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home : education : schools August 22, 2017


Of a certain age...
Ten days of traveling across Idaho and Wyoming, and back again, brought to life the 1852 migration of my ancestors from Illinois across the American Plains and mountains to the Oregon Territory, land of promise.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Life in the night
If you go to your children's or grandchildren's house for a visit and just use your camera to record the activities of family, please enlarge the "family."

We share our magnificent old world with so much other life, and with the current photographic tools we have at our fingertips today, it seems to me we're missing a wonderful opportunity if we don't take a moment and record as much of other family life as we can.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Sisters craftsmen build solar system masterpieces
For the past seven months Ed Beacham and his long-time friend Gary Lovegren have been steadily working on a project to commemorate the upcoming solar eclipse. Beacham, using his skills as a master clockmaker, worked alongside his friend of over 35 years as the two developed their own orreries.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Of a certain age...
The speed limit on freeways in Wyoming is 80 mph, even for large semis. The roads run straight for miles up and down over rolling hills. There's very little traffic. We've only encountered one traffic jam on the entire trip and that was at rush hour in Boise due to two accidents.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Livestock club in top form at fair
With its unique sights, sounds and smells who can resist the annual Deschutes County Fair? For many, just talking about the fair can conjure up memories that instantly take us back to our childhood.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Running commentary | Summer reading suggestions
For me, summertime means being outdoors as much as possible, whether it be running, hiking or biking. I have also found myself on my back deck stretched out on the couch or in the shady lawn in an Adirondack chair reading quite a bit this month.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Volunteers sought for stream monitoring
Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is hosting their ninth stream sampling on Whychus Creek on Saturday, August 12 - and folks in Sisters are encouraged to participate.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Sisters a laboratory for Tenn. geology class
For students interested in learning about geology in the Oregon Cascades, one solution is to sign up for a geology course - at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)! For the past 20 years, Warner Cribb, Professor of Geology and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at MTSU has been leading his students on geological expeditions in the Cascade mountains.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Of a certain age...
On April 2, 1852, the family of my great-great grandfather John Tucker Scott, age 43, his wife, Ann Roelofson Scott, age 40, and their nine living children bid farewell to their farm, family, and friends in Groveland township, Tazewell County, Illinois, to travel several thousand miles on the Oregon Trail to settle in the Willamette Valley near Lafayette.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Sculpin in Whychus Creek?
Just about the time you think you know who the key players are in Whychus Creek, along comes an inquisitive, 9-year-old soon-to-be-fourth-grader from Sisters Elementary School who drags home a weird trophy from his exploration of the creek that drops jaws.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Railroad opened Central Oregon to commerce
The coming of the railroad to Central Oregon in 1911 opened the area to increased commerce, with the new rails providing a way to ship out the area's timber, wheat, and livestock to new markets and to bring people into the area.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
SHS grad to dance in London
Lauren Wattenburg is an avid ballerina. She's been dancing since she was two years old. She graduated this year from Sisters High School as one of the three valedictorians in the senior class.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Fly-in marked Independence Day
The planes buzzed overhead and the engines of hot rods and drag racers roared on Tuesday, July 4, as the Sisters community turned out to celebrate Independence Day at Sisters Eagle Airport with a fly-in that has become a Sisters tradition.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Classroom is a favorite space for featured quilter
Tamra Dumolt made her first quilt in 1993 while expecting her first child.

"I taught myself from a book. And the quilt was a crib-sized Around the World design, with puffy polyester batting and hand-tied with yarn," Dumolt told The Nugget.

Monday, July 3, 2017
Young quilter inspired to enter Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
What mother wouldn't be delighted to have her 10-year-old son have a positive, healthy male role model?
Monday, July 3, 2017
SHS alumnus signs music publishing deal
Sisters High School alumnus Madison Slicker recently signed a music publishing deal in Nashville, Tennessee. Slicker was an active member of Sisters Folk Festival's Americana Project music education outreach program throughout middle school and high school, and then took Americana in her senior year at Summit High School in Bend.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Parents can help manage children's screen time
The speed and manner in which most of us communicate today - text, Instagram, Twitter - seems normal, but the access we have to one another in this fast-paced world can be a real challenge for school-aged students and their parents.

Summertime might be the perfect time to address these concerns and form some new habits.

Monday, July 3, 2017
Stars over Sisters
As the sun begins to set earlier in the evening and the days become warmer there are many beautiful objects to see here in the night sky. The month of July brings us warm nights with many exciting stars, planets, and deep-sky objects to discover.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Sisters ranked among the best for athletes
Sisters High School is well known in the state as a school that perennially fields competitive sports teams. A story in last week's Oregonian newspaper reported that the Outlaws ranked highly in a study about schools that are considered best for high school athletes.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Celebrating a passion for books
This August in Edinburgh, Scotland, I will join people from around the world who love good literature, talented authors, and captivating reading at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I'll mingle with authors and attendees who share a love of books, while experiencing stimulating presentations by well-known and emerging writers.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017















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