Sherman County eNews #6


  1. 21st Annual Robert Burns Supper, Jan. 27

  2. Shortbread Contest at the Robert Burns Supper, Jan. 27

  3. Gorge Works Offers Paid Internships; Internship available in Moro

  4. John Day Dam Stories Sought for Sherman County: For The Record

  5. Imagine…

  6. NOTICE.  Sherman County Court Session, Jan. 17

  7. NOTICE. Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee Meeting, Jan. 18

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

 1. 21st Annual Robert Burns Supper, Jan. 27

Mark your calendar!

21st Annual Robert Burns Supper

Saturday, January 27

2 p.m.- ?

Condon Elks Lodge


A Grand Celebration of Condon’s Scottish Heritage

Music. Recitations. A shortbread contest.

Oral family histories.

Food and Merriment.

Tickets on Sale at The Times-Journal

$17 single

$30 couple.

2. Shortbread Contest at the Robert Burns Supper, Jan. 27

Shortbread Contest

Saturday, January 27

Your favorite recipe.

Bring six cookies, or more if you want to help provide dessert for the dinner.

Judging set for around 3 p.m.


Condon Elks Lodge

3. Gorge Works Offers Paid Internships; Internship available in Moro

Applications are now being accepted online for Gorge Works paid work experience opportunities at for the Summer 2018.
The application period continues until Jan. 31.

“If you are thinking about your career options, you will definitely want to check out what’s on offer,” said Kathy Ursprung. She and Bayoán Ware are spearheading the program through the Port of The Dalles, with help from a number of local economic, employment and education organizations, including Columbia Gorge Community College. “We currently have a dozen opportunities available in a variety of fields. Many fall into a category we call Entry Level Technician, but we also have some more front office-oriented professions. We also have several more opportunities in the pipeline. All of these jobs have career potential.”

Gorge Works applicants don’t have to be currently involved in an education program. High school or college coursework, hobbies, work experience, volunteer activities and other means can provide the basis of experience or interest needed for some of the positions. In most cases, but not all, participants must be at least 18 years old to qualify.

“Graduating high school seniors, community college students or working people looking for a career upgrade can find some great opportunities through Gorge Works,” Ware said. “Our primary focus is to introduce local people to skilled careers, and to employers who pay a living wage and offer benefits.”

Gorge Works will also coordinate weekly professional development workshops on a variety of topics that may include topics such as Workplace Expectations, Business Communication, Project Management, Leadership, Finance, Community Involvement and other topics.

“Being a strong job candidate involves more than just the skills of the job,” Ware said. “These workshops can help people become more well-rounded and employable. They are also a great way to learn about the businesses of the Gorge and build connections with other participants.”

Many Gorge employers have stepped up to support Gorge Works, either as steering committee members or host sites. The program follows the template established by the successful McMinnville Works program, which has been in operation for six years. While their program is community-based, Gorge Works spans the Columbia Gorge region because of the interconnected nature of our economy.

“Gorge Works was started because we were told that our area employers are struggling to find skilled and qualified workers, so we developed the program to build our own workforce,” Ursprung said. “Our motto is ‘Careers Built Here.’”

Find more information about Gorge Works online at or contact the coordinators at the Port of The Dalles, 541-298-4148 or

4. John Day Dam Stories Sought for Sherman County: For The Record

computer.keysThe 60th anniversary of the start of construction and 50th anniversary of the dedication of the John Day Dam will be this year. Gladys Wesley, editor of Sherman County: For The Record, plans to devote the spring issue to stories about construction of the dam and the Biggs bridge and road and railroad relocation. Did you or your parents work on any of these? Do you remember the changes in the area as a result of the added jobs? Did you and/or your family move to Sherman County at the time? Did you attend the opening of the bridge or other events? Do you have photographs of that period? You and your stories are an important part of Sherman County history. Your photos to illustrate your story will be scanned and returned. Send your stories to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or to (with subject line Story for FTR). Questions? Contact the Museum: 541-565-3232. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2018.

5. Imagine…

Where are the limits of human potential? Where are the limits of your own personal potential? These are questions that have fascinated us for centuries, and we won’t settle them here today. But, let’s stretch our thinking a bit.

Imagine a one-legged man climbing a tall mountain. Imagine a blind sculptor. Imagine a deaf composer. All are flesh and blood, and have walked this Earth. Imagine huge, incredibly heavy machines flying through the air like birds, carrying people inside of them. Once unimaginable – now a commonplace thing.

Think of ordinary men and women walking across red-hot coals without harm. Think of so-called incurable diseases, healed without medical help. Imagine yogis in India and Tibet raising their body temperature or slowing their heart rate at will. All these things happen every day.

Now imagine a world in which conflicts are settled peacefully, where children and elderly are considered national treasures. No one goes hungry, no one is without medical care, and no one is a victim of a violent crime. Imagine a world in which racial and cultural differences are prized because they give us richness, and tolerance is practiced from the cradle to the grave.

A great poet once compared the imagination to a lamp, shedding light on possibility. “It is the priceless ingredient for a better day.” What do you think? What is possible for us as a species and for you as an individual? Stretch your imagination for a few minutes. See what you can find. Perhaps share what you see with close friends and loved ones. We must be able to see this future world before we ever can create it.

Change can be intimidating; but this is one change people dedicate their lives to and make happen at the very foundation of human action – human thought. As the song lyrics say, “If you can see it, you can be it.” If we truly see this as our future, then surely we can make it happen. ~The Pacific Institute

6. NOTICE.  Sherman County Court Session, Jan. 17

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

Agenda topics include quarterly reports: Clerk, Sheriff, Senior Center, Prevention Coordinator,  School District Superintendent, Community Transit, Building Maintenance,  Planning Director and Emergency Services; Discussions on rental housing, housing issues re: Grass Valley and Aurora Gardens, Renewable Energy Work Session and Rental Tables & Chairs; Commissioners’ Reports; and Consent Agenda.

7. Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee Meeting, Jan. 18

Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee

Meeting Agenda

January 18, 2018 6:00 PM

Agenda topics include: Review/approval September minutes; Review 2017 Response Statistics-Dispatch & Ambulance; ASA Plan Discussion; Issues/Concerns; next meeting July 19, 2018.

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