Sherman County eNews #201


  1. P.S. Sherman County Friday Classifieds (new)

  2. NOTICE – Sherman County School District Regular Board Meeting, Aug. 8

  3. Oregon Freedom of Information Act – Public Records Law

  4. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Awards Century Status to 6 Farms & Ranches and 5 Sesquicentennial Farms in 2016

  5. Sherman County Fair Table Setting/Decorating Contest

  6. Sherman County Historical Museum’s Artist Series for August  

 1. P.S. Sherman County Friday Classifieds (new)

HELP WANTED. Need 2 strong and careful bodies to move a small sofa bed in Wasco. Will be moving the sofa bed from backyard apartment into house and up a stairway. The stairway is too narrow, so sofa bed will need to be carried above railing while avoiding walls and ceiling fixture. The sofa bed will also need to go through a few doorways, probably on its side. Shouldn’t take more than 1/2 hour. $20/per person. Contact Dave at 503-341-4450 or 8/12

LADDER FOR SALE OR TRADE. 14′ aluminum tripod orchard ladder. $40 or will trade for 8′ or 10′ aluminum orchard ladder. Located in Wasco. Contact Dave at 503-341-4450 or 9/9

MONTANA SILVERSMITH SUMMER SALE. Summer Sale on all Montana Silversmith jewelry including new arrivals! Items are 20% to 40% off!! Come by Morrow County Grain Growers in Wasco and get some new Bling for back to school, a gift for someone or to wear to one of the many area county fairs and rodeos. MCGG has one of the biggest selections of Montana Silver items in the Columbia River area! 8/26

RESTAURANT SERVER. The Branding Iron in Moro, Oregon is looking for a part-time 18 year old server. Some Responsibilities include: Providing excellent customer service; Greeting customers and presenting menus; Taking and serving food and drink orders; Arranging table settings and maintaining a clean and tidy environment; Delivering checks and collecting payments. If interested please stop by the restaurant for an application or call (541) 565-0562.  8/19

GORGE VISTA SUBDIVISION. Gorge Vista subdivision has 16 lots available for sale. 3 lots are already sold and 2 sale pending. The lots range in size from .15 acre to .24 acres; prices range from $25K-$35K. There are a few lots with Columbia River views. Sherman County has a land home package loan assistance available to qualified buyers. Contact Cheri Belander, Owner/Or. Principal Broker, Cheri Belander Real Estate, 802 W 6th St., The Dalles, Or. 97058 & 1301 12th St., Hood River, Or. 97031 & 541-806-5424.

NOTE. Please submit classified ads by using the Submit News page. Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Friday Classifieds are a great place for thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes.

2. NOTICE – Sherman County School District Regular Board Meeting, Aug. 8



3. Oregon Freedom of Information Act – Public Records Law

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Public Records Law, first enacted in 1973, is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels. The ORS 192.410(4)(a) says that a public record includes any writing that contains information that relates to the conduct of the public’s business, is prepared, owned, used or maintained by a public body regardless of physical form or characteristics. If a record (a) does not relate to the conduct of the public’s business and (b) is contained on a privately owned computer,” then it is not a public record as defined in the law.

Anyone can request public records and a statement of purpose is not required. There are no restrictions on the use of records nor is there a specified time limit for responses.

4. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Awards Century Status to 6 Farms & Ranches and 5 Sesquicentennial Farms in 2016

farm.windmill(Salem, OR) — At the annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair, families from across the state will receive recognition for operating as Century or Sesquicentennial (150-year) Farm or Ranch.

The 2016 ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 11:00 am at the Oregon State Fair in the Picnic Grove Boots N’ Brew Area. Please join us for this special event that celebrates Oregon’s agricultural heritage.

Six farms and ranches from six different counties will be honored this year as Century Farms or Ranches and five farms from four different counties reached Sesquicentennial status, bringing the total number of Oregon Century Farms and Ranches to 1,181 & Sesquicentennial to 38.

The Century farm and ranch families being honored in 2016 are: Mel & Linda Omeg, Omeg Family Orchards: Wasco County; Doris Alley, Alley Ranch: Sherman County; Carman Ranch LLC, Carman Ranch: Wallowa County; Lois Mills, M Christensen Family Farm: Yamhill County; David Grossen, Peter Fred Grossen Farm: Washington County; Kenneth & Earl Davenport, Alder Glade Farm: Marion County. (See narratives below)

The Sesquicentennial Award program began in 2008 in honor of Oregon’s 150th birthday celebration. Sesquicentennial awards recognize Oregon families who have continuously farmed portions of their original family acreage for 150 years or more. Thirty-eight families have now received this prestigious sesquicentennial award.

The families being honored this year are Carolyn Colson, Mosby Century Farm: Lane County; Louise Cox/Smith L. Cox, Jesse & Ruby Looney Farm: Marion County; Thomas and Zan Ewing, Maple Hill Farm: Marion County; Gordon Zimmerman, Gordon Zimmerman Farm: Yamhill County; Floyd & Betty Jo Smith, Smith Bros Farms, LLC: Linn County. (See narratives below)

Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch program encourages agriculture families to share, with a broader audience, these stories. By promoting family stories, rich cultural heritage is passed down to future generations while educating Oregonians about the social and economic impact of Oregon agriculture.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process. Members of the Application Review Committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities. Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic records. These records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns or statistics on livestock and crop cycles. All documents are archived for public access.

Award winners receive a certificate signed by the Governor and Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Historic roadside signs are imprinted with the founder’s name and the year the ranch or farm was established.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered by the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education. It is supported by a partnership among the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Office, OSU University Archives, and by generous donations of Oregonians.

For information about the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, contact Andréa Kuenzi, Program Coordinator, at 503-400-7884 or The application deadline for 2017 is May 1. For more information about the program, visit

5. Sherman County Fair Table Setting/Decorating Contest

Table Setting/Decorating Contest

A new contest designed to get EVERYONE’S party planning/special event, creativity, fun, thinking cap going. A complete table setting, decorated and set up for two!!

We have 3 age categories: Youth, Adult, and Team of Two, and 5 classes to select from there are 5 to pick from.

Entry Fees:

No Entry fees for this division

Entries Accepted:

  1. Entries will be accepted until 6:00 pm on  Wednesday August 24, 2016 (this contest must be entered by Wednesday entries will be taken at the fair office)
  2. Placement of table will be Thursday Morning before 10:00 a.m. (special arrangements can be made for Wednesday evening placement)
  1. Entry form follows this section and can also be found on our website on the special contest tab.

Special Notes and Rules

  1. Please bring your own table; Table is not to be larger than 36” square. (However Sherman County Fair has some tables available, these will be on a first come first serve basis)
  2. Tables are to be set up for 2 people, this is a complete table set up.
  3. Table decoration should be designed for functional service of the menu with decoration that follows the established theme. Table decorations will be judged on overall creativity, functionality, appearance, tableware (appropriate choices for the menu) table cover/placemats (clean, pressed and appropriate for the menu) table decorations (centerpiece, place cards, etc.) and menu (neatly written or typed large enough for easy reading by the viewing public) and with menu items listed in the order of  service
  4. Display needs to include a menu. (no need to cook any of the items)
  5. Theme/title needs to be listed first on Menu display card.
  6. Nonperishable items are encouraged
  7. Fresh flowers are okay need to be displayed properly.
  8. All items should be labeled of ownership, but not visible while on display
  9. A complete Paper party; all matching paper products coordinated line (aka Hallmark, American Greetings) will not be allowed.
  10. Please remember that all items will be on display for several days, select your props accordingly.
  11. Any questions or concerns, please call Beth at 541-980-1821

Release of Exhibits:

Exhibits will be released on Sunday August 28, at 4:00 p.m. this time is subject to change and will be posted and announced during the fair week.



1st place  $ 10.00

2nd place  $ 8.00. (Per category/class)

Category                                                                 Classes

Youth; up to age 18                                    TD1000  Holiday

Adult; over 18                                                         TD1002  Fair Theme

Team of two                                                                       TD1003  Kids Theme

TD1004  Wild West/BBQ

TD1005  Fancy/Elegant





  • Is the choice of plats, glassware and silverware appropriate for the chosen menu?
  • Is each place setting correctly set to match the menu as served?


  • Is the choice of table covering (tablecloth, runner, place mat, etc.) appropriate for the theme?
  • Is the chosen napkin appropriate for the setting?
  • Are all displayed items clean and items pressed?
  • Is the centerpiece appropriate (color, occasion, visible to all diners) for the theme?
  • If place cards are used are they neatly printed or typed, placed correctly and appropriate to the theme?


  • Is the menu appropriate for the chosen theme?
  • Are the courses listed in the correct order as served? (if appropriate)
  • Is the menu neatly written or typed? Spelling errors?
  • Is it large enough to be easily read and displayed for easy viewing?
  • Are the food choices suitable for the occasion and theme?
  • Is the type and variety of foods to be served complement each other?


  • Does the table setting show functionality, originality and creativity?
  • Is the overall effect pleasing to the eye?


6. Sherman County Historical Museum’s Artist Series for August

100_5494Moro, OR — The Sherman County Historical Museum’s Artist Series for August features local artist Carole Thompson Peake along with a collection of paintings by Loleta Martin, Carole’s mother.  Their display at the museum is a moving tribute to one of Sherman County‘s famous citizens who created landscape and flower paintings in oils and watercolors found in homes and galleries world-wide. The art world knew Loleta by her pen name, Miller Smith, the name she used on her paintings. During that time, it was thought the masculine name would promote marketing and position her as a serious artist. Miller was her maiden name; Smith was her married name during most of the time she painted professionally. She finished her artistic career as the wife of the long time Sherman County farmer Donald Martin.

One of Loleta’s most enthusiastic students was her own daughter, Carole Thompson Peake.  Carole currently lives in Sherman County with her husband Del and they love to travel, volunteer and spend time with their families.  Carole attended almost every class her mother offered. Inspired by her mother’s example, Carole also demonstrated amazing art talent and she continued her development as an artist through classes with Jeff Stuart in The Dalles, Oregon, which resulted in Carole’s work being displayed at the Portland Airport.

Born and raised in Portland, Loleta began painting when she was 10 years old. Under the tutelage of her two uncles, one a professional artist, the other a stained glass designer, she showed amazing talent with brush and palette knife for one so young. More intensive four year study was completed at the Pasadena School of Fine Arts, working in a wide range of styles from realistic to contemporary modern art. Forde Dann, teacher and art critic, and Robert Frame, professor at Otis Art Institute, were among those who contributed in shaping the talent of this fine artist.

Loleta married Frank Smith of Portland in 1930 and in the 1940s they moved to Sherman County where they operated Poplar Grove, a restaurant and service station, while their children Bill and Carole were growing up. In 1945, they built and operated a motel near Maryhill Ferry Slip on the Oregon side of the Columbia River between Biggs and Rufus. Following the sale of the motel in 1950, the Smiths were visiting in California and decided to buy an interior decorating store where Loleta’s artistic expertise could be utilized. Loleta helped customers choose colors and finish their homes with harmonious draperies and upholsteries. For some, she did custom paintings to accent and enhance their furnishings.

After having her paintings shown in various galleries, Loleta was approached by Lucy Nimitz, wife of the World War II Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who had seen the paintings, and been so attracted by their brilliance and colors that she asked to be her agent. This was a special honor because Lucy Nimitz was one of the best known art dealers in southern California. Known as Luart Incorporated, Lucy Nimitz was Loleta’s agent for 15years and placed her paintings in numerous California galleries. As a result, Loleta won contracts for reproductions of many of her flower pictures, art calendars, and greeting cards. Subsequent contracts included an extensive watercolor series for a new building in New York City.

The recipient of many awards, Miller Smith’s work has enjoyed impressive museum acceptance in her native state of Oregon and the galleries of California. Her oil paintings are best known for their brilliant, vibrant colors and palette knife induced texture that has received enthusiastic acclaim among art lovers and private collectors.

Loleta and Frank Smith returned to Oregon in 1972, moving to Moro to be near their daughter Carole Thompson and their four grandchildren. After Frank’s death in 1976, Loleta shared her talent and passion for art through teaching others. She reached out to inspire more than 75 local people to enjoy and express themselves by painting in oils. Her belief was that anyone could learn to paint.

In 1978, Loleta married Sherman County farmer, Don Martin. Don encouraged her work by taking her on trips to many places where she would either paint on site or bring home photographs of beautiful landscape scenes she would paint at home.

Loleta passed away in 1985 at the age of 75, a well-loved wife, mother and grandmother. Her legacy continues through the generations as Loleta’s daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren demonstrate their passion for art. Her family as well as her many students are grateful for the gifts Loleta left them; the wonderful paintings displaying the beauty of color, values, shadow, texture and light, and a deep appreciation for all the color nature provides.

Please visit the Sherman County Historical Museum to see Carole and Loleta’s wonderful artwork.  There is no charge for this exhibit which is on display in the lobby for the month of August.  The award-winning Museum in Moro is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon.  For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website: