Sherman County eNews #92


  1. Weather: The April Outlook & the March Monthly Climate

  2. Tribute to Woody Guthrie, American Balladeer, April 5

  3. Foster Care Bill of Rights Presentation, April 12

  4. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, April 20

  5. What is Mid-Columbia Council of Governments?

  6. The Dalles Civic Auditorium-Fireside Room to Offer Preventive Health Event  

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

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1.Weather: The April Outlook & the March Monthly Climate

starCircleYou can find the April outlook and the March monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

— Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

2. Tribute to Woody Guthrie, American Balladeer, April 5

music.notes (2)Legendary Folksinger and Storyteller Adam Miller will perform at Sherman County Public/School Library on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00pm. Adam’s acclaimed sing-along program, “Tribute to Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer” tells the story of the man who wrote “This Land is Your Land,” one of the most widespread English language folksongs. Refreshments will be served, all ages welcome. For more information: 541-565-3279 or

3. Foster Care Bill of Rights Presentation, April 12

children.cartoonApril is Child Abuse Awareness Month and Columbia Gorge CASA is hosting Darin Mancuso, the Oregon Foster Care Ombudsman, who will talk about the “Foster Children’s Bill of Rights” – a legal document which guarantees basic rights for the 11,000 children currently in foster care in Oregon.

“Children who are in foster care have experienced tremendous abuse and neglect” reports Susan Erickson, Executive Director of Columbia Gorge CASA. “As CASA volunteers, we often see the rights of these kids eclipsed by the rights of parents or the child welfare system and the Oregon Foster Children’s Bill of Rights and the Foster Care Ombudsman are two important resources that foster kids and those who advocate for them have to ensure these rights are upheld.”

This community presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 12th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the MCMC Medical Office Building, Conference Rm #1, 1810 East 19th in The Dalles. RSVP is requested at (541) 386-3468 or Light snacks will be provided.

Columbia Gorge CASA is a local nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the needs and well being of local children in foster care.

4. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, April 20

Sherman County Preschool is looking ahead to next school year. We will be holding an open enrollment at 5:30pm on April 20th in the library conference room. We encourage anyone interested in their child attending preschool to complete an enrollment packet. Space is limited to 20 children and Head Start spots are limited as well. We are projecting a full class so you don’t want to miss signing up!
To be eligible for the 2017-2018 preschool your child must be 3-5 years of age on or before September 1st, 2017 and be potty trained. We contract with both North Central ESD and Umatilla Morrow Head Starts to provide Head Start services to qualifying families. They are both wonderful agencies with great employees who love to help kids and their families, but again spots are limited so you don’t want to miss out on signing up. Most if not all spots will be filled by early summer.
Sherman Co. Preschool is a QRIS 5 star program with a director (Carrie Somnis) & 3 teachers (Brenda Massie, Sarah Goodenough & Miranda Owens) who love children and have over 30+ years of combined teaching experience. Sherman Co. Preschool is located in Moro in the elementary wing of the Sherman County School building. We introduce preschoolers to learning in a warm and caring environment that encourages children to learn through play and structured small group activities. We also offer transportation services, with morning and afternoon stops in Moro and Wasco.

If you are unable to make the open enrollment but are interested in your child attending preschool next year please send an email to with your name, mailing address, and child’s age/name as of September 1st, 2017. Also, feel free to call the preschool directly with any questions. The phone number is (541) 565-3320, hours are 8-2pm Monday-Thursday. During preschool hours (9am-1pm) we are busy with kids & may not answer, but please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

5. What is Mid-Columbia Council of Governments?

arrow-rightMid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) has been serving this region since 1979 and is always searching for more ways to help in reaching out to the community.  We strive to be a responsive, diverse, vibrant, regional resource that promotes and sustains partnerships vital to building stronger communities. We offer many different services to the five county region – Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler, and want to be of assistance to you.

Under the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS 294.900), a Council of Government is defined as: …An entity organized by units of local government under an intergovernmental agreement under ORS 190.003 to 190.130, which does not act under the direction and control of any single member government and does provide services directly to individuals. [1987 c.666 §1]

The Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) was originally organized and approved as a legal entity in June 1979, by the resolutions of Wasco, Hood River and Sherman counties.  In July 1992, the counties of Gilliam and Wheeler joined and made the business area of MCCOG what we know today.

The purpose of MCCOG is to respond to the request from federal and state governments, for local government, to assume a greater responsibility in local decision making, and to address the need for local governments to cooperate and work together for greater efficiencies.  Instead of many small local agencies creating burdens of administrative costs and duplicate efforts, this agency consolidated five counties and streamlined the costs of running the programs operating under one entity – MCCOG.

There are currently six programs that MCCOG oversees:

1) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
2) Integrated Family Services (IFS)
3) Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
4) Transportation Network – a public transportation system for the area
5) Mid-Columbia Building Codes Services (MCBCS)
6) Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT) – a non-profit organization that provides technology education, resources, and recycling to schools across Oregon.

WIOA and IFS operate various educational and training programs, i.e., summer youth programs, family services working with welfare recipients, job training and dislocated worker programs assisting individuals that have been affected by plant closures/layoffs, just to name a few.  AAA provides services to the senior population, i.e., information and referral, meal programs sponsored by the agency or working with other organizations, and outreach services.  Our Transportation Network program has been designed to network with the many other providers in the seven-county region through the Oregon Medical Assistance Program (OMAP), in order to optimize transportation resources for the residents of those counties. The MCBCS oversees building permits and inspections for a four county area – Wasco, Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler, and inspections only of electrical and plumbing in Hood River County.

The administrative/fiscal staff handles the business of all of the MCCOG operations, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial reporting and compliance, legal compliance, personnel, electronic data processing systems, public relations and Board of Directors functions.  We are now offering those services to cities, other governmental units (ORS 190), special districts, and non-profits.  The administrative/fiscal unit oversees the programs in operation and reports to the Board of Directors, which is made up of elected county and city officials from each of the five MCCOG counties.

6. The Dalles Civic Auditorium-Fireside Room to Offer Preventive Health Event  

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on 5/15/2017.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit or text the word circle to 797979

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopePost Offices within the Early and Present Boundary of Wasco County

Quotation Marks 

Incredibly Detailed Map Of The World’s Religions

Multi-generational Adventures

5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S. 

Celilo Falls: See Through The Water

Gatestone Institute: 423 New Mosques, 500 Closed Churches in London