Sherman County eNews #45


  1. 4-H Open House – Tonight, Feb. 13

  2. Sherman County Driver Education Deadline, Feb. 17

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, Feb. 21

  4. Incredible Years Parenting Series, April & May

  5. City of Condon Fiber Project Update – Feb. 6, 2017

  6. Food for thought | Descriptive English Language

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

 1. 4-H Open House – Tonight, Feb. 13

4-H clover1Families, are you interested in learning more about the 4-H youth development program for kids age 9-19 (as of September 1, 2016)? You are invited to the 4-H Open House at the Sherman Extension Office tonight.  The office is located at 66365 Lonerock Road in Moro, going up the hill toward the fairgrounds, and the open house will be from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  Learn more about 4-H, clubs and projects, and complete the enrollment paperwork for your child.  Questions, call the Extension Office at 541-565-3230

2. Sherman County Driver Education Deadline, Feb. 17

pencil.sharpThe last day to sign up for Sherman County Driver Education is Friday, February 17, 2017. Please get your forms with your money and copies of your permits to the Sherman High School Office.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, Feb. 21


The Sherman County Court will meet in special session on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 9:30 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 interview candidates for the Prevention Coordinator position. Following the February 21 executive session, the court will identify a top candidate.

4. Incredible Years Parenting Series, April & May


Parents with children ages 2-8 (inquire if younger)

When: April 5-May 17, Wednesdays, 5-7pm

Where: Moro Community Presbyterian Church (204 4th St.)

Topics: social/emotional coaching, praise, limits, time-out

Daycare & dinner provided

**Sign-up: Katie (541) 980-8674

Funded by Sherman County Community Outreach

5. City of Condon Fiber Project Update – Feb. 6, 2017

The City of Condon is committed to bringing affordable, reliable, high-speed internet access to residents and businesses in our community. We know this access is critical to attract young families, support new and current businesses, educate our children, assist our emergency managers, and improve quality of life for everyone who calls Condon ‘home.’ We want to keep you updated about our progress toward meeting these goals and others we set in the City’s Broadband Adoption & Utilization Strategic Plan (adopted 4/6/2016), so we’ll be sharing updates here in the Times-Journal on a regular basis moving forward.

Our vision is to “leverage current regional technology planning efforts in broadband infrastructure and City investment in middle-mile fiber to enhance our city’s economic vitality and quality of life through public and private partnerships.”

Over the last 15 months, the City’s Fiber Committee has been meeting regularly with public and private entities looking for potential partners in this project. We firmly believe creating positive partnerships between key stakeholders is the best, most cost effective way to meet our goals. As reported in the Times-Journal, these meetings have included Gilliam County and Frontier Telenet and have, unfortunately, been less than productive with Judge Steve Shaffer indicating he is opposed to a partnership with the City of Condon.

At issue is our position that an open access, middle mile fiber line (the line which connects our community with the outside world) is critical to introduce competition to our community. We believe, and basic economics confirms, competition is vital to help keep rates affordable for customers and to encourage private companies to invest in our community.

Currently, there is no open access fiber line to Condon. Instead, there is a closed, privately-owned line utilized by Home Telephone and a closed, government-owned wireless network controlled by Frontier Telenet, which provides internet access to Rural Technology Group, local schools, government and emergency services. While both networks provide critical services to our community, neither are considered open networks because they do not provide access to the raw materials (also known as dark fiber) competitors often need to set up their own networks.

If you think of fiber like a highway and telecommunications companies like vehicles, an open line allows anyone to drive on the highway, to utilize it for their specific needs, at the same rate as other companies on the road. In a closed line, the highway is only available to certain companies, for certain purposes, and often at different prices. Closed networks prevent competition from gaining a foothold and enshrine monopolies, which ultimately drives up prices for residents, businesses, and our schools.

That’s why we’re working together with Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative, whose goals are in alignment with the City’s, to create an open access, middle mile fiber line that will facilitate affordable, reliable high-speed internet access for south Gilliam County residents and businesses. ~ Posted with permission of City of Condon.

To learn more about our plans and progress, please visit or contact City Hall 541-384-2711/  Questions may also be directed to the Council Members and/or members of the City’s Fiber Committee.

6. Food for thought | Descriptive English Language

By Bernadette Kinlaw  February 13, 2017

Finally, I have found a use for the phrase “food for thought.” With all the descriptive terms in the English language, I wonder how food names evolved. At times, the choices are hard to understand.

  • Smart cookie. A smart cookie is someone who can’t be fooled. But why a cookie? For me, a smart cookie would have to be one with a minimum of 20 chocolate chips or a little cream cheese filling. I couldn’t find a believable origin of the word, though “cookie” just means a person. One can also be a “tough cookie.” But that’s different from a stale cookie. It’s just a strong person.
  • Lemon. Why is a crummy car called a lemon? Lemons are tangy citrus fruits that mean well. They don’t break down. They aren’t faulty. They don’t sputter. Associating a clunker with a lemon doesn’t make sense.
  • Cheese. You may hear a boss called a “big cheese.” This one makes a little more sense in context, but it is still a little strange. Originally the term was just “cheese,” meaning something of high quality. The root of the word was from the Persian language. “Chiz” meant “thing.” In 1920s America, “big cheese” came to mean an important person. My question is, what makes cheese supervisory material? And it’s beyond me why the cheese stands alone in the children’s rhyme “The Farmer in the Dell.”
  • Easy as pie. A piece of cake. A pie requires quite a few steps. The crust alone can be hard work. Then you have to do the peeling, the chopping, the mixing. A cake must be baked, cooled, stacked and frosted. Yet some efforts are tagged as “easy as pie,” or “a piece of cake,” meaning they are easy. I think any novice baker would disagree.
  • Mustard. Apparently, one should be able to cut the mustard. It means you’re up to the task. Nobody seems to know how a condiment became an innate ability. Writer O. Henry used it in a 1907 story, “The Heart of the West”: “I looked around and found a proposition that exactly cut the mustard.” These days, you’re more likely to hear the negative state: “That outfielder didn’t last in the bigs; he just couldn’t cut the mustard.”

Meat words seem to be tainted with negativity.

  • Hot dog. This is someone who’s good at something, such as sports. Apparently he can cut the mustard. When that person shows off his skills a little too proudly, he is considered a “hot dog.”
  • Ham. An actor who is a ham emotes to dramatic excess. Can anyone help me come up with the name of a ham actor? A few theories exist on where “ham actor” came from. One is that, a couple of centuries back, actors used ham fat to remove their stage makeup. So they were called ham-fatters, and the word was shortened to “ham.”  To me, ham, in its saltiness alone, is a good thing. How did it get tied up with bad acting?
  • Chopped liver. I can’t stand any form of liver, chopped, diced or whole. But I know quite a few people like it. In the ’40s or so, “chopped liver” came to mean something not so great. Girlfriend: That Humphrey Bogart is the bee’s knees. Boyfriend: What am I, chopped liver?
  • Bacon. Well, this meat word doesn’t have a bad connotation. It means money in the phrase “bring home the bacon.” I can’t recall “bacon” on its own being used to mean money. Other food words used for money are bread, dough (is yeast a factor?), cabbage.
  • Peanut. The dictionary use for this, other than the legume, is a tiny or insignificant person. I disagree with the insignificant part. I have only heard this used as a sweet term of endearment, maybe used by a parent for a child. Peanuts aren’t even the smallest legumes. Soybeans and peas are smaller.
  • Shrimp. This is another term for a tiny person, and it has a meaner tone to it. Yes, shrimp are small, but of all the small edible items out there, why was shrimp chosen? We even have jumbo shrimp.
  • Pickle. The phrase that goes with this is usually “in a pickle,” meaning in a dire or difficult situation. In the movieIt’s a Wonderful Life,when townspeople are storming the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan Association, Uncle Billy says, “This is a pickle, George. This is a pickle.”
  • Cream puff. The name of this confection has at least two uses. First, it’s a term for a used car that’s in good shape. Second, it’s a person whose work is ineffective. Any cream puff I have ever encountered has been effective, inside and out.

~ Sources: Merriam-Webster

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

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