Sherman County eNews #286


  1. Sherman Huskies vs. Triad First Round OSAA Football Playoffs, Nov. 4

  2. Basketball Officials Needed in Columbia Basin

  3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

  4. Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

  5. Helpful Ideas for Planning a New Position for Your Organization

  6. Two Ears, One Mouth

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

“[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” —Tench Coxe (1788)

1. Sherman Huskies vs. Triad First Round OSAA Football Playoffs, Nov. 4

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman Huskies will take on Triad in the first round of the OSAA football playoffs on Friday, November 4th at 6 p.m. in Moro. ~ Coach Bill Blevins



2. Basketball Officials Needed in Columbia Basin Basketball Officials Association is seeking people interested in serving their community by becoming a basketball referee.

“Get back into the game you love, get some exercise, meet new people and earn some money,” entices Chris Kaseberg, Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association commissioner.

According to Kaseberg, the average age of officials currently in the association is 46 years, and the association is looking for “the next generation” of officials.

Anyone interested in becoming a basketball official for local games may contact Chris Kaseberg by calling 541-980-9449, or go on-line,

3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

dollar.bills2Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County are 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:
— A brief description of your project.
— State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
— Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:
Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

4. Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

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Fall grant awards for 2016 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $6,770.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Six project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: City of Grass Valley – Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration Committee – Max Nogle Dinner & Dance Event; Sherman County Child Care Foundation – Multi-Cultural & STEM Equipment; Sherman County Historical Museum – Audio/Visual Digital History; Sherman County Photography Club – Portable Display Screen; Sherman County Public/School Library – Traveling Lantern Theater Co. & Books

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County.

Applications for the next Sherman County Cultural Coalition grant cycle will be available in the spring of 2017.

5. Helpful Ideas for Planning a New Position for Your Organization

>>Position Analysis Questionnaire for a New Position

>>Job Description Guidelines

>>Management Classifications

>>Hiring Checklist for Staff and Full-time Faculty

6. Two Ears, One Mouth

ear.hairPerhaps it is because of the shortening of daylight hours (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), but autumn seems to be a time when inner reflection comes easier to a lot of folks. Lou Tice (Pacific Institute founder) would keep journals of his thoughts, ideas, new affirmations, and sayings that resonated to him. Often he would share them with others, like this one:

“We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.” (Native American saying) 

There was a cable television movie made quite a few years ago, now. The movie was set in Africa, and dealt with ivory poaching and its threat to elephant populations – a situation that is still not solved two decades later. There was one line that struck many a chord, which the screenwriter gave to a young native teen character:

“How can your ears hear, when your mouth is so full of words?”

Draws quite the picture, doesn’t it?  With elections in the U.S. in the very near future, how many of us wish that our politicians knew either of these two sayings? The very best communicators tend to be the very best listeners.

One of the greatest gifts any of us can give to another is our ability to just listen. There are times when we need to talk, and need to have someone listen to us. And then there are times when we need to return the favor. It means getting ourselves and our egos out of the way, and letting someone else take “center stage” for a while.  And, while we listen, we are building another person – and building ourselves as well. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

Halloween BooDo You Understand the Electoral College? Do you understand what the Electoral College is? Or how it works? Or why America uses it to elect its presidents instead of just using a straight popular vote? Author, lawyer and Electoral College expert Tara Ross does, and she explains that to understand the Electoral College is to understand American democracy.

Public Procurements for Goods or Services, Oregon Administrative Rules

Why Dufur? 

Statewide Veterans Day Events 

Association of Oregon Counties, a great resource!

League of Oregon Cities, another great resource!

“I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, and fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural . . . to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid.” ― Elbert Hubbard 

Why should you listen to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”?

Position Analysis Questionnaire for a New Position

Job Description Guidelines

Management Classifications

Hiring Checklist for Staff and Full-time Faculty 

Ag voices must be heard on Columbia River System, group says

Trump Supporter Tries To Rig Election For The GOP, Gets ARRESTED

Trump lawyers given court date over lawsuit alleging rape of 13-year-old 

Trump-Pence Presidency Disaster for LGBT People

Illegal immigrants hurt Oregon workers (Opinion)

Difference Between Editorial and Letter to the Editor