Sherman County eNews #215


  1. Sherman County Fair Action Begins, Aug. 20

  2. Sherman County Fair Bounce House, Aug. 22-24

  3. Sherman Development League Grant Cycle Application Forms

  4. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2019 Fall Grant Cycle

  5. Lightening the Load

  6. Construction Contractors Board Reveals Unlicensed Portland Area Contractor Activity

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

1. Sherman County Fair Action Begins, Aug. 20

4-H clover1The action begins tomorrow, Tuesday, August 20th, with the 4-H static and horse judging and 4-H gaming.

Bring open class entries between 11 and 6 o’clock on Wednesday, the 21st… hay, grains, livestock, land products, kitchen products, clothing and needlecraft, arts, crafts and hobbies and photography and entries for Kids Corner. See old and new friends on the midway and check out the Dale Coles Classic Car Show, enjoy burgers and hot dogs prepared by fair board members, the 4-H style show and the evening cattle sorting event! See!

2. Sherman County Fair Bounce House, Aug. 22-24

children.cartoonThe Sherman County Fair board thanks generous donors for sponsoring the bounce house at the fair. The bounce house will be open:

  • Thursday, August 22nd from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family to the fair for fun and to support open class exhibitors and our local 4-H and FFA members! ~Sherman County Fair Board

3. Sherman Development League Grant Cycle Application Forms

Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms will be available September 3, 2019, for projects and/or programs in Sherman County. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2019, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2020.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:

• A brief description of your project.
• State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
• Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:
Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

4. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2019 Fall Grant Cycle

The 2019 Fall Grant Cycle for Sherman County’s Cultural Coalition will begin September 3, 2019. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2019

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:
Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to:

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

5. Lightening the Load

Most of us can handle physical pain, at least up to a point. But when it comes to rejection or disapproval, it is often another story. Today, let’s talk more about handling psychological pain.

Most of us deal pretty well with the physical lumps and bumps of life. Even though we dislike them, we bear our falls, illnesses, broken bones, surgeries and the like with relative grace. However, when it comes to psychological hurts, like disapproval or rejection, we often behave like frightened children, or we seal ourselves away in isolation.

Now, on an intellectual level, we all know we can’t go through life without periodic disapproval or rejection. But the time when rejection’s sting becomes unbearable is when it joins our own self-rejection. Surely, closeness means hurt from time to time, but the hurt is less deep and less lasting when you basically affirm yourself.

This is why it is so important for us to behave in ways that build our self-image and self-esteem. It is also why our relationships improve when we begin to feel better about ourselves. Others see us respecting ourselves, and their respect for us increases as well. Inner confidence goes up, and we allow ourselves to give more, and receive more in return from our relationships.

To be fully alive is to be willing to risk pain and failure. To enter into a close relationship is to make one’s true self vulnerable. But, if we don’t take these risks, the alternative is loneliness and isolation, and a life half-lived. It is in our relationships that we are able to increase our inner well-being, balancing out some of the stresses of everyday living. When we can spread out the load with the help of others, the load gets lighter and easier to manage.

So, if your goal is to enjoy happier, more fulfilling relationships with others, first give some attention to the relationship you have with yourself. It is the foundation upon which we all build our relationships with others. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Construction Contractors Board Reveals Unlicensed Portland Area Contractor Activity

CCB reminds homeowners to check the license before hiring a contractor

A Construction Contractors Board (CCB) sweep of the Portland area revealed contractor violations including 15 instances of working without a license, 15 workers’ compensation-related violations, 10 lead-based paint violations and a variety of other violations. The sweep was conducted August 5th through the 11th. Altogether, 56 violations were discovered and 186 active job sites were checked.

By law, nearly everyone who builds a home or alters a structure must be licensed by the Construction Contractors Board. Contractors who bid and perform work on homes built before 1978 must also have a lead-based paint renovation license.

 Why It’s Important to Hire Licensed Contractors

Licensed contractors carry insurance and a surety bond to protect homeowners when construction projects go wrong. For homeowners in dispute with licensed contractors, the Construction Contractors Board provides mediation services. These services can help both parties settle their differences outside court.

Homeowners who hire unlicensed contractors have little recourse when a home improvement goes wrong. Some homeowners choose to go to court at their own expense, but many simply give up and hire a licensed contractor to repair the damage.

Check the License Online

Before signing a contract, the CCB encourages homeowners to check their contractor has an active license at This site also provides up to 10 years of history on any contractor’s license.

Reporting Unlicensed Contractor Activity

The CCB regularly investigates tips about unlicensed contractors. Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractor activity by sending an email to, or by visiting the CCB website at

Anyone with questions can call the Construction Contractors Board at 503-378-4621.

The CCB is the state agency licensing over 40,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at

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