Sherman County eNews #118


  1. Spring Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

  2. Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarships Awarded

  3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers to Meet in Maupin, May 15

  4. When Things Seem Out of Control

  5. City of Rufus Garage & Yard Sales, May 4, 5 & 6

  6. Sherman County Lions Club, May 7

  7. Educators: Don’t miss out on this FREE professional development opportunity!

  8. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

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

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” ~Samuel Adams (1775)

 1. Spring Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

Spring grant awards for 2018 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $5,635.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Five project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: Lisa’s In Stitches & Sage Mountain – Annual Quilt & Fiber Event; OSU Sherman County Extension – Kids Summer Drama Camp; Sherman County Fair – Susie McEntire @ Sherman County Fair; Sherman County Public/School Library – Makerspace – Craft Cutter; Sherman 4-H Shooting Club – Equipment.

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available in the fall of 2018.

For additional information on the Sherman County Cultural Coalition, please see the website at .

 2. Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarships Awarded

The Oregon Wheat Foundation is pleased to announce we have awarded a total of ten $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors this year, representing ten counties or regions.

Students were judged on their community involvement, academic achievement and an essay on a wheat industry topic.

Treve Martin is a graduating senior of Sherman County School in Moro. Treve is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Doug Martin of Rufus and plans to study agricultural business management at Oregon State. He played basketball, football and baseball, and competed in track with many all-league selections; he also participates in band and FFA. Treve is also involved in various other community and school projects.

Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors whose parents are members of the Oregon Wheat Growers League or whose parents are employed by grower members of the organization. The scholarship is also open to students employed by grower members.

Scholarship information can be found in the Oregon Wheat Foundation section of the Oregon wheat website at Applications are accepted beginning in October.

3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers to Meet in Maupin, May 15

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers, will meet noon Tuesday, the 15th, at the Imperial River Company, along the beautiful Deschutes River in Maupin.  The program will be offered by Debbie Jones, YouthThink.  Luncheon reservations may be made by calling either 541-354-1505 or 503-360-6966.  All persons from Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties with an interest in education are invited to attend.

4. When Things Seem Out of Control

Do you ever feel like events in your life have gotten out of control? Some days, it’s easy to feel that way.

No matter how diligently you set goals, visualize results, and affirm a positive outcome, every once in a while your life is going to feel as if it’s gone a little sideways. Carefully laid plans go up in smoke – sometimes quite literally. People you counted on, bail out on you. A health or family crisis strikes. An earthquake or tornado puts you back to square one. Suddenly, you feel as if you are completely off course, out of control, and lost at sea.

At times like these, there are a few things it may help you to remember. First, no one can control every aspect of life, and adversity comes to all of us, no matter how moral we are, and no matter how good our attitude is. Bad things happen to good people all the time.

Second, it is important to realize that there is one and only one thing in life that is completely within your power to control, and that is your response to what happens to you. When you find yourself overcome with feelings of fear, helplessness, doom and gloom, you can put the brakes on these feelings by gently but firmly choosing to shift the focus of the thoughts that are running through your mind.

Your feelings are a direct result of the thoughts you think. Setting aside some time every morning and evening for positive visualization, affirmation, or guided meditation is a highly effective way of getting these thoughts back under your control again. You sleep a better more restful sleep and wake the next morning, ready to meet the challenges of the new day.

Try it, give it a chance. You will be surprised at just how well it works. ~The Pacific Institute

5. City of Rufus Garage & Yard Sales, May 4, 5 & 6

Come on out to the City of Rufus this weekend (May 4, 5, 6) for our city-wide garage & yard sale.  Citizens are participating in this event to do some spring cleaning, and providing an opportunity to do some bargain hunting.


Janice Strand, Cheryl Wason, Heidi Allen, 704 E 1st (May 4, 5, 6)

Louise Stephens, 317 Murray (May 4, 5, 6)

Linda Brown, 307 Wallace (May 4, 5) FRI & SAT only

Sandy Van Gilder – Sinclair Station, 501 E 1st (May 4, 5, 6)

Sue Jackson, 312 Fields (May 4, 5, 6)

The City of Rufus looks forward to your visit!

6. Sherman County Lions Club, May 7

The May 7th meeting of the Sherman County Lions Club will be held at the Sherman County Senior and Community Center in Moro at 12:00. The Lions welcome guest speaker Cindy Brown from the OSU Extension office. Cindy wears many hats for OSU and the County as well as work with the Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance.

7. Educators: Don’t miss out on this FREE professional development opportunity!

Join Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom’s Columbia Gorge Educator Workshop

“Engaging Students with Agricultural Education”

Date: May 14, 2018

Time: 4:15 pm – 7 pm

Location: The Dalles Middle School,

The Dalles, Oregon

Attend this free workshop, and be connected with resources and strategies to incorporate agriculture, natural resources, and the environment into your teaching. This hands-on workshop will include example lessons and opportunities to brainstorm with fellow educators. PDU credits available!

Dinner will be provided.


  • Hands-on activities designed to be integrated into core content areas of science, language arts, social studies, and math
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Practical ideas for instant use in the classroom (and beyond!)
  • FREE books and kits AITC’s Free Loan Library: animals, plants, nutrition, and more!
  • Career information for food, agriculture, and natural resources
  • Current information about the importance of agriculture
  • Experienced presenters
  • Educator resources for each participant including curriculum and posters

This workshop will provide up to 3 PDU credits!  Register:

Questions, contact Jessica Jansen, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom

8. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • 12,000: Approximate number of business owners potentially eligible for a tax cut proposed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D), which would extend favorable tax rates to sole proprietorships.
  • 1,012,790: Miles covered by the Highly Rural Transportation Grant program, which provides transportation for rural veterans to medical appointments, since its inception in 2014.
  • 10: Oregon counties where the program is active.
  • $2,000: Amount of prize money you could receive from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for submitting a winning stamp design featuring a Ruffled Grouse, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser or other specified fauna.
  • 230: Working economists in Oregon, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • $100,000: Amount a horse named Justice is seeking in a lawsuit against its former owner, filed this week by the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Portland, according to The Oregonian.
  • 4,900: Approximate number of sexual assault forensic evidence kits that were still untested as of 2015, according to an audit released this week by the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • 1,100: Kits needing testing in 2017.
  • $130,000: Outgoing state CIO Alex Pettit’s new salary as a business continuity program manager for the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • 36,800: Deaths in Oregon in 2017, the highest number since 1960, according to Willamette Week.

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