Sherman County eNews #179


  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

1.Spiritual Matters


Let Us Not Grow Weary

By Pastor Chris Jordan, ThM, Kent Baptist Church

Harvest season is upon us. Many of you are working from sun up to sun down to gather crops. Having not grown up in a rural farming area or community my knowledge of all things related to farms, tractors, livestock, etc. has come from children’s books, school and the Bible. The Bible is ripe with crops of wisdom ready for harvesting. My short experience living in this agrarian culture has made many of the Biblical references to sowing and reaping, growing and harvesting come to new life.

In the New Testament book of Galatians, Paul writes about a spiritual harvest. He writes “for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7b-8) Eternal life sounds pretty good but what does sowing to the Spirit look like. Paul goes on to write, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people” (Gal. 6:9-10).

Sowing in the Spirit is doing good to one another. When we walk by faith and do good to one another through the power of the Spirit then we reap eternal life. Jesus died and rose again to give us eternal life that is a free gift of God’s grace. The Holy Spirit then gives of seeds of ‘doing good’ to plant in other’s lives. We can sow these seeds by doing good to others because we are saved by grace through faith.

2. Classifieds (new or corrected)

[The Friday ending date for an ad is shown in numbers at the end of the ad, for example, July 8 = 7/8]


THANK YOU! Sherman County Historical Museum thanks all the young Pioneers who attended the Museum’s 2nd Annual Kid Pioneer Day on Wednesday, July 13th! It was a fun-filled day the old fashioned way. Thank you to our volunteers who brought all the fun together for everyone: Gail Macnab, Nancy Allen, Anita Kock, Tina Kaseberg, Abbey Phelps, Jessica Wheeler, Cindy Brown, Amy Dabulskis, Jessie Fuhrer and Dale Frey.  7/22

THANK YOU! I would like to thank the people who make the Sherman County Driver Education program work. Sherman County Court: Judge – Gary Thompson, Commissioners – Michael Smith and Tom McCoy, Budget Committee – Larry Hoctor, Kyle Blagg and Forest Peters and Budget Officer – Debbie Hayden, Justice of the Peace – Ron McDermid and Director of Emergency Services – Shawn Payne.  I would like to thank Craig Wood for opening up the Library Conference Room every morning for the class,
Mary Lou Martin who always is very helpful in making sure we had the room for class, Audrey Rooney who made sure students received and dropped off their applications and kept the students advised of information, and Rita Wilson who helped in the classroom. Thank you to all the parents who took the extra time and effort to get their students to class and drives, to the students who took the class, C. H. Urness Motors (Mike Urness) who has always donated key chains, hats and goodies for the end of the year, and Dave Kindig and KevDogg of Kindig-it Design (Velocity Channel) who autographed post cards for the class. (extra goody for students this year). Thank you everyone for your help! We would not be able to do this without you. ~ Sincerely, Paula King, Sherman County Driver Education, Coordinator/Instructor. 7/15

WELCOME! Welcome to Sherman County, Chris and Beverly Jordan and their children. Chris is the new pastor for Grass Valley and Kent Baptist Churches, ~ The Editor 7/15


GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. City of Grass Valley City Council has POSTPONED the 100th anniversary open house for the Pavilion from July 16, 2016 and have decided to include it in our annual Max Nogle fundraiser dinner/dance to be held on November 19, 2016. It will be a great celebration! Please plan to join us!  ~ Staff, Council and fundraising committee: Neil, Carol, David, Bonne, Kristin, Joan, Joann, Meinrad, Rita, Austin, Cathy, Jamie, Amanda and Scott  7/22


INTERNET INSTALLATION SUBCONTRACTOR(S). For a Sherman County resident. Seeking subcontractor(s) to install residential and commercial Internet connections. Basic knowledge of computer networking is necessary. Experience with satellite, cable or telephone installation is a bonus.   Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Install and configure (small) microwave radios, run cable, connect to client’s computer or home router. Provide paperwork to document installation, service, and repairs.   Requirements: Valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Ability to work outside in small spaces and comfortable with (residential roof) heights. Contractor sets own hours but it may be necessary to work on a weekend in an emergency situation. Strong technical, customer service, verbal and written skills.  Laptop computer, small ladder, normal hand tools, and Ethernet crimper and cable tester needed.  Compensation is per job (installations) and per hour (difficult installations and service work). Contract employment for Sherman County residents.  Please email resume to:  0/0


SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, pre-school, day care]

FAIR BOOK. 107th Sherman County Fair: Country Pride, County Wide! August 23-28! Get your Fair Book at a local business!

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez  0/0 



FAIR BOOK. 107th Sherman County Fair: Country Pride, County Wide! August 23-28! Get your Fair Book at a local business!




SHERMAN COUNTY BAKERS! The Sherman County Fair Board invites you to enter chocolate cakes and pies! Cash awards! See the Fair Book or for details. 8/19

FRESH PRODUCE. Now that we’re in the growing season, the Sherman County Senior & Community Center kitchen would very much appreciate donations of fresh fruit and veggies from your home gardens. ~ Jan Byram, Manager, Sherman County Senior & Community Center, 300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR  97039  7/22


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!  8/26



3. Calendar (new or corrected)

sign_slowCaution! Be aware of grain trucks just over the hill or around the corner on market roads, Scott Canyon, Highway 97 and Highway 206/Fulton Canyon. 

Watch your step! County guests need to be aware of a few hazards we all face in Sherman County. Please remember that dry grass ignites easily, no matter the season; it’s important to stay on designated roads and off private property. Don’t let fire destroy a family’s livelihood. And don’t let a rattlesnake or tick bite ruin your day!

Sherman County’s cycling itinerary is not recommended during grain harvest July 15 – August 15. ~


1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum – a Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Jane Root Winters Original Paintings

16 100th Anniversary of Grass Valley Pavilion Open House 6-9 Grass Valley, Oregon

16-19 Goldendale Rodeo Bible Camp (senior)

16 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Indian Trade Blankets 

17 Birthday Celebration for Eilene Eslinger, Mary Fields, Anita Hooper & Others 2    Sorosis Park, The Dalles

19 Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club 6

20 Sherman County Court 9

20-23 Goldendale Rodeo Bible Camp (junior)

21 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

22-24 National Association of Counties Conference, Long Beach, CA

23 Sunriver Antique & Classic Car Show

25-29 Sherman County 4-H Healthalicious Cooking Day Camp 9-12 

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles

26 Mid-Columbia Community Action Council Board Meeting 5:30 The Dalles

26-31 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Joseph                       

27-30 Hood River County Fair, Odell

30 Star Party, Overnight Campout at Maryhill Museum of Art

30 Free Training for FLL Robotics Coaches 8:30-4:30 Hood River Indian Creek Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College 


1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum – Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Carole Peake’s Collection of Loleta Miller Smith Martin’s Artwork

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Rufus Baptist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

3-7 Deschutes County Fair, Redmond

6-11 Wallowa County Fair, Enterprise

9-11 Wheeler County Fair, Fossil

10-13 Crook County Fair, Prineville

10-13 Grant County Fair, John Day

17 Sherman County Court 9

17-20 Morrow County Fair, Heppner

18 Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility Board Meeting 1 NORCOR

18 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

18-21 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley

22 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11-1 The Dalles

23 4 Rivers El Hub 10-12 Burnet Extension & Research Center, Moro                                                        

23-28 Sherman County Fair, Moro

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Show 10

24 Sherman County Fair Open Class Entries 11-6

24 Sherman County Fair Dale Coles Classic Car show 3:30, awards 5

24 Sherman County Fair with OSU Benny the Beaver

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H Style Show 5:15

24 Sherman County Fair – Freddie Prez on the Main Stage 5:30

24 Sherman County Fair – BBQ Dinner with Paradise Rose 6

24 Sherman County Fair – Freddie Prez on the Main Stage 6:30

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H Poultry, Rabbit & Cavie Show 8

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Market Judging 10

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Market Judging 11

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Market Judging 12:30

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Market Judging 2

25 Sherman County Fair Down on the Farm Chore Course 7

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H Home Economics Contests 8 4-H Pavilion

26 Sherman County Fair Open Class Horse Show 8:30-3

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship (sr.-int.-jr.) 10

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship 11

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship 1

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship 2

26 Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting Competition 7

27 Sherman County Fair Wellness Walk Downtown Moro 8

27 Sherman County Fair Parade Downtown Moro 9:15

27 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Grand Champion All-Around Showmanship 12

27 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Awards to follow Showmanship

27 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale 3

27 Sherman County Fair FFA Annual BBQ 5:30

27 Sherman County Fair Rodeo Royalty, Bull Riding 7:15 Arena

27 Sherman County Fair Dance with COUNTRYFIED 9:30-1 Arena

28 Sherman County Fair Cowboy Church

28 Sherman County Fair Demo Derby 1

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


1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum – Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families 1-5

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Keith Blaylock Metal Art

3 Wasco School Centennial Celebration

5 Labor Day

6 Sherman County Weed District Board

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Kent Baptist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

8 Sherman County Advisory Council 3-5 Sherman Public/School Library

11 Grandparents’ Day Free Admission, Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

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 Watershed Board Meeting 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

15 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

22 First Day of Autumn


1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Patti Moore’s Fiber Arts

5 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Church of Christ Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

15-16 Here & There Travel Fest, Oregon Convention Center

20 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

29 Sherman County Historical Museum Boots, Beer & Brats: Festival of Volunteers!

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April

31 Halloween


2 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Moro Presbyterian Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

6 Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program 2

8 Election Day

11 Veterans Day

19 Max Nogle Dinner/Dance Celebrating the 100 year birthday of the Grass Valley Pavilion

24 Thanksgiving


3  Sherman County Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3  Sherman Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Methodist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

21 First Day of Winter

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas

31 New Year’s Eve


Sherman County eNews #178


  1. A Giant Birthday Celebration for Sherman County Friends, July 17

  2. A Positive Mental Attitude

  3. “Animal Habitats of the Gorge” Summer Camp for ages 5-9

  4. 2016 Welcome to the Sherman County Fair, August 23-28

  5. A Matter of Self-Esteem

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

“Become a part of the solution. Serve your communities. Don’t be a part of the problem. We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in, and we’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.” —Dallas Police Chief David Brown, July 2016

1. A Giant Birthday Celebration for Sherman County Friends, July 17

Sunday, July 17th at 2 p.m. at Sorosis Park in The Dalles, there will be a giant birthday celebration! We are celebrating the 95th birthdays of Eilene Eslinger, Mary Fields (Mary Ann Justesen’s mother) & Nita Hooper. We are also celebrating birthdays of Gertrude Buether, Penny Eakin, Helen (Holmes) Brookings, Rory Wilson & Craig Wood. Hope to see you there!  ~ Leta Ann Eslinger

2. A Positive Mental Attitude

birdHappyOwlA positive mental attitude is an irresistible force that knows no such thing as an immovable body.  Time and again we hear stories about ordinary people who do seemingly impossible things when they find themselves in an emergency situation. They perform Herculean feats of strength and endurance, things they never dreamed they were capable of doing. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could harness that strength and make it available anytime you need it? You can — if you believe you can. No doubt you can remember a time in your life when you were exceptionally focused on your objective, a time when you achieved more in less time than ever before. Perhaps it was an impending vacation that motivated you to get everything done before you departed, or perhaps it was a “must pass” exam that helped you focus your concentration. The intensity that you developed in those situations is always available to you when you have a Positive Mental Attitude. ~ Napoleon Hill 

3. “Animal Habitats of the Gorge” Summer Camp for ages 5-9

What would it be like to be a bear, a fox, a raccoon, or an eagle? Kids ages 5 to 9 years can explore Animal Habitats of the Gorge August 1 through August 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Cost is $85 per child for non-members, $70 for members. Space is limited, and registration is required by July 29. For information call 541-296-8600 ext. 209, or visit

 4. 2016 Welcome to the Sherman County Fair, August 23-28

food.pie.hotWelcome to our 107th Sherman County Fair!  Let me introduce you to the fair board: Tom Rolfe, Chair, Bryce Coelsch, Vice-Chair, Jennifer Zimmerlee, Ted Sabey, Shandie Johnson, Bert Perisho and Rick Jauken.  Another very exciting fair will include old favorites like the kick-off BBQ, Dale Coles Classic Car Show, contests for cakes, pies, flowers and table setting/decorating. Returning to us for a third year is the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding Tour and our very own parade thru downtown Moro on Saturday morning.

New to the fair this year will be entertainer Freddie Prez.  Freddie will bring his new stage and will host several “one of a kind” contests.  Some of them can involve food and a special cannon!  You will have to watch to see what all happens.

applause1The board selected Margret Snider as the 2016 Grand Marshal.  Representing Sherman County Fair and your community at many local parades, rodeos and other area events is Princess Lexie Grenvik. Thank you Lexie for your hard work and dedication to Sherman County.  This year’s theme is “Country Pride County Wide.”

Please plan to join us to visit with friends, enter a contest, enjoy the livestock exhibited by the 4-H or FFA members, attend the bull riding, hear the Countryfied Band or watch the Demolition Car/Truck Derby.  The fair board wants to say thank you for attending our fair August 23rd thru August 28th in Moro Oregon.

See you at the fair!

Fair Secretary Beth McCurdy

5. A Matter of Self-Esteem

How do you respond to personal affronts or insults? If you have high self-esteem, they probably don’t bother you much. Here is why.

Have you ever noticed that people with low self-esteem have a terrible time with anything they perceive as an insult? You see, beneath their façade of self-confidence, they are really not convinced of their own value or competence. So whenever they believe that someone has insulted or rejected them, they come unglued.

These folks fret and fume. They get angry. They spend a lot of time brooding about it, and sometimes they even seek retaliation or revenge. But people with high self-esteem just brush it off. For example, at the height of the U. S. Civil War, President Lincoln and his secretary of war paid a visit to General McClellan in the battle area to hear first-hand about how the war was going.

As they were waiting for the general to arrive, McClellan came in, covered in grime. He brushed by them, went upstairs, and eventually sent his maid to tell them he was tired and had gone to bed. The secretary of war was aghast and said to Lincoln, “Surely you’re not going to let him get by with that. Surely you will relieve him of his command.”

Lincoln thought about it for a minute or two. Then he said, “No, I will not relieve him. That man wins battles and I would hold his horse and clean his shoes if it would hasten the end of this bloodshed by one hour.” It’s the same for anyone who has high self-esteem. They are so secure that they can easily be humble and nothing threatens their sense of purpose and self-worth.

Give some thought to this the next time you feel someone insults you. You may just decide that it isn’t that big a deal. ~ The Pacific Institute

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





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