Sherman County eNews #33


  1. Desiderata

  2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Luncheon Program, Feb. 20

  3. Sherman County Expands Programs to Support Housing Concerns

  4. Crazy Eight Math Club at Cape Horn Skye Elementary School

  5. History After Hours, Fort Dalles Museum, Feb. 21

  6. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Feb. 16

  7. Recreational Marijuana Program & Administration & Audit from “Seed to Sale”

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

1. Desiderata.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender,

Be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others –

Even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons – they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,

For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career –

However humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is.

Many persons strive for high ideals,

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially do not feign affection, neither be cynical about love.

For in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,

It is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the council of the years,

Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune,

But do not distress yourself with imaginings –

Many fears are borne of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe.

No less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life,

Keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be careful. Strive to be happy.

~ “Desiderata” (Latin: “desired things”) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.

~Listen to Desiderata here: 

2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Luncheon Program, Feb. 20

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, the 20th, at the Portage Grill, Shilo Inn, The Dalles.  The program will be presented by President/CEO Lisa Farquharson, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.  For luncheon reservations, please contact 541-296-4356.  All persons interested in education are invited.

3. Sherman County Expands Programs to Support Housing Concerns

Sherman County recently expanded its grant programs offered to solve issues of inadequate housing stock in the County.  After hearing many stories of new employees hired by Sherman County businesses or organizations that would like to live in Sherman County but can’t find housing, Sherman County explored options to help spur the development of additional rental housing.

Last January, the County created the New Rental Housing Development Grant program. This program was recently increased from a grant of $5,000 to $10,000 per unit for construction of new rental housing. Houses must be stick-built or new manufactured homes that are at least double-wides on a foundation. Additionally, the grant recipient must agree to keep the new house as a long-term rental for at least five years. 

In acknowledgement that dilapidated and vacant houses create a blight in neighborhoods and that the market in Sherman County may not support the necessary investment required to bring existing housing up to working family standards, Sherman County recently created a Housing Rehabilitation Grant program. This grant is for non-owner occupied, stick-built housing and is up to 20% of approved project costs, not to exceed $20,000. The dwelling must meet FHA/VA habitability standards once the rehabilitation is complete.

A third program which the County has offered for a number of years is a low- or no-interest Housing Construction Loan to developers that do not qualify, or only partially qualify, for funding from a traditional housing lender. The County’s loan would be repaid within a short period when permanent mortgages provide the capital to repay the construction loan. This program is not to compete with private sector lending. 

These programs are being offered in partnership with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), which also has unique loan funds set aside for the development of Attainable Housing, serving the middle housing market of 60-120% median family income. 

Applications are available on the County’s website at For more information about any of these programs or a paper application, please contact Jessica Metta, Sherman County’s Economic Development Coordinator with MCEDD, at 541-296-2266 or

4. Crazy Eight Math Club at Cape Horn Skye Elementary School

Washougal, WA — Who knew math could be so fun! That’s the secret of the Crazy Eight Math Club at Cape Horn Skye Elementary lead by CHS third grade teacher, Darcy Hickey.

The lively and fun activities are designed for 1st through 3rd grade students who are not fond of math. “This is not a ‘sit down and do worksheets’ type of club,” Hickey explained. “We are loud, get silly, and just like its name, we get CRAZY at times.”

Hickey discovered the club online and when she saw it was offered completely free she decided to apply for CHS. “It required a written application and a phone interview, and that’s it,” she said. “They send all of the materials needed for an eight-week club.”

The club is held on early release Wednesdays. Although the materials cover only an hour, Hickey expanded the lessons to two hours. This allows students to take the Canyon Creek Middle School bus ride home so more kids can participate.

“We spend the first hour learning math concepts that we then use in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities,” said Hickey. Projects include Flying Marshmallows, Zip Line Zoo and the recent Toilet Paper Olympics held January 31.

Toilet Paper Olympics made the concept of measurements fun. After learning how to use a ruler in the classroom, students went to the gym to compete in events like long jump and shot put. Once they understood each square of toilet paper was four inches long, they used the roll to measure their jumps and tosses.

“The kids are loving it,” said Hickey. “Of course, I haven’t told them that they are actually doing math yet. I’ll save that little secret for the end.”

 5. History After Hours, Fort Dalles Museum, Feb. 21



Wednesday February 21, 2018

Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead



 500 West 15th & Garrison Streets

The Dalles, OR  97058


RSVP by February 20th to:

541-296-4547 or

Dessert, coffee and beverages will be served!

¨ Each organization will be asked to share a brief update for their upcoming year. (Try not to exceed 5 minutes).

¨ Bring along brochures, rackcards, newsletters etc. to exchange.

 6. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Feb. 16

Frontier TeleNet

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

February 16th 10:00 AM

Jeanne Burch Building, 401 Fourth St. Fossil, OR

  • Call To Order & Director Roll Call
  • Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda
  • Minutes Review and Approval
  • Financials Review and Approval
  • Gilliam County/Condon RFP update
  • Frontier 911 Burns Tribe update
  • Wheeler County Wireless project update
  • Digital Switch potential new user update
  • Cottonwood Tower update
  • IGA with Sherman County
  • Sherman County Fiber optic RFP update
  • Other items for the good of the order
  • Public Input/Comment
  • Next Meeting
  • Adjournment

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n),(D). For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

7. Recreational Marijuana Program, Administration & Audit from “Seed to Sale”

Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana Program was legalized by the voters in 2015. Responsibility for issuing permits, inspecting “grows,” ensuring compliance, and all other aspects of the administration of the marijuana industry from “seed to sale” was placed on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The size and complexity of regulating the Oregon marijuana industry was grossly underestimated. Although the initial estimate for tax revenue was $10.8 million, the marijuana tax revenue actually generated since January 2016 was $115 million… … … Continue at Secretary of State

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeView of Winter Olympics from space

 Watch the Winter Olympics: Full TV schedule, channels, time, dates, live stream

 Olympic athletes to sport Oregon wool

Humans witnessed fire-covered Earth at end of Ice Age

Pacific Crest Trail after Columbia gorge fire: scorched landscape, signs of life

Marijuana and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s Technology Audit


Song: I Am Australian

Library of Congress: Preservation of Scrapbooks and Albums


Resilience: Technology & Its Discontents

Congressman Greg Walden’s Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act

Pew Research Center Fact Tank