Sherman County eNews #243


  1. Essay Contest for Oregon 4th Graders for U.S. Tree Lighting Ceremony

  2. Sherman Boosters to Serve Tri-Tip Dinner at Hall of Honor Event, Sept. 28

  3. The Times-Journal, Sherman Courthouse Dedication Ceremony, Sept. 7

  4. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  5. The White House: Ensuring Federal Readiness, Right People in the Right Places

  6. Self-Concept & Safety

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

1. Essay Contest for Oregon 4th Graders for U.S. Tree Lighting Ceremony

SALEM, Ore. – One lucky 4th grader will be heading to Washington D.C. to help light up the U.S. Capitol’s Christmas tree this December, and Governor Kate Brown is holding an essay contest to select the student.

Oregon is providing this year’s Christmas tree at the nation’s capital. Read more here:

Any 4th grade student in Oregon can apply by writing an essay on why they love Oregon’s outdoors.

The essays must be 500 words or less, and they must be submitted through the governor’s website by September 28:


2. Sherman Boosters to Serve Tri-Tip Dinner at Hall of Honor Event, Sept. 28

The Sherman County School District will celebrate the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor during half-time of the September 28, 2018 home football game against Enterprise High School. The public is welcome to join the celebration at a pre-event reception that will take place prior to the game at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center.

At the reception, designated speakers will share memories of each honoree and the Booster Club will be serving a tri-tip dinner fundraiser for anyone interested for $10.00.

The 2018 inductees include the generous and dedicated Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Member Mike Beers, Businesswoman, Farmer and Artist Karla (von Borstel) Chambers, United States Navy Executive Officer Don (Gordon) Helyer (posthumously), and long-time Sherman County Superintendent Wily Knighten (posthumously).

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District. It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District.

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit and click on the Hall of Honor tab. For questions, call Wes Owens at 541-565-3500.

3. The Times-Journal: Sherman Courthouse Dedication Ceremony, Sept. 7  

The Times-Journal, on September 13, 2018, published a fine account of the dedication ceremony at the Sherman County Courthouse in Moro on Friday, September 7th.

4. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

The Library is open School Hours – 8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

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

Crafts in Stacks – Saturday, September 22nd at 2:00pm
Water Color Quotes
We will paint a canvas with watercolor then add a vinyl quote or image.
This is a fun and easy project and you do not need any previous experience with watercolor or vinyl to make a wonderful picture. Stop by the library or give us a call before the program to plan your design or come the day of the program with your idea! Please don’t forget to reserve your spot. This project made possible, in part, with funding from the Sherman County Cultural Coalition. No previous skill required! Ages 7 and up. Give us a call to reserve your spot before September 20.

Madero Winds Concert – Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30pm
Enjoy an evening of classical music played on wind instruments presented by Gail Gillespie, Brad Hochhalter, and Dave Bergmann of Madero Winds.

5. The White House: Ensuring Federal Readiness, Right People in the Right Places

“The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority. We are sparing no expense.” ~President Donald J. Trump

ENSURING FEDERAL READINESS: The Trump Administration has taken extensive steps to ensure the Federal Government is prepared for Hurricane Florence and other storms.

President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are monitoring multiple storms, including Florence, Olivia, Mangkut, and Isaac, and the President has mobilized the Federal Government to support response efforts.

The Trump Administration began putting precautionary measures in place before Labor Day.

In anticipation of these storms, President Trump granted emergency declarations for North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

As a result, FEMA will have more authorization to assist areas affected by these storms.

THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN PLACE: The Trump Administration has already put thousands of Federal personnel in place to assist with response efforts for Hurricane Florence and other storms.

More than 4,000 Federal employees, including more than 1,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are working to provide support in response to these storms.

Federal teams have been deployed to support response operations, including teams to assist with incident management, medical assistance, and rescue operations. For example:

–2 Army Corps of Engineers teams are on the ground in the Carolinas and Virginia to assist with planning for debris removal and temporary power support.

–5 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are deployed, including in parts of the Carolinas, Maryland, and Virginia.

–7 FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams have been deployed, including in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence.

–16 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams, including swift water rescue task forces, have been deployed, including in North Carolina and South Carolina.

–The Coast Guard is positioned in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia to quickly mobilize to support search and rescue efforts.

PROVIDING NEEDED RESOURCES: The Trump Administration is dedicating resources to help private and public partners prepare and respond to the impact of these storms.

Federal agencies are working to support efforts by the private sector and State and local authorities to provide needed resources in response to these storms. The private sector is the first source for goods in affected areas, and if those supplies are exhausted State, local, and volunteer agencies provide needed supplies.  Among the prepositioned resources are over 11 million meals, over 18 million liters of water, over 60 thousand cots, and over 1 million blankets.

FEMA has more than two dozen Incident Support Bases, Distribution Centers, and other sites with life-saving supplies throughout the east coast, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands.  FEMA National and Regional Response Coordination Centers have been activated to coordinate with State governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

6. Self-Concept & Safety

Can a positive self-concept help keep you safe? An acquaintance of the Institute taught a basic self-defense class to women who were staying in a local shelter. This person related that one of the things she stresses in the class is the idea of self-concept.

It appears that how well a woman defends herself depends directly on how a woman feels about herself. Specific to assault, poor self-concept means that we are likely to put others’ rights before our own, meaning that we will allow others to intrude into our territory, that we feel helpless when threatened. And since our actions typically reflect our thoughts, our stride will be tentative rather than confident or assertive.

Educating the women in her classes about “learned helplessness,” they understood that this is a state of mind in which we simply stop trying to change anything because we feel incapable of having any effect. Learned helplessness can be an expected result from a society where women have traditionally been discouraged from mastering their environment.

If a woman feels little control over the direction of her life, choice of employment, the number of children she will have or where she will live and travel, then she isn’t likely to be composed, quick to act, and successful in taking control of an assault situation. She becomes a prime target for predators looking for an easy mark. And this is not territory just for women, but for anyone whose self-image, self-concept and self-esteem are low.

A positive self-concept and high self-esteem are not just nice to have, and they are not tired and worn buzzwords from decades past. They are necessary and essential life skills – for women, children, men, seniors – literally, they are for everyone. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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