Sherman Soil and Water Conservation District Work Session, Jan. 26
Space Weather: Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse, Jan. 31
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society to Learn Evernote in One Hour, Feb. 10
The Effectiveness is in the Balance
Grants Available for Historic Cemetery Projects
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. Sherman Soil and Water Conservation District Work Session, Jan. 26
The Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors will hold a work session Friday, January 26th at 3 p.m. at the district office at 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon 97039.
2. Space Weather: Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse, Jan. 31
BLUE MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Wednesday, Jan. 31st, the second full Moon of January will pass through Earth’s shadow, producing a rare “Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse.” The Moon won’t look blue, however. Researchers are predicting a bright orange eclipse–a forecast based on studies of recent volcanic activity. Volcanoes, climate change, and lunar eclipses are linked in ways that might surprise you. More information about this, along with eclipse observing tips, are highlighted on today’s edition of Spaceweather.com.
3. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society to Learn Evernote in One Hour, Feb. 10
The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will meet on February 10, 2018, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The general meeting and program will begin at 10:30 AM in the downstairs meeting room. This month’s program will be “Learn Evernote in One Hour. ” A instructional video by genealogy lecturer, author and genealogy program host Thomas MacEntee will be presented. Evernote is a popular note taking and archiving software program used by many genealogical researchers.
The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization that serves Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania Counties. Public is welcome!
~ Georga Foster, President, Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society 541.296.2882
4. The Effectiveness is in the Balance
Now that you have your list of “wants” or “goals” in your different areas, it’s time to check and see how they fit together. Today, let’s talk about goal-setting for a well-balanced life.
When you think about growing as a person, there are many distinct areas you can consider. Do you want to grow as a spouse or parent, in your social relationships, in your job or career? What about your physical and mental health, your intellectual pursuits, your spiritual life? You can also grow in the things you do for fun or in your involvement with your community. Remember, the choices are ours to make. No “have to’s” here.
Have you ever known anyone who puts so much energy into growth in one or two areas that they ignore or neglect the others? This is one thing that you want to avoid. A good way to stay both on track and in balance is to write out goals for every distinct area in your life. While you are at it, check to be sure that your goals fit together in a consistent manner.
For example, you have a goal to become a better father. However, if your career and personal goals take you away from home a great deal, or leave you too preoccupied to function well when you are at home, you might want to take another look at your priorities and adjust your balance.
This is a good way to help you clarify your values too. Make a list of your values and match them to your list of goals. Do they match or is there a disconnect? What is most important to your life? Why? Is that where most of your time, energy, and attention are going? Do you feel that your goals are helping you become a well-balanced person? ~The Pacific Institute
5. Grants Available for Historic Cemetery Projects
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management, and more.
Awards typically range between $1,000 and $8,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant, for projects on cemeteries listed on with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. Recent projects include marker repair and workshops in several cemeteries, installations of signs and informational kiosks, a preservation plan, and fence replacement.
“Our goal is to preserve Oregon’s historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used,” said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill.
While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support to complete them. Free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be available. Workshops will be in Salem on March 8 and 13. Webinar workshops will be available on March 15 and 22.
State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn more about the grants or workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.
6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
“Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” —James Madison (1791)