Sherman County eNews #50


  1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board Meeting, Feb. 21

  2. Flexibility in Times of Change

  3. Regional History Forum: The Town of Celilo, Feb. 23

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Offices of County Government 1899

  5. Cap and Trade Town Halls

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

1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board Meeting, Feb. 21

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors regular board meeting scheduled for 7:00 pm on Monday, February 11, 2019, was rescheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019, due to inclement weather. Due to the OSAA Play-off Game this meeting has again been rescheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include the Consent Agenda; Superintendent Report – Wes Owens; Sherman County School K-12 Administrator Report – Mike Somnis; Athletic Director Report –Big Sky League Modifications, Mike Somnis; Unfinished Business: Monument Sign Continued Discussion, Counseling Position Update; Duplicate Family Mailing Discussion, Strategic Plan Goals, Priorities and Outcomes, North Playing Field and Well Information Update; New Business: Sherman Education Association Amendment #1-Fair Share, Sherman County School Employees Association Chapter #120 Amendment #1 – Fair Share, 2019-20 School Calendar Drafts, Restoring Instructional Time Due to Inclement Weather; Visitor Comments; Next regular board meeting, March 11, 2019.

2. Flexibility in Times of Change

“The only constant in the universe is change.” Whether these words were from Heraclitus (a 5th century BC Greek philosopher) or Albert Einstein, they were and still are correct. The ability to quickly adapt is still a survival skill, one that has set the human species apart from most others.

One of the secrets to happiness in these changing times is the ability to be flexible – the power to adapt. Some people make themselves miserable by being very stubborn about their plans for the future. They choose a path and refuse to deviate from it, no matter what. When they do that, then they automatically lock out other possibilities for the future. These possibilities simply are not seen.

Now, persistence and tenacity are normally great qualities to have, but when it’s necessary to take a new direction, resistance can keep us stuck in the mud. The happiest and most successful people most likely are those who are eager to learn new ways. They adapt to new systems when the old ones don’t work or when something better comes along. Being flexible allows them to see new possibilities and grab new opportunities.

If one career path fails, they enthusiastically learn a new way to make a living. If their marriage ends, they are able to adjust to being alone or to a new relationship. If people frustrate them and they see that these folks aren’t going to change, they accept them the way they are and relax, or they express their regrets without judging or blaming, and move on.

The Alcoholics Anonymous “serenity” prayer says it all: Change what you can, accept what you can’t, and cultivate the wisdom to know the difference. To these wise words, perhaps we should add, “…and believe wholeheartedly in my ability to do both!” ~The Pacific Institute

3. Regional History Forum: The Town of Celilo, Feb. 23

Local historian John Brookhouse has family connections to the long-ago town that served as launching site for the upper Columbia River above Celilo Falls.  He will present a program on the town of Celilo (not to be confused with the Indian village at the falls) Saturday, Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m. at the Original Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles.

Brookhouse added to the maps and photos from last summer’s Wasco County Historical Society program and they’ve been enlarged for projection on the big screen.

Two programs on the 2019 Regional History Forum series were canceled because of weather and have been rescheduled.  “World War I, Part 2” is Saturday, Mar. 2, and “Japanese Families in the Mosier Area” is Saturday, Mar. 9.

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.

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Offices of County Government 1899

On account of the lack of room and the great danger of fire in the present cramped offices of the clerk, sheriff and treasurer, and the inconvenience of holding county and circuit courts, we believe that the county should build a court house…not to cost more than $6,000. — Report of the county grand jury, April 7, 1899.

5. Cap and Trade Town Halls

Oregon.Flat.poleOver the next few weeks, lawmakers will be taking some time away from the Capitol to host cap and trade town halls in communities across the state.

In case you haven’t heard, the cap and trade program currently under consideration is projected to increase your natural gas bill by more than 50%. On top of that, the legislation is projected to increase fuel prices by 16 cents per gallon in just the first year, leaving Oregonians stuck paying the third highest gas prices in the entire country! All for a program that will do virtually nothing to protect our environment.

It’s critically important that we utilize these town halls as an opportunity to make our voices heard. With so many families living on the margins and working overtime just to get by, there’s too much at stake for us to stay on the sidelines at a time like this.

Below is a list of dates and locations for the public forums:

–Springfield: Friday, February 22 – Springfield City Hall, Council Chamber (12pm-3pm

–Medford: Saturday, February 23 – Central Medford High School, Auditorium (9am-12pm)

–Remote: Monday, February 25 – Remote testimony (live video feed from various rural locations), Oregon State Capitol (TBD)

The Dalles: Friday, March 1 – The Dalles Civic Auditorium, Community Room (12pm-3pm)

–Bend: Saturday, March 2 – Central Oregon Community College, Cascade Hall, Room 246-248 (9am-12pm)

If you are interested in testifying before the committee or making your voice heard in other ways, please fill out the Take Action form on our website:

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

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Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club

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