What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library
Sherman County Court Meeting Agenda, June 5
Things to Know about the SHIFT Festival
Opportunity Knocks to Ease Costs for Sherman County Housing Demand
Graduation by Giles French
Resiliency – Part 2
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
A Parts List: Summer Challenges for Children
How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. – George Washington Carver
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
Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.
Family Workshop – WIND
May 31 at 6pm
Come investigate the properties of wind and air as you explore its effects on other objects.
June Book Club: A Town Called Alice by Nevil Shute – Thursday, June 27 at 6pm.
2. Notice. Sherman County Court Meeting, Public Hearing, June 5
The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. A Public Hearing for a Mass Gathering Permit Application will be held during the Court session at 10:00 a.m. This session will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.
The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at www.co.sherman.or.us.
3. Things to Know about the SHIFT Festival
Tectonic SHIFT Festival is a 5-day campout gathering in the ethos of TTITD. We aim to create a culture of fun and appreciation for art, music, and self-expression, while stressing the importance of taking care of oneself while in nature. Things to know are posted here: https://www.shiftfestival.com/things-to-know/.
4. Notice. Opportunity Knocks to Ease Costs for Sherman County Housing Demand
Sherman County is offering two CASH GRANTs to ease costs and address the demand for more livable housing in Sherman County. Act now before the money runs out!
- The New Rental Housing Development Grant will contribute $10,000 per new rental housing unit constructed to the developer. Funds are given as a grant upon completion of the project with a commitment to keep the property as a long term rental for a minimum of 5 years.
- The Housing Rehabilitation Grant provides a reimbursement grant of up to 20% of eligible expenses, not to exceed $20,000, for the rehabilitation of existing non-owner occupied stick-built dwellings.
For more information and links to applications visit co.sherman.or.us and search for rental housing. Contact Marla Harvey at (541) 296-2266 or via email at email@example.com with any questions or to apply. Funding is limited. This program is funded by Sherman County.
5. Graduation by Giles French
~Quips from the Column, These Things We Note, and Selected Editorials Published in the Sherman County Journal, 1931-1966 by Giles French, Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Oregon 1966.
“She sat in the place reserved for parents and looked about her at the gathering crowd – they seemed slow tonight – or maybe she was a little nervous. She was hemmed in by ribbons – or was it paper – ribbons were hard to get nowadays.
“Her husband, sitting beside her, looked tired, and his neck was getting quite a few wrinkles on it. He sat heavily in his chair – it had been a job raising a family in good times and bad. Maybe she sat heavily in her chair, too, for the years had been long for her as well.
“There was the processional. The boy came up the aisle, walking slowly as was the custom. She hoped he wasn’t too nervous. Now the performers were all on the stage and the program started; soon it would be the boy’s time to speak. He looked fine in his new suit, really the first full suit he had ever had; his shoes shined all right after she had told him again.
“Some girls were singing something about a garden and the boy stared rather stolidly in front of him. He looked like her even if he did have some of his father’s features, and, dressed like a full-grown man and having shaved a couple of times, he looked still like the little boy she used to tuck in at night. It was all so long ago – and just yesterday – all at once.
“He was speaking now, going through his speech he had rehearsed to her for the past week. She hoped he didn’t miss any of it. His voice didn’t sound scared. He was like her folks in being able to appear in public. She was a little proud of that.
“Here was the speaker of the evening. Why did they always have preachers or teachers at commencement? Were they the only ones who knew what the world was about? Maybe they were – or the only ones who were used to talking about it.
“There was much about ideals, about doing the best possible with the equipment at hand; the boy had always been able to make the machinery run with the common tools and haywire. There were a few words about determination; the boy was headstrong, like his father’s people, and maybe that had a place even if he was occasionally hard to handle.
“The speaker was giving his rules for success, mostly spiritual success. Did the boy have those qualifications? She was too old and worn to look upon herself as perfect or her husband as an ideal. They were just a plain couple that had tried to raise a family in their own ideals. Now she wondered how they had done as well as they had, for their knowledge seemed devoid of these high ideals. Yet the boy was a fine-looking lad, frank and honest of mien.
“This was his night. They were only accessories before the fact. Soon he would be gone like the others, away from home, and they would have nothing but memories left to them. The talk about getting and giving might have been for parents. They gave a lifetime and might rest in the shadow of what they produced.
“They were done, and the boy was in the hands of the community being congratulated. Soon he would belong to the world. Good-bye, Son.”
6. Resiliency – Part 2
Today, let’s talk about the most important component in a successful recovery – affirmations.
As you may know, affirmations are simply present-tense statements of fact – about the future. Affirmations are usually most effective when they are personal, but you cannot beat an organizational affirmation that has total buy-in from everyone. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” so to speak. It becomes the organization’s “vision” for tomorrow, and leads you through to success.
For yourself personally, you must believe that your contribution to the organization is valuable. “I am valued by leadership for my talents and expertise.” “I am comfortable expressing my thoughts in meetings, because I know what I have to say is valuable.” As a group, when faced with a challenge, you might affirm, “No matter what gets thrown at us, we hit it out of the park.”
The important thing is to have your mind firmly fixed on the future, the future without the current challenge. What will it look like? Remember, your subconscious mind moves you toward the most dominant picture. If all you are thinking about is the current “disaster,” then you won’t be able to move forward. Keep affirming daily the way you want the future to be, paint it vividly in your mind, and keep your personal self-talk and your group self-talk aimed at a positive future. ~The Pacific Institute
7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
8, A Parts List: Summer Challenges for Children
Instructions are simple. Make your own list. Award prizes in the order of challenge completions on your list by the end of August! Kids can decide which ones they want to complete. A parent or guardian keeps track of who checks off which challenge. These are good dinner topics. See more here: http://www.lifewithoutpink.com/2012/06/22/summer-bucket-list-challenge/.
- Make a picnic lunch for you and a friend to enjoy at a park. _____
- Plant vegetable or flower seeds in the yard. ____
- Make a dinner discussion starter kit for the family to take turns selecting positive, interesting words or phrases on small folded pieces of paper from a bowl. ___
- Visit a local park. ___
- Visit the library. ___
- Watch a movie trilogy for the 1st time (Indiana Jones, Back to the Future) ____
- Participate in summer programs at the library. ___
- Participate in a summer youth program: Scouts, church, school, library, 4-H. ___
- Go to Sunday school and/or church for a month… or more. ___
- Offer to babysit a neighbor’s child for free. ___
- Go fishing. ___
- Go to the county fair. ___
- Have a ‘camp out’ in your back yard and sleep under the stars. ____
- Keep a daily journal for the summer, document your thoughts or activities. ___
- Swap a favorite book with a friend and read it. Then discuss. ____
- Hold a watermelon seed spitting contest with your friends. ___
- Invent your own smoothie to make at home and create a unique name for it. ___
- Take a ‘virtual’ vacation and visit a desired location online. Learn as much as you can and plan a week of activities in case you actually get a chance to go. ____
- Make dinner for your family one night. ____
- Read a book. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
- Read a book or verse in the bible. ____
- Watch the sun rise. ___
- Make a collage out of old magazines. ____
- Make your own popsicles (use juice, Kool-aid, berries, etc.). ____
- Learn to play a new board game. ___
- Invite your friends over for a board game marathon. __
- Re-decorate or re-arrange the furniture in your room. ___
- Visit a local museum. ___
- Get your county fair book and choose one or two categories you can enter. ___
- Make a product (art, photographs, cookies, cake, etc. to enter in the fair. __
- Enter it in the fair! ___
- Print out a map of the stars and try to find the constellations on a clear night. __
- Play tennis. ____
- Create a sidewalk chalk mural using a summertime theme. ___
- Make up a sport (combine elements of other sports, invent your own). __
- Take music lessons. __
- Take swimming lessons. ___
- Take tennis lessons. ___
- Take art lessons. ___
- Invite friends over for a star party during a meteor shower. ____
- Create a TV show concept complete with plot, characters, set ideas, etc. ____
- Go to a thrift store with someone, create an entire outfit for $7. ____
- Volunteer at a nursing home to read or help out with crafts or activities. ___
- Have a photo marathon with friends and enter the best in the county fair. ___
- Volunteer to help a neighbor. ___
- Go ‘off the grid’ for a day (or longer). No cell, no internet, no tv, no ipod. ____
- Write a poem. ____
- Watch an old black and white film.__
- Offer to wash an elderly person’s car. ___
- Learn to do laundry. ___
- Do laundry. ___
- Sort the socks! ___
- Read a biography of a celebrity or historic person you admire. ____
- Say hello to someone you don’t know at church. ___
- Clean your house to help your mom/dad. ___
- Learn a new language. ____
- Have a garage sale. ____
- Have an un-birthday party complete with cake and games. ____
- Go to a concert. ___
- Make up a scavenger hunt for your friends or siblings. ____
- Learn how to play one song on a new instrument. ____
- Learn about the glockenspiel and report at dinner. ____
- Walk a mile. ___
- Run a mile. ____
- Try to be green. ____
- Try a new food. ____
- Learn to sew. ___
- Create your own board game. ____
- Try a new hairstyle. ____
- Create a new sandwich. ____
- Go to a sports event. ____
- Take an online course. ____
- Make a painting or mural. ____
- Raise money for a cause. ____
- Make a hopscotch court and play with a friend. ___
- Jump rope!
- Do 10 hours of community service. ___
- Try a new restaurant. ____
- Make your own jewelry. ____
- Go to an art museum or gallery. ____
- Make your own slip-n-slide. ____
- Bake a cake or cookies for an elderly neighbor/or a grandparent. ____
- Send postcards to friends/family who live in another state/country. ____
- Write a children’s story and read it to your little siblings/cousins/etc. ____
- Swim 20 laps in a pool. ____
- Write your own song. ____
- Make your own piñata and play with your friends. ____
- Make a gift for your parents. ___
- Clean out your closet and donate unused or unwanted clothes. ____
- Make pancakes in different shapes & colors (sun, flower, heart, star). ___