Sherman County eNews #243


  1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet in Sherman County, Sept. 20

  2. Award Applications for Sherman County 4-H members

  3. Albert (Bert) Edward Long Jr. 1926 – 2016

  4. Sherman County Special Transportation Fund Meeting, Sept. 27

  5. ‘On-request’ recreational lockage service begins Sept. 16 for boaters on Snake, Columbia rivers

  6. Learning Styles & Organizational Performance

  7. Political Town Hall, Sept. 22

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.” —Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833.

1.Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet in Sherman County, Sept. 20

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at the Sherman County Senior Center in Moro, at noon Tuesday, the 20th.  All newly retired school personnel from Sherman, Wasco & Hood River counties are especially welcome.  Luncheon reservation and additional details on the Museum Tour may be obtained from Nell Melzer, 541-565-3517.

2. Award Applications for Sherman County 4-H members

4-H clover1Sherman County 4-H is taking applications for the Bill Kock Memorial Award youth members in Sherman County.  The award, originally for beef carcass of merit, was revised last year by 4-H supporter and donor, Julia O’Hara-Kock of Roosevelt, WA, to one that connects with the 4-H motto and focuses on service.   This award, in honor of her husband, Bill, was established in 1999 by the family.  The original award consisted of $100 plus a rotating trophy given to the 4-H exhibitor of the beef carcass of merit at the Sherman County Fair.   Bill Kock, who passed away in October 1998, was a 4-H member in his youth, and spent much of his life as an avid cattleman and an advocate for Sherman County youth and the fair.

The Bill Kock Memorial Award for Community Service or Environmental Stewardship  “I pledge my HANDS to larger service and my HEALTH to better living” consists of a $250 cash award.  The award is open to all enrolled 4-H members in Sherman County.  It will be awarded once a year for the next three years, in order to use up the remaining Bill Kock memorial funds.

4-H members are to complete an application that describes how they included community service or environmental stewardship as part of their 4-H year just completed.  Selection committee will include Julia O’Hara Kock and representatives from the Sherman County Lions Club and the Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District (Watershed Council).

Applications were included in the September 4-H Newsletter and will be mailed to all eligible Sherman County 4-H members, and are due to the Extension Office on or before Friday, September 30, 2016.  The award will be presented at the 4-H and Fair Appreciation and Awards Night this fall at the Sherman County Fairgrounds.

3. Albert (Bert) Edward Long Jr. 1926 – 2016

flower.rose.starBert was born in Fruita, Colorado, on Dec. 29, 1926 to Albert Sr. and Pearl Long. He had three sisters Pauline, Evelyn and Norma. He went to Loma Grade School and Fruita High School in Colorado. He joined the Navy in 1944 and was discharged Aug. 15, 1946 at the Navy Pier in Chicago. His Navy training was at Great Lakes and after a short leave at home he was assigned to a U.S. cargo ship, The Talita, which took him to the South Pacific and Japan. He then traveled to Bickleton, Washington, to work for his brother-in-law at the Bickleton Garage. It was there that he met Jean Read, and they were married Nov. 7, 1948. Jean passed away Nov. 22, 2015. Bert is survived by his sister Norma and her husband Clyde Rogers, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at Moro Community Presbyterian Church on Sat. Oct. 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

4. Sherman County Special Transportation Fund Meeting, Sept. 27

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Special Transportation Fund Advisory Committee Meeting

Sherman County Senior and Community Center

300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2 p.m.

Meeting held is to review & adopt the 2016-19 Sherman County Transportation Plan. The public is invited to attend and have an opportunity for public comment.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a disability that requires any special materials, services or assistance please contact Sherman County Community Transit (541) 565-3553 at least 48 hours before the meeting so arrangements for appropriate accommodations can be made.

5. ‘On-request’ recreational lockage service begins Sept. 16 for boaters on Snake, Columbia rivers

PORTLAND, Oregon –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins its winter recreational vessel lock schedule Sept. 16. Recreational boaters may lock past dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers almost any time during daylight hours.

The change from scheduled recreational to ‘on-request’ lockages occurs seasonally to accommodate changing volumes of river traffic, according to Corps navigation officials.

During the winter lockage season, which continues through May 14, 2017, recreational vessels may lock through only during daylight hours at Walla Walla and Portland District navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers at these locations:

Portland District:
Bonneville Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 145
The Dalles Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 191
John Day Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 216

Walla Walla District:
McNary Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 292
Ice Harbor Lock and Dam Snake River Mile 9.7
Lower Monumental Lock and Dam Snake River Mile 41.6
Little Goose Lock and Dam Snake River Mile 70.3
Lower Granite Lock and Dam Snake River Mile 107.3

Commercial vessels continue to have lockage precedence over recreational vessels. Recreational vessels may be allowed to lock through with commercial vessels at the discretion of the lock operator.

All vessel owner/operators lock through at their own risk. Everyone in the vessel must wear a personal flotation device during lockage. Boaters must follow the directions of the lock operator when using the locks or operating in the vicinity of the locks. The lock operator has final authority regarding the suitability of a craft for lockage.

The Corps of Engineers is planning an extended navigation lock closure beginning December 12, 2016. The 14-week closure will affect all navigation locks operated by the Corps on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The Bonneville navigation lock is scheduled to reopen Feb. 8, 2017; all other Columbia-Snake river navigation locks are expected to resume operations on March 20, 2017. For more information on the FY 17 navigation lock extended outage please visit

Boaters should refer to navigation notices, “How to Lock Through” instructions and other Corps District navigation lock information available online at Walla Walla District’s website, or at Portland District’s website 

6. Learning Styles & Organizational Performance

When you are learning something new, what helps you learn more easily and what interferes with the process? Today, let’s talk about learning styles.

There are different styles of almost everything you can do or buy, from playing a guitar to picking out a new car. But, did you know that there are also different styles of learning? We have learned that some folks are visual learners; they literally need to see relationships with their eyes before they can understand. Other people learn best when they can hear new ideas.

Some people like to think a problem through before they try to solve it, while others feel more comfortable with a trial and error approach. Some people like to see an overview of how what they’re doing fits into the big picture before it makes sense. Others feel just fine working on one isolated area of a larger project, as long as they understand how their particular part works. It all comes back to how each individual brain has been “wired,” resulting in specific neural pathways for specific “tasks.”

What we need to understand is that there is no one best way to learn or to teach. The best teachers and coaches adjust their styles to suit individual learners, and the best learners learn to make their needs known, or they set up circumstances that facilitate their own unique style. Remember, your employees may not have the same learning style that you do, just as in a family, two children (even twins) may learn equally well but by very different methods.

In the same way, people managers in organizations need to first, understand the different styles of human learning (because learning does not stop in childhood), and then second, observe your people in order to understand their favored learning styles. For the best results, honor these differences. That diversity of learning styles and ways of looking at things brings a depth, richness and energy to organizational performance. ~ The Pacific Institute

7.  Political Town Hall, Sept. 22 

Town Hall Event Thursday Sept. 22nd at 1:00 PM – Sherman County Senior Community Center in Moro

A Town Hall event was recently held in Wasco by Commissioner Mike Smith. It was very well attended. Citizens asked many great questions and responded with enthusiasm. Commissioner Smith wants to be sure to reach out to as many people as possible so the next Town Hall event will be held this coming Thursday, Sept. 22nd at 1:00 PM after lunch at the Sherman County Senior Community Center in Moro.

Please come to discuss current Sherman County projects and future opportunities. Commissioner Smith said he is looking forward to holding Town Hall events in Grass Valley and Rufus in the near future. Smith said,” A write-in campaign is no easy task, so I greatly appreciate anyone who is willing to help. Looking forward to seeing you all there!”


Sherman County eNews #242


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

bird.owl3NOTE. Please submit classified ads by using the Submit News page. Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5 p.m. 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.


THANK YOU. A great big THANK YOU to everyone who turned out for the Town Hall Monday night! I was really impressed with the crowd. I truly enjoyed answering questions, discussing what the county is doing today, for the future and talking about the write-in campaign for Sherman County Commissioner this fall. You all made a nice dent in the yard signs I have. If anyone else would like one, just let me know. We deliver! ~ Mike Smith,
Sherman County Commissioner 541-306-1202

THANK YOU! Wow, what a well organized and fun event. Kudos to all the hard working crew.  The plans were wonderful and the day was delightful.  So glad you left the timeline pictures up so they can still be viewed along the downstairs hallway!  Anyone who is seeing them for the first time needs a local who will recognize children in the photos!!  Thanks to all of you! ~ Nell Melzer


Here is your chance to order fresh picked apples and pears from the Hood River Valley. Little Wheats, Inc will be selling 20-22 LB boxes of apples ranging from $23 to $45 per box. Order any of your favorites including, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp OR Green Bartlett Pears, Anjou Pears, Asian Pears and Mixed Winter Pears. All orders and money need to be received by Friday, September 23, 2016. Orders will be ready for pickup on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Little Wheats, located at 409 Dewey. Look for order forms at your local businesses or contact Little Wheats, Inc at 541-565-3152 to place an order. You can mail your checks and order forms to Little Wheats, Inc at PO Box 71, Moro, OR 97039. Thank you in advance for your support! 9/23



GRAIN WAREHOUSEMAN. Mid Columbia Producers (MCP) is seeking applicants to join our team as a Grain Warehouseman. This full time position will be based in Sherman or Gilliam County, negotiable upon hire. The role of Grain Warehousemen is to safely handle grain while rendering outstanding customer service to our patrons. As an MCP employee you will have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of jobs within the department. Including but not limited to grain elevator operation, maintenance and housekeeping, barge loading, operation of tractor-trailers, inventory management and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility.


 Mechanical inclination, to be able to troubleshoot work on minor repairs

 Industry knowledge


 Ability to work well under pressure and deal tactfully with others

 Able to conform to shifting priorities, responsibilities, strategies, demands and timelines

 Strong personal and customer service skills. Good verbal and written communication skills

 Must be able to climb ladders and work at heights up to 200 ft.

 Periodically perform heavy labor

 Be able to qualify for use of a dust and mist respirator

 Valid Driver’s license

 The ability to obtain a chemical applicators license with space fumigation endorsement

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical, drug screen, background check and MVR.  As a prominent agribusiness company, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Including health insurance premiums currently paid 100% for the employee and their dependents, dental, vision and Rx coverage, 401k with company match, robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation, sick, holidays, and more. Closing date September 30, 2016, or until filled. Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to:

Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark. PO Box 344, Moro, OR 97039

Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277

Mid Columbia Producers is an equal opportunity employer. 9/30


JOHN DAY RIVER PROPERTY. I am offering for sale my undivided share of my family’s John Day River property. My 37.5% share of the 192 acre site comes to 72 acres at a recently appraised price of $1250 per acre valued at $90,000. A copy of the appraisal is available upon request. ~ Sharon Laughlin  9/30

GRAND OPENING & OPEN HOUSE: SECOND HAND MADE & LOCUST TREE SALON. Second Hand Made and Locust Tree Salon are having an open house on Friday, September 16th, from 4-7 p.m. There will be food, drinks and prizes. Located on Clark Street in Wasco. Stop by and check out our new products and services available. ~ Megan Jensen  9/16

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.   9/23 

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. 0/0

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, support & training]

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. 0/0

GRAND OPENING & OPEN HOUSE: SECOND HAND MADE & LOCUST TREE SALON. Second Hand Made and Locust Tree Salon are having an open house on Friday, September 16th, from 4-7 p.m. There will be food, drinks and prizes. Located on Clark Street in Wasco. Stop by and check out our new products and services available. ~ Megan Jensen  9/16

SHERMAN COUNTY STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM for parents, grandparents, guardians and youth ages 10-14 years. Sherman County School, Tuesdays, September 27-November 8. FREE. Attend at least 5 of 7 sessions for $25 gift card. Questions? Register by calling Nancy Paul 1-855-308-2236 or email ~ The Next Door, funded by Sherman County Community Outreach. 9/23

 SUPPORT FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS. FREE. Online classes. Most take only an hour to complete.Topics: medication management, caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, managing common challenging behavior. Visit to browse catalog of classes and to register for free online classes. ~ Oregon Care Partners 9/16

REAL ESTATE SERVICES. Why hire just your average Realtor when you can hire one with years of successful negotiating experience and a proven track record of satisfied customers. Dan Pehlke, Principal Broker in Oregon, has just that. Now exclusively Powered by Cheri Belander Real Estate 802 W 6th St., The Dalles, OR  97058 & 1301 12th St., Hood River, OR 97031 Home of the 4.5% listing agreement with full representation and extreme networking with tremendous success. Give Dan Pehlke a call anytime at 503-547-9140 if you need to buy or sell real estate of any kind.  9/16

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES’ FREE MOBILE APP.  Sherman County businesses can now be found with your mobile phone! The John Day River Territory, a regional tourism marketing group representing Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler and Grant counties, has developed a mobile app through MyChamberApp that lists businesses and helps you map your way to them (information is listed under John Day River Territory in Oregon). To download this free App see  0/0

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-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








2. Calendar (new or corrected)


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

16 Locust Tree Salon & Second Hand Made Open House 4-7 Wasco

18 Gilliam County Historical Society Appreciation Day 1-3 Condon

20 Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club 6

21 Sherman County Court 9

21 Gilliam County Court 10

21 Wheeler County Court 10

21 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

22 First Day of Autumn

22 Full Moon/Harvest Moon nearest the Autumnal Equinox

23 Second Hand Made Avon-themed Bingo 7 Wasco

24 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament

24 Oregon Gubernatorial Debate

26 1st Presidential Debate

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

26 Sherman County Photography Club 7 Sherman County Public/School Library

27 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6:30

27-Nov. 8 Strengthening Families Program (new dates) 1-855-308-2236

28 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

28 Sherman County Youth Groups 6:30 Grass Valley Baptist Church

30 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Inductions 5:30 & Football Half-time



1 Memorial Service for Bert Long 11 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

1-2 Car is King & Maryhill Arts Festival, Maryhill Museum

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

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

4 Vice Presidential Debate

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

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

8 Genealogy Jamboree 10-2:30 Discovery Center

9 2nd Presidential Debate


11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 10-12 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

12 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center

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

17-21 Sherman County School District Homecoming Week

19 Sherman County Court 9

19 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

19 3rd Presidential Debate

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

20 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board 11-1 The Dalles

25 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board 1-3 The Dalles

26 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

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




2 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

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

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Sr. Center

9 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

14-17 Association of Oregon Counties Conference, Eugene


16 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

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



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

3  Sherman County Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 1941

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

22-30 Sherman School District Christmas Break

24 Christmas Eve


31 New Year’s Eve