Sherman County eNews #26


  1. OSU Agricultural Extension Stakeholders Gathering, Feb. 6

  2. Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship Foundation

  3. You Can’t Control Others’ Acts… Instead Control Your Reaction

  4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop Registration

  5. Finally Making a Decision

  6. Oregon Historical Society Announces 2019-2023 Strategic Plan

  7. OMSI: Science Behind Pixar, How Math & Science Bring Characters to Life

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

1. OSU Agricultural Extension Stakeholders Gathering, Feb. 6

Want to learn about and discuss “what’s happening” with the future of Sherman and Wasco County Agricultural Extension?  With the retirement of ag agents Sandy Macnab and Brian Tuck in recent years, the counties do not currently have a full-time agricultural extension agent or one experienced in large farms, dryland cereal crops or livestock.

Oregon State University Extension invites interested stakeholders to a gathering Wednesday, February 6 at 4pm in Moro.  The meeting will be held at the Steve Burnet Extension Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro.  Snacks will be provided.  RSVP to 541-565-3230.

Come to hear from:

  • Bob Durham, Dufur, Extension Citizens Advisory member – statewide Extension funding and Legislative update
  • Dana Martin, Deschutes County, Extension Regional Director – update on the Central Region (which includes Sherman and Wasco counties)
  • Sam Angima, OSU Ag Extension Program Leader – Conversation on what type of ag extension position is needed to serve Sherman and Wasco counties

~Submitted by Sue Mabe and Cindy Brown

Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County  

66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro, Oregon 97039

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

2. Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship Foundation

toolbox4Calling all skilled workers!

Plumbers, electricians, welders, and all skilled workers who make civilized life possible:

The time has come to announce another modest pile of money available through our Work Ethic Scholarship Program for people willing to learn a trade that’s in demand.

The 2019 Work Ethic Scholarship Program officially opens on Monday, January 28, 2019, and the deadline to submit applications is Thursday, March 28, 2019. See

We’re looking for the next generation of aspiring workers who will work smart and hard.  This program doesn’t focus on test scores, grades, or grammar.  It’s about the people who share our values and understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.

3. You Can’t Control Others’ Acts… Instead Control Your Reaction

You can’t control others’ acts, but you can control your reaction to their acts, and that is what counts most to you.  No one can make you feel any negative emotion — fear, anger, or inferiority — without your express permission. There will always be people who find perverse enjoyment in upsetting others, or who simply play upon your emotions so that they can use you for their own selfish purposes. Whether or not they are successful depends entirely upon you and how you react to their negative behaviors. When you are forced to deal with such people, recognize from the outset that they are trying to upset you, not because of something you may have done to them, but because of some problem they have with themselves. Tell yourself, “This isn’t about me. I will not allow this person to upset me. I am in control of my emotions and my life.” ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop Registration

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society

Spring Workshop  May 18, 2019

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Guest speaker, Pam Vestal, is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. After 20 years as a professional writer, Pam turned her full attention to her longtime love of genealogy. Since that time, her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and her lectures have taken her all over the country. The lecture topics are:

*Finding What You Need and Making the Most of What You Find

*Why They Left, Where They Went, Journey Tales

*Beyond Names and Dates, Female Ancestors

The Heritage Quest Research Library “Books On The Road” mobile book store with genealogy books, maps, CD’s and more will be on hand!

Download the registration form from our blog page

Register early and claim your seat!  Any questions? Email Georga Foster, or Juanita Neitling, Mailing address: CGGS, P.O. Box 1088, The Dalles, OR 97058

5. Finally Making a Decision

The moment of truth has arrived and it’s time to decide. You have investigated alternatives, narrowed the field, determined all the positive and negative consequences, figured costs and benefits, and, all in all, done a great deal of careful consideration.

But here it is again – that paralyzing fear of actually choosing. What if you make the wrong choice? What if what you choose to do doesn’t work? You start to sweat and your stomach aches. Then, your head hurts. Pretty soon, you start to wonder if maybe you should decide to not decide, and just call it a day.

There is always the possibility that you “have to” choose. Or maybe you’re tired of feeling paralyzed and you’re going to bite the bullet and actually do something, regardless of the consequences. What you need is a path, a pattern, to follow on the way to making that decision.

Here’s an idea that may help. First, make a list of your choices. Writing them down takes them from the realm of chaotic internal thought and makes them concrete. Then, rank them with number one the most acceptable, then number two, and so on. Now, focus on your number one option. That’s where your energies should go, that’s the one you should pursue – for now.

Once you’ve chosen, commit to it. Really give it your best effort and the best chance to work. But remember that if number one turns out not to be such a good idea, you can always try the next option on your list, or make another choice.

When you’re stuck, any step in the right direction is a milestone. There is more than one route to any destination, and this method will give you the breathing room you need to get going. And it works for individuals, teams, departments and organizations. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Historical Society Announces 2019-2023 Strategic Plan

Oregon.BeaverFor more than a year, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has been developing a Strategic Plan to guide their work through 2023. While OHS has celebrated many proud accomplishments in our mission to preserve our state’s history and make it accessible to all, we have also encountered challenges and identified areas for growth.

Led by a Design Team with consultant support, we undertook a planning process and engaged numerous stakeholders including staff, trustees, volunteers, members, educators, editorial advisory board members, the Cabinet (OHS’s emerging leaders board), affiliates from around the state, community leaders, and national experts in public history, research libraries, archives, and museums.

Informed by these perspectives, the OHS staff and trustees came together to explore our vision, values, strengths, challenges, and strategies. The Design Team then fleshed out a five-year strategic framework and associated near-term implementation milestones. Drawing on additional feedback from all staff, the Design Team finalized our plan and began drafting achievement milestones, which will be regularly updated as our work proceeds.

With this new Strategic Plan, OHS commits to redoubling our efforts to partner with communities across the state as we also deepen our internal capabilities to become a more diverse and inclusive institution. We are excited to further leverage the power of technology to enhance visitors’ and users’ experiences, and to become a more efficient, effective, and collaborative organization.

In the spirit of accountability and transparency, we are proud to share with the community our 2019–2023 Strategic Plan.

7. OMSI: Science Behind Pixar, How Math & Science Bring Characters to Life

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Science Behind Pixar, an exhibition about the science behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters, opens February 23 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). This hands-on exhibition demonstrates the technology that supports the creativity and artistry of Pixar’s storytellers.

Created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios, and featuring more than 40 interactive elements, The Science Behind Pixar showcases the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

“The Science Behind Pixar is an interactive exhibit that offers people a hands-on opportunity to understand how we make our films,” said Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios. “At Pixar, we use science, technology, engineering, art and math – along with a significant dash of creativity and fun – and this exhibit is truly a great demonstration of how all those ingredients come together in our filmmaking process.”

Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to engage in and learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from the first-ever computer animated feature film “Toy Story,” which opened over two decades ago, to Pixar’s summer 2015 release, “Inside Out.”

“I’m thrilled we are hosting The Science Behind Pixar at OMSI. This exhibit truly immerses you in the Pixar filmmaking process. It explores the creativity and artistry of the Pixar filmmakers and highlights how computers are used as a filmmaking tool,” said Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI. “Digital animation classes are very popular at OMSI. They are not only fun and engaging, but they emphasize the STEAM skills that go into computer animation.”

The exhibition is broken into eight distinct sections, each focusing on a step of the filmmaking process providing visitors with a unique view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day:
•    Modeling. Envision how digital sculptures are created based on sketches from artists.
•    Rigging. Showcases how the models are given a virtual skeleton to enable the animators to add movement.
•    Surfaces. Understand the techniques behind adding color and texture to every surface in a film.
•    Sets & Cameras. Discover how a bugs-eye view was achieved for A Bug’s Life, through camera angles and large-set design within the computer.
•    Animation. See how animators bring characters to life, posing them to act out each scene.
•    Simulation. Immerse yourself in computer effects and create believable movement in a virtual school of fish
•    Lighting. Try to solve hands-on lighting challenges similar to what Pixar artists faced in creating animated water with virtual light in Finding Nemo.
•    Rendering. Explore how Pixar animators turn all of the data and programming into the final film you see on screen.

The Science Behind Pixar is at OMSI Feb 23 – Sep 3 at OMSI and is made by possible through generous support from local presenting sponsor, US Bank.

Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $21 for adults, $14 for youth (ages 3-13), and $17 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and $4 for seniors. Guests can purchase tickets online at, via phone at 503.797.4000 or in person at the museum.

Support for The Science Behind Pixar
The Science Behind Pixar is funded through support by Google, members of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative (SMEC), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation.  The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Toy Story 4,” Pixar’s 21st feature, opens in theaters on June 21, 2019.

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

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Oregon Historical Society’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan

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