer.
  • Consider covering the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting.
  • Don’t overload your vehicle or trailer.
  • Always double-check your load to make sure it’s secure.
  • Don’t forget that animals should also be properly secured.

You can find more information about load securement, both commercial and non-commercial on our website. Search “secure your load” for more resources.

 5. Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm!

Did you ever notice that the people with the most enthusiasm are also the ones with the most energy? There is a scientific reason for that.

Neurologists have proven that when you do something with enthusiasm, it takes approximately one-tenth the effort that it takes to do ordinary things. They sweep aside the “have to” and go straight to “want to.” People who are enthusiastic about their work don’t feel dragged out at the end of a long day. Instead, when they stop working, they are likely to feel exhilarated.

Kids who are excited about what they are learning are also the kids who have about five other things going on for them after school. That love of learning spreads to everything else they are doing. They have learned early on to find the fun and enjoyment in discovering something new every day.

Seniors who continue to live active, purposeful lives tend to live longer and maintain their good health. These seniors are those same kids who were excited about learning and are now all grown up. And with that wisdom comes the realization that holding on to enthusiasm brightens each day and makes it a whole lot easier to get up in the morning!

You know, the word “enthusiasm” comes from the Latin “to be inspired by God.” That’s how good it feels. And it doesn’t just feel good to you­ – it feels good to everyone who comes into contact with you, because enthusiasm is delightfully contagious. So, it’s important to show your enthusiasm when you feel it.

One final word: Enthusiasm and pessimism are incompatible. The spirit can’t contain both at the same time. It’s like the brain which cannot hold two opposing thoughts at the same time. So, don’t curb your enthusiasm. Cultivate it! Throw in a healthy dose of optimism and watch your energy level soar! ~The Pacific Institute

6. U.S. Senate: McConnell Statement on Cancelling the August Recess

American flag2‘Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees.’

WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement Tuesday regarding the cancellation of August recess:

“Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled.  Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees.”

Background: It is expected that Senators will have a state work period during the first full week in August before returning for the rest of the month. 


 7. Walden bill to improve care for Oregon veterans becomes law

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Legislation introduced by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) to improve care for Oregon veterans was signed into law today.  President Trump today signed the VA MISSION Act, a legislative package that includes the VA Medical Scribe Pilot Act, a bill co-authored by Walden to help unburden VA doctors by bringing medical scribes into the VA system, which will allow them to see more patients in a timely manner. 

“This legislation will help improve the care for veterans all across Oregon and America because it frees up doctors to do what they do best: take care of patients,” said Walden. “One thing I’ve learned traveling throughout Oregon and talking to veterans and VA officials is that there aren’t enough providers in the VA system to take timely care of our veterans. Research in the private sector has shown that allowing scribes to handle electronic health records allows the doctor to see more patients in a timely manner, and this bill will help bring that success to our veterans at the VA. I applaud President Trump for signing this commonsense plan into law, and look forward to working alongside the Administration to ensure the successful implementation of this program on the ground in Oregon and across the country.”

Medical scribes help relieve physicians of administrative burdens such as paperwork and record keeping, which helps doctors focus their attention on caring for patients. Studies have shown that the use of medical scribes in the private sector resulted in a 59% increase in the number of patients physicians see per hour.

Charles Schmidt, Oregon’s first National Commander of The American Legion, said of Walden’s legislation after its passage in June of 2017, “the VA Medical Scribes Pilot Act of 2017 would greatly assist VA doctors in the course of their duties by providing medical scribes to alleviate their administrative burden. This would enable VA doctors to see more veterans per day and spend more time with each patient. Providing doctors medical scribes would help the VA improve the work environment, reduce physician burnout, and recruit and retain quality physicians.”

Additionally, Walden has heard from leadership at the VA in White City and Bend that implementing a scribes program within the VA system would improve the care Oregon’s veterans receive. 

The VA MISSION Act also expands the VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to pre-9/11 veterans who suffered a serious injury in the line of duty, creates a permanent path to increase veterans’ access to see doctors in the community and reduce wait times, and provides funding for the Veterans Choice Program (Choice). Walden has been a longtime supporter of Choice, working to improve the program that provides veterans with needed flexibility when seeking care. The VA MISSION Act was supported by veterans service organizations across the country.

In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in May, Walden touted his plan as an important step forward in providing veterans with the quality care they deserve. To read more about Walden’s legislation, please see

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

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