Sherman County eNews #21


  1. Sherman County 4-H Open House & Enrollment, Jan. 27
  2. Notice: Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler Counties’ Special Session, Jan. 27
  3. Greg Walden to hold town halls, meet with local businesses in five eastern Oregon counties
  4. Sherman County School District Construction Update
  5. History After Hours at the Riverenza, Feb. 18
  6. Grass Valley Egg Hunt, March 19
  7. Children: Privilege, Responsibility & Joy
  8. Links

1. Sherman County 4-H Open House & Enrollment, Jan. 27

4-H clover1Families with kids 9-19…get them involved in a great youth development program where the emphasis is “learning by doing!”

Sherman County 4-H is taking enrollments now for the 2016 program year.  4-H clubs in Sherman County include:  beef, sheep, swine, goat, horse, poultry, rabbit/guinea pig, “junk drawer” robotics, cooking/baking, and outdoor cooking/food preservation.  Cost is $28 per child…save $5 if you enroll in January.

Sherman 4-H leaders will host an Open House on Wednesday, January 27 6pm-7pm at the Sherman Extension Office for families to come learn about 4H, meet our leaders, and get your kids enrolled.  Enrollment forms are also available at the Extension Office in Moro and on-line at

In 4-H, youth get to do a variety of things normally only adults do:  cooking, planning menus, sewing, planning an outfit, scrapbooking, photography, buying livestock, raising and training animals, selling at an auction, showing horses, being in parades, making money, and keeping financial records.

Kids!  Get the experience of being part of a club organization…”learn by doing” things like teaching others or helping your group…hang out with your friends and have fun at fair…go to 4-H Camp, be a counselor, attend OSU Summer Conference…wins awards and scholarships!  Join 4-H now!

Cindy Brown

4-H and Healthy Living & OSU Sherman County Extension

66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro OR 97039

541-565-3230 office – 541-993-5291 cell

2. Notice: Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler Counties’ Special Session, Jan. 27

The Sherman County Court will meet in special session with Gilliam and Wheeler County Courts on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m. at the Sherman County Extension Office in Moro, Oregon. Topics for discussion will include updates on the Frontier TeleNet Fiber Project, a Cross Gorge Work Force Collaboration Presentation by the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board, and other matters of importance to the Tri-County region.

3. Congressman Greg Walden to hold town halls, meet with local businesses in five eastern Oregon counties

HOOD RIVER— U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will hold town hall meetings in Sherman and Gilliam counties on Friday to give an update on efforts in Congress to reduce burdensome federal regulation, as well as historic legislation recently signed into law to improve education for children and support roads, bridges, and highways. Full details are below.

Later on Friday, Walden heads to Morrow County to tour the Boardman Tree Farm. He’ll then visit the site of the new Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center in Hermiston. Afterwards, Walden will attend Pendleton’s annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.

On Thursday, Walden will be in Wasco County to speak to local business leaders at The Dalles Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

What:            The Dalles Chamber Banquet When:           5:30pm Where:  The Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles

Friday, January 22, 2016

What:            Sherman County Town Hall When:           9:00am    Where:          Bob’s Texas T-Bone, 101 East 1st Street, Rufus

What:           Arlington Town Hall When:          11:00am

Where:         North Gilliam County Fire Hall, 1500 Railroad Avenue, Arlington

What:           Boardman Tree Farm Tour When:           1:00pm

Where:          Boardman Tree Farm, 77200 Poleline Road, Boardman

What:           Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center Tour When:           3:15pm

Where:          1705 East Airport Road, Hermiston

What:           Pendleton Chamber Dinner When:          5:30pm

Where:         Rivers Event Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 46510 Wildhorse Boulevard, Pendleton

4. Sherman County School District Construction Update

Issue 6 Communication School Construction Update 1-19-16

5. History After Hours at the Riverenza, Feb. 18

  • Celebrate Oregon’s Birthday (a couple of days late)
  • History After Hours 4:30-6:30, Thursday, February 18th
  • The Riverenza, The Dalles, Oregon
  • Share what is new with the history community!
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • Look for more information to come!

6. Grass Valley Egg Hunt, March 19

  • Grass Valley Egg Hunt
  • March 19 at 10 o’clock
  • The weekend before Easter.
  • Followed by a Skate Party.

7. Children: Privilege, Responsibility & Joy

children.cartoonThe privilege of bringing children into the world carries with it the responsibility of teaching them the fundamentals of sound character.

One of life’s greatest joys is the sense of wonder that accompanies the arrival of a tiny new human being into the world. But that joy is accompanied by a tremendous responsibility that perfectly encapsulates the need for personal initiative. You can provide children with all the physical advantages of a good childhood, but unless you strive to set a good example for them to follow, you will know only dismay as they reach adulthood and blossom into purposeless drifters. Your personal initiative, whether or not you are raising a child, must always incorporate exemplary behavior. You cannot take ethical shortcuts, big or small, without other people observing them and assuming that this behavior is something you wouldn’t mind having turned back on yourself. Certainly you will make mistakes, but if you have always striven for the best course, others will remember it and treat you accordingly. ~ Napoleon Hill

8. Links

Gathering the Stories [regional]

Author Jane Kirkpatrick Featured in Christian Fiction Magazine 

U.S. Teacher Shortage

The High Cost of a Bad Reputation

Why is the Iowa Caucus so important?


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