Sherman County eNews #22


  1. Tonight: 2018 total lunar eclipse, Jan. 31

  2. North Central Livestock Association Annual Dinner Meeting Program, Feb. 3

  3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 7

  4. You can’t control others’ acts, but you can control your reaction

  5. Regional History Forum program on Airmail Beacons, Feb. 3

  6. Classes: Painting with the Masters, April 3, 10, 17 & 24

  7. Wants Become Goals

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

1. Tonight: 2018 total lunar eclipse 4:51-5:29 a.m., Jan. 31

moonThough Oregonians won’t get the best show, in the early hours of Jan. 31, a total lunar eclipse will be visible for much of the United States, particularly for those of us who live west of the Rocky Mountains.

The upcoming eclipse on Jan. 31 will occur in Oregon at moonset, beginning totality at 4:51 a.m. and reaching its maximum eclipse at 5:29 a.m. The sun will begin to rise over Portland at 7:33 a.m. that morning.


In a total lunar eclipse the Earth is aligned between the sun and the moon. Unlike a total solar eclipse which happens only once every 100 years or so, lunar eclipses can happen up to four times a year and are visible to some degree for the nighttime side of the world, according to NASA.

 2. North Central Livestock Association Annual Dinner Meeting Program, Feb. 3

horse.cattlesortingNorth Central Livestock Association

Annual Dinner Meeting Program

Saturday, February 3

Grass Valley Pavilion

5 p.m. Social Hour | Beer & Wine by Moody Tollbridge Winery

6 p.m. Tri-Tip Dinner with Mashed Spud Dish, Cowboy Beans, Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad, Broccoli Salad, Bread and Chocolate Upside-Down Cake with Ice Cream for $25.

Guest speakers:

Nathan Jackson, President, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

Preston Winn, Ag Instructor, Blue Mountain Community College

… followed by music.

Please RSVP with Sherman OSU Extension 541-565-3230.

3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 7

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, February 7, 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

Kayla von Borstel

Administrative Assistant



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4. You can’t control others’ acts, but you can control your reaction

You can’t control others’ acts, but you can control your reaction to their acts, and that is what counts most to you. No one can make you feel any negative emotion — fear, anger, or inferiority — without your express permission. There will always be people who find perverse enjoyment in upsetting others, or who simply play upon your emotions so that they can use you for their own selfish purposes. Whether or not they are successful depends entirely upon you and how you react to their negative behaviors. When you are forced to deal with such people, recognize from the outset that they are trying to upset you, not because of something you may have done to them, but because of some problem they have with themselves. Tell yourself, “This isn’t about me. I will not allow this person to upset me. I am in control of my emotions and my life.” ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

5. Regional History Forum program on Airmail Beacons, Feb. 3

Local historian and employee of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum Susan Buce will present the Feb. 3 Regional History Forum program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse.  She will present “Airmail Beacons of the Columbia River Gorge” at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

In the 1930s, the U.S. mail was taking a leap into the wild blue yonder.  Airplanes – still a relatively new technology – were not yet equipped with radar. Airmail beacons served as a Highway of Light to guide the brave pilots who flew the mail by air from coast to coast, and the stalwart “mechanicians” who maintained the beacons kept the blinking lights shining for all to see.

Susan Buce has a family tie to the airmail beacons.  Her paternal grandfather, Jack McKinley Buce Sr., was the “mechanician” for the beacons of the Columbia Gorge from 1930 to 1944. The Buce family purchased a home in Mosier in 1930 so Jack would be centrally located in his route which stretched from Portland to Pasco.  The last known surviving Columbia Gorge beacon is on exhibit at the Western Antique Aeronautic and Automobile Museum in Hood River.

This is first program in the 2018 Regional History Forum series.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs. Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

6. Classes: Painting with the Masters, April 3, 10, 17 & 24

paint.brushesPainting with the Masters

In partnership with Maryhill Museum of Art & The Dalles Art Center

Where:  Maryhill Museum of Art, classroom in new wing

When:  Tuesdays     10:00am – 1:30pm (30 min. lunch break)

April 3, 10, 17, & 24

Minimum: 5 students

Tuition:  $150.00

Sign up at The Dalles Art Center

One of the oldest methods for developing painting skills is to copy master artworks from museums. The process allows discovery of the techniques used to make paintings in the style of the Master. The end result may not be a duplicate painting, but an exploration of methods.  

The Dalles Art Center and Maryhill Museum of Art will be partnering to give you an opportunity to explore the collection and choose a masterwork from the exhibition highlighting Classical Realism. Over the course of four weeks, established artist, Chris Pothier, will lead you through this extraordinary, time-honored tradition.  

All classes are held in the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center at Maryhill Museum. Enrollment includes four free passes (for April 2018) to the Maryhill Museum of Art for further study of your work.  To enroll, call The Dalles Art Center at 541.296.4759 or Maryhill Museum of Art at 509-773-3733 x25 by March 28 (deadline for registration).

Materials list & note from the Instructor: 

A toned panel (I will explain during class) or canvas to be used for the copy.

Oil brushes (preferably sable).

Any oil paint you may have (preferably artists’ grade): 

*my preferred palette:

cadmium yellow medium

cadmium red medium

cerulean blue

cobalt blue


burnt umber

titanium white

ultramarine blue



alizarin crimson

naples yellow.

I will have some paint on hand, in case you cannot afford to buy all the paint. Please email me with questions at


7. Wants Become Goals

You have your lists of wants, balanced in the different areas of your life. You have checked them against your values, and each supports the other. Now, how do we turn those “wants” into meaningful and achievable goals?

Today, take one of your Balance Wheel sections. Perhaps one that is always important to you is Family. If you travel a lot, it would be very easy for you to lose contact with your children or perhaps your grandchildren, or your siblings. So, one of your goals would be to spend time with each of them, and for them to know that you are always available.

Now, it is important to understand the difference between “want to” and “do.” “Wants” set up the “do’s” in your life, and your goals will need to be written to reflect the “do.” So, if your goal is to spend time with each of your sisters or brothers, you would write the goal like this: “I spend quality time with each of my brothers and sisters. They all know how important they are to me.”

Suppose that you are a single mother, trying to balance work and home and family. It is a difficult road to travel, one filled with many choices. You want to spend as much time with your family as possible, but you have to work in order to provide a roof over their head and food on the table. Guilt kicks in as you attempt to do it all. Now, thinking of work as a “have to” causes additional stress, which can shadow your work and home time. To remove the “have to” from work would help a lot, so your goal would be written as, “I love the work I do, because it affords me what I need to spend time with my kids.”

One final tip: When you write out your “wants” and goals, make sure you write them in the present tense – the future as now. Take out the “going to” and replace it with “I am.” You are seeing your future as if it has already happened.

Take each of your Balance Wheel “wants” and turn them into goals for the future, written in the present tense. You have come a long way in these past several days, and have started on the path to a fulfilling 2018! Well done!  Keep it up! ~The Pacific Institute

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

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