Sherman County eNews #326

CONTENTS

  1. First Baptist Church Christmas Program, Dec. 23

  2. Life Strategy

  3. Sherman County Court News, Oct. 17

  4. Power outage causes death of 6.2 million chinook salmon fry at state-run hatchery

  5. Sherman High School Basketball – Current Schedule

  6. No Comfort in Oregon Quilt Scheme

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


Said the night wind to the little lamb,
‘Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite,
With a tail as big as a kite.’

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
‘Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea,
With a voice as big as the sea.’

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
‘Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold,
Let us bring him silver and gold.’

Said the king to the people everywhere,
“Listen to what I say!
Pray for peace, people, everywhere,
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light.

~ Noel Regney-Gloria Shayne


1. First Baptist Church Christmas Program, Dec. 23

church.family1First Baptist Grass Valley invites you to join in a Christmas celebration of God’s Greatest Gift on December 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

The program includes joining together in singing Christmas songs, enjoying special music, and a hand-on gift to you as we unpack together the story of God’s great gift to us. The evening will end with a candle ceremony and Christmas goodies (of which more is always welcome).

This is a family event with children remaining with parents. Each child will receive a gift bag with a Christmas activity booklet and crayons.


2. Life Strategy

Do you have a life strategy? It’s not a plan, but more like a process – and it’s a great question to answer as we close out these last few weeks of 2018. (Actually, it’s a great question to answer any time of the year. But since we are racing toward the end of December, why not take the opportunity?)

The process of adjusting to life and of getting what you most want is a continual one, even though your goals may change at any time. But if you understand the process, you’ll also understand that developing a life strategy is a great idea. It gives us something to build on, not just something to build.

Now, a life strategy is not a life plan. A plan tells you what route to take to accomplish a specific goal. Plans are valuable. But a life strategy offers a more flexible, large-scale umbrella under which your plans can take shape. It’s taking the long view and providing general direction.

A strategy begins and ends with values – a prioritized listing of what is important to you. Things like self-discovery, personal and spiritual growth, mental and physical well-being, meeting challenge and adversity in a calm and centered way, harmonious and loving relationships, gratitude, etc. Those things you identify as being vitally important to having a full life.

Once you know what you value, you can set goals to help you bring about end-results that are aligned with your values. That’s a strategy, and it’s bigger than individual goals, but every bit as important. If fact, values provide the foundation upon which you can stand, in order to reach your goals.

Without an overall strategy, you may get from Point A to Point B just fine. But by the time you get to Point D, the path may begin to crumble beneath you, because you picked the wrong Point B. Understanding your core values provides essential insights, as you develop a reliable strategy to get to Point Z. ~The Pacific Institute


3. Sherman County Court News, Oct. 17

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court Notes

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on October 17, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

*County Court ended early due to the fire in Biggs which resulted in lack of quorum during the Session. 

  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to hire David Rooney as a 0.75 FTE employee to work for a 9 month period (March 2019 – November 2019) and to be paid over a 12 month pay cycle with 75% County paid benefits at a rate of 64% class, Step B.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the lowest most reasonable bid for pipe purchase for the Biggs Water System Project, and authorize Judge Thompson to make the final decision.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve the Broadband Network Operating Agreement and Lease between Sherman County, Gorge Networks, Inc., and the City of Moro, for Gorge Networks, Inc. to design, construct, install, and operate Broadband network to provide broadband service to residents and businesses throughout the City of Moro, pending approval from the City of Moro and listing the appropriate corrections of County payment amount to GorgeNet.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the following to the Sherman County Community Transportation Board: Randy Hilderbrand, Chair; Mary Adams, Vice-Chair; Bonne Whitley, Secretary; Ree Ella von Borstel, Member; and one more Member position that is to be filled by Transportation Board’s discretion.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement with Sherman County between Sherman and Gilliam County for the provision of independent assessment services necessary to assist the Sherman or Gilliam County Board of Property Tax Appeals in the performance of their functions upon request.

4. Power outage causes death of 6.2 million chinook salmon fry at state-run hatchery

More than 6.2 million chinook salmon fry died last week when strong winds caused a power outage at a state hatchery, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The fish were kept in incubators at the Minter Creek Hatchery in Gig Harbor, and some were being raised to help provide more food for endangered orcas in the region.

“This is a devastating loss,” said Eric Kinne, a hatchery division manager.

During the windstorm, the hatchery’s backup generator also failed, which meant the pump that supplies water to the incubators stopped working.

Employees said they tried to get the generator working, and, when that failed, they tried to get water into the incubators using other methods, but it was unsuccessful.

Among the dead fish were 4.2 million Deschutes fall chinook fry, 1.5 million Minter Creek fall chinook fry and 507,000 White River spring chinook fry.

The White River chinook were meant for orcas. The Deschutes and Minter Creek chinook were supposed to support state fisheries.

The chinook were scheduled for release in May or June.

Another 6.2 million fish at the hatchery, including chum salmon and coho salmon, survived the power outage.

Kinne said the department is analyzing what happened during the power outage to ensure it doesn’t happen again. He also said other fisheries might replace some of the fry lost at the Gig Harbor facility.


5. Sherman High School Basketball – Current Schedule

DATE DAY OPPONENT SITE BJV GV BV Bus

Departures

Nov. 30 Fri Sherman Invitational

Culver, Stanfield, Grant Union

Moro   6:00 7:30  
Dec 1 Sat Sherman Invitational

Culver, Stanfield, Grant Union

Moro   TBA TBA  
Dec 8 Sat Damascus Christian Moro 3:00   4:30  
Dec 11 Tues Trinity Lutheran Moro 4:30   6:00  
Dec 14 Fri Hosanna Tournament Klamath Falls   TBA TBA  
Dec. 15 Sat Hosanna Tournament Klamath Falls   TBA TBA  
Dec 20 Thurs Ione Ione   6:00 7:30 2:45
Dec 22 Sat Condon/Wheeler Moro   4:00 5:30  
Jan. 4 Fri South Wasco Maupin   5:00 6:30 3:00
Jan. 5 Sat Dufur Moro 2:30 4:00 5:30  
Jan. 8 Tues Hood River (JV) Hood River   4:00   1:45
Jan. 8 Tues Horizon Christian Hood River 4:30   6:00 1:45
Jan 9 Wed St. Paul Portland

(Moda Center)

    1:00 10:00
Jan. 11 Fri Arlington Arlington 4:30 6:00 7:30 2:30
Jan. 12 Sat Mitchell/Spray Moro 2:30 4:00 5:30  
Jan. 18 Fri Echo Echo 4:30 6:00 7:30 2:00
Jan. 19 Sat Ione Moro 12:30 (2qrts) 2:00 3:30  
Jan. 25 Fri Condon/Wheeler Condon   6:00 7:30 4:00
Jan. 26 Sat Echo Moro 2:30 4:00 5:30  
Jan 29 Tue Horizon Christian Moro 4:30   6:00  
Feb. 1 Fri South Wasco Moro   5:00 6:30  
Feb. 2 Sat Dufur Dufur 2:30 4:00 5:30 12:45
Feb. 8 Fri Arlington Moro 4:30 6:00 7:30  
Feb. 9 Sat Mitchell/Spray Spray 2:30 4:00 5:30 11:30
Feb. 15 Fri District Madras   TBA TBA  
Feb. 16 Sat District Madras   TBA TBA  

Head Boys Coach:            Gary Lewis          Asst. Boys Coach:            Bill Martin, Tim Zacharias, Ethan Moore

Head Girls Coach:           Steve Bird            Asst. Girls Coach:            Laurie Perisho

Principal/AD:                   Mike Somnis       Superintendent:               Wes Owens


6. No Comfort in Oregon Quilt Scheme 

sewing.machine.womanHundreds of Consumers Complain to BBB After Being Scammed out of Money

Portland, Oregon – A phony business operating under the name Amelia Cotton Quilt Company and a Salem, Oregon address is scamming consumers across the country this holiday season.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Northwest + Pacific is processing hundreds of complaints from people who say they paid for quilts but have yet to receive them. Most of the complainants’ report purchasing through a Facebook ad that directs them to the website www.Ameliacotton10.com. Amelia Cotton Quilt Company is not registered with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office and its business address is a private residence in Salem.

BBB is giving Amelia Cotton Quilt Company an ‘F’ rating and issuing a Scam Alert after it failed to respond to multiple inquiries by investigators and consumers left with one less gift to give this holiday.

“Remember, purchasing with a credit card can give you more protection against fake businesses that don’t deliver,” says Dawn Johnson, Marketplace Manager. “And, always check out retailers at bbb.org before you shop.”

Amelia Cotton Quilt Company is believed to now be using the website www.sleepious.co. Other names and websites to watch out for are:

Weirdo Stuff Kathleen Quilt Ducha
Emacotton Amelia Quilt Amelia Cotton
Ecrafta EMA Cotton Elsie Quilt
Uscrafta Cotton Blanket Elsie May Quilt
USA Crafta ARA Cotton  
Umovietee Joyce Quilt  
weirdostuff.net emmacotton09.com Amelia-quilt.com
bellaquilt.net aracotton.com hellodobo.com
uscrafta.com emmacotton13.com bellaquilt.com
emacotton.com ameliacotton10.com duhuquilt.com
emastore10.com    

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

“[Members of Congress] are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People’s Business…” —Benjamin Franklin (1785)

bird.owl.limbCottonwood Canyon State Park Experience Center

Oregon Paleo Lands Institute Center

OREGON DEBUTS 20 NEW TAXES IN A SINGLE DAY

ICE Arrests 6.5K Convicted Murderers, Sex Offender Illegal Aliens This Year

Arizona Border Trash

Smokey Bear featured on new Oregon license plate

Judicial Watch: Corruption Chronicles

Sinead Kerr & John Kerr – Scottish-Themed Ice Dance

Torvill And Dean – Ravell’s Bolero – 1984 Olympic Ice Dance Champions


 

Sherman County eNews #325

CONTENTS

  1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session Agenda Update, Dec. 19

  2. Flexible Spill Agreement Aims to Benefit Salmon & Hydropower

  3. Learning from the Attempt

  4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu


Let there be Peace on Earth

And let it begin with me.

 Let there be Peace on Earth

The peace that was meant to be

With God as our Father

Brothers all are we.

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony. 
Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now.

With every breath I take

Let this be my solemn vow;

To take each moment and

Live each moment

In peace eternally

Let there be peace on earth

and let it begin with me.

~ Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, 1955


1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session Agenda Update, Dec. 19

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

The updated agenda posted at https://www.co.sherman.or.us/documents/december-6-2016-sherman-county-court-agenda/ adds topics to the agenda: a financial software upgrade, surplus mobile home, lease of office space to Biggs Service District, and operating loan to Frontier TeleNet.

Agenda topics listed earlier include Katie Woodruff’s Victims’ Assistance Life Jacket Update; Sheriff Lohrey’s Quarterly Report; Georgia Macnab’s Planning Commission Energy Development Zone; John Day River Territory Annual Contribution; Golden Hills SIP Public Hearing.


2. Flexible Spill Agreement Aims to Benefit Salmon & Hydropower

State of Oregon – State of Washington – Nez Perce Tribe

Bonneville Power Administration – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Bureau of Reclamation

Federal, State and Tribal partners have come together to develop an agreement on a key component of operating federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. Parties to the agreement have aligned on a flexible spring spill operation premised on achieving improved salmon survival while also managing costs in hydropower generation. Key supporters of the agreement are jointly issuing this statement:

“Collaboration is key to this new approach to Columbia River system management. Working together, the region’s states, tribes, and federal agencies have developed an approach that demonstrates environmental stewardship and affordable sustainable energy are not mutually exclusive.”

The agreement Parties are the states of Oregon and Washington, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. In addition, the states of Idaho and Montana reviewed the agreement and are supportive of the flexible operation.

The agreement covers up to three years of fish passage spill operations at eight lower Columbia and Snake River dams.  During this time, the agreement avoids litigation while the co-lead agencies complete the Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement Records of Decision.

The agreement calls for flexible spill operations that meet three objectives: provide additional fish benefits by increasing spill; manage power system costs and preserve hydro system flexibility; and retain operational feasibility. Specifically, these operations involve increased spill during certain times of the day for fish migration and lesser amounts for the hours when hydropower production is needed most.

The parties have agreed to engage in a transparent and collaborative manner to implement this agreement. This agreement is an important step forward for the parties and the region. Rather than focusing on our differences, we are working together on our shared objectives of improving salmon passage and providing affordable hydropower for the region’s electricity consumers.


3. Learning from the Attempt

When you find yourself navigating your way through a crisis, what can you do to come out on the other side, stronger for the experience?

Every crisis involves risk. By definition, a crisis is fraught with danger, but also an opportunity for tremendous learning and growth. Crisis is a time of testing, but it’s also a time of renewal. Many people, when faced with a crisis or a challenge, tell themselves that they have failed and convince themselves that there’s no point in trying any longer.

For example, if a young woman tries to become a professional sculptor and fails, it doesn’t mean she’s a failure as a person or that her life is a failure. It simply means that, at this particular time in her life, her attempts at sculpting for a living are not working out. There are many other possible choices she can make, including continuing to practice her art, networking to participate in art shows, taking further classes and being open to opportunities in the future. She hasn’t failed, and she doesn’t have to give up her dream. But she does need to learn from this attempt and, perhaps, rethink her strategy.

Let’s say that an organization decides to try a new ad campaign for a product. Ad campaigns typically cost a fair amount, so there is a monetary risk involved in something new. Even with the best talent and intensions, the ad campaign doesn’t raise sales as expected. Is it a failure? Only if nothing was learned in the attempt, or if it caused the organization to shy away from ever doing any advertising, ever again.

Are there another ways to go about it? Does the artist need more education? Does the organization need more experience and exposure to the advertising world? Failure is only failure if you let it cause you to quit. If you choose to let it help you, it becomes information you can learn from.

It is in meeting each crisis with determination that we measure up to life and its challenges. In so doing, we develop tenacity and greater inner strength. ~The Pacific Institute


4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

January 2019

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 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food!

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2 3 4
CLOSED Meatloaf w. Gravy Chicken Dijon Macaroni & Cheese
FOR NEW YEARS Baked Potatoes Rice Pilaf Salad Bar
DAY Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies & Dessert
7 8 9 10 11
Chicken Pesto Pasta Beef Burgundy/mushrooms Oven Fried Chicken Lasagna Beef Chili
Salad Bar Rotini Noodles Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Salad Bar Cornbread
Veggies & Dessert  Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
14 15 16 17 18
BBQ Meatballs Oriental Chicken Roast Pork Split Pea & Ham Soup Hot Turkey Sandwich
Rice Pilaf Rice Pilaf Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Homemade Rolls Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
21 22  23  24  25 
CLOSED Chicken & Noodles Chicken Fried Steak Pizza loaded w. Meat Cheeseburgers
FOR MARTIN LUTHER Muffins Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Salad Bar Potato Wedges
KING DAY Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
28 29 30 31  
Hamburger Gravy Spaghetti w. Meat Sauce Beef Stew Beef & Bean Burritos
over mashed potatoes Garlic Bread Biscuits Mexican Rice
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are 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.


 

Sherman County eNews #324

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 20

  2. Wasco Methodist Church Christmas Worship Service, Dec. 23

  3. Moro Community Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24

  4. Donate! Oregon Cultural Trust >> Sherman County Cultural Coalition

  5. PACE Offers $5,000 Scholarships for Student-Made Videos

  6. Focused Attention

  7. Arnold Pierce Appleby 1935-2018

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


A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received. ~Albert Einstein


O Holy Night

ChristmasHolyFamily1

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wise men from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

~ Lyrics by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, 1847; music by Adolphe Charles Adams; translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).


1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 20

sport-basketballThe December 20, 2018 Boys JV game between Sherman and Ione has been cancelled.  There are no changes to the Varsity game times. This will push the bus departure time back to 2:45 pm.

~ Jeanie Pehlke, Confidential Secretary
Sherman County School District
541.565.3500  |  541.565.3319 (Fax)


2. Wasco Methodist Church Christmas Worship Service, Dec. 23

church.family1The Wasco Methodist Church invites all to come worship the birth of our Lord and Savior this Sunday, December 23rd.  The worship service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the Sunday School kids performing a play titled “Window Dressings”.  We will conclude the service around noon with refreshments and fellowship.  We hope to see you there!


3. Moro Community Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24

Christmas.candle1

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

Monday Evening

December 24, 2018

6:00 PM

Come Join Us for a Time of

Celebration, Joy & Reflection!

Enjoy the Carols, Special Music,

Readings & Christmas Message.

Moro Community Presbyterian Church

204 4th Street, Moro, Oregon


4. Donate! Oregon Cultural Trust >> Sherman County Cultural Coalition

Created in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust is a testimony to how much Oregonians value culture. No other state provides a 100 percent tax credit to inspire cultural giving.

As uniquely Oregonian as public beaches and the bottle bill, the Oregon Cultural Trust was established 17 years ago by the Oregon Legislature as an ongoing funding engine for arts and culture across the state.

Oregonians fund the Cultural Trust. We, in turn, fund the artists, potters, rappers, acrobats and dreamers who make Oregon, Oregon.

In 2017 Oregonians gave $4.9 million to the Cultural Trust, our all-time record. Sixty percent of that went straight back to the field. The remaining 40 percent helped grow our permanent fund.

Our three grant programs fund our five Statewide Partners45 County and Tribal Coalitions and qualified cultural nonprofits through competitive Cultural Development Grants.

No other state in the union has this incredible benefit. Lucky Oregonians!

To donate to Oregon Cultural Trust, see https://culturaltrust.org/get-involved/donate/.

  1. Total what you gave to the nonprofits listed.*
  2. Give a matching amount to the Cultural Trust online or 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301.
  3. On your state tax form, report your gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust. You will get 100% of it back as a tax credit.

*Sherman County Historical Society is the only nonprofit listed for Sherman County.

To learn more about Sherman County’s Cultural Coalition see www.shermancountyculturalcoalition.com or contact Melva Thomas, Sherman County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039 or shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com.


5. PACE Offers $5,000 Scholarships for Student-Made Videos

Now until Jan. 31, PACE will seek the best student-made videos around this concept: #STOPpredators. STOP stands for “Students Taking on Predators,” and this initiative is a PACE student video contest on preventing boundary invasion and sexual harassment of students.

Oregon public high school students can submit a video and be considered for one of up to six $5,000 college scholarships. Winning entries may be shown during the annual PACE Day in Salem in April.

Videos must contain information on preventing boundary invasion and harassment of students and link to the statewide Safe Oregon tipline. Students are encouraged to keep the videos short and focus on production quality and emotional appeal. Final judging will take place by the end of April 2019. Full contest rules, terms and conditions are available on the PACE website (http://bit.ly/PACE-STOP). 

About PACE. The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) and Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) formed the PACE property-casualty pool in 2006 so Oregon education entities could work together to keep Oregon students safe, reduce risks and conserve member resources.


6. Focused Attention

When you’re taking family pictures, you want to have a clear, sharp focus. Today, let’s talk about the importance of focusing in everyday life.

Most of us live in a culture that presents us with a bewildering array of options. The confusion of too many options will largely disappear once you know how to focus. In this sense, focus means concentrating all of your attention on one particular thing. As we do with a camera lens, our focus brings a situation into sharp relief in order to clarify our relationship with it.

When we concentrate our attention on a particular endeavor, problem or person, we bring all our energy to it, shutting out irrelevant details. Even if we find ourselves caught in a crisis, where our attention seems to be demanded everywhere at once, when we choose to focus our attention on one aspect of the problem, a solution becomes much easier. A natural progression then begins to unfold, making it possible for us to arrive eventually at overall resolution.

Remember, your experience in life is determined by where and upon what you choose to focus your attention and energy, just as a photographer must decide on what to focus the lens and what to leave out.

Again, we are confronted with a variety of distractions these days. A smartphone has as many distractions as the number of apps found on it, each vying for your attention – if you allow it. If you let your attention wander all over the place, you’ll end up feeling a bit muddled and blurry, just like the picture that results from a lens that is not held still.

Take charge of focusing your attention, and you will be taking charge of each situation you find yourself in. ~The Pacific Institute


7. Arnold Pierce Appleby 1935-2018

flower.rose.starArnold Pierce Appleby of Corvallis died peacefully at home on December 6, 2018. He was 83 years old. He was born on a farm near Formoso, Kansas, in 1935, to Howard and Argie (Pierce) Appleby. He started school in Hawthorne one-room school, and attended Lovewell and Formoso grade schools. He entered Courtland, Kansas High School as a freshman and graduated in 1953, then attended Kansas State University, graduating with a B.S. (with high honors) in Agricultural Education in 1957, and M.S. degree in Agronomy in 1958.

At Kansas State, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity, was president of Blue Key, senior men’s honor society; and was named a Senior Leader of the university. He was awarded several scholarships, including a national Alpha Zeta scholarship.

He was married to Geraldine Smith, a high school classmate, on April 1, 1956, in Courtland. In the spring of 1958 as he neared graduation with the Masters of Science, he was offered a federal position at Oregon State University, but by summer’s end, he was informed that he could not be hired for a federal position because of his Type I diabetes.

He then enjoyed teaching math and biology one year in Bazine, Kansas High School in 1958-59. The senior class dedicated the yearbook in his honor. The oldest son, Brian, was born that December in the county seat, Ness City.

He, Gerry, and Brian then moved to Corvallis, where he joined the Crop Science (then Farm Crops) Department at Oregon State University in a state-supported position and began studies toward the PhD degree. In 1961 a second son, Brent was born. He received the Phi Sigma Award as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the Biological Sciences, which included 12 departments. He received the PhD degree in 1962. During 1962-63, the family lived in Pendleton, Oregon, where he conducted research in weed control at the Pendleton experiment station. They moved back to Corvallis in 1963 where he began teaching, conducting research and advising graduate students.

He received numerous teaching and research awards during his career. Among others, these include three Distinguished Professor awards at OSU, Fellow awards from four professional societies, the Outstanding Teacher Award and the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Weed Science Society of America, one award each year for the U.S. and Canada. He won the Outstanding Weed Scientist Award from the Western Society of Weed Science in 1991.

Three times, the students of the Crop Science Department named him the Teacher of the Year. In 1974, he was elected Vice-President of the Weed Science Society of America, which would have progressed to President, but diabetic retinopathy necessitated a serious, experimental vitrectomy eye surgery, so he resigned the office. Fortunately, the surgery was a complete success and he retained full eyesight for the rest of his life.

In 1980, he received the R.M. Wade Award as the outstanding teacher in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He served as major professor or co-major professor for 74 graduate programs. Paul Willard, Salem, died in the early 1990s, and his will bequeathed over $850,000 to the Crop Science and Horticulture Departments at OSU. In his will, he added that the reason for the gift was “in recognition of the many services provided to me over the years by Dr. Arnold Appleby.”

He retired in January 1992. In 2001, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas State University College of Agricultural Sciences. In 2009, he was named a Diamond Pioneer by the College of Agricultural Sciences, and in 2010, he was inducted into the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Hall of Fame, one of only two on-campus faculty to ever be inducted in the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1980.

During his career, he traveled to many locations to scientific meetings and for consulting about agriculture and weed control. He visited 49 U.S. states and 33 countries on six continents.

He became a Type I diabetic in 1950 when knowledge and equipment of diabetes management was limited. He lived to see many improvements in both areas including sharper needles, portable blood sugar monitors, et al. He always felt very fortunate to survive and be relatively productive with this serious disease for so many years.

In retirement, he enjoyed visiting and corresponding with friends from around the world; reading novels, U.S. history, and biographies, gardening, doing crossword puzzles, feeding the ducks, and spending half-days at the Crop Science Department, where he maintained an office and served as Building Manager. He was invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Research Foundation in 1995. He was named Volunteer of the Year by the OSU Retirees Association. He authored six books on the history of two professional societies, the Crop Science Department, the weed control project at OSU, an extension of the history of the Agricultural Foundation, and a personal memoir.

He was immensely proud of his two sons, his five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Alice (Smith) Appleby; sons, Brian of Corvallis, and Brent and wife Stacy of Holliston, Massachusetts; brother, Dennis in Texas; sisters, Audrey Diamond and Eileen Erickson in Kansas; five grandchildren, Christine Appleby Williams, Nikki Appleby Olivas, Peter Appleby, Brittany Appleby Long, and Benjamin Appleby; great-grandsons, Theo Williams and Cole Olivas; and great-granddaughters, Lila Olivas, Madeline Williams, and Adalaided Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Doris Lucille, who was stillborn; and an older brother, Edwin.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 4, at the First United Methodist Church of Corvallis. Ashes will be interred in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Corvallis. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be donated to the OSU Foundation for the existing Arnold P. Appleby Educational Fund. Please leave condolences for the family at www.mchenryfuneralhome.com.


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