Sherman County eNews #296


  1. The Magnificent Seventh Max Nogle Dinner, Dance & Auction, Nov. 17

  2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting & Program, Nov. 20

  3. How to Avoid Spreading the Flu at Work

  4. Challenging Your Perspective – Part 2

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1950 Troop 25 Scouts Make Trip to Annual Jamboree

  6. Sherman County Organizations – A List to Update

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

1. The Magnificent Seventh Max Nogle Dinner, Dance & Auction, Nov. 17

Join us for our 7th Annual Max Nogle Dinner, Dance & Auction! Tickets are $25 advanced purchase and $30 at the door. Social Hour will start at 5:30 p.m. with the return of My Bartender bar service. Cash or credit accepted. Tri Tip Dinner with a baked potato bar, salads, garlic bread and carrot cake bars for desert will be served at 6 p.m.  Live Auction @ 7 p.m. featuring a 1886 45-70 Sporting Rifle and Gun Safe Raffle. Dance featuring Countryfied @ 9 p.m.
We will be selling Max Nogle Dinner Dance & Auction Yeti Tumblers!

Stay tuned for a list of amazing auction items! We are very excited for what is going to be another amazing event at the Pavilion.

~ Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration & Rejuvenation Project


2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting & Program, Nov. 20

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at noon Tuesday, the 20th at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.  The program will be presented by Paul Zastrow as he takes us on his summer’s travels to Finland and Italy. Guests are welcome.  Acting as hosts will be Merrijo Gredler and Paul Zastrow.  The raffle basket is being offered by Julie Carter and Jan Leininger.

3. How to Avoid Spreading the Flu at Work

Stay home—work can wait.

hand.wash4It’s flu season, which means you know the drill: If you get sick, stay home from work. But what if you have a big meeting, or an important deadline?

“Most people know they should stay home, but still find reasons to go into work,” said Liz Hill, SAIF’s Total Worker Health® adviser. “Not only does this expose your co-workers to an illness, it also makes it a lot harder for your body to recover.”

Hill suggests managers can help set expectations during flu season. This includes:

  • Encouraging workers to use their sick leave. Oregon law requires employers with 10 or more employees to provide 40 hours of paid leave per year.
  • Making it easy for workers to wash their hands. Consider having alcohol-based hand sanitizer available on worksites where handwashing facilities are not available.
  • Planning for flu season. When employees are out, extra work can fall to other staff members—increasing their likelihood of getting sick or injured. Have a contingency plan for being short on employees.

Most importantly, managers should lead by example. “It sometimes seems managers are the least likely to take a sick day,” said Hill. “Remember, you are setting the tone for the whole team—if you get sick, stay home.” For more information on flu prevention at work, visit

4. Challenging Your Perspective – Part 2

Yesterday, we talked about the valuable skill of Context Reframing and how it can help you turn negatives into positives. Today, let’s take it one step further.

Are you locked into your behaviors – trapped and controlled by them – or are you in charge of your actions, and fully accountable for the results you get in life? If you want to take charge, one of the most important things you can do is to learn how to interpret your experiences in ways that help and support you rather than in ways that undermine and obstruct.

You see, every experience has multiple meanings, depending on who is looking and what they are focusing on. Imagine two teachers looking at the same child. One says, “This child is a motor-mouth and never shuts up. Completely disruptive and difficult.” The other teacher says, “This kid has a lot to contribute and is not a bit shy about doing so. Very active and has good verbal skills.”

Do you see the difference? How do you suppose these two teachers approach the same student? How different would their approaches be? You can apply this same example to the workplace, families, anywhere personalities and behaviors can be observed.

You see, we behave not in accordance with the truth, but with the truth as we perceive it and believe it to be. Take a minute and think of situations in your life which are presently challenging you. How many different ways can you see each of these situations? Can you put yourself into a different position, a different perspective? What can you learn by seeing these situations differently?

Can you assign different meanings to them by changing your point of view? And, most importantly, how does doing this free you to behave differently? Our thoughts control our actions, so it is vitally important that we stay in charge of our thoughts. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1950 Scouts of The Dalles Area Make Trip to Annual Jamboree

June 1950: “Troop 25 Scouts on Long Trek. Scouts of The Dalles Area Make Trip to Annual Jamboree.

“Jamboree Troop 25 of The Dalles area left by train Tuesday night to take part in the National Jamboree to be held at Valley Forge, Penn. The boys and their parents assembled at Vancouver where last minute preparations were made. A potluck dinner was given for the boys and their parents before taking the train to Vancouver, B.C. The trip east will take them via Canadian National railroad to Winnipeg, then south to St. Lois, to Valley Forge by way of Washington, D.C.

“The return trip will take in New York, Chicago, then south to the Grand Canyon, on to Los Angeles, San Francisco and back to Portland. Conducted tours have been arranged for the boys along the way.

“Following is the roster of the Troop:

“Captain A. Leppaluoto, Scoutmaster; H.F. Root, Assistant Scoutmaster, J. Kimball, Assistant, Scoutmaster.

“Neil Hunt, Maupin, Senior Patrol Leader; Larry Kaseberg, Wasco, Scribe; Robert Howell, Wasco, Quartermaster.

“Buffalo Patrol: James Roberson, Moro, Patrol Leader; Robert Martin, Moro, Asst. Patrol Leader; Edwin Balsiger, Roger Miller, Moro; Donald Schilling, Ross Norton, Arden Peters, Rodney Rolfe, Grass Valley.

“Golden Eagle Patrol: Dennis Mesecher, Goldendale, Patrol Leader; Robert Witters, The Dalles, Asst. Patrol Leader; James Hempill, Dufur, Keith Leppaluoto, Richard Boyle, The Dalles; Fred Stone, Joel Olsen, Goldendale; Everett Stratton, The Dalles.

“White Stag Patrol: Bill Root, Wasco, Patrol Leader; Douglas Alley, Wasco, Asst. Patrol Leader; Leroy Stultz, Donald McIntyre, Norman Fridley, Wasco; Donald Patton, Brenton Mattes, The Dalles; Larry Odle, Klickitat.

“Rattlesnake Patrol: Franklin Herrling, Maupin, Patrol Leader; Donald Lindhorst, Dufur, Asst. Patrol Leader; Walter Hanna, Than Kramer, Dufur; Robert King, Donald Paulson, Maupin; Jerry Britton, The Dalles; Hugh Dawson Jr., Dufur.”

A photo is captioned, “Boy Scouts of Area Who Will Attend Jamboree. Picture is Jamboree Troop 25 of The Dalles District, Portland area council which assembled at the city park here last Sunday to receive instructions to prepare them for the trip to the National Scout Jamboree to be held in Valley Forge, Penn. Behind the troop is the sign they will carry with them on the trip. –Elite Studio photo.” The banner reads “Troop No. 25, Land of the Mighty Columbia, The Dalles District, Portland Area Council.”

6. Sherman County Organizations – A List to Update

pen.markerLet’s take a look at the engagement, responsibilities and participation required or desired in order for our 1,750 citizens to provide or benefit from organized services and activities—local, regional and state. Participants include elected, employed and volunteer personnel, boards, committees, councils and commissions, regional and county. First compiled about 2001 with a list of 144 entities, this list reflects population and other demographic changes.

Please send corrections & additions to

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous – AA
  2. Area Commission on Transportation
  3. Association of Oregon Counties, District 5
  4. Biggs Service District
  5. Biggs Service District Budget Committee
  6. Cemetery: City of Grass Valley
  7. Cemetery: City of Moro
  8. Cemetery: Emigrant Springs
  9. Cemetery: Kent
  10. Cemetery: Michigan
  11. Cemetery: Rose Hill
  12. Cemetery: Rufus Pioneer
  13. Cemetery: The Observer Farm aka Old Kent
  14. Cemetery: Wasco Methodist
  15. Central & Eastern Oregon Juvenile Justice Council
  16. Church – Baha’i Faith
  17. Church – Catholic Parish Council, Wasco and Grass Valley
  18. Church – Grass Valley Baptist
  19. Church – Kent Baptist
  20. Church – Moro Community Presbyterian
  21. Church – Rufus Baptist
  22. Church – Wasco Church of Christ
  23. Church – Wasco United Methodist
  24. City of Grass Valley
  25. City of Grass Valley Budget Committee
  26. City of Moro
  27. City of Moro Budget Committee
  28. City of Rufus
  29. City of Rufus Budget Committee
  30. City of Wasco
  31. City of Wasco Budget Committee
  32. City of Wasco Memorial Day Celebration Committee
  33. City of Wasco – Wasco School Events Center
  34. Court Appointed Special Advocates (for children)
  35. Deschutes Basin Water Management
  36. Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance
  37. Family Care Resource & Referral, Lifespan Respite Care
  38. Fire Protection District: Moro
  39. Fire Protection District: North Sherman County
  40. Fire Protection District: South Sherman
  41. Frontier Regional 911 Agency
  42. Frontier TeleNet – Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler
  43. Healthy Start
  44. Kent Water District
  45. Little League
  46. Little Wheats Daycare
  47. Local Public Safety Coordinating Council per ORS 423.560
  48. Lower Deschutes Water Quality Management Team
  49. Lower John Day Regional Ag & Natural Resources Enhancement Board
  50. Lower John Day Regional Partnership
  51. Lower John Day Water Quality Management Team – Sherman & Gilliam
  52. Mid-Columbia Center for Living – Tri-County Mental Health Board
  53. Mid-Columbia Community Action Council – Sherman, Wasco, Hood River
  54. Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
  55. Mid-Columbia Housing Authority / Cascade Housing [Sage Wind]
  56. Mid Columbia Producers, a cooperative
  57. North Central Education Service District
  58. North Central Public Health District
  59. North Central Livestock Association
  60. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections – NORCOR
  61. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Committee
  62. Oregon Athletic Officials Association – Regional Athletic Officials
  63. Oregon Consortium
  64. Oregon Grains Commission
  65. Oregon Wheat Growers League
  66. Oregon Wheat Growers League, Sherman County chapter
  67. Oregon State University Extension & 4-H – Sherman County
    1. Sherman County 4-H Leaders Association
  68. Oregon State University Extension Service Advisory Committee
  69. Pioneer Potlatch
  70. Scouts: Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
  71. Sherman County Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco Prevention Coalition
  72. Sherman County Ambulance
  73. Sherman County Ambulance Advisory __
  74. Sherman County Athletic Foundation
  75. Sherman County Childcare Foundation dba ABC Huskies
  76. Sherman County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust
  77. Sherman County Democratic Committee & Precinct Committee Persons
  78. Sherman County Development League
  79. Sherman County ________ Foundation
  80. Sherman County Farm Bureau
  81. Sherman County Government
    1. Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals
    2. Sherman County Budget Committee
    3. Sherman County Court
    4. Sherman County Emergency Services Advisory Committee
    5. Sherman County Fair Board
    6. Sherman County Food Bank
    7. Sherman County Planning Commission
    8. Sherman County Public Safety Coordinating Council
    9. Sherman County Rural Road Advisory Committee
    10. Sherman County Senior & Community Center
    11. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee
  82. Sherman County Health District – Sherman County Medical Clinic
  83. Sherman County Historical Society & Museum
  84. Sherman County Junior Hoops
  85. Sherman County Lions Club
  86. Sherman County OSU Experiment Station Advisory Committee
  87. Sherman County Preschool
  88. Sherman County Public/School Library Board
  89. Sherman County Republican Committee & Precinct Committee Persons
  90. Sherman County Scholarship Association
  91. Sherman County School District – Sherman County School
  92. Sherman County School District – Booster Club
  93. Sherman County School District Budget Committee
  94. Sherman County School District Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
  95. Sherman County School District Vocational Ag Advisory Committee
  96. Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board
  97. Sherman County Watershed Council
  98. Tri-County Community Corrections
  99. Tri-County Hazardous Waste Advisory Committee
  100. USDA Farm Services Agency County Committee
  101. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  102. Wasco Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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

bird.owl.limbHansell’s sex trafficking prevention bill implemented in Oregon

United States Military Academy Glee Club performs “Mansions of the Lord”

This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Back in the day, the English alphabet had thorns

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Climate Depot: Climate Deniers, Wildfires, Scientific Evidence

Climate Depot: Politically Incorrect Climate Book

Oregon’s Shameful History as an All White State



Sherman County eNews #295


  1. Veterans Day

  2. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  3. Betty Allene Sabey 1933-2018

  4. Challenging Your Perspective

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1950 High School Basketball Tournament

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

1. Veterans Day

StarYellow“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” —Gen. Douglas MacArthur


WW2 Veteran, Turning 100 Soon, Belts Out National Anthem Before NHL Game


StarYellow“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” —Army Veteran Charles M. Province

2. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open School Hours – 8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

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

YA Art Club
THURSDAY after school in the library.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus.

Crafts in Stacks – November Gifting Event – Saturdays
Each craft costs $5 and all supplies are included.
Crafts are open to all ages, younger children will need their grownup to help them. This is a great way for kids and adults to make personalized gifts for loved ones.

November 17 at 2pm – Leather Earrings
Create your own customized faux leather earrings, you will have your choice of colors and designs. You may add glitter, paint, vinyl or beads to make them unique. This project made possible, in part, with funding from the Sherman County Cultural Coalition

Hallmark Movie and Cup – November 24 at 1pm
Come at 1pm to make your own hallmark movie watching mug or stemless wine glass. The movie will start at 2pm.
The Christmas Train
A cynical journalist decides to take a train from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles for Christmas to get inspiration for a story in honor of his late father. He gets to know the other passengers and runs into an old flame while aboard.
Run Time 1hr 39 min

Traveling Lantern Presents: The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge! – Saturday, December 1 at 11am during the bazaar.

3. Betty Allene Sabey 1933-2018

flower.rose.starBetty Allene Sabey, age 85, passed away on November 7, 2018, at her home in Moro, Oregon. Betty was born in La Grande, Oregon on July 12, 1933, to Elias Lincoln York and Stella Mae Baird. She was the oldest of 10 children. She grew up in Summerville, Oregon, where her family had a small farm. After selling the farm, the family moved to Ridgefield, Washington.

She married Theo “Ted” Duane Sabey on June 9, 1950. Ted was in the Army and shortly after their wedding, he was deployed to Korea. Betty stayed in the states until she could join him in Hawaii after his service where they lived for two and a half years. They returned to Oregon by way of a ship named the Laura Lee.

Betty had many different jobs over the years. She was a licensed barber, worked at a fish cannery, cooked meals for ranch hands, worked for a butcher, was an in-home caregiver, and was a cook at Sherman High School.

Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her two grandsons teaching them arts and crafts. She enjoyed drawing, painting, sewing and gardening. These hobbies led her to countless years of volunteering in the open class pavilion at the county fair.

She is preceded in death by her twin sister, Lettie, her parents, Elias and Stella York, her son, Terry Sabey, and her brothers David York, Stephen York, Alvin York, and Michael York.

She is survived by her husband, Ted, her daughter Teresa Hart (Darryl), two grandsons, Ryan Hart and Kevin Hart, and her siblings Alan York, Edna Wilson, Dan York, Fred York, and their spouses and children.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Betty’s name can be made to Heart of Hospice.

Services will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 1:00 pm at the Moro Community Presbyterian Church with graveside following at the Rose Cemetery. Afterward, family and friends are welcome to gather at the Sherman County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

4. Challenging Your Perspective

Today, let’s talk about a way to look at things from a different perspective. It’s called “Context Reframing,” and it’s a technique you can use to help shift your perspective from negative to positive.

Our past experiences influence our ability to perceive what’s happening in the world and to interpret what we perceive. However, there are many ways to experience a situation. One of the keys to living a successful life is to consistently interpret your experience in ways that support you in getting the results you want.

Context Reframing is a technique that can help you do just that. It involves taking an experience that seems to be negative and imagining how the same experience can be an advantage, if you see it in another context. Children’s literature is full of context reframing. The ugly duckling suffered great pain because he was so different from his peers, but his difference was his beauty as a full-grown swan. Rudolph’s nose, at first an object of ridicule, turned into an advantage and made him a hero in the context of a dark, snowy night.

Many parents of disabled children help their kids turn what some call handicaps into special gifts. And plenty of folks have turned failure into learning experiences that helped them succeed in a big way down the line.

So, you see, it’s not what happens to you in life that makes or breaks you. It’s how you interpret what happens to you – and that decision is completely in your hands. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1950 High School Basketball Tournament

From the tournament program: The 14th Annual District 6-B High School Basketball Tournament sponsored by The Dalles Lions Club was held at Kurtz Gymnasium in The Dalles, March 1, 2, 3 & 4, 1950. The Rufus Consolidated School principal was Mrs. Martha E. Brady, the Wolves were coached by Donal Brislain, colors were scarlet and white, and the yell leaders were Dorothy Blackburne, Jessie Rice and Carol Smith. The players were Howard Steward, Norman Brand, Dick Francis, Jack Steward, Wayne Eaton, Dick Peck, George Riggs, Gayle Eaton and Charles Wilson. The Moro High School principal was K.G. Young, the Huskies were coached by Ted Merydith, colors were orange and black, and yell leaders were Marie Balzer and Dorothy Wilson. The players were Wily Knighten, James Roberson, John Alley, Terry Bucholtz, Ron May, Richard Rust, Roy Harvey and Dave Moore. The Wasco principal was Cliff Wynkoop who was coaching with Francis Rinehart, colors were purple and gold, the cheer leaders were Carol Briggs and Erma Wallace, the team manager was Don McIntyre, and players were Lloyd Gosson, Gordon Buck, Joe Yocom, Bill Nisbet, Chuck Wallace and Leo Roberts.

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


Voters Question U.S. Birthright Citizenship Policy

2 ranchers in eastern Oregon to try new strategy with wolves


Sherman County eNews #294


  1. Veterans Day: 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918

  2. Oregon Air National Guard Veterans Day Flyovers in Oregon

  3. Veterans Day & 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day at Maryhill Museum & Stonehenge, Nov. 10-12

  4. Our Veterans’ Stories: Sherman County: For The Record

  5. Oregon State Capitol Christmas Tree

  6. Hansell’s Sex Trafficking Prevention Bill Implemented in Oregon

  7. In Order to Succeed, First Try

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1949 4-H Song Book

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

We feel strongly about supporting your local economy. It keeps the community unique, builds relationships between neighbors, encourages and supports a healthier and more sustainable food system and supports local families. ~Staci Fisher, Fisher Ridge Farm

1. Veterans Day: 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918

We set aside Veterans Day to honor the high price of sacrifice paid by generations of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen. They have carried forward the banner of Liberty since the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. Millions of American Patriots have, for generations, honored their oaths “to support and defend” the Liberty that was “endowed by our Creator,” and enshrined in our Constitution.

Our national Veterans Day observance originated as Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The Armistice commemoration was to honor Veterans of World War 1. ~The Patriot Post  

Remembering the Lessons of the Great War:

2. Oregon Air National Guard Veterans Day Flyovers in Oregon 

The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Veterans Day flyovers at various locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from both the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at or near the designated times:

The 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers on Saturday, Nov. 10:

11:45 a.m., Albany Veterans Day Parade, Albany, Oregon.

12:00 p.m., Willamette Lutheran Homes, Keizer, Oregon.

12:50 p.m., Linfield College Honors Veterans, McMinnville, Oregon.


The 173rd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers on Monday, Nov. 12:

11:00 a.m., Veterans Day Parade, Klamath Falls, Oregon.

11:45 a.m., Veterans Day Parade, The Dalles, Oregon.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation’s air defense since 1941. The 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour alert as part of the North American Air Defense system. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training facility for the U.S. Air Force.

3. Veterans Day & 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day at Maryhill Museum & Stonehenge, Nov. 10-12

 (Goldendale, Wash., October 8, 2018) — As Maryhill Museum of Art prepares to close out its 2018 season, a weekend of events will mark Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the armistice of November 11, 1918, when the Allies of WWI and Germany ceased hostilities on the Western Front.

On Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 the museum will offer free admission to veterans, active military and firefighters. Visitors who donate two non-perishable food items will also receive free admission.

On Sunday, November 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a special, commemorative event at Stonehenge Memorial, marking the anniversary of Armistice Day. This event will be followed by a reception at Maryhill, where there will be a small exhibition in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center of WWI posters from the Maryhill Museum of Art Collections, and WWI artifacts from the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum. Families whose loved ones are honored at Stonehenge Memorial are invited to share scrapbooks or photos; a table will be set up in the museum on Sunday for this purpose. For more information, contact Louise Palermo, Curator of Education at 509 773-3733 ext. 25 or email

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, there will be a performance of Honor Bells and honorific music by the handbell choir of Hood River Valley Christian Church, at the museum.

At 6 p.m. on November 11, Washington State park ranger Mark Harris will give a final performance of his living history presentation of a WWI soldier. This program will take place at Stonehenge Memorial.

There are also Veterans Day activities such as parades, breakfasts, presentations and more in the communities of GoldendaleThe DallesWhite Salmon and Hood River; local chamber websites are linked.


Closing Weekend: Maryhill Museum of Art
Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11, 2018

Celebrate the conclusion of the 2018 season at Maryhill and LEND A HELPING HAND to food banks in Klickitat County. For every two non-perishable food items contributed at Maryhill on this final weekend, you will receive one free museum admission. Veterans and active military and their families are free all weekend, as are regional firefighters.  Cookies and drinks will be free for veterans.  Members will also enjoy a double discount (20%) in the Museum Store throughout the month of November. Our way of saying THANKS!

Armistice Day 100th Anniversary Celebration at Stonehenge Memorial
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 9:30- 11:30 a.m.

Join us at Stonehenge Memorial as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The event will begin with World War I era music and poetry, followed by a brief history of the Stonehenge and the 14 service members memorialized there.  There will be speeches, a wreath laying, National Salute, taps, and planting of red poppies.  A reception at Maryhill Museum of Art will follow the ceremonies.  Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations to the ceremony; the museum will offer free admission to all who attend the event at Stonehenge on November 11. Measures will be in place in the event of cold or wet weather.

Families whose loved ones are honored at Stonehenge Memorial are invited to share scrapbooks or photos; a table will be set up at Maryhill for this purpose. For more information, contact Louise Palermo, Curator of Education at 509 773-3733 ext. 25 or email

Participating groups include Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Washington State Parks; Maryhill Museum of Art; City of Goldendale; Goldendale Chamber of Commerce; Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum; Kiwanis, Goldendale; American Legion Evan Childs Post 87, White Salmon; American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116, Goldendale; Washington State Police; The Dalles Civic Auditorium; Boy Scout Troop 282, Hood River; Point Man International Ministries, The Dalles; and, Daughters of the American Revolution, Karneetsa Chapter, Moses Lake.

A special thank you to our sponsors: American Legion Evan Childs Post 87, White Salmon; American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116, Goldendale; The Association of Washington Generals; Edward and Kathleen La Motte; Bruce and Mary Stevenson Foundation; the Goldendale Sentinel; Great Skot Productions and Smith Creative Group.

Veterans Day Bells
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 11 a.m. 

We will pay tribute to all veterans at 11 a.m., when the handbell choir of Hood River Valley Christian Church, directed by Mary Anne Parrett, will play Honor Bells in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. This will be followed by other honorific songs.

WWI Living History Presentation at Stonehenge Memorial
Sunday, November 11 | 6 p.m.

A reenactment of a soldier’s experience during World War I from state park ranger Mark Harris. Learn about new technologies used during The Great War, how uniforms differed between participating countries, the role of women in the war effort, and the causes of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

4. Our Veterans’ Stories: Sherman County: For The Record

Sherman County: For The Record

Sherman County Historical Society

Sherman County Veterans’ Stories and Records

[Note: Some military stories are found in family stories, not shown here.]

Volume & Number:

#1-2, 1983

WW I Cochran Diary, Excerpts by Frank von Borstel

Autobiography of Giles French by Giles L. French [several parts]

#7-1, 1989

Camp Rufus, WWII by Sherry Kaseberg

#9-2, 1991

Camp Rufus, Army Legend

#10-1, 1992

Letter: Loy Cochran on the Rhine, WWI

#11-1, Spring 1993

WW II Military Experiences by Paul A. Fraser

#11-2 Fall 1993

Tsubota Family, Japan & Oregon by Isami Tsubota

World War II Memories by Lloyd Henrichs

#12-1, 1994

WWII Military Experiences by Malcolm McDermid

#12-2, 1994

WWII Air Force Experiences by Bob Boynton

#13-1, 1995

WWII Army Experiences by Glenn Virtue

WWII Seabees Experiences by Stuart Macnab

WWII Navy Experiences by Byron O. “Swede” Stark

WWII Navy Experiences by Clarence A. Young

#13-2, 1995

WWII Pacific Experiences by Tom Macnab & Helen Kelly Macnab

WW II Home Front Memories by Nell Coats Melzer

WWII Home Front Memories by Dorothy Brown Benson

WWII Letters: Don & Jacque von Borstel

WWII Navy Nurse Corps by Owietus Neal McDermid

#14-1, 1996

WWII Navy Adventures by Dan Kaseberg

WWII Navy Life of Marcus & Eilene Eslinger

WWII Leyte and Back by Chet Coats

WWII Letters: Frank Sayrs by Mary von Borstel Sayrs

#14-2, 1996

Thomas Fraser, USAF by Thomas H. Fraser

WWII Air Force by Howard Conlee

#15-1, 1997

WW II, Africa & Europe by Phil O’Meara

#15-2, 1997

WWII William G. Macnab’s B-17 Collision Over the North Sea by Teresa K. Flatley

#18-1, 2000

Charlie Wilson, French Legion of Honor by Mark Fields

WWII Gordon O. Fraser by Richard Fraser

#19-1, 2001

Civil War Veterans in Sherman County by Sherry Kaseberg

History of Frank E. Brown Post No. 91, American Legion

WWI Draft Registration List, 1917

#22-1, 2004

Red Cross Auxiliaries, Part One by Chris Sanders

#22-2, 2004

Red Cross Auxiliaries, Part Two by Chris Sanders

#25-2 2007

WW II Stories: Conlee, Boynton, O’Meara, Fraser, Morrow, McCoy, von Borstel, Kaseberg, McClure, Macnab

WW II B-17 Collision by Teresa Flatley

#29-1 2011

Dewey Thomas’ WWII Military Reflections – Part One by Dewey Thomas with Reine Thomas

WWII Navy Experiences by Charles F. Decker

#29-2 2011

Dewey Thomas’ WWII Military Reflections – Part Two by Dewey Thomas with Reine Thomas

#30-1 2012

Navy Experiences, Memories of Easter 1966 by Doug Rhinehart

Rev. Roy Harvey and Captain Joe Harvey by Joe Harvey

#30-2 2012

WWII Merchant Marine Experiences of Ted Carlson by Susan R. Smith

#31-1 2013

Lt. Commander Gordon D. Helyer, U. S. Navy by Pat (Goodwin) Helyer

#31-2 2013

World War II Veterans Historic Highway by Dick Tobiason

#33-2 2015

Fort Lewis, New Guinea, Philippines & Japan by Robert Ziegler

5. Oregon State Capitol Christmas Tree

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon State Capitol’s Christmas tree will be arriving from the Tillamook State Forest on Thursday, Nov. 15, donated by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The 30-foot Noble fir tree will be cut and delivered by ODF staff. The tree arrives Thursday morning, with unloading and setup scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until approximately 10 a.m.

“The Oregon Department of Forestry is very excited to contribute to Holidays at the Capitol,” South Fork Forest Camp Manager Dave Luttrell said. “Our employees take a lot of pride in being part of this Oregon tradition.”

The tree lighting event is set for Tuesday, Nov. 27, with a choral performance by South Salem High School at 5 p.m., and the lighting program beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Holidays at the Capitol is made possible through generous donations by organizations, businesses and individuals throughout the state and the Capitol’s volunteers. More than 10,000 people visit the Capitol every year during the holiday season. To learn more, visit

6. Hansell’s Sex Trafficking Prevention Bill Implemented in Oregon

Salem, OR Today, as a way of combating trafficking in the state of Oregon, Senate Bill 375 has been implemented across the state.

Senate Bill 375, legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Hansell (R-Athena) called for posters to be installed in rest area bathrooms across the state to combat sex and human trafficking.  The bill was signed into law in 2017 and officially effective this year.

Working with State Agencies (Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon Travel Experience) as well as Nita Belles, Executive Director for In Our Backyard, an anti-human trafficking organization headquartered in Redmond, Oregon, the concept was put forward in the 2017 Session and passed unanimously in both legislative chambers.

“I am so glad these posters have been installed in the rest areas,” Sen. Hansell said.  “Sex Trafficking and Human Trafficking is an epidemic that must be stopped.  It is a terrible practice and a horror that is in every city and community nationwide.  Most sex trafficking occurs at rest stops along the Interstates and the Human Trafficking hotline received 300 calls from Oregon alone in 2016.  Anything we can do to combat this heinous, insidious practice should be done.”

The posters are being installed along I-5 this week and will be in every rest area under the supervision of the Oregon Travel Experience by the end of next week.

The posters are being affixed to the back of the stall doors and include not only a national telephone number but also a text option.

“Even if just one individual is saved from these posters, SB 375 would have been well worth it,” Sen. Hansell said.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888 or you can text “Help” or “Info” to 233733.  Anyone needing help or knows of someone in need of help should call.  The Hotline is managed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is staffed with employees to speak to you in more than 200

7. In Order to Succeed, First Try

Do you feel that half the things you do turn out all wrong? If so, take heart, because today we will discover how to fail successfully.

After over 45 years in business, we consider ourselves pretty successful. The company started by Lou and Diane Tice in their basement is in over 60 countries, and the education that Lou once gave to small groups of teachers and coaches in the early 1970’s now reaches millions of people around the world. Many of these recipients are world leaders and corporate executives.

But one of the reasons we are successful is the same reason that Ty Cobb, one of the greatest baseball sluggers of all time, was as good as he was. If you look in the record books, you will find that Ty Cobb’s lifetime batting average was only .367. That means he got a hit once out of every three times at bat. It’s the same story for baseball greats Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and for virtually every other successful person in the world.

We need not be afraid to try nor should we be afraid to fail. In fact, the only real failure is in not trying at all. It turns out that people really don’t remember the times Hank Aaron swung and missed, only the times the ball sailed out of the ballpark.

For the most part, we learn more from failure than we do from immediate success. It is in learning what not to do “the next time” that provides for greater success when we do try, the next time. And, “the next time…” is critical, because it is a direct connection to our persistence and resilience, and our personal or organizational efficacy.

The fact is that successful people try more things more often than average folks do. Whether it’s playing baseball, building an international business, selling a new product, or solving safety issues at the job site, if you try enough things, you’re going to succeed – a lot. And if you don’t try anything, your “batting average” will end up at .000.

Yes, there is always going to be some risk involved. But there is risk involved in nearly everything that we do, and we can plan for some, if not most of those risks.

So, what do you really have to lose?  ~The Pacific Institute

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1949 4-H Song Book

A 4-H song book was issued at 4-H Summer School and 4-H livestock show banquets.

“Ploughing Song

A growing day, and a waking field,

And a furrow straight and long,

A golden sun and a lifting breeze,

And we follow with a song.

Sons of the soil are we,

Lads of the field and flock

Turning our sods, making no odds,

Where is life so free?

Sons of the soil are we,

Men of the coming years,

Facing the dawn, brain ruling brawn,

Lords of our lands we’ll be.

A guiding thought, and a skillful hand,

And a plant’s young leaf unfurled,

A summer’s sun and a summer’s rain,

And we harvest for the world.”

“Make the Best Better”

“I pledge

my HEAD to clearer thinking,

my HEART to greater loyalty,

my HANDS to larger service, and

my HEALTH to better living

for my Club, my Community and my Country.”

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

bird.owl.limbRemembering the Lessons of the Great War

Video: Top 10 Countries by GDP, Visualized Like a Horse Race

Sherry’s Sherman County History Collection

Cows are getting a bad rap and it’s time to set the record straight: Giving up meat won’t save the planet.

If European Borders Were Drawn By DNA Instead Of Ethnicity


Sherman County eNews #293






church.family1Picking Rocks

Being new to Sherman County, I am continually growing in my understanding of the life of its wheat growers and their challenges in farming where the soil is often not deep, the rain to water the crops is frequently sparse, and the danger of fire is always present. This kind of life is one of details, determination, diligence and hope.

Once the harvest is over the break is very brief because the time to seed is not far behind. In between the two there is much to do, and one of those tasks as I have come to learn is rock picking. For many reasons this is not a top 10 thing to do, but it has to be done in order to respond to the annual wonder of rocks rising to the surface. If you didn’t know better, you might think that they were grown along with the wheat. Oh, if they could only be ignored, but doing so leads to severe consequences.

Spiritually speaking our lives are a process not only of growing but also tending to rocks. As issues in our lives are discovered we are wise to deal with them so that they don’t hinder our walk. In Hebrews 12:1-2 we read “…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith….”

Growth requires more than just going through the motions. We need to be consistent in getting rid of the rocks of sin in our lives so that they don’t become obstacles to growth, hindrances to the work in which we are engaged, and distract us from following after Christ who is our head and our hope.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, First Baptist Grass Valley

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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. No posters or flyers. 

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. No posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words. 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
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Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins



CONTRIBUTE TO SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER. Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.



 “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

DONATE A PIE! BUY A PIE! The Sherman County Senior & Community Center is holding a Thanksgiving Pie Bake Sale on Tuesday November 20th at noon. We are requesting pie donations from the community, and if anyone is interested in donating a pie please contact Kari Silcox, 541-565-3191, Thanks! 11/16


PT RECEPTIONIST. MCP is looking to hire a PT Receptionist for our main office in Moro, OR. This is a customer service/ technology-oriented position requiring developed interpersonal communication/social skills. Normal hours will be 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday, unless covering other employees’ schedules. Please contact Daniel at 541-565-3737 or stop by the Mid Columbia Producers’ office for further details.

FAMILY CARE COORDINATOR (QMHA). Mid-Columbia Center for Living: Family Care Coordinator (QMHA) – Sherman County; $2,285-$2,778 per month (.6 FTE of full-time salary range); Part-time (.6 FTE) with prorated benefits. Provides service planning and needs assessments to children and their families. For full announcement and required application visit EOE/ADA Employer. 11/9

HOUSEKEEPER. Tyee Motel in Rufus, looking for full-time housekeeper, please contact 541-739-2310. 11/16 

AREA REPRESENTATIVE. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. — Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. — ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at Please check out our website at  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time! 11/30


MAKING YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST? HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS! 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 | 11/30

PIANO. Baldwin Spinet Piano – Maple colored – $300 OBO negotiable, would like it to find a home where it will be used. Thanks Very Good shape, I just want space for exercise equipment. Call or text Jeanne Kuettel @ 541-714-5740.  11/30 


ROOMS FOR RENT | JUST-US-INN in Wasco. Just-Us-Inn | Call Ron 503-957-6114.  3 Rooms for rent, share the bathroom and shower $550.00 a month. These are Monthly rates, not weekly rates! Weekly rate is $150.00. Share large kitchen, with Direct TV in every room. $50.00 non-refundable maid fee for when you leave; wireless internet, beautiful yard with garden space. No Pets. No smoking inside. 11/9



FRIDAY KIDS’ GYM. Beginning this Friday, and continuing most every Friday through March, Wasco School Events Center (WSEC) will be hosting “Kids Gym.”   This will be an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to play inside for a couple of hours when the weather is too cold to be outside.   Kid Gym will go from 10 a.m. to noon, and parents who attend with their pre-schooler(s) will need to sign a release form to participate. Cost is $5/week, or free if you are a member of the WSEC Fitness Center. This is not a babysitting service; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Feel free to bring toys, trikes, etc. for your child(ren) to play with. 12/28

FALL PHOTO SHOOTS. Now is the time for fall photo shoots! The leaves are turning colors and the air is getting cooler. It’s a great time to schedule a family or senior photo session. Lots of openings available. Ask for discounts by bundling a family and a senior session or two senior sessions. ~Jeremy S. Lanthorn | | (541) 993-2446 | (541) 333-2013 |
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. 11/23




1957 SHERMAN HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK. I am Rose Archer, Dale Archer’s widow. I am looking to purchase a copy of the 1957 yearbook. Dale was Valedictorian that year. Our son Derek is planning to make a large shadowbox with Dale’s football jersey, class ring, and yearbook for a memory wall for Dale who passed away in 1999.  If you know of anyone who wants to part with the 1957 yearbook, please let me know the price. Thanks so much! Rose Archer 11/9

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar

American flag2NOVEMBER

9 4-H Theatre Arts Musical 6 Sherman County School Cafeteria

10 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Cultural Brunch 10:30 Discovery Center

10 Wasco County Historical Society Annual Meeting 11:30 Dufur

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Military Vehicles

10 Year-End Family Day at Maryhill Museum 1:30-5

11 Veterans Day Bells at Maryhill Museum 11


12 Veterans Day (observed) – No school, federal & state offices closed

12 Oregon Women for Ag Meeting 5-7 Clock Tower Ales, The Dalles

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting 7 Library

13-15 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

14-17 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention, Portland, Oregon

16 Thanksgiving Lunch at the Sherman Senior & Community Center

17 Fall Festival & Artisans’ Market 10-2 Condon

17 Community Thanksgiving Dinner 5 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

17 7th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance, Grass Valley Pavilion Benefit

20 Sherman Senior & Community Center Pie Bake Sale for Thanksgiving

21 Sherman County Court 9


26 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Bldg., Moro


1 Country Christmas Bazaar 9:30 – 4 Grass Valley Pavilion

1 Sherman County Fair Board’s Holiday Bazaar 10-3:30 Sherman County School

1 Sherman Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

1 Fossil’s Holiday Bazaar 9

1 Condon’s Light Festival & Parade 5:30

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Sherman County Court 9

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

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

8 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

9 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

10 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

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

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

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

15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY; Iraq War Ended 2011

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

19 Sherman County Court 9

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

21 Winter Begins


31 Official End of WWII 1946



3 Tri-County Courts’ Meeting 10 Fossil

19 North Central Livestock Assoc. Annual Meeting 5 Jefferson County Fairgrounds



Sherman County eNews #292


  1. 4-H Theatre Arts Musical, “We Are Monsters,” Nov. 9

  2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District Agenda Online, Nov. 13

  3. Letter to the Editor: Humbled by Words and Deeds 

  4. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

  5. Contribution Beyond Self

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1949 National Boy Scout Week Church Service

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

1. 4-H Theatre Arts Musical, “We Are Monsters,” Nov. 9

4-H clover1Family and friends of 4-H members participating in the 4-H musical “We Are Monsters” are invited to the fun performance Friday November 9 at 6pm (not 7pm as originally posted) in the Sherman School Cafeteria.  The small but energetic group of 4-H members are doing a shortened version of a children’s musical that features vegetarian vampires (for health reasons), happy howling werewolves and a lonely monster named Oozy who ends up learning that she IS accepted just for being who she really is.  The musical is basically a cabaret, with the different groups performing several short songs.  Funded in part by an innovative grant (“to try something new”!) from the Oregon 4-H Foundation, the production is led by Hayley Hoyt of the Tri-Cities, with help from 4-H leader Silvia Durfey from Gilliam County, and new Sherman 4-H Theatre Arts leader Tabetha Hein.

~Cindy Brown, Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Healthy Living

OSU Sherman County Extension  541-565-3230 

2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District Agenda, Nov. 13

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, that will include a public comment session. During the public comment session at 6:30 p.m., the Board will receive public input from constituents regarding possible rezoning of board positions to three zoned and two at-large. The regular board meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

See the agenda here:

3. Letter to the Editor: Humbled by Words and Deeds 

pencil.sharpHow do you put into words the gratitude and thanks to all the people who believed in and supported me during this election. Every person who has run a campaign, win or lose, has my deepest respect. This is not an easy process. I am humbled by the outpouring of words and deeds these last months. Your confidence in me is overwhelming. Thank you for selecting me to serve you.


Joe Dabulskis


4. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

Hood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Jason Beaver and Ami Trosley, Stevenson, WA; Kirah Doerr, Rebekah Fisher, and Traci Witkowski, The Dalles, and; Caree DeBorde and Jacob Haan, Hood River.  The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable John A. Olson in Hood River on November 1, 2018, after completing 32 hours of training.  After leading the CASA oath and welcoming the newest advocates into duty Judge Olson described many of the attributes he feels CASAs bring to the court, and pertinent information concerning a child CASAs bring to the court’s attention.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; to make sure children receive needed services, that timelines are met so that children don’t get lost in overburdened legal and social service systems, and that they are placed in permanent, loving homes as soon as possible.  CASAs are in a unique position as the only legal party whose job is to advocate for the best interests of children’s lives while in foster care. Judges rely on the comprehensive and informed information provided by CASA volunteers. CASAs have tremendous privilege and responsibility to have a positive impact in a child’s case.

Last year, more than 76,000 CASA volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training and independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA/GAL volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in January, 2019.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, or Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, at 541-386-3468.

5. Contribution Beyond Self

What is the role of spirituality in living a happy, healthy, productive life? Let’s look at some answers to this important question.

How much attention do you give to your spiritual side? Now we are not necessarily talking about participation in an organized religion, although this may be something that is important to you. Spirituality, itself, can be expressed and explored in many ways.

Polls and studies have shown that people who are able to stay energetic and enthusiastic over the long haul tend to have a strong spiritual connection. Now, they don’t all go to some form of church or religious gathering place. Here in the Pacific Northwest of the US, we have one of the highest rates of “un-churched” populations in the United States. But polls have shown that we do consider ourselves highly spiritual.

Of the highly successful, extremely active people who also have this strong spiritual connection, there also seems to be very little of the phenomenon we call “burnout.” These folks are able to renew themselves, and their faith in the future, on a regular basis because of their spiritual beliefs.

These folks have a keen sense of a purpose that is larger than themselves and feel that they are part of an unending chain of giving and receiving that transcends time and place. Contribution to others is a prime driver in their lives, and their energy level is generally tremendous!

So, if you find that your energy level has evaporated and you’ve lost some of your zest for the future, you may want to carve out some time for reading and thinking about your connection to something larger than yourself. There are plenty of outlets for your contribution of self – and while you are pouring yourself out, you are also refilling your reservoir of spirit. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1949 National Boy Scout Week Church Service

~from a church program 1949:

National Boy Scout Week, February 6 through 12

National Boy Scout Sunday, February 6

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts & Families – Potluck Dinner, Feb. 11

Union Service

Church of Christ

Methodist Church

Wasco, Oregon

Prelude – Mrs. Joyce Stierle

Presentation of Colors

Boy Scout Oath – Wasco Boy Scout Troop

Cub Scout Oath – Wasco Cub Scout Pack

Placing of Colors

Hymn: All Hail the Power

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Solo, Mrs. Lois Hilderbrand: Dear Land of Home


Hymn: O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee


Postlude – Mrs. Joyce Stierle

  • Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared
  • Oath: “On my honor I will do my best: To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
  • Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.


  • Cub Scout Motto: Do Your Best
  • Promise: “I, ___, promise to do my best, to be square and to obey the law of the Pack.”
  • Law: A Cub Scout follows Akela (good leader). The Cub Scout helps the Pack go. The Pack helps the Cub Scout grow. The Cub Scout gives good will.

Listed on the back of the program:

Wasco Boy Scouts:

Gordon Buck, Patrol Leader

Bob Howell, Asst. Patrol Leader

Larry Kaseberg, Scribe

Douglas Alley

Bill Coats

Donald McIntyre

Leroy Stultz.

Wasco Cub Scouts:

Stanley Moore, Denner

Joe Drinkard, Denner

Harry Decker

Robert Hastings – Keeper of the Buckskin

Monty Stultz

Billy Williams

Bud Root

Sterling Gochnauer

Lee Kaseberg

Jackie Wallace

John McCall

Mike Fields

Jerry Delco

Larry Kaseberg, Den Chief

Gordon Buck, Den Chief.

Boy Scout Committee:

Paul Alley, Chairman

Lawrence Kaseberg

Paulen Kaseberg

Leon Smith

Claude Coats.

Cub Scout Committee:

Pony White

Floyd Root

Lewis Hastings.


Sherman County eNews #291


  1. Sherman County & Oregon Election Results

  2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Nov. 13

  3. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

  4. 2018 Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

  5. Kids’ Gym at Wasco School Events Center Most Every Friday

  6. Controlling the Inside World

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 Sherman 4-H Placings

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

“You’ve got the strongest hand in the world. That’s right. Your hand. The hand that marks the ballot. The hand that pulls the voting lever. Use it, will you.” —John Wayne

1. Sherman County & Oregon Election Results

Sherman County

1,359 eligible voters

1,002 ballots cast

County Judge:

Joe Dabulskis 532

Mike Smith 436

Write-ins 5

County Commissioner, unopposed:

Tom McCoy 816

Write-ins 16

~Sherman County Clerk

~Oregon Election Results:

~Sherman County:

2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Nov. 13

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, that will include a public comment session. During the public comment session at 6:30 p.m., the Board will receive public input from constituents regarding possible rezoning of board positions to three zoned and two at-large. The regular board meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

3. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 7 @ the Kent 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

4. 2018 Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

Fall grant awards for 2018 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $8,160.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Seven project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: City of Grass Valley – Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Grass Valley First Baptist Church – Spring Fling; Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration Committee – Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Dance/Auction; Sherman Elementary Fourth Grade – Fourth Grade Writing Journals; Sherman Elementary School – Elementary Artist in Residence; Sherman County 4-H Basic Sewing Club – Basic Sewing Program Supplies; Sherman SKORE Cheerleading Program – Project Team Spirit.

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available in the spring of 2019.

For additional information on the Sherman County Cultural Coalition, please visit our website at .

5. Kids’ Gym at Wasco School Events Center Most Every Friday

TricycleBeginning this Friday, and continuing most every Friday through March, WSEC will be hosting “Kids Gym”.    This will be an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to play inside for a couple of hours when the weather is too cold to be outside.   Kid Gym will go from 10 a.m to noon, and parents who attend with their pre-schooler(s) will need to sign a release form to participate.   Cost is $5/week, or free if you are a member of the WSEC Fitness Center.    This is not a babysitting service; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Feel free to bring toys, trikes, etc. for your child(ren) to play with.

6. Controlling the Inside World

Are you compulsive about anything? Maybe you can’t stand to be late or you have to make the beds before you leave the house. Have you ever thought about how you got that way or asked yourself what it costs you to continue?

Suppose, for instance, that you are compulsively punctual. You probably got that way through fear feedback. Possibly, when you were young, you were trained to be on time by scolding or humiliation, or some form of punishment. What did you learn? “I can’t be late, or awful things will happen.” Now here you are at age 27, 37, 57 or even 87, and you are running a little late. You start to tense up andyou think, “I have got to get there on time.” You don’t think, “or else I’m going to get in trouble,” because you’re an adult now. However, you are still operating on a program that was installed when you were a kid. You are still trying to avoid punishment or humiliation.

You know, the same computer that drives a submarine can run a school system, if you change its program. All you need to do, if you want to get off your own back, is deliberately change your program. It may have been put in by accident, but it can be replaced by intent. Becoming aware of it is the first step. Deciding how to change it comes next.

What will you tell yourself the next time you are driving at break-neck speeds, endangering others on the road, to arrive on time? Why not affirm that it’s OK to be a little late once in a while, because it’s true. There are going to be times when you simply cannot control the outside world. But you can control your inside world: Apply a little perspective to the situation, and then relax.

The “have to, or else” situations in our lives are rarely rock-hard, immovable, “the world will end if I don’t get there on time” events. So take a good look at the “or else” consequences in your life. If they have no bearing on specific aspects of your life today, perhaps it is time to let them go. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 Sherman 4-H Placings

4-H clover1Sherman County Journal, 1947:

“Boys Bring Cash and Honors Home from Pacific International. In addition to winning the honors for county herd the boys who took stock to the Pacific International brought home many other prizes in the livestock divisions.

“Ed Fritts was first in the light Angus class and Clarence May first in his Hereford class. Alfred Kock took second with his heavy Hereford and Roger Ball also has a second place ribbon, won with a Hereford steer.

“Winners of fourth places were Terry Bucholtz with an Angus, Stephen Oveson with a Hereford and Ed Fritts with a Hereford. Roger Ball took a fifth place with a Hereford. Ed Fritts, with a Shorthorn, Harry Hartley with a Hereford, James Hartley with a Hereford, Scott Fritts with Herefords took ninth in places in their classes. Keith Barnett took a tenth with a Shorthorn, Merle Eakin took an eleventh and Rodney Rolfe took a fifteenth place with a Hereford. None of the Sherman County calves were thrown out by the classification for not being ready for the show.

“Joan Oveson took first with her lamb and Dick Oveson took third with his Hampshire hog. In the sale of these animals, the boys received approximately $15,000, the exact figure not having been received as yet.

“In the open classes, Millard Eakin’s Shorthorn bull, Diamond Souvenir, was first in his class as was his Wheatland Rosemary. They also took first as a pair. The Eakin herd placed third and fifth and second in other classes. Tom Fraser’s Belgians took ribbons although fewer horses were shown from the Fraser farm this year than usual.

“Sherman County boys participated in the calf scramble and have calves to feed for the next year. Ed Fritts won the Hereford given by the Mann’s farm from Pendleton as a prize for showmanship.”

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Sherman County eNews #290


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services September-October Activity Report

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

  3. Two Pesticide License Recertification Courses, Nov. 8

  4. Growing Your Brain, Forever

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 4-H Livestock Placings

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

1. Sherman County Emergency Services September-October Activity Report 

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

North Sherman County RFPD

September 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
9-04 2:24 PM Medical Assist Wasco
9-09 2:10 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 111.5
9-09 5:20 PM Medical Assist Sinclair Station in Rufus
9-14 5:31 PM Vehicle Fire Tyee Motel in Rufus
9-16 8:59 AM Grass Fire Davis Rd.  Grass Valley
9-18 3:29 PM Medical Assist Moro
9-21 6:13 AM List Assist Wasco
9-23 11:07 AM Lift Assist Wasco
9-26 2:35 PM Lift Assist/Medical Assist Rufus

 North Sherman County RFPD

October 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
10-02 2:07 PM Brush Fire 3 Rivers Motel in Biggs
10-03 8:01 AM Rekindle of yesterday’s fire Biggs
10-04 6:05 PM Fire Watch Biggs
10-05 9:30 AM Fire Watch Biggs
10-06 8:56 PM Rekindle of Biggs Fire Welk Rd. in Biggs
10-08 8:40 AM Medical Assist Wasco
10-12 12:16 PM Vehicle Fire Subway in Biggs
10-16 4:50 PM Motor Vehicle Crash-Rollover Van Gilder Rd.
10-18 5:25 PM Lift Assist – Medical Alert Wasco
10-19 9:31 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 112
10-19 1:58 PM Medical Assist Wasco
10-19 5:36 PM Medical Assist Rufus
10-24 5:30 PM Medical Assist Rufus
10-24 7:10 PM Motor Vehicle Crash vs. Deer I-84  MP# 113
10-26 5:58 AM Medical Assist Pilot in Biggs
10-26 10:43 AM Medical Assist Rufus

Sherman County Ambulance

October 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
10-01 12:36 PM Allergic Reaction to Bees Moro Fire Station
10-02 12:57 PM Weakness Senior Center in Moro
10-02 2:07 PM Fire Standby Biggs Jct.
10-04 4:33 PM Fire Standby Biggs Jct.
10-08 8:40 AM Unresponsive Male Wasco
10-12 9:38 AM Burns to face Wasco
10-15 12:45 PM Chest Pain Sherman County School
10-16 4:48 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover Van Gilder Rd.
10-18 1:52 AM Diabetic Issue Rufus
10-18 4:06 PM Breathing Issue Moro
10-18 5:35 PM Lift Assist Wasco
10-19 9:31 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 112
10-19 1:58 PM Altered Mental Status Welfare Check Wasco
10-19 5:28 PM Fall Injury Rufus
10-20 11:14 PM Fall Injury Pilot Station in Biggs
10-23 4:15 PM Fall Injury Bob’s Texas T-Bone in Rufus
10-24 5:30 PM Ill Person Rufus
10-24 7:06 PM Car vs. Deer I-84  MP# 113
10-25 10:47 PM Difficulty Breathing Tall Winds Motel in Moro
10-26 5:48 AM Chest Pain Pilot in Biggs
10-26 10:43 AM Psychiatric Problem Rufus
10-28 8:07 AM Fall Injury Moro

Moro Fire Department

October 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
10/09 6:53 Electric Pole on fire Lonerock
10/29 7:25 Burn Pile Complaint 70620 Hwy 97  Moro


 2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 7 @ the Kent 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. Two Pesticide License Recertification Courses, Nov. 8

Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers two pesticide license recertification courses on Thursday, November 8 at Columbia Gorge Community College Hood River campus.

Worker Protection Standard meets from 8:30-12:30. Participants receive 4 core credits. Hazard Communication Aligned with GHS meets from 1:00-5:00. Participants receive 3 credits.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541.506.6011, or online at 

4. Growing Your Brain, Forever

How’s your education coming along? While there is a good chance that you are out of school, that is no reason to stop learning.

When you think about the people you have known, the ones who are most fully alive, invariably, it is those who have never stopped learning who come to mind. These same folks have developed creative strategies to keep themselves from becoming stuck in a rut, no matter how comfortable that rut may seem.

Lou once told of a retired couple who felt that their evenings at home in front of the TV were becoming dull. So, they agreed to turn off the television every night for an hour and spent the time taking turns reading aloud to each other. They decided magazines and romance or detective novels were off limits, but everything else was open. They read some philosophy, some theology, and a great deal of biography. They really got into Churchill’s history of World War II. After doing this every evening for a few weeks, they found that their powers of concentration had increased. Most evenings, they never turned the television seton at all.

Many large organizations require some of their staff members to take a certain amount of continuing education every year. Many corporations help their employees pay for tuition. For some, this continuing education may seem difficult, but is education a line item in your personal budget? If it isn’t, should it be? With the proliferation of online courses – a lot of them free or with a minimal charge – you don’t even need to leave the house to learn something new.

Just because you are no longer in school, it doesn’t mean that learning has to stop. If you are like most folks, you have probably learned more since you graduated, than you ever did in school! Education is a lifelong endeavor. It’s good for your brain, because it doesn’t have to stop growing. In fact, the brain loves to learn and build new neural pathways. The brain stops growing because you stop challenging it.

If you are serious about personal growth, you will take time to nourish your intellect as well as your heart and soul. And it is a great way to evade that Law of Entropy we talked about yesterday. ~The Pacific Institute 

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 4-H Livestock Placings

The Oregon Journal, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1947 (excerpts):

“Western Washington Steer Sets Record With Stock Show Victory. The so-called beef country east of the Cascades took a back seat at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition Monday in selection of the grand champion 4-H club fat steer. The grand champion, picked late in the day after the judge had worked his way through hundreds of well-formed, well-groomed animals, was Sir Loin, a 1245-pound black Angus, owned and shown by 11-year-old Hal Hamilton of Chehalis. Old-timers say it was the first time in history that a Western Washington steer has beaten entries from east of the mountains.  Hal, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hamilton, widely known cattle and turkey breeders, has been in a 4-H club only one year and won the top honor on his first trip to the P.I. … … A roan Shorthorn exhibited by Duane Eakin, 13, of Grass Valley, was named reserve champion… Roger Ball, Grass Valley, reserve championship in the Hereford breed, and Merle Eakin, Grass Valley, reserve championship in the Shorthorn breed. … … Joe Harvey, Sherman County, won tops in the heavy Hereford division and Dick Oveson, Sherman County, runner-up.

“Other winners in the steer classifications…

Aberdeen Angus: Hal Hamilton, Lewis County, 1st, Ed Fritts, Sherman County, 2nd;

Shorthorns, light: Duane Eakin, Sherman County, 1st, Merle Eakin, Sherman County 2nd;

Herefords, lot 1: David Wright, Sherman County, 2nd

Herefords, lot 2: Ed Fritts, Sherman County, 1st & 2nd;

Herefords, lot 6: Roger Ball, Sherman County, 1st;

Aberdeen Angus, light: Larry Kaseberg, Sherman County, 2nd.

(Open Class) “Shorthorn placings were dominated by Wheatdale Shorthorn Farms, Benge, Wash., and… shared with… Millard & Oma Eakin, Grass Valley.”

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