Sherman County eNews #243


  1. Don’t blindly trust companies selling solar eclipse glasses on Amazon

  2. Celebrate “Wheat, Wind & Waves!” at the Sherman County Fair, Aug. 22-27

  3. Sherman County Emergency Services Offers Cans & Bottles to a Non-Profit

  4. Change the Set-Point

  5. Oregon Heritage & History Grants Available

  6. Sherman County Emergency Services July Activity Report

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

 1. Don’t blindly trust companies selling solar eclipse glasses on Amazon

eclipse1“… As of now, NASA and AAS only recognize five manufacturers with glasses that meet the proper ISO standards: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17, and Baader Planetarium (the products with AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only). The products from these companies must have the manufacturer’s name and address printed on the glasses, as well as a mark saying they meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard. NASA and AAS aren’t actually testing these glasses themselves, though. Instead, the organizations are verifying that the companies that make these solar filters have tested their products at an accredited lab and have the proper documentation that says the glasses are ISO certified…”  ~

2. Celebrate “Wheat, Wind and Waves!” at the Sherman County Fair, Aug. 22-27

cowboyyeehawThis year’s theme is “Wheat, Wind and Waves!” Queen Lexi Grenvik and the board invite you to join us to visit with old and new friends, enter a special contest, enjoy the 4-H contests and 4-H and FFA livestock show, attend the bull riding, dance to The Countryfied Band or watch the Demolition Car/Truck Derby.

The Fair Board will be cooking up some awesome burgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings on Wednesday evening during the car show. Remember to check the schedule for new event times or dates. 

This year’s fair is going to be a special one, and you don’t want to miss out! The fair board lined up exciting entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Nashville recording artist Susie McEntire will sing the national anthem at our Bull Riding event on Saturday evening and return Sunday morning for Cowboy Church.  New to the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding Tour event this year is the Free Style Bull Fighting section.  These bull fights are fun to watch!  Freddie Prez is returning with large money Bingo and Frisbee toss games along with his many other crazy contests and his special cannon.   The Demolition Car & Truck Derby has some added money to the final heat pots for the drivers. 

Mark your calendars and join Queen Lexi Grenvik and the fair board, August 22nd thru August 27th in Moro Oregon.

Shop early and save some money! Get your Bull Riding event tickets early at the pre-sale price of $12 for each adult. At the gate they will be $15.  Kids 10 and under are free! Go to to buy your tickets now.

See you at the fair!

Fair Secretary Beth McCurdy

P.S. See Sherman County Fair by Patty (French) Moore in vol. 7, no. 2, Sherman County: For The Record, 1989, available at The Museum Store in Moro.

3. Sherman County Emergency Services Offers Cans & Bottles to a Non-Profit 

dollars.coinsSherman County Emergency Services has cans and bottles to donate for a non-profit.  If interested, please contact Shawn at 541-565-3100.



4. Change the Set-Point

Have you ever had anyone tell you that you were trying too hard to succeed? What is it about trying too hard that just does not seem to work?

Now, it is not a mistake to put your energy into something, and it’s not that you should not try at all. However, there comes a point at which we can try too hard, and when that happens, we tend to get in our own way.

Why do you suppose that is? Consider this: All of us have a self-concept or self-image – our idea of what we are like. As it happens, we don’t have to think about behaving like the person we know ourselves to be. It is something we do easily and effortlessly. We have a set-point about who we believe we are, and our mind takes care of maintaining the set-point.

For example, if you see yourself as an outgoing person, you don’t need to work at being outgoing, right? It just happens naturally. And, if you see yourself as shy, you don’t have to be reminded to be shy when you are in a group. You know how to act shy, and it’s easy for you to do and be.

But what happens when you try to behave in a way that contradicts your self-image? “That’s not like me,” you think, even if it is a positive change. You go back to behaving like the “real” you as soon as possible. It’s easy and it’s comfortable. This happens with individuals, and with groups. It’s why organizational change is so difficult to manage and maintain.

It has been pretty much proven that all meaningful and lasting change starts on the inside and works its way out. It doesn’t start on the outside, not the “meaningful and lasting” kind of change, anyway. So, if you want to be different than the way you are now, first work on changing your self-concept – you, on the inside. Change the inside, and the outside will follow.

You won’t have to “try” to behave differently. Change that internal set-point, and it will happen naturally, all by itself. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Heritage & History Grants Available

wheel.wagon1The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified projects for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon’s cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. Projects can include anything related to Oregon heritage, and priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance. The grant application deadline is October 2, 2017.

Projects may include theatrical performances, collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects, films and more. Previously funded projects included a variety of projects around the state. Linn County Museum partnered with Oregon Black Pioneers to incorporate African American history in the permanent exhibit. Cascade AIDS Project collected oral histories and made them accessible. Southern Oregon University completed oral histories and made them available online. Concordia University helped present the Vanport Mosaic Festival. Four Rivers Cultural Center scanned a photo collection.

“We hope to see a variety of projects that engage Oregonians in heritage,” states Kuri Gill, heritage grants program coordinator. “We encourage the documentation, preservation and exploration of all aspects of Oregon’s heritage.”

Applications are submitted online. There is plenty of support for preparing them. “Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process,” notes Gill. Oregon Heritage grants programs staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon’s heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission’s mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon’s heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about the grants, visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.

6. Sherman County Emergency Services July Activity Report

Sherman County Ambulance

July 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7/06 4:36 PM Sick Person Biggs
7/06 6:41 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP#33
7/06 7:32 PM Distressed Swimmer Giles French Park
7/08 11:17 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84 MP104 Off Ramp
7/16 12:20 PM Fall Victim Biggs
7/17 11:25 PM Lift Assist Wasco
7/18 4:04 AM Welfare check on Truck Driver Pilot Station in Biggs
7/22 3:40 PM ATV Accident Barnum Lane, Grass Valley
7/22 8:42 PM Sick Person Wasco
7/24 12:41 AM Sick Person Motel in Biggs
7/24 1:04 PM Chest Pain Dinty’s in Biggs
7/25 10:03 AM High Fever Wasco
7/25 11:06 AM High Blood Pressure Wasco
7/28 8:00 AM Chest Pain Rufus RV Park
7/28 1:59 PM Lift Assist Rufus RV Park
7/29 4:30 PM Seizure and Fall Pilot Station in Biggs
7/30 5:52 PM Unresponsive Male in Vehicle 3rd Street in Grass Valley
7/31 5:14 PM Possible Heat Stroke Pilot in Biggs


Moro Fire Department

July 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7-01 5:10 PM Possible Semi-Truck fire – No fire found US 97  MP# 22
7-12 10:07 PM Grass Fire DeMoss Springs Rd.
7-22 7:41 PM Grass Fire Fairview & Higley
7-23 12:19 PM Grass Fire Fairview & Bruckert
7-28 4:54 PM Grass Fire Scott Canyon & Gerking

~ Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

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

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