Sherman County eNews #233


Sherman County Emergency Services August Activity Report

Sherman County School District Hall of Honor, Sept. 30

Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Sept. 10

Specific Purpose

Seventeen Inches

Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Sherman County Emergency Services August Activity Report

Moro Fire Department

August 2016 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
8/12 9:00 AM Fire Alarm High School
8/12 11:01 AM Tire Fire Pilot in Biggs
8/16 7:09 PM Motor Vehicle Crash High school Loop Road
8/19 1:37 PM Fire Alarm Court House
8/28 12:15 PM Demolition Derby Standby Fairgrounds

North Sherman County RFPD

Activity Reports

August 2016

Date Time Incident Location
8/12 10:55 AM Tire Fire Pilot in Biggs
8/12 3:21 PM Hiker Recovery Deschutes State Park
8/21 1:28 PM Medical Assist Wasco
8/22 12:20 AM Medical Assist Wasco
8/27 10:39 PM Medical Assist US 97  MP# 10
8/30 4:02 AM Medical Assist Wasco


Sherman County Ambulance

August 2016 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
8/01 9:08 PM Difficulty Breathing Moro
8/03 10:20 PM Diabetic Issue Wasco
8/06 7:49 PM Chest Pain Wasco
8/07 8:39 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 34
8/07 10:32 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 22
8/10 8:30 AM Abdominal Pain Moro
8/12 8:00 PM Abdominal Pain Wasco
8/16 8:21 AM Back & Side Pain Rufus
8/16 6:32 PM Motor Vehicle Crash High School Loop Rd in Moro
8/17 10:09 AM Swollen Glands Pilot in Biggs
8/17 5:45 PM Abdominal Pain John Day Dam Locks
8/20 9:25 AM Swollen Glands Pilot in Biggs
8/21 10:21 AM Possible Heart Attack Rufus
8/21 1:21 PM Breathing Problems Wasco
8/22 12:20 AM Cardiac Issues Wasco
8/23 7:50 PM Altered Mental Status RV Park in Moro
8/24 3:45 PM Fall Injury Pilot in Biggs
8/25 10:45 PM Unknown Medical Seed Plant in Wasco
8/27 6:15 PM Bull Riding Standby Fairgrounds in Moro
8/27 10:39 PM Unknown Illness US 97  MP# 22.5
8/28 1229 PM Demolition Derby Standby Fairgrounds in Moro
8/29 1:44 PM Diabetic Emergency Wasco
8/30 4:20 AM Diabetic Emergency Wasco
8/30 12:32 PM Diabetic Emergency Moro
8/30 1:48 PM Diabetic Emergency Wasco
8/31 5:46 AM Unknown Illness Pilot in Biggs
8/31 11:12 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 33.5

2. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor, Sept. 30

 Hall of Honor Press Release - JPG

3. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Sept. 10

With authors spanning multiple genres, from local history to mystery, there will be something for readers of all ages to enjoy. Our 2016 line-up includes:

  1. Jeff Alworth. The Beer Bible. (Cooking/Beverages)
  2. Jessica Blackburn. The Echoing.(Young Adult)
  3. David Jonathan Brown. Quest for Forgiveness.(Historical Fiction)
  4. D.C. Jesse Burkhardt. Columbia River Gorge Railroads. (History)
  5. Sharon Duerst. Seeding Hope.  (Fiction/Romance)
  6. Samuel Hall. Daughter of the Cimarron. (Historical/Christian Fiction)
  7. Bart King. The Drake Equation. (Middle Grade Fiction)
  8. Kate Dyer‐Seeley. Silenced in the Surf.(Mystery/Thriller)
  9. Pauls Toutoughi. Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey. (Pets/Nonfiction)
  10. Yvonne Wakefield. Babe in the Woods. (Memoir)
  11. Edith Webster. A Long Way from Stones River. (Historical Fiction)

Downtown The Dalles will be buzzing with activity as this year’s author festival is scheduled in conjunction with Route 30 Bottles & Brews Homebrew & Chili Cook-Off Contests, complete with live music and tasty BBQ. Not to mention the Soapbox Derby!  Join us for the Northwest Author Festival on September 10th from 12PM-3PM at Klindt’s Booksellers. The event is free and open to the public. 

4. Specific Purpose

Let’s look today at the idea of purpose and how this idea can help you as you continually move toward a better life. 

Associates of The Pacific Institute® have put a lot of time and energy into helping other people develop and strengthen their own clear purpose. Sometimes we call it a goal or a vision, but no matter what we call it, it has tremendous power, especially when it is very clear and we – as individuals, groups, teams, organizations – strengthen and affirm it over and over.

The “catch” in creating a clear purpose is to actually make it clear. If it’s too vague, nothing much will happen. It’s a little like the person who says, “All my life I’ve wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific!”  The good news is, it isn’t too late to get specific.

You see, a specific purpose that you care deeply about gives you tremendous energy and tremendous resources. Our awareness gets kicked into over-drive, helping us see more than we would without the goal. There are thousands of stories, every day, about people who have accomplished amazing things out of a strong sense of purpose. Most of them are everyday heroes. You don’t read about them in the papers, Facebook posts or see them in YouTube videos, but they are heroes, nevertheless.

What about you? What’s your purpose? If you’re not sure, ask yourself some questions: What do I value? To what do I devote my time and energy? Is my purpose survival, or something more? Has it changed from what it used to be? How might it be different in the future?  Or maybe it’s something as simple as, “What can I do to help?”  ~ The Pacific Institute

Start today to be the everyday hero of your own purposeful life. Almost anything is possible! ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Seventeen Inches

~ Unattributed

sport-baseball1In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention. While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh man, worth every penny of my airfare.”

Who the heck is John Scolinos, I wondered. Well, in 1996 Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. No matter, I was just happy to be there. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate. Pointed side down.

Seriously, I wondered, who in the hell is this guy?

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.

Then, finally …

“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck. Or maybe you think I escaped from Camarillo State Hospital,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility.

“No,” he continued, “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”

Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room.

“Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches,” more question than answer. “That’s right,” he said.

“How about in Babe Ruth? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?”

Another long pause. “Seventeen inches?”came a guess from another reluctant coach. “That’s right,” said Scolinos.

“Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?” “Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident. “You’re right!” Scolinos barked.

“And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?” “Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.

“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”

“Seventeen inches!” “RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?” “Seventeen inches!”

“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over these seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello!” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter.

“What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Bobby. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches, or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of throwing the ball over it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’”

Pause. “Coaches …”

Pause. ” … what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? What do we do if he violates curfew? What if he uses drugs? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate?

The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. Then he turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”

Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag. “This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful….to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”

“And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate!”

I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curve balls and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate hanging from his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …”

With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside.   “… dark days ahead.”

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

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