Sherman County Senior & Community Center Christmas Lunch, Dec. 14
Sherman County School Holiday Lunch for Seniors, Dec. 20
Our Land. Our Voice. Owyhee Canyonlands. Sign Petition.
Eastern Oregon Wind Project Plans Taller Turbines
Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 20
Fourteen Gorge Teams Advance to State Robotics Tournament, Some Teams Impacted by Weather
Editorial. I. Me. My. Mine.
The Golden Rule
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson
1. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Christmas Lunch, Dec. 14
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
2. Sherman County School Holiday Lunch for Seniors, Dec. 20
Sherman County School invites 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.
3. Our Land. Our Voice. Owyhee Canyonlands. Sign a Petition.
Call our Elected Officials! Tell them you do not support a monument declaration in the Owyhee Canyonlands. It is unnecessary and will hurt real people. Sign petition here: http://ourlandourvoice.com/take-action/.
4. Eastern Oregon Wind Project Plans Taller Turbines
Firm also looks to bump back construction dates for Sherman County facility
5. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 20
Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at noon Tuesday, the 20th, at the Riverenza, 401 E. 10th St., The Dalles. There will be a gift exchange. Louanne Starr will offer the basket raffle for the scholarship fund. Interested persons from Sherman, Wasco and Hood River Counties may contact Unit 20 President George Clark at 541-296-5933.
6. Fourteen Gorge Teams Advance to State Robotics Tournament, Some Teams Impacted by Weather
Almost 400 students aged 9 to 14 from schools all around the Gorge showed off their robotic talents over the last two weekends in the Gorge. Sixty-five student teams worked over the past several months as part of the international robotics competition known as FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) to compete in one of the Columbia Gorge Qualifying Tournaments held Dec. 3 and 4 at The Dalles Middle School or Dec. 10 and 11 at Wy’east Middle School.
Tournament organizers and teams this year faced a new challenge with the weather conditions over the second weekend. Ultimately, the Dec. 10 event was canceled and the Dec. 11 had a delayed start. While some teams from Dec. 10 were able to come on Dec. 11, 16 teams did not get to compete. “Canceling a tournament is always a hard call,” said Tournament Director Jessica Metta. “The dates are set at a national level and canceled events cannot be rescheduled. That means that months of effort from the students ends without the fun and excitement of a tournament.”
To accommodate those 16 teams affected by the weather, tournament organizers are planning an unofficial scrimmage in January. Those teams will also be placed in a lottery and four or five will be randomly chosen to advance to the State tournament.
The Gorge events are held 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 and Insitu. Google also provides significant funding to support the Columbia Gorge robotics teams through Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program.
At the Gorge FLL tournaments, teams demonstrate their robot’s capabilities on the competition table, are interviewed by a robot design panel, present their Animal Allies research project and are assessed on teamwork skills. The teams impressed the judges, referees and tournament volunteers with their knowledge and teamwork. Each single-day tournament generates its own separate award winners and several teams that advance to the state tournaments.
From the three full days of competition held, the overall top teams were chosen to advance to the Oregon State Tournaments on January 14 or 15 in Hillsboro. The fourteen teams from the Gorge heading to Hillsboro include:
- Overall 1st Place Champions: Fusion X from The Dalles Middle, BFDs (Big Friendly Dragons) from May Street, The Titans from Hood River Middle.
- Overall 2nd Place Champions: The Technos from Henkle Middle, The Pandriods from Wy’east Middle, The Meme Team from Hood River Middle.
- Additional top teams that advanced to the state tournament: Brick Busters from Horizon Christian, Robotic Destroyers from Irrigon, Hillbilly Tech Support from Sherman County, Robo Cheetahs from Colonel Wright, Yello Jackets from Hood River Middle, Tech Rex from Wy’east Middle, P4 from Vancouver and the Electronic Penguins from Little Oak Montessori in White Salmon.
Additional top awards were given to a number of teams for their outstanding performances in specific areas of the competition:
- Core Values award: Brick Busters from Horizon Christian, Superbots from The Dalles Middle and P4 from Vancouver.
- Project award: 2% Humans from Trout Lake, SWAG from Hood River and Robotic Acorns from May Street Elementary.
- Robot Design award: Robo-Bros from Goldendale Middle, Rockin’ Robot Monkeys from May Street and Tech Rex from Wy’east Middle.
- Robot Performance award: Robotic Catfishes from Westside Elementary, The Pandriods from Wy’east Middle and The Titans from Hood River Middle.
- Rising Star award: RoboKeepers from Goldendale Middle and Electronic Penguins from Little Oak Montessori.
For more information about youth robotics in the Gorge, visit Gorgerobotics.org or contact Jessica Metta with the GTA at 541-296-2266 or Jessica@crgta.org.
7. Editorial. I. Me. My. Mine.
We’re thinking about the local government collaboration and cooperation that we deserve and should expect.
Local government officials are by law part of a team and rarely, if ever, achieve success individually. We’re mindful that their team comprises federal and state agencies, budget committees, local government personnel, citizens and colleagues.
The person who works or plays as part of a team, and respects and trusts the team, makes generous use of the word, we.
On the other hand, the person who does not work or play as part of a team, or who belongs to a team but operates independently, whether or not by consensus, makes excessive use of the words, I, me, my and mine.
We take notice of those for whom governance is largely about I, me, my and mine for they do not suggest trust, transparency and integrity.
Team You? Team We?
8. The Golden Rule
The Golden Rule is more than a principle of ethical behavior; it is a dynamic force that can work good in the lives of untold numbers of people. When you make it a practice to treat others as though you were the others, you spread goodwill among people who, in turn, may be moved to do the same. By their actions, they influence still more people, who generate goodwill among even more people. This force for goodwill increases exponentially and will return to you from totally new sources.
The benefit you receive from a good deed performed today by a total stranger may have been a chain reaction from long ago when you observed the Golden Rule in your own dealings with another. ~ Napoleon Hill
9. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act aka McCarran-Walter Act Of 1952 https://www.uscis.gov/laws/immigration-and-nationality-act
Our Land. Our Voice. Owyhee Canyonlands Petition http://ourlandourvoice.com/take-action/
Eastern Oregon Wind Project Plans Taller Turbines http://www.bendbulletin.com/exports/newsletters/main/4885986-151/eastern-oregon-wind-project-plans-taller-turbines?utm_source=Today%27s%20Top%20Headlines%20from%20The%20Bulletin&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BendBulletin%20MRSS%20-%20Main-16-12-10=
Etiquette Guide: How to Set Up a Beautiful Christmas Table http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=23748
Budweiser Christmas Commercial http://www.pawmygosh.com/clydesdales-christmas/
Last Year’s Man, Leonard Cohen http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/last_years_man.html
How Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ Brilliantly Mingled Sex, Religion http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-book-excerpt-leonard-cohen-writes-hallelujah-in-the-holy-or-the-broken-20121203
Grasshopper Geography, High Quality Digital Map Prints https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GrasshopperGeography?source=aw&awc=6091_1481393537_448926eee1884a08cbcc8091ff25ce48&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=uk_location_buyer&utm_content=105521
Commentary. Pick Your Protest, Make It Count http://eastoregonian.or.newsmemory.com/?token=50db73e703cb55695dd37410c4e70f1c_584c5517_40a1e6&selDate=20161210&utm_source=emailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email+stats
Propaganda Won’t Make the Iran Deal Any Better http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/propaganda_wont_make_the_iran_deal_any_better.html
The Progressive Regression https://spectator.org/the-progressive-regression/?utm_source=American+Spectator+Emails&utm_campaign=aca25c1499-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_797a38d487-aca25c1499-104272229
Gov. Kate Brown Refuses to Address PERS Crisis http://oregoncatalyst.com/34847-gov-kate-brown-refuses-address-pers-crisis.html
The 28 Best Map Based Strategy Board Games You’ve Probably Never Played http://brilliantmaps.com/strategy-board-games/
Cal Thomas Interview with Vice-President Elect Pence http://townhall.com/columnists/calthomas/2016/12/10/transcript-of-cal-thomas-interview-with-vice-presidentelect-mike-pence-dec-8-2016-n2257744?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=
Fukushima radiation has reached U.S. shores http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fukushima-radiation-has-reached-us-shores/ar-AAlkXUr?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=spartandhp
Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests the Limits of State Power http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/10/world/canada/canadas-7-billion-dam-tests-the-limits-of-state-power.html?emc=edit_th_20161211&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=35377422&_r=1