Sherman County eNews #111


  1. Sherman County 4-H News Reports, Outdoor Cooking

  2. Preview Party for Sherman County Historical Museum, April 29

  3. Oregon Cultural Trust Offers New Technical Assistance Grants

  4. Stages of Development – Part 5

  5. Letter to the Editor: Support Mike Smith

  6. Letter to the Editor:  Response to Questions

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

1. Sherman County 4-H News Reports, Outdoor Cooking

4-H clover1The “Pans on Fire” outdoor cooking 4-H club met on Thursday April 18 at 3:45pm at Sherman Extension office.  Attending were Caiden, Josh, Cohen, Savanna, Coral, Allison and Annaliese.  Excused were Michael, Antone, Ben, Calvin.  Pledge of Allegiance by Caiden, 4-H Pledge by Savanna.  What we did:  had a talk about why kids like outdoor cooking.  We cooked with radiant heat last time with skewers and this time conduction heat with pans over coals.  We are cooking bacon, eggs and pancakes.  Our next meeting will be April 25.  Meeting adjourned at 5pm.  Submitted by Coral Mansfield, News Reporter.

The “Pans on Fire” outdoor cooking 4-H club met on Thursday, April 25 at 3:35pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Savanna, Annaliese, Allison, Josh, Cohen and Emma.  Excused were Caiden and Coral.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Josh, 4-H Pledge by Allison.  What we did during the meeting:  lit the charcoal fire, “acted out” radiant and conduction types of cooking, record books, cooked sausage and French toast.  Meeting adjourned at 5pm.  Submitted by Savanna Blagg, News Reporter.

2. Preview Party for Sherman County Historical Museum, April 29

Moro, OR – “From This Day Forward”: A Wedding Exhibit is the new exhibit at the Sherman County Historical Museum. The volunteers are so excited about our new exhibit that we will be having a Preview Event on Sunday, April 29th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum in Moro, Oregon, a “reception” with wedding cake and refreshments! Volunteers also invite the community to share their wedding photo to be displayed alongside wedding photos from our archives. Be part of history and be part of our photo display! Another reason to visit the museum is to see the creative work of the Sherman Elementary Students who are the local featured artists for the month of May.

May 1st is the official opening day of the museum and will be open every day from 10am to 5pm May 1st to October 31st.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

3. Oregon Cultural Trust Offers New Technical Assistance Grants

Working with its five Statewide Partners, the Cultural Trust is offering first-time Organizational and Professional Development Grants this spring. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis through June 30 until a $40,000 budget is met.

Open to all qualified cultural nonprofits and coalitions with budgets under $1 million, the grants are designed to support consulting or facilitation services and staff professional development opportunities.

The new grant program is in direct response to feedback from small cultural nonprofits and coalitions during statewide tours.

“We believe these small grants can make a huge difference in empowering cultural groups across the state,” says Trust Manager Aili Schreiner. “Providing the resources for them to bring in a fundraising specialist or to attend a marketing conference, for instance, could deliver results way beyond the value of the grants.”

The guidelines and application are posted here:

4. Stages of Development – Part 5

The final stage of development is Integrity. You know who you are, and do not require that everyone else be like you. The world doesn’t have to be the same color, religion, think the same way. Integrity knows that all humans are worthy, and deep inside we genuinely feel this to be true. We know that the true strength in the world is its diversity, that the differences make this a beautiful place to live.

When we have integrity, we know the personal values and the principles by which we guide our life. We live by this personal code of justice, honesty and knowing what is right. Sometimes, we are even willing to die for our values. A strong sense of integrity is when someone says, “I’m not going to steal, not because I’m afraid I’ll get caught, but because it’s just wrong.” No one needs to keep an eye on us, because we simply won’t cross the line from right to wrong.

We want to develop this sense of strength in living by our beliefs and our values. This is the ultimate in maturity. If we don’t achieve this step, along with the other seven, then this is why law enforcement is needed. Those folks who don’t live by an honest code wind up in prison for infringing upon the laws and rights of others. Police and corrections officers become the replacements for ineffective or misguided parents.

When we have integrity, we see order to the universe as opposed to disorder. Those without integrity tend to think that everything is bad and falling apart. If we were brought up in an atmosphere of chaos, trust never happened and identity was never solidified. Without trust, we never learned intimacy and sharing anything was “off the table.” Immaturity is now the norm.

At the very foundation of these eight stages is trust, and trust is simply the reliance on another person’s integrity. We rely on other people living up to their word. We can’t have trust if we live in a world where people won’t live by what they say, where justice is ignored, where laws are seen as things to be broken at will.

The good news is that at each level, if we missed it on our way to adulthood, we can go back and catch up what we missed. We are not stuck in immaturity. We do have the choice to take accountability and fix what is broken. Yes, it will take time. And yes, it will take commitment and work. But that’s what maturity is all about.

And each of us deserves to fully live the lives we’ve been given, lives of genuine contribution to the world. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Letter to the Editor: Support Mike Smith

To all Sherman County residents and voters,

I reach out to all of you and ask that you join me in acknowledging Mike Smith as a valued member of our community.  Mike, through his years of service to our communities has shown that he is an extremely knowledgable, dedicated and understanding man. Mike is also a candidate for Sherman County Judge.

In the last four years since I moved home to Sherman County, I have had the opportunity to watch Mike work.  From the first time I encountered Mike I was impressed with how friendly, approachable and forthright he was.  I have observed Mike as a Commissioner, as an Employee of Frontier Telnet, and as a citizen of Sherman County.  Mike has been positive, professional, and honorable in each setting.

Mike is a man who remains positive and solution based even when faced with continual adversity.  How many of us possess the ability to move forward, focused on problem solving and undeterred in doing the right thing even when it is made very difficult? I know that I can count on Mike to be there, doing the right thing for the county and all of it’s citizens through all of it.

Mike was not born here, but he has chosen to make this his home.  In doing so he has made our County and our community a much better, and a much better represented place.  Mike is exceedingly honest and transparent.  I have never once deviated from the belief that Mike, through his actions and presence is 100 percent committed to bettering our County as well as the regional community.

Mike is the person I can count on to hit the ground running with purpose and direction folks.  Mike is ready and anxious to do the job now, not after he figures it out.  I would trust him with any aspect of my life and my community.  Mike is my friend and I endorse him for County Judge.  Please make sure and vote, your vote does matter.

Solomon Jacobsen


6. Letter to the Editor:  Response to Questions

To the Editor:

The campaign for the Judge continues to build my deep respect and commitment to the County we all love. I greatly appreciate your enthusiasm and support.

At the debate last week I did my best to answer clearly and honestly. Every question cannot be asked at a single event. I continue to talk to voters at their doors or wherever I meet them. Some questions have come up and I would like to answer them directly.

First, “if you are elected Judge, will you still work for Frontier TeleNet?” The answer is “No”. Being Judge is more than a full time job and that is the only thing the Judge should do to serve properly.

Second, some people thought that I “owned the Internet” in Sherman County. To be clear, I am a contractor for Frontier TeleNet. It is owned by Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler County. It is owned by you, so I work for you. One of the missions of Frontier TeleNet is be a “middle-mile Internet provider” so Internet companies can serve our households. I wrote about these projects in my brochure: the fiber optic project from Wasco to Grass Valley and now the State grant for fiber from Wasco to Rufus. Also, the County owned wireless system that we received a National Technology Award for.

Recently, the State Police paid to connect to this system, our 911 began serving the Burns Paiute Tribe and four other counties are also considering to connect. Now, a company I’ve been working with for the last year wants to serve fiber to the home in our cities as well as work to increase wireless speeds outside the cities. There are any more exciting projects to come.

Again, I want to thank everyone I have spoken with for their support and I ask for your vote. I hope to speak with more of you before the election. Please feel free to call me at 541-306-1202 or email with questions, comments and suggestions.

Warmest Regards,

Mike Smith


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