Sherman County eNews #238


  1. Constitution Day, September 17, 2019

  2. Citizenship Day, September 17, 2019

  3. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor, Oct. 19

  4. More Alike Than Different

  5. Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.0 Percent in August

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

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1. Constitution Day, September 17, 2019 

American flag2Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

The Founding Fathers:

Baldwin, Abraham, GA

Bassett, Richard, DE

Bedford, Gunning, Jr., DE

Blair, John, VA

Blount, William, NC

Brearley, David, NJ

Broom, Jacob, DE

Butler, Pierce, SC

Carroll, Daniel, MD

Clymer, George, PA

Dayton, Jonathan, NJ

Dickinson, John, DE

Few, William, GA

Fitzsimons, Thomas, PA

Franklin, Benjamin, PA

Gilman, Nicholas, NH

Gorham, Nathaniel, MA

Hamilton, Alexander, NY

Ingersoll, Jared, PA

Jefferson, Thomas, VA

Jenifer, Daniel St Thomas, MD

Johnson, William Samuel, CT

King, Rufus, MA

Langdon, John, NH

Livingston, William, NJ

Madison, James, VA

McHenry, James, MD

Mifflin, Thomas, PA

Morris, Gouverneur, PA

Morris, Robert, PA

Paterson, William, NJ

Pinckney, C. Cotesworth, SC

Pinckney, Charles, SC

Read, George, DE

Rutledge, John, SC

Sherman, Roger, CT

Spaight, Richard Dobbs, NC

Washington, George, VA

Williamson, Hugh, NC

Wilson, James, PA


2. Citizenship Day, September 17, 2019 

American flag2On Sept. 17, we celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, as part of Constitution Week. On this day, we recognize the signing of the U.S. Constitution and reflect upon the meaning and importance of citizenship and what it means to be an American, whether native or foreign-born.

With slightly more than 4,500 words, the Constitution formulates our system of government, comprised of checks and balances among three branches of government, in order to protect individual liberty.

It defines our shared rights and responsibilities as citizens and promises the freedom that carries us forward as a nation. The Constitution also provides the framework for the legal immigration system that allows immigrants from across the world to join us and fully contribute as American citizens. At 232 years old, our Constitution is as relevant today as the day it was written. 

Across the country this week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) will welcome over 34,000 new citizens at more than 300 special naturalization ceremonies in celebration of Constitution Week. Each naturalization ceremony embodies the remarkable concept of “e pluribus unum” (out of many, one), which is alive and well and at the heart of USCIS’ mission to administer the nation’s lawful immigration system. ~

3. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor, Oct. 19 

LogoShermanCoSchoolThe Sherman County School District will be celebrating the induction of four individuals and one team into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor at a reception in the Cafeteria that will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 19, 2019.  There will also be a special presentation and celebration of 151 years of education in Sherman County (From One-Room Schools to One Campus).

The Booster Club will be serving a Tri-Tip dinner between 5:30-6:15 p.m. and designated speakers will be sharing memories of each honoree beginning at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome to join the celebration at 5:30 p.m. Please join us for the $12.00 fundraising dinner to support the Booster Club as we honor all Hall of Honor Inductees. Dinner tickets can be purchased at the door or you may attend the event for free if not purchasing dinner.

The 2019 inductees include United States Military Academy Graduate and Captain Deron R. Kaseberg, former State FFA President and OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Hall of Fame Member Michael S. Macnab, Teacher and State Champion Coach Ron Townsend, the first female Sherman County Superintendent Grace Zevely (posthumously), and the 1989 1A State Champion Football Team.

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District.  It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District.

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit and click on the Hall of Honor tab.  For questions, email Wes Owens at

4. More Alike Than Different

How tolerant are you of people who look and think differently than you? With global divisions continuing to assert themselves, this is an important question – one which drives down to the very core of who we are as human beings.

There is a deep concern about hate crimes (meaning crimes motivated by racism, intolerance or bigotry) today. It is also very troubling that people under the age of 24 commit more than two thirds of these vicious crimes in the United States – and the trend seems to be spreading to other countries not normally known for such behavior.

A Harris Poll some time ago indicated that over fifty percent of the high school students had personally witnessed racial confrontations and four out of ten said that they would be willing to either participate in or silently support racial incidents. From the front pages of the newspapers, web news sites and blogs, things have not gotten any better. Depending upon your news outlet of choice, it appears to have gotten worse.

Now, experience should have taught us that hate, fear, and violence only survive where there is ignorance, and where a poor self-image makes it seem desirable to see others as somehow beneath us. Schools around the world are confronting this mindset, attempting to reinforce the teaching of tolerance and respect right along with basic skills. Critical thinking and listening skills are more important than ever.

We live in a world where diversity is the rule rather than the exception. If our kids are threatened by differences or uncomfortable around others who don’t look or speak as they do, they aren’t likely to grow, or go, very far. And in a world that is getting smaller every day, we run the risk of letting our children be so much less than they could be.

Children need to be taught to hate and fear; it’s not something we are born with. At the same time, they need to be taught to love and care, and be concerned with things beyond their own needs. It’s time to help every child understand that we are all more alike than different. ~The Pacific Institute

 6. Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.0 Percent in August  

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in August, the same as in June and July. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during each of the most recent three months of June, July, and August.

Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for 34 consecutive months dating back to November 2016. This sustained stretch of low unemployment is unprecedented in comparable records dating back to 1976. In the 40 years prior to 2016, Oregon’s unemployment rate was never below 4.7 percent.

In August, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment added 900 jobs, following a gain of 2,400 jobs in July. Monthly gains for August were strongest in leisure and hospitality (+1,600 jobs) and professional and business services (+1,100). These gains were offset by job losses in several industries: wholesale trade (-900 jobs); other services (-900); retail trade (-700); and health care and social assistance (-600).

Recent employment growth has slowed from the rapid expansion over the prior several years. In the first eight months of 2019, total nonfarm employment gains averaged 1,000 jobs per month. This was a marked slowdown from the average gain of 3,000 jobs per month in 2018. So far in 2019, several industries have cut jobs, with information down the most in percentage terms (-2,000 jobs, or -5.7%). Several other major industries shed jobs in that time: finance and insurance (1,200 jobs, or 2.1%); leisure and hospitality (-2,600 jobs, or -1.2%); and retail trade (-2,200 jobs, or  1.0%). These losses were offset by job growth over the past eight months in education and health services (6,400 jobs, or 2.2%); professional and business services (4,200 jobs, or 1.7%); and manufacturing (3,100 jobs, or 1.6%).

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

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