Sherman County eNews #303


  1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update

  2. Sherman Jr. High Girls & Boys Basketball Schedule

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

  4. Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age: A Resource Guide for Local Governments 

  5. Fold3: Your First Source for Military Records

  6. Deleting the Victim Mentality

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

1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update


High School Basketball

Jan. 6 vs. Horizon Christian – GJV game cancelled.

Jan. 28 @ Hood River – GJV game cancelled.

2. Sherman Jr. High Girls & Boys Basketball Schedule


3. Invitation to 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 Phone 541-739-2321 Text 541-705-5640

4. Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age: A Resource Guide for Local Governments 

computer.keysAccess and Inclusion in the Digital Age is a resource guide designed to support U.S. communities of all sizes and geographies in advancing their goals for high-speed Internet access and digital inclusion.

The resource guide represents an innovative model for intercity collaboration and peer learning. While federal agencies, nonprofits, foundations, and private interests have produced much information on digital inclusion, a resource guide on this subject produced by a consortium of city leaders for the benefit of cities nationwide is unprecedented. The perspectives of the authors and the target audience are completely in alignment, which allows for greater sensitivity to the financial, social, and political realities that will impact communities seeking to launch new initiatives.

This resource guide is intended to be a tool to facilitate two-way communication. Rather than simply providing information in a static format, the resource guide will be the vehicle through which the six cities and other future participants continue to collaborate, build knowledge, and share resources. It will be a dynamic repository of best practices and key considerations that will evolve as the collective knowledge of participating communities grows.

The resource guide is intended to be a living document, updated regularly with new information from the original six cities, as well as ideas, questions, and resources from any other community interested in advancing its goals for broadband Internet access and digital inclusion.

5. Fold3: Your First Source for Military Records

American flag2If you’re searching for information about a relative who served in the United States armed forces, Fold3 is the place for you to begin. This site, owned by, provides convenient access to military records ̶ including stories, photos, and personal documents ̶of men and women who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

The name Fold3 refers to the traditional flag folding ceremony that takes place at the burial of a veteran.

Fold3’s original records help you discover details about the soldiers of every American conflict. The site has created millions of memorial pages from US military data to help you find and commemorate your loved ones. Additionally, you can combine records found on the site with photos and stories you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for those who served.

Particularly meaningful is the opportunity to make a Memorial Page for your loved ones on Fold3’s Honor Wall. You can create, expand or update as many Memorial Pages as you’d like to celebrate and remember your veteran relatives and ancestors and share their stories with family and friends.

Through November, Fold3 is offering free access to World War II records, so it’s the perfect time to research, contribute to, and find answers on the site. See

6. Deleting the Victim Mentality

Do you feel that you’re a victim? Now it is possible that you are, but accepting that label may be doing you more harm than good. 

Victims generally feel that something bad has happened to them and they, themselves, are in no way responsible for it. Now, authentic victims certainly do exist – let’s be perfectly clear on that. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and tidal waves have causes far beyond our ability to stop them. However, in a book called, “A Nation of Victims,”Charles Sykes pointed out that far too many of us have grown adept at finding someone else to blame for our problems and ignoring our own personal responsibility for them. 

When you give up accountability for any aspect of your life, you also give up control. When you give up control, you’re basically saying, “There’s nothing I can do about it. There is no hope of improvement.” Nothing will change, because you won’t be doing anything to create change. What kind of example are you setting for the young people in your life?   

You see, the mindset of a victim is one of powerlessness, and with a mindset like that, you get used to behaving like a victim. It’s a vicious cycle that can turn into a downward spiral, if you’re not careful. For the protagonists of America’s gang shootings, the bottom of that spiral has been violence. For the most part, they have believed themselves to be victims, and that their only future lies in a grave.

Is Mr. Sykes right? Have people come to define themselves, not so much by shared culture, but by their status as victims of just about everything – parents, men, women, the workplace, stress, drugs, alcohol, food and housing security, physical characteristics, racism, the “in crowd” and that great faceless thing called “the system?”

There is a good chance that there’s more than a little truth in this assertion. A stroll through the headline news of this last year, and certainly a large percentage of the ads in this past election season, would seem to confirm it. What do you think?  Isn’t it time we all take on a bit more accountability for our actions? ~ The Pacific Institute

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

 Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Encyclopedia

 Order Free Oregon Travel Guides

 Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration & Rejuvenation Project

 Fold3: Your First Source for Military Records

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John Day Dam 

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Old Grass Valley Methodist Church

General Land Office Records

 Ice Age Floods Institute

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