Sherman County eNews #275


  1. Italian Dinner to Benefit Sherman Jr./Sr. Band Trips, Nov. 10

  2. Area Agency on Aging Announced New Director, Caroline Wood

  3. Beloved Oregon Author Kim Stafford Offers Workshop at Klindt’s, Nov. 11

  4. Government Ethics Commission, Outside Employment of Public Officials

  5. The Heart of Great Communication

  6. Department of Revenue’s Updated Marijuana Tax Collection Numbers

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

1.Italian Dinner to Benefit Sherman Jr./Sr. Band Trips, Nov. 10

Italian Dinner

A benefit for Sherman Jr./Sr. Band Trips
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria
Tickets $15 – pasta, two sauce choice, salad, bread, dessert appetizer donated by Cobblestone Catering


Enjoy an evening of music performed by students, raffle and silent auction.
This is a benefit to raise money for the band students to travel and experience the performing arts outside our community. Our goals are trips to Seattle, Portland and S. California (spring 2018). Tickets are available at the MCP Moro office and Farm Store in Wasco, MCGG Wasco, OSU Extension Office Moro, and Family Market in Rufus. For more information contact Jarek Bartels, Band Director, 541-565-3500.

2. Area Agency on Aging Announced New Director, Caroline Wood

grandparents.3Mid-Columbia Council of Governments is pleased to announce Caroline Wood as the new Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Director. Caroline will officially join the MCCOG staff on November 14th. Caroline is a retired military veteran and former Executive Director of the Birch Grove Foundation and Birch Grove Community School. She has a Master’s Degree in Gerontology and served on several boards and councils for Area Agency on Aging. Caroline is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and member of the America Society on Aging.

MCCOG Executive Director, Bob Francis said that they received interest from good qualified individuals and Caroline rose to the top. “I believe that with her leadership skills, her willingness to get out and meet the partners and to form positive relationships, she will take the AAA program to a new level”, he said.

The AAA Director is responsible for the administration of the Area Agency on Aging (Older Americans Act (OAA)) program including the planning and development of a comprehensive service delivery system for elderly persons in Wasco, Sherman, Hood River, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties. Additional services include support for family caregivers, assistance with Medicare, connecting individuals with limited income and resources to key public benefits and providing short-term intervention to help isolated seniors navigate and access services.

For more information, please contact Bob Francis, Executive Director at 541-298-4101. 

3. Beloved Oregon Author Kim Stafford Offers Workshop at Klindt’s, Nov. 11

Regional favorite Kim Stafford will offer a writing workshop at Klindt’s Booksellers on Friday, November 11th from 9AM – 12PM. Stafford is a popular author and writing teacher who never fails to inspire writers of all levels. This workshop, titled “Local Knowledge Is Advised” is sure to breathe life into your writing practice.

Limited seating is available for this class. Registration is $50 and includes coffee and refreshments to keep writers fueled up.  Please call or email the store to register.

4. Government Ethics Commission, Outside Employment of Public Officials


  1. Public officials are not to engage in private business interests or other employment activities on their governmental agency’s time.
  1. A governmental agency’s supplies, facilities, equipment, employees, records or any other public resources are not to be used to engage in private business interests.
  1. The position as a public official is not to be used to take official action that could have a financial impact on a private business with which you, a relative or member of your household are associated.
  1. Confidential information gained as a public official is not to be used to obtain a financial benefit for the public official, a relative or member of the public official’s household or a business with which any are associated.
  1. When participating in an official capacity and met with a potential or actual conflict of interest related to a business, associated with the public official, relative or household member, the public official must disclose the nature of the conflict of interest using one of the following methods:

–Employees of governmental agencies must give written notice to their appointing authority.

–Elected or appointed public officials must publicly disclose once during each meeting convened by the governing body they serve.

~ Oregon Government Ethics Commission

5. The Heart of Great Communication

Valentine.HeartToday, let’s focus some attention on one of the secrets of being a good communicator, because good communication sits at the foundation of every successful family, organization and nation.

If you take a look through the leadership programs available, you will see at least one common denominator, and that is typically “communication.” Very often, leadership style, or a lack of leadership style, revolves around the ability to communicate effectively.

How can we be more effective communicators? A really complete answer would require more time than we have space for in this post, but there is one thing anyone can do to make a quantum leap in the ability to communicate, and that is to become a better listener. Communication is less about hearing one’s own voice, and more about what is behind what the other person is saying.

Good listeners do far more than simply remain silent while someone else is speaking. They listen with their whole body, give signals that convey they are paying close attention, and invite more information with open-ended questions. These open-ended questions, by the way, are those that cannot be answered with “yes” or “no,” and invite the speaker to talk at greater length. 

It’s the difference between saying, “Are you OK?” which begs for a quick yes-or-no answer that closes off any further conversation, and saying, “How are you doing now?” which invites much more. Good listeners also read body language and are sensitive to other nonverbal cues. When they get mixed or confusing messages, they aren’t afraid to ask questions to clarify.

More importantly, good listeners give you the feeling that, at least for the moment, there is nothing they’d rather be doing. They raise other people’s self-esteem by being interested and showing it. Even when they say very little, they are usually thought of as superb communicators.

We know how it feels to have someone’s undivided attention, that elevation of spirit and esteem. It’s a great feeling, and one that needs to be shared with others. So, how good a listener are you? ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Department of Revenue’s Updated Marijuana Tax Collection Numbers 

dollar.bills2SALEM, Ore.–As of September 30, 2016, the Oregon Department of Revenue has received $40.2 million in marijuana tax payments. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.

With licensed retailers now selling recreational marijuana in some areas, consumers may see a lower tax rate on their receipts. “Retailers” are those selling recreational marijuana who have been licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). Licensed retailers must charge a 17-percent tax on all recreational marijuana sales. Dispensaries must continue to charge the 25-percent tax rate until early-start provisions expire at the end of this year.

For dispensaries, third-quarter marijuana tax returns are due by October 31, 2016. Forms, instructions, and important information about filing and payment requirements are available at If dispensaries or retailers need additional assistance, they can contact the Marijuana Tax Program at (503) 947-2597 or

Visit to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204

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

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