Sherman County eNews #212


  1. Support 4-H with your creative, amazing, awesome raffle basket at the fair

  2. Wanted: 8 More Quilts for Cops

  3. Wanted: Sherman County Fair Superintendents

  4. Sherman County: For The Record Calls for Stories: AFS Exchange Students!

  5. Living Expectantly

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

1. Support 4-H with your creative, amazing, awesome raffle basket at the fair

4-H clover1Do you enjoy shopping and contributing to positive youth development in Sherman County at the same time? The Sherman 4-H Association would love your creative, amazing, awesome “theme” basket for their annual raffle at the fair. Proceeds are used to send deserving youth to Sherman County 4-H camp and other youth development activities. Drop your basket off at the Sherman Extension Office before Tuesday, August 20…we can wrap them and put together a tag.  Thank you so much!

~Cindy Brown, Educator, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, 4-H Youth Development. P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

2. Wanted: 8 More Quilts for Cops

quilt18 more “Quilts for Cops” needed. 6 officers in Philadelphia and 2 in Oregon. Consider joining us for the Quilts for Cops” workshop here in Wasco on September 21. 9-4:30. $35.00 includes kit/pattern and food. Please pre-register so they know how many kits to bring or send a donation to me, just write check to Quilts for Cops. It costs about $20-25 to send each quilt to the recipient. Carol MacKenzie. PO Box 85 Wasco, Or 97065.

3. Wanted: Sherman County Fair Superintendents

sign.helpwantedThe Sherman County Fair is looking for Superintendents for the Open Class Kitchen and Kids Corner Divisions! The superintendent is responsible for taking, displaying, and releasing exhibits, as well as, assisting the division judge and ensuring the process moves smoothly. If you are interested in helping out please contact Kya by emailing

4. Sherman County: For The Record Calls for Stories: AFS Exchange Students!

pencil.sharpEditor Gladys Wesley is working on the next issue of Sherman County: For The Record and needs your stories. She would like to receive stories from AFS exchange students about where they were from, their time in Sherman County, life after Sherman County and what they are doing now. She has one from Penny which was on FB and is a good example of what she is looking for. Please send the stories to Gladys at the email address with subject line FTR Story. ~Sherman County Historical Society

5. Living Expectantly

Do you think of old age as a time of adventure, self-expression and possibility? Perhaps not. It is hard to think of the later portion of life this way, when the society we live in doesn’t seem to agree.

We sure don’t see many role models of lively, intelligent old people in the media (well, except for Betty White), and our culture continues to be dominated by images of youth. Ask anyone in advertising or marketing, and they will tell you the demographics they covet are 18-25 year olds.

The fact is that life expectancy is up from 45 years in 1900, to an average of 79.38 years (estimated in the U.S.A.) in 2019. It’s even higher in Canada (82.11 years) and Japan (85.77 years)! In a report released on August 1, 2013, the World Health Organization reported that the “dramatic” gains in life expectancy show no signs of slowing down (as reported by Reuters). Things are definitely changing.

Of course, there is still the likelihood of some physical decline as we age, but many older people are discovering that their mental health is more important to them. They tend to shrug off their aches and pains and concentrate instead on growth and development in other areas. And since neuroscientists have discovered that while the brain may slow down, it does not stop growing as long as it’s being used (Alzheimer’s and dementia notwithstanding).

Older folks become much more spiritually aware and keenly interested in things outside of themselves. Some go back to school, others become involved in a community or family project. They do not see the changes happening all around them as threatening. Rather, they respond to change with flexibility, a sense of purpose, and lots of patience with themselves. They want to control their own lives, make their own choices, and stay involved with meaningful activities long after they “retire.”

This sounds like a good way to live at any age, and is not a bad role model, either. Think of it as not life expectancy, but living expectantly. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to D

bird.owl.limbVideo. Carl Sagan on The Pale Blue Dot

A NASA mission was leaving the Solar System when, at the request of Carl Sagan, it was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around, and take one last photo of Earth across a great expanse of space. This video’s accompanying words spoken by Sagan, and written almost 25 years ago, are still relevant today sensitively felt, brilliantly spoken.

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