Sherman County eNews #62


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

  2. Notice. Sherman County Public/School Library Open Board Position

  3. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: Photography Club

  4. No Place to Go but Up

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

  6. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

  7. American Families Wanted for High School Exchange Students

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

The 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 – Every Wednesday after school.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus

Movie Night – Tuesday, March 5 at 6pm
Crazy Rich Asians
This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.
Rated: PG13
Run Time: 2hrs 1min

2. Notice. Sherman County Public/School Library Open Board Position

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Sherman County Public/School Library has a Board position open for a community representative. The mission of SCP/SL is to provide access to informational materials, technologies, and programs for all residents of the community, birth through senior citizens. Meetings are bi-monthly. Anyone interested in serving on the Library Board may pick up an application at the library, e-mail, or call 541-565-3279.

3. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: Photography Club

4-H clover1The Photography 4-H club met on March 4, 2019 at 3pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Tierra, Zach, Savanna, Melanie, leader Jeremy Lanthorn, 4-H staff Sue Mabe.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Savannah, 4-H pledge by Jeremy.  We talked about what we wanted to take photos of.  We also learned about rule of thirds and perspective.  We also talked about our 4-H goals for the year.  Our next meeting will be April 7, 2019.  Meeting was adjourned at 4:00pm.  Signed, Savannah Blagg, News Reporter.  Note:  assignment for next meeting is to bring 2-5 photos.  Email them to Jeremy.

~ Cindy Brown, Educator, Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed – P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

4. No Place to Go but Up

When you think about mountain climbing, maybe your stomach does a little flip-flop. But, you know, people who are successful in life are really a lot like mountain climbers. They don’t start out climbing Mount Everest or K-2, or even Kilimanjaro. Instead, they train and practice on smaller slopes until they build the skills and confidence to move on to bigger challenges.

When mountain climbers choose a goal, they map out a plan and, as much as possible, they follow it. They equip themselves as well as they possibly can and they learn from the competition. They fully expect to run into problems, so when they do, it doesn’t throw them. They deal with them as best they can and move on.

They keep their fear and negative thinking under control because they know that these things will defeat them more certainly than any avalanche. They also understand the importance of persistence and tenacity. And finally, every now and then they bite off a little more than they are absolutely certain they can chew.

Like a mountain climber once said, when there’s no place to go but up, you go up.

Now, you may not want to conquer Everest, but it’s a sure bet that there’s a mountain in your life just calling out to be climbed. What do you want to do about that?

Goal-set. Prepare. Plan. Equip. Pack your resiliency and flexibility.

Then, go up!  ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3Drug bust in eastern Oregon leaves 38 kids in foster care

The White House: First Lady Melania Trump’s Be Best Initiative

The next money crop for farmers: Solar panels

First Liberty: Protecting Religious Liberty

Congressman Walden: Net Neutrality solutions

6. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

Hood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Lisa Abel and Lisa Mockler, Hood River; Heidi Byers, The Dalles; Jennifer Mulder, Trout Lake; Kathrin Unger, White Salmon; Elyse Keith, Lyle.  After completing 32 hours of training the group was sworn into duty by the Honorable Janet L. Stauffer on February 28, 2019. Judge Stauffer welcomed the newest advocates into duty and subsequently described many of the attributes she feels CASAs bring to the Court and pertinent information concerning a child CASAs bring to the Court’s attention. 

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; we advocate for the needs and well-being of children through professionally trained and supported community volunteers, facilitating that children are heard, receive support through needed services, and reside in loving, safe, permanent homes in a timely manner. CASAs have the tremendous privilege, and responsibility, to have a positive impact in a child’s case. 

More than 400,000 children are in foster care in any given day in the United States, more than 260,000 children have a CASA advocating for their best interests, and more than 85,000 CASA volunteers help change children’s lives every year. 

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in Spring, 2019.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, or Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, at 541-386-3468.

7. American Families Wanted for High School Exchange Students

ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from Eurasia, Germany and countries with significant Muslim population. All these exceptional students have received scholarships through the U.S. State Department sponsored programs:  Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) Program, Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) and Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES). These scholarship recipients will spend an academic year in the U.S. The historic US State Department programs seek to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy. Your support of these students and programs like this reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world.

ASSE is currently seeking host families for these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from various parts of the world, including; Latvia, Ukraine, Poland, Egypt, Jordan, Ghana, and Germany. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, these scholarship students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email