Sherman County eNews #23

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Library Book Club, Jan. 25

  2. Rep. Greg Walden on the passing of Gilliam County Commissioner Dennis Gronquist

  3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, Feb. 6

  4. Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting Notice, Jan. 31

  5. Sherman County Center for Living Mental Health & Addiction Services

  6. Newsletter: Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board E-News

  7. Setting the Path to Your Future


 1. Sherman County Library Book Club, Jan. 25

bookStackSherman County Library Book Club will be meeting Wednesday, January 25, to discuss “Big Stone Gap” by Adriana Trigiani. Please join us for tea, dessert, and discussion. Questions: 541-565-3279 or shermanlibrary@sherman.k12.or.us.


2. Rep. Greg Walden on the passing of Gilliam County Commissioner Dennis Gronquist

“As a public servant and a family man, Dennis Gronquist was one of a kind. I was proud to call him my friend, and I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing. He worked selflessly for many decades serving his community, and he got things done for the citizens of Gilliam County. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”- Greg Walden


3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, Feb. 6

ShermanCoLogoPUBLIC NOTICE. The Sherman County Court will meet in Special Session on Monday, February 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m. in the Office of the County Court. The court will meet in Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel to review applications for the Prevention Coordinator position.  


4. Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting Notice, Jan. 31

FRONTIER REGIONAL 911 AGENCY

                                         BOARD MEETING NOTICE

January 31, 2017

1:00 p.m.

Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

Election of Officers

OSP Patch Project – Steve Wynne

Frontier TeleNet Microwave Network – Steve Wynne

Operations Oversight Committee – Gary Bettencourt

Manager’s Report – April Stream

If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.


5. Sherman County Center for Living Mental Health & Addiction Services

Sherman County’s Center for Living Update

All Are Welcome

Sherman County office provides mental health and addiction services Monday-Friday at the Scott Street office.  It’s best to call first, as sometimes we are out in the community. However if you stop by, just leave a note and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

CFL Sherman County’s Monday-Friday office phone is 541 565 3149

After Hours Crisis Counseling is 888 877 9147

Services provided are as following:

Individual, Group and Family Therapy Sessions

Child Therapy Sessions

Crisis Help

Case Management

Consultations

Addiction Services

Just a reminder in February 2017, CFL’s Monthly Gatherings in Moro and Wasco will resume. Wasco’s will meet at the Annex on the first Tuesday February 7th and Moro’s will meet at the old school in Moro on Scott Street the forth Tuesday February 28th. Both meetings are scheduled to meet from 6-7pm, and are open discussions with a focus on emotional health.  Light refreshments are provided.

Lastly, we are looking for age appropriate [ages 4-16] donations of clean children’s toys and complete children’s games.  We can pick up if needed. 

Thanks for your support

Monday-Friday Office phone is 541 565 3149

After Hours Crisis Counseling is 888 877 9147


6. Newsletter: Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board E-News

To Licensees and Interested Persons of the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board (please share with others that do not have an email address on file with the Board).

The December 2016 Edition of the OMCB E-News has been posted to the Board’s website:  http://www.oregon.gov/MortCem/Pages/Compliance_Issues.aspx

Note that we have published notice of the upcoming Board meetings for 2017, in this newsletter.  Updates, if any, will be sent via email, and will be posted to the Board’s website, under the Meetings link:  http://www.oregon.gov/MortCem/Pages/Meetings.aspx

If you enjoyed reading this newsletter and were interested in reviewing previous ones, all past editions are available on the Board’s website (follow link above).

Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board, 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 430, Portland OR  97232

Phone: 971-673-1500         Fax: 971-673-1501

Website: www.oregon.gov/mortcem         Email: mortuary.board@state.or.us


7. Setting the Path to Your Future

compass.roseSince the beginning of the year, we have encouraged you to examine the way you look at the world, and make some decisions about how you want to be. So, let’s continue the discussion with a little goal-setting to see us through uncertain times.

If you have decided that your locus of control comes from within you (and we hope you have), then you know you have the power to change your life. You do not need to be battered by the “storm” of bad news coming your way.

If you have decided that you want to believe the future is one of great possibilities, then you know you have given yourself the freedom to choose a path for yourself.

If you have decided that you would really prefer to be an optimist, then you are ready to take each situation as it comes, confident in the knowledge that life will improve, that setbacks are only temporary, and you want a happy, fulfilled life.

If you have chosen to take personal accountability, then you are ready to look the world in the eye and say, “These are my decisions and I stand by them. I am ready to take the consequences for my actions and decisions.”

So, what comes next? Figure out where you are, so that you understand Current Reality. Decide where you want to be, with a powerful Vision that includes Technicolor and 3-D visuals and earthshaking SurroundSound. Give yourself an irresistible picture that draws you! Then start setting goals to get you to your Vision. Break down the path to your Vision into smaller goals, ones that you can see without causing you to back off from your ultimate Goal. Focus on what you want, and shut out the distractions that cause you to lose your focus. If your purpose is just, achievement is within your grasp.

And one more piece: Keep your self-talk – that constant stream of conversation you have with yourself – positive and reinforcing. Your self-talk will keep the pictures you have of your future front and center in your mind. The great part about all of this is that it works not only for individuals, but for teams, departments, organizations, countries, and the entire world. ~ The Pacific Institute


 

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Sherman County eNews #22

CONTENT

  1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 24
  2. Notice: Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 1
  3. Revised Agenda, Frontier Digital Network, Jan. 25
  4. Oregon Farm Bureau Scholarship Applications
  5. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do 

1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 24, 30

sports.basketball.netHigh School Basketball

January 24, 2017 – Sherman vs Stanfield has been CANCELLED

High School Basketball

January 30, 2017 – Sherman vs Stanfield at Stanfield, bus departs at 1:30, dismissed from class at 1:20

JV Girls – No Game

JV Boys – 4:00

Varsity Girls – 7:00

Varsity Boys – 5:30


2. Notice: Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 1

Sherman County Court session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

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3. Revised Agenda, Frontier Digital Network, Jan. 25

FRONTIER DIGITAL NETWORK

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeanne E. Burch Building

401 Fourth Street, Fossil, Oregon

– Alternate Location –

Wheeler County Court House Courtroom

701 Adams Street Fossil, Oregon

January 25, 2017

3:00 PM (Time Approximate)

AGENDA (Revised)

  • Call To Order & Director Roll Call
  • Public Input/Comment
  • Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda
  • Minutes

4.1 Review and Approval

  • Financials

5.1 Review and Approval

  • Discussion/Possible Action Item SIEC Grant

6.1 Fund Transfer Receipt

  • Other – General
  • Public Input/Comment
  • Next Meeting
  • Adjournment

The Frontier Digital Network board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).


4. Oregon Farm Bureau Scholarship Applications

The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education is pleased to announce that applications are available for two scholarship programs for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

> Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Memorial Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher learning; current full-time college students with a high school diploma; and Oregon home school graduates with some college coursework completed.

Applicants must be majoring in a field of study related to agriculture or forestry — or be the child or grandchild of a current Voting member of Farm Bureau in Oregon.

“The goal of the OFB Memorial Scholarship program is to support students that will have a positive impact on production agriculture and other agriculture-related fields,” said Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education Scholarship Coordinator Andréa Kuenzi.

Ten to 12 OFB Memorial Scholarships will be awarded.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. The application is available at www.oregonfb.org/scholarships.

> The Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial, of $1,000 is available to one new or continuing full-time student at an institution of higher learning.

Students can be pursuing any major, but must come from a family that has an Associate (non-farm) membership with Farm Bureau in Oregon and has insurance from COUNTRY Financial.

“The goal of the Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial, is to help future community and business leaders obtain a baccalaureate education with the aim of strengthening understanding, cooperation, and mutual respect among rural, urban, and suburban Oregonians”, said Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education Scholarship Coordinator Andréa Kuenzi.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. The application is available at www.oregonfb.org/scholarships.

Contact Andréa Kuenzi, Scholarship Coordinator, at andrea@oregonfb.org

About the Foundation: The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization formed to support, provide, and encourage education, training, and study in the field of agriculture. This foundation offers educational opportunities and research in subjects that relate to or benefit Oregon agriculture and farmers, such as the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program, the Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Program, and the Summer Ag Institute.

About Oregon Farm Bureau: Oregon Farm Bureau is Oregon’s largest agricultural advocacy organization. Founded as a statewide, grassroots membership organization in 1932 and with county roots dating to 1919, Oregon Farm Bureau today represents almost 9,000 Oregon farm and ranch families.


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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeWho is Kellyanne Conway? The Polling Company, Inc./Woman Trend http://www.pollingcompany.com/about

President Bill Clinton talking about immigration in the 1995 State of the Union  https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4351026/clinton-1995-immigration-sotu

OSU Board Votes to Divest (Fossil Fuel Investments) http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/osu-board-votes-to-divest/article_7c828ec8-f5fe-5fa5-a68c-bdfbfe9e10e2.html#comments

The Voynich Manuscript, a myserious 15th-16th century manuscripthttp://beinecke.library.yale.edu/collections/highlights/voynich-manuscript

Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism, the First Computer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decoding-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-180953979/

Washington Wheat Breeders Create New Crop  http://www.westernfarmerstockman.com/crops/washington-wheat-breeders-create-new-crop?NL=FP-016&Issue=FP-016_20170123_FP-016_29&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_5_3&utm_rid=CPG02000000840403&utm_campaign=13918&utm_medium=email&elq2=6f6cf160f8224bf8a29a6c712457e58d

Commentary. Charles Krauthammer: Landmines left http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jan/23/landmines-left-20170123/

Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development https://www.oregon.gov/LCD/Pages/goals.aspx   >> Goal 1 Citizen Involvement https://www.oregon.gov/LCD/docs/goals/goal01.pdf

State shouldn’t lower the bar so quickly for schools: Editorial Agenda 2017 http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/01/state_shouldnt_lower_the_bar_s.html#incart_2box_opinion


 

CONTENT

  1. Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District, Watershed Council Meeting, Feb. 14

  2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 25

  3. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, Jan 25

  4. Merkley, Wyden Applaud Expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

  5. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s Statement on the Owyhee Canyonlands

  6. Accountability: It’s Time to Be the Pebbles

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


1. Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District, Watershed Council Meeting, Feb. 14

Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council are hosting their Annual Meeting & Outreach Workshop together! Come join us for an evening of good company, food, and entertainment for Valentine’s Day!

What: SWCD & Watershed Council Joint Annual Meeting & Soil Health Workshop

Where: Grass Valley Pavilion (Highway 97, Grass Valley OR 97029)

When: February 14th, 2017, 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:00 p.m. dinner

Food & Drink: Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon Catering & Moody Tollbridge Winery (cash only)

Speaker: Jill Clapperton—soil health

Cost: Prime Rib Dinner—$18.00 a plate, kids 3 and under eat free

Please RSVP no later than February 8th

so we can plan accordingly — 541-565-3216 x 3.

See you all there!

* A little about our speaker: Jill Clapperton is the Principal Scientist, Co-founder and owner of Rhizoterra Inc. and a well-known international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health. Founded in April 2011 by Jill Clapperton and Fred Fleming, Rhizoterra Inc. believes that soil health is the foundation of agriculture. They work to demonstrate and promote the link between healthy soils and the production of nutrient dense food. Their strategies include whole system planning for crop, livestock, and/or integrated crop and livestock systems.

** The district complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate. Anyone needing special accommodations for this event is to contact the District 72 hours in advance at 541-565-3216 x 3.

~ SWCD & Watershed Council Staff


2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 25

FRONTIER TELENET

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Burch Building Conference Room

401 Fourth Street Fossil, Oregon

– Alternate –

Wheeler County Court House Courtroom

701 Adams Street Fossil, Oregon

January 25, 2017

2:00 PM

The agenda includes public input/comment, additions to the agenda, review of previous minutes, review & approval of financial report, inter-entity fund transfer, other-general, public input/comment & next meeting. The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).


3. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, Jan 25

FRONTIER DIGITAL NETWORK

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Burch Building

401 Fourth Street, Fossil, Oregon

– Alternate –

Wheeler County Court House Courtroom

701 Adams Street Fossil, Oregon

January 25, 2017

3:00 PM (Time Approximate)

The agenda includes public input/comment, additions to the agenda, review of previous minutes, review & approval of financial report, Discussion/Possible Action Item SIEC Grant, other-general, public input/comment & next meeting. The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).


4. Merkley, Wyden Applaud Expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Thursday, January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today welcomed the news that President Barack Obama is expanding the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon, helping to protect the environmental quality and recreation opportunities that are essential to the region’s way of life and economy.

The monument expansion comes at a critical time for the Cascade-Siskiyou region, as climate change and intensifying development create new threats to this unique and biodiverse area. Scientists and local leaders, including the City Councils of Ashland and Talent, had pressed for the expansion to help protect the plant and animal species that exist nowhere else on the planet and to safeguard the region’s tourism and recreation economy.

“Today is a great day for Southern Oregon,” said Merkley. “The Cascade-Siskiyou area, where three mountain ranges converge creating a unique and spectacular landscape seen nowhere else in the world, merits the recognition and expanded protection that President Obama gave it today. I deeply appreciate the time and energy of the many Oregonians who came to public meetings and submitted comments on this proposal. Their thoughtful input helped to inform the President’s final decision on both the expansion and its boundaries, and I will continue to press to ensure that their voices are heard as a management plan for the new monument area is formed.”

“Oregonians know that the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument possesses an unrivaled beauty, with natural wonders in every corner and a spectacular landscape that hosts not just diverse ecosystems but recreation opportunities known around the world,” Wyden said. “That’s why I have worked for years to protect this Oregon treasure and its irreplaceable qualities. From pushing the Interior Department nearly two decades ago to first designate this monument to including protections for these lands in various pieces of legislation, I am proud to see this unmatched landscape will remain rugged for decades to come.”

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is located at the convergence of the Cascade, Siskiyou and Klamath mountain ranges. This meeting point between different regions has fostered one of the most biodiverse regions in the country, with unique plant and animal species that can be found nowhere else.

In August, Merkley and Senator Ron Wyden wrote to the Obama Administration to urge them to consider expanded protections for the area. In October, Merkley hosted a public meeting in Southern Oregon with the Deputy Secretary of the Interior for the Administration to gather local input. Hundreds of Oregonians, including local elected leaders and representatives of local tribes, attended the meeting and more than one hundred individuals testified. Jackson and Klamath Counties held additional meetings to gather public input and provided that input to the President.

The senators also included a smaller expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in the Oregon and California Land Grant Act.


5. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s Statement on the Owyhee Canyonlands

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) issued the following statement on the successful effort to block a national monument designation in the Owyhee Canyonlands:

“The conclusion of the Obama Administration, without a national monument designation in the Owyhee Canyonlands, marks a long-awaited victory for the people of Eastern Oregon. The vast majority of ranchers, farmers, and local residents in the area made their voices heard in opposition to this proposal pushed by big-city corporate and special interests.   Without their consistent pushback, it is quite likely that the outgoing administration would have – yet again – locked up more of our lands without meaningful public input. Their hard work allowed me to make the case to the President that a monument would bring yet another layer of federal regulation to the Eastern Oregon landscape and the people who live there.

“I look forward to working with President Trump and his administration to rebuild public trust in the management of our federal lands. That work begins today.”


6. Accountability: It’s Time to Be the Pebbles

Some days it’s good for us to remember that one person cannot solve the challenges of the world. Solving challenges is the work for each one of us.

If you want to, you can find problems in every part of the globe. Set your mind to find them, and it won’t take you long to fill a very large piece of paper, perhaps an entire notebook. You see, if you look for trouble, you will find it. However, the reverse is also true. If we look for areas of opportunity and solutions, we will find them as well.

Some folks look for opportunities to change the way things “are” by asking the question, “What would it look like if it was fixed?” Then they ask themselves, “What can I do to help?”

Each of us needs to look for solutions to the challenges around us, no matter how small. If we walk past the small things, we will never be in a position to make a bigger difference.  We also deny the opportunity for the “ripple effect” to go to work. You know the ripple effect: drop a pebble in a pond and watch the ripples moving out from where you dropped the pebble. Eventually these ripples touch every part of the pond. Each of us has the potential to be that pebble, hopefully for the good of all.

So today, let’s start taking accountability for our little corners of the world. Be the pebble for positive change in what you see. With enough pebbles, we’ll see a wave of positive change sweep around the globe. ~ The Pacific Institute


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

bird.owl.limbA Brief History of Numerical Systems http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-brief-history-of-numerical-systems-alessandra-king?utm_source=TED-Ed+Subscribers&utm_campaign=5bd5f7e3d4-2013_09_219_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1aaccced48-5bd5f7e3d4-48668497

Follow the Money – Political Campaigns  http://www.followthemoney.org/

Follow the Money – Oregon Political Campaigns http://www.followthemoney.org/election-overview?s=OR&y=2016 

Map. Nuclear Vs Non-Nuclear Powered Countries: 2016 Facts http://britishbusinessenergy.co.uk/nuclear-vs-non-nuclear/

Poland’s Territorial Changes 1635-Present – Life, Death & Rebirth http://brilliantmaps.com/poland-territory/

Oregon recreational marijuana tax brings in $60 million  http://www.ktvz.com/news/oregon-recreational-marijuana-revenue-tops-60-million/282413753

Miniature moth with fancy pompadour to be named after Donald Trump http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0118/Miniature-moth-with-fancy-pompadour-to-be-named-after-Donald-Trump

Obama commutes sentences of Portland-area convicts, some with serious charges http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/341223-221462-obama-commutes-sentences-of-portland-area-convicts-some-with-serious-charges


 

Sherman County eNews #20

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County MS and HS Basketball Schedules, Updated

  2. Eagle Art Contest Deadline, Feb. 17; Eagle Watch, Feb. 25-26


1. Sherman County MS and HS Basketball Schedules, Updated

Logo.Sherman High School
High School Basketball

Jan. 20, 2017 – Sherman vs Arlington in Moro, No Girls JV, Boys JV at 5:00 (2 quarters only), Girls Varsity at 6:00, Boys Varsity at 7:30

Jan. 21, 2017 – Sherman vs Condon/Wheeler in Condon, No Girls JV, Boys JV at 2:30, Girls Varsity at 4:00, Boys Varsity at 5:30, bus departs at 12:30

Jan. 28, 2017 – Sherman vs Horizon Christian in Hood River, No Girls JV, Boys JV at 3:00 (2 quarters only), Girls Varsity at 4:00, Boys Varsity at 5:30, bus departs at 1:00

 

sport.BXboy2Middle School Basketball

Jan. 28, 2017 – Sherman vs Horizon Christian in Hood River, No Girls Games, 5/6 Boys at 12:30, 7/8 Boys at 1:30, bus departs at 10:45

Jan. 31, 2017 – Sherman vs Condon at Condon, 5/6 Girls at 3:00, 5/6 Boys at 3:00, 7/8 Girls at 4:00, 7/8 Boys at 4:00, bus departs at 1:15 


2. Eagle Art Contest Deadline, Feb. 17; Eagle Watch, Feb. 25-26

bird.eagleCulver, OR — The 22nd annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 25-26 at Round Butte Overlook Park. The celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live in the Lake Billy Chinook area. Hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Portland General Electric (PGE), Crooked River Grassland, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS), the event features activities to explore the natural and cultural significance of the birds.

The two-day celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Festivities will be in “Eagle Village” at Round Butte Overlook Park’s visitor center, 10 miles west of Madras.

“This is a fun, free weekend event perfect for the entire family,” said Event Coordinator and OPRD Park Ranger Erin Bennett. “Visitors will have the opportunity to glimpse our resident bald eagles and golden eagles, as well as learn about the significance of the eagle to tribal culture and traditions.”

Central Oregon students in 4th-12th grade can enter an Eagle Art Contest through 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Winners will be announced at lunch on Feb. 25 and their artwork will be on display during the celebration. Artwork can be dropped off at the Cove Palisades State Park or at your school’s office. Contest rules are posted at covepalisades.wordpress.com.

Event attendees can meet Aquila, a rehabilitated golden eagle, as well as a great horned owl that lives at the Sunriver Nature Center. Saturday at noon, children can meet JR Beaver, Smokey Bear and Larry the Lightbulb. Children are also invited to participate in our eagle race (on Saturday) or make a bird feeder (on Sunday). Madras Garden Center will demonstrate how to create a backyard refuge to enjoy birdwatching year-round at your own home.

Wild eagle viewing will take place each day at Round Butte Overlook Park and two overlooks on Mountain View Road. Wildlife biologists have recorded eleven bald eagle pairs and nine golden eagle pairs living in the area year round, and migrant bald eagles join the resident birds from January through March. For those who want more, on Sunday at 4:30 pm attendees can go to Smith Rock State Park for an hour-long guided tour with Oregon Eagle Foundation volunteer David Vick.

The Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will provide a special presentation of tribal drumming and dancing sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking at PGE’s Round Butte Overlook Park is free. Attendees can purchase souvenirs and participate in a daily silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Oregon Eagle Foundation. Indian Fry bread proceeds will support sending local kids to the rodeo, and donations for lunch support Culver Middle School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. Only cash and checks will be accepted; no ATM is on site.

For information, call Oregon State Parks Information at 800-551-6949 or The Cove Palisades State Park at 541-546-3412 or visit oregonstateparks.org. Information will also be posted on the Cove Palisades blog, The Cove Rattler, at covepalisades.wordpress.com and on Facebook.


 

Sherman County eNews #19

CONTENT

  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar


1. Spiritual Matters

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Springtime Can Be Anytime

It feels as though the White Witch from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia is reigning over Sherman County these days. If you are familiar with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, you know the White Witch was the evil tyrant who ruled over a frozen Narnia. It isn’t until Aslan the Lion returns that the land thaws and brings forth new growth. Lewis’ characters are a metaphor for the Christian life.

We are all born with an inherited sin nature and we live in spiritual darkness, a sort of winter of the soul. Sin leads us to depression, anxiety and fear. However, Jesus came to rescue, redeem and renew us through sacrificing himself. It is through His sacrifice we can experience a Spring time of the soul, rebirth and renewal. The winter weather always reminds me that there is no heart too cold, dark and frozen for the Holy Spirit to thaw. When God comes into your life there is the regeneration and newness of life that Spring brings.

If you feel the Holy Spirit’s presence working in your heart, I pray you will turn toward Him and seek spiritual guidance.

Pastor Chris

Kent Baptist Church

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World Peace is Not Only Possible, It is Inevitable

This article in Annie Reneau’s blog “Motherhood and More” (Motherhoodandmore.com) lifted our spirits.  We hope it will yours too.

Annie says:

“…I’ve been thinking about… what we’re seeing in the world right now. I believe that much of what we are witnessing may be a stage in the dying process of an outdated worldview. Let me explain:

…In the past century or so…we’ve hurtled forward with advancements in transportation and communication….we have begun the messy, inevitable process of forming a truly international community…

Unfortunately, our spiritual and moral development has not kept pace with our technology…

Not everyone can see that yet, of course…Some see their way of life threatened… Some simply can’t see anything past fear….

Prejudices fed by racism, sexism, nationalism, partisanship, religious intolerance, etc., have been shakily but surely declining in recent decades. Now it suddenly feels like we’ve gone backwards…

I think this is the death rally of a dying order.

…it’s probably going to be brutal and ugly for a while. We will have to hold onto one another and protect those who receive the brunt of it. We’ll need to speak up for the rights of all, and not let injustice go unchecked.

But most importantly, we have to maintain hope. We have to build up the world we want to live in as the old one dies…

We have to keep working toward the world we want to see while we wait for this death rally to end. The historical life of intolerance and insular interests is long, and it will take a while for it to die, but die it will.

And when it does, we will not grieve. We will celebrate.”  — Annie Reneau

Baha’i Faith
Erling & Pat Jacobsen
Rufus, OR


2. Classifieds (new or corrected)

FRIDAY CLASSIFIEDS:

Sherman County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 10/18), and contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Share your Joyful News and Thank You, Commendation and Congratulatory notes here. ~ The Editor

THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

THANK YOU! Thank you Sherman County Community members and School District staff and students for turning Sherman County Public/School Library’s Mitten Tree into a beautiful giving tree. Our school and community donated 80 hats, 64 pairs of gloves and mittens, 7 scarves, 2 pairs of socks, 8 ear warmers, 1 pair of boots, and 11 blankets to the Sherman County Food Bank. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated! ~ Marylou Martin, Sherman County Public/School Library

“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 

THANK YOU…

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick

CONGRATULATIONS… …

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

THANK YOU… …

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

BASKETBALL GAME CONCESSIONS. *Urgent Need!! There are two concession slots open: High School game on Jan. 27 and Middle School game on Feb. 6 Please contact Ree Ella at rvonborstel@sherman.k12.or.us or call 541-565-3500, Sherman County School. 2/3

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES! Sherman County Girl Scout Troop 50137 would like to let everyone know that Girl Scout Cookies Season is almost upon us. Pre-sales begin Monday, January 9th and ends on the 20th. Be on the lookout for one of our 13 Daisies, Brownies or Junior Girl Scouts. If we miss you, we will be having a couple of cookie booths in the county in February. Thank you in advance for helping our troop. 1/20 

EMPLOYMENT:

PREVENTION COORDINATOR. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Prevention Coordinator. This is a part time position, 20 hr/week or .50FTE, Monday-Friday; there is an option for flexible scheduling within the fte. Partial benefits available. Applicant must value collaboration and be skilled in data collection, program implementation, grant management and be willing to engage in the Prevention Specialist certification process (within a 2-4 year timeline). This position works closely with youth, the community, and other agencies to identify and implement strategies to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in Sherman County. This is an exciting opportunity to effect local change.  For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or online at http://www.co.sherman.or.us. Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, February 3. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 2/3

KITCHEN ASSISTANT, SENIOR CENTER. Kitchen Assistant at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Permanent, part-time position, 10hr/week, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Primary responsibilities include assisting Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator in preparing and serving group meals and preparing home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels Program. For application and complete job description, contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at 541-565-3191or at PO Box 352, Moro, OR 97039.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017.  Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 1/27

TEMPORARY TEACHER. Sherman County School District is seeking a Certified Temporary Teacher:

Position: Temporary 2nd Grade Teacher

Start Date: February 6, 2017

End Date: May 5, 2017

Position Description: Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and motivated Certified 2nd Grade Temporary Teacher. The district is looking for an individual with a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. The candidate should also have a working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, the individual must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively. This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and drug test is required. If you are interested in this position, please email Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us0/0

JOBS. The Times-Journal Classifieds

FOR SALE:

GORGE OUTFITTERS SUPPLY :: Just Listed :: $75,000; 102 East 1st Street, Rufus Oregon. MLS # 16657334. 1800 Sq Ft Commercial Building / Premium location / Continual Growth. The area’s only full season recreation retail sporting goods store. Great income, awesome location, well known in the entire area as a destination location for recreation supplies for the world class fishing that abounds. Strategically located on the mighty Columbia, on I-84 at exit 109, and in between the mouths of the Deschutes and John Day rivers. Sales have increased every year since established in 2011. New POS for tracking inventory and sales. Services include: Kayak rentals, ODFW licensing agent and FFL dealer. ATM machine generates $150-$300 month on average. An additional portion of the building could be opened for additional retail square footage potentially for Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing supplies. This is a first class establishment. Signage has been created by the PNW best sign company and constructed of high quality material. This is a turn key operation with plenty of great vendor support. Purchase price includes the following: (business only)
* All retail inventory (valued at our cost of 50K)
– actual purchase price will reflect current inventory value at time of closing adjusted up or down
* All retail furnishings, gondolas, freezers, refrigerators, coolers, shelving, safes, ATM
* Included in the sale is the name Gorge Outfitters Supply, all the marketing media, signage, intellect,
Facebook platform and current relationships with vendors and customers.
Priced aggressively for cash sale. Building can be rented at $850 month or purchased with terms for $115,000. Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140
Licensed Oregon Principal Broker for Cheri Belander Real Estate  3/3

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp. 0/0

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, support & training]

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. To add or update your business listing, please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us. See businesses organized by town at http://www.co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp. 0/0 

NEWSPAPERS

FREE: 

VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENTS:

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. To add or update your business listing, please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us. See businesses organized by town at http://www.co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp. 0/0

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: 

WANTED:

LOST OR FOUND:

FOR RENT:


3. Calendar (new or corrected)

snowman-sunJANUARY

23 Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

23-26 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, D.C.

23 Sherman County Photography Club Meeting 7 Sherman County Public/School Library

24 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments 1-3 The Dalles

25 Tri-County Courts 10-3 Fossil, Wheeler County

25 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 2 Fossil

25 Frontier Digital Network Board Meeting, Fossil

28 The Dalles Dam Eagle Watch  The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

28 20th Annual Robert Burns Supper 2-5 Condon Elks Lodge

30 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12, Workshop 12:30 Rufus

31 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting 1 Condon
FEBRUARY

1 Sherman County Court 9

2 GROUNDHOG DAY

4 Regional History Forum, Vogt Opera House 1:30 Original Courthouse, The Dalles

7 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

8 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30

10 Gorge Broadband Consortium 10

11 Regional History Forum, Donner Party Survivor 1:30 Original Courthouse, The Dalles

12 LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY

14 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation Board 8:30 Moro

14 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

14 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

14 VALENTINE’S DAY

16 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Regional Economic Development 9                         Hood River County

18 Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show 11-4 Civic Auditorium, The Dalles

18 Regional History Forum, Art Deco Architecture 1:30 Original Courthouse, The Dalles

20 PRESIDENTS’ DAY

22 WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY

23-March 1 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, DC

25 Happy Birthday, Sherman County! February 25, 1889

25 Regional History Forum, Thos. Condon & Paleontology 1:30 Original Courthouse

28 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles


 

Sherman County eNews #18

CONTENT

  1. Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District, Watershed Council Meeting, Feb. 14

  2. Mike Huckabee speaking at 2017 Freedom Rally in Portland February 25

  3. Oregon State Troopers Patrolling Mule Deer Winter Ranges, Central Oregon

  4. The Art of the Brick, an Exhibition of Works of Art Made from the LEGO Brick

  5. Setting the Path to Your Future

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


1.Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District, Watershed Council Meeting, Feb. 14

raindropSherman County SWCD & Watershed Council are hosting their Annual Meeting & Outreach Workshop together! Come join us for an evening of good company, food, and entertainment for Valentine’s Day!

What: SWCD & Watershed Council Joint Annual Meeting & Soil Health Workshop

Where: Grass Valley Pavilion (Highway 97, Grass Valley OR 97029)

When: February 14th, 2017, 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:00 p.m. dinner

Food & Drink: Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon Catering & Moody Tollbridge Winery (cash only)

Speaker: Jill Clapperton—soil health

Cost: Prime Rib Dinner—$18.00 a plate, kids 3 and under eat free

Please RSVP no later than February 8th

so we can plan accordingly — 541-565-3216 x 3.

See you all there!

* A little about our speaker: Jill Clapperton is the Principal Scientist, Co-founder and owner of Rhizoterra Inc. and a well-known international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health. Founded in April 2011 by Jill Clapperton and Fred Fleming, Rhizoterra Inc. believes that soil health is the foundation of agriculture. They work to demonstrate and promote the link between healthy soils and the production of nutrient dense food. Their strategies include whole system planning for crop, livestock, and/or integrated crop and livestock systems.

** The district complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate. Anyone needing special accommodations for this event is to contact the District 72 hours in advance at 541-565-3216 x 3.

~ SWCD & Watershed Council Staff


2. Mike Huckabee speaking at 2017 Freedom Rally in Portland February 25

Honored Speakers: Mike Huckabee, Virginia Congressman Scott Taylor, conservative political activist Star Parker, and Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.

Saturday, February 25, 12 p.m. Oregon Convention Center.

$35/person, no charge for youth under 16.

http://oregonlibertyalliance.com/oregon-liberty-alliance-events/ 


3. Oregon State Troopers Patrolling Mule Deer Winter Ranges, Central Oregon

arrow.blueswishOSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers will be conducting saturation patrols on Oregon’s “winter ranges” to protect deer and elk from illegal activity and poachers. These areas are vital to deer and elk in order to avoid heavy snowfall, have access to food sources and rear their offspring.

Not only will there be patrols on the ground, OSP F&W aircraft will be flying daytime and nighttime missions over these areas. Troopers will be searching for those violating road closures and “spotlighters”.

Saturation patrols will occur in the White River Wildlife Area, Silver Lake Unit, Fort Rock Unit, Paulina Unit and Metolius Unit. These units are home to thousands of wintering deer and elk.


 4. The Art of the Brick, an Exhibition of Works of Art Made from the LEGO Brick

PORTLAND, Ore. (January 17, 2017) — THE ART OF THE BRICK, a captivating exhibition of intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO(R) brick, opens at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on February 18. The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks is created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.

THE ART OF THE BRICK is the world’s largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art, featuring more than 100 works of art. This exhibition has toured the globe, breaking records and becoming both an art and pop culture phenomenon along the way.

The collection features Sawaya’s notable original pieces, as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The exhibition concludes with a spectacular and innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused hyper-realistic photography produced in collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close view of the iconic, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will come face-to-face with a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks. Inspired by his origins, Sawaya will also create and display a brand-new Portland-themed piece especially for the exhibition at OMSI.

Sawaya’s creations comprise the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium. Raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya transforms the popular plastic construction toy into amazing showcases of creativity, innovation, and fine art.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing this collection of art to Oregon for the first time. It’s where this incredible journey with LEGO began. I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar,” says Sawaya. “Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before.”

In THE ART OF THE BRICK, visitors will have the opportunity to try their own hand at LEGO brick ingenuity. OMSI has created a 1,500 square-foot “free-build” LEGO and DUPLO(R) play area for all ages. The play area will feature a variety of engineering, design, math, architecture, physics, and biology challenges, as well as helpful tips for young builders just getting started.

“This exhibition is one that opens the door to a variety of complex topics through a simple toy most of us played with as children,” said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president and CEO. “It shows that art and science are very much linked together, and this exhibit is a fun and whimsical way to make both accessible to audiences of all ages.”

THE ART OF THE BRICK runs from February 18, 2017-May 29, 2017. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $19.75 for adults, $13.50 for youth (ages 3-13), and $15.00 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth, and $5.00 for seniors.

First Tech Credit Union is the major sponsor of THE ART OF THE BRICK at OMSI. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu. For more information on Nathan Sawaya and the history of THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.


5. Setting the Path to Your Future

Since the beginning of the year, we have encouraged you to examine the way you look at the world, and make some decisions about how you want to be. So, let’s continue the discussion with a little goal-setting to see us through uncertain times.

If you have decided that your locus of control comes from within you (and we hope you have), then you know you have the power to change your life. You do not need to be battered by the “storm” of bad news coming your way.

If you have decided that you want to believe the future is one of great possibilities, then you know you have given yourself the freedom to choose a path for yourself.

If you have decided that you would really prefer to be an optimist, then you are ready to take each situation as it comes, confident in the knowledge that life will improve, that setbacks are only temporary, and you want a happy, fulfilled life.

If you have chosen to take personal accountability, then you are ready to look the world in the eye and say, “These are my decisions and I stand by them. I am ready to take the consequences for my actions and decisions.”

So, what comes next? Figure out where you are, so that you understand Current Reality. Decide where you want to be, with a powerful Vision that includes Technicolor and 3-D visuals and earthshaking SurroundSound. Give yourself an irresistible picture that draws you! Then start setting goals to get you to your Vision. Break down the path to your Vision into smaller goals, ones that you can see without causing you to back off from your ultimate Goal. Focus on what you want, and shut out the distractions that cause you to lose your focus. If your purpose is just, achievement is within your grasp.

And one more piece: Keep your self-talk – that constant stream of conversation you have with yourself – positive and reinforcing. Your self-talk will keep the pictures you have of your future front and center in your mind. The great part about all of this is that it works not only for individuals, but for teams, departments, organizations, countries, and the entire world. ~ The Pacific Institute


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

bird.talkThe Woman Building Iran’s Civic Tech Sector (From Across The World)  http://www.forbes.com/sites/leahhunter/2017/01/03/the-woman-building-irans-civic-tech-sector-from-across-the-world/#4adbab071336

What are apps and how do they work with your smartphone?http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/what-are-apps-and-how-do-they-work-with-your-smartphone-1141429

Forever Stamps Will Cost More  https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/d7c7fa25-8a2c-319e-933c-c3ebaf3f7608/ss_forever-stamps-will-cost-more.html

National Oregon-California Trail Center http://www.oregontrailcenter.org/index.html 

What is causing Namibia’s mysterious fairy circles?  http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0118/What-is-causing-Namibia-s-mysterious-fairy-circles

Why we need condors in Hells Canyon  http://www.hcn.org/articles/why-we-need-condors-in-hells-canyon?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5880a4a104d301670f11aac8&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook


 

Sherman County eNews #17

CONTENT

  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. https://msg.schoolmessenger.com/m/?s=6IHKkFMTdJo


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

books.love
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 http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/index.aspx.

Send comments about the proposed bikeway to Alex Phillips at alex.phillips@oregon.gov
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): https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/JTFNCR58

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): http://www.dcng-inauguration.com/
Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR): http://inauguralsupport.mdw.army.mil
Congressional Inaugural Committee: www.inaugural.senate.gov


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

BookBub eBook Deals  http://landers.bookbub.com/covers/?source=fbadsim_unpaid-varied_comp1_bt& 

7 Firms Selected for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Pilot Program – Online Purchasing  http://www.westernfarmerstockman.com/usda/7-firms-selected-snap-pilot?NL=FP-016&Issue=FP-016_20170118_FP-016_189&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_5_4&utm_rid=CPG02000000840403&utm_campaign=13792&utm_medium=email&elq2=7e30b2cce5bc47f3a8cf40824c375d2c