Sherman County eNews #313

CONTENT

  1. Christmas Tree Sale, Dec. 3

  2. “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, Dec. 1

  3. Letter to the Editor: Birth Announcements

  4. Program: Photographer Peter Marbach, Dec. 5

  5. Basketball Game Concession Opening, Jan. 27

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Christmas Lunch, Dec. 14

  7. Oregon Rural Voices Coalition

  8. Filing Deadline for W-2S, 1099S is now January 31

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


1. Christmas Tree Sale, Dec. 3

Christmas.tree.star

Douglas Fir

Noble Fir

Nordmann Fir

4-9 feet

in front of Sherman County School

Saturday, December 3,

10 until 2

during the Sherman County Holiday Bazaar

~ Sherman County Sophomore Class


2. “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, Dec. 1

Social crafting starts at 6:00 p.m. every Thursday. Instructional assistance for knit, crochet, and spinning will be available at 7:00 p.m. Bring your knitting, crochet, spinning, quilting, or cross-stitch projects. All fiber arts are welcome.
For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279 or email shermanlibrary@sherman.k12.or.us.


3. Letter to the Editor: Birth Announcements

To the editor,

I recently learned of the birth of two babies in families with lots of connections here in Sherman County.  I know there are many in our area who would love to hear this kind of joyful news on an ongoing basis.  Sharing, both joys and burdens, strengthens ties within our community.

Thanks for your consideration,

Sue Mabe, Moro


4. Program: Photographer Peter Marbach, Dec. 5

Landscape Photographer Peter Marbach will be at Sherman County Public/School Library Monday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. Peter’s lecture and digital slideshow, “Born Free—The Wild Columbia,” begins where the Columbia River bubbles up from a tiny underground spring. View pictures of unspeakable beauty of this last remaining wild and free section that flows north for nearly 200 miles starting in SE British Columbia. Refreshments will be served.


5. Basketball Game Concession Opening, Jan. 27

dollar.sign.coinsThere is an opening for a group to sell concessions at a Sherman High School basketball game on Friday, January 27. Games with Ione begin at 4:00. Interested groups may contact Ree Ella at 541-565-3500 or rvonborstel@sherman.k12.or.us

 


6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Christmas Lunch, Dec. 14

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Please join us to celebrate Christmas!

Lunch on December 14, 2016 , at 12:00 noon

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Ham & AuGratin Potatoes, Veggies and Rolls

Fruit Salad and Dessert


7. Oregon Rural Voices Coalition

The Rural Voices Coalition advocates for sound policies that support rural communities, families and businesses. We oppose policies that discriminate to benefit urban political interests at the expense of rural Oregonians.

We expect Oregon’s political leaders to support policies that advance ALL Oregonians, not a few urban special interests. No one can represent the hard-working interests of those in rural Oregon better than the very people who live there. This is our land, our way of life and our unique heritage. Together we will speak up to have our voice heard by those who make costly policy decisions that impact our families, businesses and communities.  ~ http://oregonruralvoices.com/


8. Filing Deadline for W-2S, 1099S is now January 31

~ Oregon Dept. of Revenue
SALEM, Ore.–The deadline for employers to electronically file their information returns, which include W-2s and some 1099s, has moved up to January 31. This applies to filing with both the IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue.

The deadline shift stems from recent changes to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, and Oregon’s laws require that state tax deadlines mirror similar federal deadlines. According to the IRS, the intent of the earlier deadline is to have employer wage information on hand to compare against wage information reported on individuals’ tax returns to help detect tax refund fraud.

In Oregon, all W-2s and most 1099s must be filed electronically using the Department of Revenue’s Income and Wage Information Return E-services (iWire) application. Last year, the department processed over 4 million W-2s and 1099s from more than 138,000 businesses.

iWire is now available through Revenue Online–the department’s self-service site. Aside from the new location, returning iWire users will also notice some significant improvements to the filing process this year, thanks to a redesign of the application.
Users now have three filing options: manual entry, bulk file upload, and spreadsheet import. Filers can put their information into the spreadsheet template and import that document directly into iWire. The system will then create individual W-2 and 1099 entries for review and validation. The manual entry option is now more user-friendly, with an entry screen that looks like the information return form, making it quicker and easier to enter data from a W-2 or 1099.

iWire users can now save their progress, and the error detection process has also been improved. iWire will instantly tell users if there are any errors in their submission and provide the line number the error appears on. This is significant for those submitting information returns for hundreds or thousands of employees because they won’t have to spend time searching through their entire submission for an error.

For more information on changes to iWire, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/business. To learn more about Revenue Online or to sign up for an account, visit www.oregon.gov/dor.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor 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, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.


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

bird.talkPeak Energy & Resources, Climate Change, and the Preservation of Knowledge  http://energyskeptic.com/2014/preservation-of-knowledge/

GM details self-driving vehicle system http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161128/COPY/311289835/gm-details-self-driving-vehicle-system-in-u-s-letter

California targets dairy cows to combat global warming  http://www.seattletimes.com/business/california-targets-dairy-cows-to-combat-global-warming/

New prototype plywood panels may be world’s largest http://phys.org/news/2016-11-prototype-plywood-panels-world-largest.html 

Populist-Nationalist Tide Rolls On http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_pat_buchanan/populist_nationalist_tide_rolls_on

Lessons for the other side by Charles Krauthammer who has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary and writes for the Washington Post. http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/nov/28/lessons-for-other-side-20161128/

Adopt a Farmer for 6th – 7th & 8th  grade students https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5aV_HkeEmM&feature=youtu.be

40 US Stamps to be Issued in 2017  http://www.linns.com/news/us-stamps-postal-history/2016/november/forty-new-stamps-2017.html?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=lsn_editorial_us-stamps-postal-history&utm_content=

Homosexuality: It’s about survival – not sex | James O’Keefe | TEDxTallaght  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Khn_z9FPmU&feature=youtu.be

Columbia Gorge CASA… 2016 Annual Appeal http://www.gorgecasa.org/


 

 

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Sherman County eNews #312

CONTENT

  1. Family Fun at the Gorge Robotics Tournaments, December 3, 4, 10, 11

  2. Sherman County Court Meeting Notice, Dec. 7

  3. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

  4. Defining Success

  5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu

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


1.Family Fun at the Gorge Robotics Tournaments, December 3, 4, 10, 11

Families and robot lovers of all ages are invited to watch the fun at the Columbia Gorge FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Tournaments in December. These free events will be held from 9:00 a.m. to around 3:00 p.m. on December 3 and 4 at The Dalles Middle School (1100 E 12th St.) and December 10 and 11 at Wy’east Middle School (3000 Wy’east Road near Odell). These tournaments are local qualifiers for the international FLL robotics competition for kids ages 9 to 14. Winners will travel to the state tournaments in Hillsboro on January 14 and 15, 2017.

These events are held locally by the Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) with support from Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program, North Wasco County School District 21, Hood River County School District, Hood River County Education Foundation and White Salmon Valley Education Foundation. Local event sponsors include Boeing, Google, Insitu, Prigel Machine and Zepher. Google also provides significant funding to support the Columbia Gorge robotics teams through Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program.

“This is our seventh year hosting these tournaments and the first where we’ve had enough teams to require four tournament days, rather than three. We’re excited to watch the 52 teams from the Gorge show off what they’ve been working on over the last few months,” says GTA Executive Director Jessica Metta, who acts as the Tournament Director for the events. Teams will be traveling from Dufur, Glenwood, Goldendale, Hood River, Klickitat, Moro, Mosier, Odell, Parkdale, Skamania, The Dalles, Trout Lake and White Salmon.

In FLL competitions, teams use off-the-shelf LEGO robotics kits to construct working robots which compete on a 4-foot by 8-foot playing field. Each year, FLL defines a challenge that drives team activities. In this fall’s challenge, “Animal Allies,” students have been exploring the fascinating world of animals. What might become possible when we learn to help each other? Each team participates in several rounds of judging including robot design and programming, teamwork, completion of animal research and of course –the robot battle on the playing field! For more information, visit gorgerobotics.org.


2. Sherman County Court Meeting Notice, Dec. 7

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3. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

Hum dum dum ditty dum
Hum dum dum

Oh the wind is lashing lustily
And the trees are thrashing thrustily
And the leaves are rustling gustily
So it’s rather safe to say

That it seems that it may turn out to be
Feels that it will undoubtedly
It looks like a rather blustery day, today

It seems that it may turn out to be
Feels that it will undoubtedly
Looks like a rather blustery day, today.

~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day


 4. Defining Success

Most people want to be successful, but not everyone knows what success looks like. In fact, the concept of “success” can be a real subject of contention because everyone has their own definition of success – and we should. Today, let’s try to understand the meaning of success.

What does it mean to be successful? Do you consider yourself a success? If so, why? If not, what will success look like when you have finally achieved it?

These are important questions to ask yourself, because your happiness in life may depend upon your answers. Some people seem to believe that success means a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a fancy car and a beautiful house in a nice part of town. Other people think that success means not having to work at all after they win a few million in the lottery. Still others think that success is giving up everything they own and devoting their lives to helping others.

To a certain extent, all of these folks are right.For many people, success means getting to do what you really want to do in your work life and in your love life, doing it very well, and feeling good about the fact that you’re doing it. It is about finding your true purpose and using your talents and abilities, and discovering a way to live it out for the time that you have here.

It is perfectly fine to choose a purpose for yourself that doesn’t mean much to the rest of the world.  Failure comes only in having no purpose at all. It’s not “failure” to perform poorly at things that don’t have any value to you, as long as it doesn’t intentionally hurt anyone. Failure is performing poorly or haphazardly at something that you have decided is important.

In the final analysis, you are a success when you are actively engaged in becoming the person you most want to be, contributing to society and not just taking up space. And in that, you are the only person who can define “success” for you. ~ The Pacific Institute


5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center Meal Menu – December 2016

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at  541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $6.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $3.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
      1 2
Pizza loaded w/meat Split Pea Soup w/Ham
Green Salad & Veggies Muffins
Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
5 6 7 8 9
Chicken Strips Mac & Cheese w/Ham Meatloaf Chicken ala King Navy Bean Soup
Tater Tots & Veggies Veggies Baked Potato & Veggies Biscuits & Veggies Cornbread & Green Salad
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Pie & Ice Cream
12 13 14   CHRISTMAS LUNCH 15 16
Tamale Beef Pie French Dip Sandwich Ham & AuGratin Potatoes Spaghetti w/Meat Potato Soup w/Kielbasa
Veggies Veggies Veggies & Rolls Garlic Bread & Veggies Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Fruit Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
19 20 21 22 23
Baked Fish Ham Fried Rice Oven Fried Chicken Swedish Meatballs Cheeseburgers
Muffins & Veggies Egg Foo Young Potatoes/Gravy & Veggies Noodles & Veggies Chips & Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice cream
26 27 28 29 30
CLOSED TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS Roast Pork w/Gravy Beef Bourguignon Chicken and Noodles Tomato Soup
Red Potatoes Noodles & Veggies Veggies Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Veggies, Green Salad & Dessert

Menu subject to change due to availability — ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.


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

bird.owl3You Can Go Home Again http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2016/11/27/you-can-go-home-again-n2251148?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

Oregon’s budget deficit not just a Legislative problem http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/2016/11/26/oregons-budget-deficit-not-just-legislative-problem/94228492/

A perspective that is well articulated with historical references. Sheriff David Clarke Blogging with Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. http://sheriffclarke.blogspot.com/

Editorial. The right way and wrong way to restrict public land http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/4842712-151/editorial-the-right-way-and-wrong-way-to 

Oregon steelhead bill honors a North Umpqua legend (Opinion)  http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/11/oregon_steelhead_bill_honors_a.html#incart_river_index

New Agricultural Program Goal: Create Leaders  http://www.argusobserver.com/news/new-agriculture-program-goal-create-leaders/article_823b0f10-b459-11e6-ba75-df353721e1f1.html 

Editorial. Home Health Workers Should Not Be Locked Into Paying Dues  http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/4843227-151/editorial-home-health-workers-should-not-be-locked 

High Country News… For People Who Care About The West http://www.hcn.org/

Nancy Lanni, Science Fiction and Fantasy Novelist (former Sherman County resident) http://www.nancylanni.com/

Columbia Gorge Items for Sale https://www.facebook.com/groups/407690362684124/

Wallula project shows world a way to lock away greenhouse gases  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/pacific-northwest-national-lab/article117428293.html


 

Sherman County eNews #311

CONTENT

  1. RSVP! Sherman County Residents, Tour John Day Lock & Dam, Dec. 2

  2. Decorate the Mitten Tree

  3. Report on Creative Use of Downtown Buildings in Small Towns

  4. Oregon Heritage Summit on Funding, April 26-27

  5. Lucile Verona Haley 1919-2016

  6. Community Representative Sought for Student Exchange Program

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


Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. ~ Albert Einstein


1. RSVP! Sherman County Residents, Tour John Day Lock & Dam, Dec. 2

The City of Rufus and the Corps of Engineers invites Sherman County Residents to tour the John Day Lock and Dam. Please join us for this educational tour of one of the greatest engineering marvels in our area.

When: Friday, December 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Details about the Event:This will be a guided tour through the powerhouse. Please dress for the weather. No open toed shoes will be allowed. There will be significant walking on this tour. You MUST RSVP with the City of Rufus no later than November, 28th at 4:00 PM. We will need the full names of each person who plans on entering the facility.

To RSVP: Email rufuscityhall@gmail.com Phone 541-739-2321 Text 541-705-5640


2. Decorate the Mitten Tree

Bring your donations of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library located in Moro. Community, school staff, and students are encouraged to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies that serve Sherman County.


3. Report on Creative Use of Downtown Buildings in Small Towns

The University of Wisconsin Extension released a new report featuring creative uses for downtown buildings in small towns. Included are several examples of how downtown buildings can be put to use and the goal is to help other towns thing creatively about reusing buildings for retail, food and beverage, services, and community spaces. The report can be found here <http://fyi.uwex.edu/innovativedowntownbusinesses/files/2012/07/Creative-Uses-for-Downtown-Buildings-100316.pdf>.


4. Oregon Heritage Summit on Funding, April 26-27

Oregon Heritage will host a summit on April 26-27, 2017 in Newberg at the Chehalem Cultural Center.  The summit will bring together organizations of all sizes, disciplines, and locations in Oregon to explore funding sources for heritage efforts. Together we will discuss broad-based funding solutions, foundation access, advocacy and next steps to help move heritage projects forward in Oregon. The summit will also include some practical work sessions on grant writing and more. Details will come soon.

The summit replaces the Oregon Heritage Conference which has switched to every other year. The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards and the Oregon Heritage Fellows presentations will also take place at the summit. The next Oregon Heritage Conference will be in Bend in 2018.  Mark your calendar to have your voice heard and to help secure funding for heritage in Oregon.


5. Lucile Verona Haley 1919-2016

flower.rose.starLucile Verona Haley, of Wasco, Oregon, died November 21, 2016, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. She was 97 years young. Lucile was born on the family farm to Karl and Rosie (Schmidt) Fahrenwald on February 21, 1919… …

Continue at http://eastoregonian.or.newsmemory.com/?token=dc500b5691d30c96e8fb6502f4a3232a_5839e2ea_40a1e6&selDate=20161126&utm_source=emailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email+stats 


6. Community Representative Sought for Student Exchange Program

Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at asseusawest@asse.com. We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!


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

It Pays to Shop Local http://eastoregonian.or.newsmemory.com/?token=2e07c8a3b041d964592ace969285d47c_58389268_40a1e6&selDate=20161125&utm_source=emailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email+stats

boy.puzzledThe History and Legacy of Thanksgiving  https://patriotpost.us/pages/284

 US Supertanker to join battle against Israel’s raging fires  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4884096,00.html

Top Ten Countries With Largest Immigrant Populations  http://moverdb.com/largest-immigrant-populations/

Commentary. Thomas Sowell: Football and Fallacies http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_thomas_sowell/football_and_fallacies

9 Italian Art Terms You Should Know https://www.artsy.net/article/the-art-genome-project-9-italian-art-terms-you-should-know 

Probability of a White Christmas Across Europe   http://brilliantmaps.com/white-christmas-europe/ 

Strategy Board Games http://brilliantmaps.com/strategy-board-games/

Trump’s Climate Contrarian: Myron Ebell Takes On the E.P.A.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/science/myron-ebell-trump-epa.html?_r=0

Starling murmurations as you’ve never heard before http://boingboing.net/2016/11/24/starling-murmurations-as-you.html?utm_content=buffer116be&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Why Barns Are Painted Red  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barns-are-painted-red-because-of-the-physics-of-dying-stars-58185724/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Thanksgiving Shipments of Idaho Potatoes Up http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20161125/thanksgiving-shipments-of-idaho-potatoes-up

For Those With an Appreciation of Fine Autos 

http://www.bimmerfest.com/

http://www.e46fanatics.com/

http://www.e90fanatics.com/

http://www.f30driver.com/


 

Sherman County eNews #310

CONTENT

  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar


 1. Spiritual Matters

church.family1

Old Testament (OT)

There is a lot of confusion about the OT.  Many shake their heads and say “No one could follow all those rules!” (Hint: no one can).  And since the life and ministry of Jesus are recorded in the New Testament (NT), why should Christians study the OT?

Simply put, the OT lays the foundation for the teachings and events found in the NT.  First we learn about God’s creation and how sin entered the world.  We learn about God’s covenant with Abraham and the nation of Israel.  We follow Israel through many generations and even get to meet several of Jesus’ ancestors.

There are hundreds of prophecies in the OT, many of which were fulfilled in the NT such as Isaiah 9:6 which states “For unto us a child is born…And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  This was written more than 700 years before the birth of Christ!  And there are countless prophecies of what it will be like in the “end times,” which we will cover later.

Just as fascinating as prophecies, are all the “foreshadowings” in the OT.  These passages paint a picture of something that will happen in the future.  Since they aren’t directly stated like a prophecy, it’s a little trickier to spot them, but God will reveal them more and more as you faithfully study the OT.  An example would be Abel, who offered a sacrifice acceptable to God, but was killed by his brother.  This is a foreshadowing of Jesus offering himself as the perfect sacrifice, but being killed by his Jewish brethren.

The OT is an integral part of the Christian faith.  Without it we have no basis for understanding our need for a Savior.

God bless,

Jill Harrison, Wasco Methodist Church


2.  Classifieds (new or corrected)

FRIDAY CLASSIFIEDS:

Sherman County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example 10/18), contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Friday Classifieds are a great place for thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes. ~ The Editor

THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

applause1THANKS! Thanks to Sherman County eNews and The Times-Journal for getting the news out to our communities! I know that everyone involved with working for these two businesses spend a lot of time making sure that facts are complete, and the news published timely. Also a big thank you for the “box holder” papers.  I have enjoyed those and called to buy a yearly subscription!! I hope others have or will soon.Thank you again! ~ Beth McCurdy, Wasco 

applause1THANK YOU! We want to thank everyone who had a part in making the 5th annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction another huge success! Liz Mills was the winner of the AR15, George Barnett won the gun safe raffle and Leah Fritz and JC Cabral took home the Mystery Yetis. This event could not happen without the generous donors of auction items, the buyers of these items, everyone who bought meal tickets and the many, many volunteers who helped out. We want to give a special thank you to the Sherman County School District and Bonne and Roger Whitley for the last minute loan of chairs and tables. Thank you again! ~ Joan, Cathy, Austin, Scott, Amanda, Jamie and Rita 

applause1THANK YOU, TIMES-JOURNAL! We hear that folks enjoyed finding The Times-Journal in their mail boxes!  Our three-little-counties have much in common. Thank you, Mac, Jan and Cody, for a wonderful weekly newspaper! ~ The Editor, Sherman County eNews

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

COMMEMORATIVE SWEATSHIRTS. There are still some Max Nogle Dinner Dance – Pavilion 100th Birthday sweatshirts left. They are $40 and can be seen on the Pavilion’s Facebook page. If you are interested contact any of the Pavilion Restoration Committee members. ~ Joan Bird, Cathy Brown, Austin Justesen, Scott Susi, Amanda Whitman, Jamie Wilson or Rita Wilson.  12/23 

SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL GALA OF TREES TICKETS. Sherman County Preschool is selling Gala of Trees tickets! Available for purchase for $5 from the students or their parents, or go check out the tree/wreath displays and buy tickets at the Wasco Farm Store from November 28th-December 10th. We’ll also be at the Christmas Bazaar on December 3rd selling tickets, as well as cookies and fudge! Winners will be drawn December 19th and you don’t need to be present to win. We’d like to thank our generous sponsors and volunteers- and the community for supporting this awesome fundraiser for the preschoolers!  12/9

THE MUSEUM STORE! The Sherman County Historical Museum Store in downtown Moro, Oregon, will be open for your Christmas shopping on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Come shop, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Sherman County Historical Museum! Get a collection of Sherman County stemless wine glasses, Sherman County Christmas Ornaments or cute farm animals that walk and talk for the special people on your list!  Take a Walk on the Rural Side and we will see you on December 3rd at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store! For more information contact the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232 or email info@shermanmuseum.org.  12/2

DECORATE THE MITTEN TREE. Bring your donations of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library located in Moro. Community, school staff and students are encouraged to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies which serve Sherman County. 12/30

EMPLOYMENT:

TOW TRUCK DRIVERS. Trans-Tow Towing is looking for tow truck drivers. CDL or ability to get a CDL preferred but NOT required. Very competitive hourly or commission pay. Call 541-993-9381 or email transtow@gmail.com

PREVENTION COORDINATOR. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Prevention Coordinator. This is a part time position, 20hr/week or .50FTE, Monday-Friday. Applicant must value community collaboration and be skilled in data collection, program implementation, grant management and be willing to engage in the Prevention Specialist certification process.

For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or online at http://www.co.sherman.or.us/. Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 12/16 

TEMPORARY TEACHER. Sherman County School District is seeking a Certified Temporary Teacher:

Position: Temporary 2nd Grade Teacher

Start Date: February 6, 2017

End Date: May 5, 2017

Position Description: Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and motivated Certified 2nd Grade Temporary Teacher. The district is looking for an individual with a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. The candidate should also have a working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, the individual must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively. This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and drug test is required. If you are interested in this position, please email Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us0/0

JOBS. The Times-Journal Classifieds 

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039. Custodian Posting Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required

Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

wowens@sherman.k12.or.us

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer. 0/0

IMMEDIATE ASSISTANT PROVIDER position open at Little Wheats Day Care, Moro, OR. Flexible, part time hours 20-25 hours/week. Starting at $9.50/hr.  For more information, requirements and application please call 541-565-3152, or stop by 409 Dewey Street between 7:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. M-TH to pick up an application.  OPEN UNTIL FILLED. 0/0

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE, STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at asseusawest@asse.com. We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!   12/30

FOR SALE:

COMMEMORATIVE SWEATSHIRTS. There are still some Max Nogle Dinner Dance – Pavilion 100th Birthday sweatshirts left. They are $40 and can be seen on the Pavilion’s Facebook page. If you are interested contact any of the Pavilion Restoration Committee members. Joan Bird, Cathy Brown, Austin Justesen, Scott Susi, Amanda Whitman, Jamie Wilson or Rita Wilson. 12/23

North Sherman Co. RFPD Notice of SURPLUS. The North Sherman County RFPD Board of Directors has declared the property listed below as surplus to the needs of the Fire District:
1. 1982 Ford F600 with an industrial 360 gasoline motor, 800 gallon tank, and 2 speed rear end. Roughly 30,000 miles. This vehicle has brake seal issues and will not be able to be driven from its location. This vehicle will be sold “as is/ where is”. Minimum bid — $50.00
2. 1991 Chevrolet 3500 4×4 with a 4-door long bed, 454 big block with automatic transmission. Runs and drives. This vehicle will be sold “as is”. Minimum bid — $250.00
Bids must be mailed to North Sherman County RFPD PO Box 121 Wasco OR 97065, or delivered to the fire hall at 411 Yates St. in Wasco OR. Bids must be enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Bid for Surplus Property” and include the name, phone number and mailing address of the bidder.
Deadline to submit bids is 4:00p.m. on December 13, 2016.
The bids will be opened during the December 13, 2016 Board meeting that will be held in the fire hall at 411 Yates St. in Wasco OR beginning at 7:00p.m.
The Board of Directors for North Sherman County RFPD reserves the right to reject any or all bids. If you have any questions or would like to view these vehicles, please contact Jeff Holliday at 541-705-5640. 12/9

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Second Hand Made in Wasco will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Small Business Saturday, November 26th. We will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will hold the drawing for the Pendleton Blanket at 3:30.  Stop by for a visit and sample some yummy treats and do some holiday shopping!  11/25

CHRISTMAS SWAGS. Make your own Christmas Swags or shop for pre-made ones on Thursday and Friday December 1st and 2nd.  This event will be held at 600 Yates Street (Mt. View Guest House/Gail Macnab’s house) in Wasco from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. We will be working out of the garage, so park in front and follow the sidewalk to the garage. Bring a pair of work gloves if you plan to build your own, otherwise everything will be supplied.  Prices for make-your-own are $10; custom made are $12 & up.  Swags will also be available to purchase at Second Hand Made in Wasco.  12/2

HOUSE FOR SALE OR LEASE. Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for Sale or Lease.  This home is nestled in a serene ½ acre setting, within the Moro City limits.  There is room for a garden and chickens.  Lovely landscaped yard.  You can purchase this home for $139,000 or lease it on yearly terms at $800/month.  This home will be available February 15, 2017.  For more information, please contact Jim Sanders at 541-499-0313.  12/16

PICNIC TABLES. The City of Grass Valley is selling 8 wood picnic tables. These tables are located in the Grass Valley City Park and will be sold to the highest bidders. A number is located on the underside of each table. If you wish to place a bid please indicate the table you are bidding on, include it along with your name and contact information in a sealed envelope and submit it to the City of Grass Valley, PO Box 191, Grass Valley. Bids will be accepted until Dec. 4th and will be opened at the Dec. 5th city council meeting. For more information call 541-333-2434.  12/2

COMMERCIAL BUILDING: JUST LISTED:: $81,700
702 EAST 1ST STREET RUFUS OREGON
MLS# 16225949
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

4900+SQ FT Commercial Concrete Building
150’X200′ 30,000 SQ FT Lot
Large open areas and 5 separate rooms with exterior entries
Unlimited possibilities. Off exit 109 of I-84. Rare Commercial Building in Rufus.  12/16

COMMERCIAL BUILDING :: JUST LISTED:: $65,000
1013 Clark St, Wasco Oregon
MLS# 16360875
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

670 +SQ FT Commercial Building
4800 SQ FT Lot
Rare Commercial building for sale in Wasco. Two individual office units with separate entries. New paint and flooring. Clean sharp building. Unlimited possibilities abound for this commercial property with fantastic street appeal.  12/16

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp. 0/0

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, support & training]

HOLIDAY PHOTO SESSIONS. It’s not too late to get a photo session before the holidays! I still have times available in time to get a session booked and photos delivered before the holiday season. Photo sessions can be studio style in your home, outside, or at any location you choose. All photo sessions include a downloadable gallery of high quality images with a print and copy release so that you can print as many photos you wish at no additional cost. I can also help you purchase high quality prints from a professional lab. Each session is $150.00. Photos will be delivered to you within 1 week of shoot, faster if needed. 100% money back guarantee on all photo sessions. ~ Jeremy Lanthorn Jlanthorn@gmail.com (541) 993-2446 (541) 333-2013
jeremylanthorn.com/Portfolio/Portraits/   12/16

INVITATION TO TOUR JOHN DAY LOCK & DAM. The City of Rufus and the Corps of Engineers invites Sherman County Residents to tour the John Day Lock and Dam. Please join us for this educational tour of one of the greatest engineering marvels in our area. When: Friday, December 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Details about the Event: This will be a guided tour through the powerhouse. Please dress for the weather. No open toed shoes will be allowed. There will be significant walking on this tour. You MUST RSVP with the City of Rufus no later than November, 28th at 4:00 PM. We will need the full names of each person who plans on entering the facility. To RSVP: Email rufuscityhall@gmail.com Phone 541-739-2321 Text 541-705-5640  11/25
MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS SWAGS. Make your own Christmas Swags or shop for pre-made ones on Thursday and Friday December 1st and 2nd.  This event will be held at 600 Yates Street (Mt. View Guest House/Gail Macnab’s house) in Wasco from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. We will be working out of the garage, so park in front and follow the sidewalk to the garage. Bring a pair of work gloves if you plan to build your own, otherwise everything will be supplied.  Prices for make-your-own are $10; custom made are $12 & up.  Swags will also be available to purchase at Second Hand Made in Wasco.  12/2

 

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us  0/0 

NEWSPAPERS

 FREE: 

INVITATION TO TOUR JOHN DAY LOCK & DAM. The City of Rufus and the Corps of Engineers invites Sherman County Residents to tour the John Day Lock and Dam. Please join us for this educational tour of one of the greatest engineering marvels in our area. When: Friday, December 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Details about the Event: This will be a guided tour through the powerhouse. Please dress for the weather. No open toed shoes will be allowed. There will be significant walking on this tour. You MUST RSVP with the City of Rufus no later than November, 28th at 4:00 PM. We will need the full names of each person who plans on entering the facility. To RSVP: Email rufuscityhall@gmail.com Phone 541-739-2321 Text 541-705-5640  11/25

BARN CATS. Free! – Call Gladys at 541-565-0598.  11/25 

VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENTS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: 

Sherman County ASA Plan Advisory Committee. Sherman County Court is looking for interested Sherman County residents to become part of Sherman County Ambulance’s Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan Advisory Committee. The ASA Plan is a document outlining a process for establishing a county emergency medical services system. The plan addresses the need for and coordination of ambulance services. The ASA Plan is already in place; however, the court is changing the structure of the committee. The court is requesting representation from each of the communities in Sherman County, which are Kent, Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco, Rufus and Biggs Jct. Members can be emergency personnel or lay citizens. The remainder of the committee will be one member of the Sherman County Ambulance, one member of the 911 Dispatch Center, and one member of County Court.

The Advisory Committee’s function is to monitor performance measures and complaint and dispute resolution. This Advisory Committee will meet at the beginning of January 2017 to approve the updated ASA Plan and then must meet a minimum of every 4 years, unless called to meet sooner for any issues that may arise.

If you are interested in participating on this Advisory Committee, please send a letter of interest to Sherman County Court: P.O. Box 365; Moro, Oregon 97039. Letters of interest must be received no later than December 20, 2016 at 1:00PM.  If you have questions regarding the ASA Plan or Advisory Committee, please feel free to contact Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, at 541-565-3100.  12/16

WANTED:

STORAGE. Wanted to buy a building or rent a space in or near Wasco to securely store two boats or vehicles.  Call 541-993-9828 or 541-442-5111. 11/25

 LOST OR FOUND:

 FOR RENT:


3. Calendar (new or corrected)

autumn.treesbareNOVEMBER

26 SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

26 Second Hand Made Holiday Open House 10-4 Wasco

28 Sherman County Photography Club Program 7 Sherman Public/School Library

30-Dec. 2 Farm Fair & Trade Show, Hermiston

Christmas.Holly2DECEMBER

1-2 Make Your Own Swags 10-6 at 600 Yates Street, Wasco

2 Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Festival of the Trees 6 Civic Auditorium

2 Sherman County Residents’ Tour John Day Lock & Dam 1-3 RSVP by 11/28

3  Sherman County Historical Museum Christmas

                  Open House & Museum Store Sale 10-3

3 Sherman County Holiday Bazaar 10-2 Sherman County School, Moro

3 Christmas Tree Sale?

3 Holiday Open House 12-5 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum… …

         … Bring a non-perishable food item, blanket, or winter coat to donate.

5 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10-2 The Dalles

5 Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit in Portland

5 The Trail Band at the Civic Auditorium

6 Sherman County Court/Biggs Service District public hearing 11 Linda’s Restaurant

6 Sherman County Weed District Board Meeting 1 Burnet Extension & Research Center

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 1941

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Methodist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship 6:30-8:30 PM Prayer Meeting

10 Drawing for Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees, Date Correction

10 Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

11 Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

13 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

13 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting

13 North Central Public health Board 3 The Dalles

13-14 Washington State University Extension Wheat Academy

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board 12-3 Hood River

14 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30 Senior Center

14-16 Oregon Leadership Summit, Portland

15 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

20 Sherman County School Holiday Lunch for Seniors 12:30 RSVP 541-565-3500

20 North Central Public Health District Board 3 The Dalles

21 First Day of Winter

21 Sherman County Court 9 Burnet Building

22-30 Sherman School District Christmas Break

24 Christmas Eve

25 CHRISTMAS DAY

27 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles

29 Sherman County Swearing-in of Elected Officials 9 Courthouse

31 New Year’s Eve

Sherman County eNews #309

CONTENT

  1. Correction. Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Drawing, Dec. 10

  2. NOTICE. Sherman County Weed Advisory Board Meeting, Dec. 6

  3. Decorate the Mitten Tree for Sherman County Food Bank

  4. Public Hearing. Sherman County Court/Biggs Service District Board, Dec. 6

  5. Over the River and Through the Wood

  6. Editorial. Giving Thanks for Our Mutual Benefit

  7. Winterize, Weatherize & Protect Your Family

  8. BPA expecting big turkey bulge in electricity use on Thanksgiving

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


1. Correction. Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Drawing, Dec. 10

Christmas.TreeSherman County Preschool is selling Gala of Trees tickets! Available for purchase for $5 from the students or their parents, or go check out the tree/wreath displays and buy tickets at the Wasco Farm Store from November 28th-December 10th. We’ll also be at the Christmas Bazaar on December 3rd selling tickets, as well as cookies and fudge! Winners will be drawn December 10th and you don’t need to be present to win. We’d like to thank our generous sponsors and volunteers- and the community for supporting this awesome fundraiser for the preschoolers!


2. NOTICE. Sherman County Weed Advisory Board Meeting, Dec. 6

The next Sherman County Weed Advisory Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the Steve Burnet Extension & Research Center Conference Room in Moro. Topics of discussion will include the County Weed Control Ordinance, how it is enforced and if there is any conflict with the ‘Right to Farm Act’. Copies of the Ordinance and the Noxious Weed List will be available. As always, meetings are open, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Rod Asher, Weed District Supervisor  541-565-3655


3. Decorate the Mitten Tree for Sherman County Food Bank

mittens1Bring your donations of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library located in Moro. Community, school staff and students are encouraged to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies which serve Sherman County.


 4. Public Hearing. Sherman County Court/Biggs Service District Board, Dec. 6

Sherman County Court, acting as the Biggs Service District Board of Directors, will hold a public hearing authorizing Biggs Service District to provide water in addition to sewer to Biggs Junction. The public hearing will be held on December 6, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Linda’s Restaurant, 91558 Biggs Rufus Hwy, Wasco, OR 97065.


5. Over the River and Through the Wood

Over the river and through the wood
To Grandmother’s house we go.
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Ting-a-ling-ling!
Hurrah forThanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast, my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow –
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood –
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!


6. Editorial. Giving Thanks for Mutual Benefit

thankYouWe’ve been thinking about the contributions that Sherman County area families and retail and farm businesses make to our communities. We ask a lot of them when we’re raising funds or we need sponsors and support for our organizations and events.

Do we support them?

We’re remembering our wise old friend Pat Macnab and his take on life in Sherman County. He believed it would make a significant difference if each family spent $100 more each month in the county. We think so, too.

For example, we found this long list of contributors on the back of a Husky Football game flyer. It reminds us to support – and thank –  the businesses listed there: Bank of Eastern Oregon, RDO – John Deere, Morrow County Grain Growers, Three Rivers Inn, Tall Winds Motel, Richelderfer Air Field, Sherman Farm Chemical, Jeremy Lanthorn (photography), Wright Chevrolet, Vista Sanitation, Wasco House Bed & Breakfast, Griffith Motors, Wheatland Insurance, Hattenhauer Distributing Co., Bob’s Texas T-Bone, Dinty’s Market, Fritts Insurance, Gorge Outfitters Supply, Huskey’s 97 Market, JWR Trucking, CH Urness Motor Co., After Hours Gun Smith, NW Farm Credit Services, Fun Country, Big Jim’s Drive In, Pilot Travel Center, Lean To Café & Goose Pit Saloon, Bishop Sanitation, LCL Hughes Towing, State Farm Insurance, Mid Columbia Producers, Spooky’s Pizza, Sahara Pizza, JD Smith Jewelers, The Wedding Place, Maupin Stoves & Spas, MCMC Sports Medicine, Lindsay Vet Clinic and Mid-Columbia Vet Clinic.

It also reminds us to thank the families, individuals and organizations listed there, and others who contribute to our communities: Belshe, Bird, Burnet, Church, Coelsch, Coles, Devore, Fields, Hart, Justesen, Kaseberg, Kaser, Martin, McKinney, Oakley, Satoris, Spencer, Stutzman, Thomas and Zaniker families; a special district, Sherman County Medical Clinic; and the non-profits: Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Sherman County Athletic Foundation and Sherman County Historical Society.

Let’s do our Christmas shopping with those who support us! Happy Thanksgiving! 


7. Winterize, Weatherize & Protect Your Family

If you haven’t already done so, please take time now to prepare yourself and your family for winter weather. 

Winterize your vehicle:

Check maintenance/service issues like the antifreeze level, the heating system and the wear on your tires. Also remember to update your vehicle emergency kit to include such items as water, snacks, a shovel and a flashlight with working batteries. For a complete list of recommended maintenance and emergency kit items for your car, please visit the websites listed below.

Weatherize your home:

Weatherize your home to protect against the cold. Also be sure your home emergency kit is up-to-date and includes things like extra blankets, a battery-powered radio and an extra supply of non-perishable foods. For a complete list of recommended winter maintenance and emergency kit items for your home, please visit the websites listed below.

Protect your family:

Learn the signs of hypothermia and frost bite and understand weather warnings. Remember to keep emergency numbers in an easy to locate area, like on your refrigerator. For more great winter safety tips visit the links below.

Important info for anyone with respiratory issues – Also keep in mind that stagnant air is often trapped beneath an inversion during the winter. This traps pollutants near the surface, impacting those with respiratory conditions. If this is a concern for anyone in your family, please check Oregon DEQ Air Quality Index at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx often.

Oregon Health Authority:

https://public.health.oregon.gov/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWinterStorms.aspx

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/ 

American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm

FEMA:

http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

(For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at http://www.ncphd.org.


 8. BPA expecting big turkey bulge in electricity use on Thanksgiving

electricpowerlineBonneville Power Administration operators are prepared for the energy anomaly that they see every Thanksgiving Day. They have planned for an unusual bulge, or peak, in the morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals, which rely heavily on the use of ovens and other appliances. After the big meal, system operators will be on hand to ramp power down during the tryptophan drop off.

“Most of the year, electricity usage follows typical seasonal patterns but severe weather and special events can always present different, even dramatically different, realities,” said Elliot Mainzer, BPA’s administrator and chief executive officer.

On a typical November weekday, BPA’s regional load sees two peaks — one in the morning and one in the evening. But on Thanksgiving we see a different pattern emerge. Unlike a typical morning where the most electricity usage peaks around 7 or 8 a.m., Thanksgiving ramps up at 9 a.m. as people cook their turkeys and pies. Power consumption on Thanksgiving then tends to stay up higher throughout the morning compared to a normal day when loads drop off in the middle of the day. When Thanksgiving loads start to wane, they stay low for the rest of the day, as cooking is done and the tryptophan sets in, rather than increasing again to an evening peak as they would on normal weekdays.

BPA and other utilities around the Northwest keep watch on the electricity consumption of the region’s consumers day and night, 365 days a year. They ensure that there is enough output from power plants, which BPA provides mainly from renewable hydropower, and transmission available to keep the lights on. BPA’s power and transmission system experts carefully watch weather and special events that can impact electricity usage and line crews are available around the clock in case any of the over 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines go down.

“This is a time of year we are even more thankful for the many men and women across the Northwest, at utilities big and small, who work diligently to keep power flowing so the rest of us can enjoy our holiday traditions,” said Mainzer. 


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

Thanksgiving.RunTurkeyThanksgiving and America https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/thanksgiving-and-america/

 The Lars Larson Show  http://www.larslarson.com/

Worth a read for a slightly different slant.  In a divided town, what to do after a polarizing election. If you were shocked by the election results, you should step outside of your silo.  http://www.hcn.org/articles/the-view-of-a-polarizing-election-from-a-divided-colorado-community?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email

Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock. It’s high time for a crash course in federalism and representative democracy.   http://www.hcn.org/articles/back-to-civics-class-10-things-to-know-about-standing-rock-and-dapl

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  Now is the only time you own.  Live, love, toil with a will.  Place no faith in time.  For the clock may soon be still.” ~ unattributed.

Ferrioli talks centers on taxes, PERS, and how to nullify an executive order http://www.argusobserver.com/news/ferrioli-talks-centers-on-taxes-pers-and-how-to-nullify/article_e4a543e2-b0de-11e6-b9d8-17aebb248d90.html

 Monument expansion would only deepen divide http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/35003606-78/monument-expansion-would-only-deepen-divide.html.csp

Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse  http://projects.registerguard.com/apf/ore/id-juniper-sage-grouse/

Does the coconut crab have the most powerful claws? http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1123/Does-the-coconut-crab-have-the-most-powerful-claws

Quizzes http://www.csmonitor.com/csmlists/quizzes

Interactive Oregon Trail: The Barlow Road http://oregontrail-barlowroad.org/

Next Exit History http://www.nextexithistory.com/


 

Sherman County eNews #308

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County School Holiday Lunch for Seniors, Dec. 20

  2. Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Tickets

  3. Sherman County Photography Club Program, Nov. 28

  4. Holiday Shopping at the Museum, Dec. 3

  5. Russell Jess Geiser

  6. Historic Columbia River Highway News – November 2016

  7. It All Starts on the Inside

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


 Te Deum. Not because of victories I sing, having none, but for the common sunshine, the breeze, the largess of the spring. Not for victory but for the day’s work done as well as I was able, not for a seat upon the dais, but at the common table. ~ Charles Reznikoff (1894-1976)


1. Sherman County School Holiday Lunch for Seniors, Dec. 20

grandparents.3Sherman County School would like to invite all Senior County Residents (55+) to our Annual Holiday Season Lunch. Come take a tour of our new kitchen. Bring a friend or family member. We look forward to seeing you on December 20 at 12:30.

Menu: Turkey or Meatloaf, Oven Roasted Veggies, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Dinner Roll, Salad Bar & Dessert.  RSVPs would help us plan quantities, but don’t let that stop you from coming.  Call 541-565-3500.


2. Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Tickets

Christmas.TreeSherman County Preschool is selling Gala of Trees tickets! Available for purchase for $5 from the students or their parents, or go check out the tree/wreath displays and buy tickets at the Wasco Farm Store from November 28th-December 10th. We’ll also be at the Christmas Bazaar on December 3rd selling tickets, as well as cookies and fudge! Winners will be drawn December 19th and you don’t need to be present to win. We’d like to thank our generous sponsors and volunteers- and the community for supporting this awesome fundraiser for the preschoolers!


3. Sherman County Photography Club Program, Nov. 28

fotocameraThe Sherman County Photography Club is pleased to welcome Linda Steider to their meeting on November 28. Linda will be presenting a fabulous wildlife photography session starting at 7 p.m. at the Sherman County Public/School Library. All interested persons are encouraged to attend this program.

 


4. Holiday Shopping at the Museum, Dec. 3

Moro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Museum Store in downtown Moro, Oregon and will be open for your Christmas shopping on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Come shop, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Sherman County Historical Museum! Get a collection of Sherman County stemless wine glasses, Sherman County Christmas Ornaments or cute farm animals that walk and talk for the special people on your list!  Take a Walk on the Rural Side and we will see you on December 3rd at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store! 

For more information contact the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232 or email info@shermanmuseum.org.


5. Russell Jess Geiser

flower.rose.starRussell Jess Geiser passed away on November 22nd at Kadlec Medical Center after a long decline and from complications of Pneumonia. He grew up in Moro, went to grade and high schools there. He lived in Portland, Or, Pocatello, ID, and finally in Hermiston, Or. He worked for the railroad for many years. He is survived by his mother, O’tilia (Tillie) Vann of The Dalles, and Gloria Geiser, of Portland, Or. No memorial arrangements have yet been made.


6. Historic Columbia River Highway News – November 2016

Car.Premier“The Federal Lands Access Program has awarded the Oregon Department of Transportation Department $28 Million to complete the Mitchell Point Crossing (which may or may not include a new tunnel). These funds will also allow ODOT and partner agencies to complete the engineering designs for the final five miles and construct trail connections to Perham Creek and east of Mitchell Point.

Even with this substantial funding, additional fundraising is required to connect the trail between Viento and Hood River. Stay tuned, 2017 is going to be an exciting year in the Gorge!


 7. It All Starts on the Inside

In our work around the world, The Pacific Institute employs a series of guiding principles to help individuals and organizations understand the inner workings of the human mind. Working with high performers from industry to sports, one of the things we want to make certain of is that everyone understands one very specific principle before any change process can work.

It is simply this: All meaningful and lasting change starts on the inside and then works its way out.  Change imposed from the outside seldom, if ever, succeeds – in the short-term or the long-term. It all has to do with the way human beings have learned how to think. You see, we think ourselves into behaving. Our thoughts create our beliefs, and our beliefs cause our behaviors

If you don’t change the picture in your head before you start to change anything else about yourself, you will have a tendency to slip back to the old picture, the old you. That’s what happens, for example, if you force yourself to lose weight without first changing your inner picture. If you continue to see yourself as overweight in your mind’s eye, you’ll start to gain the weight back as soon as you take it off. 

It is also why, if your dominant picture of yourself is as a smoker, and you try to quit, you’ll have a strong tendency to relapse once you relax the intense control it takes to stop in the first place.  This same lack of a new, dominant picture is why most, if not all, New Year’s “Resolutions” are doomed to failure.

Human beings are picture-oriented. It’s a simple fact and becomes an effective tool when we go to make changes in our behaviors. Affirmations and visualizations, journaling and meditation, are excellent ways to change your internal pictures and make sure that new behavior lasts. They help you create your reality from the inside out, which is the most consistent, reliable, and effective way to make change happen – for an individual, team, department or organization – even a nation. ~ The Pacific Institute


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

bird.crow.flyOregon State University is a Sanctuary University http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2016/oregon-state-is-a-sanctuary-university/ 

In Elections Aftermath Urban-Rural Divide Has Never Seemed Wider  http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_News/20161121/in-elections-aftermath-urban-rural-divide-has-never-seemed-wider

 Big Pharma & Access to Medicines  http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26659&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD

Health Coverage Same as Ten Years Ago  http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26658&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD

Wind Turbine Collapses in Ocotillo Area  http://www.10news.com/news/wind-turbine-collapses-in-ocotillo-area-112216


 

Sherman County eNews #307

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 3

  2. Letter to the Editor: Thank You

  3. Invitation to Sherman County Residents: Tour John Day Lock & Dam, Dec. 2

  4. The Trail Band at the Civic Auditorium, Dec. 5

  5. Finding the Middle Ground

  6. Oregon State Police: Travel Safety, Winter & I-5 Advisories

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


For the beauty of the earth, For the beauty of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies; For the wonder of each hour Of the day and of the night, Hill and vale, and tree and flower, Sun and moon, and stars of light; For the joy of ear and eye, For the heart and mind’s delight, For the mystic harmony Linking sense to sound and sight… lord of all, to Thee we raise Thisour hymn of grateful praise. ~ Folliot S. Pierpoint, 1864; Conrad Kocher, 1838.


1. Sherman County Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 3


Christmas.holly1The Sherman County Fair board of directors will host the annual Holiday Bazaar on December 3, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sherman County School cafeteria in Moro, Oregon. 

There is still space for vendor tables: 6′ tables are $20.00 & 8′ tables are $25.00.  Vendor applications are available at shermancountyfairfun.com or by e-mail Beth at shermanctyfair@hotmail.com or Jennifer at jrzimmerlee@hotmail.com.

Shoppers, there are many things going on in Moro on December, 3rd… a basketball tournament and the library event at the school, and The Museum Store at Sherman County Historical Museum store will be open, and more!


2. Letter to the Editor: Thank You

thanksThanks to Sherman County eNews and The Times-Journal for getting the news out to our communities! I know that everyone involved with working for these two businesses spends a lot of time making sure that facts are complete, and the news published timely.

Also a big thank you for the “box holder” papers!  I have enjoyed those and called to buy a yearly subscription!! I hope others have or will soon. Thank you!

Beth McCurdy

Wasco 


3. RSVP: Sherman County Residents: Tour John Day Lock & Dam, Dec. 2

The City of Rufus and the Corps of Engineers invites Sherman County Residents to tour the John Day Lock and Dam. Please join us for this educational tour of one of the greatest engineering marvels in our area.

When: Friday, December 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Details about the Event:This will be a guided tour through the powerhouse. Please dress for the weather. No open toed shoes will be allowed. There will be significant walking on this tour. You MUST RSVP with the City of Rufus no later than November, 28th at 4:00 PM. We will need the full names of each person who plans on entering the facility.

To RSVP: Email rufuscityhall@gmail.com Phone 541-739-2321 Text 541-705-5640


4. The Trail Band at the Civic Auditorium, Dec. 5

music-notesThe Dalles Civic Auditorium is pleased to announce the return of The Trail Band December 5th, 2016. Special guest and former Trail Band male lead Lex Browning will be rejoining the Band for the first time in nearly a decade. Lex was a Nashville ‘A-list’ picker on banjo, fiddle, and guitar. We hope you can be part of our special evening!

Doors open at 5:30 for no-host beer and wine. Performance begins at 7.

Tickets are $25.00 and available at Klindt’s in The Dalles, at www.thedallescivic.com, or stop by the office Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10-2.


5. Finding the Middle Ground

Have you heard of “either/or thinking?” It’s a dangerous but fairly common mistake that many of us have been conditioned to make. Perhaps it’s time to find the middle ground.

Either/or thinking, or black-and-white thinking as it’s sometimes called, is a dangerous thing. It’s basically just what it sounds like. Either/or thinkers don’t see shades of gray. They want easy answers to difficult questions, so they see life in terms of winners and losers, good guys and bad guys, success or failure, right and wrong.

What they fail to realize is that right and wrong often depend on time, place, culture and purpose, among other things. They fail to understand that no one is all good or all bad, or that “success” and “failure” depend on how you define them – just like “winning” and “losing” do. These people don’t see the degrees of difference that stretch between most opposites, because if they did, it would require more time and energy being devoted to complex thinking skills and a willingness to deal with subtle differences.

Now, it’s true that they don’t see these things. They build blind spots, or “scotomas,” to this information, because it threatens their either/or belief system. So even if it is true, it can’t get through.

Here is a homework assignment, for the rest of this year. During this coming holiday season, while you are at special dinners, parties or get-togethers, just sit and listen to the conversations around you. What are you hearing? How many people are engaging in this “either/or” thinking? How does it affect the rest of the people in the conversation?

In an increasingly global society, flexibility of thinking is a must. Catch yourself doing either/or thinking. Most of us do it, from time to time, but it drastically limits our options. Deliberate self-awareness is essential – and a strong desire to keep your mind open to the full range of possibilities will keep you from getting locked in to an “either/or” world. ~ The Pacific Institute


6. Oregon State Police: Travel Safety, Winter & I-5 Advisories

car.kids~ Oregon State Police

With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways over the past week, OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic advisories to motorists are winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War Game in Corvallis.

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend – This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of the highest volumes of traffic in over a decade according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. As with other holiday weekends OSP is urging motorists to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic, expect poor driving conditions with rain expected at lower elevations and snow in the mountain passes, and take your time (travel tips below). Know the road conditions before traveling by going to www.tripchceck.com

Winter travel – Those traveling in lower elevations, expect rain and wet roadways. Increase your following distances due to decreased traction on those wet roadways.

For those traveling Oregon’s mountain passes, expect snowfall and winter driving conditions. Know when traction tires are required by visiting tripcheck.com. Too often these mountain pass crashes are caused by those not using traction tires. These crashes cause delays that last hours at times. If chains are the traction device, know how to install or use them. Too often we find motorists struggling in deep snow and below freezing conditions attempting to put them on for the first time.

November 24th and 25 – Black Friday Shopping at the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There have been historically major traffic issues on Interstate 5 in Woodburn on Thanksgiving evening and the following Friday due to the high volume of shoppers frequenting the Woodburn Outlet Mall, including backed up traffic prior to the Woodburn exit. Motorists are asked to consider taking alternate routes to Woodburn.

OSP will be focusing enforcement efforts on motorists driving on the shoulder of I-5, parking on the shoulder of I-5 and any other hazardous behavior. Another particular issue has been motorists driving past the backed up traffic and then trying to squeeze in prior to the Woodburn exit. OSP will be in the area actively enforcing traffic laws.

November 26 – Oregon State University versus University of Oregon Football Game in Corvallis at 1PM. OSP is advising motorists traveling on Interstate 5 to expect high volumes of traffic in the mid-Willamette Valley before and after the game. OSP is urging those attending the game to take your time, plan ahead and have a designated driver.

Travel Tips:

*Expect heavy traffic volumes. Take extra time to reach your destination.

*Visit ODOT’s traveler page www.tripcheck.com

*Be prepared. Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

*Plan for a designated driver if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

*Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask a passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

*Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

*Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

*Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

*Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained. We see too many crashes where people would have walked away with minor if any injuries.


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

e-mail.worldHow New Yorkers See The World: View of the World from 9th Avenue http://brilliantmaps.com/new-yorkers-world/

American Thinker http://www.americanthinker.com/

How The Nile Has Changed Course Over The Past 5,000 Years http://brilliantmaps.com/nile/

37 Eye Catching World Map Posters  http://brilliantmaps.com/world-map-posters/

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now – interactive https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2014/jun/01/d-day-landings-scenes-in-1944-and-now-interactive

The Bitter Fight Over Oregon’s Grand Canyon  http://www.ktvb.com/news/investigations/the-bitter-fight-over-oregons-grand-canyon/354317186 

The Battle Over a State-owned Forest http://www.wral.com/this-land-is-your-land-the-battle-over-a-state-owned-forest/16257519/#WGTA9meK3yPhwuVm.99

9 Places Where You Can Still See Oregon Trail Wheel Tracks  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-relics-oregon-trail-180960589/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

10 Facinating Facts About Ravens  http://mentalfloss.com/article/53295/10-fascinating-facts-about-ravens?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=atlasobscura