Sherman County eNews #65


  1. Sherman Boys Advance to Championship Game, March 5
  2. Sherman 4-H Outdoor Cooking & Food Preservation Club Report
  3. Chicken Tenders 4-H Club News Report
  4. Sherman County Hunter Education Classes, March 24, 25 & 26
  5. Lavelle Dormaier 1925-2016
  6. Non-Profit Organization Seeks Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students 
  7. Help with Health Care Coverage, March 8
  8. A letter sent to two U.S. Senators from Washington State
  9. Links

  1. Sherman Boys Advance to Championship Game, March 5  Sherman advances to the championship game Saturday night after a 74-65 win over Nixyaawii. Saturday night’s game will be at Baker City High School against Columbia Christian and is scheduled to be played at 8:30.

2. Sherman 4-H Outdoor Cooking & Food Preservation Club Report

4-H clover1~ Submitted by Isabella Mills, news reporter

         The Sherman 4-H Outdoor Cooking & Food Preservation club met for the first time on Monday, February 29 at 3:45pm at the OSU Sherman Extension Office in Moro. Attending were Maddie Berry, Pyeper Walker, Talon Dark, Isabella Mills (Izzy), Emma Robbins, and Izabella (Bella) Montesanti, and leader Cindy Brown.  Shelby Havins had an excused absence.

Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bella and the 4-H Pledge by Izzy.  The club members all received a handout about our club activities and discussed 4-H “learning by doing”.  Leader Cindy Brown discussed attendance and excused absences, and asked all members what they would like to make or do in our new club.  We as club members are going to learn simple foods.  Today we used a cast iron rocket stove to prepare popcorn, hot cocoa and scrambled eggs.  Our next meeting will be Monday, March 28.  There will also be 2 Food Preservation workshops during Spring break:  Monday March 21 jam, Tuesday March 22 salsa.  Meeting was adjourned at 5:05pm.

3. Chicken Tenders 4-H Club News Report

            4-H clover1The Sherman County 4-H club, The Chicken Tenders, meet on February 12, 2016 at 12:45pm at the Sherman Extension Office.  Attending were:  Rachel, Mercedez, Anthony, Joey, Clay and Quinton.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Anthony, Rachel led the 4-H Pledge.

          Elected Clay as President.  We talked about brooding, showmanship and market, raising the animal, what you do at fair, and where to buy them, plus anatomy.  Our next meeting will be March 11, 2016.  Meeting adjourned by 1:55pm.

          Submitted by Mercedez Cardona, news reporter.

4. Sherman County Hunter Education Classes, March 24, 25 & 26

  • MAR 24, 08:00 AM – 02:00 PM
  • MAR 25, 08:00 AM – 02:00 PM
  • MAR 26, 08:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Register online at:

Questions? Contact James Burgett.  541-965-0305

5. Lavelle Dormaier 1925-2016

Lavelle Dormaier was born to Bernis and Frances Guy on May 25, 1925. She passed away on February 15, 2016, at 90 years old in Portland. Lavelle went to school in Wasco, then to Northwest Business College. She met Albert Dormaier, who was working on his brother’s farm, and they married in September 1945. They moved to the grandparent’s farm outside of Wasco to work the wheat ranch and lived there for 5 years until they moved into town to the home their grandparents had once lived in. She worked for the Wasco Elementary School as a secretary and then in the summers drove truck during the harvest. Around the ‘70s they moved to Portland and then to the desert in California where they lived until the death of her husband in 1992. Lavelle remained in Cathedral City. Surviving are daughter Maxine of Portland, son Albert of Portland, daughter Arlene of Beaverton, 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Per her request, there will be no services. 

6. Non-Profit Organization Seeks Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students 

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!

7. Help with Health Care Coverage, March 8

Everyone agrees that healthcare is important – but healthcare coverage can be confusing. With today’s rising cost of healthcare, healthcare coverage is important. Even a simple accident or illness can have a significant financial impact on an individual or a family.

Navigating the Healthcare Coverage system can be frustrating but Healthy Beginnings is here to help! We have assisters with years of experience navigating the system and advocating for our clients. With Healthy Beginnings’ knowledgeable, helpful staff, there is no reason to wait.

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, March 8th at the Sherman County Public/School Library from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Staff will be there to help with eligibility questions and take clients through the entire application process. We are also available to assist clients with reapplication and renewals and even speed up the process for urgent medical needs!   If you need Health Insurance, or have questions about it, please come by or give us a call at 541-383-6357 to see if we can help. We are available for remote assistance and outside of schedule office hours as well.

8. A Letter to U.S. Senators from Washington State

[confirmed accurate by Snopes] April 3, 2013 Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell Washington, DC , 20510 Dear Senator:          I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.

Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government. I shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.

Last year, the president spent an estimated 1.4 $billion on himself and his family. The vice president spends $millions on hotels. They have had 8 vacations so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America’s answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.

In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. “Obama Care,” a bill which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves from it substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care insurance.

You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one percenters,” consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises while making 3.5 times the average U.S. individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as the president and veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which, of course, you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).

You understand very well the only two rules you need to know – (1) How to get elected, and (2) How to get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of an eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the ill-informed and under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote) who are looking for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called “safety net” has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now, about 49 or 50 million on food stamps – pretty much all Democrat voters – and the program is absolutely rife with fraud with absolutely no congressional oversight?

I would offer that you are not entirely to blame. What changed you is the seductive environment of power in which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a leadership role. To paraphrase President Reagan, it appears that the second oldest profession (politics), bears a remarkably strong resemblance to the oldest.

As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 – 1902), English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” I’m only guessing that this applies to the female sex as well. Tell me, is there a more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?

While we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very few) what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use, and what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing the consumer more and more every day.

As I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president and my government tell me “You’ll just have to take a pill,” while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and other exulted government officials and their families will get the best possible health care on our tax dollars until you are called home by your Creator while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.

The chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be generated by them with an auto signature applied, hoping we will believe that you, our senator or representative, has heard us and actually cares. This letter will, however, go on line where many others will have the chance to read one person’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its administration and its senators and representatives.

I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for all the generous entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless, of course, it just goes on the $17 trillion national debt for which your children and ours, and your grandchildren and ours, ad infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.

My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to destroy this country I deeply love and put it so far in debt that we will never pay it off while your lot improves by the minute, because of your power. For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in your House who constantly deceive the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer to clean up this cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill the goose that lays your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare to bring it up.

Sincerely, Bill Schoonover 3096 Angela Lane Oak Harbor, WA 98277

9. Links  glasses

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