EDITORIAL. Sherman County eNews is Retiring!
On a Personal Note: Sherman County eNews
Guides for Your Personal Journey
Farmers’ & Ranchers’ Receive 12.1 Cents per Dollar for our Thanksgiving Food
2020 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Open for Nominations
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. EDITORIAL. Sherman County eNews is Retiring!
It’s time. The right time. 1999-2019. The last Sherman County eNews post will be made on December 27th.
The Times-Journal, our county’s official newspaper of record, is doing a fine job and has the capacity to cover our county news while preserving our history for posterity.
Newspapers are a collaborative venture, a team effort. I believe it is our responsibility to be part of the team! We’re all in this together!
You are strongly encouraged to subscribe and send your news, notices and classified ads to The Times-Journal! Here’s why:
- It’s Sherman County’s newspaper of record where city, special district and county government legal notices and job announcements are published;
- Newspapers are preserved and digitized for posterity, unlike eNews and Facebook;
- It’s a weekly serving Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties;
- The people in these three counties are partners with several local and regional government agencies and enjoy other community connections;
- It’s a bargain at $37.50/year in these counties, $47.50/beyond;
- Digital subscriptions are available;
- The T-J makes a great gift;
- Your subscription opens doors to doing business supporting local folks!
- It’s easy! Contact Stephen and Renee Allen at the T-J or send your check to The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 743, Condon, OR 97823.
It’s time to return to my bucket list, enjoy family and friends, finish my family history website and photo essays on public art in Sherman County, and share jigsaw puzzles with Larry!
Please express your appreciation for eNews with your subscription to The Times-Journal and community involvement!
Sherman County eNews
2. On a Personal Note: Sherman County eNews
In 1999, when I was appointed to serve as Sherman County Commissioner, my Sherman County Historical Museum volunteer colleagues recognized the new commitment I made and began to ask about my county government experiences. “What are you accomplishing?” “What are your assignments?” “Will you have time for the museum?”
Becoming more efficient with my time, about 1/3 personal/work, 1/3 museum and 1/3 county, I continued to volunteer at the museum as usual. We were all new to e-mail, so I agreed to send short reports about topics considered by the Sherman County Court and the governing boards of regional agencies to which I was assigned.
It was never my intent to provide a free news service.
Sherman County eNews evolved as others heard about these reports and asked to subscribe. They made suggestions. I began to include news releases, meeting notices, the Spiritual Matters column, calendar dates and classified ads… and links to information that subscribers submitted to help build an intentionally informed community citizenry… on personal, local, state and federal levels.
The first un-subscriber caught me by surprise! I took it very personally… and got over it. Twice I managed to delete the e-mail distribution list. My internet service provider blocked the bulk mailings. I divided the distribution list. It was time to develop a more professional approach with a logo, format and editorial policies. Then it was time to move eNews to a blog.
I appreciate and thank the many people who collaborate – and collaborated – to make eNews a local resource.
A Sherman County volunteer for 60 years, I’ve enjoyed an amazing life with mentors and others engaged in community group efforts and life-long learning… from Cub Scouts with our four sons to 4-H (outdoorsmen, livestock, Empire Builders, genealogy), Red Cross Water Safety Program (swimming instruction), and planning commission, Sherman County Historical Museum from its 1983 beginning, Deschutes River planning task force, 1989 county centennial committee, county board of commissioners and… eNews. Always learning!
Opportunities came my way to serve on the governing boards of Maryhill Museum of Art, Mid-Columbia Health Foundation and Oregon Geographic Names and to continue learning with museum and grant writing workshops, The Pacific Program, The Pacific Institute and Ford Family Foundation leadership training. At the heart of it all are so many interesting, visionary, hard-working people!
Doors open and doors close. I’m ready to return to my so-called bucket list, other interests and sharing jigsaw puzzles with Larry who has supported my efforts for 61 years!
3. Guides for Your Personal Journey
Who do you listen to? Who do you allow to guide your growth and development? Today, let’s talk about the value of good guides.
Ancient humans used the stars to help them travel beyond the boundaries of their settlements. Many people who are blind rely on a guide dog to see what they cannot. If you wanted to explore the African or Amazonian jungles, you’d probably seek out an experienced leader. Whenever you are entering unfamiliar territory, it can help enormously to have a guide, one you can trust and count on for good advice.
Children rely on their parents, parents have trusted friends and family members, and nations look to their political leaders for guidance and direction. Sometimes we turn to professionals, such as counselors, clergy, and teachers to help us sort out options and find the best path. Ultimately, we are looking for guides we can trust to have our best interests at heart.
Who, or what, do you listen to? Who do you turn to for guidance? These are very important questions. Often it is not so much what a guide can tell us that influences us, but it is their attitude, toward us and toward life, that is our best teacher. And sometimes, it is the questions they ask of us – whether we like the questions or not – that provide us with the springboard we need for our own growth.
Make sure your guides believe strongly in your ability and right to be self-determining, to make your own choices. Seek out those with experience to share, and enough wisdom to allow you your own experience as well.
Look for people who don’t overwhelm you with advice, but who listen carefully and with compassion, and refrain from labels or judgements. These are the people in whom you can safely place your trust, and who will help you get where you want to go. ~The Pacific Institute
4. Farmers’ and Ranchers’ Receive 12.1 Cents per Dollar for our Thanksgiving Food
National Farmers Union reports farmers and ranchers will take home 12.1 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on food for their Thanksgiving meals, according to the NFU Farmer’s Share publication. The Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item they grow or raise.
“As we gather around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, we should take time to recognize and thank the family farmers and ranchers who provide our Thanksgiving meals,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “While consumer holiday food costs continue to decline, incomes for American farm and ranch families are have dropped dramatically over the past seven years. We’re in the midst of the worst farm economic downturn in generations, and we’re hopeful the Farmer’s Share can help illustrate that fact to the general public.”
On average, farmers receive 14.6 cents of every food dollar consumers spend throughout the year, while more than 85% of food costs cover marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing. As the Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share illustrates, the farmer’s share is even lower for Thanksgiving food items.
Wheat farmers averaged $0.03 on 12 dinner rolls that retail for $2.69. Dairy producers received $1.66 from a $4.59 gallon of milk. Turkey growers received $0.06 per pound retailing at $1.49.
Thanksgiving presents an opportunity to raise awareness about food production, including misconceptions about food costs. “Farmers and ranchers play the most valuable role in actually producing the food that is served at holiday dinners, yet they make just pennies on the dollar for their products,” Johnson said.
The Farmer’s Share is based on calculations derived from the monthly Agriculture Prices report produced by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and price points of common grocery food items at Safeway supermarket. The farmer’s share of retail turkey sales is reported by the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias, as national data on farm prices for turkey does not reflect the amount turkey growers receive.
5. 2020 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Open for Nominations
Nominations for the 2020 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program are now being accepted. Applications can be found online through the Oregon Heritage website http://www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Oregon Heritage Coordinator Beth Dehn at Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0696. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is January 26, 2020.
The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of heritage-oriented activities. The Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation is a special category that may be awarded to one individual, organization, or project demonstration excellence in preservation of historic cemeteries.
Nominations are encouraged for organizations and projects of all sizes and heritage purposes and for volunteers and professionals from all heritage sectors.
“The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon’s heritage,” said Beth Dehn, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations.”
Last year’s recipients included:
— Building a Better Community: The Canby Women’s Heritage Trail, the first heritage trail in the state to focus on accomplishments of women, with a multi-layered approach to community engagement.
— Cultural Resources Department of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, for 30 years of dedicated work as a department to preserve and celebrate the Tribe’s cultural history, recently culminating in the Rise of the Collectors exhibit.
— David Dittman, for reporting an archaeological find on private land going above and beyond expectations to engage the public with the find.
— Ann & Owen Nicholson, for their critical role in providing Nehalem Valley Historical Society with a museum and archive.
— Kylie Pine, for going above and beyond her professional capacity as curator at Willamette Heritage Center to impact the community through teaching, volunteer work, board service, and publications related to local history.
— Richard & Judith Wagner, for extraordinary research, writing, and community engagement related to Coos Bay area history.
— Salem Depot, an excellent preservation project spearheaded by the Oregon Department of Transportation that overcame challenges, worked across agencies, and merged multiple modes of transportation to rehabilitate an historic building.
Awards will be presented on April 23, 2020 at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Corvallis by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
The announcement for 2020 awardees will be made in mid-March 2020. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.
6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do