Sherman County eNews #250


  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

1.Spiritual Matters


How do we become saved?


Matthew 7:14 tells us “small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  Our job as Christians is to help others find this narrow road that leads to eternal life.  God doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9), and the Good News is that salvation is available to every person on Earth, no matter what sins they’ve committed.  We cannot earn our salvation (Eph 2:9).  All “good deeds” prior to salvation are worthless to God (Isaiah 64:6).   There is only one way to eternal salvation, and that is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

John 1:1 tells us Jesus is “the Word” and that He is God.  It was God in the flesh who died on the cross for us.  Any other sacrifice would’ve been insufficient.  The Bible is also God’s “Word.”   It is through the Bible that we come to have a saving knowledge and faith in Jesus.  Some people are saved by hearing Christian testimonies, which are also rooted in the Bible.  The Bible is a gift from God to help people come to know Him.

God desires a change in our hearts, for us to truly repent of our sins, and to humbly recognize that without the cross we would be eternally lost.  Saying specific words (i.e. a “Salvation Prayer”) doesn’t guarantee salvation, but if coupled with even a moment of true faith in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, then we become saved.  That faith, and your salvation, will come from your own individual journey with God.  It can begin by opening your Bible with a humble repentant heart and open mind.  Trust God to guide you, and He will lovingly help you find your way.

God bless,

Jill Harrison

Wasco United Methodist Church

church.family1Essential Ingredients for Peace

The first quote below addresses what is essential when creating Universal Peace: Spiritual Power/Divine Guidance.  For the most part, those key ingredients were lacking in the ’60’s Peace Movement even though many people were well-intentioned and dedicated.  Because it didn’t have the Spiritual Power/Guidance, it eventually died out even though many of its adherents still wanted peace. They just didn’t know how to make it happen.

“Universal peace is an impossibility through human and material agencies; it must be through spiritual power. There is need of a universal impelling force which will establish the oneness of humanity and destroy the foundations of war and strife.  None other than the divine power can do this; therefore, it will be accomplished through the breath of the Holy Spirit”. — Baha’i Writings

Another quote:

“When love is realized and the ideal spiritual bonds unite the hearts of men, the whole human race will be uplifted, the world will continually grow more spiritual and radiant, and happiness and tranquility of mankind be immeasurably increased.  Warfare and strife will be uprooted, disagreement and dissension will pass away and universal peace will unite the nations and peoples of the world.” — Baha’i Writings

The Baha’i Faith offers a divinely inspired plan to make this happen.  It begins with each person developing spiritually (praying, acquiring virtues), practicing the Golden Rule, and serving mankind.

Study groups are held world-wide to help anyone, Baha’i or not, learn more about this.  The study groups begin with learning about prayer, understanding spiritual writings, awakening and growing spiritually.  If this interests you, please contact us.  We’d love to start a study group that will meet your needs. It’s informal and fun!  Pat and Erling

Baha’i Faith



2. Classifieds (new or corrected)

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.


THANK YOU! The Wasco School Centennial Celebration Committee would like to thank all the volunteers who helped put on a very successful party for our school. There were over 50+ people who helped in one way or another with this project. Also, a huge thank you to the Sherman County Cultural Coalition for approving the grant to fund this project. ~ Linda Krafsic for the Wasco School Centennial Celebration Committee

A Great Big Thank You To Everyone! The Sherman County Fair Board: Bert, Bryce, Jennifer, Ricky, Shandie, Ted, Tom and Beth, would like to thank the participants, volunteers and guests who attended and helped to make the 2016 Country Pride, County Wide Fair a success!  We could not do it without the community coming together to make the fair a realization!  We would like to remind you we still have available our panel donations.  These panels are for our new warm up arena for the horses and can be used in different configurations to help make our events run smoothly.  These panels are $130.00 and will have name plates attached designating the donor or you may turn them into a tribute or a memorial.  Please send checks to Sherman County Fair at P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065 along with the name you would like on the panel. If you have any questions, please call Bryce at 541- 980- 1539. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you next year! ~~ Jennifer Zimmerlee, Fair Board member

CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN, for your work on our behalf that led to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)‘s “Guardian of Small Business” award. NFIB is one of the nation’s leading advocates for small businesses, and we’re pleased that you are honored as a strong supporter of small business owners in Oregon and across the country. ~ The Editor


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 


SOCIAL SERVICE SPECIALIST I. Child Welfare District 9 currently has a vacancy for a Social Service Specialist I (Child Protective Services Worker) in our Condon office, which primarily serves Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties. The district also serves Hood River and Wasco Counties. Condon is a proud, century-old farming community nestled between miles of rolling, golden wheat fields in Eastern Oregon. Condon is located on the high plateau of the Columbia River Region — just 38 miles south of the mighty Columbia River, less than 3 hours east of Portland, 2 hours west of Pendleton, and 2.5 hours north of Bend. Condon is at the doorstep of the Blue Mountains and the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park, which provide outstanding hiking, camping, boating and fishing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Condon offers breathtaking views of the magnificent Cascade Range and a simple, what’s-your-hurry lifestyle. Not to mention fresh air, open skies, and friendly neighbors too. The region boasts approximately 300 days of sunshine a year and experiences four distinct, enjoyable seasons. There are fantastic recreational and cultural opportunities…it is a wonderland for cyclists, hikers, river rafters, boaters and water sports, campers, anglers, skiers, art lovers and history buffs – just to name a few.Please use the link below to apply. The posting closes at 11:59 pm October 5, 2016: you have any questions or would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact the supervisor, Jim Posey, at (541) 340-0434.  9/30

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate.  The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at   or (541) 565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required

Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume by 3:30 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016 to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent

Sherman County School District

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.  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


Home For Sale 3 BR/ 2 BA $80,000. Why Rent? Your mortgage payment may be less than rent in this tidy, well kept mfg home located at 101 Sixth Street in Moro, OR . Master Suite has walk in closet; Nice deck and beautiful yard. Covered parking and a good size shed for your tools and toys. Come Home to Moro, excellent schools, friendly neighbors and a great community. Please call Ruby Mason- 541-980-9104- with questions or for a personal tour. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. Windermere GTRE- 541-386-3444.  10/14

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

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]

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

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.  9/30

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








3. 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

23 Second Hand Made Avon-themed Bingo 7 Wasco

24 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament

24 Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Segment to Open

24 Oregon Gubernatorial Debate

25 Wasco United Methodist Church Rally Sunday

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 Special Transportation Fund Meeting 2 Senior Center

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 CASA Fun Run

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

11 Sherman County Medical Clinic’s Flu Shot Clinic 3-6 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

27 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 OSU Extension Office, Burnet Building

27 Regional Economic Development Strategy Meeting 8:30-11 Stevenson, WA

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

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



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