Sherman County eNews #23


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

  2. Regional History Forum. WWI: Stonehenge and the Great War, Feb. 2

  3. P.S. Friday Classifieds

  4. The Power of a Good Idea

  5. “Conversations With Funders & Partners” Scheduled Feb. & March

  6. 2019 Tax Season Opens, Jan, 28

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

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 chooses 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.

YA Art Club – WEDNESDAY after school.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus

February’s Book Club- Thursday, February 21 at 6pm.
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

2. Regional History Forum. WWI: Stonehenge and the Great War, Feb. 2

military.navyWashington State Park Ranger Mark Harris will present the Feb. 2 Regional History Forum program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse.  He will present “World War I, Part 1:  Stonehenge and the Great War” at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

The program covers the war’s beginnings, new technology used in the war, how uniforms differed between combatants, the role of women in the war effort, the trenches, the fall of empires and continuing effects of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

Harris prepared the program for the 2018 centennial of the war’s end and gave it throughout the summer and fall at Sam Hill’s Stonehenge, part of Maryhill State Park.  The landmark above the Columbia at Maryhill is a memorial to those from Klickitat County who died in the war, and is also featured in the PowerPoint program.

Harris will offer a second program on Feb. 9, a living history presentation with uniform and equipment that a soldier would have worn and carried into battle.

This is first program in the 2019 Regional History Forum series.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

3. P.S. Friday Classifieds 

GRAIN OPERATIONS LABORER. MCP is seeking two applicants to join our team as a Grain Operations Laborer. This full-time position will be based in either Sherman, Gilliam or Wasco County. As a Grain Ops Laborer you will have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of jobs within the department. Including but not limited to maintenance, housekeeping, inventory management and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility. Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro.

SALES & MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE. MCP is hiring a regional Sales and Marketing Representative. We are looking for an individual to service our customers in the Eastern Oregon region. As a Sales and Marketing Representative, you will solicit new prospects, sell products and services, and assist existing clients as necessary. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge in one or more of these areas: Cardlock, Bulk Lube products, Grain Origination as well as Sales and Marketing. Applications are available for download in the career opportunities section of our website or contact Human Resources at 541-565-2277.

4. The Power of a Good Idea

There is nothing in the world more powerful than a good idea. A good idea is a “contagious” solution to a challenge, big or small. Implementing good ideas also can give rise to unconscious restrictions, based on our past personal history. However, those old restrictions do not have to define the future.

No matter where you are, or where you have been, you probably have learned or discovered some terrific ways to break through the restrictions of self-doubt, and get rid of unfulfilling lifestyles on your way to achieve success – in whatever way you personally measure success. You can find these ways at every opportunity.

Here are seven ideas that can turn you into a super-achiever, if you decide to use them:

First, becoming your best self is a choice you make. It’s a conscious decision.

Second, change happens through action and understanding that we create our future. If we wait for someone else to create our future, we will be waiting for a very long time.

Third, dwell on your strengths, use them constantly, and watch them grow. Your strengths got you to where you are today, and will serve you in the future.

Fourth, facing your fears is not a one-time event; but it does get easier the more you do it. (“Been there, done that – and I can do it again!”)

Fifth, procrastination does not exist. What exists is a passive choice to do nothing. And remember, we are accountable for the choices we make.

Sixth, believe in the importance of your ideas, and your ability to bring them into reality.

And seventh, refuse to give up. Persist in the face of opposition, every setback, and be totally, 100% committed to bringing about the end-result you desire.

Commitment is a potent force that will bring to you all sorts of resources you may have never realized were there. Ideas like these turn lives around. Why not get rid of the thoughts that are keeping you down and choose thoughts that uncover your best self? Some of the most powerful words in the world are, “I have a great idea!” ~The Pacific Institute

5. “Conversations With Funders & Partners” Scheduled Feb. & March

Oregon.Flat.pole Salem, Ore. – More than $5 million in funding will be available when Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner joins with colleagues from the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Partners and other funders Feb. 12 through March 11 for “Conversations with Funders and Partners,” a seven-stop series of application workshops. Attendees will learn about funding programs available from multiple grantmakers and will have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Other statewide programming resources and application preparation guidance (three locations) also will be presented.

Participating will be representatives from the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Partners – the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office – as well as counterparts from The Oregon Community Foundation (most locations), the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Travel Oregon and Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland location).

As a special bonus for potential applicants, the events in Lincoln City, La Grande and Roseburg will be combined with free application writing workshops presented by Meredith Howell of Travel Oregon. The application writing workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon in Lincoln City and La Grande and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Roseburg, all in the same locations. Travel Oregon will also participate in the Conversations events in those locations.

Organizations encouraged to attend “Conversations with Funders and Partners” include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. All cultural nonprofit organizations are welcome.

“There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians,” said Schreiner. “We want to make sure they know about the significant funding and programming resources that are here to support them.”

Among the funding opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust’s 2019 Cultural Development Program; application guidelines will be posted on the Trust website Friday, Feb. 8, with an April 19 application deadline (see details below).

“Conversations with Funders and Partners” begin Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Bandon and conclude in Roseburg on Monday, March 11. Registration is not required.

The full schedule is*:

  • Bandon: 2-5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, Bandon Conference & Community Center

(Room 4) 1200 11th St SW, Bandon, OR 97411

  • Eugene: 12-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, Eugene Public Library

(Bascom-Tykeson Room) 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

  • Lincoln City*: 1:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, Lincoln City Cultural Center

(Auditorium) 540 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

  • East Portland: 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, Portland Community College (Southeast Campus Community Hall) 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
  • La Grande*: 1:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, Island City Hall

(Community Meeting Room) 10605 Island Ave, Island City, OR 97850

  • Bend: 2:45-5:45 p.m., Thursday, March 7, Downtown Bend Public Library

(Brooks Meeting Room) 601 NW Wall St. Bend, OR 97701

  • Roseburg*: 4:15-6 p.m., Monday, March 11, Ford Family Foundation

1600 NW Stewart Pkwy, Roseburg, OR 97471

*Please note: Free grant application prep workshops, presented by Travel Oregon, will precede the events in Lincoln City, La Grande and Roseburg. The workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon in Lincoln City and La Grande and from 1 to 4 p.m. in Roseburg, all at the same event locations.

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Program

The Cultural Trust’s Cultural Development Program recognizes and supports significant projects through four program funded categories: Access; Preservation; Creativity; and Capacity.

In 2018 the Cultural Trust awarded more than $3 million in statewide grants. Cultural Development Program grants represent one third of the annual funding the Cultural Trust provides to Oregon’s cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust’s five statewide partners – to support their mission goals and respective funding programs – and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives, projects and programs.

FY2020 Cultural Development Program grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug. 1, 2019, and July 30, 2020. Grant guidelines will be posted by Friday, Feb. 8, for an application deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19.  For more information contact Schreiner at or 503-986-0089.

6. 2019 Tax Season Opens, Jan, 28

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Revenue will begin processing state tax returns on January 28, the same day the IRS will begin processing federal returns. Taxpayers can submit their returns earlier, but processing won’t start until the tax season officially begins.

Once processing begins, returns will be processed in the order received. However, the Oregon Department of Revenue won’t be issuing personal income tax refunds until after February 15. This refund hold is part of the state’s tax fraud prevention activities and will allow confirmation that the amounts claimed on returns matches what employers report on forms W-2 and 1099. The IRS is also holding federal tax refunds until after February 15, but only for those taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit.

Federal changes from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act directly impact Oregon’s personal income tax, including changes to calculating withholding allowances for tax year 2018. This may mean that more taxpayers have a tax to pay or may have more tax to pay than usual. The department encourages taxpayers to use its online withholding calculator to check their state withholding, so they can make any necessary changes to 2019 withholding. Also, because of these federal tax changes, Oregon now has its own OR-W-4 form. Taxpayers can request the new form from their employer or download it at, fill it out and return it to their employer.

Here are a few other things for taxpayers to keep in mind this tax season:

  • E-filing is the fastest way to get your tax refund. On average, taxpayers who e-file their returns and request their refund via direct deposit receive their refund sooner than those who file paper returns and request paper refund checks.
  • There are many free or low-cost preparation options available for both federal and Oregon tax returns.
    • Some software companies offer free software use and e-filing for eligible taxpayers. Be sure to access the software through the department’s website or the company may not allow you to take advantage of the free offer.
    • AARP and CASH Oregon provide free and low-cost tax preparation services throughout local communities.
    • All Oregon taxpayers preparing their own return can file electronically at no cost using Oregon’s free fillable forms.

For more information visit and search for “free tax preparation.”

  • Taxpayers can order copies of past returns, letters, or other correspondence—from 2015 to current—through their Revenue Online account. They can also order and pay for these, or older documents, over the phone at (800) 356-4222.
  • Anyone who needs a personal income tax return booklet can download and print it from the department’s website at They can also order a copy online, by calling (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222, or by mailing their request—along with their name, phone number, and mailing address—to:


Oregon Department of Revenue

PO Box 14999

Salem, OR 97309-0990

  • Some eligible Oregonians may not be claiming the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. For more information about the credit and eligibility, visit the IRS website at Those who qualify for the EITC are also eligible to claim Oregon’s Earned Income Credit, which is 8 percent of their federal credit amount, or 11 percent if they have a qualifying dependent under three years old.

Employers must file their income tax withholding returns and reports and remit the income tax withheld from their employees’ paychecks by January 31. The department uses these returns and reports to validate the information on employees’ tax returns. Submitting returns and reports by the deadline helps ensure that any personal income tax refunds owed to their employees won’t be delayed.

Employer returns and reports due by January 31 include:

  • Quarterly Employer Tax Report (Form OQ) for the 4th quarter of 2018.
  • Statewide transit tax return (Form OR-STT-1 and STT-2), also for 4th quarter.
  • Employee Detail Report (Form 132).
  • W-2s and 1099s for each employee or worker, electronically submitted through iWire.
  • Annual withholding reconciliation report (Form OR-WR).

For information about an employer’s filing or payment responsibilities, please visit the department’s website at, call (503) 945-8091, or email

You can visit to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. Call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing- or speech-impaired, call (800) 886-7204.

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

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