Sherman County eNews #112


  1. Notice. Sherman County STF & STIF Public Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting, April 29

  2. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: The Chicken Tenders

  3. P.S. eNews Friday Classifieds

  4. Local Teacher Receives Scholarship to Attend Summer Ag Institute

  5. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Local Author Sam Woolsey, April 27

  6. An A for Aging with Attitude

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County Firsts

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

  9. Oregon Health Authority Medical Countermeasures Exercise, Operation OX, May 1

“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

1. Notice. Sherman County STF & STIF Public Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting, April 29


Marnene Benson-Wood, Transit Coordinator


Agenda for



1:00 P.M.


The Sherman County Senior Center

  1. Projects
  2. Project Priority
  3. Any Changes to current information
  4. Additions to current information
  • New Business:

These meetings are open to the public.  The Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee welcomes and thanks citizens for suggestions.  The participation allows the Transportation to better serve our community.  Members of the public wishing to comment can indicate such by raising a hand.  The chairman of the committee will then call upon anyone wishing to make suggestions or comments.

2. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: The Chicken Tenders

4-H clover1The Chicken Tenders 4-H Club met on April 25, 2019 at 6:08pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Dillian, Emersyn, Renan, Cohen, Damian and Claire.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Emersyn, 4-H Pledge by Damian.  We talked about a field trip to go to Gilliam Count to show their 4-H members how to show.  We talked about healthy or unhealthy poultry.  Our next meeting will be May 14.  Meeting adjourned at 7:02pm.  Signed Emersyn Stanfield, News Reporter

3. P.S. eNews Friday Classifieds

THANK YOU! Thank you so much to everyone who donated baked goods for the Easter Bake Sale at the Sherman County Senior Center! And thank you also to everyone who purchased baked goods in support of the fundraiser. We had numerous generous donations and many happy patrons. The senior center made $342 toward our fundraising foal for the year, so we wanted to send out a special thank you to everyone who helped! THANK YOU!! – Kari Silcox – The Sherman County Senior Center.

4. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Local Author Sam Woolsey, April 27

Join us Saturday, April 27th at 4 p.m. for a book signing featuring Sam Woolsey and his travel memoir, The Condor of Chavín: A Journey in the Peruvian Andes. Free and open to the public. We recommend you call ahead to reserve your books.

5. Local Teacher Receives Scholarship to Attend Summer Ag Institute

Carol Ritchie, a special education 6th-8th grade teacher at The Dalles Middle School, has been selected as the winner of a $600 scholarship to attend Oregon State University’s Summer Agricultural Institute (SAI).  She will be sponsored by the Columbia Gorge chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture and the Wasco County Soil & Water Conservation District.

SAI is a week-long summer graduate level course offered for K-12 educators with little or no agricultural background, and helps educators use agriculture as a theme for teaching science, math, social studies, English, etc.  Educators receive hands-on instruction and materials on how to incorporate agriculture into their classroom curriculum.  These teachers will benefit from tours of agricultural processing plants, farms, vineyards, golf courses, nurseries and agribusiness operations.  Two sessions are available: Corvallis June 23-28 and LaGrande/Union July 14-19.

In her application for the scholarship, Ms. Ritchie stated that she is often surprised by the lack of agricultural knowledge among students—such as where does milk come from—or that students have never seen a cow milked.  In her experience, few students actually know what the major crops are in Wasco County, even with many having parents employed in the industry.  She wrote that “I want to learn some curriculum and lesson ideas…that teaches agriculture.  My students would benefit from high interest curriculum at their level of access.”

6. An A for Aging with Attitude

If you’re interested in living to a ripe old age, here is some information about aging and attitude that may surprise you.

Several studies that have been performed regarding people who are older, who have lived far beyond the norm in the United States, indicate that attitude seems to play an important role. There probably isn’t anything like a “longevity personality.” Living to the ripe old age of 100 seems to happen to selfish, cantankerous people as often as it does to those who are quiet and kind. But there does seem to be a common thread, and it is a sense of self-sufficiency.

The oldest of our senior citizens all seem to have a strong attachment to freedom and independence. They tend to dislike and avoid constraints and they value their autonomy highly. What’s more, most of these old-timers are also people who enjoy life. They have a high degree of realistic optimism, a definite sense of humor, and they respond to simple pleasures, seeing beauty where others only see ugliness. They are also extremely adaptable and resilient. Some of them had been hit hard by the Great Depression, but they recovered to build new futures. And while many of them cherished childhood memories, all of them preferred living in the present with its many changes.

In a nutshell, these studies found that attitude seemed to outweigh physical characteristics and what these folks thought and felt was more important than what they ate or how long their parents had lived. Ultimately, what they found was that these efficacious older folks got an A when it came with aging with a positive attitude.

So, if you want to live a long, happy life, consider keeping track of your attitude as well as counting your calories and monitoring your cholesterol. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County Firsts

These firsts were alleged, claimed, reported or stated:

MILITARY. 1st young men went off to Camp Lewis, WWI, 1916; 1st WWII draft registration, 1940; 1st per capita of all U.S. counties in E Bond purchases, 1942 & 1943, a record never beaten; christening of the ship William T. Sherman, by Mrs. Patrick O’Meara & Mrs. Alex Macnab, each with four sons in the service; christening of the ship Fon du Lac by Mesdames Pinckney, Dixon and French, 1944.

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

bird.owl.limbOregon Public Records Advocate: List of Proposed 2019 Public Records-Related Bills

Ag Census shows declining farmland in Oregon

Pacific Lamprey: Primitive Eel-like Fish

Western Concepts Have Drastically Shaped the History of Chinese Art… the Artworks Have Their Own Stories to Tell

9. Oregon Health Authority Medical Countermeasures Exercise, Operation OX, May 1

North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) is participating in Oregon Health Authority’s Statewide Medical Countermeasures (MCM) exercise, Operation OX 2019.

As part of our participation, we will be exercising an open Point of Dispensing (POD) on May 1, 2019, at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, and we invite you to join us between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a drive-through POD simulation.

Exercising our ability to dispense medical countermeasures, through this exercise, will help NCPHD improve our plan to provide medications or vaccinations, when needed.

Medical Countermeasures are the medications (including vaccines, antiviral drugs, or antibiotics) needed to treat, protect or prophylax an identified population in accordance with public health guidelines and/or recommendations.

PODs are locations organized by the local public health department, where medication/vaccination will be given to people to prevent disease in response to a public health threat. For example, you may remember being invited to a POD for H1N1 vaccine in 2009, or Pertussis vaccine in 2015.

No medication/vaccination will be given at the exercise; instead the first 75 participants will receive a FREE mini first-aid kit!

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue (MCF&R) 1400 W 8th Street

Directions: Coming from Cherry Heights Road, turn onto W 8th Street, heading West toward MCF&R. Participants will be directed by onsite officials through the drive-through POD exercise. The first 75 participants will receive a mini free first-aid kit!

We encourage everyone to participate in an effort to help community members understand and prepare for public health emergencies.

(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