Sherman County eNews #184


  1. Sherman County 4-H News: Beef Club

  2. South Sherman Fire District Special Meeting, July 16

  3. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

  4. Register Now! Storytelling & the Arts Five-Day Intensive

  5. Opinion: Why we walked by Oregon Sen. Cliff Bentz

  6. The Times-Journal

  7. A New Perspective on Retirement

  8. The Local Food Movement in The Gorge: An Update

Summer safety reminders!

Be mindful of slow-moving tractors and trucks,

just over the hill… or

maybe just around the corner in Biggs Canyon/Spanish Hollow on Hwy. 97,

or in Scott Canyon between Rufus and Wasco

or on Hwy. 206 in Fulton Canyon!

Cyclists are encouraged to avoid harvest market roads.

Please keep all vehicles on paved roads to prevent field fires.

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)

1. Sherman County 4-H News: Beef Club

4-H clover1The Sherman County Beef Club met on June 11th at 6:15 pm. We met at Doug and Sandi’s house. The meeting was called to order by Courtney and then Courtney and Natalie led the pledges. We discussed how our steers were doing and how much they were eating.  The whole club did speeches on different topics, and then Natalie took us outside to show us how to set up her steers. The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 pm.

2. Notice. South Sherman Fire District Special Meeting, July 16

arrow.blueswishSouth Sherman Fire District is having a special meeting July 16th at 6pm at the South Sherman fire hall. Agenda topics include new board members, financials, and new priorities.


3. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

Hood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Ashley Braniff, Bingen; Greta Root, Mt. Hood; and Brian Rohter, Hood River. After completing 32 hours of training the group was sworn into duty by the Honorable John A. Olson on July 9, 2019. Judge Olson welcomed the newest advocates into duty and subsequently described many of the attributes he feels CASAs bring to the Court and the pertinent information concerning a child CASAs bring to the Court’s attention. 

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; we advocate for the needs and well-being of children through professionally trained and supported community volunteers, facilitating that children are heard, receive support through needed services, and reside in loving, safe, permanent homes in a timely manner. CASAs have the tremendous privilege, and responsibility, to have a positive impact in a child’s case. 

More than 400,000 children are in foster care in any given day in the United States, more than 260,000 children have a CASA advocating for their best interests, and more than 85,000 CASA volunteers help change children’s lives every year. 

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in Autumn, 2019.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, or Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, at 541-386-3468.

4. Register Now! Storytelling & the Arts Five-Day Intensive

From the Heart — Storytelling & the Arts
July 22 – 26 | 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Discover the power of stories – a central element of human experience, how we explain and make sense of the world.  We will explore the art of print-making and book-making to create visual stories and dip into storytelling in the performing arts. 

The Institute is led by Maryhill’s executive director, Colleen Schafroth, with some wonderful guest presenters, including Maryhill’s Curator of Art, Steve Grafe, and Education Curator Louise Palermo. We will have a program with Oregon Shadow Theatre, a painting workshop by Ellen Taylor (Cayuse-Umatilla-Walla Walla of Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation) and a relief printing workshop with Northwest artist and printmaker Erik Sandgren. Extracurricular activities include visits to artist’s studios and regional institutions.

Click here for a preliminary syllabus and schedule.

This five-day workshop is designed for educators, artists, and creatives, or anyone interested in integrating the arts into their everyday lives.

Cost: $195 members / $215 non-members. Continuing Education Clock hours will be available at no additional cost through Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Three (3) credit hours will be available through Antioch University Seattle for an additional charge of $150.

Scholarship(s) are available through the Janet P. Swartz and Harriet G. Langfeldt Summer Art Institute Scholarship Fund. For more info email

To register: Contact Kayla at 509-773-3733 ext. 20.

5. Opinion: Why we walked by Oregon Sen. Cliff Bentz 

Bentz, R-Ontario, represents District 30 in the Oregon Senate.

In a democracy, the majority rules. But when the Democratic majority decided to trade Oregon’s economic free-market system for one of central government control – while ignoring our constitution and making a shambles of Oregon’s rural and low-income economies – we walked.

These parts of House Bill 2020, which would have imposed greenhouse gas-emissions limits on businesses and forced them to buy allowances whose cost, (set by the state), would get passed on to consumers, were particularly egregious… …

6. The Times-Journal

The Times-Journal is published every Thursday. Deadline is every Monday by 5 PM with the exception of holiday weeks, then it’s the Friday before by 12 noon. Thank you for helping us meet our press deadline! ~Stephen and Renee Allen, Publishers

The Times-Journal serves Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties in print and online. Contact: P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411 | Subscribe: $37.50/year; $47.50 for beyond this area.

7. A New Perspective on Retirement 

Many people look forward to retirement, but not everyone finds it pleasant when it finally arrives. How can you make the most out of your so-called “golden” years?

Retirement is a time that some people look forward to and others almost dread. One thing is certain, though, retirement is a time of life that produces many changes – and some of them you might not expect.

For example, John Mosedale, author of “The First Year, A Retirement Journal” pointed out that not having a job any longer can mean a loss of self-esteem and a lessened sense of worth – especially for people whose whole identities have been wrapped up in their work, for many, many years. Mosedale wrote that it is important to figure out who you really are before you retire. It is vitally important to realize that you are far more than what you do at work, no matter how absorbing and interesting your job may be.

If you want to be a well-rounded person and really enjoy your retirement when it rolls around, now is the time to cultivate interests, hobbies and even passions that you can expand and explore more deeply later on. Keeping busy, setting and achieving meaningful goals, maintaining good health and financial security, and especially feeling that you have a purpose in life are keys to a fulfilling retirement.

These things won’t happen by magic when you turn 65 or 70. The time to start is now. What sort of retirement would you like to have? Can you see yourself at age 75 and beyond? What are you doing? Where are you doing it? Can you see who you’ll be doing it with? What can you do right now to make sure this vision of your future becomes a reality?

The Baby Boomer Generation is expected to live longer and more active lives than any past generation. There are those who claim that 60 is the new 40! Considering that, perhaps we need to find a different word to describe “retirement,” one that does not infer stopping or withdrawing, but one that means “having the time of my life.”

After all, when we “re-tire” a car, it means we are putting on new tires, to get where we want to go, for at least another 50,000 miles. Just saying…  ~The Pacific Institute

7. The Local Food Movement in The Gorge: An Update 

Since 2006, we’ve been working to build a resilient and inclusive regional food system that improves the health and well-being of our community. We are farmers, eaters, policy-makers, educators, health-care providers, chefs and food enthusiasts. Over the years our scope of work has expanded way beyond our first project, establishing the Hood River Farmers Market.

Our approach is multi-pronged:
Increase access to local food
Our van full of veggies, the Mobile Farmers Market, delivers fresh produce to “food deserts” where access to quality food is limited. Veggie Rx vouchers are “prescribed” to food insecure families through healthcare providers. This allows patients to purchase locally grown whole fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and farm stands.

Increase the supply of locally produced food
We strive to support local producers by bolstering markets and business development. We work with partners to provide technical training for farmers and producers. We broker relationships between institutional buyers, farmers, chefs, schools, and manufacturers seeking local ingredients.

Increase demand for local food
We manage three farmers markets and support seven others through the Rural Farmers Market Network. The online “Who’s Your Farmer” guide is searchable by product and celebrates hundreds of local producers. GGFN also serves as the regional hub lead for the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network to encourage the purchase of local food for school lunch.

Empower and mobilize people to achieve our mission
We believe in a collaborative approach to building a resilient, inclusive food system. The Food Security Coalition, formed in 2016, is a network of more than 40 organizations working together to bolster the local food system, and encourage equitable access to food for all.

Recently, Gorge Grown updated its strategic plan through 2021. What’s new?
Farmland Preservation and Access
Hood River now has the most expensive farmland in the state. The average age of a Gorge farmer is 58, and very few families have a plan for transitioning their farm. Gorge Grown is working with partners to ensure long term access to historical, productive farmland. Join our ad-hoc group by emailing Sarah at

Supporting Tribal Food Sovereignty
Trial Food Sovereignty is the right for indigenous people to define their own diets and shape food systems that are congruent with their spiritual and cultural values. Read more on page 12 of this summer’s Savor the Gorge.

Reducing Food Waste
Through the Columbia Gorge Gleaning Project, we collect fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, orchards, and home gardens. The produce we recover is donated to hunger relief groups across the Columbia Gorge Region.

Join us! Volunteer, shop at your local farmers marketjoin our Food Security Coalition, purchase tickets for our annual Harvest Dinner, or donate to support our work.