Sherman County eNews #207

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County Emergency Services July Activity Reports

  2. Youth Robotics Training, Information for Parents

  3. Letter to the Editor: Kent Water District Sets the Record Straight

  4. ABC Huskies Child Care Preschool Program Registration

  5. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Colon Cancer Screening Kit

  6. Cottonwood Canyon State Park Going Dark for Perseids Meteor Shower, Aug. 11-12

  7. Commentary: 545 vs. 300,000,000 People

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


1. Sherman County Emergency Services July Activity Reports

 ~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

July 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
       
7-05 10:10 AM Medical Alert – Unknown Problem Wasco
7-07 1:59 PM Fall – Unknown Illness Moro
7-09 6:57 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 35
7-09 1:23 pm Sick Person Wasco
7-12 7:47 PM Allergic Reaction Klondike Elevator
7-13 1:48 AM Male Bleeding from his mouth 3 Rivers Motel in Biggs
7-13 1:23 PM Chest Pain Wasco
7-13 4:51 PM Breathing Problem Dinty’s Motel in Biggs
7-13 8:06 PM Abdominal Pain Grass Valley
7-13 10:29 PM Fall Injury to head and shoulder Pilot in Biggs
7-16 7:00 PM Well Person Check Wasco
7-16 11:42 PM Diabetic Emergency Wasco
7-18 9:42 AM Seizure Wasco
7-18 6:54 PM Difficulty Breathing Wasco
7-19 10:04 PM Burn to Face High School in Moro
7-20 1:00 AM Abdominal Pain Wasco
7-20 2:27 PM Chest Pain Pilot in Biggs
7-22 11:27 AM High Fever & Unresponsive Moro
7-23 1:10 pm Self-Inflicted Gun Shot Wound I-84  MP# 102
7-25 3:39 PM Transport to MCMC Grass Valley
7-27 2:24 PM Person Down – Unknown Wasco City Park
7-27 6:06 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 1
7-29 7:42 AM Low Potassium Wasco
7-29 3:45 PM Seizures Rufus
7-29 4:20 PM Bee Sting Wasco

 

Moro Fire Department

July 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7-03 2:05 PM Grass Fire I-84  MP# 104
7-13 4:54 PM Grass Fire 98309 Emigrant Springs Lane
7-16 5:51 PM Combine/Wheat Fire 68779 Van Gilder Lane
7-17 8:30 PM Substation Fire Sherman County
7-18 12:01 AM Substation Fire Sherman County
7-19 11:54 PM Grass Fire Fairview and Monkland
7-19 8:03 AM Substation Fire Sherman County
7-20 5:40 PM Smoke Investigation Fairview & Monkland
7-26 7:21 PM Fire Watch for Longhollow Fire Rory Wilson Ranch
7-27 5:13 PM Grass Fire Hwy 216 & Brown Road

2. Youth Robotics Training, Information for Parents

The new school year is coming quick and brings a new crop of students itching to get their hands on a robot! One of the easiest ways to help youth find their way to a robot is to get involved with FIRST robotics. FIRST is a national program with a sports-like model where students meet as teams over several months to prepare for a competition. There are FIRST programs in the Gorge for students ages 6 to 18.

Parents who have students interested in robotics are encouraged to consider coaching a team. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for students ages 9 to 14 in particular is a great way to introduce students to robotics. Teams of three to ten students begin meeting as school starts to prepare for one of the Gorge Qualifying Tournaments held Dec 8, 9 and 15. Parent coaches do not need to understand robots or programming; their main duty is helping the students focus and navigating the competition challenges.

Two free trainings are planned to help parents and volunteers serve as FLL coaches. On Aug 20 and 21 the Gorge STEM Hub hosts a free, two-day deeper dive for robotics coaches as part of their STEM Symposium in The Dalles. On Sept 22, the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) brings Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program to Hood River for a free, one-day coach training.

Additionally, the GTA has free robots and laptops for loan to support teams and can also point teams towards scholarships for school-based teams. Find registration links and more information about robotics in the Gorge at GorgeRobotics.org, a service of the GTA.

The GTA’s equipment for loan and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others. The GTA is a non-profit industry association that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at crgta.org.


3. Letter to the Editor: Kent Water District Sets the Record Straight

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To Whom it may concern:

It has been brought to the attention of the Kent Water District’s board members (KWD) that there are some misguided assumptions and uninformed opinions that we are not doing anything about improving the water situation for the town of Kent. To set the record straight, let it be known that we are actively pursuing a thoughtful, concrete plan to improve the current state of water availability for the town’s residents.

In June 2015, two community members created a Kent Community Revitalization Project which included the updating of the town’s water system. When KWD got on board with the project it was presented to the county commissioners in August. The Commissioners suggested there be a water system analysis done and find out the cost to update. In September, Columbia Water Surveying was contacted to test sites around Kent with sonar technology. The results showed no more water than what is currently accessible. KWD also contacted Tenneson Engineering to work up a quote for a water system analysis.

In January 2016 KWD approved a quote and entered into a contract with Tenneson Engineering. The gathering of more data for the analysis didn’t happen until June 2016. KWD was told at that time that the analysis would be finalized in two weeks. With no communication from Tenneson Engineering for four months, KWD agreed to cancel their contract with them and look for another engineer.

In April 2017 All Points Engineering was contacted and supplied a quote and a contract was drawn up and signed. In October KWD received a map detailing existing services and needed to add where new services would be installed.

A proposed plan was emailed and during KWD’s June 2018 meeting it was approved with corrections. Currently KWD will be meeting again in the month of August to assess APE’s comments on the corrections that the board wanted on the proposed plan.

If there are any interested parties wanting more details KWD has minutes from every meeting available upon request.

Respectfully Submitted by:
Elizabeth Mills
Kent Water District
kentwaterdistrict@hotmail.com


4. ABC Huskies Child Care Preschool Program Registration

ABC Huskies Child Care Preschool Program Registration Now Open!

Start Date: September 10, 2018

Days Offered: Monday – Thursday

Hours: 8:30am – 11:30am

Location: ABC Huskies Child Care
920 Fulton Street
Wasco, OR 97065

Fee: $120/month ($2.50/hr.)
(payable in advance)

ABC Huskies’ preschool program is presented in a small group home setting providing greater individual attention for each child. Our goal is to ensure the beginning of their journey to a lifetime of learning will start off on the right foot.

Before and after school child care is available.

Registration forms available: www.abchuskiesdaycare.com
Questions: Contact Mika Von Ahn at 541-442-5024; abchuskies@yahoo.com


5. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Colon Cancer Screening Kit

Colon cancer risk is equal for men and women, and increases once you hit age 50.  Other risk factors include a family history of colon cancer; eating a diet high in red meat and/or processed meat; obesity and/or an inactive lifestyle; alcohol and smoking. 

Stop by the Sherman County Medical Clinic and pick up a do-it-yourself FIT kit, which is a screening kit that can be done at home that checks for blood in the stool.  Kits are also available at City Hall in Grass Valley, Wasco and Rufus.  This type of screening should be done annually, and costs are usually covered by insurance.  Even without insurance, there are low cost options.  Return your kit to the Clinic to be entered into a drawing for a $50 VISA gift card (6 will be given away). 

Funding for this project is provided in part by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program, and screenings are promoted and encouraged by the Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance (EOHLA).  Sherman County’s representative to EOHLA is Cindy Brown; Gilliam County is represented by Jennifer Bold; and Wheeler County’s representative is Anne Mitchell. 


6. Cottonwood Canyon State Park Going Dark for Perseids Meteor Shower, Aug. 11-12

StarYellowEvery year the Perseids Meteor Shower dazzles those who care to gaze up at the night sky; this year is no different.

The height of the Perseis’ meteor shower will be the night of August 11th and 12th this year. With an almost new moon, it should be easy to see up to 100 meteors per hour.

Far away from disturbing city lights, and close enough for a weekend trip, Cottonwood Canyon is a popular destination for star gazers. Warm, quiet nights in the desert make for a truly magical experience.

This year, we will be turning out the lights! To better serve those looking for dark skies, we will be turning off all unessential lights within the park over the Perseids peak weekend.

Before arrival, we recommend checking area fire conditions. At times smoke can enter the area making star viewing difficult. As always, any questions can be answered by calling the park at (541) 394-0002.


7. Commentary: 545 vs. 300,000,000 People

-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.

The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. (The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? (John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time.]

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees. We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

~Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.


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

bird.owlFriends of Highway 97 Public Group Facebook

 Sherman County Public Group Facebook

Grass Valley Country Market Facebook

Sherman County Classifieds Closed Group Facebook

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office Facebook

South Valley Fire / Substation Fire Facebook


 

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Sherman County eNews #206

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

church.family1It has been a long while since I have posted; however, it’s time to start again.

Take Your Stand and Stand Your Ground.

Eph. 6:10-11 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can TAKE YOUR STAND against the devil’s schemes,” and from Hebrews 10:32 – “Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when YOU STOOD YOUR GROUND in a great contest in the face of suffering.”

Fundamental, Conservative, Christianity is under attack as never before in America. And my concerns are not about those who are NOT a part of Christianity who attack, but those from within. Jude 1:4 warns us about them: “For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed….”

These false teachers are bringing with them what apostle Paul characterizes as: “…hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ…” {Col. 2:8}.

The fact is, it is a spiritual matter for each of us to know what we believe and why we believe it, so we can take our stand and stand our ground, for Christ. “Study to show thyself approved….”

MAKE IT a great week.
Jerry Krewson, Pastor, Wasco Church of Christ.


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)  

REMINDERS:

CLASSIFIED ADS, NOTICES & NEWS: Please! No posters or flyers. 

CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. ~The Editor

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

GRATEFUL. July 21st: I’m sitting in my truck watching our combine run for the first time in days. I’ve had time to gather my exhausted thoughts. As the Substation Fire headed towards our farm the calls started coming in offering help, food, water and trailers to move our animals and texts offering support and prayers. I began to realize how truly lucky Chris & I really are. I’ve also decided it’s time to stop watching the news and remember how many truly wonderful people there are in this world. We are forever grateful for the efforts of our friends and neighbors as we worked together in this battle. Thank you! ~Chris & Carrie Kaseberg 

THANK YOU! The Substation Fire. A bit past our fire-fighting years, we are so grateful for everyone who expressed concern and offered help and for the one who insisted upon our evacuation (however briefly) during this fire as it raced toward our families, crops and homes. We thank our family members, neighbors, farmers, friends and rural fire district volunteers who braved extremely dangerous conditions with grit and determination, shovels, tractors, trucks and water tanks. We’re grateful for road department personnel and equipment, local and state law enforcement officers, local officials, and state and federal fire-fighting teams and officials… and people helping people in so many ways! ~Larry and Sherry Kaseberg

THANK YOU! Thank you firefighters and neighbors for your amazing job of saving homes and crops during Substation fire. YOU ROCK. ~Kenton Mathewson & Nancy Allen

A huge THANK YOU to all our farmer friends, neighbors and families as well as fire fighters who saved our house and other structures @ Wingate Ranch where Zach Blaylock lives! Some of the pictures and videos, we saw, fighting our North Field, were incredible “life threatening” chances like two of Brandon Welk in his tractor! We were so happy no one was injured! ~B & B Operations, Orville, Shirley, Keith and Zach. ~Landlords, Barbara Kaseberg Riper, children, John, Kevin Riper and families.

THANK YOU, SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR BOARD, Bryce Coelsch, Shandie Johnson, Bert Perisho, Rick Jauken Jr., Tom Rolfe & Amanada Whitman, and OSU EXTENSION 4-H, and FFA and 4-H LEADERS for planning and bringing us the 109th Sherman County Fair! ~Larry and Sherry Kaseberg

THANK YOU, SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR BOOK SPONSORS: C.H. Urness Motor Co., Grand Central Travel Center, Linda’s Restaurant, Subway, Food Mart, Lean To Café/Goosepit Saloon, The Optimist Printers, Sherman County Medical Clinic, Tire Factory, Dinty’s Market & Deli, Devco Mechanical, Bank of Eastern Oregon, State Farm Insurance, Ray Schultens Motors, Mid Columbia Producers, Inc., Rufus Family Market & Deli, Gorge Outfitters Supply, H2O Oregon, Windermere Real Estate, Bob’s Texas T-Bone Restaurant, Wasco Electric Cooperative, Pepsi, Griffith Motors & Cousins Country Inn. 

CONGRATULATIONS, SHERMAN COUNTY ROAD CREW, Sherman County Fair Grand Marshals! The Road Crew of Eight has well-maintained and safe 134 miles of pavement, 295 miles of gravel and 55 miles of dirt roads for residential and field access. Kudos to a job well done!

CONGRATULATIONS, SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR QUEEN SHELBY! Thanks for representing Sherman County at summer rodeos and parades!

THANK YOU! The list of people to thank is longer than my arm. If I had to point to one person, Zack Blalock saved our house.  Thank you!! To all, Thank You. ~The McLeods

THANK YOU! A huge THANK YOU to all the friends, neighbors, and many, many firefighters (both local and from all over Oregon) who monitored the situation on Gordon Ridge and were able to save structures and wheat fields.  Someone plowed our field on the corner by the Quonset hut.  Thank you!  All your hard work also helped to save Mark and Dee’s home.  That means a lot to us as well.  It is a blessing to live here.  ~Mary and Bo Macnab

APPRECIATION TO THE FIREFIGHTERS. Once again, we must thank so many, Friends and Neighbors who stopped their harvest to fight fire and, of course, all of the Fire Departments and personnel. It was only through your perseverance (throughout the night) that kept our homes and crops safe. We are so grateful and appreciative for your time and equipment for extremely dangerous, hard work. To the general public we call upon your support to help prevent fires that happen much too often, endangering many lives. Thank you! ~McKinney Ranch, Jean & Mac, Bryan & Kim 

THANK YOU! We wish to express our sincere thanks to the many who assisted in defending our property near the Deschutes River from the fire on Wednesday, July 18. The efforts of local and out of area fire departments, farmers, friends, neighbors, local residents, and the dedicated work of those who provided tractors and equipment to help fight this fire in extremely dangerous conditions made it possible for all the buildings on our property to be saved. Words cannot describe our gratitude for all the expressions of concern and encouragement, along with the incredible outpouring of prayer for us and all others affected by this event. May God bless you all. ~Ron & Jenine McDermid 

THANK YOU! Two simple words that mean so very much! Dwight and I want to thank our family, friends, and neighbors, as well as all the firefighters who helped fight, not only our harvest fire, but also the fire that threatened Sherman County. A big thank you to everyone who worked so tirelessly throughout the day and night to keep our home safe. When something like this happens we truly see the definition of “Community” in action. Again, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation. ~Dwight and Charmayn Alley

THANK YOU! Sherman County Court would like to give our sincerest thank you to all of those who helped keep our beloved Community and County safe during the wildfire that swept through our lands during the past week. To the Fire Departments, firefighters, farmers, locals, and other agencies who banded together during this time of crisis, words cannot fully express the gratitude from the Community and County for the time, effort, dedication, equipment use, and resources it took to keep us all safe throughout the dangerous conditions set before you. The swift coordination and organization by all parties involved as you jumped into action, was appreciated and will not be forgotten. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those who are suffering various magnitudes of loss during this time.

JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS: 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

VOLUNTEER AT THE SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR! Send a message through https://www.facebook.com/shermancountyfair/. 8/19

CELEBRATE SHERMAN COUNTY with your Sherman County fair entries! Anyone can enter… just about anything… on Wednesday, August 22 & 23! Get your Sherman County Fair Premium Book at a post office or business near you! Check out www.shermancountyfairfun.com and https://www.facebook.com/shermancountyfair/ for details! 8/19

SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR PIE CONTEST. County residents only. Any flavor. Judged by fair board members on appearance and taste. 1st $50, 2nd $25. 8/19 

TABLE DECORATING CONTEST! Volunteer to set up a complete table at the Sherman County fair! Choose a theme: Holiday, Fair Theme, Kids Theme, Wild West of Fancy/Elegant. Cash prize 1st & 2nd. See www.shermancountyfairfun.com. 

FLOWER CONTEST! Decorate the fairgrounds with an old chair or wheelbarrow and add your own pretty flowers for the 6th annual competition at the Sherman County Fair. Enter on Wednesday, August 22nd! Cash prizes. See www.shermancountyfairfun.com. 

DALE COLES CLASSIC CAR SHOW! Entertain us with your classic car at the Sherman County Fairgrounds, check-in at 3:30 on Wednesday, August 22nd. BBQ at 5. Awards 5:10 p.m., followed by 4-H Style Show. 8/19

DOWN ON THE FARM CHORE COURSE! Contestants volunteer to be the entertainment at the Sherman County Fair! Thursday, August 23, is the correct date! See https://www.facebook.com/shermancountyfair/. 8/19

EMPLOYMENT:

DISTRICT MANAGER. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED for a full time District Manager at the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District in Moro, Oregon. Benefits included, pay DOE. Duties include providing leadership for and manage the day to day operations of the district, which includes administration; risk management; personnel management and supervision; overseeing financial management and budgeting; grants management; conservation operations; contracting; and the development, updating, and implementation of the Districts’ annual plan of work, long range plan, and business plan. Send cover letter and resume to Sherman County SWCD, 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon 97039, or email shermancountywc@gmail.com. For more information call (541) 565-3216. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Full job description and application instructions can be found at www.shermancountyswcd.com. The SWCD is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. 8/19

WATERSHED COORDINATOR. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED for a part time Watershed Coordinator at the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District in Moro, Oregon. Benefits include, pay DOE. Duties include coordinate and administer Sherman County Area Watershed Council, organize Council meetings, write and edit documents/grants and coordinate projects on behalf of the watershed councils and provide public outreach and education. Send cover letter and resume to Sherman County SWCD, 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon 97039, or email shermancountywc@gmail.com. For more information call (541) 565-3216. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Full job description and application instructions can be found at www.shermancountyswcd.com. The SWCD is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. 

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Mid-Columbia Bus Company needs school bus drivers. No experience necessary. Paid training. 401K. Hiring bonuses up to $350. Flexible hours. Holidays off. Please call today: 541-442-5723.

FOR SALE:

LOTS IN WASCO. Sherman County owns lots #11 – 01N1704CB, 1210 and #12 – 01N1704CB, 1211 within the Asher Subdivision located in the City of Wasco, (between Highway 97 and Church Street) which are currently for sale. Lots are side by side and are 10,000 square feet/ 0.23 acres in size. Purchase price per lot will follow current market value and be negotiated by the Sherman County Judge. If interested please contact the Office of the County Court at 541-565-3416; countycourt@shermancounty.net; 500 Court Street, Moro OR 97029. 8/19

ONE-OF-A-KIND HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE, FURNITURE REFINISHING & REPAIR: Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com 8/31

MORO PROPERTY. NEW PRICE OF $44,900.00 A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. RMLS# 17410095. Contact tiffany@drysideproperty.com 9/28 

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

BRAND NEW HOUSE FOR RENT IN RUFUS, OREGON
* It is a beautiful new house built in 2018, located in Gorge Vista Development. Enjoy this home with all the surrounding view of the Columbia River Gorge. It has an open living room plan for your comfort.
* It has 3 bedrooms located upstairs. The master bedroom has its own bathroom, while the other two rooms share one bath.
* Take advantage of this opportunity, if you love the river, the trails and fishing, this house could be a good option.
* This house comes fully furnished. The price is $1600 per month, utilities included.
* For more information, call this number: 541-340-1773.  8/10

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SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR! No gate admission or parking fee. Enter your baked goods, barley, beer, ceramics, chickens, a collection, crocheting, dried fruits or herbs, ducks, flowers, hay, home canning, house plants, knitting, leathercraft, macramé, needlework, painting, photographs, sewing, soap, vegetables, wheat or wine. Come to see your family, old friends and new ones, exhibits and entertainment! [An exception: Tickets for the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding $15, pre-sale $12.] 8/19

SERVICES:

 LOOKING FOR HELP WITH THOSE END OF SUMMER PROJECTS? LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 8/31

 LEAN-TO CAFÉ: CATERING, FULL-SERVICE DELI, BREAKFAST UNTIL 11, DAILY SPECIALS. Sandwiches, Burgers, Salads, Chicken Strips. 541-442-5709 Historic Downtown Wasco 8/31

 NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

WANTED:

LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL 8/24


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

cowboyyeehawAUGUST

1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Abbey Phelps, Knitting, Fiber Arts

3 Jawbone Flats Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

3 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot.

3 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

4 Class: Learn to Love Your Sewing Machine 10-12 Wasco School Events Center

4 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

4 Plein Air Reception 5-7 Maryhill Museum of Art

4 Music & Movement for ages 0 to 6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

4 Sherman County Public/School Library: Signs for Kids Just in Time for Fair 11

4 Art Walk in Moro: Wool Spinners & Quilts

4 East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game, Baker City

4-5 Shaniko Days

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

6-10 Sherman County Summer Drama Day Camp

7 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

7 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

7 Vietnam War Began 1964

7 Moro City Council 7

7-10 Baker County Fair, Baker City

7-11 Umatilla County Fair, Hermiston

8 Sherman County Community & Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

8 Rufus City Council 7

8-11 Crook County Fair, Prineville

8-11 Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, Grandview

8-12 Wheeler County Fair & Rodeo, Fossil

9 Sherman County Public/School Library Movie Night 6 My Little Pony

10 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

11 Sherman County Public/School Library: Signs for Kids Just in Time for Fair 11

11 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Helicopters

11-12 Equine Mania, LLC Advanced Cattle Sorting Clinic, Wasco, Oregon

14 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

14 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

16 Sherman County Public/School Library Young Adult Night 6-8

17 Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting 7 Fairgrounds

17-18 Sherman Class of ’68 Reunion

18 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

20 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Silvies Valley Ranch

20 Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Showmanship, Equitation & Gaming 10

21 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

21 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

21 Wasco City Council 7

21-26 Sherman County Fair & Rodeo, Moro

22 Dale Coles Classic Car Show 3:30, BBQ 5, Car Show Awards, 4-H Style Show

23 Sherman County Fair Poultry, Rabbit Market & Showmanship 8

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Market Judging 10-11

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Market Judging 11-12

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Market Judging 12:30-2

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Market Judging 2-3:30

23 Sherman County Fair Down on the Farm Chore Contest 7 Arena

23 Sherman County Public/School Library Movie Night 6 Pacific Rim Uprising

23-26 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley

23-26 Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo, Goldendale, Washington

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H Home Economics Contests 8 4-H Pavilion

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship 8-9

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship 9:15

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship 11-12

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship 12:15-1:30

24 Sherman High School Football & Volleyball Games 2-5

24 Sherman County Fair Intros & CCT Bull Riding 7:15-9 $$

24-26 Art in the High Desert, Bend, Oregon

25 Sherman County Fair Parade at the Fairgrounds 8:30 a.m.

25 Sherman County Fair Horse & Kids’ Games 9:30-12

25 Sherman County Fair Queen’s Reception 10

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H Grand Champion All-around Showmanship 12:30

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Awards following all-around showmanship

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale 3-4

25 Sherman County Fair FFA Annual BBQ 5:30

25 Sherman County Fair Demo Derby 7:30

25 Sherman County Fair Dance with Countryfied 9:30-1

26 Sherman County Fair Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire 10:30 Main Grandstand

27 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

28 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

28 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

31 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot

31-Sept.2 Maryhill Windwalk: Gravity Games – Historic Maryhill Loops

31-Sept 3 Sumpter Flea Market, Sumpter, Oregon

flower.sunflower1SEPTEMBER

1 Art Walk in Moro

1 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 10-1 Main Street in Moro

1 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 2-4 RR Depot in Wasco

1 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

1 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

1 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families / Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Photographs John Day Dam, 50 years Ago

2 V-J Day WW II Japanese Surrender 1945

3 Labor Day

4 Sherman County School Classes Resume

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 Moro City Council 7

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 Sherman County Courthouse Dedication 11

8 Maryhill Museum’s Annual Benefit Auction, Paradise Rose Dinner

8-9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Hood River Fly-In

9 Grandparents Day. Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

11 Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance

11 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 2

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7

14 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

15 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

18 Cottonwood Experience Center Ribbon Cutting

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

22 Smithsonian Museum Day Live at Maryhill Museum tickets at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017

22 “Back to School” Night Fund Raiser for the Wasco School Events Center

22 Romanian Cultural Festival at Maryhill Museum 10-5

23 Autumn Begins

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

28 Association of Oregon Counties District 3 – Wasco County

29 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9


 

Sherman County eNews #205

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County Fair 2-Main Ranch Cattle Sorting Contest, Aug. 17

  2. Sherman County Fair Kids Corner

  3. OSU’s 2018 College World Series Championship Trophy at Oregon Historical Society

  4. Vice President welcomes remains of fallen American soldiers of the Korean War

  5. Brain Facts: Efficient & Effective

  6. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office July Statistics

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


1. Sherman County Fair 2-Man Ranch Cattle Sorting Contest, Aug. 17

cowboy.bootFriday, August 17th at 7 p.m.

Sherman County Fairgrounds

Registration & Info: Carrie Kaseberg carrie@wheatacresranch.com 541-442-5521

2 ride limit per class. Must change one rider per entry.

CTPA Rules. 1 go round with top 10% to finals. Added money and prizes.

Classes:

  • Open: anybody of any level
  • Novice: New to the sport or have not won CPTA or any other sorting event
  • Family: Spouse, child, grandchild, aunt, uncle, sibling
  • Pro-am.

See page 13 Sherman County Fair Premium Book and https://shermancountyfairfun.com/.


2. Sherman County Fair Kids Corner

children.cartoonSherman County Fair Kids Corner entries will be accepted until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22nd in the Open Class Building under the main grandstand. Check out Sherman County Fair Premium Book (age groups, classes, coloring contest), www.shermancountyfairfun.com and https://www.facebook.com/shermancountyfair/ for instructions! Of course, you saved your kids’ creative works produced since the last fair!

 


3. OSU’s 2018 College World Series Championship Trophy on View at Oregon Historical Society

Portland, OR – Following their triumphant win at the 2018 College World Series, the Oregon State Beaver’s championship trophy will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Oregon State defeated Arkansas in three games to claim the coveted baseball title, and by doing so became the first team in the NCAA Super Regional era to win three titles. The trophy will be on view beginning Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 5 in the pavilion of the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue) and admission is free to view the trophy.

Through September 9, the Oregon Historical Society is also host to Oregon State’s sesquicentennial exhibition, Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation. This exhibit shares, through 150 stories, how Oregon State University has transformed the community, the state, the nation, and the world in surprising ways. Talented alumni have made strides in many fields, from science to athletics. Dick Fosbury (‘72) revolutionized track and field when his back-first high jump technique won him a gold medal at the 1969 Olympics. Other notable alumni featured in the exhibit include Douglas Engelbart (‘48) who invented the computer mouse; award-winning animator Harley Jessup (‘76) who brought characters to life in Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and other movies; and Bernie Newcomb (‘65) who cofounded E*Trade, one of the first internet stock-trading companies.

The Oregon Historical Society museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission to the museum is currently discounted to $5 as we renovate our permanent exhibition on the third floor. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.


4. Vice President welcomes remains of fallen American soldiers of Korean War

American flag2The White House, August 2, 2018 — Yesterday in Hawaii, the remains of 55 U.S. Service Members were returned to American soil. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Honolulu to welcome them home. 

The return comes as part of President Trump’s negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The President thanked Chairman Kim for honoring his word. “Incredibly beautiful ceremony as U.S. Korean War remains are returned to American soil,” the President tweeted. “Thank you to Honolulu and all of our great Military participants on a job well done.”

“Some have called the Korean War the ‘forgotten war.’ But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten,” Vice President Pence said. “Today, our boys are coming home.”

Watch Vice President Pence’s tribute to these fallen American heroes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0FuZ-AsbZs

The Korean War heroes who “didn’t get to come home” https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-vice-president-pence-honorable-carry-ceremony/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d


5. Brain Facts: Efficient & Effective

In the last decade or so, neuroscience has discovered so much about the physical properties of the brain, that research results have far surpassed the total brain knowledge of the previous six thousand years. We’ve gone from ancient Egyptian mummification practices that basically tossed out the brain, because they thought it had no purpose, to actually being able to turn memories on and off in (genetically altered) mice!

Did you know –

  • the human brain runs on 200-400 kilocalories a day, which works out to be between 10 and 25 watts of power? (That’s running 24/7/365 – asleep and awake!)
  • even at 10-25 watts, a computer performing the same number of calculations, in the same manner as the brain, uses up more than 40 million times the energy? (Can you imagine your electric bill?)
  • at its efficient best, the human brain uses up approximately 20% of the blood and oxygen in the human body?
  • in its compact, average 1400 grams of weight, the brain is made up of 100 BILLION nerve cells – about the same as the number of trees in the Amazon rain forest?

But the most important piece of proof, refuting old, time-worn beliefs, is that the human brain is not static. What we are born with is not all we get. Says noted researcher, Abigail Baird, Ph.D. at Vassar College, “Your brain is changing every minute of the day, from your time in the womb until the moment you die.”

This is good news, because it provides physical proof of what has been intuitively felt for centuries and cognitively tested and researched for the last 50 years – we never “have to” stop growing. Every moment of the day, every experience we encounter is an opportunity to learn and grow, and become more of who we have the potential to be. ~The Pacific Institute


6. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office July Statistics

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ShCoSheriff2.July2017


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

bird.owl3Sherman County Fair – Facebook

Sherman County Fair

OSU changing three building names to promote inclusivity

You call this progress? Do the math.

Feral swine population dropping in Oregon

California’s Devastating Fires Are Man-Caused — But Not In The Way They Tell Us

OHA says tobacco sales to under-age smokers are widespread


 

Sherman County eNews #204

CONTENTS

  1. Weather: August Outlook & the July Monthly Climate Summary with Graphs

  2. Classical Music in the Wild at Wilson Ranches Retreat, Aug. 7

  3. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Aug. 8

  4. South Valley Fire near Dufur, Oregon, Declared a Conflagration

  5. Wasco County Historical Society Upcoming August Programs 

  6. 10 Reasons Your Child Should Join FFA or 4-H

  7. Superpower – Controlling Our Inner World


“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” —Samuel Adams (1781)


1. Weather: August Outlook & the July Monthly Climate Summary with Graphs

sun.circleYou can find the August outlook and the July
monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/climate/climateSummary/climateSummary.php?stationID=MORO3

~Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service Pendleton 541-276-783 


2. Classical Music in the Wild at Wilson Ranches Retreat, Aug. 7

music-notesWilson Ranches Retreat near Fossil is delighted to host IN A LANDSCAPE. Classical Music in the Wild is an outdoor concert series in stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Hunter Noack brings a 9-foot Steinway grand piano to the middle of forests, fields, calderas and historical sites for classical music concerts. To meet the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild, music is transmitted to the concert-goers via wireless headphones. Join us next Tuesday, August 7th!


3. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Aug. 8

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on August 8th, 2018 The public is welcome to attend! – 6 p.m. at the WSEC, 903 Barnett Street in Wasco.


4. South Valley Fire near Dufur, Oregon, Declared a Conflagration

News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal
Posted on FlashAlert: August 1st, 2018 8:49 PM

Governor Kate Brown has declared the South Valley Fire, burning southwest of Dufur, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal’s Green Incident Management Team and three structural task forces from Clackamas, Washington, and Clatsop counties have been mobilized and are expected to arrive late tonight.

The South Valley Fire being pushed by wind has grown to more than 3,500 acres.

Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations issued from South Valley Rd all the way South to Friend Rd, and everywhere in between.

A Level 2 (GET SET) evacuation has been put in place for the area of “the blinking light” (Hwy 197 & 216) all the way to Conroy Rd and the top of Sherar’s Bridge, North to the current level 3 zone. This includes Hulse Rd, Tygh Ridge Rd, and all points in between.  Begin to prepare for the possibility of evacuating.

More information on evacuations is available at Wasco County Sheriffs Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff/


5. Wasco County Historical Society Upcoming August Programs 

The Wasco County Historical Society announces two programs for August.  “The Grange Organization” will be presented on August 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Moody/Rorick House at 300 W.13th Street in The Dalles.  The presenters will be Lois Root, Carol Root Seeber and Marilyn Wilson.  The Grange was organized in 1867 to advance methods of agriculture and promote social and economic needs of farmers.  Want to learn more?  Come to the program.

On August 25, 2018 John Brookhouse will present “The Town Built and Sold by Orlando Humason.” It will be at 11 a.m. at the Moody/Rorick House at 300 W. 13th Street in The Dalles.  Who was Orlando Humason and where was this town?  Historical Society Programs are free to the public and refreshments are available. 


6. 10 Reasons Your Child Should Join FFA or 4-H

  1. Leadership skills. We all want our children to be successful. Public speaking, group projects and running for offices. All activities that contribute to leadership skills. All found in FFA and 4-H.
  2. Knowledge of agriculture. How do tractors run? What exactly is a cotton boll or a barrow? What’s the proper way to handle an animal? Just ask anyone involved in 4-H or FFA. They’ll tell you.
  3. Healthy living. Both organizations provide the building blocks toward a healthy lifestyle. Members learn about food, where it comes from and how to keep it safe and environmentally friendly. They also help bridge the gap between rural and non-rural folks.
  4. Confidence. Many children today have no “in-person” social outlets. Giving them a chance to meet people, complete projects and enter contests will spur a self-confidence that many children lack.
  5. Good sportsmanship. We live in a world where people like to say “every child is a winner.” But the truth – and in life – people have to learn how to accept failure. And in the long-run, the lessons learned in defeat are usually remembered and serve as building blocks. Competition can be healthy and character-building. Stock shows, skills tests and speaking contests are all outlets in which children can participate in friendly, sportsmanlike competition.
  6. Work ethic. FFA and FFA members complete a wide variety of projects throughout the year. These projects require dedication, time management and hard work.
  7. Community service. “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” That’s the FFA way. Pledging your “Head to clearer thinking, your heart to greater loyalty, your hands to larger service and your health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world” is the 4-H way. Enough said.
  8. Lifelong friendships. All things aside, your children will make friends who share the same passion for agriculture. These friends become peers. Then colleagues. And often, life-long friends.
  9. Scholarship opportunities. We all want our children to get a college education. But face it. College comes with a big price tag. Let FFA and 4-H help you. And as an adult, you can give back.
  10. And many other skills. Entomology. Communication. Horticulture. Food quality inspection. Economic and business development. The opportunities are endless and expand outside agriculture.

… These are life skills that will serve your child in adulthood. Help them enjoy all the benefits and who knows, you may become a leader or instructor too (if you aren’t already). ~https://www.porkbusiness.com/article/10-reasons-your-child-should-join-ffa-or-4-h


7. Superpower – Controlling Our Inner World

We hinted yesterday that each of us has more than one superpower. If you’ve given this a little thought, you have already realized that you have many. All it took was looking at yourself from a different perspective. Today, we’re going to look at another superpower that can be learned, just like Focus.

Question: Do you ever feel like events in your life have gotten out of control? No matter how diligently you set goals, visualize results, and affirm a positive outcome, every once in a while your life is going to feel as if it’s gone a little crazy. Carefully laid plans go up in smoke – sometimes quite literally. People you counted on, bail out on you. A health or family crisis strikes. An earthquake, hurricane, flood or tornado puts you back to square one. Suddenly you feel as if you are completely off course, out of control, and lost at sea.

At times like this, there are a few things it may help you to remember. First of all, no one can control every aspect of her or his life. Adversity comes to all of us, no matter how moral we are, and no matter how good or positive our attitude is. Bad things happen to good people all the time.

Second, it’s important to realize that there is one, and only one, thing in life that is completely within your power to control, and that is your response to what happens to you. When you find yourself overcome with feelings of fear, helplessness, doom and gloom, you can put the brakes on these feelings by gently but firmly choosing to shift the focus of the thoughts that are running through your mind.

Your feelings are a direct result of the thoughts you think. Setting aside some time every morning and evening for positive visualization, affirmation, or guided meditation is a highly effective way of getting these thoughts back under your control once again.

You may not be able to control the outside world, but you can control your inside world. You get to decide what path your thoughts take, and they can either help you or keep you stuck. You are in charge of you – the thoughts you think and the actions you take.

Just your average, everyday superhero. ~The Pacific Institute


 

Sherman County eNews #203

CONTENTS

  1. Biggs Service District Meeting, Aug. 1

  2. Strong Sherman County Families Networking Parent and Youth Groups

  3. Sherman County Representative Sought for Area Agency on Aging

  4. Travel Oregon Competitive Small Grants Cycle Now Open

  5. Your Personal Superpower – Focus

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


“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know not how, its efficient auxiliary. It follows the substance like its shade; but while a man walks erect, he may observe that his shadow is almost always in the dirt. It corrupts, it deceives, it inflames. It strips virtue of her honors, and lends to faction its wildfire and its poisoned arms, and in the end is its own enemy and the usurper’s ally, It would be easy to enlarge on its evils. They are in England, they are here, they are everywhere. It is a precious pest, and a necessary mischief, and there would be no liberty without it.” —Fisher Ames (1807)


1. Biggs Service District Meeting, Aug. 1

Biggs Service District will meet on August 1st at 2:00pm, at Sherman County Courthouse Addition in the Hearings Room, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039, to discuss the Biggs Service District Water System Project. Contact Aaron Cook at Biggs Service District (541-739-2321) with any questions. 


2. Strong Sherman County Families Networking Parent and Youth Groups

Making the Best of Summer
Strong Sherman County Families
Networking parent and youth groups
Moro Community Presbyterian Church basement: 204 4th St. Moro OR, 97039
Mondays :
July 30-August 20, 2018 (4 weeks)
4:30 – 5:00 Optional supervised play for children
5:00 – 5:30 Family meal
5:30 – 6:15 Parent and youth breakout sessions
6:15 – 6:30 Group debrief (parents and youth)

Week 1 took place July 30th but you can still get in on the remainder of the series.

See topics below:
***FAMILY DINNER PROVIDED BEGINNING AT 5 PM
***TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE- CALL SHERMAN COUNTY TRANSIT 541-565-3553
***RSVP: aasher@co.sherman.or.us or call 541-565-5036
Children ages 5-13 participate in group activities while learning about healthy relationships
(Responsible youth older than 13 who want to volunteer to buddy with younger students are encouraged to RSVP as well.)
We are excited to offer Parent Café for any and all moms, dads and guardians during youth groups. Gather together for casual conversation about factors that strengthen family and community bonds.
TOPIC: Family and Community Relationships
Resilience- being strong and flexible
Knowledge- family dynamic and child development
Support- everybody needs help sometimes
Communication- social and emotional intelligence.


3. Sherman County Representative Sought for Area Agency on Aging

Since MCCOG closed down, the State Unit on Aging has been looking for another organization to provide AAA services to the five counties of Wheeler, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco and Hood River. The State Unit on Aging is in discussions with CAPECO, the community action program that serves Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler counties and also provides AAA services for Umatilla and Morrow counties. It is important that there are voices from all five counties to help advise the new AAA. The next SAC meeting is August 28th at 12:00 at the APD office in The Dalles and we will be discussing membership. We meet just once a month for two hours on the fourth Tuesday.

We are looking for SAC members, maybe someone from the Sherman County Senior & Community Center board? Both the Hood River Adult Center and Mid-Columbia Senior Center have representation on the SAC, Paul Zastrow and myself.

Contact Scott McKay, SAC Chair  smckay1948@gmail.com

Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 


4. Travel Oregon Competitive Small Grants Cycle Now Open

The program makes awards eligible to applicants for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of the tourism economy in communities throughout the state, supporting Travel Oregon’s vision of “a better life for Oregonians through strong, sustainable local economies.”

Eligible projects may be awarded up to $20,000. Applicants must demonstrate at least a ten percent cash match. Download the Competitive Small Grants Guidelines for specific eligibility requirements and to view the application questions.

In order to receive access to the online grant application, applicants must submit a project idea form that will be sent directly to their Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO). Once the form is submitted, applicants will be provided with a confirmation email with a link and access code to the grant application.

Important dates:

–July 30, 2018 – Online application opens

–August 29, 2018 (5 p.m. PDT) – Online application closes

–October 17, 2018 – Competitive Small Grant application status notification (work can officially begin)

–November 15, 2019 – Competitive Small Grant Accomplishment Report due (project must be complete by this date)

Over the past decade, more than $4.5 million have been awarded to 137 projects across the state through Travel Oregon’s matching grants program. Additional details can be found at Industry.TravelOregon.com/Grants.


5. Your Personal Superpower – Focus

In this day and age of superheroes with superpowers, it’s important to remember that each of us has our own superpower, and just maybe, more than one.

In case you weren’t aware, one of the most powerful forces in the world is under your complete control, and how you use it determines what happens to you in life. Today, let’s spend a little time on this particular force.

If you are a parent, how many times have you told your kids to “Pay attention”? Probably quite a lot of the time, because you know it’s important. Teachers do the same thing, because what they are teaching is important for their students to learn. But do we really understand the power of our focused attention?

As an example, perhaps your “To Do” list has gotten too long, and you decide that today is the day to clean out that garage or closet. You start early in the day, and before you know it, the work is done. Time seems to have slowed down. What had been nagging at you, denying your ability to ignore it, is suddenly checked off of the “To Do” list. Or perhaps you’ve put off a project at work until the last possible moment, and then amaze yourself with how much you get done in an incredibly short space of time.

More than likely, we all have experienced similar things. However, it’s not the deadline itself that boosts your productivity and effectiveness. It is the incredible power of your focused attention.

Today’s point is that there is absolutely no reason why you can’t perform this well all the time. All of us have the potential to be peak performers. Unfortunately, only some of us have learned how to control and focus our attention, to harness our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes and direct them toward what we want, when we want to.

Now, we aren’t born with this superpower. However, this is a skill that can be learned. And once we have learned it, we will be amazed at how much life changes, for the better.

P.S. And even though it can be pretty cool, you won’t need a costume to display this superpower.


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

bird.crow.flyKinetic Branding (design)

White House

Leonard Cohen: Anthem

Spelling by Sound

Does diversity really unite us? Citizenship & Immigration


 

Sherman County eNews #202

CONTENTS

  1. All Fire Evacuation Levels for Sherman County Cancelled

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 1

  3. From a Different Perspective

  4. Long Hollow Fire 7.30.18 Update

  5. 4th Annual Oktoberfest Dinner Auction Benefit for The Woolery Project

  6. Oregon National Guard Reports for Wildland Firefighter Training

  7. Rep. Greg Walden on Reforming America’s Immigration System


1. All Fire Evacuation Levels for Sherman County Cancelled

Monday: This is a message from Frontier Regional Alert serving Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties:

All Evacuation Levels for Sherman County have been cancelled!
Submitted:
Frontier Regional 911


2. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 1 

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday August 1 @ the Rufus Baptist 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.  Thank You, Red Gibbs


3. From a Different Perspective

Today, imagine yourself as a business, one that manufacturers several lines of product. Imagine that this organization is creating a new product line, and for the first time in your industry’s history, you are approaching this new product with “a clean sheet of paper.” In fact, you are approaching it from an entirely new perspective.

How many times have we gone about doing a job or a task the same way because, “We always do it this way”? How many times, because of rushed time schedules or convenience, have we fallen into old patterns? While they may be tried and true, and one can have confidence in some process that we know works, what are we potentially giving up? What might we be missing?

The history books are riddled with people who have come up with new ways of looking at the status quo, and revolutionized an industry. Henry Ford, commonly accredited with the assembly line, switched perspectives and simply moved the car and not the workers. Perhaps without knowing exactly what he was doing, Ford gave up the problem to his subconscious and reticular activating system to solve the challenge.

So, what do you have coming up that might benefit from “a clean sheet of paper”? It could be a challenge in your business, or in your personal or professional life. Give your reticular activating system the goal of finding a new way to accomplish a challenge. You may find yourself doing something as simple as finding a different way home from work, looking up, and finding your own revolutionary new way of looking at the future.

Change your view by changing your perspective and allow that powerful engine between your ears to find new solutions, giving you new results. ~The Pacific Institute


4. Long Hollow Fire 7.30.18 Update

Posted: 30 Jul 2018 09:50 AM PDT

Long Hollow Fire: 34,550 acres, Containment: 58%, Reported: July 26, 4:44 P.M., Cause: Human. Although temperatures have been high and relative humidity low, there has not been a significant growth in fire acres over the last two days. On Sunday, firefighters continued to improve fire perimeter lines. The estimated containment is 58% and 34,550 acres. Temperatures Monday are forecast to be 98 to 103 degrees, minimum humidity 13 to 17%. Wind is expected to be up to 5 mph from the northwest in the morning, increasing to 8 mph from the north/ northwest in the afternoon. Hot and dry conditions will continue through Tuesday.

The post Long Hollow Fire 7.30.18 Update appeared first on Central Oregon Fire Information.


5. 4th Annual Oktoberfest Dinner Auction Benefit for The Woolery Project

4th Annual Octoberfest Auction and Dinner

October 20, 2018

A Benefit for The Woolery Project, Arlington, Oregon

The Big Tent on the Port of Arlington Peninsula

Prime Rib Dinner by Paradise Rose Chuckwagon Catering

Dinner Music by One Hum & Wheeler County Ramblers

Huge Silent & Live Auctions

Dance by Countryfied

info@thewooleryprojectinc.org

Save the Date!


6. Oregon National Guard Reports for Wildland Firefighter Training

Oregon.Flat.poleAs part of the State’s coordinated and comprehensive wildfire suppression efforts, and thanks to funds allocated by the federal government, 200 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen from the Oregon National Guard arrived this afternoon at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem for a week-long wildland firefighter training program.  This 200 arriving at the Academy are in addition to the 200 trained earlier this month at Camp Rilea near Warrenton, Oregon.

Federal funds were allocated, at the request of state officials, to help prepare members of the National Guard in case their assistance will be needed to support wildland firefighting efforts around the state.

The week-long training is being provided by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and is the same training required of all public and private wildland firefighters. This training the members of the Oregon National Guard will be receiving is often known as “red card” training and consists of both classroom and hands-on sessions.

Classes include a wide-variety of topics including safety considerations, communications, protecting tribal artifacts, fire behavior, etc.  Hands-on sessions include fire shelter deployment, hand lines, gridding, hand tool work, pumps, water sources, and related skills.

DPSST’s Director Eriks Gabliks said “all of these classes combined will allow the citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen to be safe and effective in their work in case they are required this year to help support the efforts of wildland firefighters around the state.”

The Oregon National Guard has a proven track record of supporting wildfire suppression efforts, from the air and on the ground, around the state in recent years.  In 2015, members of the Oregon National Guard assisted with wildfire suppression efforts in John Day and Enterprise.  In 2017, more than 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen supported Oregon’s firefighting efforts (air and ground) at High Cascades Complex (near Crater Lake), Chetco Bar, Blanket Creek, Horse Prairie, and Milli fires.

The Oregon National Guard has a long-standing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts if needed. This agreement is reviewed on an annual basis by both agencies and the Governor’s Office.

What is different this year is that funds were requested by state officials, and approved by the federal government, to provide training to members of the National Guard ahead of the need.  Gabliks said, “This will allow these wildland firefighter trained citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen to be activated and deployed much faster should the need arise for their assistance.”

On July 18, 2018, Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide wildfire emergency, which activated Operation Plan Smokey to make Oregon National Guard (ONG) troops and resources available to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

For more information on the Oregon National Guard’s preparation and participation in this year’s wildfire fighting efforts, or to visit the training being offered at DPSST, please contact SFC April Davis, Public Affairs Specialist, Oregon Military Department, phone 503-584-3807, email april.l.davis@state.or.us


7. Rep. Greg Walden on Reforming America’s Immigration System

American flag2In recent years, I’ve met with numerous Dreamers and their families from across Oregon. These kids were brought here illegally as children through no fault of their own. Some have been valedictorians in their high schools, captains of their sports teams, managers at local businesses, and more. Recently, I voted to give legal status and a pathway to citizenship for those Dreamers.

The situation these kids find themselves in is yet another example of how broken and convoluted our immigration system is. The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act would have allowed all of those who were eligible under the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy to receive a six-year, indefinitely renewable, legal status. After five years, they would be able to apply for a green card, which gives them permanent legal status and an opportunity to apply for citizenship.

This legislation also focused on helping keep families together by focusing preferential visas on the nuclear family. We also should not be separating minors from their parents at the border. This legislation makes needed clarifications to court decisions that led in part to the heartbreaking situation we’ve watched unfold on the border this year.

Further, it provides up to $7 billion for family residence centers to ensure we are able to properly house and care for families while asylum claims are processed at the border.

America’s legal immigration system, like other federal bureaucracies, is in need of reform, and it is past time for Congress to act on this issue to secure our borders and provide certainty to those who were brought here illegally as children through no fault of their own. The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act would have gone a long way towards strengthening our border security and making needed fixes to our immigration policies. While this legislation failed to pass the House, I remain committed to making these much needed reforms.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden

U.S. Representative

Oregon’s Second District


 

Sherman County eNews #201

CONTENTS

  1. Moving in the Right Direction

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 1

  3. Long Hollow Fire Update, July 29

  4. More Substation Fire Thank You Notes

  5. Post-Fire Resources for Wasco and Sherman County

  6. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

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


1. Moving in the Right Direction

If you are busier than you would like to be, but also less productive, then read on.

Here is a question for you: How busy are you these days? Now, here’s another question: How productive are you? As most of us know, the two just aren’t the same. All too often, being busy may have nothing at all to do with the results we get and what we achieve.

We spend our days, often very long days, in a flurry of activity. But, when the day or week is over, we’re disappointed at the level of our accomplishment. Our disappointment creates stress and we push ourselves even harder to “get more done.” However, pushing hard isn’t the answer, either.

So, what is the answer? With experience, we find a sense of priorities based on a clear purpose and well-defined short- and long-term goals are what we need. The world is full of folks who are definitely in motion, but they’re not exactly sure where they’re going. And, they don’t know why, either. Perhaps they get going so fast that they never take the time to figure it out. If that’s your situation, perhaps it is time to set aside some a few moments for personal reflection, some values clarification and goal-setting.

There’s nothing like a strong sense of purpose, based on clearly spelled out values, to keep you moving. But more than that, it keeps you moving in the right direction. Without it, as the saying goes, “You can climb the ladder of success, but when you get to the top, you may find that it’s leaning against the wrong building!”

There is enough stress in the world that we don’t need to manufacture more for ourselves. Take the time and space to discover what accomplishment truly means, for you. Understand the difference between accomplishment and “busy-ness” for the sake of looking busy. Give yourself the opportunity to discover a new truth, for you. ~The Pacific Institute


2. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 1

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday August 1 @ the Rufus Baptist 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.  Thank You, Red Gibbs 


3. Long Hollow Fire Update for Monday, July 30

The fire burning 5 miles south of Dufur, is now reported at 34,550 acres in size and 58% contained according to InciWeb.


4. More Substation Fire Thank You Notes 

GRATEFUL. July 21st: I’m sitting in my truck watching our combine run for the first time in days. I’ve had time to gather my exhausted thoughts. As the Substation Fire headed towards our farm the calls started coming in offering help, food, water and trailers to move our animals and texts offering support and prayers. I began to realize how truly lucky Chris & I really are. I’ve also decided it’s time to stop watching the news and remember how many truly wonderful people there are in this world. We are forever grateful for the efforts of our friends and neighbors as we worked together in this battle. Thank you! Chris & Carrie Kaseberg 

THANK YOU! The Substation Fire. A bit past our fire-fighting years, we are so grateful for everyone who expressed concern and offered help and for the one who insisted upon our evacuation (however briefly) during this fire as it raged toward our families, crops and homes. We thank our family members, neighbors, farmers, friends and rural fire district volunteers who braved extremely dangerous conditions with grit and determination, shovels, tractors, trucks and water tanks. We’re grateful for road department personnel and equipment, local and state law enforcement officers, local officials, and state and federal fire-fighting teams and officials… and people helping people in so many ways! ~Larry and Sherry Kaseberg

THANK YOU! Thank you firefighters and neighbors for your amazing job of saving homes and crops during Substation fire. YOU ROCK. ~Kenton Mathewson & Nancy Allen


5. Post-Fire Resources for Wasco and Sherman County

~Regional Solutions Office, Governor Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked her Regional Solutions Team to pull together a document to outline resources for individuals, families, farms, and businesses affected by the recent fires in Oregon. This document contains thoughts and resources for working with insurance agents, rebuilding lost homes, and accessing resources for agricultural producers and other businesses.

If you have immediate needs that are not covered on this sheet, please call 2-1-1 or go to http://211info.org.

Gov. Brown’s coordinator for the region, Nate Stice, can discuss additional issues and concerns related to recovery and can be reached at Nate.Stice@oregon.gov.

Call your insurance agent

Important reminder: Remember to reach out to your insurance agent as soon as possible to start the claims process. Whether for crops, or personal or business property losses, policies require starting a claim within a certain period of time. For example, crop insurance often requires claims within 72 hours of the loss.

If you need help or have questions about your insurance, the Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Division of Financial Regulation provides free consumer advocacy help for Oregonians who have questions or complaints about their insurance. You can contact a consumer advocate at 888-877-4894.

More information: dfr.oregon.gov.

Housing/Rebuilding Resources

  • If you have lost your home and have immediate disaster needs, please contact the Red Cross at 888-680-1455 (toll-free) and the Salvation Army at 541-296-6417.
  • In most cases, homeowner and renter insurance will pay for your additional living expenses as a result of loss of use to your home due to the fire. This includes meals, fuel, and housing. Be sure to keep your receipts and talk with your agent about, “Additional Living Expenses.”

Lower income Oregonians (less than 200 percent Federal Poverty Guidelines) whose (primary) homes have been damaged or destroyed by wildfire are eligible to receive up to $7,000 of assistance. Contact: wildfire.relief@oregon.gov; 503-986-2000

  • More information: https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/wildfire-damage-housing-relief-program.aspx
  • The state and county are working to help streamline and coordinate a process for rebuilding. If you lost your home or any other structure during the fire, please reach out to Wasco County Planning at 541-506-2560 prior to rebuilding.
  • The Small Business Administration, through its Office of Disaster Assistance, can provide low-interest disaster loans to business of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory, and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. The SBA loan process requires a disaster declaration, which is not yet in place. We will update this information if the program is activated. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
  • The Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program can help assess and, in some cases, remove of household hazardous waste materials and items that can be recycled. For materials management guidance, please call 541-506-2636.
  • If you have lost a home or other structure, individuals may be entitled to property tax relief. Please contact the Wasco County Assessors’ Office at 541-506-2510. More information at https://goo.gl/LNkHSK

Crop Loss and Management

  • It is important to start your claims process with your agent as soon as possible for both federal and private crop insurance. There is some concern about the availability of this program for the Substation Fire. Oregon’s Congressional Offices and Gov. Brown are working to secure access for federal programs. Even with this uncertainty, it is important to start the claims process with 72 hours of your loss.
    • The USDA Farm Service Agency has a variety of programs and loans that may come in to play after a wildfire to help crop and livestock losses and lost fencing. For more information on these programs, visit fsa.usda.gov/disaster or contact your local FSA office. Wasco County FSA Office: 541-298-8559, Ext. 2
    • Sherman County FSA Office: 541-565-3551, Ext. 2

Proper management of lands after a fire are critical and several state and local partners can help farmers access technical resources and assistance after a fire. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Soil and Water Conservation Districts have funds available in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and small grant programs to provide financial assistance with erosion control and restoration after the wildfires in Sherman and Wasco County. They can also provide technical assistance. If interested contact NRCS as soon as possible. Wasco County Office: 541-298-8559

Sherman County Office: 541-565-3551

  • The Extension Service in Wasco and Sherman counties is your link to Oregon State University and can provide technical assistance to farmers and ranchers after the fire. Extension county agents are Oregon State University faculty members who extend the university to Wasco and Sherman County residents. The Extension Service also keeps the university informed about research and informational needs of the community. County faculty bring the university to you. Wasco County Extension Office: 541-296-5494
  • Sherman County Extension Office: 541-565-3230

Business and employment disruptions

People experience often employment or business disruption as a result of disasters. Several tools and resources may come into play for such losses.

If you have business property loss or experienced interruptions to your business because of the fire, you may be covered by your business insurance. Speak with your agent and check to see if you have business property insurance and business interruption insurance. These benefits can pay to replace your lost equipment, help pay for payroll, and even pay for a temporary work space while you rebuild.

  • The CGCC Small Business Development Center can provide technical assistance to help your business come up with a recovery plan and assess economic injury. This includes: Summarizing past performance in a format more understandable to lenders, insurance companies, and other programs that provide resources to businesses impacted; Developing cash flow forecasts moving forward; Understanding documentation requirements for various loan and grant applications

Counseling is confidential and at no charge to the affected businesses. Call 541-506-6121.

Potential lending sources for business or farms The SBA, through its Office of Disaster Assistance, can provide low-interest disaster loans to business of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory, and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. The SBA loan process requires a disaster declaration, which is not yet in place. We will update this information if the program is activated. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

  • The Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) provides loans for the financing needs of small businesses. The average loan size is approximately $75,000. To discuss loan terms or for more information, visit MCEDD’s website at https://www.mcedd.org/financing/business-loans/ or contact Eric Nerdin at eric@mcedd.org or 541-296-2266.
  • Business Oregon also offers flexible loan products for traded sector business (not farms). Interested businesses should call Tom Schnell at 541-280-1631.
  • Connect with Worksource Oregon to discuss strategies to stabilize and maintain a relationship with your employees. The Oregon Employment Department offers a variety of programs to help employers and employees. Employees experiencing a temporary layoff can file an unemployment insurance claims. For eligibility information, or to file an unemployment insurance claim, call 1-877-345-3484 (toll-free) or visit us online Oregon Employment Department.
  • The Oregon Work Share program can help while allowing an employer and employee to maintain a relationship and avoid a layoff. Employers must apply for a Work Share plan by contacting the UI Special Programs Center at 1-800-436-6191 (toll-free) or you can learn more about the program online at OregonWorkShare.org
  • Contact or visit your local WorkSource Oregon Center. The Dalles: 541-296-5435
  • Hood River: 541-386-6300
  • Hermiston:541-567-3381
  • Redmond: 541-548-8196

6. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open Summer Hours -11am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

Music and Movement – Saturday, August 4 at 10:00 and the first Saturday of every month.  Join the fun of creative play, rhyme and rhythm while fine tuning motor skills and coordination. Ages 0-6

CANCELED – Signs for kids, we have rescheduled the Summer Reading Party instead!

Summer Reading Party – August 11 from 11am to 3pm.
Come any time from 11am to 3pm to claim your prizes and enjoy ice cream! Adam Miller will perform at 3:00 pm

Adam Miller presents Old Songs for Young Folks – Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 3pm
It wasn’t that long ago when only kings and queens were rich enough to have other people play music for them. In the old days, regular folks like you and me had to make our own music. That’s why it’s called “folk music!”

Young Adult Night – Thursday, August 2 from 6pm to 8pm
Jr/Sr high students, come hang out, eat snacks, do crafts, watch a movie or start a book club, we decide! Come help plan our new young adult space!!

August’s Book Club book is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng:
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Give us a call, email or stop by to reserve your copy, available in large print and audiobook by request. Book Club will meet Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 6pm.


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

bird.owl.limbColumbia Generating Station

Energy Northwest 

Sherman County Facebook Public Group

South Sherman Fire & Rescue

Citizens In Liberal Oregon Push Back Hard Against Their Pro-Sanctuary City State Government

Stop Oregon Sanctuaries!

Current Indicators of Farm Sector Financial Health

Fourth-Warmest Year on Record? The Devil’s in the Details

 Fight for the Value of Your Citizenship

The IRS Has Rehired Hundreds of Fired Employees. Congress Should Step In.