Sherman County eNews #110


  1. Sherman Extension and SKORE Afterschool Program Win State Award

  2. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Businesses & Ag Producers, May 3

  3. Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute for High School Students, June 16-21

  4. Mental Housecleaning

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County Firsts

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

  7. Cycle Oregon’s 2nd Annual GRAVEL Event, May 17-19

1. Sherman Extension and SKORE Afterschool Program Win State Award

Oregon State University Sherman County Extension and Sherman School’s Sherman Kids On the Road to Excellence (SKORE) was recently awarded the “Excellence in Afterschool Programming Award.”  This award was presented at the Oregon 4-H Conference in Bend by the OSU Extension Association of 4-H Agents, and accepted on behalf of the program by Sherman 4-H and Healthy Living Educator Cindy Brown.

Sherman Extension has partnered with the SKORE program and Director Deanna Christiansen since the fall of 2012 to offer afterschool cooking activities for the youth in the afterschool program.   Research shows that providing healthy eating and cooking educational programs for youth is a great way to expand their life skills, interest them in a variety of nourishing foods, and to build a foundation for healthy living.

Sherman Extension’s goals in teaching kids how to cook include:  Increase self-confidence and self-sufficiency in the kitchen; expose students to a variety of healthy eating options including more fruits and vegetables; teach safe food handling, kitchen and equipment safety; and provide a beneficial afterschool activity to students.

The content of the SKORE afterschool cooking class focuses on developing kids’ “survival cooking skills,” incorporating the use of a variety of OSU Food Hero recipes, giving the youth the opportunity to rotate through a variety of breakfast/lunch/dinner items, as well as giving introduction to basic activities including cooking eggs and learning how to use electric and stove top skillets and kettles, electric woks, blenders, and hand mixers.

From Extension’s 4-H perspective, one of the biggest outcomes of the SKORE afterschool program is the increased interest in 4-H cooking programs and a corresponding increase in enrollment and number of cooking clubs.  This has also increased the number of cooking and food preservation displays at the small Sherman County Fair.  This is significant, considering that Sherman County 4-H is fairly small, with average enrollments of 60-70 youth.

2. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Businesses & Ag Producers, May 3

WHAT: Get rid of unwanted hazardous waste, electronics and medicine too

WHEN: Friday, May 3, 10am-2pm

WHERE: Sherman County Road Department, 501 4th Street, Moro, OR


AG Chemicals & Pesticides

Paints and stains of all types

Yard, garden, pool and spa chemicals

Cleaners, disinfectants, solvents and glues

Automotive fluids (antifreeze, brake fluids, motor oil, etc…)

Art and hobby chemicals

Fluorescent lamps, CFL bulbs and ballasts

Propane bottles and tanks

Old gasoline

Fire extinguishers

Batteries (all types)

ELECTRONICS Only these Items Accepted:

Computers, Monitors, Laptops/Tablets, TV’s, Keyboards, Printers, Mice, and Cell Phones


Unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and pet medicines. NO sharps (Free sharps disposal at: Hood River Transfer Station, The Dalles Disposal, Moro Medical Clinic)

Items NOT Accepted

Explosives, ammunition, asbestos (call us to find out how to dispose of)

 Although FREE, pre-registration is required for businesses and farmers. This helps our contractor bring the proper supplies. To Register, please contact: Stericycle Environmental Service at (360) 772-2838,

Sponsored by: Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program

Call 541-506-2632 or visit

3. Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute for High School Students, June 16-21

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute (CCSI), a week-long residential field studies program for high school students, is now accepting applications for their June 16-21, 2019 program. CCSI takes place along the John Day River at Cottonwood Canyon State Park and is one of a growing number of programs being offered to regional students by Eastern Oregon University.

Since 2015, CCSI has offered students an opportunity to work with regional professionals to conduct research and complete projects on various topics related to the natural and cultural resources of eastern Oregon. Twenty-five students from around the region will spend a week together working on one of five different projects. These include: field research techniques applied to wildlife and macroinvertebrates; designing and building solar solutions to modern problems; researching how the human body responds to the environment; and, practicing the fine art of writing non-fiction about nature.

High school students work with students and faculty from Eastern Oregon University to complete a high quality project and earn early college credit. Some of these projects become permanent displays for Oregon State Parks.

Last September, Oregon State Parks and the Oregon State Parks Foundation completed construction of an Experience Center at Cottonwood Canyon State Park dedicated to educational pursuits such as CCSI. Included in the complex are restroom facilities and four new cabins. Students and leaders attending CCSI will spend the week enjoying these amenities while immersed in one of Oregon’s beautiful landscapes.

For more information or to apply as a student at CCSI, please visit the EOU website at

Student quotes:

  • CCSI “has ignited in me new interests in writing and environmental science.”
  • “This experience has made me feel more outgoing.”
  • “I have learned that I don’t need television, computers, and the internet. I am more productive and I have a better time without them.”

4. Mental Housecleaning

How much unnecessary junk is accumulating in your attic? No, we’re not talking about the one you may have in your house. We’re talking about your mental attic.

Since we are in the middle of what many of us, in the northern hemisphere, call “spring cleaning” time, we have started to sort out and discard possessions we no longer use and give them to charity or sell them at a garage sale. But have you ever thought about how valuable it could be if you took the time to perform the same kind of housecleaning for your mind?

Removing the superfluous, the unnecessary, the destructive, or the outlived from our mental attics is a vital part of making room for new possibilities. Every day we are learning more about the world around us, and that cannot help but teach us more about ourselves – if we listen.

We can’t possibly stay the same if we are living creatures. Each surprise, each unpredictable turn, each new venture, produces the potential for new insights, new responses, and new resilience. A willingness to change is a prerequisite for openness to life. And without that willingness, we become stuck in our need for stability and certainty. Eventually, if we stay stuck long enough, we stagnate. We exist, but we don’t really live – individually, as a group, or an organization.

Is there any junk in your mental attic that you would be better off without – a grudge, a hurt, maybe an outgrown assumption? Perhaps it’s an old job, or an outworn “must” or “should,” or maybe even an old anger that has outlived its welcome. Why not clean it out? There is no time like the present. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County Firsts

alphabet blackboardThese firsts were alleged, claimed, reported or stated:

SCHOOLS. 1st schools – in farm homes, 1867-1873; 1st school house built in Mud Hollow, 1874; 1st school district formed, China Hollow, 1881; 1st religious school, Middle Oregon Baptist Academy, Grass Valley, 1895; 1st county-wide school field meet, 1906; 1st four-year high school graduations, Wasco & Moro, 1914; 1st scrip used to pay teachers, 1933; 1st consolidation of high schools, Grass Valley & Moro, 1941; 1st Union High School District, 1955; 1st class to graduate from Sherman Union High School, 1957; 1st FFA state president elected from Sherman High School, Michael S. Macnab, 1972; 1st Sherman County School Hall of Honor awards 2016.

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeOpinion. New High-School Textbook Describes Trump as Mentally Ill, Supporters as Racist

The High Plains Ranch Practicum

Commentary. Yes, There is a Crisis at the Border

NPR: Kim Jong Un Willing To Denuclearize If Given Security Guarantees, Putin Says

Restaurant review: Oregon State University – Cascades Beaver Dam

7. Cycle Oregon’s 2nd Annual GRAVEL Event, May 17-19

Oregon has thousands of miles of backroads, logging roads, forest roads and various other unpaved paths just waiting to be explored. We’re heading to Dufur, Oregon May 17-19 to do just that. Join us for our second annual GRAVEL event featuring all the Cycle Oregon standards – great food, awesome people and fully supported routes through some truly breathtaking country.

Live music from Tevis Hodge Jr, Jager Bumz, Tracy Klas, Al and Nolan from Brewer’s Grade, Ben Bonham Trio, greaterkind, and more will be rocking the main stage.

Oh, and one more thing, FREE BEER and CIDER from our friends at Double Mountain Brewery and Freebridge Brewing will be flowing!  Spaces are still available, so register today! The last day to register for GRAVEL is May 7. To REGISTER and to get all the details, go to