Sherman County eNews #203


  1. Biggs Service District Meeting, Aug. 1

  2. Strong Sherman County Families Networking Parent and Youth Groups

  3. Sherman County Representative Sought for Area Agency on Aging

  4. Travel Oregon Competitive Small Grants Cycle Now Open

  5. Your Personal Superpower – Focus

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

“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know not how, its efficient auxiliary. It follows the substance like its shade; but while a man walks erect, he may observe that his shadow is almost always in the dirt. It corrupts, it deceives, it inflames. It strips virtue of her honors, and lends to faction its wildfire and its poisoned arms, and in the end is its own enemy and the usurper’s ally, It would be easy to enlarge on its evils. They are in England, they are here, they are everywhere. It is a precious pest, and a necessary mischief, and there would be no liberty without it.” —Fisher Ames (1807)

1. Biggs Service District Meeting, Aug. 1

Biggs Service District will meet on August 1st at 2:00pm, at Sherman County Courthouse Addition in the Hearings Room, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039, to discuss the Biggs Service District Water System Project. Contact Aaron Cook at Biggs Service District (541-739-2321) with any questions. 

2. Strong Sherman County Families Networking Parent and Youth Groups

Making the Best of Summer
Strong Sherman County Families
Networking parent and youth groups
Moro Community Presbyterian Church basement: 204 4th St. Moro OR, 97039
Mondays :
July 30-August 20, 2018 (4 weeks)
4:30 – 5:00 Optional supervised play for children
5:00 – 5:30 Family meal
5:30 – 6:15 Parent and youth breakout sessions
6:15 – 6:30 Group debrief (parents and youth)

Week 1 took place July 30th but you can still get in on the remainder of the series.

See topics below:
***RSVP: or call 541-565-5036
Children ages 5-13 participate in group activities while learning about healthy relationships
(Responsible youth older than 13 who want to volunteer to buddy with younger students are encouraged to RSVP as well.)
We are excited to offer Parent Café for any and all moms, dads and guardians during youth groups. Gather together for casual conversation about factors that strengthen family and community bonds.
TOPIC: Family and Community Relationships
Resilience- being strong and flexible
Knowledge- family dynamic and child development
Support- everybody needs help sometimes
Communication- social and emotional intelligence.

3. Sherman County Representative Sought for Area Agency on Aging

Since MCCOG closed down, the State Unit on Aging has been looking for another organization to provide AAA services to the five counties of Wheeler, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco and Hood River. The State Unit on Aging is in discussions with CAPECO, the community action program that serves Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler counties and also provides AAA services for Umatilla and Morrow counties. It is important that there are voices from all five counties to help advise the new AAA. The next SAC meeting is August 28th at 12:00 at the APD office in The Dalles and we will be discussing membership. We meet just once a month for two hours on the fourth Tuesday.

We are looking for SAC members, maybe someone from the Sherman County Senior & Community Center board? Both the Hood River Adult Center and Mid-Columbia Senior Center have representation on the SAC, Paul Zastrow and myself.

Contact Scott McKay, SAC Chair

Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 

4. Travel Oregon Competitive Small Grants Cycle Now Open

The program makes awards eligible to applicants for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of the tourism economy in communities throughout the state, supporting Travel Oregon’s vision of “a better life for Oregonians through strong, sustainable local economies.”

Eligible projects may be awarded up to $20,000. Applicants must demonstrate at least a ten percent cash match. Download the Competitive Small Grants Guidelines for specific eligibility requirements and to view the application questions.

In order to receive access to the online grant application, applicants must submit a project idea form that will be sent directly to their Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO). Once the form is submitted, applicants will be provided with a confirmation email with a link and access code to the grant application.

Important dates:

–July 30, 2018 – Online application opens

–August 29, 2018 (5 p.m. PDT) – Online application closes

–October 17, 2018 – Competitive Small Grant application status notification (work can officially begin)

–November 15, 2019 – Competitive Small Grant Accomplishment Report due (project must be complete by this date)

Over the past decade, more than $4.5 million have been awarded to 137 projects across the state through Travel Oregon’s matching grants program. Additional details can be found at

5. Your Personal Superpower – Focus

In this day and age of superheroes with superpowers, it’s important to remember that each of us has our own superpower, and just maybe, more than one.

In case you weren’t aware, one of the most powerful forces in the world is under your complete control, and how you use it determines what happens to you in life. Today, let’s spend a little time on this particular force.

If you are a parent, how many times have you told your kids to “Pay attention”? Probably quite a lot of the time, because you know it’s important. Teachers do the same thing, because what they are teaching is important for their students to learn. But do we really understand the power of our focused attention?

As an example, perhaps your “To Do” list has gotten too long, and you decide that today is the day to clean out that garage or closet. You start early in the day, and before you know it, the work is done. Time seems to have slowed down. What had been nagging at you, denying your ability to ignore it, is suddenly checked off of the “To Do” list. Or perhaps you’ve put off a project at work until the last possible moment, and then amaze yourself with how much you get done in an incredibly short space of time.

More than likely, we all have experienced similar things. However, it’s not the deadline itself that boosts your productivity and effectiveness. It is the incredible power of your focused attention.

Today’s point is that there is absolutely no reason why you can’t perform this well all the time. All of us have the potential to be peak performers. Unfortunately, only some of us have learned how to control and focus our attention, to harness our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes and direct them toward what we want, when we want to.

Now, we aren’t born with this superpower. However, this is a skill that can be learned. And once we have learned it, we will be amazed at how much life changes, for the better.

P.S. And even though it can be pretty cool, you won’t need a costume to display this superpower.

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