Sherman County eNews #320


  1. Letter to the Editor: Well Done, Sherman County

  2. Notice. Biggs Service District Meeting, Executive Session, Dec. 19

  3. Give the gift of warmth: Annual Blanket Drive, Jan. 12

  4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators in Sherman, Wasco & Hood River, Dec. 18, 19

  5. Free First Day Hike at Deschutes State Recreation Area, Jan. 1

  6. Uniquely Valuable

  7. Credit Union & Oregon School Activities Association Academic All-State Program

1. Letter to the Editor: Well Done, Sherman County

pen.markerI recently attended a meeting in Moro at the Sherman County Courthouse and while there was able to have a tour given by Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson and Justice of the Peace Ron McDermid.  I was impressed by the care of keeping the historical integrity in the original building and the thoughtful consideration of space and function of the addition.  Realizing that it was a decade-long process and considerable resources were used for the project, I think that Sherman County staff and residents should be proud of the end result.

After the meeting and tour, I went to the Sherman County School as I had made some arrangements to pick up a Christmas tree that they were selling the previous weekend.  From the school front office to dealing with the teacher selling the trees, I was impressed by the friendliness and professionalism of the school staff.

Well done, Sherman County.

Kathryn Greiner

Mayville, OR 97830

2. Notice. Biggs Service District Meeting, Executive Session, Dec. 19

Biggs Service District will hold an Executive Session at 8:30a.m. during its scheduled meeting on December 19, 2018, in the County Courthouse Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039. The Board will meet in Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel.

3. Give the gift of warmth: Annual Blanket Drive, Jan. 12

Christmas.Holly2The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its 6th Annual Blanket Drive. All items collected from this drive will be donated to The Warming Place in The Dalles, and to Gilliam & Sherman County Emergency Management.

The Warming Place is also in need of warm socks. Other warming item (such as coats and gloves) will also be accepted. Please mark your calendar and visit us in the parking lot at 523 East 3rd St. (across the street from Sawyer’s Ace Hardware) on Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors can simply pull up to the curb to drop off NEW or gently used (and washed) blankets, socks and other warming items.

(For more information about this blanket drive or the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact Tanya Wray at or (541) 506-2631, visit the North Central Public Health District webpage at, or see the Wasco Co. MRC Facebook page at County-Medical-Reserve-Corps/230659080405837.)

4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators in Sherman, Wasco & Hood River, Dec. 18, 19

Christmas.holly11) Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, the 18th, at the Portage Grill in The Dalles.  Open to all retired school personnel from Sherman, Wasco and Hood River Counties, interested persons may contact 541-478-3429 for both information and luncheon reservations.  This meeting will focus on a gift exchange & caroling.

2) Unit 20, OREA, is hosting an informational meeting with Jennifer Chrest, Dist. Mgr. for Association Member Benefits Advisors, noon Wednesday, the 19th, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.  OREA membership is required for coverage with dues being $25 annually.  The vision/dental coverage may be of particular interest.  Inquiries and luncheon reservations may be directed to Paul Zastrow at 541-354-1002.

5. Free First Day Hike at Deschutes State Recreation Area, Jan. 1

camera. photographThe Dalles OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Deschutes River State Recreation Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:  9 a.m.

Starting location: Oregon Trail Kiosk

Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, five mile hike on the Railbed, Ferry Springs and Blackberry trails

Contact information: (541) 739-2322 ext. 0

Additional details: The ranger-led hike will follow the historic Railbed Trail along the Deschutes River and continue on the Ferry Springs Trail to climb to the highest point in the park.  Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least 10 years old. Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. Contact: Iris Benson, park manager, 541-739-2322 ext. 23.

6. Uniquely Valuable

What happens to us when the culture in which we grow up doesn’t value our personal attributes?

A fair amount, if not most, of our feelings of self-worth or self-esteem have to do with the messages we get from our culture. Some of those messages are overt and up front. We know without question that, currently, our culture values affluence, power, efficacy, youthfulness and health. So can you imagine how it might feel to be poor, relatively powerless, or chronically ill or disabled in this society – or for that matter in any way that society sees as different or not like the majority?

Some messages are subtle. We say we value diversity, children, old people, etc., but our behavior often says something else. If movie stars and models are tall, beautiful and thin, and attract the demographic of males between the ages of 18 and 35, what message does it send us about anyone who does not fit that mold?

If the kids in school laugh at us because of our accent or clothes, or the work our parents do for a living, what do we learn about our value? It’s terribly important that all children feel proud of who they are and the talents they possess, and value their very uniqueness in the world.

Sometimes all it takes is one concerned teacher, parent or other adult who cares enough to take the time to set the record straight in a child’s mind. Every child needs to know that what supposedly is and is not valuable, according to magazines and “reality” shows, really depends on some pretty arbitrary things – and that it’s mostly opinion and not fact.

They need to know that they are loved, prized, and capable of rising above stereotypes to be uniquely valuable human beings. In the end, we rise to our own, and to each other’s, expectations – or we fall to them.

7. Credit Union & Oregon School Activities Association Academic All-State Program

PORTLAND, Ore., December 12, 2018— OnPoint Community Credit Union and the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) have announced the Fall winners of the 2018-2019 OnPoint Community Credit Union Academic All-State Program. This program awards students for outstanding achievement in the classroom.

The Academic All-State Award is awarded to all boys and girls teams in each OSAA-sanctioned activity that achieve a 3.0 or higher cumulative team grade point average. Each member of a winning team receives a commemorative decal and a certificate.

Members of the top 10 schools in each activity of each classification receive additional recognition and the top school receives a plaque in honor of its team.

The Academic All-State Award is part of OnPoint’s five-year partnership agreement with the OSAA, which includes the title sponsorship of the Oregon high school state championships. This partnership builds on OnPoint’s commitment to strengthen education by supporting students, schools and educators. OnPoint was founded by 16 schoolteachers in 1932 and has honored those roots in a variety of ways, including the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education.

“OnPoint’s commitment to education made the organization an ideal partner for the OSAA,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. “Together, we are so proud of what the winners of the Academic All-State Award have accomplished and can’t wait to see what their future holds.”

The OSAA sponsors 118 state championships in 19 interscholastic activities including choir, dance/drill, football, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls swimming, wrestling, cheerleading, baseball, softball, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls golf, band, orchestra, solo music and speech.

Every season, schools and activity departments submit academic information for the Academic All-State Program. To learn more about the OnPoint Community Credit Union Academic All-State Program, view the winners or submit academic information, visit 

About OnPoint Community Credit Union: OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 357,000 members and with assets of $5.5 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 13 Oregon (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932. 

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) is a private non-profit, board-governed association comprised of 291 member high schools.  A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the OSAA annually sponsors 118 state championships in 19 sports and activities.  For more information, visit or follow @OSAASports on social media.