Sherman County eNews #12


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

  2. Notice of Vacancy in Sherman County Commissioner Position

  3. Where will you be ten years from now if you keep on going the way you are going?

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

  5. Gorge Tech Alliance Event Will Highlight Local Innovators, Jan. 22

  6. Agriculture Scholarship Opportunity for Local High School Senior

  7. Reclaiming Control

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

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open SCHOOL Hours

8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday

10am-4pm Saturday.

REMINDER: if Sherman County School choses to delay or close due to inclement weather the Library will follow suit.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am

Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.


WEDNESDAY after school in the library.

Grades 6-12.

When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus

January’s Book Club– Thursday, January 24th, at 6:00pm.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

2. Notice of Vacancy in Sherman County Commissioner Position

A meeting facilitated by Sherman County Republican Chair Chris Moore will be held on January 21, 2019 at the Steve Burnet Extension building at 6 p.m.

All applicants for the position must be a registered Republican for 180 days prior to January 6, 2019 and a resident of the county for the period of one year prior to the date of the appointment.

Pursuant to ORS 236.217 the Sherman County Republican Central Committee will nominate no fewer than three nor more than five qualified persons to fill the vacancy.  The nominating convention shall be conducted according to party rules.

Those interested in running for this position should contact Sherman County Republican Chair Chris Moore. 541-565-3516 or

3. Where will you be ten years from now if you keep on going the way you are going?

Many people fail to realize that big success is the result of little successes achieved, often over a very long period of time. Truly successful people are long-term thinkers. They know that they must build upon each achievement and constantly learn new and better ways of doing things. A regular review of your progress is an essential part of goal-setting. A goal is little more than a wish unless it has a timetable for completion. Make sure your plan for your life includes short-, medium-, and long-term goals. Revise your goals as circumstances dictate, check them off when they are completed, and set new and bigger goals for yourself as you grow. And take time to reflect often to make sure you are on the right course — for you. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

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

bird.owl.limbSherman County Stories by Sherman County People: For The Record

Nuclear 101 For the New Congress

Merriam-Webster: Jerry-built vs. Jury-rigged vs. Jerry-rigged

Liar, Liar Quiz

Wheat Foods Council & Newsletter

Where are you, Martin Luther King?

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Two-faced Roman god opens the doors, and the year

5. Gorge Tech Alliance Event Will Highlight Local Innovators, Jan. 22

The Gorge is home to a large and often-unknown group of innovators changing the world. The Gorge Tech Alliance invites the community to celebrate Gorge innovators past, present and future at its event on January 22 to hear their stories and be inspired. Learn about the initial inspirations, the bumpy roads to success and the future from the presenters, including:

  • Seth Tibbots of Turtle Island Foods sharing the founding story behind the Tofurkey line of products;
  • Les Perkins of Farmers Irrigation District with their fish screen and small-scale hydro innovations;
  • Nate DeVol with initial concepts to take the Farmers Irrigation innovations to the main-stem of the Columbia River; and
  • Jack Perrin with the Gorge Makerspace Project Invent team sharing their work developing a joystick that would allow people with cerebral palsy, a spastic paralysis due to brain damage, to play online games.

“Minds all over the Gorge have created and are creating solutions and products that are changing the world,” says GTA Executive Director Jessica Metta. “While the GTA often shares the innovations from our tech industry, we were excited for this event to share the broader story of innovation happening in the Gorge.”  The event is Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for appetizers and networking, with the presentations starting around 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 cash/check at the door or can be bought in advance online. Students and educators are free but encouraged to RSVP. Details are found at

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

6. Agriculture Scholarship Opportunity for Local High School Senior

High school seniors, consider applying for a $500 scholarship offered by the Columbia Gorge Chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture.  Students must be/have been a resident of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman or Gilliam County a minimum of two years during their high school education.  Preference goes to a student (1) pursuing a major in agricultural studies (2) with a 3.0 GPA or higher (3) female.  Money is expected to be used for tuition and/or books.  Applications have been sent to area high schools, and are due to the local chapter no later than May 1, 2019.  For more information or a scholarship application, contact chapter President Cindy Brown at 541-565-3230 or email

7. Reclaiming Control

With national and international news being so much easier to access, we have all become aware that the last few years have been challenging for a lot of people around the world. Let’s spend some time talking about these challenges and what we can do, as individuals and communities.

One of the traps we, as human beings, can get caught in is looking at our social, economic and financial situations as happening “to” us. We see things from an external perspective, and believe we are powerless to do anything. If you can visualize a leaf traveling at the mercy of the wind, you get a pretty good picture of someone who sees life happening “to” them. This is an external “locus of control” and puts us in the mindset of a victim.

Now, what would happen if we changed our perspective to one of an internal locus of control? What if we asked ourselves the question, “What can I do ‘for’ me?” How does that change the way we look at ourselves and our abilities?

Well, for one thing, we take back control of our lives and our decisions. It’s like adding a rudder and a motor to that leaf blowing in the wind, as we plot our own course through the breeze. We give ourselves the power to determine the direction in which we travel through challenges. We are only victims if we allow ourselves to be victims.

There is a tendency, these days, to think of ourselves as victims. But keep in mind that economic, social and political headlines are meant to sell papers and magazines to keep advertising dollars. Televised media is not just reporting the news, but sometimes making the news in order to get ratings and advertising dollars. By looking a little deeper and listening a little closer, this becomes evident.

In these times, it is easy to fall prey to the “bad news” constantly being reported in the media. If we are wise, and we all have access to untapped wisdom stored in our minds, we will become skeptical listeners and readers, and take charge of our own decisions about our futures. ~The Pacific Institute