Cottonwood Canyon State Park, a Slideshow Update
County kids hard at work!
Invitation. Wasco Librarian Danee Rankin’s Retirement Celebration, April 16
Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, April 17
Culinary Training for New School Meals on the Menu for Oregon Students
Becoming More Creative
Clarinet and Piano Concert, School Workshops, April 17
Cascade Singers Spring Concert Dates, June 2 & 4
Notice. Sherman County Court Session, April 18
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1. Cottonwood Canyon State Park, a Slideshow Update
We have seen great change in the past few months here at Cottonwood. What exactly has changed since our last post? A lot! No longer is our construction site bare dirt and grass. The view changes daily as progress is made on the new Experience Center. In the past weeks we have watched eagerly as the walls rise. This week the jewel of Cottonwood is getting its roof! Work is also moving along on the addition of a restroom/shower building, additional walk-in campsites, four cabins, and a new camp host site.
2. County kids hard at work!
Sherman County recently employed five local students over Spring Break in the 10th Annual County Clean-Up. This hard working team did an awesome job picking up garbage off our county roads, often in freezing wind, collecting 34 bags worth of garbage, while one entrepreneurial youth separately collected 4 large bags of cans to turn in for profit. Interesting change in that only 4 bags of garbage were collected off Scott Canyon, typically the most littered roadway. A new and exciting two-day project was painting reflective curbside numbers to assist emergency responders in finding locations- we started in Wasco and hope to expand. This was offered through the generous contributions of Prevention and North Sherman Fire Department. Thanks! We continued in our partnership with the school district, assisting classified staff with maintenance projects for one of the days. It’s always a joy finding youth so willing to work: Gavenn L, Tyler B, Marcus H, Logan B, and Alex M did a great job. Thanks!
~Amber DeGrange, Sherman County Juvenile Director
3. Invitation. Wasco Librarian Danee Rankin’s Retirement Celebration, April 16
Come and help Danee celebrate her retirement from the long-time volunteer position as head librarian at Wasco’s community library. Danee has given thousands of hours over the past twenty years to this library and the Wasco community. God is now leading her and husband, Len, in a different direction. Come to the Wasco city hall next Monday, the 16th, from 1-3 pm and wish them happiness in their future adventures in Gods service. ~Carol MacKenzie, Mayor, City of Wasco
4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, April 17
Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, the 17th, at “The Riv” (formerly the Riverenza Café) in The Dalles, ESD Superintendent Pat Sublette will present the program. Luncheon reservations may be made by calling 503-360-6966. All persons interested in education are invited to attend.
5. Culinary Training for New School Meals on the Menu for Oregon Students
The words “school cafeteria food” are taking on new meaning as Chef Garrett Berdan is training a growing number of child nutrition program professionals to prepare delicious and nutritious food for Oregon students. In fact, a training is underway as you read this in Nyssa, Oregon, on the Idaho border.
A series of six culinary training events is underway to help improve school cafeteria menus statewide. With support from the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and the Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs, this popular program is now in its eighth year.
Chef Garrett Berdan, RDN, coaches child nutrition program professionals on cooking-from-scratch culinary skills, while preparing 15 different recipes. It is offered at no cost to school nutrition professionals, who are able to practice menu planning, weights and measures, knife skills and other culinary techniques.
The preparation of healthy meals for students emphasizes nutrient-rich foods, because studies show that well-nourished kids perform better in school. The trainings use Oregon State University Extension Food Hero recipes that meet USDA school nutrition requirements and emphasize using locally produced foods and ingredients.
“Oregon farmers are helping provide creative solutions to old challenges that will benefit students now and into the future,” said Erin Hirte, Manager of Youth Wellness for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.
Oregon’s dairy farm families and processors invest in youth wellness and education. They are involved with schools across the state, supporting programs such as this training.
The 2018 series began in Central Point and continues in Nyssa on April 5 and 6. Other stops will include Bend, Salem, Umatilla and Hood River. Media is invited to attend the second day of the events to interview Chef Berdan, participants, observe food prep and taste the prospective menu items. As background, this video provides an overview of the trainings: https://youtu.be/94u1NZQBD6s.
6. Becoming More Creative
Are you as creative as you’d like to be? Most of us feel we aren’t, but we know that we could be. And the good news is, becoming more creative isn’t a big secret.
The first thing you need to do is get rid of the idea that creative people are born that way. Do not buy into the old saying, “You either have it, or you don’t.” You should believe, however, that how we are raised has a lot to do with it.
However, no matter how you were brought up, if you consider yourself an adult, your life is now in your own hands. What you become is up to you. If you want to be more creative, here are some tips.
The mind is like any other muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets and, therefore, the more you are able to use it. The best way to get great ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw all but the best ones away. Suspend judgment of your ideas, and just get them “down on paper.” You will know quickly enough which ones are good and which aren’t feasible, at least at the moment.
It is important, too, to realize that creativity is deadened by routine and stimulated by doing things a little differently. In fact, creativity is doing something differently. So shake up your routines if you want to be more creative. (Take a different way home from work or shopping. Take a walk in the neighborhood, on streets you don’t normally see, and observe how your world opens up, if only a little.)
Finally, seek out others who you consider to be creative, and spend some time with them. Watch what they do and how they interact with the world. Listen to what they say and the words they use. Take what you feel are their best habits and make them your own.
Remember that creativity can be manifested in just about every activity under the sun. You don’t have to be an artist, musician or writer to be creative. You can bring creativity into your life no matter what your life is like. We’ll talk more about how to make your creativity bloom in the future. If you don’t already know how, you will be surprised by how easy it is and how good it feels! ~The Pacific Institute
7. Clarinet and Piano Concert, School Workshops, April 17
DUO PEGASUS will present a clarinet and piano concert featuring standard classics, jazz features and interesting new works. The event takes place 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles. Clarinetist Scott Wright and pianist Linda Halloin formed Duo Pegasus in 1998 while teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Wright is currently Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kentucky. He will arrive early and offer school workshops the day of the concert. Linda Halloin is an accomplished pianist from Wisconsin. Admission to the Apr. 17 event is a free-will offering to the Walworth Music Foundation. The Foundation supports financially challenged K-12 students in the Columbia Gorge area with music lessons, providing 76 scholarships for 39 students totaling $58,405 since 2004.
8. Cascade Singers Spring Concert Dates, June 2 & 4
Cascade Singers will present “Mostly Mozart” the first weekend in June. Featured works are Missa Brevis in F Major, Mozart’s canons, and several instrumental works by Mozart performed by the choir, ensemble, youth choir, organ and chamber orchestra. Two evening concerts are planned: Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. and Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles. Admission is by donation at the door.
9. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, April 18
A Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. will be held 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 www.co.sherman.or.us.
10. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do