Sherman County eNews #387


  1. Wasco United Methodist Church, Dec. 24
  2. Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Dec. 24
  3. Oregon Parks & Recreation Projects Grant Cycle
  4. Elizabeth Mae (Juhnke) McLenon, 1925-2015
  5. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving
  6. Links

Trip Check… Before you go!

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten, and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white.       ~ Irving Berlin.

1. Wasco United Methodist Church, Dec. 24


The Wasco United Methodist Church will be having a Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m. on December 24th.  All are welcome.

 2. Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Dec. 24




Thursday, December 24, 6 p.m.

Join Us for a Time of Celebration, Joy & Reflection!

Enjoy the Carols, Special Music, Readings & Christmas Message!

Moro Community Presbyterian Church, 204 4th Street, Moro, Oregon

3. Oregon Parks & Recreation Projects Grant Cycle

~ Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announces the opening of the 2016 Local Government Grant Program grant cycle for funding public parks and recreation projects. OPRD will host two workshops in February to assist applicants. Large, small and planning grants are available for cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts and port districts looking to fund the following types of projects: planning, development, rehabilitation, acquisition, and acquisition and development. The program is designed to help local government agencies acquire property for park purposes and fund outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities. The grants are funded from voter-approved lottery money. Applications deadlines are set for April and May depending on the type of grant. Two workshops are set: -Webinar workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 3 -Live workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 4, Salem To register and receive workshop notification, send contact information to Mark Cowan at OPRD gives more than $4 million annually to Oregon communities for outdoor recreation projects and has awarded nearly $50 million in grants since 1999. Applications, a grant manual, application deadlines and other information are online at

4. Elizabeth Mae (Juhnke) McLenon, 1925-2015

Elizabeth Mae (Juhnke) McLenon, 90, passed away December 20th, 2015. She was born on July 24, 1925, in Wasco, Oregon, being the first born child of Arthur and Helen (Striker) Juhnke. She was the wife of the late Wendell F. (Dink) McLenon who preceded her in death in 2005. They were married 59 years before his passing. They had one daughter Linda Young (Glen) and one grandson Bryan P. Young (Vickie), who all reside in Tallahassee, Florida. Due to the death of her mother when she was only 3 years old, her maternal grandparents, Tom and Bessie Striker, raised her and her younger sister Shirley on the Striker ranch near Rufus, Oregon, and in the family home in Wasco, Oregon.

She attended Rufus grade school and graduated from Wasco High in 1943. She went on to college for a few semesters and pledged to Beta Sigma Phi sorority, before leaving with her sister Shirley to become civil secretaries for the United States Armed Services in Ordinance, Oregon, and then Santa Ana California. She met the love of her life, Dink McLenon, in 1945 and they were married at the Striker home in Wasco, Oregon, on May 19th, 1946. They honeymooned across the country on a train to Florida and spent a brief time in Fort Ogden, Florida, and then moved to Naples, Florida, where they lived for close to 55 years. She was hired as Deputy Town Clerk in 1947 and worked for the city until 1959. In 1953 she was crowned one of the first Swamp Buggy Queens. In 1959, she and Betty Thurner opened Betty’s Inc. (a sportswear shop on 5th Avenue North), operating the store for 11 years. In 1959, at the request of the City Council, Betty was asked to design an emblem for the City of Naples, which was adopted as the official insignia and was used for close to 40 years. In 2000, Betty and Dink moved to Lorida, Florida, to live and fish on Lake Istapoga. When Betty retired she became an accomplished artist who enjoyed painting beautiful flowers and birds native to the state of Florida. A private service took place December 22nd at 11 a.m. at Fort Odgen Cemetery, Arcadia, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring, Florida or to your favorite charity. Arrangements were made by Robarts Family Funeral Home in Wauchula, Florida.

5. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving

*tax-deductible non-profit organizations [new in red]

Give to these organizations

to honor someone with a shared interest,

to recognize someone’s achievement or success,

in memory or remembrance,

to express your appreciation, or

as a gift for someone who has everything

  • *ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, PO Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • *Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • *North Sherman Pre-school, Inc., P.O. Box 308, Wasco, OR 97065
  • * Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, P.O. Box 385, Moro, OR 97039
  • Pioneer Potlatch
  • *Rufus Community Center, City of Rufus
  • *Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box __, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Athletic Foundation, PO Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Cultural Coalition
  • *Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Sherman County Food Bank, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council, 312 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 [Designate recipient county.]
  • *Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • *Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, PO Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Little League
  • Sherman Parent Teacher Organization
  • *Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Scholarship Association, Attn: Gary Shelton, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039.
  • *Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman Experiment Station Foundation, P.O. Box ___, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman Preschool, P.O. Box 66, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, PO Box   , Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco
  • *Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box ____, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Your church.


“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1809


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