Sherman County eNews #44


  1. Crisis Point: Not Enough High School Athletic Officials, All Sports Statewide

  2. Sherman School Fourth Graders “Get Oregonized”

  3. Celebrate Oregon’s Birthday in Style at the Oregon Historical Society, Feb. 14

  4. P.S. Sherman County eNews Classifieds, Employment

  5. Opening Day at Maryhill Museum of Art, March 15, 18

  6. Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students 

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

1. Crisis Point: Not Enough High School Athletic Officials, All Sports Statewide

sport-football-referee2The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) and the Oregon Athletic Officials Association (OAOA) have reached a crisis point in not having enough high school officials in all sports statewide.

According to Steve Walker, OSAA Sports Information Director, Wilsonville, Oregon, “In the last five years, the number of officials has decreased 16% while the number of contests needing officials has increased.  The result is the OSAA and OAOA are starting to see games canceled, especially at the sub-varsity levels.

“Both organizations are making officials retention and recruitment a priority and are exploring all areas in promoting the issue. That being said, I’d like to introduce you to a colleague of mine.  His name is Jack Folliard.

“Jack is the Executive Director of the Oregon Athletic Officials Association (OAOA) which represents more than 3,000 OSAA certified officials in the state.  He was a Pac-12 official and referee/crew chief for 33 years and currently is a supervisor in the Pac-12 football officiating program.  Jack had the honor of serving as crew chief for the 2007 BCS National Championship game between Florida and Ohio State.  He also refereed Oregon high school basketball for more than 35 years, working many state tournaments along the way.”

Please contact Jack for more information and/or to set up an interview for print or radio to generate awareness of the officials shortage: Jack Folliard, Executive Director, Oregon Athletic Officials Association.  503-975-4488

2. Sherman School Fourth Graders “Get Oregonized”

Oregon.Flat.poleSherman County School fourth graders received a gift of “Get Oregonized” textbooks donated by the Columbia Gorge chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture and Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.

“Get Oregonized” is a history book written for students in grades three, four and five studying Oregon’s history and regions. The text is designed to help students understand and appreciate the rich history, people and natural resources that shaped the state of Oregon. Maps, illustrations and photographs complement the easy to read text.

The local Columbia Gorge chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture (OWA) and Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) do a variety of outreach and educational projects in the state of Oregon “to communicate the story of today’s agriculture.” This encourages students’ knowledge of agriculture and food systems, the environment and natural resources.  Local projects include placement of crop identification signs in fields along major roads; a spring literacy project which involves OWA members volunteering in area classrooms to present a book and learning activities about agriculture;

Oregon Women for Agriculture have the following purposes:  to educate and inform the membership and the public about the importance of agriculture to the economy and to the environment; to engage all phases of Oregon agriculture having mutual concerns;  to do everything possible to see that agricultural interests are heard and dealt with fairly; and to support and encourage research that will benefit agriculture.

Agriculture in the Classroom is a nationwide educational program designed to help students develop an awareness and understanding that agriculture is the source of our food, clothing, shelter and other essentials.  In Oregon, the program is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) foundation. The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) provides office space on the OSU campus

3. Celebrate Oregon’s Birthday in Style at the Oregon Historical Society, Feb. 14

oregonstatesealPortland, OR — Celebrate Oregon’s birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! Oregon shares its birthday with Valentine’s Day–what could be a better way to celebrate the holiday than by professing your love for Oregon?

The celebration begins on Tuesday, February 14 at noon in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join radio broadcaster Margie Boule in singing “Happy Birthday” to Oregon, and then enjoy a slice of birthday cake served by former Governors Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts. While you feast on cake from Gerry Frank’s Konditeri, listen to a musical performance by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association.

As a birthday gift for all Oregonians, admission will be free all day (10am — 5pm) to the Oregon Historical Society’s museum! Don’t miss the chance to explore our three permanent exhibits on Oregon history, Oregon My Oregon, Oregon Voices, and our newest exhibit for young Oregonians, History Hub!

4. P.S. Sherman County eNews Classifieds, Employment

Mid Columbia Producers (MCP) is seeking applicants to join our team as a full time retail clerk/warehouse worker. Our Farm Stores sell a variety of products from animal food and supplies, fencing and automotive products to household items and clothing. This position will be based out of either Wasco, The Dalles, or Goldendale, Washington. The reporting location will be negotiable upon hire.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 Cashier-Process customer orders

 Maintenance of the facilities

 Sell products and provide product information

 Carry out and load farm store merchandise

 Stock Farm Store with merchandise warehoused or stored in the lot or warehouse

 Clean and rearrange merchandise as needed

 Open and close store, lot and warehouse areas

 Pick up orders from vendors

 Deliver merchandise to Farm Store customers

 Load and unload bales of straw, hay and feed


 Lift, carry, push, or pull objects up to approximately 100 lbs.

 Must possess basic computer knowledge and be able to navigate with little assistance

 Must be able to accommodate a varying work schedule

 Operate with initiative, commitment, strong work ethic & sense of urgency

 Accurate and comfortable with math and currency

 Valid Driver’s License

 Must be able to operate a vehicle with a GVW of 10,000 lbs. or more, with or without a trailer in tow

 Will be required to work in all weather conditions

Schedule: Schedule varies, store hours of operation will be Monday – Saturday 7:30 – 5:30. Shifts are assigned as deemed necessary.

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical, drug screen, background check and MVR.

As a prominent agribusiness company, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Including health insurance premiums currently paid 100% for the employee and their dependents, dental, vision and Rx coverage, 401k with company match, robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation, sick, holidays, and more.

Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to:

Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark

PO Box 344

Moro, OR 97039

PH: (541)565-2277 Fax: (503)536-6875

Closing date February 28 or until filled.

5. Opening Day at Maryhill Museum of Art, March 15, 18 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Opening Day at Maryhill
Maryhill Museum of Art opens to the public for its 2017 season. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, March 15 – November 15.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Season Opening Celebration

Join us to celebrate the seasonal re-opening of the museum! Enjoy guided gallery talks throughout the day, rooftop tours for a closer look at the recent stucco restoration project and fabulous Gorge views, followed by a festive evening party.

Gallery Tours | 3 to 5 p.m.
Experience a new program at Maryhill! Gallery Guides will give a themed tour of our collection. Space is limited; check at the membership desk to sign up when you arrive.

Rooftop & Stucco Tours | 3 to 5 p.m.
Learn more about the Stucco Preservation Project during your rooftop tour. Space is limited; check at the membership desk to sign up when you arrive.

Members’ Opening Fête | 5 to 8 p.m.
Raise a glass and kick up your heels as we celebrate the opening of Maryhill’s 2017 season with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the jazz sounds of the Underwood Jazz Society with Mike Stillman & Friends. Cost: $35 members / $45 non-members. To reserve, call 509.773.3733 ext. 20

6. Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students 

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!


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

bird.talkMarco Rubio gave a really important speech but almost no one paid attention   “We are becoming a society incapable of having debate anymore.”

New alarms sounded over North Korea’s EMP potential 

Not So Fast, UN: The US Owes No ‘Reparations’ to Blacks

Law enforcement agencies are asking and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA

October 2016. DHS Orders Border Agents to Give Haitians, Africans, Russians, Armenians Asylum Via Mexico

Government waste in the $70 billion a year food stamp program.