Sherman County School Clothes Scramble: A Next Chapter?
Commentary: Frontier TeleNet by Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey
The Dalles Kiwanis Club 62nd Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 7
Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Aug. 14
Your Own BFF
Sherman County eNews Editorial Policies
1. Sherman County School Clothes Scramble: A Next Chapter?
School Clothes Scramble 2017: Terri Earl reports that this year’s School Clothes Scramble, held Tuesday, August 8, at the school library went well, with plenty of good donations and several families taking away nice used clothing for the coming school year. This year was the 7th Scramble, after skipping last year because of construction at the school. A big thank you to all who participated, especially the library staff!
A next chapter? Because of family issues, this is Terri’s final year for the Scramble. If someone else would like to continue with it, she has a file of information she would be glad to pass along. Please text or call Terri at 541-980-2959 for information.
2. Commentary: Frontier TeleNet by Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey
~Originally published in The Citizen-Reporter, Sherman County’s August newsletter.
Lately, I have been hearing a great deal of criticism of Frontier TeleNet (FTN). When FTN was first developed, it was not about watching Netflix, but rather a mission critical communication system for our emergency services, and to provide internet to our rural schools. Anyone else that is now benefiting from use of the internet is a byproduct of the system. Additionally, the system was never intended to make money.
It is frustrating that it seems a handful of people are trying to destroy a system that we have worked so hard to build. The Sheriff’s office has been involved since the beginning as a user of the system. It’s time for the three counties to start working together and do what is right or suffer the consequences of not taking action. This is about public safety, not about how fast our internet works.
The consequences of letting the system fail or having other users pull out will be catastrophic. There was a time none of us had a communication system or internet at our schools. I do not want to go back to those days. My emergency service people and the citizens of our three counties deserve better than this. Why would we invest millions of dollars on a system just to throw it away?
Because of our investment, FTN has brought 20 family-wage jobs to our community. FTN makes it possible for Frontier Regional 911 to dispatch for Jefferson County and soon a tribal reservation. FTN provides internet to our schools (except Sherman County School District because they chose a different provider), and rural communities. We serve almost 30,000 people, and last but not least, FTN has saved hundreds of lives. We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing people to give Frontier TeleNet a bad name.
Does anybody even know what the problem is? What is your motive? If so, please explain so that it can be fixed. No problem is too big.
On behalf of all the emergency services and the folks who put their lives on the line every day to serve our community, I beg the courts and the FTN critics to meet, and fix the problem before it is too late.
3. The Dalles Kiwanis Club 62nd Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 7
The Dalles Kiwanis Club hosts its 62nd annual Steak Feed Thursday after Labor Day, this year Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park. The Steak Feed is the club’s major fund-raiser for community projects serving children and youth. Adult meals include an eight ounce sirloin steak, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink for $15. Beer and wine will be on sale. Free meal for children 12 and under features a hot dog, potato chips, drink and ice cream. There will be activities for children and country music by the Dufur Boys for everyone. Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or may be purchased in the park Sept. 7.
4. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Aug. 14
The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold its Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017. This meeting will be preceded by a Work Session for the purpose of Board Training beginning at 4:00 p.m. and an Executive Session at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider records exempt by law from public inspection. These meetings will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.
5. Your Own BFF
Let’s talk about the most important relationship in your life – the one you have with yourself. It is possible to be your own BFF. In fact, it’s critical.
Think of someone you regard as a dear friend. If no such person exists in your life, dream one up. The time you spend with this person brings you a special pleasure, doesn’t it? You tend to be loving, protective, and solicitous toward him or her, and you really have their best interests at heart, don’t you? You really care.
Now, ask yourself, “Do I give myself the same kind of care and consideration?” On the basis of your self-treatment, many of us would truthfully need to answer, “Certainly not!” If this is your answer, ask yourself why. Maybe you will see some negative programming from the past that taught you to suppress or deny your own needs. Maybe you were taught that caring for yourself was selfish and wrong. As a result, you engineer defeats and deprivations, either automatically or unconsciously, that leave you feeling victimized.
You can’t really treat others any better than you treat yourself without hurting your own self-esteem. Your self-esteem is of vital importance, for without it you will have less to give, be able to receive less, and in general live a less-than-satisfying and fulfilling life.
So, if you want to be a good friend to others, consider this piece of advice: Learn to be your own best friend – first. If you haven’t done this before, that’s OK. There is no time like the present to begin this new friendship. You will find that it is a foundational key to your lasting happiness. ~The Pacific Institute
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