Sherman County eNews #20


  1. Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It

  2. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 29

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special & Executive Session, Jan. 30

  4. USDA Farm Service Agency Offices to Re-open, Jan. 24

  5. Beginning Genealogy Class at Discovery Center, Feb. 9

  6. Are You Doing What You Can to Prevent Cervical Cancer?

  7. Recipe for Strength and Resiliency

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

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

1. Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It

pen.markerBy Karissa Niehoff and Peter Weber

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Oregon, this message is primarily for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves yourson or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.

Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Oregon has an alarming shortage of high school officials.

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing.

Why? They don’t need your abuse.

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Oregon are always welcome.

(Editor’s note: Karissa Niehoff is Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Peter Weber is Executive Director of the Oregon School Activities Association.) ~Posted by permission of OSAA.

2. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 29

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. Agenda topics will include:

    • Review and Consideration of Proposed Revisions to Board Policy BBB – Board Elections. Board Consideration of Change to Nomination Process for Candidates for Election to the Sherman County School District Board of Directors.
      • Review and Consideration of Advice from District Legal Counsel.
      • Review and Consideration of Timelines for 2019 Elections.
      • Review and Consideration of Proposed Resolution 2018-19 02.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special & Executive Session, Jan. 30

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Special Session at 10:00 a.m. on January 30, 2019, in the County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039. The Court will meet in Executive Session starting at 10:00 a.m., in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel for the purpose of holding interviews for the appointment of the vacant Sherman County Commissioner position. Following the Executive Session, the Court will announce their decision in public session, with the swearing in of the newly appointed Commissioner at 2:30 p.m.

4. USDA Farm Service Agency Offices to Re-open, Jan. 24 

USDA announced Tuesday that all Farm Service Agency offices across the country will reopen Jan. 24 to provide additional services during the remainder of the government shutdown.

About half of all FSA offices were reopened on Jan. 17 for three days to provide limited services related to existing loans and tax documents. Those offices will continue to do so through Jan. 23.

All FSA offices will be open Monday through Friday from Jan. 28 through Feb. 8. After that they will be open three days a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays if needed to provide additional services.

Producers should call their local office to make an appointment.

FSA will offer services related to the following:

  • Market Facilitation Program.
  • Marketing Assistance Loans.
  • Release of collateral warehouse receipts.
  • Direct and Guaranteed Farm Operating Loans, and Emergency Loans.
  • Service existing Conservation Reserve Program contracts.
  • Sugar Price Support Loans.
  • Dairy Margin Protection Program.
  • Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage.
  • Livestock Forage Disaster.
  • Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program.
  • Livestock Indemnity Program.
  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
  • Tree Assistance Program.
  • Remaining Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program payments for applications already processed.

5. Beginning Genealogy Class at Discovery Center, Feb. 9 

A beginning Genealogy class will be held on February 9, 2019, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center starting at 10:30 a. m. in the downstairs classroom.

The class will cover organization, where to start your research, genealogy forms, best beginning strategies and record importance.

The class will be presented by Georga Foster. The class is free and open to all ages. The public is welcome.  A $1.00 donation to cover room rental fee is appreciated.

6. Are You Doing What You Can to Prevent Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States and each year, more than 4,000 women die from it. All women are at risk for cervical cancer and the main cause of this cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV). These facts are helpful in understanding the impact of cervical cancer but more can be done.

Women can reduce their risk for cervical cancer with regular screening tests starting at age 21. Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early:

  • The Pap test (or Pap smear) screens for abnormal cells that may develop into cancer.
  • The HPV test screens for the HPV virus that causes these cell changes.

When found and treated early, cervical cancer is curable. The HPV vaccine can prevent most cervical cancers caused by HPV. Talk to your doctor about the recommended screening tests and HPV vaccine. This is your chance to do more to prevent cervical cancer.

Learn about screening services through CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

7. Recipe for Strength and Resiliency

An interesting topic of discussion came up the other day. A group of folks was talking about how some people perceive the economic ups and downs of late, and one of them said, “You know, the poor already know how to handle adversity. They deal with it every day. It is those who are suddenly hit with a job or property loss, those who have never had this happen to them before, who need the help.”

One of the most remarkable attributes of human beings is our ability to “come back” after a loss or failure. Like the words of the old song (written in 1936, during the Great Depression – and just as valid today): we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again. We can look at defeat as a new opportunity, a chance to grow and learn, and see the world as “new again.” However, if we aren’t challenged with defeat on occasion, we can forget how to be resilient.

So, the question becomes, “How do I get some of this resiliency?” Here are a couple of suggestions. Tonight, or when you have a few minutes to spare, write down 10 things that really went well in your life. It doesn’t matter when they happened in your life. After you have them written down, remember them, one by one. Feel how good it felt to succeed, to be a part of something truly wonderful. Go ahead and wrap yourself in those good feelings. As you do this, you are raising and reinforcing your self-esteem.

Next, take some time and write down 10 things that didn’t go so well. The point is not to tear down that additional self-esteem you just built. You want to remember how well you recovered. Yes, it was bad, maybe even awful, but you came out the other side, and you came out stronger and more confident. That’s building resiliency.

Teach this to your children, your parents, perhaps a friend or co-worker in need of a little assistance. And come to think of it, today would be a good day to start. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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