Sherman County eNews #277


  1. Sherman County Court Approved October 5 Minutes Online

  2. Sherman Booster Club Homecoming BBQ at the Track, Oct. 21

  3. “Not So Hot” Stretch/Kettle Bell Workout, Mondays & Thursdays

  4. School Field Trip Grant Program – Oregon Archaeology Society

  5. Learning how to ask for a fair share for rural

  6. CDC Recommends Only Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

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

1. Sherman County Court Approved October 5 Minutes Online

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the October 5 Sherman County Court session are now available on the county website at A draft agenda for the November 2 court session is also available.

~ Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant (541)-565-3416

2. Sherman Booster Club Homecoming BBQ at the Track, Oct. 21


Booster Club Homecoming BBQ!!!!

Friday, October 21 6pm-8:30pm

On North end of the Sherman High Track

Hamburger/Chips/Drink for $5

Come support our students!

3. “Not So Hot” Stretch/Kettle Bell Workout, Mondays & Thursdays

“Not So Hot” Stretch/Kettle Bell Workout

(80-85 degrees)

Mondays and Now Thursdays too!

5pm – 6:30pm

Wasco Annex – Room By Gym

$20 Per Month

Everyone Welcome!

 4. School Field Trip Grant Program – Oregon Archaeology Society

Sheep.Petroglyph-SheepThe Oregon Archaeological Society (OAS) is pleased to announce its 2017 School Field Trips Grant Program. The program is designed to help expose public school students (grades 3-12) to archaeologically or historically important locations, resources, or experiences in the Pacific Northwest or to special archaeology-themed exhibits in the region.

Last year OAS grants helped over 250 students from Portland, Eugene and Hillsboro visit locations such as the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Columbia Hills State Park, the Lelooska Foundation Living History Program, and the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

OAS provides field trip grants, scholarships, and other support to increase public awareness, knowledge and interest in the archaeological resources and the cultures that surround us here in the Pacific Northwest. Field Trip grant applications are due by December 1, 2016.

Interested parties can learn more about the program and download the grant application form at the OAS website ( OAS has also set up a special email address (<>) for questions.

Teachers will find a great webpage full of ideas for possible trips at Teachers are also encouraged to submit their own ideas for field trips.

 5. Book Review: Community Building: What Makes it Work?

question-markWhat leads to success?

Authors identify keys that help build community efficiently and effectively

The Ford Family Foundation

Community building is a complex process with a lot of moving parts. It helps to know what has worked. Many people start by doing extensive research into what has worked in similar towns, but doing the research that identifies these successful strategies can be a daunting task.

Fortunately, it’s not a task you need to take on. In the eminently readable Community Building: What Makes It Work, Paul Mattessich and Barbara Monsey have done the research for readers, identifying 28 “keys” that help build community efficiently and effectively. “The thousands of hours of preparation required for this book … is the nitty-gritty homework that all of us who are interested in community building rarely have the time to do,” write the authors.

In their search for critical factors, Mattessich and Monsey kept two questions in mind: What leads to successful community building, and what distinguishes efforts that succeed from those that fail? The answers to those questions led to the identification of the 28 factors, which are divided into three categories: characteristics of the community, characteristics of the community building process, and characteristics of community building organizers.

For example, a community characteristic identified as essential to success is the community awareness of an issue. Successful efforts more likely occur in communities where residents recognize the need for some type of action, the authors say. “A community building effort must address an issue that is important enough to warrant attention, and which affects enough residents of a community to spark self-interest in participation.”

Product and process

A success factor in the community building process is focusing on product and process at the same time. “Initiatives are more likely to succeed when efforts to build relationships (the process focus) include tangible events and accomplishments (the product focus),” the authors write.

And in the third category, characteristics of successful organizers, understanding of community is essential. “Successful community building efforts more likely occur when organized by individuals who convey a sincere commitment for the community’s well-being,” say the authors.

Community Building also devotes a chapter to instruction on how to use the information in the book. Its appendices are meaty, with one offering comprehensive definitions of terms such as “community,” “capacity building,” and “community competence.” Another provides questions for each community building success factor that enables organizers to assess the work they are doing. For example, in the community awareness factor, organizers are encouraged to ask questions such as: Are the objectives for our community building project based on the immediate concerns of the neighborhood? Can we broaden them later into a more comprehensive effort? Do community members understand and are they aware of how the issues affect them?

This book is available for free to residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County, California, through Select Books.

6. Learning how to ask for a fair share for rural

Training provides skills needed to write proposals for federal grants.

The Ford Family Foundation

When it comes to securing their share of federal grant dollars, rural communities are lagging far behind their urban counterparts.

Consider this: In the most recent federal fiscal year, the federal government awarded $3.2 billion in competitive grant awards within Oregon. Of those funds, just 3.7% were to recipients in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes nearly all communities east of the Cascades as well as some rural towns in southern Oregon. While that was a slight improvement from the 2.4% awarded in fiscal year 2010, the actual dollar value decreased by $6.5 million or 5 percent.

“Rural Oregon is still lagging far behind urban Oregon in securing its fair share, on a per capita basis, of competitive federal grant dollars,” says Kathy Ingram, a nationally certified grant professional and coach based in the Coos Bay area.

Federal grant proposals are notoriously difficult to successfully complete, and rural areas often do not have access to qualified grant writing professionals. In an effort to level the playing field, the Ford Institute sponsored a federal grant writers training program from 2011 to 2014. Under Ingram’s direction, two rural cohorts received comprehensive training in federal grant development. Six of the nine participants went through a rigorous process that certified them as Grant Professionals by the Grant Professional Certification Institute.

“By building the capacity of persons in rural communities to craft federal funding proposals, more dollars can be brought into these communities,” says Timothy Hoone, a member of the second cohort and a graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Program.

Since he finished training in 2014, Hoone, a resident of Crescent City, California, has helped develop more than a dozen successful grant applications totaling more than $5 million in funding. Grants ranged from a $400,000, four-year, USDA-funded project to expand community gardens and improve local food access in Del Norte County, California, to a $350,000, two-year program providing transitional housing in Del Norte County and Curry County, Oregon. The program provides transitional housing for people affected by domestic violence.

Hoone has joined fellow student Lyn Craig of Joseph to offer grant-related services through consulting group NorthxNorthwest.  “I learned immediately that federal grant applications are completely different than those of foundations and require a singular skill set,” Craig says.  “I also learned it’s much more exciting to bring in $500,000 than $50,000.”

Training program participant Elaine Eisenbraun of Long Creek, Oregon, says, “The joy of this work flows from helping people to create a project design that is effective and functional, including a clearly understood budget to assure a project that hits a home run for the mission of the organization.”

Not ‘federal dependency’

Ingram says there is a sufficient knowledge base and available technical assistance to assist rural communities in securing competitive federal grant resources. But in order to win those dollars, she says Oregon’s rural communities need to be willing to risk scarce resources in the costs of grant development, knowing that not all grant proposals will be successful.

Rural communities also, she says, “need to come to terms with the fact that, in accepting federal grant assistance, one is not substituting fierce rural independence for federal dependency.”

Finally, she says communities need to become much more savvy about the wide diversity of federal grant programs and the availability of federal grant resources.

Much work still needs to be done in rural communities. “The greatest remaining barrier is not the lack of federal grant development acumen,” Ingram says, “but the unwillingness of rural communities to allocate scarce resources to federal grant development, take risk, and/or participate in federalism.”

7. CDC Recommends Only Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

CDC today recommended that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infection.

“Safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against HPV cancers with two visits instead of three means more Americans will be protected from cancer,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “This recommendation will make it simpler for parents to get their children protected in time.”

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted today to recommend a 2-dose HPV vaccine schedule for young adolescents. ACIP is a panel of experts that advises the CDC on vaccine recommendations in the United States. CDC Director Frieden approved the committee’s recommendations shortly after the vote.  ACIP recommendations approved by the CDC Director become agency guidelines on the date published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

CDC and ACIP made this recommendation after a thorough review of studies over several meetings. CDC and ACIP reviewed data from clinical trials showing two doses of HPV vaccine in younger adolescents (aged 9-14 years) produced an immune response similar or higher than the response in young adults (aged 16-26 years) who received three doses.

Generally, preteens receive HPV vaccine at the same time as whooping cough and meningitis vaccines. Two doses of HPV vaccine given at least six months apart at ages 11 and 12 years will provide safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against HPV cancers. Adolescents ages 13-14 are also able to receive HPV vaccination on the new 2-dose schedule.

CDC will provide guidance to parents, healthcare professionals, and insurers on the change in recommendation. On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved adding a 2-dose schedule for 9-valent HPV vaccine (Gardasil® 9) for adolescents ages 9 through 14 years. CDC encourages clinicians to begin implementing the 2-dose schedule in their practice to protect their preteen patients from HPV cancers.

ACIP, CDC, FDA and partners monitor vaccines in use in the U.S. year-round. These updated recommendations are an example of using the latest available evidence to provide the best possible protection against serious diseases.

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

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