Sherman County eNews #236


  1. Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting, Sept. 26

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

  3. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Sept. 12

  4. Predicting Your Future

  5. Gorge Tech Showcase Returns Sept. 20

  6. Sherman County, Oregon 1967 Long Range Planning Conference

  7. Oregon Civics Toolkit for Students 16 to 24

  8. Restrictions on Political Campaigning for Public Employees Generally

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

“It is the manners and spirit of a people, which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1787)

1. Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting, Sept. 26

The Parent Teacher Organization planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26th, in the Sherman County Public/School Library Program Room at 6 p.m.

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

books.loveThe Library is open 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 Attenborough. 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.

3. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Sept. 12

teamwork.pencilThe Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on September 12th, 2018- 6p.m. at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.). The public is welcome to attend!

4. Predicting Your Future

Would you like to be able to predict the future – especially your future? You can, you know, to a great extent. If you want to know what’s in store for you, take a look at your thoughts today. What do you think about? What do you dwell on and picture? What do you fear? What do you expect and believe you can cause?

You see, it is your present thoughts that determine your future. Now, that’s not to say that if you imagine yourself walking on water you’ll do it, or if you think about winning the lottery you will. (What is the old joke about how to win the lottery? “Buy a ticket!”) But if your thoughts are predominantly pessimistic, if you expect to fail, if you believe you don’t deserve success or don’t have what it takes to have a loving relationship, then you’ll behave accordingly. Your actions are reflections of your thoughts and what you believe, and your subconscious will do what it needs to do to create a reality that confirms your thoughts.

If you’re an optimist, on the other hand, and most of your thoughts are positive, if you trust yourself and others and think a lot about how good it will feel when you achieve and become what you want, chances are very good you’ll succeed. You will do what you need to do to make your life match your inner picture, your thoughts. So you see, although you can’t always control what happens in the outside world, you can control your inner one – your thoughts.

And when you control your inner thoughts, you unleash tremendous energy, tremendous drive. You are taking control of your life, because you are taking control of your choices. When you choose to respond to the world in positive, productive ways, it’s easy to predict a positive, productive future – one you create yourself, day by day. ~The Pacific Institute 

5. Gorge Tech Showcase Returns Sept. 20

The second annual Gorge Tech Showcase on Thursday, September 20, 2018 highlights some of the exciting, world-changing tech companies in the region. Tech enthusiasts and job seekers are invited to attend to learn about the amazing work of Electronics Assemblers, Google, Insitu, Orbital UAV, Overwatch Imaging, Real Carbon, Sierra Olympic, Sightline Applications and SIGMADESIGN. The event at Wildwood Events, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River includes brief presentations, networking and appetizers. Doors open at 6pm with presentations starting around 6:30pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Gorge Tech Showcase is hosted by the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA), the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Contact Jessica Metta, Executive Director, at 541-296-2266, or learn more at

6. Sherman County, Oregon 1967 Long Range Planning Conference

The 1967 Sherman County Long Range Planning Conference was the 5th ten-year planning exercise with study and research committees.

Here’s an excerpt: “Housing. Sherman County has few rental houses of sufficient quality and size for family living. Teachers and construction workers have found it difficult to find satisfactory housing within the past few years. The committee recommends: ·• The school boards provide adequate housing for their teachers and families. • Private individuals be encouraged to build new rental homes in Sherman County towns.” 


7. Oregon Civics Toolkit for Students 16 to 24

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Civics Toolkit is an Oregon-centric guide to elections civics. The lesson plans target students ages 16 to 24. They cover everything from the history of voting in Oregon to what you need to know before you register to vote in our great state.

As Oregon’s chief elections officer, it is the duty of the Secretary of State to engage Oregonians in the democratic process. Only citizens who have the needed knowledge and skills can sustain a democracy. May this toolkit assist educators as they prepare our students for citizenship in the 21st Century.

Civics: Learn it, use it, share it. ~

8. Restrictions on Political Campaigning for Public Employees Generally

eye2ORS 260.432 Quick Reference— Restrictions on Political Campaigning for Public Employees Generally, ORS 260.432 states that a public employee* may not, while on the job during working hours, promote or oppose election petitions, candidates, political committee or ballot measures. Additionally, no person (including elected officials) may require a public employee (at any time) to do so.

*A “public employee” includes public officials who are not elected, whether they are paid or unpaid (including appointed boards and commissions).

Prohibited Activities:

A public employee, while on the job during work hours may not:

  • prepare or distribute written material, post website information, transmit emails or make a presentation that advocates a political position
  • collect funds, prepare filing forms or correspondence on behalf of candidates or political committees
  • produce or distribute a news release or letter announcing an elected official’s candidacy for re-election (except for an elections official doing so as an official duty) or presenting an elected official’s political position
  • make outgoing calls to schedule or organize campaign events or other political activity on behalf of an elected official or political committee (however, a scheduler may, as part of official duties, take incoming calls about the official’s availability and add an event to the schedule)
  • grant unequal access to public facilities to candidates or political committees direct other public employees to participate in political activities, when in the role of a supervisor
  • draft, type, format or edit a governing body’s resolution that advocates a political position (except to conform the resolution to a standard format)
  • prepare or give recommendations to the governing body urging which way to vote on such a resolution
  • sign such a resolution, except if the signature is only ministerial and clearly included to attest the board took the vote
  • announce the governing body’s position on such a resolution to the media
  • include the governing body’s position or vote on such a resolution in a jurisdiction’s newsletter or other publication. 

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

bird.owl.limbSherman County, Oregon 1967 Long Range Planning Conference

Oregon Civics Toolkit & Common Core Standards

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