Sherman County eNews #392

Table of Contents

  1. Prevention Coalition Winter Bonfire Today, Dec. 30
  2. Vernon & Virginia Melzer’s  70th Wedding Anniversary, Jan. 16
  3. Decision America Tour, Rev. Franklin Graham to visit Oregon Capitol
  4. Congressman Greg Walden: First Amendment Rights
  5. Links


1. Prevention Coalition Winter Bonfire Today, Dec. 30

Come join us for the Prevention Coalition winter bonfire event TODAY at 2 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Moro! It’s free for all ages, and there’ll be snacks! Bring the family to come warm up by the fire!

~ Amber DeGrange, Sherman County Juvenile Director 541-565-3461/541-565-3178


2. Invitation: Vernon & Virginia Melzer’s  70th Wedding Anniversary, Jan. 16

Shhh! It’s a surprise. Family and friends are invited to join us in celebrating 70 years of marriage between Vernon and Virginia Melzer, on January 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Wasco Annex (old grade school). No gifts needed! Your company will add to the celebration enough. Puller Pork Sandwiches and cake will be provided.  Please bring a side dish to share.  Questions or RSVP with Kris Melzer 541-980-8199.


 3. Decision America Tour, Rev. Franklin Graham to visit Oregon Capitol

Beginning next week, the Rev. Franklin Graham will begin a 50-state capitol tour of America calling on people to pray and vote. Rev. Graham says this election could be the most important in American history and is calling the tour the Decision America Tour. Graham also de-registered as a Republican and registered as an Independent voter as a show of neutrality. The first 13 states on the tour have been set with Oregon yet to be determined.


4. Congressman Greg Walden: First Amendment Rights

American flag2Our First Amendment rights, especially religious freedoms, have been threatened in recent years as taxpayers have been forced to foot the bill for abortion services regardless of whether that goes against their beliefs. Last week, a plan was signed into law to fund the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year. I wanted to update you on a number of provisions in the plan that take steps towards protecting life and defending religious freedoms in this country.

First and foremost, this bill prevents discrimination against healthcare providers who refuse to provide, pay for, or refer abortions. This might seem like common sense, but I believe this type of clear language is necessary to protect taxpayers. It also requires Obamacare health plans to disclose to customers if they provide abortions so that people don’t unknowingly purchase a health care plan that goes against their beliefs.

The bill also continues a ban on the use of federal funds to pay for abortions. This prohibition includes foreign assistance, which should be life-affirming, supporting the health of both women and unborn children. Funds are also prohibited from going to grant recipients that participate in coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization or engage in abortion-related litigation.

The plan bans gene editing of human embryos or the creation of embryos for research. In the past, the FDA has received applications for the approval of techniques to genetically manipulate human embryos in order to prevent disease. The desire to prevent illness and suffering is one we all share, but creating human embryos with manipulated genes raises concerns for the safety of the embryo being experimented on. The patient who would be affected, the unborn child, cannot give consent to these procedures.

I believe these are some common sense steps that will help protect life and religious liberties. Please know that I will continue to support these and other measures that prevent Washington from using your tax dollars to fund abortions. I will be sure to keep you updated as legislation comes before me in the House.

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

Best regards,

Greg Walden, U.S. Representative, Oregon’s Second District


5. Links


What to know about new laws taking effect in 2016.

Editorial: The Good and Bad in the New Laws

Commentary: Why People Can’t Face the Truth about Obama


Rev. Franklin Graham | Decision America


Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility | Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman and Wasco counties [NORCOR]

NORCOR Current Inmates


Facebook Group | Road Conditions & Accident Reports in the Gorge Area

OSU Researchers’ find could slow age-related disease


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Understanding the U.S./Israeli Relationship


Secular Policy Institute

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Portland Biz Journal: Oregon’s Top 10 Spirits by Volume



Sherman County eNews #391

Table of Contents

  1. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Pizza Night, Jan. 20
  2. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society, “It’s all Relative,” Jan. 9
  3. Sherman County Court (draft) Agenda, Jan. 6
  4. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving
  5. “Jump Start Healthy Living” course offered by Sherman Extension
  6. Bible Study | Ephesians | Ten Weeks Starting Jan. 5
  7. Links

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

1. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Pizza Night, Jan. 20

Join us at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center for a Pizza Night! Pizzas donated by Papa Murphy’s and salads donated by advisory board members with proceeds going to support the Senior & Community Center meal program.

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Fee: $6.00 per person

Location: Senior & Community Center, 300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR

 2. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society, “It’s all Relative,” Jan. 9 

 The first general meeting and program of the year will be on January 9, 2016 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in the downstairs conference room. As the program theme suggests, we will be discussing relative information pertaining to the society and the duties of officers and chair persons. We will also be giving information on the publications that the society has for sale and discussing future events. Other topics will be the libraries at the Discovery Center and the new addition to The Dalles-Wasco County Library. All members are encouraged to attend. The program starts at 1:00 p.m.  A $1.00 donation is suggested to offset the room rental. ~ Georga Foster, Publicity Chair 541-296-2882 

 3. Sherman County Court (draft) Agenda, Jan. 6

  1. Appointment Schedule:
    1. 9:00 a.m.         Jenine McDermid – Clerk – Quarterly Report
    2. 9:15 a.m.         Dan Aldrich – Maintenance Technician – Quarterly Report
    3. 9:30 a.m.         Dean Dark – Wildlife Specialist – Quarterly Report
    4. 9:45 a.m.         Georgia Macnab – Planning Director – Quarterly Report
    5. 10:00 a.m.       Sharon Thornberry – Rural Communities Liaison – Regional Food Bank Update
    6. 10:30 a.m.       Shawn Payne – Emergency Services Director – Quarterly Report
    7.  10:45 a.m.       Shandie Johnson – Prevention Coordinator – Quarterly Report
    8. 11:00 a.m.       Heath Gardner – Wenaha Group – Courthouse Facilities Updat
    9. 11:45 a.m.       Jacque Shei – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District – Quarterly Report
    10. 1:00 p.m.         Bryan Hunt – Veterans Services – Quarterly Report
    11. 1:15 p.m.    Rene’ Moore, Brad Baird – Biggs Service District / Anderson Perry & Associates – Biggs Service District Update; Supplemental Budget Hearing
  2. Additions to Agenda:
  3. Action Items:
    1. Appointment – Budget Officer: Debbie Hayden
    2. Appointment – Budget Committee: Kyle Blagg

    Discussion Items:

    Commissioner Reports

  4. Consent Agenda:

Minutes of December 16, 2015

Claims – December 2015

Future Agenda Items:

 4. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving  (new)


  • *ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • *HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • *Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • *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
  • * Rural Development Initiatives
  • *Sherman County Ambulance, P.O. Box __, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. 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, P.O. 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, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco
  • *Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box ____, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Your church.


 5. “Jump Start Healthy Living” course offered by Sherman Extension

Get help and motivation to reach your healthy New Year’s resolutions.  Register for “Jump Start Healthy Living,” a free 4-part course offered in January by OSU Sherman County Extension at the office in Moro.

Learn academic-research based tips for weight loss and healthy eating; understand the stages of behavior change; and set up your environment to encourage healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Enjoy cooking tips and healthy food samples each evening.

Mark your calendar for Tuesdays at 6:00pm on January 5, January 12, January 19 (to be held at Sherman Wellness Center), and January 26.  Call the Sherman Extension Office to save your spot:  541-565-3230 or email

Folks who participated in a Sherman County weight loss support group and/or Weight Watchers are especially encouraged to attend, as there is interest in having an on-going local program to encourage each other in healthy eating and active living.

6. Bible Study | Ephesians | Ten Weeks Starting Jan. 5

A women’s bible study, co-lead by Ree Ella von Borstel and Shirley Fritts will begin Tuesday, January 5, at 4:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the Senior Center in Moro. It will be a one hour session lasting approximately 10 weeks. The study will be “Ephesians–Wholeness for a Broken World.” This bible study is open to any woman interested in studying Ephesians.



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