Sherman County eNews #301


  1. Library Book Club, Nov. 16

  2. Sherman Booster Club Meeting, Nov. 16

  3. Decorate the Mitten Tree

  4. Social Crafting: “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library, Nov. 17

  5. The Biggest Full Moon in 70 Years!

  6. Frontier TeleNet, Broadband & Universal Service Administrative Company Funding

  7. ODOT, OSP remind drivers to “Protect those who protect you” and move over

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

1. Library Book Club, Nov. 16

bookStackThe Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:00 p.m. Join us for tea, dessert, and a discussion of our November book, Sister by Rosamund Lupton. For more information: or 541-565-3279.

2. Sherman Booster Club Meeting, Nov. 16

Sherman Booster Club Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

MCP Meeting Room (brick building across from the Lean-To in Wasco)


  All interested Jr./Sr. High School parents are invited to attend and get involved!

We will be discussing plans for winter sports and school activities, as well as upcoming fundraisers.

Social hour to follow the meeting.  Please join us!

3. Decorate the Mitten Tree

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 that serve Sherman County.

4. Social Crafting: “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library, Nov. 17

Thread-and-needleSocial 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

5. The Biggest Full Moon in 70 Years!

Full moons vary in size because the Moon’s orbit is not a circle, it’s an ellipse: diagram. One side of the Moon’s orbit, called “perigee,” is 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other side, “apogee.” This Monday’s “supermoon” becomes full about 2 hours away from perigee, a coincidence that makes it as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons we have seen in the past.

But will we be able to tell the difference … just by looking?  A 30% difference in brightness can easily be masked by clouds or the glare of urban lights.  Also, there are no rulers floating in the sky to measure lunar diameters. Hanging high overhead with no reference points to provide a sense of scale, one full Moon looks much like any other.

To get the most out of Monday’s apparition, try to catch the Moon just as it is rising or setting. This will activate the Moon Illusion and make the perigee Moon of Nov. 14th look super, indeed.

 6. Frontier TeleNet, Broadband & Universal Service Administrative Company Funding

The Universal Service Administration Company under the Federal Communications Commission is a not-for-profit funding provider for services for schools, libraries and health care entities. The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program provides discounts to keep students and library patrons connected to broadband and voice services.

Funds Frontier TeleNet received for services provided to North Central Education School District come from two sources: (1) Directly from the school district and (2) from the Federal Government as part of the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) program.  Since 2004 Frontier TeleNet received a total of $9,040,755.00.

Here is a breakdown of annual revenue paid to Frontier TeleNet:

Year USAC Funding School District Funding
2016 $453,600 $113,400
2015 430,920 $136,080
2014 $436,590 130,410
2013 $358,230.60 $101,039.40
2012 $436,590 $130,410
2011 $10,944 $3,456
2010 $425,250 $141,750
2009 $459,900 $170,100
2008 $447,930 $174,195
2007 $526,140 $184,860
2006 $782,791.20 $351,688
2005 $794,136 $340,344
2004 $1,050,000 $435,000
Total $6,613.021.80 $2,412,733.20

The Universal Service Administrative Company is dedicated to achieving universal service. This important principle suggests that everyone in the U.S. deserves accessible, affordable, and pervasive high-speed connectivity.

Despite pervasive connectivity in most urban areas in the United States, millions of people across the country have no access to broadband services needed to work, learn, heal, and communicate. The funds we administer exist to fill these gaps in access. As an independent not-for-profit designated by the Federal Communications Commission, USAC administers the Universal Service Fund, almost $10 billion available annually to the companies and institutions that make universal service possible.

~  Federal Universal Service Administrative Company

7. ODOT, OSP remind drivers to “Protect those who protect you” and move over

car.blueThe week of Nov. 14-18, 2016 is National Traffic Incident Response Week, recognizing the emergency responders who protect travelers after crashes and breakdowns on the highway.

ODOT and the Oregon State Police are using this week to remind travelers to protect those who protect you by following Oregon’s Move Over law. 

Move Over

  • If there’s another lane in the direction you’re traveling, you must move over when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle displaying its emergency warning lights. This includes a police car, fire truck, ambulance, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle. If you cannot safely move over, you must slow down by at least five miles an hour below the posted speed limit.
  • If you’re on a two-lane road with one lane in each direction, you obviously cannot move over, but you still must slow down. Always provide as much room as possible.

“The law is simple common sense and courtesy,” said ODOT Director Matthew Garrett. “Moving over not only makes sense, it saves lives.”

Protecting every road user

The Move Over law helps protect law enforcement officers and emergency workers from deadly threats they face on a daily basis: speeding and/or inattentive drivers. But the law also exists to protect you and your passengers. The flashing lights are your cue to move over and slow down. The Move Over law helps keep everyone using Oregon’s roads safe.

Data: Roadside crashes kill more responders than any other type of incident

Law enforcement officers and emergency responders put their lives on the line to save our lives every day. When emergency responders are on the side of the road responding to an incident, they put themselves in harm’s way.

According to data from the Federal Highway Administration, traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for both police officers and emergency responders. On average every year nationwide, 12 law enforcement officers, five fire and rescue personnel and 60 tow operators are killed on America’s roads while on scene.

In Oregon, crash statistics from 2005 through 2014 show that on average, more than one crash involving stopped or parked emergency vehicles occurs each month; about 10 people are hurt in these crashes every year.

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

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