Sherman County eNews #146


  1. ODOT Paving Project To Close Brewery Grade Roundabout

  2. Positive Expression

  3. Meeting & Local Silent Movies at Original Wasco County Courthouse, June 3

  4. “Get Me a Folksinger! Woody Guthrie and the BPA” Program, June 9

  5. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir, June 10 & 11

  6. Wells Fargo Launches ApprenticeshipUSA Program for Veterans

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

Public officials might ask themselves, “Would I be embarrassed if an unintended someone else got these emails?”  ~ Q.E. McGillicuddy.

1. ODOT Paving Project To Close Brewery Grade Roundabout

sign.caution(Temporary closure to start Sunday)

THE DALLES – Crews from Oregon Mainline Paving, working under contract with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of The Dalles, will be making improvements to the roadway at the Brewery Grade Roundabout  and US 30 Highway to near the intersection with State Road over the upcoming weekend.

This work will require a complete closure of the roundabout for one night (Sunday) and restricted driving there for two nights (Monday and Tuesday) following the initial work.

The work will be performed from 7pm to 6am, easing the disruption for motorists.

Beginning Sunday night at 7, May 21, workers will close the roundabout and grind out the surface of the roadway around and near the roundabout and replace it with fresh asphalt.

On Monday and Tuesday nights flaggers will control traffic on one lane while the paving progress to the east end of the project near State Road intersection. The city of The Dalles and ODOT have partnered on this $370,000 project to minimize the overall cost of the paving work. 

 2. Positive Expression

Positive thinking is certainly a powerful thing, but positive expression is equally important. Many people, especially marriage partners, parents of small children and, occasionally, some bosses, seem to believe that the best way to get somebody to change for the better is to consistently point out to them what they are doing wrong.

These authority figures criticize, day in and day out. Eventually the people they are talking to become frustrated and often start to feel angry, because they see that nothing they say or do has any positive effect. Sometimes they just shut it out. And sometimes, things even get worse.

Has this ever happened to you? If it has, there is a principle of cognitive psychology that you will want to know about. It’s simply this: We move toward and become like what we think about. And we automatically behave in ways that match the image we have of our capabilities and ourselves.

When you focus on what is going wrong, you tend to experience more of the problem. And when you focus on the solution, you move toward it, just as surely as day follows night.

So instead of telling folks what they are doing wrong, why not tell them what they are doing right? Instead of telling them what the problem is, why not tell them what the solution looks like and how it will benefit them personally?

And while you’re at it, why not tell them how much you enjoy and appreciate the thoughtful or bright or funny things they say and do. Remember the behavior that you focus on and praise tends to be repeated. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Meeting & Local Silent Movies at Original Wasco County Courthouse, June 3

moviesThe Original Wasco County Courthouse annual meeting and program takes place Saturday, June 3 at 1:30 p.m.  The program features silent movies filmed in the local area including “Deschutes Driftwood” (1916), “Trails that Lure” (1920), and more.  There is no charge for admission to the meeting and program.  Summer hours at the Courthouse are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through September.  There will be additional open hours during docking times for the 2017 cruise ship season.  Admission for regular open days is free to members and $3 per adult, $2 for ages 12 to 18, and $1 for children ages 6 to 12. The Original Courthouse is located at 410 W. 2nd Place, behind the Chamber of Commerce.

4. “Get Me a Folksinger! Woody Guthrie and the BPA” Program, June 9

music.notes (2)Join Libby Burke, Friday, June 9, for “Get Me a Folksinger! Woody Guthrie and the BPA” at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Burke is an archivist at the Bonneville Power Administration Library. Guest musician Bill Murlin will play Woody Guthrie songs. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $19, the 7 p.m. program only is $5. Purchase tickets by June 7. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

This event marks the end of the 75th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s tour of the Columbia River and his work for the Bonneville Power Administration. Libby Burke will be giving away DVDs of the BPA film, and Bill Murlin will have CDs and songbooks of Woody’s Columbia River song collection for sale. The presentation will include some lesser known stories of the BPA employee who worked with Woody when he was at the peak of his writing career, 26 songs in 30 days.

5. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir, June 10 & 11

music.notes (2)“June is Bustin’ Out All Over” on June 10 and 11 when Cascade Singers and Cascade Youth Choir present “The Great American Choral Song Fest.”  The concert includes folk tunes, show tunes, spirituals, and jazz standards in a sampler of songs made in the U.S.A.  The venue is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1805 Minnesota St., The Dalles.  Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. and the Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Admission is by donation at the door.

 6. Wells Fargo Launches ApprenticeshipUSA Program for Veterans

Wells Fargo has launched an ApprenticeshipUSA program for veterans, becoming one of the first financial service companies to do so.

A Department of Labor program, ApprenticeshipUSA provides veterans the opportunity to earn a salary while learning additional skills necessary to succeed in high-demand civilian careers.

“Our commitment to hiring veterans remains a top priority for Wells Fargo,” said Carly Sanchez, head of Talent Acquisition Strategy & Delivery at Wells Fargo. “The ApprenticeshipUSA program is an excellent resource for us to attract and retain eligible veterans who have strong leadership competencies and other skills, but may not have strong financial industry knowledge.”

ApprenticeshipUSA allows eligible veterans to use their GI Bill education benefits to receive a tax-free monthly payment from the government (in addition to wages earned as an apprentice). After six months of a veteran’s apprenticeship, the payment is gradually reduced and offset by progressive wage increases.

The ApprenticeshipUSA Program will be piloted in Wells Fargo’s Community Bank; Consumer Lending; and Payments, Virtual Solutions and Innovation divisions. For more information about the pilot and where to apply, visit

Wells Fargo also offers other veteran career transition initiatives, including the Veteran Employment Transition Internship Program, American Corporate Partners mentorships, and scholarships and emergency grants through Scholarship America.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (; and mobile banking. The firm has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

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