Sherman County eNews #21


  1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 30

  2. 4-H Enrollment is Open Now, Deadline Feb. 15

  3. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Jan. 19 Meeting Summary

  4. Turning Goals into Reality

  5. Huskey’s 97 Market Earns Kudos for Healthy Corner Store Project

  6. Columbia Gorge Community College to Deliver Adult & Dislocated Worker Services

  7. History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer – February Weather, 1922

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

 1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 30

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Girls JV cancelled, Boys JV at 4:30, Girls Varsity at 6:00, and Boys Varsity at 7:30 at Dufur, bus departs at 2:35, class dismissal at 2:25.

2. 4-H Enrollment is Open Now, Deadline Feb. 15

4-H clover1Yahoo!  It’s a new year in 4-H in 2018!  Kids, it’s time to join Sherman 4-H and get enrolled now.  Stop by the Sherman Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro OR 97039 541-565-3230.  Forms available on-line at:

4-H is for youth ages 9 to 19 (as of September 1, 2017).  The divisions are:  Juniors ages 9-11 (yes, this includes older 3rd graders); Intermediates ages 12-14; and Seniors 15-19 (and still in high school).

CloverBud 4-H is for kids ages 5-8 as of September 1, 2017, and is simply for fun gatherings and learning activities.  If your child is of that age and you’d like to lead a CloverBud group or gathering, let the Sherman Extension Office know. 

Sherman 4-H enrollment deadline is February 15.  Clubs will begin meeting and we want you to be ready to go.  Most clubs will hold at least 6 meetings during the 4-H year, as well as exhibiting and participating in the Sherman County Fair.  Enrollment is $28/youth, with a discount for multiple children from one family. 

4-H is a national, state and local program coordinated by state land grant universities, as an educational and outreach program to develop good citizens in our country. 

A youth development program where kids get to do things usually only adults do…4-H is ”learning by doing”….select, care for and raise livestock, take photographs for exhibition, learn how to cook a variety of foods, participate in clinics and workshops to learn more about livestock or healthy living, sew their own clothing or craft items for home, make money and keep track of records, cook outdoors and learn how to can fruit or make jerky, be part of an organization and participate in meetings, and more. 

4-H also means spring break and summer camps, fun outdoor adventures, youth leadership opportunities, 4-H Summer Conference at the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, and travel opportunities nationally and internationally. 

Current Sherman County 4-H clubs and leaders are:

Goat…………………………………………………..Miranda & Ryan Owens

Beef…………………………………………….……..Sandi & Doug Martin

Sheep…………………………………………….…..Stephen Fritts & Lindsey Cope

Swine………………………………………………….Samantha Roberts-Smith & Brennah Miller

Horse………………………………………………….Kayci Sharp

Poultry………………………………………………..DeeAnn Ramos & Deanna Christianson

Rabbit/Guinea Pig……………………………….Melissa Montesanti

4-H Leadership…………………………………….Cindy Brown & Lindsey Cope

Shooting………………………………………………Dowen Jones & Jon Ramos

Sewing………………………………………………….Karen Thompson Umemoto

Cooking/Baking……………………………………Marylou Martin & Jeanne Kuettel

Outdoor Cooking/Food Preservation…..Cindy Brown

Adults, if you have a wonderful hobby or interest that you would like to share with youth, consider holding a workshop at the Extension Office….or volunteer to be a club leader.  A minimum of six 4-H club meetings are required each year, and the folks at the Extension Office help you with all the paperwork and scheduling tasks. 

We especially would like adults with an interest in photography, crafts, sewing, knitting/crocheting, gardening, carpentry, welding, fishing, shooting, outdoor activities, or science/technology to give our Sherman kids more opportunities. 

Cindy Brown, 4-H and Healthy Living, OSU Sherman County Extension

66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro OR 97039

541-565-3230 office  |  541-993-5291 cell

 3. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Jan. 19 Meeting Summary

“By direction of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors this summary of regular meeting will be sent out sometime after meeting. The entire minutes and financial statement will not be available until they are approved at the next regular board of directors meeting.”

[In summary, at the January 19 Frontier TeleNet meeting, action included]

–“Minutes and Financial Statement from December 2017 Approved.

–Update on Gilliam County /City of Condon RFP by Judge Steve Shaffer.  Goal is to get accomplished in a timely manner.  Working on details of construction.  Inland Development/Windwave chosen to do this project.

–Frontier TeleNet Website:  Website is up and running.

–Sherman County Office Space:  Lease has been signed for Frontier TeleNet Office Space in Moro.

–Frontier 911 Burns Tribe Update:  Dispatch will start on February 2, 2018.

–Wheeler County Wireless Project:  95% of Phase I complete by Day Wireless.

–Next Meeting will be February 16, 2018, 10 AM at Jeanne E. Burch Building, Fossil, Oregon.” ~Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet bookkeeper.

[Editorial note: See “Frontier Telenet directors hear updates on regional projects” in the January 25, 2018, issue of The Times-Journal.]

4. Turning Goals into Reality

We set out to create some meaningful goals for ourselves for 2018. In fact, you were left with the “homework assignment” of writing out goals for each area of your personal Balance Wheel. Don’t worry (which is really negative goal-setting) if you didn’t complete the assignment – goal-setting is a life-long “homework assignment.” By doing this, you are setting yourself on the path to a fun, enjoyable and fulfilling life.

So, now that you have all of your goals, written as if the future you want has already happened, what do you do next? The next step is vitally important, because we must be able to “see” ourselves into this new reality. Human beings think in three dimensions: Words (or language), that trigger Pictures, which cause Emotions (or feelings). So, it is important that the words of your goals cause the exact picture of what you want.

For example, if we want everybody receiving today’s message to have the same picture, and we write the word “dog” to you, it will trigger a picture in your brain. However, it will trigger thousands of different pictures, for the thousands of people receiving this message. Now, if I say, “white, brown and black Bassett Hound, with long ears, short legs and a white streak running up his forehead,” most of you will be picturing the same type of dog (as long as you know what a Bassett Hound is), with thousands of little variations.

Take a look at your goals, and make certain that they cause you to picture exactly what it is you want; and these pictures should cause you to feel a positive, warm sense of accomplishment. If you need to, add words of clarity and emotion, turning your goals into a moving image of your future.

Now, at least twice a day, read each goal. Take a moment to close your eyes and picture what the words say to you, and feel the emotions of each goal becoming real. Each goal will take 15-20 seconds, so you can work at 10 to 15 goals at a time.

This is the visualization process that will take you from “want to” to “I am.” ~The Pacific Institute

5. Huskey’s 97 Market Earns Kudos for Healthy Corner Store Project

Carey Hughes of Huskey’s 97 Market in Moro has earned praise from Silvan Shawe of the Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN) regarding participation in the Healthy Corner Store Project.  Huskey’s 97 was part of a three store pilot of the program in the Columbia Gorge, working to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas.   

At Huskey’s 97, GGFN assisted in stocking over 850 pounds of fresh locally grown fruit and vegetable from 9 farms and the Wahtonka Community School Garden, including peaches, onions, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, apples, and pears.

“Carey and her staff were an absolute pleasure to work with and I very much appreciate her commitment and the lengths she goes to ensure her customers have access to healthy food. She was by far the most engaged of any of the store owners and will continue to work directly with PrairieFish and other local farmers. Her feedback and patience as we try to work out how to improve the VeggieRx Program in Sherman has been invaluable.” Silvan Shawe, GGFN, Healthy Corner Store Project coordinator. 

Primary goals for the Health Corner Store Project were:

  • Establish lasting partnerships between local farmers and store-owners (14 farms and 3 stores participated)
  • To support convenience/corner stores ability to meet the demand for healthy fresh fruit and vegetables and from Veggie Rx vouchers in Sherman and Wasco Counties
  • Bolster the local economy by driving more business to locally owned stores and small farmers
  • Strengthen relationships between neighbors and project partners
  • Reduce diet-related disease and malnutrition
  • Support school garden programs by providing an outlet for them to sell produce through
  • Expand this Gorge-wide in 2018

Hughes says “I’m happy that my customers are able to have access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Everyone from children to seniors are benefiting from VeggieRx here in Sherman County, and with the support of the Healthy Corner Store Project we are able to have more variety, and fresh locally grown produce at a good price for our customers.”

Support for this project comes from The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program, which is designed to build sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities by providing grants and other resources to foster development of community-identified cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship projects. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has made a decade-long commitment to invest in this program to develop robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians. 

6. Columbia Gorge Community College To Deliver Adult & Dislocated Worker Services

Columbia Gorge Community College Awarded Contract for Delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services Through WorkSource Oregon

After conducting a successful procurement, the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board (ECWIB) has awarded a provisional contract to Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) for the delivery of comprehensive, year-round Adult and Dislocated Worker Services in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.

Services will continue to be delivered through WorkSource Oregon, with offices located at: 700 Union Street, The Dalles, and on the Hood River Campus of CGCC at 1730 College Way, Room 301.

“Columbia Gorge Community College has a unique ability to leverage their existing programs in order to reach the most remote areas of the ECWIB’s Northern sub-region,” said Heather Ficht, Executive Director of ECWIB. “We look forward to working with CGCC as their role within WorkSource and as a workforce partner grows, in service to our community.”

Through the delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services within the WorkSource and with the use of technology, CGCC’s career advisors will work with both job-seekers and employers, in all five of the Northern counties, to ensure that the current workforce is adequately trained and ready to meet the existing needs of business.

“Our institution is honored by this selection, which complements our mission of building dreams by providing lifelong educational and training programs,” added Lori Ufford, CGCC’s interim president. “We welcome this opportunity to build upon our strong community partnerships for the benefit of residents throughout our region.”

7. History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer – February Weather, 1922

snowflakeFebruary 3, 1922

     Low Grade Causes Trouble. Foss & Co. have had the full enjoyment occasioned by civic improvements in that since the streets were improved last summer the alley back of their garage building is now lower in the center than at either end where it intersects improved streets, caused by dirt taken to make fills.  When the soft chinook winds hit Moro last week it found quite a collection of luscious snow ready for the thaw and this in turn came into the Foss & Co. garage through windows, walls and concrete.  Since then there has been further additions to the supply waiting for the next chinook.

February 3, 1922

    State highway commission at their meeting in Portland this week ordered that advertisment be made for bids for the grading and macadamizing of the Sherman Highway section between Biggs and Wasco.  Contract for this will be let at the next meeting February 21st.  When completed there will be an improved road from Grass Valley to the Columbia river highway at Biggs.

February 10, 1922

    The macadam sections of the Columbia river highway east of The Dalles are being dragged by maintenance men, working under the state highway department.  The road surface is still damp from melting snows, and dragging at this time will put it in good shape for summer travel.

February 10, 1922

    The Columbia river highway in Hood River county, blocked by winter’s snow and ice, is being cleared by regular maintenance men employed by the highway department.  The highway is now open as far west as Camp Benson.  A track eight feet wide is being opened thru the drifts by means of blasting and shoveling.  Hood River county expects to have its section of the highway open before Multnomah county has it cleared.

February 10, 1922

    The board of county road viewers went over the Sherman highway between Moro and Grass Valley Friday, passing on the damages claimed by the property owners.  Their report came up before the county court for action at a special term held this week.

February 17, 1922

    Chief Engineer Compton and party finished surveying the Sherman highway between Wasco and the Columbia river last week.  The road goes thru Wasco, just past the Christian church, where it turns to the left down a small gully to the railroad track, along the east side of the track to its intersection with the state aid road at China Hollow, the Sherman highway here joining with the state aid road and continuing on to the Columbia river highway.

February 17, 1922

    The Sherman highway surveyors, Chief Engineer Compton and party, went through Moro Monday, headed for Shaniko, intending to outline the highway between Shaniko and Cow Creek canyon.

February 17, 1922

    Shades of Alaska and the polar bear! — more snow.  Soon the film men will be shooting their Arctic scenes on the white plateau of Sherman county.

February 17, 1922

    The Sherman highway contractors have begun work on the top of DeMoss hill north of Moro.

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

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