Sherman County Public/School Library Temporary Closure, Aug. 17
Last Minute Opportunity to Host an International Student for the Academic Year!
Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission Offers Workshop in Sherman County
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Land Records Program, Sept. 9
Columbia River Indian Summer at the Discovery Center, Sept. 9
Pushing Through Fear
“It is the manners and spirit of a people, which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1787)
1. Sherman County Public/School Library Temporary Closure, Aug. 17
Sherman County Public/School Library is closed today, Thursday, August 17 due to a temporary water shut off. The library will open again as scheduled on Saturday, August 19th at 10pm. Book Club will continue tonight as planned with tea and treats; please make necessary arrangements. Game night has been canceled. Thank you for your patience!
2. Last Minute Opportunity to Host an International Student for the Academic Year!
Hope this finds you all enjoying summer, getting ready for the Sherman County Fair and back to school.
If anyone wants to “step up to the plate” and make this school year extremely interesting…how about saying YES to a last minute request to host an international student for the academic year?
States’ 4-H, the national program that coordinates 4-H exchange program at OSU, has announced it is “scrambling as there are still 5 academic year students left to place (one girl and four boys) that will be arriving the end of the month from Ukraine, Armenia, Kurgyzstan, and Turkmenistan.” The 16 y/o girl is into dancing/music/photography; the boys (15, 17 and 18) all look like they’re into computer science, coding, graphic design, and/or robotics…and want to do things like swimming, basketball, volunteering at an animal shelter, being with pets, or traveling while in the USA.
If you would consider being a last-minute host….(which our family did in the fall of 2008 for a young man from Mexico)…or know of any families that might like to host them….if you have children about the age of these students…or would like to learn more about these amazingly talented/smart international exchange students…immediately contact:
Brenda Coleman, OSU 4-H International Exchange programs
3. Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission Offers Workshop in Sherman County
The Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission is asking for recommendations for a cemetery that would be good for a marker cleaning and repair workshop on October 14 when they meet in Sherman County. They would need a water source, some tilting or broken markers in a cemetery that needs a little attention, markers that need cleaning and, ideally, folks who can pull together some gravel and perhaps a port-a-potty. The workshop is usually all day 9-3 or 4, and folks bring their own sack lunch for it. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Sherman County. Please contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov, as soon as possible. ~Sherry Kaseberg
4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Land Records Program, Sept. 9
The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will be meeting on Sept. 9, 2017 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in the Basalt Cafe. General meeting and program will begin at 1:00 pm. This month’s program will be given by Sandy Bisset who will give a presentation on Land Records. The meeting and program is open to the public and those interested in genealogy and family history are encouraged to attend. The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society meets the second Saturday of each month. Event schedules can be found on our blog and general information and newsletter can be found on our main website, https://gorgegen.blogspot.com/.
5. Columbia River Indian Summer at the Discovery Center, Sept. 9
THE DALLES—Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents Columbia River Indian Summer on September 9th at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. This free daytime event feature artisans, musicians and vendors from our regional Native American community.
The programming will includes flute music by Foster Kalama, tule mat making demonstrations by Taaw-lee-Winch, traditional Indian games and drumming with Jefferson Greene, a Northwest Twined Pouch Workshop by Pat Courtney Gold, and local craft vendors. A salmon lunch and Indian fry bread will be available for purchase on a first come first served basis beginning at 12:00 noon.
“We want to offer the opportunity for local indigenous peoples to showcase their culture and history at our facility,” said Executive Director Carolyn Purcell. This is part of an ongoing Indigenous Voices Project funded in part by grants from Trust Management Services, Oregon Historic Trails Fund and Wy’East Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, and Oregon Folklife Network. For more information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org
6. Pushing Through Fear
Nothing blocks change quite the way fear does, and when its power is greater than your power to push through it, fear is devastating. We can see evidence of this every day in the news. However, in his 1989 publication, “Getting Unstuck,” Dr. Sidney Simon discussed ten ways fear blocks change, and today that information bears repeating. You see, the power of fear, unchecked, hasn’t changed.
Fear persuades you to do less than you are capable of doing. It triggers internal defense systems and fools you into thinking that you have perfectly good reasons not to change. Fear, particularly fear of making mistakes, causes indecisiveness and stops you from knowing what you really want. It warps your perception of your life and what you can do to make it better.
Fear keeps you from asking for help when you need it or benefiting from the emotional support offered to you. To calm your fears, you develop unhealthy habits and behavior patterns. Fear makes you give up one step short of your goal. And finally, fear keeps you from taking the risks necessary for growth.
Fear can control your life if you let it. But you can push through it if you can relax physically and mentally, and develop the habit of taking well-chosen risks – small ones at first, then bigger ones. Affirmations and visualizations are a great help too. If you get into the habit of vividly seeing yourself achieve success, you can overcome the paralyzing effects of fear and move confidently into the good life you deserve.
What fears do you have that are preventing you from positive change? What steps, even if they are small ones at first, can you take today, or this week? ~The Pacific Institute