Sherman County eNews #23


  1. President Trump’s First State of the Union Address Tonight, Jan. 30

  2. Workshops: Starting a Businesses & Lean Principles for business, Feb. 9 & 22

  3. Program: Basics of Collections Care, Feb. 14

  4. Positions Open at Maryhill Museum of Art | Maintenance & Café Staff

  5. Combating Complacency

1. President Trump’s First State of the Union Address Tonight, Jan. 30

American flag2President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday – a speech that millions of Americans will watch closely. Earlier this month, about three-in-ten (31%) said in a Pew Research Center survey that this year’s speech is “more important” than those in past years, compared with 18% who said it is less important (43% said it’s about as important as past State of the Union addresses). Here is a look at public opinion on important issues facing the country, drawn from the Center’s recent surveys….

See the Public Opinion: Key Issues here: Public Opinion: Key Issues

2. Workshops: Starting a Businesses & Lean Principles for business, Feb. 9 & 22

The Columbia Gorge Community College Small Business Development Center will be offering two workshops in February.  A “Starting a Successful Business” workshop will be held at the CGCC The Dalles Campus on Tuesday, February 22 from 9:00AM to noon.

The workshop will focus on the necessary steps to start a business in Oregon, the criteria for choosing a business structure and the four cornerstones to help succeed in business.  The workshop is free.

A “Lean Principles for a Small Business” workshop will be held at the CGCC The Dalles Campus on Friday, February 9 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.  The workshop will focus on learning principles to help a business organize and standardize operations thus increasing productivity.  The cost of the workshop is $20.

Register online at  Call 541 506-6121 for more information.

3. Program: Basics of Collections Care

DATE: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

TIME: 10 am – 12 pm

COST: FREE (Pre-registration required by February 12)

On Wednesday February 14th we celebrate Oregon’s 159th Birthday and Valentine’s Day.  So let’s work together to show our heritage some love!  Do you have a precious heritage collection you want to preserve for future generations tucked away for safekeeping, but you’re not sure how to care for it?

Join Carolyn Purcell, for “Basics of Collection Care,” Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. This will be an informative presentation with a discussion of best practices for preserving and protecting heritage collections. Light refreshments will be available.  This event is free, but pre-registration is required by February 12.  For more information, call 541-296-8600, ext. 201 or visit

Carolyn Purcell, Executive Director at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, in her role as an Oregon Heritage Commission MentorCorps Partner, will offer tips, training and techniques on how to preserve your valuable belongings.

This workshop is available to all our regional heritage organizations, but also to anyone who has a precious heritage collection they want to preserve for the future.  Whether you are a genealogist with family photos, an enthusiastic antiques collector, book hoarder, or simply an employee in charge of preserving corporate documents, this informative workshop will give you the information you need to archive your collection using best practice techniques.

Examples of topics:

What are the biggest threats to heritage collections?

Invisible and visible dangers to watch for

Preservation vs. Conservation vs. Restoration

Best practices in handling your collection

Management from environment to storage plans to cataloging

Remember – this is a FREE event but pre-registration is required by February 12.

Call 541-296-8600, ext. 201 to book your spot for this informative and valuable class.

If you have further questions, please contact Susan Buce, Museum Registrar at 541-296-8600 ext. 242, or Carolyn Purcell at 541-296-8600 ext. 245,

4. Positions Open at Maryhill Museum of Art | Maintenance & Café Staff

Responsibilities include maintenance of plumbing, electrical, lighting, heating, irrigation and water pump systems and related equipment and vehicles; lawn, garden and tree care; special events support and a wide variety of handyman jobs and assistance with museum projects.  Great communication skills, dependability, flexibility, attention to detail and team work are essential; must work well with the public, volunteers and co-workers. Valid driver’s license required. Water Operator experience a plus.  On-site family-sized housing (overlooking Columbia River) provided; excellent benefits. Position available immediately. Please click here for a full job description. Click here for application.

Maryhill Museum of Art is seeking a responsible and energetic individual who enjoys working with the public in a busy museum café. Prior food experience and food handlers permit required. Must work weekends and holidays. This position is part-time, seasonal from March 15 through November 15. Will train. Click here for application. Questions? Please call Jacque at 509-773-3733 ext. 33.  Please leave message.


5. Combating Complacency

One of the things that bears constant reminder is to be very aware of the good things in life. It seems to be a part of human biological functioning to take good things for granted, especially those good things that are a part of our day-in, day-out lives. We are so used to them that they become background noise instead of the blessings they really are.

You see, there is actually a part of our brain that is designed to screen out anything that isn’t hurtful, fearful, or of value to what we are doing, right now. A long time ago, it helped our ancestors stay alive and get ready to fight or run away.

Nowadays, this brain function may have something to do with our neglect of the good but very familiar things in our lives. This function does its work based on what is important to us, and works especially well when we set goals. However, the “everyday” things in our lives aren’t goals. They sit in the background of our awareness and we give them little notice. So, how can we combat this complacency?

Well, for one thing we can become conscious! We can stimulate our own awareness by making lists of the things we are grateful for, and by deliberately thinking about what we value and take pleasure from. In other words, we can take on the “Attitude of Gratitude.”

We can express these feelings in words, or in other ways. We can express them openly, and in the process help others to remember their own reasons for gratitude. If you feel it, show it! It is surprising how infectious an honest, heartfelt smile can be. Try it the next time you are out for a walk. Smile at those coming toward you, maybe nod your head, or give an enthusiastic “Good morning!” You just might change someone’s day.

So, what are you grateful for in your life? How do you express your gratitude, and how often do you express it? Are you taking your most important gifts for granted? If so, how could you change, and when can you do it? Is now too soon? ~The Pacific Institute