Sherman County eNews #356


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

  2. Sherman County Courthouse Addition Nearly Complete

  3. Anger and Violence

  4. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #1

  6. Community Renewable Energy Association

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

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Book Club – Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm
Please join us for tea, dessert and discussion of our monthly book, Some Luck by Jane Smiley. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different yet equally remarkable children: Frank, the brilliant, stubborn first-born; Joe, whose love of animals makes him the natural heir to his family’s land; Lillian, an angelic child who enters a fairy-tale marriage with a man only she will fully know; Henry, the bookworm who’s not afraid to be different; and Claire, who earns the highest place in her father’s heart. Moving from post-World War I America through the early 1950s, Some Luck gives us an intimate look at this family’s triumphs and tragedies, zooming in on the realities of farm life, while casting-as the children grow up and scatter to New York, California, and everywhere in between-a panoramic eye on the monumental changes that marked the first half of the twentieth century. Rich with humor and wisdom, twists and surprises, Some Luck takes us through deeply emotional cycles of births and deaths, passions, and betrayals, displaying Smiley’s dazzling virtuosity, compassion, and understanding of human nature and the nature of history, never discounting the role of fate and chance. This potent conjuring of many lives across generations is a stunning tour de force.

The Library at Lunch – Tuesday, December 12 or Thursday, December 14 at lunchtime.
We will create customized t-shirts using a stencil and spray bleach. Please bring your own dark colored t-shirt. Please email your idea for a stencil to Abbey at no later than Wednesday. You can chose almost any picture. All images must be school appropriate. Stop in either Tuesday or Thursday. You can pick up your shirt at the end of the day. This event is for grades 7-12 only.

Crafts in Stacks – Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 pm
We will create customized t-shirts using a stencil and spray bleach. Please bring your own dark colored t-shirt or shirts. We will have a few stencils for you to choose from or you can call or stop by the library if you have special requests. You can also create your own image, please email Abbey at for more information or to send your image. Ages firmly 12 and up. Give us a call to reserve your spot before December 14, space is limited to the first 20.

2. Sherman County Courthouse Addition Nearly Complete

Sherman County is pleased to announce that departments will begin moving into the nearly completed courthouse addition during the week of December 11th. We are utilizing the Sherman eNews forum at this time rather than the Citizen Reporter due to the rapidly evolving construction schedule. The move-in to the addition has long been scheduled to occur in January but due to the coordination of the folks at Kirby Nagelhout Construction and the many project subcontractors the phased move-in will take place during mid to late December. We will announce in eNews when departments have been moved and how to best find their new location.

While the addition is substantially complete at this time, finish work on the interior and exterior of the structure will continue and landscaping will be completed during the spring months. The final major phase of the project will begin in early January with the renovation of the existing Courthouse. Construction will take place in two stages and is scheduled to be completed in June of 2018. The continued patience and support of the Sherman County community is greatly appreciated as several departments will be operating in temporary spaces and there will likely be many signs and sounds of construction in the months to come.

We wish to express our gratitude to our neighbors who have patiently endured the noise and other disruptions related to the project. Also, we appreciate those courthouse employees who have dealt with many months of being closer to the action than they may have preferred to be. While the project is not yet in the home stretch, the near completion of the addition represents a major milestone and we will provide updated project-related information in the near future. Finally, we are happy to report that in addition to being ahead of schedule, the project continues to operate within the adopted budget at this time.

~Submitted by Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group, and Ron McDermid, Sherman County Courthouse Project Steering Committee member.

3. Anger and Violence

Driving in to work today, it was probably easy to notice that there are a lot of angry people out there. Angry adults, unfortunately, provide angry role models for the children in their lives. All of us, not just parents and grandparents, should be concerned about teaching our children to deal with anger in nonviolent ways.

Violence, which can be defined as intense anger, expressed in a way that hurts others, is something no parent wants their children to experience. Yet, it can be difficult to know what to do about it, when examples of it are so easily accessible on television, in the movies, and all over social media.

Parents may say, “Don’t feel this way,” or “Don’t behave this way,” to their kids, but it has little or no effect. What does work? First, teach your kids to differentiate between violent feelings, which everyone has from time to time, and violent behavior, which should not be condoned or tolerated.

Then, set a good example. Children imitate and learn from what they see. This doesn’t mean that you don’t fly off the handle once in a while, but it does mean that most of the time you keep your temper under control. Parents also want to set firm limits on physical expressions of hostility and violence. Over time, this helps kids develop their own internal system of self-control.

At the same time, you want to give your kids safe outlets for expressing hostile or angry feelings. Help them tell you what they are feeling in words, or say something like, “I know you are really mad at your brother right now and feel like you might want to hit him. I can’t let you do that. That is not right. How can we channel that negative energy into something more positive?”

Then, bring the child into the decision-making process (in an age-appropriate manner), to find positive ways to channel those feelings. You are helping them develop their own replacement picture for a positive end result – a skill that will prove invaluable throughout their lives. And, by turning a “have to” into a “want to,” you both will have greater success in changing destructive behavior patterns that can follow the child into adulthood. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving | tax-deductible non-profit organizations | Updated 12/2017:

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in memory or remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as an alternate gift for someone who has everything.

5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #1

Q. Imagine a map. Explorers came down the Columbia River in October 1805. They identified a “river that falls in on the Larboard side, Lodges of Indians on the Starboard side … a round topped mountain immediately in front … an Island of rocks about 4 miles long … the entrance of a large river on the Larboard Side …and the commencement of the pitch of the Great falls…”  Who were they and where were they?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

6. Community Renewable Energy Association

“Our organization cares about the development of small-scale (20 MW and under) renewable energy projects in Oregon, and works to protect and create favorable state and federal policy in support of Oregon based renewable energy.” ~

Our Executive Board works to keep CREA in alignment with its mission of promoting and supporting community scale renewable energy, while keeping abreast with any state or federal issues affecting community renewables. With an interweaving of county government officials and owners/operators of small energy projects, our Executive Board brings a variety of administrative and experience based knowledge to form a detailed, panoramic vision of what community projects need in order to thrive. All members of our executive team have current or past involvement with other renewable energy/economic development themed organizations.

Don Coats, Executive Board Chair

Don Coats owns and operates Coats Ranch, Inc., a dry land wheat farm in Sherman County, Oregon. He began farming in 1974, learning the trade from his father, and has owned the family ranch since 1999. Don has served and chaired on several boards of directors, to include Sherman Cooperative of Grain Growers, Mid-Columbia Producers, and Oregon Wheat Growers League. He has experience in consulting and land acquisition for wind farms. Don has spent the last 15 years immersed in the field of renewable energy, with a passionate focus on policy development for PURPA and qualifying facilities. His knowledge of renewable energy expands to include solar, small hydro, and other RPS resources. Don studied aviation maintenance at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon

Ormand Hilderbrand, Executive Board Vice Chair

Ormand Hilderbrand is President and owner of Patu Wind Farm, a 9 MW project, located in Wasco, Oregon. He has overseen operations of Patu since its emergence in 2005. He was formerly the General Manager for Oregon Trail Wind Farm in Walla Walla, Washington. Ormand has an extensive background in business development, engineering and wind energy technology, as well as on ground, continuous experience with state and federal policy in relation to community scale renewable energy projects. He holds a BS in Agronomy/Soils from Oregon State University.

Les Perkins

Les Perkins is a commissioner for Hood River County. Currently in his 5th elected term to rural south end, Les focuses on natural resource issues, specifically forestry and water. He works as General Manager of Farmers Irrigation District in Hood River.

Steve Forrester

Steven Forrester is the City Manager for Prineville, Oregon, a location that has seen much advancement and large company interest in renewable energy, particularly solar, in the last several years. Steve grew up in Prineville and has served as the City Manager since 2009. He spent 25 years working in the forest products industry and worked as General Manager in the Oregon towns of Redmond, Lakeview, White City and Prineville. Alongside his role on CREA’s Board, Steve serves on many boards in his community, to include those of the local hospital and school district facilities, as well as the Economic Development of Central Oregon and the League of Oregon Cities.

Judge Steve Shaffer

Steve Shaffer is the Gilliam County Court Judge. Gilliam County has come to be known as a renewable energy capital of the state and even the world, due to the amount of wind energy produced within its borders. While the wind farms are not community scale, Gilliam County (alongside Morrow and Sherman counties), used CREA to negotiate Strategic Investment Program opportunities in which a percentage of the capital on power generated is relegated to the county itself for a number of years. Judge Shaffer has been active in seeking a solution for allowing access to hands on, wind tower experience for students of the Renewable Energy Technology program of Columbia Gorge Community College, as well as the possible creation of renewable energy educational programs within Sherman and Morrow County schools.

Judge Terry Tallman

Terry Tallman is Morrow County Court’s Judge. He’s been on our Executive Board for nearly a decade, engaging in the active philosophy that community based renewable energy is an economic development tool. Judge Tallman makes his home in Heppner, Oregon, where he miraculously finds time to grow watermelons and dahlias in his garden.

Judge Gary Thompson

Gary Thomspon, Judge for Sherman County Court, is one of CREA’s founding members, signing the original intergovernmental agreement to form our organization. He has served as Sherman County Judge for 15 years, with 8 years experience as a County Representative for noprofit, Wy’East Resource Conservation & Development (Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program). Judge Thompson also has a prior 25 years experience as a self-employed farmer within his rural county. He holds a BS from Central Washington State.

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

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