Sherman County eNews #82


  1. Notice of Special Meeting: Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program, April 2

  2. Teachers: Summer Agricultural Institute Graduate Level Course, Scholarship

  3. Prepare to be Amazed at Maryhill Museum of Art

  4. Sherman 4-H Club News Report: The Chicken Tenders

  5. Beginning Genealogy Class, April 13

  6. The Petrified Comfort Zone

  7. The Ugandan Kids Choir is Coming to The Dalles, April 3

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

“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

1. Notice of Special Meeting: Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program, April 2 

recycle.blwhThe Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Special Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 from 2:30pm-3:00pm at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss consideration of a pending grant request by Emerald Systems.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region. Wasco County is the lead agency. The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

 2. Teachers: Summer Agricultural Institute Graduate Level Course, Scholarship

Teachers:  want a free or low-cost way to earn 3 Graduate Credits from Oregon State University to apply to Master’s Degree or PDU Requirements?

Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a week-long graduate level course for K-12 educators with little or no agricultural background. This course is offered through a partnership between Oregon State University and Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education.

Receive 3 graduate level credits from OSU (equivalent to 60 PDUs) for only the cost of registration: $600.  Food, fun and hotel included. Total savings $3,300!

AND…for an opportunity to attend Summer Agricultural Institute for FREE…contact the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Oregon Women for Agriculture.  The chapter will scholarship one teacher from the Columbia Gorge to attend SAI.  Contact or call Cindy Brown, OSU Sherman County Extension 541-565-3230.  By May 1, submit a written statement on why you are interested in attending SAI and how it would benefit you as a teacher.

This program is high quality, accredited with collateral materials provided.  You receive hands-on experience interacting with agriculture through tours of processing plants, farms, vineyards, golf courses, nurseries and agribusiness operations; opportunities to meet and work with agriculturists; hotel accommodations with meals included.

There are two sessions held in Oregon:  WEST in Corvallis June 23-28, 2019, and EAST in Union/LaGrande July 14-19, 2019.

Fact sheet:


For more information, please contact Summer Ag Institute Session WEST (Corvallis) Coordinator Debbie Crocker or Summer Ag Institute Session EAST (La Grande) Coordinator  Kim McKague

3. Prepare to be Amazed at Maryhill Museum of Art  

Wanting to have a little fun this weekend with a great friend? Think about Maryhill Museum of Art…and be prepared to be wowed. Great exhibits, good food in the Cafe and shared stories, laughs and all around great time. Check it out during spring break!

4. Sherman 4-H Club News Report: The Chicken Tenders

4-H clover1The Chicken Tenders 4-H poultry club met on March 21, 2019 at 5:30pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Dillan, Emersyn, Cohen and Damian.  Excused were Renan and Clare.  Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Kennedy.  We talked about getting turkeys and what breed of turkeys.  We went over parts of chickens.  Talked about how to take care of turkeys when they are little.  We talked about livestock judging and herdsmanship.  Meeting was adjourned at 6:16pm.  Signed Emersyn Stanfield, News Reporter

5. Beginning Genealogy Class, April 13

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will meet on April 13, 2019 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in the downstairs classroom at 10:30 am.

This month’s program will be a beginner’s class with Georga Foster as the presenter. The class will cover the basic concepts and tools you need to get started,

interviewing relatives, genealogy etiquette, online resources, organizing your work, using social media for research.

FamilySearch for beginners will be discussed with Linda Colton presenting some strategies and tips on where to start.

The class is free and public is welcome.

6. The Petrified Comfort Zone

How big is your comfort zone? Is it growing or shrinking? Has it petrified? All of us live inside an area called a comfort zone. It’s the imaginary space containing all the activities we have done often enough to feel comfortable about. It also contains our ideas about where we belong, how we should live, what we do socially, and so on.

You can visualize this zone of comfort as a circle, if you like, but the wall of that circle is not really there to protect us. It is made up of fear and self-imposed limitations. We like to believe that the wall keeps us safe, but perhaps you’ve noticed that it doesn’t work that way.

What that wall keeps us from, in truth, is getting all the things we want most. If we are willing to venture outside of it often enough, we overcome our fear and our zone of comfort expands. Not only that, when we expand our comfort zone in one area, it automatically expands in others, as well.

However, if we give in to our fears, that zone contracts. For some people, their comfort zone is just about the size of their apartment. There they sit, making up reasons why it’s better for them to stay put, convincing themselves they are better off. We see this often in the elderly, as they allow their worlds to get smaller and smaller. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be this way.

So, what’s the answer? To start, get up, get moving, and conquer your fears by doing what you need to do. Small steps first, and then the bigger ones. Little by little, day by day, you banish that old petrified comfort zone.

Being ruled by fear is not living safely. In fact, it’s not really living at all. ~The Pacific Institute

7. The Ugandan Kids Choir is Coming to The Dalles, April 3

The children in the Ugandan Kids Choir are known for their musical talents and their joyful performances. They sing traditional African songs, play authentic African instruments, and dance in their colorful African attire.

The Choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, which has been devoted to empowering children in the developing world since 1981. Childcare Worldwide serves children in nine developing countries by taking care of their physical, spiritual, and educational needs.

By coming to this event, you will enjoy traditional African song and dance, as well as help support children in need all around the world. Be sure to bring your family and friends!

The concert will be at 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 3rd (day) at Sonrise Academy, 333 E. 12th Street. Please call Darlien France at 541-993-0550 for directions and more information.  For more information about our organization or to view our tour schedule please visit our website

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

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