Sherman County eNews #51


  1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2017 Spring Grant Cycle

  2. Grass Valley First Baptist Church Annual Spring Fling, March 11

  3. Notice: Frontier Digital Network Budget Committee Meeting, Feb. 24

  4. History Forum: Thomas Condon as Paleontologist, Feb. 25

  5. Guide to Lobbying in Oregon

  6. Facing Fear

  7. Columbia Gorge Community College Student Success Strategies

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

1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2017 Spring Grant Cycle
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The Spring Grant Cycle for Sherman County’s Cultural Coalition will begin March 6, 2017. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: March 27, 2017

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:
Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to:

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

2. Grass Valley First Baptist Church Annual Spring Fling, March 11

Grass Valley First Baptist Church Annual Spring Fling

Dinner and Concert
March 11, at 6:00 pm
Presenting “Blackwood Legacy Men’s Quartet”
From Tennessee
Please bring salad or dessert
This a family affair. Fun, Food, and Fellowship for all
Questions call Ree Ella von Borstel at 541-980-8678

3. Notice: Frontier Digital Network Budget Committee Meeting, Feb. 24


North Central ESD Building, 135 S. Main Street, Condon, Oregon

February 24, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Topics on the agenda include the Supplemental Budget Message, a review, discussion and possible approval of the supplemental budget; other-general, public input/comment and next meeting. NOTE:  Contingent upon approval of the supplemental budget, the Frontier Digital Network board of directors may convene immediately following the budget committee for the singular purpose of adopting the approved supplemental budget.

4. History Forum: Thomas Condon as Paleontologist, Feb. 25

The director of the Thomas Condon Museum at the University of Oregon will present the Feb. 25 Regional History Forum program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse.  Bill Orr, director of the museum since 1982, presents “Thomas Condon as Paleontologist” at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

Condon came to The Dalles in 1862 and led Sunday services of the Congregational Church in the same courtroom where Saturday’s program will take place.  His interest in fossils led to discoveries locally and in the John Day Fossil Beds, resulting in a career as professor of geology at the then new U of O and acclamation as “Father of Oregon Geology.”  Orr’s talk will evaluate Condon as a scientist by looking at the large collection of fossils housed at the Eugene museum.  The collection, used for teaching as well as display, tells much about Condon’s ideas on evolution, extinction and diversity.

Orr trained as a paleontologist / geologist and served as professor of geology at the U of O from 1967 to 1997.  He has continued with the museum to the present.  He is co-author with his wife of a series of books:  “Oregon Geology,” “Pacific Northwest Geology,” “Oregon Water,” “Oregon Rivers,” “Oregon Fossils,” and 15 other titles.

This is third in the 2017 Regional History Forum series.  The initial program on the Vogt Opera House was postponed due to weather and is rescheduled to Mar. 4.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

5. Facing Fear

Everyone feels frightened from time to time, especially young children. Let’s face it. There are some pretty frightening images on television and in newspapers and magazines, not to mention online. Today, let’s talk about how to handle the fears of the children in our lives, whether they are our children, grandchildren, godchildren, nieces, nephews – whatever.

What should you do if your child becomes terrified of the water, or of going to the doctor, or shows fearful or aggressive behavior that you hadn’t noticed before? First, don’t panic. Fears surface normally during several stages of child development.

Reassure your children patiently and affectionately about themselves as well as the feared object or person. Let them know you understand how they feel, and that it’s OK to feel that way. Hold the line on reasonable discipline and clear limits, reminding them of the reasons for these limits and helping them to see that learning to control our behavior in acceptable ways is a process that takes plenty of time.

Tell them about how you or others in the family deal with fearful or aggressive feelings, and help them begin to express themselves and understand why they feel the way they do. Make sure each knows that in case of real danger, you will do your best to keep them safe. In doing so, you will be establishing valuable patterns for sharing the inevitable turmoil of later periods, including adolescence and young adulthood.

Fears are part of the normal periods of adjustment that kids go through as they grow and develop, and your attitude can make a tremendous difference in how soon they disappear. For good or ill, children look to their parents and the important adults in their lives as models. Knowing how you face your fears will go a long way in helping your children find their own ways to face and conquer their fears. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Guide to Lobbying in Oregon

A person is lobbying if that person influences or attempts to influence legislative action. Lobbying activity can either support or oppose the legislative action and would include verbal and written communication with legislative and executive officials or by soliciting others to support or oppose the legislative action. An effort to gain the goodwill of legislative officials is also lobbying. [ORS 171.725(8)]

Lobbyist: A lobbyist is defined in ORS 171.725(9) as any person who agrees to provide lobbying services for money or other consideration. The term lobbyist also includes public officials and representatives of a corporation, association, organization or other group who lobby.

Once a lobbyist has registered to represent a client or employer, the client or employer must file a lobbying expenditure report for each calendar quarter. The lobbying expenditure reports are due on the 15th day of the month following each calendar quarter (January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15). [ORS 171.750(1) and ORS 171.752]

7. Columbia Gorge Community College Student Success Strategies

Columbia Gorge Community College was well-represented when the 2017 Student Success and Retention Conference opened last week in Portland.

The Feb. 2-3 conference, sponsored by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Oregon Community College Association Student Success Center, brought together educators, counselors and staff from across Oregon to discuss common issues, challenges and achievements to support student success and retention in higher education.

Columbia Gorge Community College faculty and staff attended a variety of the 27 breakout sessions. “One of the take-away messages that impressed me was how big an impact each individual at the college can have on student success,” said Rosalie Kelly, the college’s bookstore manager.

Keynote speaker Jonathan Mooney inspired attendees with his life story. As a young man with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, he was often told he wouldn’t amount to anything. Yet he graduated from Brown University and became an inspiration for students with disabilities. “He called on us all to rethink how we support this student population,” Kelly explained. “A big part of his success was having people who believed in and encouraged him.”

This belief and support of students was also a theme in another breakout session, Building and Facilitating Resilience in Students Experiencing Distress.

“Our students face all kinds of barriers: economic, emotional, and cultural to name a few,” Kelly noted. “This is particularly true for our undocumented students. Most college-bound undocumented students have lived in the U.S. most of their lives, and were brought here at a young age by their families. They learned English and think of themselves as Americans. These students attended primary, middle and high school here but lack a way to become legal residents or citizens under current law.”

As described in another session, “Barriers to Success for Undocumented Students,” college staff and faculty need to be advocates and stay informed. The support of advisers, faculty and staff is critical for students to persist in the face of setbacks and challenges.

Columbia Gorge Community College is committed to all students’ success. As Kelly put it, “There is no greater joy for us than when we see our students graduate and continue their education, either to a four-year institution or as productive members of our community.”  Conference details on-line:

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