Sherman County eNews #211


  1. NOTICE. Sherman County School District Special Meeting, Aug. 17
  2. SHS Class of 1966 50th Reunion, Sept. 10
  3. Sherman County Photography Club, Aug. 18
  4. Letter to the Editor: Court Appointed Special Advocates
  5. Strengthening Families Program for Parents, Mondays Sept. 26-Nov. 14
  6. Free Quadrangle Maps! Printable USGS PDF Quads
  7. History Tidbits: A Centennial Birthday Party, February 25, 1989
  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. NOTICE. Sherman County School District Special Meeting, Aug. 17

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 to accept a Board Member’s resignation, declare Board Member vacancy, and determine procedures to be used in filling the vacancy.  Mrs. Angie Thompson (Position No. 3: Moro Zone) gave notice of her resignation on August 12, 2016 as she is moving out of the Sherman County School District with her family. We sincerely thank Mrs. Thompson for her service and wish her the best of luck in the future. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library.


2. SHS Class of 1966 50th Reunion, Sept. 10

Sherman High School Grads are invited

to join the SHS Class of 1966 as we celebrate our
50th Class Reunion!!
September 10, 2016
6 pm – 10 pm
Cousins Restaurant, The Dalles, OR
No-Host Social Hour: 6-6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm ($25 per person)
Dinner Reservations
RSVP to Terri Bardenhagen – 503-812-4481
Please forward checks by September 1st to:
Melva Thomas
P.O. Box 7
Wasco, OR 97065
Payable to “Sherman High Class of 1966”

Please join us as we renew old friendships,
reminisce about days gone by
and share life experiences!!

3. Sherman County Photography Club, Aug. 18

camera.35mm.blueGather up 1-5 of your favorite photographs you have taken and come share with the Sherman County Photography Club. Photos can be prints or bring them on a flash drive.  Meeting will start at 5:30 pm, Thursday, August 18 at the Sherman Public/School Library.

The Sherman County Fair photography classes and requirements for entering will be reviewed. Entry of Fair exhibits is Wednesday, August 24. See you Thursday night!

4. Letter to the Editor: Court Appointed Special Advocates

“Why are you a CASA?” I’ve been asked this question many times. “Why do you volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate?” Because of the kids, of course! In an over-burdened system sometimes the best interests of the child can easily be overlooked and I can’t let that happen! Kids that have been removed from their home while their parents work on a plan to keep them safe experience significant trauma. Having an independent member of our community whose focus is the CHILD allows that child to have a voice. As a CASA, I report to the court letting the judge, and all parties to the case, know what’s going on with the child. I speak about the child’s health, interests, school experiences, sports, and sometime behaviors that have been uncovered and perhaps need additional services to address them. As a CASA, I get to know the child, the biological family and the foster family. I can talk with the child’s teachers, doctors, counselors, and anyone else that I feel can give me insight into that child’s well-being. And with that knowledge, and my own personal opinion based on the facts that I uncover, I speak in court on behalf of the child. Unfortunately there are more kids in foster care here in the Gorge than there are CASAs. I believe that every child needs a CASA to speak for them and look out for their best interests. Would you consider being that voice? Training starts very soon. For more information visit or call (541) 386-3468.

Stacey Johnson
Columbia Gorge CASA Volunteer & Foster Parent
The Dalles, OR

5. Strengthening Families Program for Parents, Mondays Sept. 26-Nov. 14




Strenghtening Families flyer NEW_Page_1

6. A Quick, Easy, and Free way to Download any Quad in the Country

PrintNational Geographic has built an easy to use web interface that allows anyone to quickly find any quad in the country for downloading and printing. Each quad has been pre-processed to print on a standard home, letter size printer. These are the same quads that were printed by USGS for decades on giant bus-sized pressed but are now available in multi-page PDFs that can be printed just about anywhere. They are pre-packaged using the standard 7.5 minute, 1:24,000 base but with some twists:

  • Page 1 is an overview map showing the Quad in context
  • Pages 2 through 5 are the standard USGS Quads cut in quarters to fit on standard printers
  • Hillshading has been added to each page of the PDF to help visualize the topography
  • Zoom into your area of interest or use the search box to look for a Quad

7. History Tidbits: A Centennial Birthday Party, February 25, 1989

“The Sherman County Court and its Centennial Committee welcome you to our 100th Birthday Party. Join with us in our festivities today and our continuing celebration throughout our Centennial Year. ~ Sherman County Commissioners: Bob Boynton, Judge Gordon Hilderbrand and John Schadewitz.”


February 25, 1989

Sherman High School, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Introduction: Sherry Kaseberg

Guest Host: Kirby Brumfield, Author

Presentation of the Colors & Flag Salute

Invocation & National Anthem: Jim Crislip

Welcome & Introduction of Dignitaries: Gordon Hilderbrand

“I Am An American Farmer” by Kirby Brumfield

Music Selections: Sherman High School Community Band & Chorus

Century Farm Honors: Paulen Kaseberg & Harold Eakin

“Sherman County: The Land Between the Rivers” by Chet Coats & Patty Moore

(slide show)

Closing Remarks: Beth Reid.

Open House at the Sherman County Courthouse, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Centennial Memorabilia

U.S. Postal Cancellation (county postmasters, envelopes, centennial logo)

Centennial Cake Contest Awards

Tree Planting Ceremony: Greg Walden, State Representative

Time Capsule Site Dedication: Wayne Fawbush, State Senator

Official Cake Cutting: Centenarian Ethel Van Gilder

Happy Birthday Finale.


  • Programs: U.S. Bank, The Dalles Branch
  • Centennial Birthday Party Committee: Patty Burnet, Jean McKinney, Forest Peters, Beth Reid & Frank Reid.
  • Sherman County Centennial Committee: Dorothy Benson, Ann Bothwell, Bill Clark, Chet Coats, Reatha Coats, Dale Coles, Harold Eakin, Penny Eakin, Ray English, Shirley Fritts, Sherry Kaseberg, Paulen Kaseberg, Millie Moore, Patty Moore, Mavis Olsen, Nancy Reed, Catherine Thomas, Carsten von Borstel & Deanna Zaniker with Sherman County, Friends of the Museum and Sherman County Historical Society.

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

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It begins the morning of Monday, August 21, 2017, on the rocky coast of northern Oregon, and it slowly moves east across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, before leaving us in South Carolina.  It will be the most viewed celestial event in our history.  Americans will gather in its path to see a total eclipse of the sun in its entirety for the first time in nearly 40 years.  No one alive today has ever seen, or ever will, a total eclipse, which crosses our whole country from coast to coast, so it’s rightfully called the Great American Eclipse.  For over two minutes, the sun will disappear, and a strange twilight will cover the earth and sky.  Then the sun will re-emerge, and a beautiful summer day in America resumes.

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