Sherman County eNews #266



  1. Sherman Booster Club Offers Opportunities

  2. Ragtime Festival in Shaniko and Madras, Oregon, Oct. 14-16

  3. Red Cross Sends Local Disaster Responders & Vehicles to Hurricane Victims

  4. Washington State University Extension Wheat Academy, Dec. 13-14

  5. Why Do We Fear Success?

  6. Emotion & Words or Actions

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

 Democracy doesn’t have to be so utterly fatiguing. In the U.K., national election campaigns last a mere five weeks. In Canada, they go on for about 10. In Australia, six. Of course, the U.S. is a more powerful, populous nation than any of those countries. But is there any reason that the electoral season couldn’t be compressed? A six-month campaign would surely give the electorate plenty of time to size up the candidates, and for the candidates to set out their platform and qualifications. ~ Theunis Bates, The Week magazine, September 23, 2016.

 1. Sherman Booster Club Offers Opportunities

Sherman County Booster Club members are very excited to begin another year of support and encouragement for our students in grades 7-12. We have several opportunities for anyone to be involved with. This is not a long term commitment if you don’t want it to be. We need help with things throughout the year. Anyone who wants to add a smile to the students and staff can make a small difference in the day-to-day activities of school, overall education and extra-curricular activities. What gets you excited for our students? There is a place for everyone who wants to be a part of a great organization. For specific questions contact Amy at or
check out our Facebook page: Sherman Booster Club

2. Ragtime Festival in Shaniko and Madras, Oregon, Oct. 14-16

music-notesThe 14th annual Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival will take place on Oct. 14-16.

The Music begins, Friday at 2 p.m. with Keith Taylor, event founder, at the Historic Shaniko Schoolhouse.  From 2 through 6 p.m., musicians Keith Taylor, Vicki Cox, Meg Graf, Clare Kennedy and Lance Maclean will perform. Then activities will move to the Sage Saloon for a jam session from 7-11 p.m. Food is available in the interim.  All musicians who sing or play acoustic instruments are invited to join the jam sessions.

Saturday events will be held at the Madras Airport Museum.  Ragtime event and Airport Museum supporter, Kenny Bicart is working to establish a music event in Madras and invited the Shaniko Ragtime musicians. In addition to other music, the Ragtime & Vintage Music Artist’s performances take place from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. and they return to the museum for a jam session from 7 to 11 p.m.

Back in Shaniko on Sunday, the traditional All-Performer concert in the school rounds out the festival from 2 to 4 p.m. for a suggested donation of $10 per person.

The artists for the most part have been with the festival since its conception and if you have listened in you know what those who haven’t are missing. Expect to hear music from all eras and genres.

Keith Taylor, of Haines, Ore., began playing ragtime in 1972. With a background in classical music, he has degrees in composition and piano, and studied in Paris with Rene Leibowitz.  The native Oregonian, returned to Azalea, Ore. in 1978, then moved to Haines in 2005, where he works as a freelance pianist, composer and teacher.

Vicki Cox, of Eugene, leads the Calamity Jazz Band, plays lead trumpet for the Lincoln Pops Big Band, and performs with Bill Borcher’s Oregon Jazz Band. She majored in musical performance at the University of Oregon.

Meg Graf is a remarkable and versatile musician playing a variety of instruments. From Eugene, she also performs with Calamity Jazz and other music ensembles. Clare Kennedy, from Vancouver, Wash., is a popular and sought-after pianist. She also plays organ and sings. She holds a bachelor of arts in music from Linfield College.

New to the lineup this year is Lance Maclean, a Piano Tuner and Computer Specialist from New Hampshire, who returns to Oregon where for years he played on the Dixieland Festival Circuit in the band, “The Hot Frogs Jumping Jazz Band” for 10 years. Then he was with “Night Blooming Jazzmen” for several years.  He has played with Meg Graf and Vickie Cox and the reunion will be spectacular. Lance since the age of 14 has mastered the 5-String Banjo, Bass, Tuba, Guitar, Mandolin, and Piano.

The Ragtime Festival is sponsored by the Shaniko Preservation Guild. For more information, call the event line 541-489-3434 or visit

 3. Red Cross Sends Local Disaster Responders & Vehicles to Hurricane Victims

Twenty-nine local Red Cross disaster responders and six local response vehicles head east to help relief efforts.

PORTLAND, Ore., October 9, 2016 — As Hurricane Matthew continues its path of destruction up the southeast coast, the American Red Cross has expanded massive sheltering efforts to span five states. More than 13,400 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia woke up Sunday morning in 248 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters.

The local Red Cross in the Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) has deployed six emergency response vehicles to help with relief efforts. Emergency response vehicles from Portland, Eugene and Bend, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington left today to drive across the country to help communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. The vehicles will travel to affected neighborhoods and deliver food and relief items such as blankets and clean-up kits.

A total of 29 Red Cross disaster responders from Portland, Beaverton, Junction City, Keizer, John Day, Blodgett, Roseburg, Medford, Salem and Bend, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington are either on the ground on their way to the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida to assist with relief efforts. In coordination with government and community partners, Red Crossers are managing and staffing shelters, stocking and distributing supplies, and providing food, cots, blankets and other relief supplies to help people in harm’s way.

“Our local responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington are focused on keeping people safe and getting them the help they need,” said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. “Without our trained volunteers, who make up more than 90 percent of our disaster workforce, these relief efforts would not be possible. Thanks to our generous local donors, we can be ready to help people anytime and anywhere.”

It costs the Red Cross approximately $1,650 to send a disaster responder to a relief operation for 11 days — the average length of a disaster deployment. This includes travel, transportation, lodging, food and support systems.

The Red Cross Cascades Region is seeking additional volunteers to help with Hurricane Matthew and other disasters. Volunteer recruitment and training sessions are being held throughout the region next week. Individuals interested in deploying with the Red Cross to help with this relief effort and others are encouraged to attend a training session. No RSVP is required.

Monday, October 10, 2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Red Cross Regional Headquarters
3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR 97227

Tuesday, October 11, 2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Red Cross Salem Office
675 Orchard Heights Rd. NW Suite 200, Salem, OR 97304

Wednesday, October 12, 2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Red Cross Eugene Office
862 Bethel Dr., Eugene, OR 97402

Thursday, October 13, 2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Red Cross Medford Office
60 Hawthorne St., Medford, OR 97504

North Carolina is facing power outages and record-breaking flooding. Overnight there were 80 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters open with more than 4,000 people. In South Carolina, 61 evacuation shelters were open overnight with more than 4,500 people. In Florida, many people have returned home but overnight there were 72 shelters open with more than 340 people seeking refuge. Evacuation shelters are transitioning to disaster shelters for people who can’t return home and kitchens are operating today to provide meals for those affected. In Georgia, 34 evacuation shelters were open with more than 4,500 people. As the storm moved north into Virginia, there were 25 people in a shelter overnight.

A total of more than 2,700 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts. The Red Cross has also mobilized 133 response vehicles, 3 kitchens and 97 trailers filled with water, ready-to-eat meals, shelter and kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies and comfort kits, insect repellant, gloves, masks, shovels, rakes, coolers and more. The Red Cross is working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to coordinate response efforts to ensure people receive the help they need as quickly as possible.

MAKE A DONATION The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

 4. Washington State University Extension Wheat Academy, Dec. 13-14

wheat.frameblwhTwo days of comprehensive, hands-on learning await participants of the annual WSU Extension Wheat Academy. Growers and grain industry members from around Eastern Washington are invited to the WSU Pullman campus December 13 and 14 to learn about the causes of low falling numbers, how spray particle sizes and nozzle selection affect drift, wheat growth and development, herbicide resistance, and more directly from the experts during intensive, 90-minute presentations.

The Wheat Academy will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, December 13 and will be held in the Vogel Plant Biosciences Building Teaching Laboratories. Registration is $125 for agricultural professionals and $75 for growers. The registration fee covers parking on campus, two lunches, a catered social hour, and light refreshments throughout the event. Registration is limited to the first 75 registrants. Because participation is limited, we ask that individual companies limit the number of employees they send to the Wheat Academy to a maximum of 10.

Registration opens October 10, 2016.

Participants will get to select seven presentations to attend out of the twelve available. Everyone will get a tour of the $15 million Washington Grains Plant Growth Facility built in 2015 with funds from WSU, the USDA, and the Washington Grain Commission.


To view the 2016 Wheat Academy schedule;

To view the 2016 Wheat Academy course descriptions;

To view the 2016 Wheat Academy speaker biographies;

To see Registration links.

5. Why Do We Fear Success?

A lot of people are afraid of failure, but do you know anyone who is afraid of success? You probably do. So today, let’s talk about this rather common problem.

Abraham Maslow, one of the 20th Century’s great psychologists, called it a “Jonah Complex,” because Jonah chose to turn his back on the great things God had planned for him. Of course, the Bible tells us that Jonah eventually found himself inside the belly of a great fish, but most people who fear success eventually find themselves consumed with regrets for things that might have been.

We turn away from the challenges that will bring us success for many reasons. Fear of the unknown, certainly is one reason. Mainly, we just don’t believe we have what it takes to pull it off. Our self-efficacy is low, which means we have a low estimation of what we can cause or make happen for ourselves or others.

However, self-efficacy can be improved. We aren’t born with a certain level of efficacy. It’s a learned appraisal of our abilities. And if we can learn one estimate, we can certainly learn another, higher level. We can do it by remembering successes we’ve had in the past and imagining ourselves repeating similar successes in new situations

Make a list of all the qualities you possess that you consider to be strengths. Think back on what you have done, so far, in your life. You will find that you have done a lot, and successfully, too. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and what you can do. There is always greater strength in numbers, as well as the self-confidence you can draw from that support.

You see, you can take on challenges that are bigger than you are right now and then grow into them. And you can control your self-talk and your negative thinking so that you don’t stop yourself before you start. Live your life in the present so that your regrets won’t weigh you down in the future. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Emotion & Words or Actions

Waste no words on a man who dislikes you. Actions will impress him more.
Some people think they can talk their way out of any situation, and for a time they may be right But if someone already dislikes you, either because of a simple misunderstanding or an error in judgment on your part, he or she will be especially difficult to persuade with words. Their emotions will always get in the way of their ability to think logically and reasonably. Consistent actions over a sustained period of time, however, will usually persuade even the most devout skeptic. If you constantly demonstrate that you are a generous, kind, and caring person, it will be very hard for even your enemies to dislike you. In any case, you will become a better person for having made the effort. ~ Napoleon Hill

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

bird.owl.limbThe Antiquities Act: Outdated and in need of reform Arguments have heated up between environmental groups, such as the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and private businesses, like Keen footwear, with Malheur County farmers and ranchers over the current movement to lock up 2.5 million acres in an Owyhee Canyon national monument designation.

Elgen Long, Amelia Earhart, Aviation, World Flight, Education

Oregon State Bar, Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct

U.S. Currency. Which Presidents are on U.S. Money?

The Week magazine

The Declaration and Our Current Predicament

Clinton Email Leak Reveals Campaign Struggled to Balance Unions, Environmentalists

Hillary Clinton, In Paid Speeches To Wall Street, Promoted Commission That Pushed Social Security Cuts

International Business Times

Tech support in the Middle Ages

No time for the vapors on rude language