Sherman County eNews #297


  1. Film Screening, “King of Roads,” Historic Columbia River Highway, Oct. 7

  2. Sherman County Medical Clinic’s Annual Flu Shot Clinic. Oct. 12

  3. Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Board Training in Pendleton, Oct. 14

  4. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online, Sept. 20

  5. Free Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Wasco, Nov. 3

  6. Soil pH Workshop, Register by Nov. 9, Nov. 16

  7. Mid-Columbia CORE Pesticide Training, Dec. 13

  8. Compulsive Busy-ness – Part 2

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

 1. Film Screening, “King of Roads,” Historic Columbia River Highway, Oct. 7

Saturday, October 7 at 2 p.m. at Maryhill Museum of Art

Join us for a screening of “King of Roads,” an exploration of the rich cultural, political and economic forces that prompted the creation and restoration of the historic Columbia River Highway.

The film traces the story of the highway from its very beginnings with a gang of dreamers lead by Sam Hill and road engineer Sam Lancaster – two men who lived large lives, and built and spoke poetically – and through the eyes of artists, historians and Gorge residents of the past and present. The film is directed and produced by Michael Friend and John Hardham. Hardham will be on hand to introduce the film, answer questions and sign the accompanying coffee-table book.

 2. Sherman County Medical Clinic’s Annual Flu Shot Clinic. Oct. 12

The Sherman County Medical Clinic

Annual Flu Shot Clinic!

Tuesday, October 12th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm

For more information visit us online at

or call 541-565-3325.

3. Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Board Training in Pendleton, Oct. 14

  • Date: October 14, 2017
    • Time: 8:00am to 3:00pm
    • Location: Pendleton Convention Center

    The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship is bringing a training event for board members & staff of nonprofit organizations to Pendleton, Oregon, on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Pendleton Convention Center.

This vital training will help nonprofit organizations of all sizes achieve their missions more effectively. The topics will include “Roles & Responsibilities of Board Members,” “Understanding Financial Information,” “Creating Successful Program Evaluations,” and “Managing Risk in Your Nonprofit.”

The presenters will be Rosalie Westenskow, Attorney, Center for Nonprofit Law; Leslie Witt, CPA, Witt Consulting; and JoAnne Bunnage, PhD, SharedVision, LLC.

The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship has been guiding nonprofits for over 14 years, helping them solve their legal, financial, fundraising and leadership issues. The Center gives board members and staff the tools, skills and knowledge to move their organizations forward and serve their communities successfully.

For registration or more information about this training and other services provided by CNS, please visit; or contact Heidi Henry at 541-230-1036 or

4. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online, Sept. 20

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the September 20, 2017 regular session are now available on the County website at The most current draft agenda for October 18, 2017, is also posted. Updates will be available on the website.

Lauren Hernandez

Administrative Assistant


5. Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Wasco, Nov. 3

The Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program will hold a Free Hazardous Waste collection event in the community of Wasco on November 3, 2017. The event will be held at the Wasco School Event Center, 903 Barnett Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

6. Soil pH Workshop, Register by Nov. 9, Nov. 16

The Mid-Columbia Soil pH Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017,  from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This training will be held at the Shilo Inn, 3223 Bret Clodfelter Way, The Dalles. Pre-registration is required.

This workshop is specifically aimed toward small grain growers. Topics to be covered include: Current Research in Mitigating pH issues; Economics of Liming; Nutrient Deficiencies; Impacts of pH on Crop Diseases and Pesticides.

The workshop is hosted by OSU, WSU, Mid Columbia Producers, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Sherman and Wasco Counties Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required by November 9th. For more information or to register please call the OSU Wasco County Extension Office at 541-296-5494.

7. Mid-Columbia CORE Pesticide Training

The Mid-Columbia CORE Pesticide Training is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The workshop will be held in the Columbia Gorge Community College Lecture Hall, Building 2, The Dalles.

Morning topics to be covered include: Worker Protection Standards and ODA Laws and Regulations Update. Afternoon topics to be covered include First Aid & Spills Containment and ODA Case Studies & Lessons Learned.

There will be 4 pesticide credits available for this workshop with 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.  This class will satisfy CORE Requirements or can be taken for the additional 4 credit hours.

Pre-registration is required by December 8th. Registration fee will be $5.00 payable at the door. Lunch for this workshop will not be provided so participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase it in the college cafeteria during the 1 hour lunch break.

For more information or to register please call the OSU Wasco County Extension Office at 541-296-5494.

8. Compulsive Busy-ness – Part 2

Yesterday, we looked at some problems associated with the compulsion to do too much. Today, let’s look at some solutions.

Feeling driven to achieve can lead us to become high performance people. But when that drive is taken to extremes, it can result in compulsive behavior that can have disastrous effects on our families, stress levels and health.

If you sometimes feel that you are a candidate for the “Most Overworked Person Award,” what can you do about it?

Psychologist Christian Komer, of Grand Rapids, suggested that you try doing nothing for short periods every day. Designate a time to simply sit, without talking, reading or even watching the television. It can help short-circuit compulsive behavior and provide time for reflection that could reveal the feelings behind the behavior.

Try to just wander around for a while, too.  Follow your impulses, something compulsive people rarely do but which can get you back in touch with your own life. Instead of trying to fit more into your day, try doing less, but concentrate on doing it better. And avoid trying to do two things at once.

[Recent research indicates that conscious “multitasking” is a fallacy, and that our conscious minds can only focus on one thing at a time, even if the attention given is extremely short. Our Subconscious is already doing plenty of multitasking, as it handles habits, attitudes, heartbeat, breathing – anything automatic.]

Pace yourself as well. Take some time in the morning to relax and set the tone for the day instead of racing around trying to get a head start on your list of things to do. Create an affirmation such as, “I calmly and easily accomplish what I need to do and take time to enjoy the process as well.”  Then, say it often every day, while you visualize yourself doing just that. Then, absorb how good it feels to be in control of your life and your time. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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John A. Brown was one of the state’s first Black homesteaders.

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The devil is in the small business tax reform details

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Forbes: Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care

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Sherman County eNews #299


  1. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, Oct. 11

  2. College courses delve deep into cultivating happiness

  3. Wealth of Human Potential

  4. Oregon Archaeology Month Events

  5. National 4-H Week celebrates country’s largest youth organization

  6. The Institute of Museum and Library Services Accepting Grant Applications

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

 “It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.” ~Mercy Warren (1805)

1. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, Oct. 11

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 6:00 PM, 903 Barnett Street

Agenda/Topics: We will be discussing volunteer tracking and recruiting; updates on grants; financial report by Cassie; and prioritizing jobs that need to be completed.
This meeting is our monthly meeting and is open to the public.

2. College courses delve deep into cultivating happiness

The pursuit of inner-growth is fairly mainstream in American culture as evidenced by “mindfulness” recently achieving special edition status with Time Magazine. “Personal wellness in the amenity rich Gorge is a high priority for many residents, and the college wants to respond to this interest,” says Suzanne Burd, community education coordinator at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC).

“We are in an era in which the intersection of ancient wisdom traditions, such as Buddhism, and modern science, in particular neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, offers methods to enhance personal well-being in lasting ways,” Burd adds. In response, the CGCC Community Education program now offers classes on cultivating inner-strengths, including self-compassion, resiliency, confidence, gratitude, and grit, as well as working with fear and anxiety, and learning to silence a harsh over-vocal inner critic.

“The new Inner Strengths courses are taught by Ellen Donoghue, PhD who has an infectious passion for assisting people to cultivate lasting happiness and combines her social science research on well-being with a diversity of evidence-based mindfulness teachings and practices,” explains Burd. The first course this fall on “Cultivating Self-Compassion” begins mid-October on Thursday evenings for 4 weeks at the Hood River Campus. Registration is required by October 11.

“In the second course on ‘Growing Grit,’ Wednesday evenings in November, Ellen draws on the psychology of passion and determination as well as wisdom teachings and personal growth experiences from her years as a competitive dog musher, backcountry guide and enthusiast, and social science researcher in developing countries and rural areas of the PNW,” Burd explains. She adds, “Ellen teaches that each of us has experiences in which we exhibit aspects of grit, even if we do not always recognize some of them as such. The “Growing Grit” course explores how we can use moments in the everyday flow of life to broaden and deepen our sense of confidence and determination into areas where we have wholesome heartfelt longings and aspirations, whatever they may be!”

CGCC Community Education also offers a Saturday morning workshop on October 21st that explores teachings and practices to help us overcome the negativity bias of our Stone Age brains and cultivate inner strengths. For details and registration, call (541) 506-6011 or visit

3. Wealth of Human Potential

Have you ever looked back on something that you achieved and wondered why you were so successful? When you look back at your successes and the things you’ve achieved in your life and you look for the reasons why you succeeded, you’ll find that most often it wasn’t just luck. Some, if not all, of the following were involved:

Knowledge, Skill, Commitment, Motivation, Energy, Confidence, Resilience, and a Belief in yourself and what you were doing

It’s not hard to see why we succeed. What is hard is explaining why we don’t succeed all the time. Quite often people will say, “Oh, that would be too hard for me,” or “That would take too much effort.” But would it really? Because the truth is that each one of us has a wealth of abilities, energy and skills, but most of the time we only use a fraction of this wealth. This incredible wealth of untapped resources is called “Human Potential.” How much we use of it depends, more than anything else, on our belief system.

If we believe there is no way around a problem, we close our minds to possible solutions. But if we believe we will find a way, then it doesn’t matter what obstacles we run into. We get very creative. We see things we wouldn’t ordinarily see, and we hang in there and get others to help us until we do find a way. This is your human potential, paying interest.

Remember, the most powerful thing you can do to change your life is to change your beliefs about who you are, your life and your abilities and begin to act accordingly. ~The Pacific Institute 

4. Oregon Archaeology Month Events

Celebrate archaeology in Oregon by participating in events across the state! You can find a list of events here:

5. National 4-H Week celebrates country’s largest youth organization

4-H clover1CORVALLIS, Ore. – When the Tomato Growing Club started in 1902, A.B. Graham had no way of knowing his little endeavor would become 4-H and grow into the largest and most effective youth development organization in the country.

More than a century later, as National 4-H week ramps up, Karissa Dishon, assistant professor of 4-H youth development at Oregon State University Extension Service, puts in perspective the organization’s role for the 46,500 4-H members around the state.

“From the street view, I think what surprises most people is the variety of projects we offer,” she said. “I tell them about robotics, computer programming, basketball and surfing clubs. Yes, we do cows and cooking, too, but the best part of 4-H is that project areas are limitless.”

The entire month of October is a celebration of 4-H, and a perfect time to join up or volunteer. Contact your local Extension office for more information.

The variety of programming has increased, but the heart of 4-H remains the same, helping turn kids into citizens who understand and contribute to the complex world around them.

“We give them cool, fun things to do and then flip in the vegetables,” said Dishon, who participated in 4-H for nine years. “If we’re doing it right, they are learning about the subject but, whether they know it or not, they’re gaining life skills.”

It worked for her. Although part of a loving family, Dishon said she chose a rocky road as a teenager. All along she was tending to and showing her horse in OSU Extension’s 4-H program. Eventually, she realized her club leader saw something in her.

“I needed someone outside my family who cared about me,” she said. “4-H saved my life. I went from making the wrong choices and hanging out with the wrong people to saying, “Wait a minute, this is not what I want my story to be. If these adults care about me, I must be worth it.”

Pamela Rose, statewide director of OSU Extension’s 4-H program, said that 4-H helps kids find their “spark” like it did for Dishon. Volunteer 4-H leaders – 8,000 of them in Oregon – become mentors.

Young people can get involved in many activities that spark their interest. If someone is interested in herpetology or entomology and there’s no current club, 4-H faculty put out feelers to find a volunteer in the community who can teach it. If no one steps up, which is rare, the child can go into a class and explore their passion in an alternate way. Perhaps the budding herpetologist would join the photography club and take photos of snakes and lizards and enter them in the county fair.

But it’s the lessons learned beyond subject areas that last, said Melanie McCabe, a 4-H youth development educator who was in 4-H for nine years. She points to friendship as the pinnacle of her experience, as well as leadership.

“I was very shy as a youth,” she said. “4-H allowed me to develop my skills. By the time I was a senior, I was not only serving in leadership roles in 4-H, but also in student government and FFA. Part of that was speaking in public. I was petrified, but now I’m just as comfortable speaking in front of 500 as I am in front of five. It’s a skill I’ve used repeatedly throughout my life.”

Rose likens 4-H to the hub of a wheel. “Our value resonates from there. As we continue to achieve excellence the wheel keeps turning. People want to be involved, including youth, parents, leaders, community partners. We have support from 4-H alumni who give back by volunteering or donating their time, talent or treasures. Everyone has talents and treasures and 4-H helps children discover theirs.”

The 4-H youth development program is administered by the country’s network of land-grant universities’ extension services – of which Oregon State is one –  and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

6. The Institute of Museum and Library Services Accepting Grant Applications

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting grant applications for the Museums for America and the National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. The application deadline for each program is December 1, 2017.

Changes to the FY 2018 programs include adjustments to award amount limits for Museums for America (MFA); applicants may request awards of up to $250,000. The Museums for America program continues to support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.

Applicants for The National Leadership Grants for Museums (NLG-M) program may now apply under four new project categories: Advancing Digital Assets and Capacity, Diversity and Inclusion, Collections Care and Access, and Professional Development. Program guidelines also include information about activities of special interest to IMLS for FY 2018.

See the IMLS website for program guidelines (notices of funding opportunities), instructions for completing applications, staff contacts, and webinar information for both of these museum grant programs:

Museums for America

National Leadership Grants for Museums

Applicants are encouraged to check the IMLS website for future notices of funding opportunities for the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Program, Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program, and Museums Empowered Program.

Potential grant applicants are invited to view two pre-recorded webinars, which can help provide information on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and navigate the required IMLS forms. Click here for instructions on how to join the webinars. Pre-recorded webinars are accessible online.

IMLS also invites potential applicants to view a live webinar offered for each grant program. Details are available on the IMLS website at

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

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