Sherman County eNews #349


  1. Space Weather News: Biggest, Brightest Full Moon of 2017

  2. Sherman County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 7

  3. North Central Education Service District November Minutes

  4. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 1

  5. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 12

  6. Travel Oregon & the Tourism Industry

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

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth,
good-will to men!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1. Space Weather News: Biggest, Brightest Full Moon of 2017

This weekend’s full Moon is the biggest and brightest full Moon of 2017, almost 8% wider and 16% brighter than average. The extra dose of luminosity, which peaks on Sunday night, Dec. 3rd, is going to cast unusually sharp midnight shadows as this “supermoon” lights up the wintry landscape of the northern hemisphere. Visit today’s edition of to find out why the Moon is so big, and when is the best time to look.

2. Sherman County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 7

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is December 7 at the Wasco Methodist Church

Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come join in when you can get there.

3. North Central Education Service District November Minutes




November 2, 2017

The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room, Thursday, November 2, 2017.


P—Amy Derby, Chair-June 2019

P—Jim Doherty-June 2021

A—Geremy Shull-June 2021

A—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019

P—Sarah Rucker-June 2021

P—Jeff Schott -June 2021

A—Greg Greenwood -June 2019

P—Penny Grotting, Superintendent

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.



Sarah opened the Board Meeting at 6:10 p.m.

Public Input: None


The minutes from the September 7, 2017 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email September 26, 2017. Kim will send out the previous month’s minutes when she sends out the agenda.

Motion—Jeff, seconded Jim, to approve the minutes as presented.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.


Fiscal Receipts and Claims

The financial report detailing revenue and expenditures for the period ending October 26, 2017 was distributed for review, Kim mentioned that the last FLN trailer has been sold.

Motion—Amy seconded Jeff, to approve the financial report.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.


  • Penny has met with all of the superintendents to go through Resolution Services.
  • Sherman School District is struggling with behavioral students and Penny is working with Mr. Owens, Superintendent to help resolve issues.
  • Rinda Montgomery will be going to N. Wasco to observe a behavioral classroom.
  • Christy Christopher, STEM Hub Coordinator will be coming to the superintendent meeting on November 7, 2017 to explain the program and offer any assistance.
  • Regional Multi-tiered System of Support Grant in partnership with Columbia Gorge ESD, will provide support to selected districts from the IMESD, Wallowa, Grant, North Central and CGESD.


  • Penny would like to work on goals for the ESD: such as Most proud of, Need more attention, Where do you want to go with the ESD, suggestions for goals and hopefully talk about them at the next meeting.
  • Penny has been working with school districts on their Title I requirements.
  • P20 Agreement, the board has no questions.
  • Penny explained that hopefully the website will be up and running by January 2018. There will be three trainings to get the website visible to the public.


  • Motion—Jeff, seconded Jim, to accept the OSBA Resolutions to Reorganize the OSBA as a Non-Profit Corporation and Adopt the Proposed 207 Bylaws.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

  • Motion—Amy, seconded Jim, to accept the Resignation of Maria Cortes, Custodian.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

  • Herschel Lantis will be the custodian to replace Maria Cortes.
  • Penny hired Kris Wellsandt October 23, 217. Kris will shadow Sean for a few weeks.
  • Penny read the update from Brooke Ansotegui, OPK Director. Shania Drinkwine started in August and is doing well. She has 21 slots for preschool students:
    • Mitchell has 3 out of 3 total students
    • Spray has 4 out of 6 total students
    • Sherman has 5 out of 16 total students
    • Fossil has 9 out of 11 total students

Next meeting: January 4, 2018 6:00pm

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m.


SARAH RUCKER, CHAIR                                KIM DOMENGIHINI, BUS. MGR.

4. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 1

For the last couple of days, we delved into how the ancient Greeks – Plato in particular – looked at the subject of “happiness.” These four levels run the gamut from self-centered to other-centered, to the search for the ultimate. Today we are going to look at what it means when we choose these levels to live in – and only those levels.

As we mentioned before, we live a combination of the four levels – Instant Gratification, Competition, Contribution and Ultimate Perfection – every day. Each has its place, depending upon the situation at hand. The challenge comes when “only” enters the picture: 

Instant Gratification is important, say, when we are hungry. The hunger is intense and so is the resolution to that hunger when we get something to eat.  However, when instant gratification is the only thing that makes us happy, we are severely limited. Instant happiness lasts just about that long – an instant. Then we are off to find something else to make us happy. It is very much like the attention span of a three-year old.

Competition is important, because it harnesses energy and creativity to expand ourselves. However, when that energy is spent finding others we can feel “better than,” we don’t get anything else done. If our happiness is only based on competition against others, it’s an unfulfilling place to live. We are slaves to our own ego in order to cover up our poor sense of self-worth and we lose connection with those around us.

Living at the level of Contribution would seem to be the best place to be, because it encourages us to reach more of our potential. We utilize our skills and abilities, our talents, in the service of an idea, a project, a need beyond ourselves. However, if we only live at this level, we run the risk of not taking care of our basic needs. We let others take advantage of us, and we may miss opportunities to challenge ourselves to grow.

The seeking of Ultimate Perfection is the most difficult level to reach, and if we only search for it among our relationships with other human beings, we will be disappointed. As human beings, flawed and wonderful as we are, we simply are not capable of continuous perfection. Yes, we want to reach for those moments when we can glimpse perfection, but if that is all we do, we miss out on really living our lives. 

It is in the striving for an effective balance of these four levels where we truly come into our own as human beings, and where our organizations truly fulfill their vision and values. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 12

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

6. Travel Oregon & the Tourism Industry

Oregon.Flat.poleNationally, the tourism industry contributes $947 billion to the country’s economy, directly employing 15.1 million Americans. And in Oregon, tourism is an $11.3 billion industry, directly employing more than 109,000 Oregonians, with secondary impacts that generate another 56,900 jobs.

See Travel Oregon

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


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