Sherman County eNews #312


  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

2. Sherman County Court Meeting Notice, Dec. 7



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

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