Sherman County eNews #133


  1. Armed Forces Day Event Honors Veterans, History, May 18


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  4. Setting the Path for that Next Step

  5. An Exhibition: On the Edge, Oregon Art Quilts, May through August 15

  6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

“We will not be dictated to by men with less intelligence, energy, initiative and ambition than we ourselves possess.” ― Elbert Hubbard

1. Armed Forces Day Event Honors Veterans, History, May 18   

flag.vertical23rd Annual Living History Day Honors All Service Men and Women

CLACKAMAS, Oregon – The 23rd Annual Living History Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The event celebrates Armed Forces Day, a nationally recognized holiday held on the third Saturday each May.  Visitors of all ages can explore military displays, vehicles, and historic buildings.  This free event is co-sponsored by the Oregon Military Museum and the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon (MVCCO).

The Armed Forces Day celebration pays special tribute to those with military service in the U.S. Armed Forces, expanding public knowledge of the military’s role in our communities, our nation, and the world.

“This annual event helps us fulfill our mission to inspire and educate visitors about Oregon’s military heritage and legacy, to include the National Guard, the early militia, and all branches of the Armed Forces,” explains Tracy Thoennes, curator of the museum. “We showcase military equipment and capabilities throughout the past two hundred years.  Visitors have the opportunity to see, touch, and experience first-hand our military past and learn more about today’s military.”

Displays include multi-era historical artifacts as well as current operational military equipment.  A few examples include:  U.S. field artillery from 1841 through today, exhibits in two circa 1911 rescued and relocated historic buildings, and many military vehicles from ambulances, trucks, and tanks to amphibious, tactical, and utility vehicles.  Food and beverage for purchase or by donation will be available.

Drivers will be required to show a valid driver’s license to enter Camp Withycombe.  The address is 15300 SE Minuteman Way, just off Interstate 205 and Highway 212, near SE 102nd Avenue.  For more information about Living History Day, please call the Oregon Military Museum at (503) 683-5359.

The Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of military vehicles and related equipment.  Monthly meetings are held at Camp Withycombe, and members participate in parades and community events throughout each year.

The Oregon Military Museum is Oregon’s official military history repository and an award-winning museum located at Camp Withycombe.  The museum is currently undergoing major renovations.


MYTH:  Other types of tobacco products are not harmful the way cigarettes are.

TRUTH: Everything from pipes and hookahs to snuff and cloves has been shown to cause or increase the risk of lung cancer, throat cancer, mouth cancer, heart attacks and other lung diseases. “Among people in their teens and twenties, cigarette smoking alone has been replaced by mixed use of cigarette smoking, e-cigarette vaping, other forms of tobacco use (such as hookahs), and marijuana smoking or vaping,” said Dan Raz, City of Hope project.

“These alternative forms of tobacco/nicotine delivery and the use of marijuana are often perceived as not harmful or less harmful than cigarette smoking, but unfortunately that is not true. For example, the chemicals released in e-cigarette ‘vapors’ are numerous and contain carcinogens, and marijuana smoke contains similar levels of carcinogens to tobacco smoke.”

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 4. Setting the Path for that Next Step

It is getting to be that time of year again, the warm-up to high school and college graduations, at least here in the northern hemisphere. Here are a few thoughts directed toward young people heading into “graduation season,” about education and about being successful after they graduate from school.

First of all, it helps to remember that as we near the achievement of our goals, we begin to lose the drive to finish. The gap between our starting point and the goal we want to achieve has become quite small, and the amount of energy and creativity that was so great when we started, is now on the wane. In order to boost up your energy, it’s time to re-set the goal toward an even greater end. Once you do, you will find yourself energized and full of anticipation of the next journey to come.

Regardless of your field or interests, education by and of itself is not going to be enough to get you where you want to go. You have done a lot of work in school and you rightfully want to reap some rewards for that work. But the rewards that you earn, both material and otherwise, will not come from the knowledge you have, but rather the uses to which you put that knowledge.

The world will not pay you for what you know. It will, however, pay you for what you can do with what you know. This means that you need to have the courage to act on your knowledge – to think creatively, risk criticism and failure, and to curb your anxiety level when the pressure is on. This is where your positive and re-affirming self-talk comes into play. The things you say and think to yourself can either undermine or enhance your efforts.

Taking risks means moving out of your comfort zone. The things you say to yourself and the pictures you hold in your mind will be critical to how successfully you make that move. Believe in yourself and see yourself succeeding, no matter what happens, and reality will bear you out. You have done this before, with each new school year and each new class.

And if you’ve done it once, you can do it again! ~The Pacific Institute

5. An Exhibition: On the Edge, Oregon Art Quilts, May through August 15

Thread-and-needlePortland, OR – Quilting has long been at the core of Oregon history. According to the Oregon Encyclopedia, for women who were preparing to embark on the Oregon Trail, “quilt-making was an important part of the preparation for moving west, as women focused on the need for bedding and to make sure they had something to keep them emotionally connected to their past.”

Fast-forward 150 years, and makers continue to create quilts that document the stories of our time. The evolution of the Art Quilt Movement has pushed the boundaries of what one envisions from a quilt, moving these sources of comfort and tradition off beds and onto gallery walls.

The Oregon Historical Society is proud to host an original exhibit of art quilts developed by local Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) artists titled On the Edge. In Oregon, whether staring down from the top of a mountain or standing on a beach, we are all on the edge — be it physically, geographically, emotionally, philosophically, in personality, or in style. SAQA invited members to interpret, either in a representational or abstract way, a response to this theme, and the selected works are part of this two-gallery juried show, open now through August 15, 2019.

Visitors to the exhibit, even those unfamiliar with quilting, will appreciate the original interpretations of the theme as well as the technical skill employed to design these works of art. Many SAQA artists incorporated their experiences as painters, photographers, weavers, printmakers, or sculptors into their quilts. This diversity in backgrounds leads to amazing surface design techniques one would not anticipate on fabric. The broad choice of design styles, rich colors, and sumptuous fabrics used by each member of the group redefines quilters as artists versus crafters.

“From 7 ½ foot tall dripping urban landscapes to metal “stitching” layers together to 3D sculptures, portraits, and abstracts, we push the boundaries on what one envisions from the term Art Quilt,” said On the Edge exhibition coordinator Amanda Snavely.

On May 23 at 6pm, the public is invited to meet some of the featured artists at a free lecture and reception. In her talk, Quilts on the Edge, artist Ann Johnston will show her evolution as a quilt maker, and at the same time, illustrate how her quilts express different ways of being on an edge.

On the Edge: An Exhibition by SAQA Oregon Artists is open now through August 15 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is $10, and discounts are available for students, seniors, teachers, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 16 May 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

17: States, including Oregon, that allow personal, philosophical or religious exemptions to required school vaccinations, according to The Oregonian. A bill to tighten vaccine requirements for public school attendance was killed as part of negotiations with Senate Republicans.

$1.4 billion: Approximate income tax rebate, or “kicker,” Oregonians could receive next year, according to the Oregon Capital Bureau.

40: Years old the so-called “kicker” rebate, which is triggered when revenues exceed projections by 2 percent or more, turns this year. Lawmakers created it in 1979, according to The Oregonian.

2000: Year voters enshrined the kicker in the state’s constitution.

$338: Amount the median taxpayer will get as a rebate in 2020, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

$13,968: Amount the top 1 percent of taxpayers are expected to receive.

4.3: Percent of Oregonians who are unemployed, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

3.6: Percent of Americans who are unemployed. It’s the lowest unemployment rate since 1969, according to NPR.

2009: Year when U.S. unemployment reached a high of 10 percent. Except for a modest jump in 2010, the unemployment rate has been steadily declining since then.

582: Senate Bill that will allow the governor to coordinate marijuana enforcement efforts with other states if Congress changes federal laws, or U.S. DOJ issues guidance, allowing interstate travel of cannabis and cannabis products. Senators passed the bill 19-9 on Wednesday.