Sherman County eNews #17


  1. Sherman County School District Closure, Calendar Changes for Exams

  2. Library Book Club Cancelation and Reschedule, Jan. 25

  3. Celebrating our Scottish heritage with our 20th anniversary Robert Burns Supper

  4. Public Meeting for Proposed Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway in Maupin, Feb. 8

  5. Optimist or Pessimist?

  6. Oregon National Guard to Support Presidential Inauguration

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

1. Sherman County School District Closure, Calendar Changes for Exams

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School is closed today, January 18, and the school calendar has been adjusted for final exams.

2. Library Book Club Cancelation and Reschedule, Jan. 25
Due to hazardous driving conditions in the County, the Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club has been canceled for this evening. We have rescheduled for Wednesday, January 25th at 6pm. Stay safe everyone!

3. Celebrating our Scottish heritage with our 20th anniversary Robert Burns Supper

bagpiper2Scots associated with the Greater Condon Area will gather in Condon Saturday, Jan. 28, near the 100th anniversary of the formation of the first Caledonian Society in the area. The event will honor the area’s Scottish heritage and celebrate the 258th birthday of Scotland’s renowned poet, Robert Burns.

The ‘modern day’ celebration of the Scottish in the community is now in its 20th year and, as in years past, will feature bagpipers and drummers from around the Northwest, toasts to the honored poet, a meal of haggis, neeps and tatties, Scotch eggs and shortbread, and a wee bit of Scotland’s single malt spirits.

Especially featured this year is the Niven family, which first came to this country from Blairgowrie, Scotland in the personages of John Niven, in 1891, and Janet Campbell, in 1899. They were married at Fossil in 1899 and began a life of farming and raising a family near Fossil.

The Nivens had seven children – a son who died at a young age, and six daughters, Marjorie Catherine married Richard Greiner, Jessie Stewart married Robert Schomp, Alice Rose married Ernest Scheiber, Clara Jane married Buck Waggoner, Lillie Edythe married George Schomp and Laura Mae married Bob Rohrbach.

The off-spring of Richard and Marge Greiner included Richard, Ferne, Fred, Tom and Glenn.

Living in the area today are descendants of the Marge and Richard Greiner family, Tom and Ann Greiner of Condon and Glenn and Bonnie Greiner of Hermiston.

Their families include Cathleen Greiner and Janet and Bernie O’Neill and Michelle, Teresa, Leslie, Sarah and Heather. Others in the Niven/Greiner family include Mrs. Fred (Eva Lou) Greiner, Meg Greiner and Bonnie Greiner; the Dick Greiner families, Richard and Sheryl Greiner, Robert Greiner, David and Kathryn Greiner and Tom and Molly Fatland, and their families

The celebration also includes the popular shortbread contest which, this year, will also feature a youth category. The shortbreads entered in the contest also serve as the meal’s dessert, and all who enter the shortbread contest are rewarded for their efforts.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Condon Elks Lodge on Condon’s Historic Main Street. The meal will be served at approximately 3 p.m., preceded by the haggis presentation, the recitation of ‘To a Haggis,’ the Toast to the Ladies and the Reply to the Gentlemen.

The afternoon program generally ends about 5 p.m., but the merriment has been known to continue on into the evening.

4. Public Meeting for Proposed Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway in Maupin, Feb. 8

bicycle.blueMaupin OR — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold a public meeting for a proposed Oregon Scenic Bikeway from 5:30-6:30 p.m Feb. 8 at the Imperial River Company, 304 Bakeoven Rd., Maupin.

The proposed 33-mile loop starts in Maupin and travels on existing roads through a high desert landscape carved with rivers. The bikeway passes through rural Tygh Valley, then continues along the White River and Deschutes River, with views of scenic Sherars Falls.

The meeting will consist of a presentation on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Program and information on the proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway, followed by questions from attendees.

Public comment on the proposed bikeway will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment will be accepted both before and after the meeting until the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission acts on the proposed designation. Comments will be presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission before the commission votes on designation.

The State Scenic Bikeway Program designates the best-of-the-best road bike riding in Oregon. Currently, the program includes 15 designated bikeways, listed at

Send comments about the proposed bikeway to Alex Phillips at
or to Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., ATTN: Alexandra Phillips, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301-1266.

5. Optimist or Pessimist?

Whether you know of him or not, a debt of gratitude is owed to the research into optimism and pessimism made by Dr. Martin Seligman. A past president of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Seligman is the author of numerous books on the subjects of optimism and pessimism and how they affect the way we look at our world.

How do you find out if you are an optimist or pessimist? Ask yourself the question: How do I think when bad things happen to me?  A pessimist lets the bad thing contaminate everything in their life: home, work, relationships – the works. It is called “globalizing.” An optimist, on the other hand, isolates the bad. “It’s just this one piece that’s not so good; everything else is OK.”

The other thing a pessimist does is “eternalize” the bad thing. “It’s awful now, and it’s going to be this way forever. Nothing is ever going to go right again.” An optimist puts a time-frame on it. “Yes, it’s going to be painful for a while, but I’ll get through it. Things will change for the better.” Pessimists have a tendency to take accountability for the entire mess they are in, whether it was entirely their fault or not, while optimists take accountability for what they caused, and realize that there were other factors involved.

Now, let’s turn it around. How do you think when good things happen? A pessimist calls it a one-time thing, believes it won’t last, and minimizes their part in the success. The optimist? An optimist lets the good things color everything they do, believes that it will last forever, and takes credit for their part in the success – “I caused it.”

You are starting to see a pattern. Pessimists have an external locus of control, and typically sees themselves as victims. The pessimist mindset is one of, “It’s all about me.” The optimist, on the other hand, has an internal locus of control, takes control of the situation at hand, and sets about making better things happen.

Optimist or Pessimist? Again, it’s all about that internal picture you hold in your mind – and the choice of which path to follow is always ours to choose. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon National Guard to Support Presidential Inauguration

American flag2SALEM, Oregon — Nearly 50 Oregon National Guard service members will support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C. The Oregon Guardsmen will augment the District of Columbia National Guard as part of Joint Task Force — District of Columbia (JTF — DC), supporting events such as the opening ceremony, swearing-in ceremony, inaugural speech and parade, as well as follow-on events.

Oregon Soldiers from the 1186th Military Police Company, 821st Troop Command Battalion, based in Salem, Oregon, will assist district and federal agencies with security, including crowd management, traffic control, and assisting with the flow of people in and out of the area during the inaugural events.

In addition, Oregon National Guard public affairs personnel will assist with highlighting the overall National Guard participation in this historical event. These public affairs specialists will capture photos and video of the Guard’s participation, and assist with coordinating news conferences and interviews with Guardsmen.

“Partnering with local, federal security and public safety agencies during the 58th Presidential Inauguration is just one more example of how the Oregon National Guard is “Always Ready, Always There,” said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

The Oregon National Guard routinely supports civil authorities when needed during major events and is able to seamlessly integrate with interagency partners.

In total, more than 7,500 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, from 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, will serve with the joint task force. The District of Columbia National Guard specifically created JTF – DC in response to requests for assistance from local and federal agencies in the National Capital Region. The National Guard task force will supplement security, communication, medical evacuation and other support capabilities.

A crowd of 800,000 to 1-million is estimated to attend this national event. Civilian law enforcement officers are responsible for the safety and security of all personnel during the inaugural events. The National Guardsmen will provide assistance to local civilian authorities as requested. All National Guard forces supporting the Inauguration will be sworn in as Special Police by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. However, the National Guardsmen will not be armed. This support ensures that the hundreds of thousands of expected spectators will be able to move around smoothly and safely before, during and after the Inauguration events.

National Guard support to presidential inaugurations dates to April 30, 1789, when local militia members (today’s National Guard) joined the U.S. Army and Revolutionary War veterans to form an honor detail and escort Gen. George Washington during the procession from Mount Vernon, Va., to his inauguration ceremony in New York City. The National Guard has continued this tradition of inaugural support ever since. Over the years, National Guard involvement has grown and is designated to honor the commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate democracy.

Photos and video of JTF-DC are available for download via Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS):

Follow the National Guard in action with hashtags #NG2017Inauguration, #NGInauguration2017, #PI58, #NationalGuard.

More information and updates can be found at these websites:
Joint Task Force-District of Columbia (JTF-DC):
Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR):
Congressional Inaugural Committee:

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

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