Sherman County eNews #27


  1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update
  2. Health Care Insurance Consultation, Jan. 28
  3. Sherman County Court Agenda, Feb. 3
  4. Harney County Community Meeting, Jan. 25
  5. The Ensemble of Oregon, St. Peter’s Landmark, Jan. 31
  6. Links

1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update

  • JH BxB vs. Horizon @ SES tomorrow has been cancelled.
  • There will be no HS GJV game this Saturday vs. Horizon. 
  • Boys JV – 2:30, Girls V – 4:00, Boys V – 5:30 

2. Health Care Insurance Consultation, Jan. 28

Tired of Paying for Health Insurance that May Not Work?

Come for a FREE Health Insurance Consultation with a Professional Agent

When: Thursday January 28, 2016

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: OSU Extension Office – Sherman County Conference Room

66365 Lonerock Drive

Moro, OR 97039

Call Janet Rockwell (541) 705-7051 to schedule an appointment


Sponsored by the Sherman County Medical Clinic 

3. Sherman County Court Agenda, Feb. 3

Sherman County Court Agenda

February 3, 2016

1.0 Appointment Schedule:


1.1 9:00 a.m. Ron McDermid – Justice of the Peace – Quarterly Report

1.2 9:15 a.m. Public Hearing: Goal 3 Exception – Georgia Macnab – Planning


1.3 9:45 a.m. Georgia Macnab – Planning Director – Quarterly Report

1.4 10:00 a.m. Shandie Johnson – Prevention Coordinator – Quarterly Report

1.5 10:15 a.m. Sharon Thornberry – Rural Communities Liaison – Regional Food Bank Update 

1.6 11:00 a.m. Jacque Shei – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District –

Quarterly Report

1.7 11:15 a.m. Jennifer Zimmerlee – Sherman County RV Park Update

1.8 11:45 a.m. Shawn Payne – Emergency Services Director – Quarterly Report

1.9 1:00 p.m. Shellie Campbell – North Central Public Health District – Tobacco Use and Laws Update

 1.10 1:30 p.m. Marnene Benson-Wood – Transit Coordinator/Treasurer – Quarterly Report


Additions to Agenda:

2.0 Action Items:


2.1 Appointment – Sherman County Area Watershed Council

2.2 Appointment – Sherman County Ambulance Board

2.3 Resolution – Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Sherman County Representative

2.4 Highly Rural Transportation Grant


3.0 Discussion Items:

3.1 Kent Water District

3.2 Commissioner Reports


4.0 Consent Agenda:

4.1 Special Session Minutes of January 15, 2016

4.2 Minutes of January 20, 2016

4.3 Claims – January 2016


5.0 Future Agenda Items:

4. Harney County Community Meeting, Jan. 25

Burns – Harney County Judge Steve Grasty announced a change in venue and format for the weekly Harney County community meeting scheduled for Monday, January 25. “We started the weekly community meeting so that Harney County residents would have an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns in a safe and civil manner,” said Judge Grasty. “The meeting last week did not fulfill that purpose.” Harney County has been notified by the school district that school facilities will no longer be available for these community meetings due to the number of firearms that were present, in violation of school district policy.

The meeting on January 25 will be held at the Harney County Senior Center at 5:00 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30. The Senior Center also has a “no firearm” policy that will be strictly enforced. Please arrive early in order to get through security in a timely manner.

The format for this meeting will also be special. “Residents of Harney County have been given a unique opportunity to be heard statewide,” said Judge Grasty, explaining that Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud public affairs program will moderate and record the meeting on Monday. The host of Think Out Loud, Dave Miller, will ask questions of those in attendance. This episode of Think Out Loud will air on Tuesday, January 26. “I can’t think of a better way to give Oregon a taste of the real Harney County,” continued Grasty.

Due to space limitations at the Senior Center and the unique format, entrance to this meeting will be limited only to those Harney County residents who have a ticket. Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Here is what you need to know:

  • Pick up tickets at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk’s Office, on Monday starting at 10 a.m. or by calling 541-573-6641 starting at 10 a.m.
  • Tickets will be released on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Everyone who gets a ticket will need to show picture I.D. and residency will be verified.
  • Picture I.D. will also be required to enter the Senior Center with your ticket.
  • Each person may pick up only two tickets.
  • There will be 150 tickets available. Thirty tickets have been set aside for invited guests. Any of those tickets that are unused will be available for others to use.
  • Anyone who is not able to get a ticket for this meeting, will be wait-listed for this meeting and put at the front of the list for future meetings, should it be necessary to continue with this ticketing format.

Any questions related to ticket distribution should be directed to 541-573-6641.

5. The Ensemble of Oregon, St. Peter’s Landmark, Jan. 31

The Ensemble of Oregon under the direction of Patrick McDonough, will present “Officium Defunctorum:  Funeral Music for Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empress” Sunday, January 31, 2016, in a 4 p.m. concert at St. Peter’s Landmark in The Dalles.

The concert is co-sponsored by Cascade Singers and St. Peter’s Landmark.  Admission is by donation at the door.

The Ensemble is a professional vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble, based in the Portland area, equally at home tackling early music and modern works.  Members share their talents with other well-known groups and events such as Portland Baroque Orchestra, Dale Warland Singers, Cantores in Ecclesia, Cappella Romana, the William Byrd Festival, and the Oregon Bach Festival.

The Spanish city of Avila produced two famous children:  St. Teresa and Tomás Luis de Victoria, born there in 1548.  Trained as a chorister in his home town, Victoria traveled to Rome in his late teens to pursue a career as a professional musician.  He was a contemporary and colleague of Palestrina.

In his mid-thirties Victoria dedicated a book of masses to King Philip II of Spain with the hint that he wanted to return to his native country.  In the 1580s he became composer and director of music at a convent in Madrid where he remained for the rest of his life.  Some of his most radiant compositions were written during his later years.

The concert is built around Victoria’s six-voice setting of the “Officium Defunctorum,” the traditional services for the dead.  It was composed as a memorial for Empress Maria of Austria, King Philip’s sister, who had retired back to Madrid after an illustrious political career as a Habsburg empress and patron of music.  Her death in 1603 was commemorated all across Europe with lavish displays of music, poetry, and public mourning.

The music offered by the Ensemble would originally have been sung during a long series of services, starting with Matins before dawn and stretching on into the day.  Victoria used traditional Gregorian chant, which is almost always present in one of the six voices, upon which he built his polyphonic compositions.

Unlike later romantic era Requiems, this funeral music has surprisingly little fire and brimstone, opting instead for a tone of hope and serene contemplation.

St. Peter’s Landmark, with its gothic vaulted, tinwork-clad ceiling, will provide a welcoming acoustic for this landmark music of the high Renaissance.


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