Sherman County eNews #253

CONTENT

  1. Editorial Note: The “Editorial We”

  2. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Inductions, Sept. 30

  3. Sherman Middle School Football/Volleyball 2016 Schedule Update

  4. Notice: Sherman County Court Regular Session, Oct. 5

  5. Concours de Maryhill, Maryhill Arts Festival, Food, Music & Maryhill Loops, Oct. 1 & 2

  6. Peak Performance: It’s in Your Mind


1. Editorial Note: The “Editorial We”

caricatureskEditorials present a publication’s opinion on an issue and are meant to influence public opinion, promote critical thinking, and sometimes cause people to take action on an issue.

 

 

For the editor and publisher of Sherman County eNews,

it is the “editorial we”

n.

The first-person plural pronoun used by an editorialist  in expressing the opinion or point of view of a publication’s management.

“We” put the questions together and published them in an editorial, eNews #248.

Our editorial intent is to provide a menu of questions for eNews subscribers to ask the candidates. We did not invite the candidates to submit answers to the questions.

Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher

Sherman County eNews 1999-current.


2. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor, Sept. 30

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3. Sherman Middle School Football/Volleyball 2016 Schedule Update

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4. Notice: Sherman County Court Regular Session, Oct. 5

The Sherman County Court is meeting in regular session on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR 97039.

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5. Concours de Maryhill, Maryhill Arts Festival, Food, Music & Maryhill Loops, Oct. 1 & 2

Car 2Celebrate Sam Hill’s love of roads, the automobile, and the arts during this two-day, family-friendly festival devoted to creativity in all its forms. ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Concours de Maryhill | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open car show featuring autos 1945 and older, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. Want to enter your car? Click here for more information.

Maryhill Arts Festival | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Browse and shop booths featuring Northwest artists working in a variety of media, including painting, glass art, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics and more.

Drive the Maryhill Loops Road | Noon to 2 p.m.
Take a spin past the beautiful scenery and through the road’s eight hairpin curves. Free on the historic Maryhill Loops Road, located just east of US 97 off of State Route 14.

Family Fun: Veggie Car Races | 1 to 3 p.m.
Kids put their ingenuity to work transforming humble veggies into fantastically engineered cars and race them on a 12-foot ramp for thrills and chills.

Dining | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Several locally operated food vendors will be on-site – Bake My Day during the day and Bob’s Texas T-Bone for dinner – as well as Loïe’s: The Museum Café inside Maryhill Museum of Art.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016

car_redMaryhill Loops Hill Climb | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a three-mile timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road; view from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated points along the route.

Maryhill Arts Festival | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Browse and shop booths featuring Northwest artists working in a variety of media, including painting, glass art, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics and more.

Dining | 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy lunch, light snacks, beer and wine at Loïe’s: The Museum Café inside Maryhill Museum of Art.

Music | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy the bluegrass and Americana sounds of The Ryders from Seattle. (Artists will take breaks throughout the day.)


6. Peak Performance: It’s in Your Mind

Today, here are a few words about peak performance aimed at everyone who would like to improve at a sport or game, and we are not talking about performance-enhancing substances.

People are finally starting to realize that “the right stuff” isn’t something you have to be born with. The fact that we can learn to tap previously unexplored potential has been quickest, perhaps, to take hold in the world of professional sports. However, the principles involved will work just as well for weekend athletes and high school athletes, as well.

One of the best-known techniques, for what sports psychologists and counselors call “performance enhancement,” is visualization. Now, visualization is simply a form of mental practice. It’s performing the different aspects of your sport over and over again in your mind, with all the right moves and the desired end result. You can do this with your eyes closed in a quiet room, riding the bus, in the shower, while you’re waiting to see the dentist – virtually any time.

Michael Jordan, arguably the best basketball player of his generation (if not several others) shot thousands of baskets in practice, on the court. He shot many more thousands, sitting on planes, trains and automobiles. With his eyes shut, seeing and feeling those shots in his mind. It’s a safe bet that most of the athletes at the Rio Olympics and Para-Olympics were doing the same thing before their contests.

All that’s required is that you see yourself performing – driving the ball, throwing the javelin, clearing the bar. It doesn’t matter what the action is, as long as you are doing it perfectly. Because, you see, your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between a vividly imagined picture and the actual event. And while mental practice can’t replace the discipline and hard work of physical practice, in some ways it’s even better. It guarantees that you are practicing perfection, and when you practice perfection, you are far more likely to perform perfectly.

Now, take this same practice and apply it to your interactions with people at work. Apply it to what your job requires you do. Apply it to the goals – personal, professional and organizational – you want to achieve, and watch your performance soar! ~ The Pacific Institute


 

Sherman County eNews #251

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2016 Fall Grant Cycle Deadline, Sept. 30     
  2. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 21
  3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications
  4. Big Tobacco Targets Youth                                    
  5. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee Meeting, Sept. 28
  6. Cemetery Association of Oregon Conference, Oct. 28-29
  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2016 Fall Grant Cycle Deadline, Sept. 30

BeeSherman County Cultural Coalition
2016 Fall Grant Applications

Sherman County Cultural Coalition Fall Grant Applications are available. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Mail or email requests for Grant Guidelines and Grant Application to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039 or shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com

Questions?
Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com


2. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 21

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the October 5 Court session on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us)

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court met in regular session on September 21, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard from Rod Asher, Weed District Director, the highest possible expense was budgeted for the new Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area Coordinator, but health care and PERS expenses are lower than estimated which generated a savings of $19,148; Rod requested to use these funds to purchase additional equipment for the Lower Deschutes Project (LDP), including a Polaris Ranger, a 14’ trailer, a 50 gallon sprayer, and a storage basket; the Court approved the request to spend $19,135 of Lower Deschutes CWMA Coordinator cost savings to purchase additional equipment for the LDP; Rod reported the LDP has been offered an additional $10,000 as part of in-lieu-of-tax money funneled through the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District; these funds need to be spent by November 15, 2016, and Rod requested to use them to purchase a computer and mapping software, to stock up on supplies like backpacks and sprayers, and to stock up on herbicides; the Court approved the request to spend the additional funds provided by Wasco County for the Weed Department for a computer, software, and additional supplies and herbicides; the Weed Department is in the market for another surplus vehicle;
  • heard from Rod he obtained three quotes for hazardous tree limb removal and tree maintenance at DeMoss Park; twenty-seven trees have significant damage; Luciano’s Tree and Maintenance Service quoted $13,500 total, $500 per tree; Columbia Tree Service quoted $3,500 per day and estimated three days; Trees Company LLC quoted $12,500; the trees will be trimmed, and there are no plans to remove any, though if it becomes necessary for safety reasons, Rod will be notified before a decision is made; the Court accepted a quote from Columbia Tree Service in the amount of $10,500 for tree trimming in DeMoss Park and will verify if funds are available in the Parks and Recreation fund;
  • heard a quarterly report from Mark Coles, Road Master; the Road Department is looking for another dust control unit to use at the rock pit; the Court recommended the purchase of two DV 30 sprayers up to $48,000, providing the funds are available in the Equipment Reserve;
  • heard from Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, the Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan was revised in 2015 and reduced the ASA committee to six positions; in the past, this restructure was approved by County Court and the Oregon Health Authority; Commissioner Smith suggested the ASA committee should come together and approve of changing the structure of the board as a group; Shawn will call an ASA committee meeting so this can be addressed;
  • heard from Katie Paul, Sherman County Community Outreach, Ron Webber will be providing Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), an evidence-based cognitive behavioral program, to referred Sherman County Tri-County Corrections clients; the Wasco Annex will be adequate space for the program; the Court approved the Consulting Services Contract between Sherman County and Ron Webber to perform work for Sherman County Community Outreach to expire June 30, 2017, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending approval by County Counsel; the Court also approved the Lease of Business Property between Sherman County and Sherman County Community Outreach to use a room at the Wasco Annex at a cost of zero dollars for a term to end on June 30, 2017, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • heard from Shandie Johnson, Prevention Coordinator, and Darian Davis, Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) Crew Member, a report on OYCC activities; Shandie stated she was impressed by how well the team worked together and how they overcame issues; work credits are available for crew members, and Shandie will send letters to parents to notify them; the OYCC end of year report has been submitted but has not yet been approved;
  • Shandie discussed the setup of the Prevention Coordinator; a part-time positon allows for the majority of funds to be used for direct programs like Swim Bus, Missoula Children’s Theater, and more; part time is challenging, however, because attending trainings and finding time to obtain the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) certification was difficult; if the position were to expand to ¾ time, the coordinator could devote more time to forming a coalition, attending trainings, and obtaining the CPS certification, but this would affect the amount of funding allocated to support programs; discussion was held about the possibility of expanding the coordinator position to ¾ time and the county offering additional funds to help support direct services through the Prevention Program; discussion was held about the possibility of contracting the position out to another entity, though the Court feels strongly the employee needs to be physically based in Sherman County to be effective; contracting with another agency like Mid-Columbia Center for Living or North Public Central Health District would allow the county to access more resources and to complete tasks that are difficult for a single employee to do; the Court will explore opportunities to contract before advertising for the position;
  • approved the contract renewal offer from Otis Elevator Company to accept a five-percent discount on the current maintenance price for five years in exchange for a five-year extension to the existing maintenance contract term and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved paying for the cost of an income survey on behalf of South Sherman Fire & Rescue District up to $5401.50 to assist with pursuing a Community Development Block Grant to support construction of a new fire hall;
  • approved a letter of resignation from Shandie Johnson, Prevention Coordinator, to be effective September 30, 2016;
  • approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Oregon Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation and Sherman County to provide foreclosure prevention and community housing stabilization through direct assistance to homeowners and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • entered into Biggs Service District Board of Directors; hired Anderson Perry & Associates to write a United States Department of Agriculture grant application for $10,000 and to perform an environmental study for $15,000 for a total of $25,000;
  • discussed Philippi Park grant funding, a thank you letter from the Wasco School Centennial Celebration Committee, an Eastern Oregon Counties Association Invoice, the Notice of Depositions for unfunded mandate litigation, a student funding request, the Wasco Annex article for the Reporter, and a fiber update;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

BeeSherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County are now available. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2016, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2017.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:

Ø A brief description of your project.
Ø State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
Ø Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:

Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039
shermandevelopmentleague@gmail.com

Questions?
Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or shermandevelopmentleague@gmail.com


4. Big Tobacco Targets Youth

• The use of nicotine during adolescence can disrupt the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning, and susceptibility to addiction. According to Oregon Health Authority e-cigarette use has increased at alarming rates, especially in young people in Oregon. In Oregon alone, e-cigarette use among high school youth has more than tripled from 5.2% in 2013 to 17.1% in 2015.

• 90% of smokers started before the age of 18. Department of Health and Human Services reported out of middle and high school students who used tobacco products in 2014, more than 60% smoked flavored tobacco. Kids are being attracted to e-cigarettes who would otherwise not be attracted to tobacco products because of appealing flavors such as watermelon, bubble gum, chocolate and more.

• In 2015 a study from The Journal of The American Medical Association reports minors successfully placed 75 orders with 23 unsuccessful purchases from 98 different online vendors. Only five were rejected for age verification, concluding that 93.7% of e-cigarette vendors failed to properly verify their customers’ ages.

Want to quit smoking?
1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-748-8669) or
1-800-DEJELO-YA (Espanol)

Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
North Central Public Health District
www.ncphd.org
541-506-2609
www.smokefreeoregon.com


 5. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee Meeting, Sept. 28

recycle.blwhThe Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee will be meeting Wednesday September 28th, 2016 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon. Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region. Wasco County is the lead agency. The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.


6. Cemetery Association of Oregon Conference, Oct. 28-29

Join the Cemetery Association of Oregon (CAO) at their annual fall conference in Lincoln City, Oct. 28-29. Registration for the conference can be found on the CAO website here. As a courtesy to Oregon Historic Cemeteries the CAO will waive the conference fees to Oregon historic cemeteries (excluding lodging, the social hour, Saturday dinner, and golf). You have a historic cemetery if your cemetery has at least one burial of a person who died before February 14, 1909. Make sure to mark this on your registration form with the name and date of burial of the decedent in your cemetery to qualify. The CAO will be hosting a cleanup day at Eureka Cemetery on Oct. 28th, a list of conference activities and speakers can be found here on the CAO website. If you have any questions reach out the CAO at cemeteryassociationoforegon@gmail.com


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

Oregon.BeaverVote No to Measure 97: Measure 97 on Oregon’s November 2016 ballot would impose the biggest tax increase in Oregon history: a sales tax on steroids, hidden behind the facade of being a $3 billion annual Gross Receipts Tax on business. It will raise taxes by $600 per capita. http://cascadepolicy.org/blog/2016/08/25/cascade-policy-institute-says-no-to-measure-97/

 Mid Columbia Producers (cooperative) http://www.mcpcoop.com/

Oregon Land Use http://cascadepolicy.org/land-use/

 Can Government Be Run Like A Business? http://cascadepolicy.org/blog/2013/07/30/can-government-be-run-like-a-business/

 I Was RFK’s Speechwriter. Now I’m Voting for Trump. Here’s Why. The Democratic Party has become something both JFK and RFK would deplore—the party of war. By Adam Walinsky September 21, 2016 http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/rfk-trump-2016-democratic-party-speechwriter-214270

Sen. Bill Hansell https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/hansell

Oregon State Legislature: Find Your Legislator  https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html


 

Sherman County eNews #252

CONTENT

  1. Artists Marketing Workshop, Nov. 19

  2. Restore Oregon’s Heritage Barn Workshop, Oct. 1

  3. American Indian Trade Blanket Expert Barry Friedman

    Featured at Maryhill Museum of Art October 15

  4. Oregon Law: Sole-source procurements

  5. NOAA Opens House on October 13th

  6. Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

  7. U.S. Census, Sherman County Quick Facts

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


Remember that no one can hurt your feelings without your cooperation and willingness. No one can cause you to have any kind of emotional reaction without your first giving them permission to do so. You alone are responsible for your feelings and emotions. When you know what you plan to do with your life, you will not allow annoying situations to deter you from your goals for long. If you set ambitious goals for yourself and work enthusiastically toward them, you will quickly realize that you don’t have time to allow petty annoyances to upset you and keep you from your objectives. ~ Napoleon Hill


1.Artists Marketing Workshop, Nov. 19

paint.brushesNovember 19, 2016, 1-4pm
Instructor: Kerry Cobb
Workshop Fee: $20/person

This workshop is designed specifically for artists who wish to learn better techniques for marketing and selling their art. Topics include Self-Promotion Tools, Branding, Understanding Your Customer, Marketing Platforms, The Personal Touch, Marketing as an Integral Part of Your Artist Life.

Kerry Cobb is the Executive Director of the Columbia Center for the Arts and has over 30 years of direct marketing, promotions, and public relations experience. Space is limited to 30 students. See https://www.columbiaarts.org/events/artists-marketing-workshop/.


 2. Restore Oregon’s Heritage Barn Workshop, Oct. 1

barnEastern Oregon Barn Families! If you are interested in participating in a Barn Workshop on the east side of the state, please notify

EASTERN OREGON Agritourism Project
Janet E. Dodson, Consultant/Coordinator
North Powder, Oregon
janetd@eoni.com
541.786.8006 or 541.898.2620

There is nothing more iconic than a great old barn standing proud on the agricultural landscape.  Yet these icons pose special challenges for those wishing to preserve them and the stories they hold. Champoeg State Park and its historic Donald Manson Barn (1862), one of the few remaining Pioneer-era barns still standing in the Willamette Valley, will be the site of Restore Oregon’s annual Heritage Barn Workshop set for October 1st. The day-long workshop will feature speakers, hands-on training, examples of creative reuse, and sessions on barn condition assessment and stabilization. Over the course of the day there will be a demonstration on historic barn construction techniques and tools. Barn owners, preservationists, and the general public are invited with no previous knowledge needed to participate.

Restore Oregon’s Heritage Barn Workshop <http://restoreoregon.org/event/barns/>

October 1, 2016 9am to 4pm

Champoeg State Park

8239 Champoeg Road NE

(just SW of Wilsonville and SE of Newburg)

Tickets are $35 for Restore Oregon members; $45 for non-members and must be purchased in advance at http://www.RestoreOregon.org&lt;http://www.RestoreOregon.org&gt; or by calling 503 243-1923. Snacks, beverages, and lunch are included in the registration fee.  Underwriting by Greenline Fine Woodworking and New Energy Works Timberframers made this program possible.


3. American Indian Trade Blanket Expert Barry Friedman
Featured at Maryhill Museum of Art October 15

Program includes gallery walkthrough and blanket appraisal

bird.eagle1(GOLDENDALE, Wash., September 21, 2016) Maryhill Museum of Art is pleased to host author and antique American Indian trade blanket specialist Barry Friedman for a gallery walkthrough and appraisal program titled Barry Friedman’s Walkin’ Talkin’ Indian Trade Blanket Lecture on Saturday, October 15 at 2 p.m.

During the program, Friedman, author of Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets (2003) and Still Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets, Volume Two (2014), will give a brief introduction to trade blankets and then lead a walkthrough of the exhibition A Kaleidoscope of Color: American Indian Trade Blankets. The exhibition, which is on view through November 15, 2016 at Maryhill, features boldly colored pre-1925 blankets from a variety of well-known historic American manufacturers such as J. Capps & Sons, Racine, Oregon City and Pendleton Woolen Mills among others.

After the gallery tour, Friedman, who is a vintage blanket consultant to Pendleton Woolen Mills and a vintage blanket supplier to Ralph Lauren, will provide appraisals of visitors’ own trade blankets. The appraisal segment of the program is designed to be educational in nature, with the audience invited to listen in and learn about the history, designs and cultural significance of the trade blankets brought in by visitors.

Both the gallery walkthrough and the appraisals are free with museum admission. Out of consideration of the museum environment, visitors are asked to make sure their blankets are free of dust and dander.

A Kaleidoscope of Color: American Indian Trade Blankets is sponsored in part by the J & S Bishop Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.


4. Oregon Law: Sole-source procurements

OregonLaws.org 279B.075¹ http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/279B.075

(1) A contracting agency may award a contract for goods or services without competition if the Director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, a local contract review board, a state contracting agency, if the state contracting agency has procurement authority under ORS 279A.050 (Procurement authority), the State Chief Information Officer, with respect to goods or services described in subsection (2)(b) of this section and if the director has delegated the necessary authority to the State Chief Information Officer, or a person designated in writing by the director, board or state contracting agency with procurement authority under ORS 279A.050 (Procurement authority), determines in writing, in accordance with rules adopted under ORS 279A.065 (Model rules generally), that the goods or services, or class of goods or services, are available from only one source.

(2) The determination of a sole source must be based on written findings that may include:

(a) That the efficient utilization of existing goods requires acquiring compatible goods or services;

(b) That the goods or services required to exchange software or data with other public or private agencies are available from only one source;

(c) That the goods or services are for use in a pilot or an experimental project; or

(d) Other findings that support the conclusion that the goods or services are available from only one source.

(3) To the extent reasonably practical, the contracting agency shall negotiate with the sole source to obtain contract terms that are advantageous to the contracting agency. [2003 c.794 §55; 2005 c.103 §8c; 2015 c.807 §24]


5. NOAA’s National Weather Service Opens House, Oct. 13

weather-rainThe public is invited to an open house hosted by NOAA’s National Weather Service on Thursday October 13 from 10 am to 3 pm. The Open House will be at the regional Weather Forecast Office, which on the west side of the Pendleton, Oregon airport, located at 2001 NW 56th Drive.

The Open House will feature demonstrations to highlight the technology and expertise used to produce weather forecasts and warnings for eastern Oregon and Washington. There will also be displays from Life Flight, Oregon Department of Transportation, Emergency Management, and the Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) Test Range. Also planned is a special fire weather balloon release that will be tracked thousands of feet into the atmosphere.

Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have a chance to win door prizes. More information will be updated at weather.gov/Pendleton and also on Facebook.


6. Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

teamworkPuzzleDid you know that there is an important difference between efficiency and effectiveness? Let’s talk about that difference and, more importantly, why it matters.

Most businesses focus a lot of energy on running an efficient operation – efficient in the sense that things get done with a minimum of effort and motion. It’s low input and high output. In other words, efficiency is doing things right. But doing what things? Ah-ha! This is a very important question.

You see, effectiveness should be doing the right things right. And effectiveness is what you want to aim for, because you can be extremely efficient at doing the wrong things. You can practice the wrong technique or the wrong moves until you’ve got it down perfectly. And then you’re going to wonder and worry about why you’re not doing any better, why the business is failing, why your customers don’t come back when everything is running like a well-oiled machine.

So when you visualize yourself or your business, don’t just see yourself doing things right. See yourself doing the right things right. And remember that sometimes the right thing done imperfectly can beat the heck out of a flawless performance of the wrong thing. Edward Deming, the originator of the total quality management movement, once said that if you run a company on numbers alone, you are sure to fail, because the most important numbers are unknown and unknowable.

It is possible that one of the things he meant was don’t worry so much about doing things right, and concentrate instead on doing the right things. Not such a bad thing to teach our children, as well. ~ The Pacific Institute


 7. U.S. Census, Sherman County Quick Facts

constitution-wethepeoplehttp://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/41055

POPULATION, est. 2015

1,680 est. July 1, 2015  (1,765 2010 census)

3.7% under age 5

18% under age 18

25% age 65 +

50.2% females

2.5% foreign-born

204 veterans

HOUSING

913 housing units (918 in 2010)

64% owner-occupied housing units

HEALTH

13.8% persons with disabilities under age 65 2010-2014

11.3% persons without health insurance under age 65 2010-2014

ECONOMY

57% civilian labor force age 16 and over 2010-2014

49.4% civilian labor force females age 16 and over

254 total health care & social assistance receipts/revenue 2012

INCOME & POVERTY

$39,960 median household income 2014 dollars

$27,427 per capita income past 12 months 2010-2014

14.2& persons in poverty

BUSINESS

53 total employer establishments 2014

448 employment 2014

105 non-employer establishments 2014

GEOGRAPHY

2.1 population per square mile

823.69 square miles land area.


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

birdHappyOwlOregon Gubernatorial Debate: Brown, Pierce clash on rural issues  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/324508-204143-brown-pierce-clash-on-rural-issues

Internet: Rural Technology Group  http://ruraltechnologygroup.com/fixed-wireless.html 

Frontier Regional 911 Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/frontierregional911/

Oregon Office of Emergency Management 911 https://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/Pages/or911/911_program.aspx

U.S. Census: Oregon Quick Facts https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/41/accessible

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Building Codes, Other Services  http://mccog.com/building-codes/

North Carolina made drug testing mandatory for welfare recipients  http://usherald.com/north-carolina-just-made-drug-testing-mandatory-welfare-recipients-results-far-worse-anyone-expected/

Commentary. Thomas Sowell: Our Predicament http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/sep/22/our-predicament-20160922/ 

The American Spectator  http://spectator.org/about/ 

Ed “Good Entertainer, but a Great Marine” McMahon Flew 85 Combat Missions in Korea!  https://www.warhistoryonline.com/korean-war/ed-mcmahon-entertainer.html?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=warhistoryonline&utm_content=%5BWar+History+Online%5D+Your+Daily+Dose

 Ben Stein’s Diary: The Meaning of Deplorable http://spectator.org/the-meaning-of-deplorable/

21 Best World Atlases For Map Lovers In 2016 http://brilliantmaps.com/world-atlas/

The Shade of Red Each Country Has On Its Flag http://brilliantmaps.com/the-shade-of-red-each-country-has-on-its-flag/

The Mark of Soros: Charlotte, North Carolina http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/09/the_mark_of_soros_charlotte_north_carolina.htm

Opening of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C. – Are Cracker, White Trash, & Redneck Racist? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIIt-gTHWOY 

Hillary Clinton for President http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/hillary-clinton-for-president.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-top-region&region=opinion-c-col-top-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-top-region&_r=0