Sherman County eNews #233

CONTENTS

  1. Notice. Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals Board Openings

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Sept. 18

  3. Museum Day Live! at Maryhill Museum, Sept. 21

  4. Oregon Heritage introduces Sharing the Value of Heritage Toolkit

  5. Oregon Heritage grant deadline approaches on Oct. 1

  6. The Cynics Among Us

  7. Hat Etiquette

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


 “Eight million tons of cargo move inland on the Columbia and Snake rivers each year, and 53% of U.S. wheat exports were transported on the Columbia River in 2017 … About $2 billion in commercial cargo travels the entire system annually, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and it’s the No. 1 export gate in the U.S. for wheat and barley and the No. 2 export gate for corn.” ~Associated Press


1. Notice. Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals Board Openings

The Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) has board openings for the 2019-20 tax year. These positions are open to non-office holding residents of Sherman County. A non-office holding resident cannot be: a member of the county governing body, a member of the governing body of any taxing district within the county, an elected official within the county, a person employed in or hired by the county or any taxing district within the county, a former county assessor, or any appointee acting in the place of the assessor that held the office or was appointed during the tax year subject to appeal to BOPTA, or a person previously employed in or hired by the office of the assessor during the tax year subject to appeal to BOPTA.

Board members hear petitions for reduction of the real market, maximum assessed, specially assessed, and assessed value of property placed on the roll by the county assessor as of January 1, 2019. The board will also consider requests to waive penalties assessed for the late filing of real and personal property returns.

An initial training session is required for new members and for those members returning after a break in service. Board members are required to attend training approved by the Department of Revenue at least every other year unless no petitions are filed. The BOPTA board generally meets for one or two sessions during the year between February and June. The one-year term ends on June 30, 2020.

If you are interested in being considered for the BOPTA board, please contact Jenine McDermid at 541-565-3606 or by email at: countyclerk@shermancounty.net no later than Friday, September 27. BOPTA pool members will be appointed by the county governing body on October 2, 2019.


2. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Sept. 18

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, September 18th, at 9:00 a.m.  This session will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. Agenda topics include Transportation Plan, Resident Incentive Payment Amount, Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA), County Speed Bumps, Commissioners’ Reports and Consent Agenda. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at http://www.co.sherman.or.us.


3. Museum Day Live! at Maryhill Museum, Sept. 21

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution, whose museums offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event created by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums, including Maryhill, give free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket on Saturday, September 21.

The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Visit here<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/&gt; to get your ticket and more information.

There are 20 Oregon museums participating so be sure to visit here to find an Oregon museum near you to visit: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/search/?q=&states=US::OR&.


4. Oregon Heritage introduces Sharing the Value of Heritage Toolkit

newspaper-arrowOregon Heritage is launching the Sharing the Value of Heritage Toolkit<https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Communications%20Toolkit.aspx&gt;. The toolkit is a set of adaptable resources to help heritage groups recognize and communicate the value of their work. The more we all articulate heritage values and impacts, the more we strengthen public perception of heritage efforts, expand funding opportunities, and encourage long-term support for Oregon’s heritage.

Tools will be added on an on-going basis to provide state and national data, resources to collect and guidance on how to use each tool. Access Initial Tools:

Value of Heritage Message Platform<https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/docs/ValueofHeritageMessagePlatform.pdf>-Making the connection between your heritage work and its impact on the community is essential for building support and understanding. This guide will help you communicate both what you organization does and why it matters.

Cultural Value of Heritage Flyer<https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/docs/CulturalValueofHeritageFlyer.pdf>- Stories are powerful ways to illustrate the impact of you heritage preservation and outreach efforts. Use this flyer as an example of how your organization can pair a message, a story, and an image to demonstrate cultural value.

Visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Communications%20Toolkit.aspx for ideas on how to adapt each resource and take action.


5. Oregon Heritage grant deadline approaches on Oct. 1

wheel.wagon1The Oregon Heritage grant funds qualified projects for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon’s cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. Projects can include anything related to Oregon heritage, and priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance.

To learn a little more about an Oregon Heritage grant project, check out the most recent post on the Oregon Heritage Exchange Blog<https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/walking-tour-of-south-portland/&gt;. It features the Oregon Jewish Museum and Holocaust Education Center’s new walking tour, a 2017 Oregon Heritage Grant project.

For more information on the grant, visit https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Oregon_Heritage_Grant_Program. Oregon Heritage grants program staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance.


6. The Cynics Among Us

Some people think it is smart and sophisticated to be cynical. We see a lot of this in the world today. It’s an easy mindset to fall into, evidenced by checking any one day’s social media feed. The trouble is, cynicism does not help solve the challenges before us.

Do you know anyone with a cynical attitude? Most likely, you do. Cynics believe that people are motivated by selfishness. Cynics come off as scornful and contemptuous of anything that looks like virtue or integrity. Cynics pride themselves on having a “realistic approach” and mock those with a more optimistic view. But have you ever noticed that cynics, more than likely, are unhappy people? They are not only unhappy, but they seem dead to the spiritual values that give life meaning.

You might have heard cynics described as failed idealists who commit a kind of intellectual suicide. Now that may seem a bit extreme, but think about it. Cynics build no bridges, make no discoveries, and expect people to behave badly. They see no room for improvement, so they abandon hope and, in the process, give up their power to act and bring about change. In effect, cynics give up on themselves before they give up on everyone else.

Now, our minds are nourished by a continual supply of new ideas, which we then put to work with a purpose in mind. But if there are no worthwhile new ideas, as the cynic believes, the mind becomes stagnant. A stagnant mind is a danger to its owner and worse than useless to the community at large. It’s also a tremendous waste of possibility and potential.

So, refuse to be influenced by the nay-sayers and cynics in your midst. Hold to your hope and humor, your ideals and dreams, your compassion and imagination. For it is these things that give life meaning and bring us all a better world. ~The Pacific Institute


7. Hat Etiquette

cowboy6Do you know the proper hat Etiquette?

The popularity and function of headwear in society has changed significantly over time, and consequently, so has hat etiquette. Please refer to the guidelines below to better understand proper hat-wearing behavior.

Men Can Leave Hats On When

  • They are outside
  • At an athletic event, indoors or out
  • In public buildings like post offices, airports, or hotels
  • On public transportation
  • In elevators

Men Should Take Off Hats When

  • They are sitting down to eat a meal
  • In a house of worship unless required by religion
  • Public buildings like schools, town halls, and libraries
  • When the National Anthem is playing
  • In restaurants and cafes

~The Matador Ranch


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

bird.owl.bookWhy are books that shape? From Codices to Kindles, why this rectangle stays golden

Bonneville Dam Lock Closure Stops Inland Northwest Grain Exports To Global Markets

Diary of a Fit Mommy: The Invisible Mother

Oregon Schools Slowly Rolling Out Indigenous Studies Curriculum


 

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Sherman County eNews #232

CONTENTS

  1. A Night at the Sherman County Historical Museum, Sept. 14

  2. Cultural Coalition 2019 Fall Grant Cycle

  3. Help Wanted – ABC Huskies Child Care

  4. Jane Kirkpatrick’s new book, “One More River to Cross,” at The Museum Store

  5. Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series – Dowen Jones Photography

  6. Broken Columbia lock means commerce chokehold

  7. Make a Better World? Make a Better You

  8. 142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations

  9. Solar Saturday at the Discovery Center, Sept. 28

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


1. A Night at the Sherman County Historical Museum, Sept. 14

The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to the first annual Night at the Museum benefit dinner and auction. On September 14th, the Society will showcase local breweries that will bring their favorite brews for an evening dinner at the museum.

A limited number of VIP ticket holders will board a bus bound for a secret location in the county where they will be served a special brew sample and appetizers along with an exclusive tour of this mystery venue. They will return to the museum for the dinner event. VIP tickets are $50.

Dinner and auction tickets are $35, and may be purchased at the museum or from event committee members, Johnathan and Kalie Rolfe, Chris and Carrie Kaseberg or Gail Macnab. All ticket holders will receive free admission to the museum.

The evening will feature dinner and an amazing silent auction to benefit museum operations and improvements.

The Sherman County Cultural Coalition, Mid Columbia Producers, Wheatland Insurance and RDO Equipment are Porter level sponsors; Bank of Eastern Oregon and Apex Truck Repair are Ale level sponsors.

If you wish to contribute to the auction, we will be over-the-top grateful! Please call 541-565-3232, or deliver your donation to the museum with your name, the value of your donation, and anything else we will need to know. Thank you in advance for supporting this event. We hope to see you on September 14th.  ~Sherman County Historical Society Event Committee


2. Cultural Coalition 2019 Fall Grant Cycle

Grant applications are now being accepted for the Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2019 Fall Grant Cycle. 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: www.shermancountyculturalcoalition.com

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:
Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039
Or emailed to: shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com
Questions?
Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com


3. Help Wanted – ABC Huskies Child Care

sign.helpwantedFull-time and part-time Assistant Provider positions are currently available at ABC Huskies Child Care. Applicants must be able to work flexible hours and experience is preferred but will train. For an application and further details, you may contact Mika at 541-442-5024 or email abchuskies@yahoo.com. Employment application is available on our website at http://www.abchuskiesdaycare.com. If you love children, this is a great opportunity to work with professional child care providers in a home-like environment!


4. Jane Kirkpatrick’s new book, “One More River to Cross,” at The Museum Store

Now available at The Museum Store, Jane Kirkpatrick’s brand new book, “One More River to Cross.” $15.99 Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro | Open 10-5 May through October | 541 565 3232.


5. Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series – Dowen Jones Photography

Moro, OR – The Sherman County local Artist Series is featuring photography by Dowen Jones for the month of September at the Sherman County Historical Museum. Dowen has been part of the Sherman County community for years and is currently mayor of the small town of Rufus, Oregon. Dowen is an electrician traveling up and down the Columbia River Gorge as well as all over the Pacific Northwest.

Dowen has a huge appreciation for nature and the beauty in this area. With his cell phone in hand, he captures some of the most scenic views and interesting close-ups around our local communities. All of Dowen’s photos were taken with his cell phone and the quality is impressive!

The photos we have on display in the lobby of the Sherman County Historical Museum are just the tip of his large collection. The variety of photos on display are color, black and white and panoramic. Dowen is the photographer that makes the extra effort to take a photo from the angle you might not see and scenic views from places you may never hike!

Please visit the museum to see photography by Dowen Jones. There is no charge for this exhibit which is on display in the lobby of the museum for the month of September. The award-winning Museum at 200 Dewey Street in Moro is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website https://www.shermanmuseum.org/


6. Broken Columbia lock means commerce chokehold

A critical navigation lock at the mighty Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River has shut down because of cracked concrete, meaning huge barges that transport millions of tons of wheat, wood and other goods from the inland Pacific Northwest to the Pacific Ocean for export are at a standstill.


7. Make a Better World? Make a Better You

How do we build a better society, a better world? There are a lot of ideas out there, and it can be quite the challenge to sift through them. Here is one prescription for a better world, for your consideration.

We’ve been talking a lot about raising our children to help them become efficacious adults. We’ve talked about handling conflict and adversity, and the need for perseverance and resiliency as we face challenges. We’ve talked about self-esteem and self-respect, and how important they are to each of us releasing our untapped potential. These are individual pursuits, and can easily be applied to any organization of people. But how can we build a better world?

Lou Tice was always glad to answer this question. In fact, for most of his career, he had been talking about it all along. And he was correct when he said, if we want a world with more intelligence, more clear thinking and honesty, more goodwill and brotherhood, what we need to do is cultivate these qualities in ourselves first.

There is a natural progression in social advancement from the individual to the family, then out to the community, the nation and the world. The line of progress can move in no other direction. Every time we show tolerance and understanding, all of us live in a more tolerant world. Every time you do something for no other reason than to lighten the load another person is carrying, you improve at least two lives – yours and theirs.

Every time you reach out to help someone in need or show kindness to another, with no thought of personal gain, you improve the quality of society in general. Every time you grow as a person, as a parent, as a co-worker, as a human being in community with others around you, you change the delicate balance of life on earth.

The most important thing you can do, to make a better world, is make a better you. Each and every one of us makes a better world when we step up, raise our game, and become more than we were yesterday. We don’t need to wait until the weekend, or next Monday. There is no time like the present. There is no line, no queue, no waiting – just you and your commitment to be more.

If you want to make a better world, make a better you. Starting now. ~The Pacific Institute


8. 142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions September 10-12, 2019. Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted as an essential training requirement for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.


9. Solar Saturday at the Discovery Center, Sept. 28

sun.circleBob Yoesle will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, September 28 from 11 am to 4 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather and clouds permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. For more information visit http://www.gorgediscovery.org.


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

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