Sherman County eNews #291

CONTENTS

  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

  2. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

  3. Defining Happiness

  4. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  5. Young Life Christian Outreach Ministry to Teens in Sherman County

  6. Oregon Farm Bureau statement on gray wolf decision

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


Using, or ignoring, facts in accordance with whether they create the desired impression is the principal agenda of today’s media. ~Kyle Smith, New York Post


Czech writer Milan Kundera wrote in his book, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting: “The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history.” 


“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…”  ―H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series


Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late. ~ Thomas Sowell


1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday December 4 @ the Wasco Methodist Church Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~ Red Gibbs


2. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

Christmas.holly1Gifts, large or small, support our local nonprofits which are providing services that benefit our county communities. Charitable foundation board members need to know that local folks value and support our organizations that apply for grant funding!

If you are thinking about a tax-deductible gift, give to one of our local nonprofits! Win-win! If you are wondering what to give a person, give to a local tax deductible non-profit organization in their honor!

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in memory or remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Mitten Tree, Sherman County Public/School Library
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Salvation Army, 623 E. 3rd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box 155, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

3. Defining Happiness for You

Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone knows how to go about getting there. Today, let’s talk about a couple of ways to be happy.

First, a question: How do you define “happiness”? Some people think happiness is getting all or most of the things they want. They always have lists of new things they want or are about to get – cars, vacations, fancy clothes, new furniture, or the latest electronic toy. With the holidays fast approaching, these lists get more definite and, occasionally, grow larger!

However, often these people are deeply discontented. No matter how much they acquire, they never seem to have enough. A new acquisition brings them pleasure, but only for a little while. Happiness is always in the future, always appearing, and then disappearing.

Someone once said that there are two ways to be happy: the first is to have all the things you want; the second is to have the wisdom to enjoy the things you have. To this, let’s add a third: happiness is wanting what you have. You probably have your own definition of happiness, because, really, there are as many ways to define “happiness” as there are people on the planet.

When you practice the “wisdom” way, you are able to appreciate the beauty that exists in the simplest elements of life. Even in hardship, you’ll find many reasons to feel joy on a daily basis. Sure, you’ll feel good when you acquire something new, but your real and lasting happiness will be found in relationships, in simple pleasures, in nature, and in actions that show love.

If you remember that the time to be happy is now, and the place to be happy is where you are, you will find a joy that no amount of money can buy. ~The Pacific Institute


4. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 28 November 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon news stories.

  1. 106:Wind speed at Cape Blanco State Park Tuesday, as a “bomb cyclone” hit southern Oregon, according to KGW.
  2. $2,000,000:Amount Oregon has invested in prisons that have detained immigrants, according to the AP. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley says the state should withdraw its money from those investments. The treasurer’s office says those investments are part of index funds.
  3. 31:Years that Bradshaw’s lomatium has been on the Endangered Species list, according to OPB. It’s made a recovery and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may remove the plant from the list.
  4. 133: percentage jump in Oregonians who make seven figures between 2010 and 2017, according to KATU.
  5. $2,500:Amount the average Oregonian’s income has increased in the past decade, according to The Oregonian.
  6. $1,900,000:Amount the average income of the top 0.1 percent of Oregonians has leapt in that time, The Oregonian reports.
  7. 13:Percent of Oregonians who live in poverty, the lowest that has been since 2000, according to the East Oregonian.
  8. 22,215:Oregon students who were homeless, in temporary housing or living with other families in the 2018-19 school year, according to The Oregonian.
  9. 6,000,000-7,000,000: Rough number of wild turkeys in the U.S., according to CityLab. Having made a comeback since the early 20th century, they are disrupting suburban tranquility in some places, and were responsible for a highway accident in Moro, Ore. earlier this year.
  10. 191,910:Average monthly Google searches for Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon’s most-Googled brand, according to the Portland Business Journal.

5. Young Life Christian Outreach Ministry to Teens in Sherman County

Young Life Christian outreach ministry to teens is coming to Sherman County! In preparation, this past year we’ve taken 5 teens to a ministry weekend in February and 10 teens to camp at the amazing Washington Family Ranch outside Antelope. We’ve got leaders in training, an oversight committee, and are planning to take teens again to a ministry weekend the end of January 2020, and Lord willing, begin “club” outreach activities after that. Support this youth program, go to https://giving.younglife.org/s/ and sign up for single or monthly donations. It’s super easy, make sure to specify Sherman County OR267 as your recipient. You can choose to support operations or camp scholarships. Funds can come from your bank account or via a credit card. THANK YOU for supporting Young Life in Sherman County!


6. Oregon Farm Bureau statement on gray wolf decision

November 27, 2019, Salem, Oregon: After sitting pending for years, the Oregon Court of Appeals finally ruled on a challenge by Cascadia Wildlands to the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife’s decision to delist the gray wolf under the Oregon endangered species list. Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) and Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) intervened in the lawsuit to support the delisting decision and ensure the Court understood the impacts on ranching families.

The Court held today that a bill championed by OCA and OFB, which delisted the gray wolf, rendered the case moot and the challenge was dismissed.

This is a huge win for ranch families and the livestock industry, which have long advocated for responsible wolf management in Oregon.

It’s important to note that wolves are still listed in parts of eastern Oregon and western Oregon under the federal Endangered Species Act, though OFB has strongly supported the recent proposal to delist them.


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

bird.owl3Sherman County, Oregon

Sherman County, Oregon History

Sherman County News

Oregon Watchdog | Oregon Taxpayers Association

Pew Research Center Fact Tank: Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and proposed changes


 

 

 

Sherman County eNews #290

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

“Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” — Rabbi Harold Kushner


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

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THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU! Your notes of appreciation are humbling, overwhelming and heartwarming! I assure you that it’s always been a team effort! I’m grateful for everyone who encouraged this free volunteer project, collaborated in making eNews an interesting and helpful local resource, sent suggestions, good ideas and links to interesting websites, submitted notices, news releases, calendar dates, Spiritual Matters and classified ads, challenged process, opinion and policy, and counseled the editor with journalistic wisdom. Please express your appreciation for eNews by your participation in your county communities and by being an informed participant! ~Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher, Sherman County eNews

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~Margaret Cousins

JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

YOUNG LIFE CHRISTIAN OUTREACH. Young Life Christian outreach ministry to teens is coming to Sherman County! In preparation, this past year we’ve taken 5 teens to a ministry weekend in February and 10 teens to camp at the amazing Washington Family Ranch outside Antelope. We’ve got leaders in training, an oversight committee, and are planning to take teens again to a ministry weekend the end of January 2020, and Lord willing, begin “club” outreach activities after that. To support this youth program, go to https://giving.younglife.org/s/ and sign up for single or monthly donations. It’s super easy; make sure to specify Sherman County OR267 as your recipient. You can choose to support operations or camp scholarships. Funds can come from your bank account or via a credit card. THANK YOU for supporting Young Life in Sherman County!

Three LOCAL shopping opportunities! Three opportunities to support local organizations and local crafters and artists! December 7th.

SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Tree Sale 10-3:30 Sherman County School on December 7th. 

SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. Christmas shopping at The Museum Store and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day displays December 7 10-3. No admission fee. Brand new items just for the Christmas Sale plus all your year-round favorites. 10% Discount for Sherman County Historical Society members. Got a history buff on your list? MUSEUM MEMBERSHIPS MAKE GREAT GIFTS!

GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 on December 7th at the Grass Valley Pavilion. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

EMPLOYMENT:

See WANTED.

See Classifieds in The Times-Journal.

INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039. Temporary Instructional Assistant for the 2019-20 School Year Posting Sherman County School is seeking a Temporary .94 FTE highly qualified Instructional Assistant candidate with preferred previous experience working in an educational setting. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the school administration to support activities as assigned.  This position will start on or close to November 12.  This is a temporary position for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us or 541-565-3500. Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district), resume, and letters of recommendation if you are interested in the position to: Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039 (541) 565-3500 wowens@sherman.k12.or.us This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Mid-Columbia Bus Company Seeks Bus Drivers. Do you know someone with time to spare, who loves to drive, and help others? Refer them to Mid-Columbia Bus Company! Once the person you refer becomes certified and drives a full route for at least 30 days, we will donate $1000.00 to a school organization of your choice. What we offer: $13.60 an hour; $500 Sign on bonus; Paid training; Flexible schedule; Dental, Vision, Medical Plan; 401 K … And more. Qualifications: Pass a criminal history check; Have a good driving record; Have a valid Oregon driver’s license; Ability to obtain Class B CDL with training Contact Mid-Columbia Bus Company and tell us where to make a donation today: Amberlena Shaffer, Recruiter. OFFICE: (541) 303-5093Email: amberlena@MidCoBus.com  Website: www.MidCoBus.com

SERVICES:

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

FOR SALE:

DEHYDRATOR, JERKY MAKER. New still in the box never opened, Nesco Dehydrator & Jerky Maker FD-60 with 4 trays. asking $45 / best bid. Call 541-442-8572 Nancy 12/27

SHERMAN COUNTY CLASSIFIEDS, FACEBOOK  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1680690712181261/ 

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/ 

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

ROOMS FOR RENT. 2 rooms for rent at the Just us Inn in Wasco. Completely furnished with internet and cable TV.  Room 7 private entrance private bathroom two bedroom single bed and king size in Main. Use of common areas Kitchen and TV area.  — 1 queen size bedroom with shared bath on second floor. Use of common areas TV room and kitchen. Please contact Ron at 503 – 957 – 6114. 11/29

FREE:

LOST OR FOUND:

WANTED: 

HOUSE CLEANING. Seeking non-employee housekeeper to clean Catholic rectory in Wasco twice a month. Please call Molly Belshe for more information. (541)565-3315.


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT EVENTS CALENDAR https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/scsd-event-calendar.html

NOVEMBER

29 Starlight Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting 6 The Dalles

30-Dec. 1 Mosier Holiday Fair 10-4 Mosier, Oregon

Christmas.candle1DECEMBER

2 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Sherman County

2 Grass Valley City Council 7

3 Moro City Council 7

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Methodist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

5 North Central Livestock Association, Riverside, Maupin

5-14 National Rodeo Finals, Las Vegas, Nevada

7 Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 Grass Valley Pavilion

7 Christmas Shopping at The Museum Store 10-3 Moro

7 Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Tree Sale 10-3:30 Sherman Co. School

7-8 Cascade Singers Present “A Parker-Shaw Christmas”

9 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

10 Sherman County Watershed Council Board Meeting 8

10 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10-12 Oregon Farm Bureau Convention, Gleneden Beach

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

11 Rufus City Council 7

12 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 White Salmon

13 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

17 Wasco City Council 7

18 Sherman County Court 9

23-31 Sherman County School Christmas Break

24-25 Sherman County Government Holidays

25 CHRISTMAS

31 NEW YEAR’S EVE

31-Jan. 1 Sherman County Government Holidays

snowflake-pinkJANUARY

2 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

7 Moro City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman Senior Center Advisory 12:30

10 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

11-13 Columbia River Circuit Rodeo Finals, Yakima, Washington

29 Tri-County Court 11

29 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 11:30


 

Sherman County eNews #289

CONTENTS

  1. Blogging Basics 101: How can I make money from my blog?

  2. What is a blog?

  3. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 10

  4. FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with your Smart TV

  5. The Opportunity to Grow

  6. Thankful

  7. The Dalles Multi-Church Worship Choir, Dec. 6, 8, 13 & 15

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


“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors.” —Thomas Jefferson


“Give thanks for each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I do recommend and assign Thursday … next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” —George Washington (1789)


1. Blogging Basics 101: How can I make money from my blog?

arrow-right“BloggingBasics101.com provides different guides about Blogging and Social Media.

You want to make money, right? Of course you do. Everyone wants – and needs -to make money. So you started a blog since you’ve heard it’s an easy way to make cash, but you’re not quite sure how to actually make money doing it. Or maybe you already have a blog and you’re exploring ways to monetize it.

“No matter which group you’re in, making money with a blog – whether it’s a hobby blog or a business blog –is possible. It’s not a get rich quick ordeal, but if you do it right, you could make enough to support your family and more. Let’s dive in and see how you can make a profit with your blog.”  https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-can-i-make-money-from-my-blog/.

“How do I start a blog?”

https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-do-i-start-a-blog/.


2. What is a blog?

computer.keysA blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website.

There are many reasons for starting a personal blog and only a handful of strong ones for business blogging. Blogging for business, projects, or anything else that might bring you money has a very straightforward purpose – to rank your website higher in Google SERPs, a.k.a. increase your visibility.

As a business, you rely on consumers to keep buying your products and services. As a new business, you rely on blogging to help you get to these consumers and grab their attention. Without blogging, your website would remain invisible, whereas running a blog makes you searchable and competitive.

So, the main purpose of a blog is to connect you to the relevant audience. Another one is to boost your traffic and send quality leads to your website.

The more frequent and better your blog posts are, the higher the chances for your website to get discovered and visited by your target audience. Which means, a blog is an effective lead generation tool. Add a great call to action (CTA), and it will convert your website traffic into high-quality leads. But a blog also allows you to showcase your authority and build a brand.

When you use your niche knowledge for creating informative and engaging posts, it builds trust with your audience. Great blogging makes your business look more credible, which is especially important if your brand is still young and fairly unknown. It ensures presence and authority at the same time. https://firstsiteguide.com/what-is-blog/


 3. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 10

The North Central Public Health District Full Board of Health will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon.  This meeting is open to the general public.


4. FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with your Smart TV

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense with your TV.

Yes, I said your TV. Specifically – your smart TV… the one that is sitting in your living room right now. Or, the one that you plan to buy on super sale on Black Friday.

Smart TVs are called that because they connect to the internet. They allow you to use popular streaming services and apps. Many also have microphones for those of us who are too lazy to actually to pick up the remote. Just shout at your set that you want to change the channel or turn up the volume, and you are good to go.

A number of the newer TV’s also have built-in cameras. In some cases, the cameras are used for facial recognition so the TV knows who is watching and can suggest programming appropriately. Now – there are also devices coming to market that allow you to video chat with grandma in 42” glory.

Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home.  A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him an easy way in the backdoor through your router.

Hackers can also take control of your unsecured TV. At the low end of the risk spectrum, he can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos. In a worst-case scenario, he can turn on the camera and microphone to that TV hanging in your bedroom and silently cyber stalk you.

TV’s and technology are a big part of our lives, and they aren’t going away.

So how can you protect your family?

  • Know exactly what features your TV has and how to control those features. Do a basic internet search with your model number and the words “microphone”, “camera”, and “privacy.”
  • Don’t depend on the default security settings. Change passwords if you can – and know how to turn off the microphones, cameras, and collection of personal information if possible. If you can’t turn them off, consider whether you are willing to take the risk of buying that model or using that service.
  • If you can’t turn off a camera but want to – a simple piece of black tape over the camera eye is a back-to-basics option.
  • Check the manufacturer’s ability to update your device with security patches. Can they do this? Have they done it in the past?
  • Check the privacy policy for the TV manufacturer and the streaming services you use. Confirm what data they collect, how they store that data, and what they do with it.

As always, if you have been victimized by a cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov or call your local FBI office.


5. The Opportunity to Grow

To some extent, each of us is affected by the environment around us. But, when our happiness depends on what goes on around us, we are in trouble.

Have you ever thought about what happens when we let what goes on in our environment determine how we feel on the inside? When things are going well, we feel good, cheerful, positive, and full of enthusiasm. But, when the least little thing goes wrong, we start to unravel.

If this happens, we can start feeling like a victim, and when we feel like a victim, we give up control of our lives. There are those who believe that we are victims because we have chosen to be that way. This is a harsh critique, but there may be a grain of truth in it. We have chosen to not take the bull by the horns, and confront the obstacle.

Others say that if you are not having problems, you are missing an opportunity for growth. This is exactly the thing we are talking about, because you choose to take charge of how you respond and what you do, regardless of what is happening in your environment.

You know, there is only one thing in life over which we have complete control, and that is what goes on inside our minds. When you choose to take charge of your thoughts, of the things you tell yourself, you become very powerful. Certainly, you may feel disappointment when things go wrong, but you can choose to see all of the setbacks as temporary. You can choose to use them as opportunities to grow. You develop the ability to quickly bounce back when you hit an obstacle, as well as gaining the incredible strength that comes from standing up to adversity.

The choice really is yours to make – it always has been, and will continue to be in the future. You are in charge of you, your beliefs and the decisions you make. There is great strength in that, and, when harnessed, tremendous power for good. ~The Pacific Institute


6. Thankful

For the beauty of the earth,

For the beauty of the skies,

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour

Of the day and of the night,

Hill and vale, and tree and flower,

Sun and moon and stars of light,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,

Brother, sister, parent, child,

Friends on earth, and friends above,

Pleasures pure and undefiled,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,

To our race so freely given,

Graces human and divine,

Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For thy Church which evermore

Lifteth holy hands above,

Offering up on every shore

Her pure sacrifice of love,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

~Folliott S. PIerpoint (1835-1917)


7. The Dalles’ Multi-Church Worship Choir, Dec. 6, 8, 13 & 15

music.notes (2)THE DALLES WORSHIP CHOIR will present four concerts, titled “WE CALL IT CHRISTMAS.”    A Columbia Gorge multi-church choir with approximately 40 members, this is the choir’s 16th year presenting within the community.

Please, come and listen to the choir as they celebrate the Christmas season.   The four performances, all in The Dalles, are:

  • DECEMBER 6TH, 7:00 PM AT CALVARY BAPTIST
  • DECEMBER 8TH, 5:30 PM AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN
  • DECEMBER 13TH, 7:00 PM AT GATEWAY PRESBYTERIAN
  • DECEMBER 15TH, 5:30 PM AT FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

 

The soloists are KRIS RIEFEL, CONNIE FORD, DUANE PURCELL, COLLEEN WORRELL, DUANE PATTON, and SHAWN LUTZ.  The narration will be by SHIRLEY HAMILTON.  The choir is under the direction of SHAWN LUTZ, a private music instructor in The Dalles.

CONCERTS ARE FREE, WITH AN OFFERING TAKEN AT THE END OF THE CONCERT TO FURTHER THE NEEDS OF THIS MINISTRY.


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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeBlogging Basics 101

Oregon Plant May Be Removed From Endangered Species List

Pole Shifts and Climate Change

National debt tops $22 trillion for first time in U.S. history

Washington lab exec: ‘Hot’ hemp more likely under WSDA rule

Monsanto Fined $10 Million for Using Banned Pesticide on Maui

U.S. Attorney General opposes Oregon’s new ICE rule

Communists Working in U.S. Steal Billions in Taxpayer-Funded Scientific Research


 

Sherman County eNews #288

CONTENTS

  1. Notice. North Central Public Health District Seeks Registered Nurse

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court, Dec. 4

  3. Give Up on the Facade

  4. Questions to ask while your family is together for the holidays

  5. Being Thankful

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu

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


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” –Aesop


1. North Central Public Health District Seeks Registered Nurse

JOB TITLE:  PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE

North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) is seeking a full-time or part-time Registered Nurse to join their exceptional team.  Duties for this position may involve working in a clinic setting providing reproductive health and communicable disease services, immunizations, school nursing and community outreach.   NCPHD is located in the beautiful Columbia Gorge with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy and is only 90 miles from the Portland metro area.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be licensed as RN in State of Oregon and possess a valid driver’s license with good driving record.  Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.  Criminal background check is required.

SALARY RANGE:  $4355 – $5296 per month, full benefits package, M-F + paid holidays.

APPLICATIONS:  Obtain job description & application packet from NCPHD at 419 E. 7th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058, email publichealth@ncphd.org, or by calling 541-506-2600.  Return completed packets to North Central Public Health, Attention:  Director, 419 E. 7th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058.  Opened until filled.  NCPHD is an EOE.


2. Notice. Sherman County Court, Dec. 4 

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will meet in regular session on Wednesday, December 4th, at 9:00 a.m. 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 http://www.co.sherman.or.us.

~Kristi Brown

Sherman County Court

Deputy Clerk/Temporary Administrative Assistant

500 Court Street

PO Box 365

Moro, OR 97039


3. Give Up on the Facade

It has been said that people can get used to almost anything. If it happens gradually over time and in small enough increments, this seems to be true. And, when you become used to things being a certain way, you develop what is called a comfort zone around them. When you are in your comfort zone, you don’t really have to think too much about it.

If you are used to cleaning up your house every day because you like things neat and tidy, it will put you out of your comfort zone to wake up in the morning and see a sink full of dirty dishes. You will generally make sure that doesn’t happen, or spend your time ignoring your kitchen, walking every which way but through it. If, on the other hand, you are used to seeing a sink full of dirty dishes every morning when you get up, it won’t bother you at all.

If you are expecting guests to your home, the things you have gotten used to and comfortable with may suddenly become very un-comfortable. “That’s okay for me,” you may think, “but I don’t want my guests to see it like that.” Do you know people who go on crash diets before a school reunion or other special event? This is the same type of thing. It’s “good enough” for every day, but not for special occasions.

Take a look at the different aspects of your life. Are there things you have gotten used to, bit by bit, that surprise you a little now? Give up the facade for your guests! You are worthy of the same consideration and the same high standards you display for others. It’s high time to turn those “special occasions” into everyday occurrences!

What are the things in your life that you have gotten used to, things that are not to your standards? It is time to make a comfort zone change!

Do it for yourself — because you are worth it! ~The Pacific Institute


4. Questions to ask while your family is together for the holidays

question.mark.circleAsk questions while there is still someone to ask! In addition to the basics – name, birthdate and place, marriage date and place, places lived, occupations, military service, names of grandparents and great-grandparents, ask about the nuts and bolts of everyday life! There will come a time when you will wish you asked! Think who, what, why, where, when and how!

Here’s a starter list…

In what ways do you think I’m like you? And not like you?

Who is the person who influenced your life the most?

Which new technology have you found most helpful in your life? Which do you find to be the most annoying?

Is there anything you have always wanted to tell me but never have?

Is there anything you regret not having asked your parents?

Do you wish anything had been different between us, or would you still like to change something?

What was the happiest moment of your life?

What are you most proud of?

How did your experience in the military/university/training mold you as a person?

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?

What is your earliest memory?

Did you receive an allowance as a child? How much? Did you save your money or spend it?

Who were your friends when you were growing up?

What was your favorite thing to do for fun?

What were your favorite holidays?

What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects?

What school activities and sports did you participate in?

Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothing?

What world events had the most impact on you?

How would you like to be remembered?


5. Being Thankful

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I could list the gifts I’m thankful for and write until next week.

My health, my eyes, my darling wife, granddaughter’s rosy cheeks.

Treasured friends, that if I called, would say, “I’m on my way.”

A precious mother, that lucky me, turns eighty-one today.

Children I’m so proud of, sisters that make me smile,

little ones that call me Pops; my list could reach for miles.

A soldier in some foreign place, assuring liberty for me,

a sunny sky, a frosty morn, a blue-green shimmering sea.

I’m thankful that in this land I love, we’re free to disagree,

where we aspire to so much more than mediocrity.

I keep this mental list of gifts and add to it each day,

like God’s unique and precious love, whose patience never sways.

A similar list, I know you have, so think on that awhile,

and be thankful, friends, that everyday our gifts outweigh our trials.

By James T. Atkins


6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

December 2019

  We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served. 

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 3 4 5 6
BBQ Baked Chicken Swedish Meatballs Chicken Fried Steak Sloppy Joes w/ Bun Clam Chowder
Au Gratin Potatoes Rice Pilaf Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Potato Wedges Baked Fish
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
9 10 11 12 13
Hot Ham & Cheese Chicken Fajitas Salisbury Steak Huli Huli Chicken Pizza loaded w/ Meat
Soup Refried Beans Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Mambo Rice Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Salad & Dessert
16 17 18 19 20
Hamburger Stew Cheeseburger w/ Bun Oven Fried Chicken Chili Relleno Casserole Fish & Chips
Rolls Tater Tots Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Mexican Rice Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Salad & Dessert
23 Christmas Lunch 24 25 26 27
Baked Ham CLOSED CLOSED Beef Chili Turkey Bacon Swiss Sando
Au Gratin Potatoes FOR FOR Cornbread Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Veggies, Salad & Dessert CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
30 31 Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

Chicken Alfredo Fettuccini CLOSED
Veggies FOR
Salad & Dessert NEW YEARS

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

Thanksgiving.RunTurkeyTalking Turkey | A Thanksgiving Quiz

8 holiday train rides around Oregon for 2019

Carcass Of Giant Blue Whale Off Oregon Coast Brought To Surface For Study

Ukraine, Trump, & Biden – The Real Story Behind “Ukrainegate”


 

Sherman County eNews #287

CONTENTS

  1. EDITORIAL. Sherman County eNews is Retiring!

  2. On a Personal Note: Sherman County eNews

  3. Guides for Your Personal Journey

  4. Farmers’ & Ranchers’ Receive 12.1 Cents per Dollar for our Thanksgiving Food

  5. 2020 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Open for Nominations

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


1. EDITORIAL. Sherman County eNews is Retiring!

Check-markGreenIt’s time. The right time. 1999-2019. The last Sherman County eNews post will be made on December 27th.

The Times-Journal, our county’s official newspaper of record, is doing a fine job and has the capacity to cover our county news while preserving our history for posterity.

Newspapers are a collaborative venture, a team effort. I believe it is our responsibility to be part of the team! We’re all in this together!

You are strongly encouraged to subscribe and send your news, notices and classified ads to The Times-Journal! Here’s why:

  1. It’s Sherman County’s newspaper of record where city, special district and county government legal notices and job announcements are published;
  2. Newspapers are preserved and digitized for posterity, unlike eNews and Facebook;
  3. It’s a weekly serving Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties;
  4. The people in these three counties are partners with several local and regional government agencies and enjoy other community connections;
  5. It’s a bargain at $37.50/year in these counties, $47.50/beyond;
  6. Digital subscriptions are available;
  7. The T-J makes a great gift;
  8. Your subscription opens doors to doing business supporting local folks!
  9. It’s easy! Contact Stephen and Renee Allen at the T-J or send your check to The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 743, Condon, OR 97823.

It’s time to return to my bucket list, enjoy family and friends, finish my family history website and photo essays on public art in Sherman County, and share jigsaw puzzles with Larry!

Please express your appreciation for eNews with your subscription to The Times-Journal and community involvement!

Sherry Kaseberg

Editor/Publisher

Sherman County eNews

Wasco, Oregon


2. On a Personal Note: Sherman County eNews

pencil.spiralIn 1999, when I was appointed to serve as Sherman County Commissioner, my Sherman County Historical Museum volunteer colleagues recognized the new commitment I made and began to ask about my county government experiences. “What are you accomplishing?” “What are your assignments?” “Will you have time for the museum?”

Becoming more efficient with my time, about 1/3 personal/work, 1/3 museum and 1/3 county, I continued to volunteer at the museum as usual. We were all new to e-mail, so I agreed to send short reports about topics considered by the Sherman County Court and the governing boards of regional agencies to which I was assigned.

It was never my intent to provide a free news service.

Sherman County eNews evolved as others heard about these reports and asked to subscribe. They made suggestions. I began to include news releases, meeting notices, the Spiritual Matters column, calendar dates and classified ads… and links to information that subscribers submitted to help build an intentionally informed community citizenry… on personal, local, state and federal levels.

The first un-subscriber caught me by surprise! I took it very personally… and got over it. Twice I managed to delete the e-mail distribution list. My internet service provider blocked the bulk mailings. I divided the distribution list. It was time to develop a more professional approach with a logo, format and editorial policies. Then it was time to move eNews to a blog.

I appreciate and thank the many people who collaborate – and collaborated – to make eNews a local resource.

A Sherman County volunteer for 60 years, I’ve enjoyed an amazing life with mentors and others engaged in community group efforts and life-long learning… from Cub Scouts with our four sons to 4-H (outdoorsmen, livestock, Empire Builders, genealogy), Red Cross Water Safety Program (swimming instruction), and planning commission, Sherman County Historical Museum from its 1983 beginning, Deschutes River planning task force, 1989 county centennial committee, county board of commissioners and… eNews. Always learning!

Opportunities came my way to serve on the governing boards of Maryhill Museum of Art, Mid-Columbia Health Foundation and Oregon Geographic Names and to continue learning with museum and grant writing workshops, The Pacific Program, The Pacific Institute and Ford Family Foundation leadership training. At the heart of it all are so many interesting, visionary, hard-working people!

Doors open and doors close. I’m ready to return to my so-called bucket list, other interests and sharing jigsaw puzzles with Larry who has supported my efforts for 61 years!

Sherry Kaseberg


3. Guides for Your Personal Journey

Who do you listen to? Who do you allow to guide your growth and development? Today, let’s talk about the value of good guides.

Ancient humans used the stars to help them travel beyond the boundaries of their settlements. Many people who are blind rely on a guide dog to see what they cannot. If you wanted to explore the African or Amazonian jungles, you’d probably seek out an experienced leader. Whenever you are entering unfamiliar territory, it can help enormously to have a guide, one you can trust and count on for good advice.

Children rely on their parents, parents have trusted friends and family members, and nations look to their political leaders for guidance and direction. Sometimes we turn to professionals, such as counselors, clergy, and teachers to help us sort out options and find the best path. Ultimately, we are looking for guides we can trust to have our best interests at heart.

Who, or what, do you listen to? Who do you turn to for guidance? These are very important questions. Often it is not so much what a guide can tell us that influences us, but it is their attitude, toward us and toward life, that is our best teacher. And sometimes, it is the questions they ask of us – whether we like the questions or not – that provide us with the springboard we need for our own growth.

Make sure your guides believe strongly in your ability and right to be self-determining, to make your own choices. Seek out those with experience to share, and enough wisdom to allow you your own experience as well.

Look for people who don’t overwhelm you with advice, but who listen carefully and with compassion, and refrain from labels or judgements. These are the people in whom you can safely place your trust, and who will help you get where you want to go. ~The Pacific Institute


 4. Farmers’ and Ranchers’ Receive 12.1 Cents per Dollar for our Thanksgiving Food

food.sackNational Farmers Union reports farmers and ranchers will take home 12.1 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on food for their Thanksgiving meals, according to the NFU Farmer’s Share publication. The Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item they grow or raise.

“As we gather around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, we should take time to recognize and thank the family farmers and ranchers who provide our Thanksgiving meals,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “While consumer holiday food costs continue to decline, incomes for American farm and ranch families are have dropped dramatically over the past seven years. We’re in the midst of the worst farm economic downturn in generations, and we’re hopeful the Farmer’s Share can help illustrate that fact to the general public.”

On average, farmers receive 14.6 cents of every food dollar consumers spend throughout the year, while more than 85% of food costs cover marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing. As the Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share illustrates, the farmer’s share is even lower for Thanksgiving food items.

Wheat farmers averaged $0.03 on 12 dinner rolls that retail for $2.69. Dairy producers received $1.66 from a $4.59 gallon of milk. Turkey growers received $0.06 per pound retailing at $1.49.

Thanksgiving presents an opportunity to raise awareness about food production, including misconceptions about food costs. “Farmers and ranchers play the most valuable role in actually producing the food that is served at holiday dinners, yet they make just pennies on the dollar for their products,” Johnson said.

The Farmer’s Share is based on calculations derived from the monthly Agriculture Prices report produced by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and price points of common grocery food items at Safeway supermarket. The farmer’s share of retail turkey sales is reported by the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias, as national data on farm prices for turkey does not reflect the amount turkey growers receive.


5. 2020 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Open for Nominations

Oregon.Flat.poleNominations for the 2020 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program are now being accepted. Applications can be found online through the Oregon Heritage website http://www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Oregon Heritage Coordinator Beth Dehn at Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0696. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is January 26, 2020.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of heritage-oriented activities. The Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation is a special category that may be awarded to one individual, organization, or project demonstration excellence in preservation of historic cemeteries.

Nominations are encouraged for organizations and projects of all sizes and heritage purposes and for volunteers and professionals from all heritage sectors.

“The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon’s heritage,” said Beth Dehn, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations.”

Last year’s recipients included:

— Building a Better Community: The Canby Women’s Heritage Trail, the first heritage trail in the state to focus on accomplishments of women, with a multi-layered approach to community engagement.

— Cultural Resources Department of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, for 30 years of dedicated work as a department to preserve and celebrate the Tribe’s cultural history, recently culminating in the Rise of the Collectors exhibit.

— David Dittman, for reporting an archaeological find on private land going above and beyond expectations to engage the public with the find.

— Ann & Owen Nicholson, for their critical role in providing Nehalem Valley Historical Society with a museum and archive.

— Kylie Pine, for going above and beyond her professional capacity as curator at Willamette Heritage Center to impact the community through teaching, volunteer work, board service, and publications related to local history.

— Richard & Judith Wagner, for extraordinary research, writing, and community engagement related to Coos Bay area history.

— Salem Depot, an excellent preservation project spearheaded by the Oregon Department of Transportation that overcame challenges, worked across agencies, and merged multiple modes of transportation to rehabilitate an historic building.

Awards will be presented on April 23, 2020 at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Corvallis by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The announcement for 2020 awardees will be made in mid-March 2020. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.


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

bird.owl.limbMap Shows the Ultimate U.S. National Park Road Trip

NWF Announces State Winners for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest

The Atlantic. Joe Biden Interview

TED Ed: How does laser eye surgery work? 

TED Ed: Claws vs. Nails

Editorial: Reasonable fees for records must be based in reality

Judicial Watch: More Than 100,000 DACA Applicants Have Been Arrested—Murder, Rape, DUI

Barr rejects rule barring courthouse immigration arrests

Pew Research: 6 Facts about Marijuana

TED Ed: How does impeachment work?

Commentary: What Impeachment Is Really About

Scientists on where to be in the 21st century based on sustainability

The American West’s Oldest University Struggles To Find A Future


 

Sherman County eNews #286

CONTENTS

  1. Holiday Open House, Free Admission, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Nov. 30

  2. State Fire Marshal: Add Fire Safety to Your Holiday Menu

  3. Snow due on Central Oregon Highways

  4. Tips for sharing your community’s story in the digital age

  5. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

  6. The Strength of a Sugar Pill


“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward


1. Holiday Open House, Free Admission, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Nov. 30

Christmas.holly1THE DALLES— Mark your calendar for the annual Holiday Open House and Community Appreciation Day at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum on November 30, 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm.

This day is the museum’s chance to thank everyone for their support during the past year by offering free museum admission. Celebrate the holidays with complimentary cookies, hot cider, and cocoa. For lunch, the café’s regular menu will be available, as well specials on homemade soup, specialty salads, and meatball sub sandwiches from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Santa Claus will visit from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Live holiday music will be provided, featuring music from several area choirs, bands and ensembles. Share what you can to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays by bringing a non-perishable food item, blanket, or winter coat to donate to local families in need.

Gift Locally! Columbia River Trading Company, the museum store, is open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store showcases products from over 40 artisans and suppliers from the Columbia River Gorge and Pacific Northwest. There is a selection of educational toys, books, jewelry, lotions & soaps, jams, fruit & salmon treats, wine, pottery, artwork, home decor, t-shirts, Pendleton blankets & bags.

Shoppers receive 20% off all store merchandise and free gift wrapping during the Holiday Open House. As a holiday season special, spend $100 in the store and receive a free first-time one-year museum membership, a $75 value! Need a gift suggestion? Museum Store manager Shawn McCleary loves to create custom gift baskets for your family, colleagues, and friends.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located off I-84 exit 82, at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058.  Take I-84, exit 82, one mile west on Hwy. 30. The museum is open 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For information, call 541-296-8600 x 20 or visit www.gorgediscovery.org.


2. State Fire Marshal: Add Fire Safety to Your Holiday Menu  

food.pie.hotThanksgiving is just around the corner, and State Fire Marshal Jim Walker wants to remind Oregonians to add fire safety to their cooking and holiday meal plans.

“The holiday is a time to give thanks and enjoy friends and family,” said Walker. “By following basic fire-prevention tips, you can keep yourself and loved ones safe and avoid cooking-related fires.”

In Oregon, cooking was the leading known cause of residential structure fires over the past five years (2013-17), causing an average of 19 percent of Oregon’s total residential structure fires, according to state fire agency data submitted to the National Fire Incident Reporting System.

On average, there are 533 cooking-caused residential structure fires in Oregon per year.

Statewide the range/stove was the most frequently reported equipment involved in cooking fires. Of these, 73 percent were from an electric-powered range/stove.

All told, there were 10 deaths in Oregon from residential cooking fires during the past five years, or an average of two deaths per year.

Cooking safety tips:

  • Don’t leave cooking food on your stovetop unattended, especially when frying and sautéing with oil.
  • While your turkey is cooking, check on it frequently.
  • Use a timer to monitor cooking times when simmering, baking, or roasting foods that require long cooking times. Check the stove or oven frequently.
  • Remember to keep items that may catch fire, like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, and towels, at least three feet from the cooking area.
  • Roll up your shirt sleeves and avoid using clothing that may come in contact with open flames or other heat sources.
  • Don’t cook if you are drinking alcohol or using other substances that make you drowsy.
  • Keep children three feet or more away from all cooking areas, hot food, and liquids to avoid burns.
  • Keep pot and pan handles turned inward on the stove to avoid bumping them and spilling hot foods.
  • Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended.

If you have a cooking fire:

  • Always keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and don’t move the pan until it is completely cool.
  • Never pour water on a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.
  • In the event of a fire in your oven or microwave, turn the appliance off and keep the doors closed.
  • When in doubt, get out! Call 9-1-1 after you leave.

Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.


3. Snow due on Central Oregon Highways

snowflakesmallNovember 21, 2019

BEND– The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for next week that includes a chance for snow on the floor of the high desert in Central Oregon.

The snow forecast means that travelers should be ready for hazardous travel conditions, with the possibility of slick, snow covered roads during the morning commutes.

In Central Oregon, ODOT is already staffed up for winter, and has moved snow removal equipment into strategic locations, but motorists should anticipate the potential for hazardous driving conditions during early morning hours.

ODOT urges motorists to drive for the inclement weather by slowing down and turning off cruise controls.

Drivers traveling throughout Oregon during hazardous weather should checkTripcheck.com or call 511 to be aware of current highway hazards.

In addition ODOT recommends the following safety precautions:

→ Be patient. Go slow.

→ Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in a road closure).

→ Use appropriate tires for your winter driving needs.

→ Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.).

→ Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

→ Keep cell phone charged up (but don’t use it while driving).

→ Watch weather conditions throughout the day and anticipate the next snow storm. Current road conditions may get worse.

→ Tune to local radio stations for update travel information.

ODOT appreciates the patience of travelers who delay their trips and the cooperation of the traveling public to keep our highways passable.  For the latest driving conditions visit www.tripcheck.com, or call 511 for highway information.


4. Tips for sharing your community’s story in the digital age

Main Street Directors, Chambers of Commerce, Visitor Centers and other organizations tasked with promoting all your community has to offer will benefit from a formal plan to tell your story in today’s digital world. Before you create a more detailed and comprehensive plan, a good place to start is a simple checklist.

  • Google’s search engine results depend on the mobile friendliness of your website. Check your website URL in the Google Mobile Friendly Test and also the Mobile Loading Speed. Each provides specific recommendations for improvement.
  • Review your website content with a critical eye, asking yourself: What are visitors to my site looking for? Experience has shown they want to know what’s going on, where to park, eat, shop and what to do during their visit. They could care less that you are a 501C3 with a four-point approach and don’t want to spend time reading what all of that means. Your home page should provide easy navigation to your businesses by category, event info and pictures and descriptions of what makes your community special, unique and worth a visit.
  • A picture is worth a thousand words. The images and videos on your website and social media channels should be high quality and include people having a great time! Your Main Street story should focus not on the what, and more about the why. Show prospective visitors why they should visit your downtown through pictures, videos and descriptions showing people actually experiencing your town.
  • We live in a mobile world. Search for information about your community on mobile devices, starting with a simple Google search. Next, try an “OK Google” voice search, as well as other digital assistants. What do Siri, Alexa and Cortana have to say?
  • Take control of your Google My Business listing, making sure pictures and information are current and best represent your community. Check to see what available local info apps such as TripAdvisor and Yelp have listed for your community. Participate in the free national Main Street mobile network and use your free mobile app to reach today’s huge mobile audience.
  • Transition your historic or art walking tour to provide it on mobile devices. Printed maps and brochures are a thing of the past. Your visitors have a powerful tool in the palm of their hand. They don’t want to know when and where you would like them to go find a brochure to take a tour. They want to start right here, right now. More importantly, a smartphone-based tour can include scrollable pictures and descriptions, as well as rich and immersive audio narration, providing “local color” and presenting the vibrant history of your community.

This list could go on and on, but following these six simple steps is a good start in the right direction.  —Dr. Ron Cook is CEO and co-founder of distrx, a mobile marketing platform and application designed exclusively for Main Streets. He presented at the 2019 Oregon Main Street Conference and is a frequent lecturer on trends for Main Street communities and the practical use of technology.


5. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 21 November 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon news stories.

$1,060,000,000: Amount a Linn County jury awarded to 13 Oregon counties Wednesday, saying the state breached its contract with them to log them for revenue, according to OPB. 

11: Years Oregon Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, has spent in the Oregon Legislature. Bentz announced this week that he would be resigning in January to devote more time to his run for Congress.

2: Longtime coastal Democrats who said they’re not running for the legislature again. Oregon Rep. Caddy McKeown, D-Coos Bay, and Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, announced their departures Tuesday.

30,000: People who have signed up for the Oregon Lottery’s new sports betting app, Scoreboard, according to Willamette Week. 

$13,000,000: Amount those users have bet. 

900: Approximate workers at farmers’ cooperative NORPAC who were notified last week that they would be laid off from their jobs in Salem, according to The Oregonian.

4: Rough percentage of Oregon workers who are unemployed, according to The Oregonian. That rate has stayed steady for the last three years.

40,000: Amount by which Oregon’s population increased last year, according to OPB.

$1,000,000: Amount Portland businessman Gordon Sondland’s companies gave to President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, according to Willamette Week. Sondland, appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union in July 2018, testified as part of the impeachment inquiry Wednesday.

5: Times Oregon voters rejected the measure to allow women to vote here, before it finally passed in 1912, according to KGW.


6. The Strength of a Sugar Pill

What does the sugar pill have in common with potential? More than you might think. Read on.

A placebo, sometimes called a sugar pill, is a substance sometimes given to people who are sick, in pharmaceutical research studies, to compare against the “real” or test medication. It has no medicinal qualities at all, but quite often people who are given placebos get better anyway. This is powerful testimony to the strength of beliefs and expectations.

People can be healed of illnesses because they strongly believe they are being healed. It is not just in medicine that the power of expectations is apparent. School children perform up to the expectations of their parents and teachers, or down to them. Employees perform up to the expectations of their employers, and elected officials perform according to the expectations of their constituents. Most important of all, you perform up or down to what you expect of yourself.

As Henry Ford said, “If you think you can, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t.” It is that simple. Beliefs are that powerful. Fortunately, as adults, we have the ability to choose our beliefs and to reject the ones that stand in our way or ones that restrict our performance.

What do you believe to be true about yourself? Try making a list of those beliefs you have about you, and mark the ones that are holding you back. For the ones you determine are holding you back, why keep them if they don’t do you any good? You have the right, indeed, the personal responsibility to get rid of beliefs that no longer serve you in a positive way. Replace them with positive, helpful beliefs that allow you to move forward.

You will be a lot happier for it – and so will those around you. It will be your own, personal, positive ripple effect on your world. ~The Pacific Institute


 

Sherman County eNews #285

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

For the beauty of the earth, For the beauty of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies; For the wonder of each hour Of the day and of the night, Hill and vale, and tree and flower, Sun and moon, and stars of light; For the joy of ear and eye, For the heart and mind’s delight, For the mystic harmony Linking sense to sound and sight… lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise. ~ Folliot S. Pierpoint, 1864; Conrad Kocher, 1838 The Hymn Book (Presbyterian). 

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” ~W.T. Purkiser


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

Three local Christmas shopping opportunities in our county communities, all three on December 7th! All three benefit sponsoring organization that provide services to us! 

SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR’s Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Tree Sale 10-3:30 Sherman County School on December 7th.

SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. Christmas shopping at The Museum Store and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day displays December 7 10-3. No admission fee. Brand new items just for the Christmas Sale plus all your year-round favorites. 10% Discount for Sherman County Historical Society members. Got a history buff on your list? MUSEUM MEMBERSHIPS MAKE GREAT GIFTS! 

GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 on December 7th at the Grass Valley Pavilion.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

EMPLOYMENT:

See Classifieds in The Times-Journal.

INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039. Temporary Instructional Assistant for the 2019-20 School Year. Posting Sherman County School is seeking a Temporary .94 FTE highly qualified Instructional Assistant candidate with preferred previous experience working in an educational setting. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the school administration to support activities as assigned.  This position will start on or close to November 12.  This is a temporary position for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us or 541-565-3500. Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district), resume, and letters of recommendation if you are interested in the position to: Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039 (541) 565-3500 wowens@sherman.k12.or.us | This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Mid-Columbia Bus Company Seeks Bus Drivers. Do you know someone with time to spare, who loves to drive, and help others? Refer them to Mid-Columbia Bus Company! Once the person you refer becomes certified and drives a full route for at least 30 days, we will donate $1000.00 to a school organization of your choice. What we offer: $13.60 an hour; $500 Sign on bonus; Paid training; Flexible schedule; Dental, Vision, Medical Plan; 401 K … And more. Qualifications: Pass a criminal history check; Have a good driving record; Have a valid Oregon driver’s license; Ability to obtain Class B CDL with training Contact Mid-Columbia Bus Company and tell us where to make a donation today: Amberlena Shaffer, Recruiter. OFFICE: (541) 303-5093Email: amberlena@MidCoBus.com  Website: www.MidCoBus.com

SERVICES:

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/

NEWSPAPERS

FOR SALE:

DEHYDRATOR, JERKY MAKER. New still in the box never opened, Nesco Dehydrator & Jerky Maker FD-60 with 4 trays. asking $45 / best bid. Call 541-442-8572 Nancy 12/27

SHERMAN COUNTY CLASSIFIEDS, FACEBOOK   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1680690712181261/

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/ 

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

ROOMS FOR RENT. 2 rooms for rent at the Just us Inn in Wasco. Completely furnished with internet and cable TV.  Room 7 private entrance private bathroom two bedroom single bed and king size in Main. Use of common areas Kitchen and TV area.  — 1 queen size bedroom with shared bath on second floor. Use of common areas TV room and kitchen. Please contact Ron at 503 – 957 – 6114. 11/29 

FREE:

LOST OR FOUND: 

FOUND:

WANTED:


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT EVENTS CALENDAR   https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/scsd-event-calendar.html 

NOVEMBER

22 Space Party 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

23 Condon’s Fall Festival 

23 Moro Community Presbyterian Church Thanksgiving Dinner 5

26 Sherman County Transit Just Shopping Trip 9:30

Thanksgiving AutumnTree

28 THANKSGIVING DAY

DECEMBER

2 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Sherman County

2 Grass Valley City Council 7

3 Moro City Council 7

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Methodist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

5 North Central Livestock Association, Riverside, Maupin

5-14 National Rodeo Finals, Las Vegas, Nevada

ChristmasHolly

7 Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 Grass Valley Pavilion

7 Christmas Shopping at The Museum Store 10-3 Moro

7 Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Tree Sale 10-3:30 Sherman Co. School

7-8 Cascade Singers Present “A Parker-Shaw Christmas”

9 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

10 Sherman County Watershed Council Board Meeting 8

10 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10-12 Oregon Farm Bureau Convention, Gleneden Beach

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

11 Rufus City Council 7

12 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 White Salmon

13 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

17 Wasco City Council 7

18 Sherman County Court 9

23-31 Sherman County School Christmas Break

25 CHRISTMAS

31 NEW YEAR’S EVE

JANUARY

2 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

7 Moro City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman Senior Center Advisory 12:30

10 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

11-13 Columbia River Circuit Rodeo Finals, Yakima, Washington