Sherman County eNews #229


  1. Sherman County School Clothes Scramble, Aug. 8

  2. The Perseid Meteor Shower Begins, Peaks Aug. 11-13

  3. Celebration of Life: Bill Vann & Tillie Geiser Vann, Aug. 19

  4. Save the Date! Healthy Families’ Play Group, Aug. 23

  5. Oregon County Solutions Center

  6. Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibit & Opening Reception, Aug. 4

  7. Program: The Dalles Early History and Fort Dalles, Aug. 12

  8. The Near and Dear

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

 Practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. ~Maury Wills

1. Sherman County School Clothes Scramble

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School Clothes Scramble

Tuesday, August 8

12 to 6 o’clock

Sherman County Public/School Library

2. The Perseid Meteor Shower Begins, Peaks Aug. 11-13

starsTHE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER IS BEGINNING: This week, Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Specks of dusty debris hitting the top of Earth’s atmosphere faster than 110,000 mph are burning up in the night sky, producing a spray of shooting stars from the constellation Perseus. Meteor rates are relatively low now, but they will increase sharply in the nights ahead. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Aug. 11-13 with perhaps dozens of meteors per hour visible in bright moonlight. Visit for observing tips and sky maps.

3. Celebration of Life: Bill Vann & Tillie Geiser Vann, Aug. 19

CELEBRATION OF LIFE at The Discovery Center Cafeteria, The Dalles

August 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Bill Vann & Tillie Geiser Vann

It will be catered.  The bridge will be closed, so people will have to go to Rowena and take Hiway 30 to the Discovery Center.

Tillie was born on January 4, 1928 and is survived by her daughter Gloria Geiser of Portland, brother Will Loeken of Bellevue, sisters Jan and Joan Loeken of Seattle, Irene Hays of Palm Springs, and Marion Dobbins of Oro Valley, AZ.

4. Save the Date! Healthy Families’ Play Group, Aug. 23

boy.telephonetalkA play group for ages 0-5 will be held in the Moro City Park on August 23, 2017 from 10:30-12.  Parents, come with your children and enjoy some great playtime with them.  We will have crafts, water play, free ice cream, story time, and LOTS of fun.  This is being hosted by Healthy Families and we look forward to seeing you all there.

5. Oregon County Solutions Center

The Oregon County Solutions Center (County Solutions) is AOC’s newest member service – providing support for county commissioners and judges in convening and participating in collaborative problem solving efforts in their communities and regions. Effectively supporting commissioners and their staffs requires building the capacity to be responsive when issues or opportunities arise.

Over the last three months County Solutions has been working through some early pilot projects and is evaluating the types of institutional relationships that might be developed with state agencies and other partners going forward. Initial collaborative efforts include work on issues such as: public access to recreational facilities, tying workforce development strategies to specific industrial lands, development of power generation facilities, veterans’ transportation needs, land use issues and Sister County agreements for disaster preparedness. Also, over the past two months, County Solutions has been assisting the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) serving Wasco, Hood River, Gilliam and Sherman counties in developing collaborative financial sustainability strategies.

Community based initiatives provide excellent opportunities for commissioners to use their convening authority to provide leadership for local collaborative action. The new local workforce regions and integrated place-based water planning are two current examples where county commissioners and judges need to be equipped to guide collaborative processes. The Oregon County Solutions Center will provide assistance and support to commissioners who wish to seize opportunities and solve problems collaboratively. ~

6. Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibit & Opening Reception, Aug. 4

The Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event features 40 talented artists working outside to capture the sublime light and inspiring vistas of the Columbia River Gorge – from the waterfalls, rivers and plateaus to the surrounding peaks. Join us at Maryhill Museum of Art for the Opening Reception on Friday, August 4, when “fresh paintings” will be hung and available for purchase; the exhibition remains on view through Sunday, August 27.

OPENING RECEPTION: Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event
Friday, August 4 | 5 to 8 p.m.

The public is invited to view paintings created in plein air, meet the artists and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. Artwork will be available for purchase with a percentage of the sales benefitting Maryhill Museum of Art. Awards will be given in a number of categories, including “Best Sky,” “Best Mountain,” “Best Water,” “Historic Columbia River Highway Award,” “Maryhill Museum Award,” and a purchase award. FREE

EXHIBITION: Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event
Saturday, August 5 to Sunday, August 27 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The plein air exhibition, featuring works created during the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event, remains on view with paintings available for purchase. Exhibition entry is free with museum admission.

7. Program: The Dalles Early History and Fort Dalles, Aug. 12

Wasco County Historical Society announces the third summer program to be held at the Moody/Rorick House, 300 W.13 St. The Dalles on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11 a.m.

The program will be presented by Paula Kuttner.  She will talk about “ The Dalles Early History with a Special Emphasis on Fort Dalles”.  Kuttner came to The Dalles in 1970. She was a volunteer at The Dalles Art Center and volunteered with Community Concerts for many years.  She was hired in 1986 as caretaker at Fort Dalles Museum.  Here she remained for 28 years serving as Director from 1995 until her retirement in 2014. 

8. The Near and Dear

Do you ever feel that the people who are closest to you are the ones who resist the most as you try to change for the better? Sometimes, when we are committed to personal growth and change, family members or others who are close to us will do everything they can to try and get us to change back to the way we were – even when the way we were wasn’t so great.

Did you ever wonder why that might be?  Well, for one thing, when people are used to their lives being a certain way, any change – even when it is an improvement – can be threatening. It is also fairly common for people who are stuck in negative habits to have a hard time tolerating others who are making positive efforts toward change.

If you can convince your family to join you in your quest for personal growth, you will all have an easier time of it. You can support each other through the tough times and give each other encouragement and approval as you begin to see results.

If you have no choice but to go through it alone, let those significant others in your life in on what you are trying to do, and tell them how positive results will benefit them as well as you. Paint them a vivid word picture of what the end-result will look like, and ask for their help in achieving it.

If you don’t get that help, be patient. It may take time to convince them that you are serious, and that you intend to stay close to them even though you are changing. They may be waiting for proof before allowing themselves to believe you. Belief without evidence is difficult even in the best of times, with the best of people.

If it ever comes down to the difficult choice between continuing a painful relationship and developing yourself as a person, remember that you always have the right to choose growth without guilt. If you want to do better for the world, then you first need to do better by and for yourself. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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These Elite Military Helicopter Units Fly Washington’s Power Players 

Rare Glimpses Inside Marine One