Sherman County eNews #101


  1. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, April 20

  2. Senator Wyden’s Town Halls, April 17, 18, 21, 22, 23

  3. Congressman Walden’s Town Halls, April 12, 13, 14

  4. Sherman after-school cooking taste tests

  5. Oregon Parks and Recreation: Vacant ATV Advisory Committee Positions

  6. Falsehood does evermore have a way of publishing itself

1. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, April 20

boy.telephonetalkSherman 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 currently 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. 

2. Senator Wyden’s Town Halls, April 17, 18, 21, 22, 23

American flag2Portland, Ore. – Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls the week of April 17-23 in Deschutes, Harney, Grant, Baker, Malheur, Wasco, Sherman, Morrow, Union, Wallowa and Umatilla counties.
The 11 town halls from April 17-23 will increase to 815 the number of town halls Wyden has held to fulfill his commitment of annual town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties.
“It’s clear from the strong turnouts so far at this year’s town halls that participatory democracy is alive and well throughout Oregon,” Wyden said. “I am looking forward to hearing directly from residents of central and eastern Oregon about solutions we can work on together to preserve and protect the Oregon way of finding common ground.”

All times below are Pacific time unless indicated otherwise.
Monday, April 17
DESCHUTES COUNTY: 5 pm, Summit High School gym, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr., Bend
Tuesday, April 18
HARNEY COUNTY: 10:30 am, Burns High School gym, 1100 Oregon Ave., Burns
GRANT COUNTY: 4 pm, Grant-Union High School “Old Gym,” 911 S. Canyon Blvd, John Day
Wednesday, April 19
BAKER COUNTY: 9 am, Baker High School Auditorium, 2500 E Street, Baker City
MALHEUR COUNTY: 1:15 pm Mountain time, Ontario High School Gym, 1115 W. Idaho Ave, Ontario
Friday, April 21
WASCO COUNTY: 11 am, The Dalles High School auditorium, 220 E 10th St, The Dalles
SHERMAN COUNTY: 1:30 pm, Sherman County High School Gym, 65912 High School Loop, Moro
Saturday, April 22
MORROW COUNTY: 10 am, Riverside Jr/Sr High
Sunday, April 23
WALLOWA COUNTY: 11 am, Joseph Community Center, 102 E. First Street, Joseph
UMATILLA COUNTY: 3:30 pm, Jack Williams Auditorium, McLoughlin High School, 120 S. Main Street, Milton-Freewater

3. Congressman Walden’s Town Halls, April 12, 13, 14

constitution-wethepeopleMedford, Ore. — Continuing a series of town hall meetings around Oregon’s Second District, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden announced today that he will hold six town halls in April, with meetings in Medford, Grants Pass, Bend, Prineville, Hood River, and The Dalles.

“I’ve been proud to hold regular town hall meetings in all 20 counties in our vast district. They are another great way for me to update my ‘to-do’ list to take back to the nation’s capital,” Walden said. “While Congress and the country face major issues like growing the economy and fixing the health care system, I’m also working on finding solutions for local problems in our communities. Growing jobs in Oregon, finding common-sense health care solutions, better managing our public lands, and taking care of our veterans remain some of my top priorities.”

Each year, Walden holds at least one town hall meeting in all 20 counties in the vast Second Congressional District. By April 14, Walden will have held 13 town hall meetings in 2017. He held 27 in 2016 alone and 137 since 2012. At the end of February, a national press analysis found that Walden held more in-person town halls in February than all but two other members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Oregonians who cannot attend Walden’s town hall meetings but would still like to ask questions or provide input are encouraged to visit his website at There, Oregonians can find Walden’s views on local and regional issues, send him an email to provide input, and sign up for his free, regular newsletter. 

Second District residents can also sign up for telephone town hall meetings through Walden’s website. “I’ve gotten very favorable feedback from people in our district from the telephone town halls. These are especially important for those who have difficulty with transportation. They give people whose voice might not otherwise be heard a chance to weigh in on public policy,” Walden said.

Constituents can also follow Walden on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about his work around southern, central, and eastern Oregon.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What: Wasco County Town Hall Meeting
When: 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. PDT
Where: Fort Dalles Readiness Center Assembly Hall, 402 E Scenic Drive, The Dalles 97058

What: Hood River County Town Hall Meeting
When: 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. PDT
Where: Hood River Middle School Auditorium, 1602 May Street, Hood River 97031

Thursday, April 13, 2017

What: Crook County Town Hall Meeting
When: 8:30a.m. – 9:30a.m. PDT    
Where: Crook County High School Auditorium, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd, Prineville 97754

What: Deschutes County Town Hall Meeting
When: 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. PDT    
Where: Mountain View High School Main Gym, 2755 NE 27th Street, Bend 97701

Friday, April 14, 2017

What: Jackson County Town Hall Meeting
When: 7:30a.m. – 8:30a.m. PDT    
Where: North Medford High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 1900 N Keene Way Drive, Medford 97504

What: Josephine County Town Hall Meeting
When: 10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. PDT
Where: Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 NE 9th Street, Grants Pass 97526

4. Sherman afterschool cooking taste tests

Sherman County School’s SKORE (Sherman Kids on the Road to Excellence) enjoy cooking on Thursday afternoons with staff from OSU Sherman County Extension.  Recently, the group of 9 students and one student helper prepared and taste tested two “Food Hero” recipes from Oregon State:  Zucchini Pizza Boats and My Personal Pizza.  The Food Hero website ( is described as:  “your go-to site for quick, tasty, healthy recipes and helpful tips.  Whether you’re a beginning cook or a kitchen pro, you’ll find something new for your family to enjoy.”

Students used an OSU Kid’s Tasting Survey to evaluate how their food looked, tasted and if they would eat it if served in the cafeteria.  They first evaluated the Zucchini Pizza Boats, which are basically a slice of zucchini topped with tomato sauce and a small amount of cheese.  Reactions were mixed, most likely because of the unfamiliar taste and texture of the zucchini base.  My Personal Pizza is an English muffin (or other available bread) topped with tomato sauce and a variety of pizza type fruit, vegetable, meat and/or cheese toppings.  This recipe received a 100% approval rating from the students.  The OSU Food Hero website uses these types of kid recipe surveys to evaluate the recipes listed on the Food Hero website and to promote highly favored recipes as “Kid-Approved Healthy Recipes”, which is helpful for families when introducing new recipes. 

Cooks, looking for inspiration?  At the Food Hero website, you’ll find hundreds of low cost recipes your family will love. These healthy recipes are also fun!  Recipes can be sorted by category:  30 Minutes or Less, 5 Ingredients or Less, Cooking Method, Cultures, Ingredients, Kid Approved, Meal and Recipe Types, and Special Diets.  The goal of the Food Hero website is to encourage increased consumption of healthy meals as well as encourage families to prepare and eat meals together. 

~ Cindy Brown | Educator, 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County 541-565-3230

5. Oregon Parks and Recreation: Vacant ATV Advisory Committee Positions

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is recruiting volunteers for two vacant positions on the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee.

Current vacancies include active representatives within the following disciplines:
* Rural Fire Protection District
* Emergency Medical Services Provider

The Oregon Legislature established the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee in 2010, and it is tasked with the following duties: reviewing accidents and fatalities resulting from ATV recreation, reviewing changes to statutory vehicle classifications for safety considerations, reviewing safety features of all classes of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) and recommending appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders.

The ATV Advisory Committee meets as needed up to four times per year at locations throughout the state to advise OPRD regarding ATV issues relating to safety and vehicle classifications. These positions are not part of the ATV Grant Subcommittee.

Applications will be accepted until 5 pm May 5, 2017. The interest form and application are available through the ATV Committees link within the menu section located online at or by contacting Jeff Trejo at or 503-986-0585.

6. Falsehood does evermore have a way of publishing itself.
eye2It is virtually impossible to conceal the truth forever. It is the natural order of things that the truth will eventually come out. This single fact is the foundation of our judicial system and the basis on which all human relationships are formed. A business, professional, or personal relationship built upon a lie cannot long endure, but one that is founded on truth and equality of benefit for the participants is unlimited. Make it a practice to tell the truth in all that you do — even when it doesn’t matter — and you will form a habit of truthfulness. You will know instinctively that it is better to tell the truth and face the consequences than to launch a falsehood that will eventually make itself known to the world.