Sherman County eNews #309

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

~ Oren Arnold.


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

GRATEFUL. Today we celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary, grateful for the support of our family and near and distant relatives and friends through all these many years… having promised before God and those who witnessed our vows on November 30, 1958, to be loving and faithful, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both live. It’s been an imperfect journey as we weathered the ups and downs and we thank our relatives and friends for their faith in us, many of whom wrote their names in the guest book we are reading together on this day. ~Larry and Sherry Kaseberg

JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS: 

SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL GALA OF TREES. Sherman County Preschool is pleased to announce the Gala of Trees fundraiser is up and running again this year. Trees & wreaths will be on display at MCP Farm Store in Wasco from November 26 to the time of the drawing on December 8th at noon (you don’t have to be present to win, winners will be called immediately). Tickets may be purchased from any Sherman County Preschool family or at MCP Farm Store. This year we want to thank MCP Farm Store for hosting again, and the following businesses/people for donating or sponsoring a tree or wreath: Dinty’s Market, Husky’s 97 Market, Bank of Eastern Oregon, Apex Auto & Truck Repair, RDO Equipment, Paradise Rose Chuckwagon, Hill Trucking, Kock Farms, Sherman County Emergency Services, Kathy McCullough, and the many people who work for these businesses that come up with such creative & pretty wreaths and trees. Thank you for your continued support of Sherman County Preschool! 11/26

SHERMAN COUNTY MUSEUM STORE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Please join us Saturday, December 1st from 10-3:30 for our Holiday Open House. We will be selling a 2019 calendar full of historical Sherman County photos, the Sherman County Photo Book & the Sherman County Place Names book by Sherry Kaseberg. We have some new wooden barns from Melissa & Doug and new designs for both everyday & the Holidays in our flour sack towels. We have wildflower honey, Marionberry syrup & jam from Oregon Growers. We also have many logo items including mugs, wine glasses & caps. We have all your old favorites: books by Jane Kirkpatrick & Rick Steber, Windrift Hill Lotion & horses that sing, walk & talk. Please come to see us at the Sherman County Museum on Saturday, December 1st. https://www.shermanmuseum.org/store/

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. Country Christmas Bazaar | Grass Valley Pavilion | December 1st 9:30 am – 4:00 pm | Lots of great handcrafted items | Pictures w/Santa | Soup & bread lunch. 11/30

 SHERMAN COUNTY HOLIDAY BAZAAR. December 1st 10-3:30 | Sherman County School. ~Sherman County Fair Board 11/30

 SHERMAN BOOSTER CLUB Sherman Booster Club will be at the Holiday Bazaar at the Sherman County School on December 1st selling school spirit merchandise. December 1 from 10 am -3:30 pm. 11/30
SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL CLASS OF 2021 CHRISTMAS TREE SALE!

Date:  December 1, 2018

Location:  Sherman County School

Time:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tree’s available:

3 – 8 ft Noble Fir

5 – 9 ft Douglas Fir

5 – 7 ft Grand Fir.

Prices starting at $25.00.

11/30

COLUMBIA GORGE CASA, OTHERS. Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive for over 120 children in the Gorge who will spend their holidays in foster care. Help make them a little brighter by donating a holiday gift!  Avenue Properties, Columbia Gorge CASA and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation have joined forces to create a Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive that will run from November 27 until December 15. During this time, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Avenue Properties offices located in The Dalles (406 E 2nd St) and Hood River (116 3rd St #209).  Gifts can also be brought to the Festival of Trees “Community Day” event on Saturday, December 8th from 9AM to 12PM at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  CASA will also be on hand with information about their program. 12/14

LOST OR FOUND:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER

Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.

EMPLOYMENT:

PT RECEPTIONIST. MCP is looking to hire a PT Receptionist for our main office in Moro, OR. This is a customer service/ technology-oriented position requiring developed interpersonal communication/social skills. Normal hours will be 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday, unless covering other employees’ schedules. Please contact Daniel at 541-565-3737 or stop by the Mid Columbia Producers’ office for further details. 

AREA REPRESENTATIVE. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. — Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. — ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at asseusawest@asse.com. Please check out our website at host.asse.com.  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time! 11/30

FOR SALE:

VEHICLES AT PUBLIC AUCTION. Trans-Tow Towing will hold a Public Auction on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Viewing of these vehicles will be available the morning of the Auction beginning at 9:00 a.m.
1983 Dodge D150 – Flatbed
1992 Honda Civic
1998 Pontiac Bonneville
1995 Honda Accord
The Auction will be held at 1007 1st Street in Moro.
If you would like more information, please contact us at 541-565-3005. 12/5

CHRISTMAS TREES! Sherman County School Class of 2021

Date:  December 1, 2018

Location:  Sherman County School Holiday Bazaar

Time:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tree’s available:

3 – 8 ft. Noble Fir

5 – 9 ft. Douglas Fir

5 – 7 ft. Grand Fir

Prices starting at $25.00. 11/30 

SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL SPIRIT MERCHANDISE. Sherman Booster Club will be at the Holiday Bazaar at the High School on December 1st selling school spirit merchandise. December 1 from 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m. 11/30 

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS will be at the Country Christmas Bazaar in Grass Valley on December 1st! Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available. Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com 11/30

PIANO. Baldwin Spinet Piano – Maple colored – $300 OBO negotiable, would like it to find a home where it will be used. Thanks Very Good shape, I just want space for exercise equipment. Call or text Jeanne Kuettel @ 541-714-5740.  11/30 

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

FREE:

SERVICES:

FRIDAY KIDS’ GYM. Beginning this Friday, and continuing most every Friday through March, Wasco School Events Center (WSEC) will be hosting “Kids Gym.”   This will be an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to play inside for a couple of hours when the weather is too cold to be outside.   Kid Gym will go from 10 a.m. to noon, and parents who attend with their pre-schooler(s) will need to sign a release form to participate. Cost is $5/week, or free if you are a member of the WSEC Fitness Center. This is not a babysitting service; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Feel free to bring toys, trikes, etc. for your child(ren) to play with. 12/28

FALL PHOTO SHOOTS. Now is the time for fall photo shoots! The leaves are turning colors and the air is getting cooler. It’s a great time to schedule a family or senior photo session. Lots of openings available. Ask for discounts by bundling a family and a senior session or two senior sessions. ~Jeremy S. Lanthorn | Jlanthorn@gmail.com | (541) 993-2446 | (541) 333-2013 |Jeremylanthorn.com

LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 11/30

NEWSPAPERS

WANTED:


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar

https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/scsd-event-calendar.html

DECEMBER

1 Old-Fashioned Christmas Bazaar 11 Arlington United Methodist Church

1 Country Christmas Bazaar 9:30 – 4 Grass Valley Pavilion

1 Sherman County Fair Board’s Holiday Bazaar 10-3:30 Sherman County School

1 Christmas Tree Sale 8-5 Sherman County School

1 Sherman Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale 10

1 Fossil’s Holiday Bazaar 9

1 Condon’s Light Festival & Parade 4 & 5:30

1-8 Gala of Trees Preschool Benefit – MCP Farm Store, Wasco

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Biggs Service District Board Meeting 8:30 Sherman County Courthouse

5 Sherman County Court 9 Moro

5 Gilliam County Court 10 Fossil

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 Gala of Trees Drawing 12 noon MCP Farm Store

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

8 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

9 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

10 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY; Iraq War Ended 2011

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

19 Sherman County Court 9

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

21 Winter Begins

25 CHRISTMAS DAY

31 Official End of WWII 1946


 

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Sherman County eNews #308

CONTENTS

  1. Frontier TeleNet Mission and Purpose

  2. Enjoy Holiday Fun with The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge, December 1

  3. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

  4. Surviving the Holidays

  5. Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation?

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


1. Frontier TeleNet Mission and Purpose

Mission and Purpose of the Organization

  1. To expand and enhance telecommunications capabilities for the efficient

provision of local government services and educational services; and

  1. To provide for the coordination and interoperability of communications

services in Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties; and to cooperatively

establish and maintain a consolidated, highly reliable system for the

provision of educational services, 9-1-1, law enforcement, emergency

services and other public health and safety communications services;

and,

  1. To promote economic growth and the expansion and/or addition of

business and industry both within the geographic boundaries of Gilliam,

Sherman and Wheeler counties; and where appropriate or in the best

interests of the counties’ citizens, the surrounding communities of

interest through the development of telecommunications infrastructure

and related programs and services.


2. Enjoy Holiday Fun with The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge, December 1

Join in the holiday fun! The Traveling Lantern Theater Company presents The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge! The show starts at 11:00 on Saturday, December 1st at the Sherman County Public/School Library… during the Holiday Bazaar at the Sherman County School.


3. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

mittens1Bring your donations of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library located in Moro. Community, school staff, and students are encouraged to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies which serve Sherman County.


4. Surviving the Holidays

Christmas.candle1Between mid-November and the end of the year, there are at least 29 different holidays in different cultures around the world. For some of us, this holiday “season” becomes the “season of stress and tension.” The good news? It doesn’t have to be.

Let’s talk a little bit about how we perceive holidays, regardless of where they land on the calendar. For most of the world, upcoming holidays signal a lot of preparation – to get home, to physically connect with family and friends we haven’t seen in a long while, the food, the weather, the endless lines/queues, and on and on and on.

When we look at these events, and all the effort that goes into making them happen, it would be easy to slip into panic mode. “How do we get there?” “When am I going to have the time to get the grocery shopping done?” “The timing has to be perfect, or we’ll miss the plane!” “What on earth am I going to get for presents?!?!?” Do you recognize anyone you know in these scenarios? Perhaps yourself?

With all of the “how’s” and “have to’s”, we get ourselves all tied up in knots – literally and figuratively. Every traffic tie-up becomes a crisis. Finding a parking place becomes the ultimate in gladiatorial combat. “To do” lists grow lists of their own. We seem to lose our ability to make even the simplest of decisions. Headaches ensue. At its worst, all some of us want to do is pull the covers over our heads, and avoid the holidays altogether.

So, how do we get past the stress and tension? We’ll talk more about this in the days ahead. In the meantime, give some thought to those stress points that cause you tension during the holidays. Ask yourself “why” they do. This is a little self-reflection exercise that may uncover some “old tapes” you can throw out or “saved files” you can update or delete. ~The Pacific Institute


5. Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation?

~ Some excerpts from https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

“The allure of independence, so powerful to previous generations, holds less sway over today’s teens.”

“The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health. These changes have affected young people in every corner of the nation and in every type of household. The trends appear among teens poor and rich; of every ethnic background; in cities, suburbs, and small towns. Where there are cell towers, there are teens living their lives on their smartphone.”

“Today’s teens are also less likely to date. The initial stage of courtship, which Gen Xers called “liking” (as in “Ooh, he likes you!”), kids now call “talking”—an ironic choice for a generation that prefers texting to actual conversation. After two teens have “talked” for a while, they might start dating. But only about 56 percent of high-school seniors in 2015 went out on dates; for Boomers and Gen Xers, the number was about 85 percent.

The decline in dating tracks with a decline in sexual activity. The drop is the sharpest for ninth-graders, among whom the number of sexually active teens has been cut by almost 40 percent since 1991. The average teen now has had sex for the first time by the spring of 11th grade, a full year later than the average Gen Xer. Fewer teens having sex has contributed to what many see as one of the most positive youth trends in recent years: The teen birth rate hit an all-time low in 2016, down 67 percent since its modern peak, in 1991.”

“Why are today’s teens waiting longer to take on both the responsibilities and the pleasures of adulthood? Shifts in the economy, and parenting, certainly play a role. In an information economy that rewards higher education more than early work history, parents may be inclined to encourage their kids to stay home and study rather than to get a part-time job. Teens, in turn, seem to be content with this homebody arrangement—not because they’re so studious, but because their social life is lived on their phone. They don’t need to leave home to spend time with their friends.”

“So what are they doing with all that time? They are on their phone, in their room, alone and often distressed.”

“You might expect that teens spend so much time in these new spaces because it makes them happy, but most data suggest that it does not. The Monitoring the Future survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and designed to be nationally representative, has asked 12th-graders more than 1,000 questions every year since 1975 and queried eighth- and 10th-graders since 1991. The survey asks teens how happy they are and also how much of their leisure time they spend on various activities, including nonscreen activities such as in-person social interaction and exercise, and, in recent years, screen activities such as using social media, texting, and browsing the web. The results could not be clearer: Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on nonscreen activities are more likely to be happy.”

“Social-networking sites like Facebook promise to connect us to friends. But the portrait of iGen teens emerging from the data is one of a lonely, dislocated generation. Teens who visit social-networking sites every day but see their friends in person less frequently are the most likely to agree with the statements “A lot of times I feel lonely,” “I often feel left out of things,” and “I often wish I had more good friends.” Teens’ feelings of loneliness spiked in 2013 and have remained high since.”

“WHAT’S THE CONNECTION between smartphones and the apparent psychological distress this generation is experiencing? For all their power to link kids day and night, social media also exacerbate the age-old teen concern about being left out. Today’s teens may go to fewer parties and spend less time together in person, but when they do congregate, they document their hangouts relentlessly—on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook. Those not invited to come along are keenly aware of it. Accordingly, the number of teens who feel left out has reached all-time highs across age groups. Like the increase in loneliness, the upswing in feeling left out has been swift and significant.

This trend has been especially steep among girls. Forty-eight percent more girls said they often felt left out in 2015 than in 2010, compared with 27 percent more boys.

“Girls use social media more often, giving them additional opportunities to feel excluded and lonely when they see their friends or classmates getting together without them. Social media levy a psychic tax on the teen doing the posting as well, as she anxiously awaits the affirmation of comments and likes. When Athena posts pictures to Instagram, she told me, “I’m nervous about what people think and are going to say. It sometimes bugs me when I don’t get a certain amount of likes on a picture.”

“It may be a comfort, but the smartphone is cutting into teens’ sleep: Many now sleep less than seven hours most nights. Sleep experts say that teens should get about nine hours of sleep a night; a teen who is getting less than seven hours a night is significantly sleep deprived. Fifty-seven percent more teens were sleep deprived in 2015 than in 1991. In just the four years from 2012 to 2015, 22 percent more teens failed to get seven hours of sleep.

“The increase is suspiciously timed, once again starting around when most teens got a smartphone. Two national surveys show that teens who spend three or more hours a day on electronic devices are 28 percent more likely to get less than seven hours of sleep than those who spend fewer than three hours, and teens who visit social-media sites every day are 19 percent more likely to be sleep deprived. A meta-analysis of studies on electronic-device use among children found similar results: Children who use a media device right before bed are more likely to sleep less than they should, more likely to sleep poorly, and more than twice as likely to be sleepy during the day.”


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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeOffbeat Oregon History: Range Wars Veteran Put Oregon on the Map

America’s Cold Civil War

Oregon budget officials predict $623 million shortfall

Small Newspaper in Rural Oregon is Thriving

Companies blocked from using West Coast ports to export fossil fuels keep seeking workarounds

Peak Oil

Zeugmas Give Verbs a Workout

It’s Time to Rethink The Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


 

Sherman County eNews #307

CONTENTS

  1. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

  2. Correction: Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Drawing, Dec. 8

  3. Columbia Gorge CASA Kicking Off 2018 Annual Appeal

  4. Sherman County 4-H Members Put on a Musical Production in November

  5. Adversity Becomes Opportunity

  6. Scholarships for Oregon Wheat Growers League Counties or Regions


1. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving 

arrow.blueswishRemember Local Needs for Year-end Giving || tax-deductible non-profit organizations ||

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman StationFoundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box 155, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as the perfect gift for someone who has everything.


2. Correction: Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Drawing, Dec. 8

Christmas.TreeCorrection: Sherman County Preschool is pleased to announce the Gala of Trees fundraiser is up and running again this year. Trees & wreaths will be on display at MCP Farm Store in Wasco from November 26 to the time of the drawing on December 8th at noon (you don’t have to be present to win, winners will be called immediately). Tickets may be purchased from any Sherman County Preschool family or at MCP Farm Store. This year we want to thank MCP Farm Store for hosting again, and the following businesses/people for donating or sponsoring a tree or wreath: Dinty’s Market, Husky’s 97 Market, Bank of Eastern Oregon, Apex Auto & Truck Repair, RDO Equipment, Paradise Rose Chuckwagon, Hill Trucking, Kock Farms, Sherman County Emergency Services, Kathy McCullough, and the many people who work for these businesses that come up with such creative & pretty wreaths and trees. Thank you for your continued support of Sherman County Preschool!


3. Columbia Gorge CASA Kicking Off 2018 Annual Appeal

Columbia Gorge CASA is kicking off its 2018 Annual Appeal todayGiving Tuesday – with a $500 challenge match! All donations received today will be matched up to $500 by Julie & Mark Nygaard from The Dalles.

Donations will help us to provide a CASA volunteer to every child in foster care in Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties. Donations can be made via our website or Facebook fundraiser page – see http://gorgecasa.org/page13921.aspx. Can you help us meet this match today?


4. Sherman County 4-H Members Put on a Musical Production in November

4-H clover1Youthful 4-H members in Sherman County enjoyed a new performing arts opportunity in November by participating in a musical production hosted by OSU Sherman County Extension.  Paid for in part by an innovative grant from the Oregon 4-H Foundation, Sherman Extension put on a kids musical called “We Are Monsters” during the week of November 5-9.  The premise of the musical was that everyone wants to be included and accepted, whether you are a monster, a werewolf, a vampire or a human, and that friendships are wonderful.

The musical was led by drama instructor Hayley Hoyt of the TriCities WA, with assistance from Gilliam County 4-H leader Silvia Durfey and new Sherman County 4-H Theatre Arts leader Tabetha Hein.

Although it was a very hectic week for Sherman County youth, ten 4-H members participated in the five days’ worth of afterschool practices for the Friday, November 9 performance for over 40 family and friends at the Sherman School cafeteria.  Participants learned a variety of songs and dance moves, memorized script, followed stage directions, and enjoyed putting together their costumes.

Family and friends are encouraging and supportive of the Sherman 4-H musical performance and new theatre arts programs.  Some comments received on Facebook posts about the musical included: ”What a great event for those lucky kids,” “I am thankful for 4H and the new Drama program. It’s so great for the kids!!! Thank you!!!” and “This is so cool! I love seeing all the new opportunities for 4-Hers.”

Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

College of Public Health & Human Sciences

4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed

66365 Lonerock Rd

Moro, Oregon 97039

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

extension.oregonstate.edu/sherman


5. Adversity Becomes Opportunity

Today, let’s talk a little about the importance of learning how to bounce back from adversity. Lately, a large part of this planet has been hit by major challenges – physical, mental and emotional – and it’s time to focus the amazing power of the human mind on resiliency.

Whether it be loss of your job, the uncertainty about the economy, an illness, or a natural disaster, which can cause you to lose almost everything in one fell swoop, it can really knock you off your feet for a while. And when adversity does strike, how fast you get up again depends on a number of things, such as:

  • how good your support network is;
  • how solid your self-esteem is;
  • the extent to which you believe that you can control your own destiny; and
  • your experiences of overcoming adversity in the past.

If you want to shorten the time it takes to get back on your feet, try this: Ask yourself how it will look when you no longer have your current problems. Spend time visualizing yourself in that future picture and imagining how you’ll feel, how your world will look – what it will sound, taste and smell like.

Do it over and over, day after day, week after week. Make a list of your strengths and past accomplishments and add to that list on a daily basis. At the same time, set and prioritize some immediate, short-term goals to improve your situation. Write a detailed plan of action for the top three, including day and time. Give yourself things to accomplish, which builds your confidence in your ability to take action and succeed.

Once you have accomplished a few short-term goals, you may feel ready to do some long-term vision and goal-setting. Finally – and this is important – no matter how much you’ve lost, take time to help someone else who is struggling. A giving heart heals the fastest, and even the worst adversity can be used to learn and grow.

By changing the way you look at adversity, adversity becomes an opportunity to make positive change. ~The Pacific Institute


6. Scholarships for Oregon Wheat Growers League Counties or Regions

A $1,000 scholarship for graduating seniors is offered to recognize graduates from each of the Oregon Wheat Growers League counties or regions. To be eligible to apply for this award, the student’s family must be a grower member of the OWGL or an employee of a grower member.  The scholarship is also offered to high school seniors who work part time for a grower member.

A scholarship may be awarded in one of the following wheat producing counties or regions: Central Oregon, Gilliam, Klamath, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union/Baker, Wallowa, Wasco, North Willamette Valley and South Willamette Valley.

All applicants must be planning to enroll in a University or two-year Community College with the intent of completing a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Application must be postmarked by February 1st of the current school yea

Download the printable Application.

http://www.owgl.org/foundation/scholarship-award-program/?fbclid=IwAR1qWiJtZok2lDiThxkEgOp7oA0bdRy5o_rLptwNRnpFlPSOs8gZaNw888Q

Congratulations to our scholarship winners!  The Oregon Wheat Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to nine high school seniors in May, 2017. Students were judged on their community involvement, academic achievement and an essay on a wheat industry topic.


 

Sherman County eNews #306

CONTENTS

  1. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, Dec. 5

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Dec. 5

  3. Condon’s Holiday Light Festival and Parade, Dec. 1

  4. Keep Sherman County Moving: Community Transit

  5. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, Nov. 28

  6. Judicial Watch: The Caravan Crisis, November 21, 2018

  7. Starting on the Inside

  8. Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu


1. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, Dec. 5

The Biggs Service District will hold a public meeting on December 5, 2018 at 8:30 am in the Commissioners Meeting room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to discuss items relating to the Biggs Water System Project, and to the District.


2. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Dec. 5

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will be in session, December 5, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at www.co.sherman.or.us.

Topics on the agenda include Four Rivers Early Learning Hub report by Amber DeGrange & Christa Rude; ODOT/WSDOT Mobility Management Match & Quarterly Report by Marnene Benson, Sherman County Transit; Fair Board Quarterly Report by Beth McCurdy; Sheriff’s Department Report by James Burgett; Sheriff’s Office Surplus; Association of Oregon Counties Request for Additional Payment; National Association of Counties Dues; Courthouse Reunification Center; County Employee Active Shooter Training; Discussion Items: Golden Hills SIP & Commissioners’ Reports; Consent Agenda.


3. Condon’s Holiday Light Festival and Parade, Dec. 1

Christmas.Carolers2

  • Matinee at the Liberty Theatre – The Polar Express – 4 pm
  • Christmas Caroling at Sage & Stone Spa – 5pm
  • Holiday Lighted Parade Sponsored by Columbia Basin Electric – 5:30 pm
  • Photos with Santa and community gathering at the Condon Elks Lodge following the parade.

Share in the joy of the holiday season!


4. Keep Sherman County Moving: Community Transit

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Community Transit, also known as Sherman Transit or Community Transit, provides public bus transportation service throughout Sherman County and to The Dalles, Portland, and other cities for shopping, medical appointments, and special events.

Check out the Sherman County website: https://www.co.sherman.or.us/departments/sherman-transit/ or call Sherman County Community Transit at 541-565-3553 for more information.

Good News for Public Transportation in Oregon: With the passage last year of HB 2017, Keep Oregon Moving, the Oregon Legislature made a significant investment in transportation to help further the things that Oregonians value—a vibrant economy with good jobs, strong communities with a good quality of life, a clean environment, and safe, healthy people. This is a historic investment in Oregon’s transportation system that will pay dividends for decades to come.

Section 122 of Keep Oregon Moving (Oregon House Bill 2017) established a new dedicated source of funding for expanding public transportation service in Oregon. This new funding source is called the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund, or STIF.

90 percent of STIF funds will be distributed to qualified entities based on taxes paid within their geographic area, with a minimum amount of $100,000 per year to each qualified entity. Sherman County is a qualified entity that is eligible to receive the minimum amount of $100,000 each year. These funds will be used to support projects that expand the public transportation services here in Sherman County.

Get involved: Sherman County Community Transit is looking for more community members to participate on the new STIF Advisory Committee. The STIF Advisory Committee is a volunteer committee, meets at least twice a year and will help Sherman County Community Transit to review and prioritize proposed projects. Do you take the bus for medical trips or do you ride our twice a week shopping bus? We welcome your participation to help us improve our public transportation service.

Additional Shopping Bus Day: We need your feedback! Sherman County Community Transit is reviewing the possibility of adding a third shopping bus day to our regular schedule. The schedule would be designed to allow more flexibility and comfort for seniors. Please call us: 541-565-3553 or email us: (CLICK HERE) with your thoughts about this third shopping bus. What day of the week would you prefer? What would the schedule look like? Which stores should be on the schedule? Would you like a stop for lunch?

We average 163 persons riding per month.  Of the riders 67% are 60 and over and 67% of the rides are for medical reasons and 33% are for shopping.


5. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, Nov. 28

Frontier TeleNet

Board of Directors Meeting

November 28th 10:00 AM

Jeanne Burch Building, 401 Fourth St. Fossil, OR

Agenda topics include Minutes & Financial Review & Approval; IT & System Updates & Progress Report; Business & Marketing Report; E-Rate Update & Discussion; FTN Future Funding; Bylaws Update; Public Input/Comment.

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n),(D). For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or mikesmith@connectionsllc.us


6. Judicial Watch: The Caravan Crisis, November 21, 2018

Judicial Watch Director of Investigations & Research Chris Farrell joins filmmaker Ami Horowitz to discuss his recent trip to Mexico investigating the migrant caravan.

On Watch: Exposing Mainstream Media Lies About the Illegal Alien Invasion

https://www.judicialwatch.org/video-update/on-watch-exposing-mainstream-media-lies-about-the-illegal-alien-invasion/?utm_source=deployer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=action+alert&utm_term=members&utm_content=20181126205830


7. Starting on the Inside

In our work around the world, The Pacific Institute employs a series of guiding principles to help individuals and organizations understand the inner workings of the human mind. Working with high performers from industry to sports, one of the things we want to make certain of is that everyone understands one very specific principle before any change process can work.

It is simply this: All meaningful and lasting change starts on the inside and then works its way out. Change imposed from the outside seldom, if ever, succeeds – in the short-term or the long-term. It all has to do with the way human beings have learned how to think. You see, we think ourselves into behaving. Our thoughts create our beliefs, and our beliefs cause our behaviors.

If you don’t change the picture in your head before you start to change anything else about yourself, you will have a tendency to slip back to the old picture, the old you. That’s what happens, for example, if you force yourself to lose weight without first changing your inner picture. If you continue to see yourself as overweight in your mind’s eye, you’ll start to gain the weight back as soon as you take it off.

It is also why, if your dominant picture of yourself is as a smoker, and you try to quit, you’ll have a strong tendency to relapse once you relax the intense control it takes to stop in the first place. This same lack of a new, dominant picture is why most, if not all, New Year’s “Resolutions” are doomed to failure.

Human beings are picture-oriented. It’s a simple fact and becomes an effective tool when we go to make changes in our behaviors. Affirmations and visualizations, journaling and meditation, are excellent ways to change your internal pictures and make sure that new behavior lasts. They help you create your reality from the inside out, which is the most consistent, reliable, and effective way to make change happen – for an individual, team, department or organization – even a nation. ~The Pacific Institute


8, Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu  

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 4 5 6 7
Sloppy Joes/Bun
Potato Wedges
Salad & Dessert
Baked Potato Bar
Broccoli, Ham & Cheese
Salad & Fruit
Meatloaf Chicken Enchiladas Mac & Cheese w/ Bacon
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Mexican Rice & Veggies Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
10 11 12 13 14
Beef & Bean Burritos Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce Oven Fried Chicken Pork & Noodles Chili
Mexican Rice & Veggies Garlic Bread & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Veggies Cornbread
Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
17 18 19 Christmas Lunch 20 21
Swedish Meatballs Sweet & Sassy Chicken Baked Ham Pizza loaded w/ Meat Chicken Alfredo
Rotini Noodles & Veggies Rice Pilaf & Veggies Rolls & Cheesy Potatoes Veggies Veggies
Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
24 25 26 27 28
CLOSED CLOSED Chicken Fried Steak Cheeseburgers Navy Bean & Ham Soup
FOR FOR Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Tater Tots Cornbread
CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
31 MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO AVAILABILITY — ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of food is prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.
CLOSED
FOR
NEW YEARS

 

 

Sherman County eNews #305

CONTENTS

  1. Photography Club Meeting, Nov. 26

  2. Space Weather: Mars Landing, Nov. 26

  3. Oregon State Agencies A-Z

  4. Oregon Law: Newspaper in Which Public Notice May Be Published

  5. Finding the Middle Ground

  6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This Week in Salem, by the Numbers

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


1. Photography Club Meeting, Nov. 26

The Sherman County Photography Club meets Monday, November 26 at 6 pm at the Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Building in Moro.  Giving a presentation on photo editing will be Lowell Smith. This month’s photo challenge is portrait photographs. Members will share their portrait shots. Plans for upcoming field trips will be discussed. Everyone is invited to attend.


2. Space Weather: Mars Landing, Nov. 26

http://spaceweather.com
https://www.facebook.com/spaceweatherdotcom

On Monday, Nov. 26th, NASA will attempt to land a new robot on the planet Mars. Named “InSight,” the lander will tear through the Red Planet’s atmosphere, shedding more than 12,000 mph of velocity is just under 7 minutes. For the first time, a pair of interplanetary cubesats nicknamed “WALL-E” and “Eva” will relay signals from the landing in near-real time. Find out how to watch on today’s edition of Spaceweather.com.


3. Oregon State Agencies A-Z

Over the years, our politicians have created an enormous pork barrel of agencies that employ personnel to provide services… salaries, health insurance and public pensions. https://www.oregon.gov/pages/a_to_z_listing.aspx


4. Oregon Law: Newspaper in Which Public Notice May Be Published

~https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/193.010

2017 ORS 193.020¹ [Also see ORS 193.010 to 193.030]

ORS 193.010: Newspaper – Definition:

“Newspaper” means a newspaper of general circulation, published in the English language for the dissemination of local or transmitted news or for the dissemination of legal news, made up of at least four pages of at least five columns each, with type matter of a depth of at least 14 inches, or, if smaller pages, then comprising an equivalent amount of type matter, which has bona fide subscribers representing more than half of the total distribution of copies circulated, or distribution verified by an independent circulation auditing firm, and which has been established and regularly and uninterruptedly published at least once a week during a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first publication of the public notice. Interrupted publication because of labor-management disputes, fire, flood or the elements for a period not to exceed 120 days, either before or after a newspaper is qualified for publication of public notices, shall not affect such qualification. [Amended by 1979 c.760 §1; subsection (1) renumbered 174.104 (“Public notice” defined) in 1999]

Newspaper in which public notice may be published:

(1)Any public notice of any description, the publication of which is now or hereafter required by law, shall be published in any newspaper, as defined in ORS 193.010 (Definitions for ORS 193.010 and 193.020), which is published within the county, city of which any part lies within that county, city, district or other jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given.

(2)If publication in only one newspaper is required by law, and if more than one newspaper fulfills the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper which the moving party considers best suited to give actual notice. However, nothing in this subsection prohibits the publication in more than one newspaper if desired by the moving party.

(3)If no newspaper is published within the county, city, district or jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given, public notice shall be published in:

(a)The newspaper published nearest to such county, city, district or jurisdiction; or

(b)Any publication that is published in such county, city, district or jurisdiction and that satisfies all the requirements for being a newspaper except that it is published less than once a week but not less than once a month.

(4)If more than one newspaper or publication fulfills the requirements of subsection (3) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper or publication which the moving party considers most effective for providing actual notice. [Amended by 1963 c.432 §1; 1979 c.760 §2; 1983 c.831 §1]


5. Finding the Middle Ground

Have you heard of “either/or thinking?” It’s a dangerous but fairly common mistake that many of us have been conditioned to make. Perhaps it’s time to find the middle ground.

Either/or thinking, or black-and-white thinking as it’s sometimes called, is a dangerous thing. It’s basically just what it sounds like. Either/or thinkers don’t see shades of gray. They want easy answers to difficult questions, so they see life in terms of winners and losers, good guys and bad guys, success or failure, right and wrong.

What they fail to realize is that right and wrong often depend on time, place, culture and purpose, among other things. They fail to understand that no one is all good or all bad, or that “success” and “failure” depend on how you define them – just like “winning” and “losing” do. These people don’t see the degrees of difference that stretch between most opposites, because if they did, it would require more time and energy being devoted to complex thinking skills and a willingness to deal with subtle differences.

Now, it’s true that they don’t see these things. Because of these dearly-held beliefs, their brains build blind spots, or “scotomas,” to any information that is contrary, because it threatens their either/or belief system. So even if a nuance is true, it can’t get through.

Here is a homework assignment, for the rest of this year. During this coming holiday season, while you are at special dinners, parties or get-togethers, just sit and listen to the conversations around you. What are you hearing? How many people are engaging in this “either/or” thinking? How does it affect the rest of the people in the conversation?

In an increasingly global society, flexibility of thinking is a must. Catch yourself doing either/or thinking. Most of us do it, from time to time, and it drastically limits our options. Deliberate self-awareness is essential – and a strong desire to keep your mind open to the full range of possibilities will keep you from getting trapped in an “either/or” world. ~The Pacific Institute


6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This Week in Salem, by the Numbers

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

4: Percent decline in the price of whole, frozen turkeys this year, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

10: Percent of retail sales that are now done online, according to OEA.

3 to 16: Inches of snow that could accumulate over Cascade mountain passes over Thanksgiving, according to OPB.

$37 million: Total spending in this year’s contest for governor, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

516: Pages of a novel about vampires and witches set in the 19th century and published in 2006 by Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth. “The Guardians Last Crusade: Springtime in Babylon” got parlayed into an attack ad against Evans in this year’s election, according to The Salem Reporter. Evans won.

10: Public employees suing two unions and public agencies in Oregon over practices involving mandatory dues in the wake of the Janus vs. AFSCME case. The plaintiffs are seeking class action status.

$5 million: Amount Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has given to a Portland nonprofit, JOIN, that serves homeless families, according to OPB.

54,200: Population growth in Oregon from 2017 to 2018, according to Willamette Week, citing figures from PSU.

88: Percent of that growth corresponding to people moving to Oregon from other places.

143: Pounds of pot a Springfield, Ore., man tried to mail across state lines by hiding the drug in fake rocks, according to the Washington Examiner. Curran Millican Manzer, 37, pleaded guilty to mailing a package of concealed pot to Oklahoma in federal court this week. They were labeled as taxidermy.


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

bird.owl3Oregon State Agencies A-Z

TedEd: Why is meningitis so dangerous?

Smithsonian: The Ironic History of Mar-a-Lago

Oregon abortion laws attract out-of-state residents 


 

Sherman County eNews #304

CONTENTS

  1. Wasco School Events Center Community Dinner & Bingo, Nov. 26

  2. Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive

  3. North Central Education Service District: Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler

  4. North Central ESD Board Meeting Minutes, Nov. 1

  5. Gala of Trees to Benefit Sherman County Preschool, Nov. 26-Dec. 6

  6. Redirecting the Energy Drain

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


“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach


1. Wasco School Events Center Community Dinner & Bingo, Nov. 26

food.soup.bowlThe Wasco School Events Center will be hosting a Community Dinner & Bingo on Monday, November 26th at 5:30 pm at the Events Center. The menu will include homemade soups and breads. Cost is $6 per person or $20 for family of 4.  We will also be playing 3 rounds of BINGO at $1 per card. Please join us for dinner and BINGO!


2. Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive

children.cartoonThis year over 120 children in the Gorge will be spending their holidays in foster care. Help make them a little brighter by donating a holiday gift! 

Avenue Properties, Columbia Gorge CASA and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation have joined forces to create a Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive that will run from November 27 until December 15. During this time, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Avenue Properties offices located in The Dalles (406 E 2nd St) and Hood River (116 3rd St #209).  Gifts can also be brought to the Festival of Trees “Community Day” event on Saturday, December 8th from 9AM to 12PM at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  CASA will also be on hand with information about their program.

Gift ideas include gift cards, electronic devices (Kindle Fires were huge last year), basketball/ footballs with pumps, art supplies (all ages), books (all ages), games and puzzles, action figure dolls, Legos, makeup sets, stuffed animals, hot wheels sets, nerf guns, remote control cars & batteries, baby dolls & 18” American girl style dolls, Barbie dolls, animal figures, scooters & bikes (with helmets), baby toys, hats & glove sets and stocking stuffers. Avenue Properties in The Dalles will also be hosting a Wish-List Giving Tree featuring items that specific local foster children have asked for.

For more information, call Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031,  at 541-386-3468 or Avenue Properties at 541-716-0701.


3. North Central Education Service District: Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler

Local Service Plan 2017-2018

https://or02210617.schoolwires.net/cms/lib/OR02210617/Centricity/Domain/43/LocalServicePlan2017-2018.pdf

Mission of North Central ESD ~ https://www.ncesd.k12.or.us/Page/1

The goals of North Central Education Service District (NCESD) are to assist component school districts in meeting the requirements of state and federal law, to improve student learning, to enhance the quality of instruction provided to students, to provide professional development to component school district employees, to enable component school districts and the students who attend schools in those districts to have equitable access to resources, and to maximize operational and fiscal efficiencies for component school districts. North Central ESD meets the challenge of its mission by providing services to its constituent districts. Serving about 700 students in a 3,500 square-mile geographically challenging area requires a commitment to education.

The board and staff of North Central ESD adopt the philosophy of providing professional services and facilities on a cooperative basis with component school districts to assist each student in achieving his or her potential. Under the provisions of Oregon law adopted by the Oregon Legislative Assembly in 2005, an Education Service District shall provide regionalized core services in:

  • Administrative/Business Services
  • Services for Children with Special Needs
  • School Improvement Services
  • Technology Services

The responsibility of the ESD is to provide these services as much as possible under the direction of the service grant 90/10 rule for expenditures.


4. North Central ESD Board Meeting Minutes, Nov. 1

NORTH CENTRAL ESD REGULAR BOARD MEETING

November 1, 2018

The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room,

Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Attending

P—Jeff Schott, Chair-June 2021

P—Jim Doherty-June 2021

P—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019

P—Amy Derby -June 2019

A—Sarah Rucker -June 2021

P—Greg Greenwood -June 2019

P—Penny Grotting, Superintendent

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.

Visitors:

CALL TO ORDER

Jeff opened the Board Meeting at 6:05 p.m.

Public Input:

CONSENT AGENDA

MINUTES & FISCAL RECEIPTS

The minutes & fiscal receipts from the September 5, 2018 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email September 26, 2018.

Motion— Amy, seconded by Jim, to approve the September minutes.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

Motion— Kristen, seconded by Greg, to approve the fiscal receipts. Kim included a quarterly report that she will update each quarter.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

  • Penny passed out the Annual Report that is sent to ODE by October 1 each year. It states the districts ADMw, current services, performance and the finances of our ESD for the previous school year.
  • Penny discussed the Educator Advancement Council, which is a professional network for teachers. Hilda Rosalli will conduct a phone conference at the superintendents meeting on Tuesday to discuss the new legislation for this grant.
  • Penny will be going to the OSBA conference next week.
  • North Central ESD is continuing to advertise for a SLPA and Tech position.
  • Angela Tyler has been hired for additional hours for professional development with teachers at the preschools and to assist Carrie Somnis, OPK Director in OPK.
  • Penny met with Wes Owens and Rinda Montgomery to see how the new program is developing and fulling the requirements of the Special Education Program.
  • Jim Smith, Fossil SD Superintendent, will meet with Penny at OSBA to go over the services that the ESD provides.
  • Jeff spoke to the board with regards to the HVAC unit on the roof. Trane came out last month with three options for the unit.
    •  Option 1 $8,152 – Repair Condenser
    •  Option 2 $49,966.00 – Condenser Replacement
    •  Option 3 $63,355.00 Complete Replacement
  • At this time the board would like to wait and see how the unit will work through the winter and talk about it in the spring time.
  • There is a rip in the return duct so Trane recommended putting a sheet of metal over it so the rain does not get into the unit.

Job Descriptions

  • Table until next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

OPK Update

  • Carrie Somnis came to the board meeting to discuss the correction action plan that she and Penny had with Dawn Barberis, ODE.
  • The Policy Council is one of the major issues with the corrective action plan. Carrie will be going to Sherman Preschool next week to have the first Policy Council meeting.
  • Carrie will put OPK documents on the new website.
  • Carrie would like to present the information to the Policy Council before they bring it to the board.

Motion— Amy, seconded by Kristen, to allow Jeff to sign the Policy Council Board

Approval form on behalf of the North Central ESD board.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

  • NCESD OPK Program has 21 slots.
  • Julie Sanders and Sammi Lane, Umatilla Morrow Head Start met today to go over the MOU for the children and families in our region. The MOU will promote school readiness, nurture social and cognitive development, provide access to education, health, and social services, engage parents in their children’s learning.

Tech update

Cody Harmon, Tech Director Columbia Gorge ESD, did a phone conference to give the tech update.

  • Hired Joe Fernandes, Tech Specialist, on October 22, 2018
  • Columbia Gorge ESD will continue to be the support for tech services. Any calls or tickets should go through CGESD.
  • Currently Arlington, Fossil, Mitchell and Spray School District have 50 mbps of bandwidth. The ESD uses 250 mbps of bandwidth.
  • Cody explained that fiber will be coming into Condon.
  • Cody would like to put out an RFP for the fiber for all of the district including the ESD. Included in the RFP, each site would need a server.
  • The E-Rate 471 window opens January 28, 2019.
  • Cody is estimating the most it could cost each school district would be $8,000.00. The estimated time for the fiber build, should be six to eight months.
  • The Gilliam County Courthouse will be down November 19-23 for maintenance issues.
  • The City of Condon would like to contract with the ESD. Cody and Penny will work with Kathryn Griener to negotiate a contract.
  • Penny received a call from Judge Shaffer regarding internet and Frontier Telenet. Penny explained that her first priority will be to provide the best possible internet
  • access for the schools and students at the lowest cost available. His concern was for Frontier Telenet and the possibility of losing the contract with the ESD.
  • Penny re-negotiated the contract with Gilliam County Courthouse for tech services from $17,000 to $22,000.

Next meeting: January 3, 2019 6:00pm

ADJOURNMENT With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

JEFF SCHOTT, CHAIR | KIM DOMENGIHINI, BUS. MGR.


5. Gala of Trees to Benefit Sherman County Preschool, Nov. 26-Dec. 6

Christmas.wreath.aniSherman Co. Preschool is pleased to announce the Gala of Trees fundraiser is up and running again this year. Trees & wreaths will be on display at MCP Farm Store in Wasco from November 26 to the time of the drawing on December 6th at noon (you don’t have to be present to win, winners will be called immediately). Tickets may be purchased from any Sherman Co. Preschool family or at MCP Farm Store. This year we want to thank MCP Farm Store for hosting again, and the following businesses/people for donating or sponsoring a tree or wreath: Dinty’s Market, Husky’s 97 Market, Bank of Eastern Oregon, Apex Auto & Truck Repair, RDO Equipment, Paradise Rose Chuckwagon, Hill Trucking, Kock Farms, Sherman Co. Emergency Services, Kathy McCullough, and the many people who work for these businesses that come up with such creative & pretty wreaths and trees. Thank you for your continued support of Sherman Co. Preschool!


6. Redirecting the Energy Drain

What are you trying to avoid in your life? Does worry take up a big part of your waking hours or, perhaps, your sleeping hours? What we are talking about does have a name, and maybe it is time to redirect the energy drain known as “worry.”

Most of us try to avoid certain things in life – poverty, depression, unhappiness, stress, illness and pain, to name just a few. It makes sense to want to avoid these things as much as possible. The challenge comes when seeking avoidance becomes a primary motivation. Some people spend an enormous amount of time worrying about how to avoid or about how to cope IF these situations do occur. It becomes the first thoughts when waking up and the last thoughts before going to sleep – if one can actually get to sleep.

Just by spending that much time worrying, we are pretty much eliminating the possibility of feeling happy. We are also elevating our stress levels, thereby weakening our immune systems. Ironically, this just makes us even more susceptible to illness and pain – some of those things we are trying to avoid. Melancholy and depression can easily follow. And, if we feel this badly, we probably aren’t going to be doing very well at work or school, either. All of our energies go into worrying about every little thing that MIGHT happen, and we have no energy to actually go and do something about it.

The fact is, we move toward and become like what we think about. If we spend most of our time worrying about something, we shouldn’t be too surprised when it shows up in our lives.

Someone once said that worry is “interest paid on trouble before it comes due.” Now, you wouldn’t think of doing this with your money, would you? So why in the world would you do it with something far more precious than money – your time and your very life?

So ask yourself, for every minute you spend worrying, what else could you be thinking about, what challenges could you be out solving, instead? ~The Pacific Institute


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

bird.owl.limbFreedom Foundation takes its latest shot at Oregon unions

Oregon’s fastest-growing (and shrinking) counties: All 36 ranked

1859 Oregon Made Gift Guide

Space Weather | Solar Wind Stream

The Limits of Renewable Energy

Stunning Map Showing The Age of The World’s Borders

Progress: 200 Countries in 200 Years in 4 Minute

Editorial: Oregon doesn’t need a new weed bureaucracy


 

Sherman County eNews #303

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For thy Church which evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise. ~Folliott S. PIerpoint (1835-1917)


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

eNEWS POLICIES: 

CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. No posters or flyers.

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. No posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words. 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU. How do you put into words the gratitude and thanks to all the people who believed in and supported me during this election. Every person who has run a campaign, win or lose, has my deepest respect. This is not an easy process. I am humbled by the outpouring of words and deeds these last months. Your confidence in me is overwhelming. Thank you for selecting me to serve you. Sincerely, Joe Dabulskis

APPRECIATION & RECOGNITION. Sherman County School District Staff, Student and Community Recognition, November 13, 2018: We are extremely fortunate to have gracious staff and community members who support our school and students. While it is possible that we may periodically miss an opportunity to thank someone, we sincerely appreciate the commitment of all of our supporters. We would like to recognize the following people for their devotion to our schools, students, staff and community… … …

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JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. Country Christmas Bazaar | Grass Valley Pavilion | December 1st 9:30 am – 4:00 pm | Lots of great handcrafted items | Pictures w/Santa | Soup & bread lunch.

SHERMAN COUNTY HOLIDAY BAZAAR. December 1st 10-3:30 | Sherman County School. ~Sherman County Fair Board

SHERMAN BOOSTER CLUB Sherman Booster Club will be at the Holiday Bazaar at the Sherman County School on December 1st selling SCHOOL SPIRIT MERCHANDISE. December 1 from 10 am -3:30 pm. 11/26

SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL CLASS OF 2021 CHRISTMAS TREE SALE!

Date:  December 1, 2018

Location:  Sherman County School

Time:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trees available:

3 – 8 ft Noble Fir

5 – 9 ft Douglas Fir

5 – 7 ft Grand Fir.

Prices starting at $25.00.    11/26

SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE & MUSEUM STORE SALE. December 1st Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro. 11/26

COLUMBIA GORGE CASA, OTHERS. Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive for over 120 children in the Gorge who will spend their holidays in foster care. Help make them a little brighter by donating a holiday gift!  Avenue Properties, Columbia Gorge CASA and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation have joined forces to create a Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive that will run from November 27 until December 15. During this time, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Avenue Properties offices located in The Dalles (406 E 2nd St) and Hood River (116 3rd St #209).  Gifts can also be brought to the Festival of Trees “Community Day” event on Saturday, December 8th from 9AM to 12PM at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  CASA will also be on hand with information about their program. 12/14 

SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL GALA OF TREES. Sherman County Preschool is pleased to announce the Gala of Trees fundraiser is up and running again this year. Trees & wreaths will be on display at MCP Farm Store in Wasco from November 26 to the time of the drawing on December 6th at noon (you don’t have to be present to win, winners will be called immediately). Tickets may be purchased from any Sherman County Preschool family or at MCP Farm Store. This year we want to thank MCP Farm Store for hosting again, and the following businesses/people for donating or sponsoring a tree or wreath: Dinty’s Market, Husky’s 97 Market, Bank of Eastern Oregon, Apex Auto & Truck Repair, RDO Equipment, Paradise Rose Chuckwagon, Hill Trucking, Kock Farms, Sherman County Emergency Services, Kathy McCullough, and the many people who work for these businesses that come up with such creative & pretty wreaths and trees. Thank you for your continued support of Sherman County Preschool! 11/26

LOST OR FOUND:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER

Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.

 EMPLOYMENT:

PT RECEPTIONIST. MCP is looking to hire a PT Receptionist for our main office in Moro, OR. This is a customer service/ technology-oriented position requiring developed interpersonal communication/social skills. Normal hours will be 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday, unless covering other employees’ schedules. Please contact Daniel at 541-565-3737 or stop by the Mid Columbia Producers’ office for further details.

AREA REPRESENTATIVE. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. — Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. — ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at asseusawest@asse.com. Please check out our website at host.asse.com.  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time! 11/30

FOR SALE:

CHRISTMAS TREES! Sherman County School Class of 2021. December 1 from 8-5 at Sherman County School.

SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL SPIRIT MERCHANDISE. Sherman Booster Club will be at the Holiday Bazaar at the High School on December 1st selling school spirit merchandise. December 1 from 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS will be at the Country Christmas Bazaar in Grass Valley on December 1st! Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available. Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com 11/30

PIANO. Baldwin Spinet Piano – Maple colored – $300 OBO negotiable, would like it to find a home where it will be used. Thanks Very Good shape, I just want space for exercise equipment. Call or text Jeanne Kuettel @ 541-714-5740.  11/30

FOR RENT OR LEASE:  

FREE:

SERVICES:

FRIDAY KIDS’ GYM. Beginning this Friday, and continuing most every Friday through March, Wasco School Events Center (WSEC) will be hosting “Kids Gym.”   This will be an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to play inside for a couple of hours when the weather is too cold to be outside.   Kid Gym will go from 10 a.m. to noon, and parents who attend with their pre-schooler(s) will need to sign a release form to participate. Cost is $5/week, or free if you are a member of the WSEC Fitness Center. This is not a babysitting service; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Feel free to bring toys, trikes, etc. for your child(ren) to play with. 12/28

FALL PHOTO SHOOTS. Now is the time for fall photo shoots! The leaves are turning colors and the air is getting cooler. It’s a great time to schedule a family or senior photo session. Lots of openings available. Ask for discounts by bundling a family and a senior session or two senior sessions. ~Jeremy S. Lanthorn | Jlanthorn@gmail.com | (541) 993-2446 | (541) 333-2013 |Jeremylanthorn.com

LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 11/23

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3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar

https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/scsd-event-calendar.html

NOVEMBER

26 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Bldg., Moro

26 Wasco School Events Center Community Dinner & Bingo 5:30

26-Dec. 6 Gala of Trees Preschool Benefit MCP Farm Store, Drawing Dec. 6

28 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 10 Fossil

28 Sherman County Court & Fire Districts Work Session 6 Courthouse

29 Sherman County Court, GorgeNet, Frontier TeleNet Work Session 2 Courthouse

29 Sherman County Court, Cities, GorgeNet Work Session 6 Courthouse

29 Deadline for Sherman County Education Foundation Logo Contest


DECEMBER

1 Country Christmas Bazaar 9:30 – 4 Grass Valley Pavilion

1 Sherman County Fair Board’s Holiday Bazaar 10-3:30 Sherman County School

1 Christmas Tree Sale 8-5 Sherman County School

1 Sherman Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

1 Fossil’s Holiday Bazaar 9

1 Condon’s Light Festival & Parade 5:30

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

8 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

9 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

10 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY; Iraq War Ended 2011

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

19 Sherman County Court 9

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

21 Winter Begins

25 CHRISTMAS DAY

31 Official End of WWII 1946