Sherman County eNews #199


  1. ODOT: Keeping Highway Work Zones Safe

  2. Weather: August Outlook & July Monthly Climate Summary for Moro

  3. ODOT: Hwy 30 Chip Seal Project Mosier to Rowena Creek Viewpoint, Aug. 12-14

  4. 4-H Members and Record Books

  5. Free Drama Day Camp for Kids 5 & Up, Aug. 5-9

  6. Space Weather: Be Alert for Perseid Fireballs, Peaking Aug. 12-13

  7. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Fall Meeting, Sept. 14

  8. Sharp, Clear Focus

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

1. ODOT: Keeping Highway Work Zones Safe

sign.cautionSALEM — Every year flaggers and other highway workers are injured and killed on highways in Oregon and across the nation. The Oregon Department of Transportation has begun deploying new flagging technology—auto flaggers — that takes work zone flaggers out of the line of traffic making them safer.

An auto flagger is a device with lights and a flagging arm. Auto flaggers are more visible to drivers than traditional flaggers and allow a person to operate the device at a safe distance from traffic. A flagger still operates the auto flagger. They’re just outside the line of traffic and away from the hazards of oncoming vehicles approaching the work zone.

What to do when you see an auto flagger:

  • Stop when the light is red and the arm is down.
  • Proceed with caution when the light flashes yellow and the arm is up.
  • Know that there IS someone nearby, operating the device.

See how the auto flaggers work

“Everyone knows what the red light means,” Rolon Williams, ODOT Transportation Maintenance Manager. “In every country in the world, red means stop.”

Distracted drivers endanger themselves, highway workers and others. Ninety percent of Oregon work zone crashes are caused by bad driving such as drivers following too close, driving too fast, not yielding or driving under the influence.

Please be patient and remember, highway crews are working to create a safer, more efficient transportation system for all of us.

Pay attention to work zone signs. Slow down in work zones and obey all flaggers.

2. Weather: August Outlook & July Monthly Climate Summary for Moro

sun.circleYou can find the August outlook and the July monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~Marilyn Lohmannm National Weather Service, Pendleton, 541-276-7832

3. ODOT: Hwy 30 Chip Seal Project Mosier to Rowena Creek Viewpoint, Aug. 12-14

CarBeetleODOT crews will be performing a chip seal on Hwy 30 between Mosier and the Rowena Crest Viewpoint (mp 57-65+/-) between Monday, August 12th and Wednesday, the 14th. The plan is to start at the twin tunnels, just west of Mosier, on the 12th and finish at the viewpoint.  This is the most cost-efficient method to extend the life of the current highway surface in that location.

There will be some street closures and a detour while we work through Mosier but only for a short period of time. Note for cyclists:  ODOT is using a fast-drying oil to solidify the chip seal as soon as possible and will be sweeping the highway immediately after the chip seal is applied to minimize the impact to cyclists.

~Peter W. Murphy, Public Information Officer, ODOT Region 4, Bend, Oregon


4. 4-H Members and Record Books

4-H clover14-H members, need help with your record books before fair?  OSU Sherman County Extension invites you to drop by the office anytime we are here, or stop in specifically during these times:

Friday, August 2 9am to noon

Tuesday, August 6 3pm to 5pm

Monday, August 12 9am to noon

Tuesday, August 13 6pm to 8pm

Monday, August 19 9am to noon

Remember, completed record books are due at the Sherman County Fair by Thursday, August 22 at 9:30am.  All 4-H members who will be exhibiting at the fair are required to turn in record books.

~Cindy Brown, Educator, Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed, 66365 Lonerock Rd,. Moro, Oregon 97039 P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

5. Free Drama Day Camp for Kids 5 & Up, Aug. 5-9

OSU Sherman County Extension is offering a free drama day camp for kids 5 and up Monday August 5 through Friday August 9 at Sherman School stage from 10am to 2pm.  Performance will be Friday, August 9 at 6pm.  Kids, bring a lunch and a water bottle each day.  Featuring drama instructor Hayley Hoyt from the TriCities, this camp will focus on having kids develop their own “SUPERHERO” with powers, costume, voice and character.  Kids will gain confidence, learn how to work in a group, and improve communication skills while being creative and having fun.  Limit 20 kids, so call the Extension Office to sign up now.

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

6. Space Weather: Be Alert for Perseid Fireballs, Peaking Aug. 12-13

starsBE ALERT FOR PERSEID FIREBALLS: Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Forecasters say the shower won’t peak until Aug. 12-13, but already NASA cameras are catching Perseid fireballs streaking over the USA. The Perseids produce more fireballs than any other annual shower–largely due to the size of the parent comet–so your chances of seeing one are good. Visit today’s edition of for observing tips.

7. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Fall Meeting, Sept. 14

The fall meeting and program will be September 14, 2019, in the downstairs classroom it the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center beginning at 10:30 am.  Craig Hector, sexton for the IOOF cemeteries in The Dalles will present a program on the IOOF organization and tell us about the local cemeteries. Craig has given his presentation to other local organizations and it has been very well received. Sure to be a great program!

A important note : Our society welcomes new members, especially those who have Internet, publishing and organizational skills.  We are an aging society; our members now have been members for a very long time and we want to pass on our genealogical and organizational skills to the next generation.  Meetings are open to the public so bring a neighbor, friend, son, daughter, niece , whomever and introduce them to preserving their family history for their future generations.

A 1.00 donation for room fee is suggested. You will not have to pay for entrance to the museum.  Membership is $15.00 a year for a individual and $20.00 for family membership. Memberships are from January to January.

The Basalt Cafe is open for great lunches and the Columbia River Trading Company gift shop has a great selection of gifts, books and toys for family and friends.  Carolyn Purcell and her crew at the Discovery Center have made us feel very welcome here for our meetings and programs. It truly is a excellent venue for us. Signing off, have a great summer and see you in September! Happy Trails, Georga Foster

8. Sharp, Clear Focus

Digital or print, when you are taking pictures, you want to have a sharp, clear focus. You want to have the same clear focus for your everyday life.

Most of us live in a culture that presents us with a bewildering array of options. These options become decisions that we wind up making. However, the confusion of too many options will largely disappear once you know how to focus. In this sense, focusing means to concentrate all your attention on one particular thing, and, much as you do with a camera, bring it into sharp relief in order to clarify your relationship with it or, in other words, make a decision.

When we concentrate our attention on a particular endeavor, problem or person, we bring all of our energy to it, shutting out the details that don’t pertain to the matter at hand. Even if we find ourselves caught in a crisis where our attention seems to be demanded everywhere at once, when we choose to focus our attention on one aspect of the problem, a solution becomes much easier. A natural progression then begins to unfold, making it possible for us to arrive, eventually, at an overall resolution.

Remember, your experience in life is determined by where and upon what you choose to focus your attention and energy, just as a photographer must decide what to focus the lens on and what to leave out. If you let your attention wander all over the place, you will end up feeling muddled and blurry, just like the picture that results from a camera lens not held still.

It is a matter of deciding what you want, and then focusing on it. Take charge of your attention, your focus, and you will be taking charge of the situation. Once you take charge of the situation, then making the most effective decision is a lot easier. ~The Pacific Institute

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