Sherman County eNews #31


  1. Sherman County 4-H Enrollment

  2. Youth Robotics (K- 4th Gr) Info Session, Feb. 15

  3. Program: Virtual Tour of the Cascade Volcanoes, Feb. 17

  4. Oregon State Police Announce SafeOregon, a New School Safety Tip Line

  5. Employment. Driver, Warehouse Specialist 

  6. Strength and Resiliency

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

1. Sherman County 4-H Enrollment

4-H clover1Kids in Sherman County….time to join 4-H and get enrolled now.  4-H is a national, state and local program coordinated by state land grant universities, as an educational and outreach program to develop good citizens in our country.

4-H is a youth development program where kids get to do things usually only adults do…”learning by doing”….select, care for and raise livestock, take photographs for exhibition, learn how to cook a variety of foods, participate in clinics and workshops to learn more about livestock or healthy living, sew their own clothing or craft items for home, make money and keep track of records, cook outdoors and learn how to can fruit or make jerky, be part of an organization and participate in meetings, and more.

Most clubs will hold at least 6 meetings during the 4-H year, as well as exhibiting and participating in the Sherman County Fair.

4-H also means spring break and summer camps, fun outdoor adventures, youth leadership opportunities, 4-H Summer Conference at the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, and travel opportunities nationally and internationally.  Learn more about 4-H:

4-H is for youth ages 9 to 19 (as of September 1, 2016).  The divisions are:  Juniors ages 9-11 (yes, this includes older 3rd graders); Intermediates ages 12-14; and Seniors 15-19 (and still in high school).

CloverBud 4-H is for kids ages 5-8 as of September 1, 2016, and is simply for fun gatherings and learning activities.  If your child is of that age and you’d like to lead a CloverBud group or gathering, let the Sherman Extension Office know.

Current Sherman County 4-H clubs and leaders are:

Goat…………………………………………………..Miranda & Ryan Owens

Beef…………………………………………….……..Sandi & Doug Martin

Sheep…………………………………………….…..Stephen Fritts

Swine……………………………………………Samantha Roberts-Smith & Brennah Sarkkinen

Horse………………………………………………….Jill Jones

Poultry………………………………………………..DeeAnn Ramos & Jen McLeod

Rabbit/Guinea Pig……………………………….Melissa Montesanti

Junk Drawer Robotics………………………….DeeAnn Ramos

LEGO Robotics……………………………………..Andrew Pflaum & Deanna Christiansen

Shooting………………………………………………Dowan Jones

Sewing………………………………………………….(New leaders needed..ours “retired”!)

Photography………………………………………..Jeremy Lanthorn

Cooking/Baking……………………………………Marylou Martin & Jeanne Kuettel

Outdoor Cooking/Food Preservation………Cindy Brown

Adults, if you have a wonderful hobby or interest that you would like to share with youth, consider holding a workshop at the Extension Office….or volunteer to be a club leader.  A minimum of 6 4-H club meetings are required each year, and the folks at the Extension Office help you with all the paperwork and scheduling tasks.

We especially would like adults with an interest in crafts, sewing, knitting/crocheting, gardening, carpentry, welding, fishing, shooting, outdoor activities, or science/technology to give our Sherman kids more opportunities.

Cindy Brown

4-H and Healthy Living

OSU Sherman County Extension

66365 Lonerock Rd

Moro OR 97039

541-565-3230 office

541-993-5291 cell

 2. Youth Robotics (K- 4th Gr) Info Session, Feb. 15

Parents and teachers of young students interested in robotics are invited to an information session for FIRST LEGO League Jr. on February 15. Students in grades K – 4 participate in this hands-on program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and creativity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. F IRST LEGO League Jr. team members usually spend approximately one month exploring, investigating, designing and building a model made with LEGO bricks and elements. In conjunction, teams create a “Show Me” poster that depicts the teams’ experience during this process, through drawings and words.

Gorge teams are being formed now in preparation for a final expo event in May (exact date and location TBA). Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) has funding available to support Gorge teams registered through public schools in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Skamania and Klickitat Counties. This program feeds into the FIRST LEGO League (grades 4-8) and FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12) robotics programs in Gorge schools.

Join ORTOP to learn more about this program on Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 p.m. at the Hood River OSU Extension Service, 2990 Experiment Station Drive, Hood River. Contact Loridee Wetzel, ORTOP with questions at 503.486.7622.

To learn more about robotics in the Gorge, visit, a service of the Gorge Technology Alliance. The GTA’s equipment for loan and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others. The GTA is a non-profit industry association that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at

3. Program: Virtual Tour of the Cascade Volcanoes, Feb. 17

Take a virtual tour of the Cascade Volcanoes with Dr. Tom Pierson, USGS. Friday, February 17 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $19, 7 p.m. program only is $5. Make reservations by Feb. 15. Call 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit   Dr. Pierson is the senior research scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cascade Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash.

4. Oregon State Police Announce SafeOregon, a New School Safety Tip Line

The Oregon State Police is pleased to announce the availability of SafeOregon a new school safety tip line program available to all public K-12 schools in Oregon at no cost to use. SafeOregon requires schools to complete a sign-up process in order for students to use.

SafeOregon is a way for students, staff or other members of the public to anonymously report and share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year reached through a phone call, text message, mobile application or website. The main goal of SafeOregon is to intervene at the earliest possible point in the life of a young person who is struggling, helping them when they need it, before the situation turns into a tragedy.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe. Here are a few examples: safety threats, violence, threats of violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, bullying or friends that talk about hurting themselves, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, or self-harm.

“Schools should be safe places for children to learn, educators to teach, and for communities to gather,” Governor Kate Brown said. “We can all do our part through the SafeOregon tip line to share information about potential threats to student safety. This important statewide resource is a direct result of the recommendations of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety, and I am grateful to everyone who contributed to improving the safety and security of our Oregon schools.”

“To all Oregon students, I want to encourage you to make courageous decisions to break the code of silence and speak out against harmful behaviors before they turn to tragedy”, stated Superintendent Travis Hampton. “We can make a difference in our schools and communities and we are committed to creating a safe and respectful culture to support you.”

Tips can be submitted 24/7/365 through the web portal, by e-mail to, through the SafeOregon mobile application (available for android or iOS device), or by calling or texting 844-472-3364. Tips are promptly analyzed and routed for the most appropriate follow up and urgency. This may be to school officials, law enforcement, community mental health programs or other appropriate local or state agencies. Tip Line staff make sure follow-up is noted and recorded.

SafeOregon — the school safety tip line — became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety charged with improving safety and security at schools across the state. The task force was established by House Bill 4087, bringing together representatives from police, fire, school administration, teachers, school boards and service districts, along with the Governor’s education and public safety policy advisors, and legislators. The task force is chaired by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Dr. David Novotney Willamette Education Service District.

For more information please visit The resource page has more information for students, parents and for schools to sign-up. Students and parents are encouraged to talk to their school administration about making SafeOregon available in their school.

It is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

5. Employment. Driver, Warehouse Specialist 

Job Title:                              Driver/Warehouse Specialist

Job Location:                       The Dalles, OR

Reports To:                          Branch Services Manager

Pay Details:                          Starting at $14.52 per hour.

FLSA Status:                         Non-exempt

Application Instructions:    Apply online at

Please upload your resume and cover letter.

Who We Are: Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. We provide food, education and hope to our neighbors experiencing hunger, and we build community action to change the systems that allow hunger to grow.

  • We are collaborative. At the center of a network of over 960 partners, OFB’s work is done in collaboration with organizations throughout Oregon and in Clark County, WA.
  • We focus on freshness. OFB’s Produce Initiative and Fresh Alliance Program bring fresh food to people facing hunger.
  • We champion self-reliance. OFB’s education courses teach skills that make families more resilient and impact life-long changes to eating habits.
  • We advocate for change. OFB advocates for public policies and programs and supports community food systems that address the root causes of hunger.
  • We are committed to equity and inclusion. We believe that only a diverse, vibrant staff that is fully included will be able to achieve our mission.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization. 

Who we are looking for: We believe that communities thrive when people are nourished and that everyone deserves healthy, fresh food. Oregon Food Bank is seeking a Driver/Warehouse Specialist to support food distribution in Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman Counties. You will be driving a 24-foot truck and coordinating pick-up and drop off of perishable and non-perishable food product throughout the area. You will be interacting with Partner Agencies, Donors, Volunteers, and program recipients on a regular basis. This role is based in The Dalles, and works closely with local agency representatives. The work schedule will vary and may include work on evenings or weekends due to business needs related to timely and accurate distribution and receipt of product.

Who you are: You care deeply about people experiencing hunger. You believe that no one should be hungry; that communities thrive when people are nourished; that hunger starves the human spirit and that together, we can solve hunger. You have excellent customer service and communication skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and to work independently. You have an eye for detail. You think creatively and can respond to a changing environment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Meet the Oregon Food Bank truck in The Dalles for weekly food delivery. Ensure food is being handled in accordance with accepted food safety standards. Distribute food to Partner Agencies (PAs) and ensure that PAs receive their orders and associated paperwork.
  • Operate a 24-foot or smaller truck to pick-up and deliver products. Deliver to Partner Agencies (such as food pantries and congregate meal sites) or to client-direct program sites such as a free produce distribution. Pick-up food from local grocery stores, farms, and other food producers. Ensure truck is properly loaded, secured and within weight limits.
  • Interact with Partner Agency representatives, local donors, volunteers, community members and people facing food insecurity (program recipients) in a professional and courteous manner in order to build and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Utilize an inventory management system (Primarius) to coordinate food orders with Partner Agencies and to order food from the statewide warehouse. Maintain accuracy in orders and inventory tracking systems. Ensure that orders are placed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Conduct work in a professional manner with a focus on personal safety; adhere to all safety practices and organizational policies. Drive the truck in a safe, lawful and courteous manner, always remembering that people will judge the organization by the way you handle the vehicle.
  • Load and unload trucks by hand, pallet jack, or forklift; or assist in loading and unloading of special or large quantities of product.
  • Inspect vehicle equipment and supplies. Report vehicle maintenance needs, and perform light maintenance such as maintaining air pressure in tires, maintaining vehicle fluids, and installing bulbs.
  • Maintain a record of pick-up and delivery activities, as well as other records such as mileage, logs, and equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience of the Ideal Candidate:

  • At least two years of demonstrated success with food distribution, customer service and prior driving experience.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe Reader, email and internet applications, and basic office equipment.
  • Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to learn how to operate pallet jack and forklift.
  • Ability to obtain food safety certification.

The Fine Print: Work involves moving boxes and employee must lift, bend, stoop, pick up and move objects up to 50 pounds. Work involves using manual pallet jacks and therefore requires an ability to push and pull pallets over 2,000 pounds. Some work is performed outside, in various weather conditions. Some work involves use of phones to communicate with stakeholders and time sitting in front of computer screens.

Safe driving record, current vehicle insurance, and valid driver license are required. Depending on the route the driver may operate the vehicle in moving freeway traffic or through congested surface streets. Work is performed in weather that may make driving hazardous. The driver occasionally has to chain up tires in snow and ice.

The driver may be exposed to other hazardous conditions, such as doing field repairs, installing chains, climbing and descending from a truck, etc.  May deal with distraught individuals.

6. Strength and Resiliency

During a recent seminar, an interesting topic of discussion came up. Participants were talking about how some people perceive the economic “crisis” and one of them said, “You know, the poor already know how to handle adversity. They deal with it every day. It is those who are suddenly hit with a job or property loss, those who have never had this happen to them before, who need the help.”

One of the most remarkable attributes of human beings is our ability to “come back” after a loss or failure. Like the words of the old song, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again. We can look at defeat as a new opportunity, a chance to grow and learn, and see the world as “new again.” However, if we aren’t challenged with defeat on occasion, we can forget how to be resilient.

So, the question becomes, “How do I get some of this resiliency?” Here are a couple of suggestions. Tonight, or when you have a few minutes to spare, write down 10 things that really went well in your life. It doesn’t matter when they happened in your life. After you have them written down, remember them, one by one. Feel how good it felt to succeed, to be a part of something truly wonderful. Go ahead and wrap yourself in those good feelings. As you do this, you are raising and reinforcing your self-esteem.

Next, take some time and write down 10 things that didn’t go so well. The point is not to tear down that additional self-esteem you just built. You want to remember how well you recovered. Yes, it was bad, maybe even awful, but you came out the other side, and you came out stronger and more confident. That’s building resiliency.

Teach this to your children, your parents, perhaps a friend or co-worker in need of a little assistance. Today would be a good day to start. ~ The Pacific Institute

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