Sherman County eNews #230


  1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee, Sept. 5

  3. All County Prayer Meeting, Sept. 5

  4. Webinar: Basic Steps for Caring for Historic Cemeteries, Sept. 6

  5. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Sept. 11

  6. Cottonwood Canyon State Park celebration and tour of the new Experience Center, Sept. 18

  7. Oregon State Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting in Condon, Sept. 18-19

  8. Brain Development Tips

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

To succeed as a team is to hold all of the members accountable for their expertise. ~Mitchell Caplan, CEO, E*Trade Group, Inc.

1.What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is will be closed for Memorial Day. Beginning Tuesday, September 4 we will resume School Hours – 8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

Birds in Black – Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30
After years of raven and raptor study, Gary Clowers created Raven Research West and began consulting by contract with state and federal agencies in 1993. In 1996 he was the tech adviser for a Canadian film team in the filming of North American Ravens for Sir David Attenbourough.

Raven Research operates out of Madras and gathers field data of arid lands flora and fauna in Eastern Oregon and Baja California.Gary rides bikes, dives, kayaks and backpacks for fun and profit full time.

Gary Clowers will present Birds in Black, an episode of BBC’s Wildlife on One. This episode features Gary’s Western Raven expertise and footage of Warm Springs ravens.  Gary will relate stories of working on this project with renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. He will also share his knowledge of ravens and their unique beauty.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM- If you missed the Summer Reading Party you can still come in and get your book prize and make your sound wave shirt. Just bring your completed log to the library before September 19th 2018.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

YA Art Club
Tuesday after school in the library.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus.

2. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee, Sept.

The Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on September 5, 2018. Agenda topics include approval of January 18 minutes, a review of January-June response statistics for dispatch and ambulance, ASA Plan approval, Citizen-Reporter article and other issues and concerns. The next meeting will be January 17, 2019.

 3. All County Prayer Meeting, Sept. 5

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday September 5 @ the Moro Presbyterian Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. Thank You. ~Red Gibbs

4. Webinar: Basic Steps for Caring for Historic Cemeteries, Sept. 6

DATE: September 6, 2018

TIME: 3:00 – 4:15 pm EASTERN (Remember to calculate for your time zone!)

COST: $40 Members / $65 Non-members

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact American Association for State & Local History for more information.

Register here:

This webinar will cover the basic steps of caring for historic cemeteries. Topics covered include an introduction to documentation surveys and forms, and an overview of general definitions required for documentation, photography tips, and an introduction to preservation planning and prioritization.  Also covered will be basic tips for cleaning of stone monuments. After the presentation, there will be ample time for questions and answers.

  • Participants will understand the first steps to preservation planning and prioritization of historic cemeteries.
  • Participants will feel prepared to document historic cemeteries.
  • Participants will be equipped to take basic steps to care for historic cemeteries.

5. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Sept. 11

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District office, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public. 

6. Cottonwood Canyon State Park celebration and tour of the new Experience Center, Sept. 18 

CONDON, Ore — The public is invited to tour a new education center and four cabins at Cottonwood Canyon State Park from 1-4 p.m. Sep. 18, 2018.

The grand opening celebration will include presentations, a ribbon cutting and a tour of the new facilities, which include a 1,500-square foot Experience Center that will serve as a classroom for outdoor education and a reservable event space. The $2.5 million project also includes four cabins and a new restroom facility with showers.

“We are so excited to open these facilities to the public,” said Cottonwood Canyon Park Manager Iris Benson. “The Experience Center and cabins will truly enhance Oregon’s second-largest state park for the local community and all Oregonians.”

Cabins will be completed and ready to reserve at by late fall 2018. The Experience Center will be open for reservations in spring 2019, with priority given to educational and nonprofit groups. The center includes an indoor meeting room with capacity for 69 people and an outdoor kitchen and lawn area with space for outdoor seating.

The Experience Center was designed in part to support Eastern Oregon University’s Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute, a week-long residential field study course for high school students held each June. It was largely built thanks to donors and fundraising by the private nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation (, which contributed $600,000 in money and donated products.

Located 50 miles southeast of The Dalles, Cottonwood Canyon’s 8,000 acres straddle the John Day River. Oregon’s second largest park features a small, year-round primitive campground on the banks of the river, as well as trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also known for its fishing and access to hunting outside the developed park area.

 7. Oregon State Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting in Condon, Sept. 18-19

Oregon.Flat.poleCondon, Ore. — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year Sep. 18-19 in Condon.

On Sep. 18, Commissioners will participate in a grand opening celebration of Cottonwood Canyon State Park’s new cabins and Experience Center, a classroom for outdoor education and event space. The $800,000 Experience Center was largely built thanks to donors and fundraising by the private nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation (, which contributed $600,000 in cash and donated products. A public event, from 1 – 4 pm, will include a ribbon cutting, facilities tour and presentations.

On Sep. 19, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:15 a.m. at the Condon Veterans Memorial Hall, 128 S. Main St., to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes requests to:

  • Approve proposed rule changes for two group overnight facilities at Silver Falls State Park known as the Ranches. The rules would remove the reservation and rate requirements currently set in administrative rule and eliminate checks as acceptable payment for reservations. The department plans to negotiate with the concessionaire currently operating the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center to partner on management of the Ranches.
  • Approve a proposed rule that implements a flexible rate range for state park campsites. Under the rule, OPRD could charge slightly more at high-demand campgrounds and less at less popular campgrounds.
  • Award four construction contracts totaling $2.5 million for park upgrades, including $600,000 for renovating the North Falls Visitor Center at Silver Falls State Park.
  • Approve $5.8 million in grants to cities, counties and other jurisdictions for large parks and recreation projects as part of the lottery-funded Local Government Grant Program.

The draft agenda and meeting packet are listed at People who plan to present oral testimony are asked to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Denise Warburton Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Warburton by email, or call 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission ( promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

8. Brain Development Tips

Believe it or not, in a world that seems to be getting more and more complicated, there are a few easy ways to help enhance your child’s development, and they can make a world of difference down the line. Our thanks to Harris Publications’ “The Brain – The Ultimate Guide” for the following information.

Experience has been proven, time and time again, to be the most important element in developing a strong, healthy brain. Even before we are born, we are learning about sounds, temperature and balance. Once we enter the world, our brains are taking in everything – whether we can immediately make sense of it or not. It is experience that begins filling up our knowledge bank. Each of the following enhances your child’s brain development, from infancy to the teen years:

  • Access to a stimulating environment: books, toys that teach letters and numbers, museums and libraries. It’s “action learning” and the experience that solidifies the learning.
  • Something as simple as a hug from a nurturing parent diffuses tension and stress, and bolsters brain circuits involved in emotional regulation, impulse control and decision making.
  • Talking and reading to your child, from an early age, promotes learning and brain growth, and builds strong language skills. It also bolsters your relationship with your child, which will come in handy during the teen years.
  • Music lessons: Yes, music lessons. They weren’t kidding when they said that Mozart makes you smart. Music allows the brain to map sounds to neural pathways involved in muscle movement, as well as promoting focus, awareness and academic performance. When we make music, we use more of the different parts of our brains than any other activity!
  • Play time – studies show that children learn best through self-directed play. It helps them develop and exercise vital brain circuits, as well as learning how to “play well in the sandbox” with others.
  • Allow your child to take some risks. This flies in the face of the need to protect our children, but a little risk-taking promotes learning new things, as well as reinforcing brain circuits for motor control, regulating emotions and making decisions.

Many of these suggestions are going to be familiar to you. Some have been second-nature to parents for a very long time. It’s just that neuro-science is now proving that what we’ve intuitively known is the right path to take. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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