Sherman County eNews #204


  1. Sherman County 4-H Swine Club Reports

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

  3. Oregon FFA Association: Leadership, Personal Growth, Career Success

  4. Oregon State Fair Special Days, Deals & Promotions

  5. Sherman County Connections on Facebook

  6. Sherman County Fair Timeline 1909-1989

  7. Reasonable Expectations

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

1. Sherman County 4-H Swine Club Reports

4-H clover1June 30, 2016

The Sherman County 4-H Swine Club met at the OSU Extension Office in Moro, Oregon at six o’clock. All of the members were their; Emma Stutzman, Jed Harrison, Sammie Lepinski, Cadence Smith, and Allie Marker.

The Fair board was invited to come see and watch all the presentations. There was about 10 people excluding the members of the club. Cadence Smith’s presentation was about swine, Allie Marker’s was about “How to boot up a horse”, Emma and Sammie did there’s on the different cheese in the world, and Jed did his on keywords in 4-H with pictures, spelling, and definition.

After the presentations, the club members decided to do a raffle basket full of barbeque stuff. Each member of the club was going to be something for the basket. Emma brought seasonings and marinade, Jed brought utensils, Cadence brought apron and the “basket”, Sammie brought plates and cups, and Allie brought cook books. The members also decided on what we should give the buyers– What they decided was dry pork rub in a cup or mug, for each person.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m. The next meeting will be on July twenty-eighth at six o’clock. All the members will bring there idem for the raffle basket and make lists for letters to send to. ~  Submitted by Sammie Lepinski

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July 28, 2016

On July twenty-eighth the Sherman County 4-H Swine Club met at the OSU extension office at six o’clock p.m. There, was Jed Harrison, Sammie Lepinski, Emma Stutzman, and Cadence Smith. Missing was Allie Marker.

The pledge of allegiance and 4-H pledge was led by Sammie Lepinski. The meeting started off by collecting everyone’s things they brought for the barbeque raffle basket; Emma brought seasonings and marinade, Jed brought utensils, Sammie brought plates and cups, Cadence brought an apron, and Allie gave the leaders the cook books before.

The next thing the club did was, everyone said a couple businesses we were going to invite to the auction– Each member has five or more businesses they are going to go and give our letter, we wrote, and brochures to the managers. Samantha and Brenna said that if we run out of letters or brochures we could copy them and print more.

The members each chose two cups out of the five cups Emma found. The winner was a silver travel mug, the mug was a little expensive if we also wanted to get club shirts. So we decided to pay Samantha the money for each cup and use the money we earned during our concessions at baseball games to buy shirts for everyone.

After all of this, our last thing we did was make rub for the buys at the auction. The leaders found a recipe for dry rub for any pork meat. Everyone had fun making the rub. We put all the rub into glass mason jars, put labs on the lids and the sides, and put them back into the box. We made enough rub to give our buyers one for each pig and a little to take home for ourselves.

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m. We do not know if we will have another meeting but the Sunday before fair we will meet at the swine barn and decorate the inside of the barn and we can bring red, white, or blue bandanas for our stalls. The time for this will be emailed to each of us and it is required. ~ Submitted by Sammie Lepinski

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

4-H clover1The “Pans on Fire” 4-H outdoor cooking and food preservation club met for the last time in this 4-H year on Tuesday August 9 at 10 am at the Sherman Extension office in Moro.  Attending were Isabella and Emma, with guests Rilea, Allie and Carol.  Excused absences were Maddie, Talon, Bella.  Pledge of Allegiance by Rilea, 4-H pledge by Izzy.  We talked about what our club has donated for fair raffle basket.  We talked about our last meeting.  Cindy went over Emma and Izzy’s posters they will be making, with possible topics for your poster.  The other thing we need to turn in is our record book.  We went over what’s in the record book.  We wrote in our project record.  Meeting adjourned 10:40am.  Submitted by Izabella Mills, News Reporter

 3. Oregon FFA Association: Leadership, Personal Growth, Career Success  

logo.FFA.jpgEvery year, students around the State utilize skills they’ve gained from inside the classroom to accomplish events that many would find terrifying. After having competed in the creed FFA career development event, Jennifer Goddik of Dayton FFA learned so much about not only the history and heritage of the foundation of the FFA organization, but more importantly, she learned a lot about a solid way of living. She discovered that there is a need for leaders who play square with others, and who depend on her for happiness in this world. Her eyes were opened to the fact that she is not the only one who gets frustrated with the farm life. But most notably, she realized that she CAN make a difference in her community through her knowledge and skills gained through her strive to always work harder and do more for others.

The FFA creed is not the only event that members have been utilizing their skills in. Within the Eastern Oregon District lies the Cove FFA Chapter, home to the Hulse twins. This year, Hailey Hulse participated in Ag Sales and is looking forward to Parliamentary Procedure in the spring. “The atmosphere at (Ag Sales) was so inviting and filled with opportunities, it was enjoyable trying to convince strangers to purchase the item you approached them with…” said Hailey about her experience during the event. Hailey, along with fellow chapter members Josey Koehn and Megan Espinola won top three at districts. “I had a wonderful time and am excited for it next year.”

4. Oregon State Fair Special Days, Deals & Promotions

August 26 – September 5

dollars.coinsWith deals like these, big fun doesn’t require big bucks. The 2016 Oregon State Fair is proud to offer several handsome discounts. See for Parking – Opening Day – Advance Admission – Advance Purchase Carnival Rides – Veterans – First Responders – Senior Citizens, and

5. Sherman County Connections on Facebook

BeeCity of Rufus


Equine Mania LLC

Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration & Rejuvenation

John Day River Territory 

Locust Tree Salon 

Maryhill Museum of Art 

North Central Livestock Association 

Sherman Booster Club 

Sherman County 4-H Oregon 

Sherman County Court

Sherman County Fair

Sherman County Historical Society & Museum 

Sherman County Public/School Library Youth Programs 

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office 

Sherman Jr./Sr. High School

The Bulldog Diner 

Wasco Memorial Day 

Wasco School Centennial Celebration

6. Sherman County Fair Timeline 1909-1989

1909 The first real Sherman County Fair was held in October.
1910 This fair was held in downtown Moro with animals housed in the livery stable.
  The County negotiated for grounds adjacent to the Experiment Station and bought it from Eastern Oregon Land Company.
1911 The new fair grounds opened.
1912 Children’s Industrial Fair started.
1913 A big year at the fairgrounds:

·       A site was leveled for a track.

·       New cattle and swine barns were built.

·       Events included trick riding, Wild West events, chariot races and novelty saddle horse races.

1914 More changes:

·       A new barn for racing teams & a combination judge’s and band stand were built.

·       The grandstand was enlarged to seat 800.

·       A building was constructed for fancy work exhibits.

·       New events included automobile and motorcycle races, and a race against time by a Ford car that made the amazing 44 miles per hour on the ½ mile track!

1915 A Ferris wheel and other amusements were set up in downtown Moro during the fair. Munter offered aeroplane flights out of the fairgrounds.
1917 There were enough horses in the county to have races of our own plus some free-for-all races.
1918 A short fair because of the war.
1919 The largest attendance so far, 800 paid admissions on Friday alone.
1923 September fairs started this year. A new event, a smoker, was organized with local fighters.
1925 All of the buildings were painted. A new chariot race event was started with newer, lighter chariots.
1931-1934 A 4-H Fair was all that was held because of the depression.
1935 Renewal came. The Civilian Conservation Corps, “the CCC boys,” made improvements, repainted buildings, constructed bucking chutes, corrals and arenas, put new windows in the barns and re-wired the buildings. A successful 3-day fair with exciting chariot races and bucking horses.
1936 A successful racing program was developed. Events included a large carnival, bucking show and stock show.
1937 Mac Barbour’s Rodeo came to the fair.
1938 Starting gates were built for the race track.
1940 We crowned our first fair queen and court.
1942-1945 Only 4-H livestock and 4-H projects were exhibited. Many Sherman County kids took their livestock to the Pacific International Livestock Show and won!
1946 ·       The draft horse barn was modified for cattle.

·       A sales and show ring, calf & steer chutes and wash stand were built.

·       All the buildings were painted.



Mid-Columbia Riders Club competitions, a calf scramble, carnival and horse racing events.
1950 The arena was sprinkled for the horse show, races and rodeo. Big carnival.
1952 Sherman County had a large horse show with more classifications than the State Fair!
1953 A hot water tank was installed in the pavilion so 4-H club members could cook.


·       Amateur rodeo started.

·       Horse racing was in big demand.

·       Lighting was installed around the arena.

1961 The fair queen and her court put Sherman County on the map by participating in rodeo and fair parades.
1964 A new pavilion was built for 4-H exhibits.


A new covered show arena was built.
1974 The first grand marshal, Giles French, was chosen as Mr. Sherman County.
1988 Twin Douma and the Bothwell twins: a Twin Contest.
1989 All previous grand marshals were honored – Sherman County Centennial Year.


7. Reasonable Expectations

What do you expect from your kids? How do you communicate your expectations to them? Today, let’s talk about what’s reasonable and what’s not.

All parents expect certain things from their children. But expectations that are too high, too low, or never clearly expressed can lead to trouble. Having expectations that are too high promotes failure rather than success, and leads to an enormous amount of stress for both you and your kids.

On the other hand, expectations that are too low can lead to failure, too, because they don’t help your children to stretch their capacities and develop a sense of competence and resiliency. And here is a vital component to the process: Make sure you talk to your kids about your expectations and spell them out as clearly as possible.

If you expect them to clean their room once a week, make sure they understand exactly what “clean” means and which day of the week they need to have it done by. At the same time, tailor your expectations so that they’re realistic and appropriate to that particular child at that particular stage of their development.

What’s right for one doesn’t necessarily fit another and what was reasonable ten years ago may no longer make much sense today. And remember, the only failure is in not trying. Even a modest success is the foundation for a positive learning experience.

By the way, if you expect your kids to share certain values you cherish – such as honesty, confidence, and dependability – make sure you serve as a good role model. Even when they may not seem to be listening to what you say, you can bet they are paying close attention to what you do.

P.S.  The same goes for the workplace. Clearly expressed expectations drive clear and well-understood goals, which then return excellence in performance and results. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

Oregon FFA Association: Leadership, Personal Growth, Career Success

Oregon Talent Council

Hiroshima – A Criminal Enterprise From Which Nothing Has Been Learned

Global Research Free E-Newsletter

Most Still Oppose Government Prosecution of Global Warming Critics 

Most Oppose Obama Acting On His Own Against Global Warming

Lead Attorney In Anti-Clinton DNC Fraud Case Mysteriously Found Dead



Sherman County eNews #203


  1. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, Aug. 17

  2. Online Support for Family Caregivers

  3. Sherman County Fair Bull Riding Challenge of Champions Tour, Aug. 27

  4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Meal Prices to Increase, Sept. 1

  5. GMO Food Labeling Bill Signed into Law

  6. Change Can Be a Natural Thing

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

1. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, Aug. 17

SCCourt.Agenda August 17 2016


2. Online Support for Family Caregivers


3. Sherman County Fair Bull Riding Challenge of Champions Tour, Aug. 27

 Sherman County Fair

Saturday, August 27 – 7:30 to 9 p.m.


The Challenge of Champions Tour features, on average, 30 professional bull riders from around the Pacific Northwest. Contractors bring their best bulls, allowing bull riders to get on the best bulls on the Tour. We showcase the top 3 or 4 bull riders at each event ranging from PBR Qualifiers, NFR Qualifiers, Top Circuit Qualifiers, Collegiate and High School Finalists.

Importantly, at each event, a true American Hero, a service man or woman, is featured. We follow this with an invocation where our founder Jason Mattox’s girls bring our stars and stripes into the arena. Our mission is to preserve western heritage and present professional events.

4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Meal Prices to Increase, Sept. 1

dollar.sign.coinsSherman County Senior & Community Center, after 10 years of serving lunch with the same price schedule, will increase meal prices effective September 1, 2016.

The suggested donation price for those 60 and over will be $4.00, for those from 13-60 years of age $7.00 and for those under 12 $3.00.

This increase is caused by the continuing rise in the cost of food and labor in the market today. The Senior Center staff thanks you for your continued patronage and support.

5. GMO Food Labeling Bill Signed into Law

President Barack Obama signed the GMO food labeling bill on July 29, 2016. This historic bill will require the mandatory labeling of food that contains genetic engineering. The legislation gives food producers the option to either label their products with wording or a symbol, or to provide a smart phone accessible digital QR code that when scanned, discloses information concerning whether the food contains ingredients made with biotechnology. The newly signed law will preempt a potential patchwork of state-based GMO labeling laws that could have caused chaos in the national food manufacturing and distribution system. With the President’s signature, the next step will be implementation of a national labeling system by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 6. Change Can Be a Natural Thing

Why is it so hard for some people to change? These folks deny the need to change, push back against any change, and can make the workplace a difficult place to be. They defend the anchors that keep the organizational “ship” from moving. Before “throwing” these people “overboard,” it is helpful to understand what happens when we try to behave differently.

Did you know that whenever you act differently than you really believe yourself to be, you produce stress?  It doesn’t matter whether the new behavior is worse or better than the old. If it’s significantly different, it will generate stress. So how in the world do people change? Well, one way is to just grit your teeth and go ahead and throw yourself into the situation, act differently, and hang on until the new behavior is repeated often enough to feel comfortable.

But there is a better way, a less stressful way, a way that takes much of the pain and anxiety out of change. You change the mental picture you have of yourself first. You literally rehearse the future in your head, and you see yourself acting in the new way. You take yourself through it safely and comfortably in your mind, over and over again. Soon it doesn’t feel like new behavior at all. It feels like something you routinely do.  It feels natural.

Then, when it comes time for you to actually change, it’s not such a big deal. It is “like you” to be that way. Any stress you experience will feel more like the excitement of an adventure than the anxiety of change.

By the way, the process of repeatedly seeing yourself behave in a certain way is called visualization, and it works for countless individuals. Watch the athletes during the next swim meet, track & field contest or gymnastics competition – or better yet, the Summer Olympics – a lot of them are visualizing their performance, seeing every twist and turn.  It can work for you, too, and you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete.  Why not give it a try? ~ The Pacific Institute

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


Historic Columbia River Highway Vintage Autos Video Series

Oregon Agriculture: A Quick Overview

FREE! Printable USGS PDF Quadrangle Maps

Willamette Week newspaper 

Oregon Food Hub

Rush Limbaugh Shocked – Conservatives, Liberals, Dinesh D’Souza

Trey Gowdy – Pin Drop Speech: Relationships, Communication, Persuasion

 Understanding the Trans Pacific Partnership