Sherman County eNews #108


  1. Editorial Policies: News Releases & Letters to the Editor

  2. City of Moro City-Wide Yard Sale, May 5-6

  3. Sherman County Court April 4 Approved Minutes Online

  4. Notice. Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Special Meeting, April 26

  5. Sheri Sharp Among New Columbia Gorge CASA Volunteers

  6. Stages of Development – Part 3

  7. EOCCO Community Health Assessment Focus Group Participation

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

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” —John Adams (1756)

1. Editorial Policies: News Releases & Letters to the Editor

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. Text, please; no posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

2. City of Moro City-Wide Yard Sale, May 5-6

Come hunt for bargains galore at the annual Moro City Wide Yard Sale. Saturday May 05th and Sunday May 06th, 2018, when the entire town cleans out attics and basements and puts their best stuff up for sale!

3. Sherman County Court April 4 Approved Minutes Online

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the April 4, 2018, regular session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

~ Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant


 4. Notice. Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Special Meeting, April 26

The Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a special meeting on Thursday April 26th, at 9:00 am, at the USDA Service Center Office, at 302 Scott Street in Moro, Oregon 97039. The board will discuss employee evaluations.

Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District


April 26, 2018

9:00 AM

Old Moro Elementary School

302 Scott St. Moro, OR 97039

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Employee Evaluations
    1. Executive Session may be called in accordance with ORS 192.690(i) and 192.660(8) to review and evaluate the performance of an employee(s).
  • Other Business
  1. Adjournment

5. Sheri Sharp Among New Columbia Gorge CASA Volunteers

Hood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Martine Geeraert, Hood River; Patty Hyde, The Dalles; Katie Layne, White Salmon; Sheri Sharp, Grass Valley; and Corrie Smith, Hood River.  The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable Janet L. Stauffer in The Dalles on April 18, 2018, after completing 32 hours of training.  Prior to leading the CASA oath Judge Stauffer, a former CASA volunteer prior to election to the bench, described a few of her life experiences and shared some of the aspects CASAs have brought to her courtroom in support of children.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; they make sure that children receive needed services, that timelines are met so that children don’t get lost in overburdened legal and social service systems, and that they are placed in permanent, loving homes as soon as possible.  CASAs are in a unique position, as a legal party, to advocate for the best interests of children’s lives while in foster care.  Judges rely on the comprehensive and informed information provided by CASA volunteers. CASAs have tremendous privilege and responsibility to have a positive impact in a child’s case. 

Last year, more than 76,000 CASA volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training and independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA/GAL volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in fall, 2018.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, or Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, at 541-386-3468.

6. Stages of Development – Part 3

In our series on Erikson’s 8 Stages of Development, today we consider Industry (aka Accomplishment) and Identity.

A sense of accomplishment is an interesting step, and very important to master. If we don’t own that sense of accomplishment, then we develop feelings of inferiority. We are never good enough, no matter what we try. Our self-image takes a hit just as it begins to develop, and our self-esteem is low. Between the ages of about six to 12, we need to feel that we are good at or for something.

Scouting understood this early on, when they instituted badges for learning and mastering skills. The badge became the proof of accomplishment. Teachers do the same thing by helping students master taking care of fish or plants, do science projects that help move children along the path to amassing things they are good at.

If we don’t master this step of accomplishment, when it comes time to go to college or get a job, we don’t feel we have anything to offer. “I’m not good at anything.” We have no confidence in our ability to learn anything new or get a job – any job. This will continue into adulthood, until we decide to change it.

The teen years are marked by the need to have an Identity. Unfortunately, in the world today, we are known more for what we do, rather than who we are. Thus, the need for identity shows itself in getting the world to “look at me!” We need attention. If we can’t get the world to look at us in a positive way, for the contributions we make, then we will go after negative attention. It’s the attention we want.

It is also at this stage that we try on different personalities to see how we “fit in” with the world around us. We are a bit like chameleons, changing “colors” and acting out parts in the play that becomes our life. Eventually, we finish wondering and settle into who we are. If we don’t fully establish our identities at this stage, identity crises are likely to happen later, causing a ripple effect with later stages of maturity. Are we finished growing? No. But we have settled on the fundamentals of our personality.

Also, at this stage, it is important that we come to understand the difference between getting attention and getting respect. Going from attention to respect is the benchmark of maturing through the Identity stage. If this step isn’t transitioned, then we find people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s still being shallow, getting attention for things that have no value. They are mentally unhealthy, because they’ve missed this vital step. ~The Pacific Institute

7. EOCCO Community Health Assessment Focus Group Participation

The Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO), is working with community partners across the Eastern Oregon region, to complete a Community Health Assessment in 2018-2019. As part of the assessment, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health (GOBHI) will be conducting twenty-four focus groups across the 12 counties of the EOCCO. Focus groups will begin in Mid April -May 2018 and should last about 90 minutes. Participants will receive a $25 gift card as a thank you for their time.

We need your help! Recruitment of participants is vital to the success of the focus groups. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in a focus group, you can sign up or suggest someone using the link below. English and Spanish speaking groups will be conducted, please note the primary language listed. You will be contacted by a GOBHI staff member with further details if you are selected to participate.

When you suggest a name we’d like an e-mail and phone number as well as a drop down selection of what sector they might represent.  When you suggest a name and hit submit, they will receive the following e-mail message.

“You have been recommended by a member of your community as a thought leader and to participate in a focus group for the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization’s Community Health Assessment. Focus groups will be conducted April-June 2018 and should last about 90 minutes. Participants will receive a $25 gift card as a thank you for their time. You will be contacted by a Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc (GOBHI) staff member with further details if you are selected to participate.”

Please feel free to share this link with anyone who may be interested! This sign-up will close on May 31st 2018.

Janette Mitchell

EOCCO Support Specialist

(541) 705-4864

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