Sherman County eNews #59


  1. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes: The Tiny Teaspoons

  2. Community Action Council Seeks Sherman County Representative

  3. Editorial. Local Government Process and Transparency

  4. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

  5. Community Action Poverty Simulation, April 5

  6. Rep. Walden honored for supporting community-owned, locally controlled electric utilities

  7. Preserving America as Founded

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

1. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes: The Tiny Teaspoons

4-H clover1The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H Club met on February 23rd at 3pm at the Cranston’s house. Attending were Madison, Savannah and Claire. Pledge of Allegiance led by Savannah, 4-H Pledge led by Madison. We baked bread today. We learned that the gluten is like bubble gum because it is stretchy and can be filled with CO2 like when yeast eats the sugar and burps out CO2 to make our bread fluffy. We ground dark northern spring wheat into flour to make Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread. We also made pizza dough using All Purpose Flour. While we were waiting for the bread to bake, we made our own butter by using heavy cream, putting it in a jar and shaking it. Our next meeting will be March 16th.

Cindy Brown, Educator, Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed, P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291,

2. Community Action Council Seeks Sherman County Representative

arrow.blueswishMid-Columbia Community Action Council is a non-profit organization that works with low-income families and we are looking for a person from Sherman County to serve on our Board of Directors. One of our Sherman County members had to resign from the Board due to too many meetings and conflicts. We would like to have someone from Sherman County who represents a group or organization, but does not have to. The Board meetings are held every other month in The Dalles and usually last about an hour and a half. Would you be interested in helping your community? Then contact Jim at MCCAC and he can fill you in on the details. 541-298-5131 or

3. Editorial. Local Government Process and Transparency

pencil.sharpLast week we came across a website for an intergovernmental organization, the Association of Oregon Counties. AOC posts board of directors’ meeting notices, agendas, meeting packets (support materials) and draft minutes for the previous meeting online chronologically, all together in one place. What a great idea for local government!

We believe this practice

  • provides transparent access to organizational governance;
  • provides information on which government decisions are based;
  • encourages timely preparation and presentation by staff and board;
  • boosts confidence in local leadership;
  • gives staff an efficient format for response to inquiries;
  • makes public records easily available;
  • answers questions before they become problems; and
  • builds trust or restores trust where trust has been lost.

We’ll see.

4. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

For the 15th year, the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling dedicates March to help increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services.  This coincides with the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month whose campaign theme is “Awareness + Action.”

“Problem gambling directly affects approximately 2.6 percent of adult Oregonians yet it remains largely not talked about,” said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Thomas Moore.  “It’s all about helping raise awareness of this addiction and the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.”

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a grassroots effort that brings together a wide range of stakeholders – public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators – who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist.

“Creating awareness of problem gambling and available resources is a statewide commitment that is reflected in the official proclamation that Oregon Lottery and the Oregon Health Authority worked with the Governor’s office to develop,” added Lottery’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Stacy Shaw, who is also an officer on the National Council on Problem Gambling board.

Last year, visits to the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website ( increased dramatically during March as result of all the focused marketing and outreach efforts.

“It’s inspiring that a grassroots campaign can have a measurable and meaningful statewide impact,” said Moore, “and we are working for even greater results in 2019.”

Shaw agreed. “This year we are focusing on letting people know that in Oregon treatment is really free, a message that’s important to people struggling with gambling issues,” she said.

Roger Nyquist, a member of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling as well as an Oregon Lottery retailer and county commissioner said awareness about treatment is key.

“I recognize the importance of an ongoing focus to ensure community awareness of the risks associated with gambling and the resources available for both prevention and treatment,” he said. “The impact of problem gambling extends beyond the gambler, affecting families, friends and communities.”

The Oregon Lottery’s commitment to problem gambling support is year-round. Since 1992, one percent of Oregon Lottery profits has funded problem gambling treatment and prevention efforts throughout Oregon. Since that time, nearly $100 million in Lottery funds has supported those services, with $6.2 million allocated in 2018 alone

Additionally, this year the Oregon Lottery became the only lottery in the United States that sells video lottery to earn the World Lottery Association’s highest level of certification in the field of responsible gaming. The Oregon Lottery joined a select group of only eight other lotteries in the U.S. having received that level of certification from the WLA.

To get help for a gambling problem for you or a loved one, call 1-877-MYLIMIT.  Treatment is free, confidential and it works. For more information about problem gambling, how to have the conversation or to chat with a specialist, go to Oregon Problem Gambling Resource at  

About the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling — The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is the state affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Its purpose is to promote the health of Oregonians by supporting efforts to minimize gambling related harm. Board members include stakeholders from the gaming industry, the treatment and prevention field, the recovery community and state and county administrators.

5. Community Action Poverty Simulation, April 5

Community partners, with representation from many different local organizations, are teaming up to host a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). 

The simulation, scheduled for April 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Wahtonka Community School, is a learning tool created to help people understand the realities of poverty.

During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. Example roles include; WIC recipients, senior citizens with limited income and other individuals with access and functional needs. The roles created for the simulation are not unlike many actual members of our community.

Simulation participants will have the difficult task of providing basic needs and shelter on a limited budget during four simulated “weeks” (15 minutes each). They will interact with participating human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, and police officers, to name a few.

It’s important to note that CAPS is not a game. It’s a simulation that enables participants to understand poverty from different points of view, and to recognize and discuss the potential for change within our community.

The planning committee is asking key leaders in public service, health care, and other organizations, to take part in the simulation to better understand the communities we serve, and potentially take part in making a systematic change.

We invite you to participate in, or to observe, this important Community Action Poverty Simulation. This is a chance to witness first-hand the very real challenges faced by community members on a daily basis.

Link to register for the simulation: Link also available at   For additional information, please email Ursula at or call 541-506-2623.  We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

6. Rep. Walden honored for supporting community-owned, locally controlled electric utilities

Washington D.C., February 27, 2019—Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) today received the American Public Power Association’s Public Service Award at the Association’s Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C.

During his tenure as chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Chairman Walden demonstrated a deep understanding of the value that public power utilities bring to their communities. A lifelong Oregonian, he understands firsthand how important hydropower has been to the Pacific Northwest’s economy and its citizens. Working with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington state, he has led the charge on hydropower licensing reform — moving legislation through the committee and House.

Walden has also helped to push back against proposals by numerous presidential administrations to sell the federally-owned Power Marketing Administrations. As chairman, he played a key role in addressing other energy, environmental, and communications issues important to public power.

“We greatly appreciate Chairman Walden’s leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Association President & CEO Sue Kelly. “He truly understands the benefits of community ownership and local control and has been a champion of policies that help to preserve and advance public power.”

Rep. Walden represents Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, which has two public power utilities. They provide electricity to nearly 27,000 homes and businesses. ~

7. Preserving America as Founded

“I am asking you to choose greatness … We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny — that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world!” — President Donald J. Trump, State of the Union Address, 2/5/19

“It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers.” — Ronald Reagan, “A Time for Choosing,” 1964

Rush Limbaugh, 2019: … “That is why, folks, for the last 25 years, the United States has been in a life-and-death struggle for its existence as we knew it. Battling for the nation is a fight I have joined; I love this country so much, and I have such high hopes for people who are not yet born. The truth is, America means everything to the world. It means everything to the survival of freedom and liberty and prosperity.

“American exceptionalism is often misdefined and misunderstood. Many have a knee-jerk reaction: “Oh, you think Americans are better than everybody else, huh? Well, screw you!” That’s not at all what it means. American exceptionalism is simply an acknowledgment that in a world of tyranny, a world of poverty, a world of bondage — America is the exception. Most people on earth since the beginning of time have not experienced anything close to the life of prosperity and opportunity that we as Americans take for granted.

“We’re the only country that has a charter enshrining the precept that the very essence of human beings is designed for a state of God-created freedom. And that charter, that Constitution, was written by brilliant people whose primary objective was to keep it that way — the preservation of individual liberty and prosperity and freedom, the pursuit of happiness — by limiting the role of government. The Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution, specifically lays out what government cannot do. The Constitution does not empower government over people. The Constitution reserves the premise of individual liberty and freedom for the people.

“Most people in the world have never gotten close to being able to live under such circumstances. In virtually all other countries in the world, the governments are the focus, and everything revolves around government. Now it’s true, we’re starting to trend that way. But I’m focusing on our founding. And this is exactly what’s so crucial to maintain. Since our founding is under attack, so is our existence as a free nation. And the only thing that saves us, the only thing that has saved us over generations, is a proper understanding of the Constitution.

“And it’s under assault. Stop and think about it. A mere piece of paper, and the reverence for it, is all that has stood in the way of this country becoming a tyranny.

“Every American elected official swears an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, a piece of paper. A piece of paper doesn’t have an army. The Constitution is an inanimate object. But it’s a piece of paper that for over 250 years has been respected, revered, and, for the most part, honored.

“The fact that we have survived this long is a miracle, given human nature and the ways of nations. These new leftists, who know nothing of our history, believe they’re smarter than our founders, who created the most prosperous and successful nation in human history. I want them to realize the truth: It’s such a God-given opportunity to be an American. It’s such a privilege, such a gift, to be nurtured, appreciated, revered, and maximized. It’s worth protecting. It’s worth fighting for.

Ronald Reagan closed his great speech, “A Time for Choosing,” with a tremendous challenge: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

“We cannot fail. We must preserve and protect America as founded, the great, beautiful, best hope on earth.”

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

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