Sherman County eNews #259


  1. Sherman County Medical Clinic’s Flu Shot Clinic, Oct. 11

  2. Sherman Junior High Volleyball Schedule Update, Oct. 8

  3. The Point in Competition

  4. Tapping with Orice Klaas at the Library, Oct. 26

  5. Sherman County Emergency Services September Activity Report

  6. Editorial: Preserve the Wasco School

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu

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

1. Sherman County Medical Clinic’s Flu Shot Clinic, Oct. 11

hand.wash4The Sherman County Medical Clinic is having their annual Flu Shot Clinic!

Tuesday, October 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm

For more information visit us online at or call 541-565-3325.

Put it on your calendar!

2. Sherman Junior High Volleyball Schedule Update, Oct. 8

sports-volleyball2Sherman County Junior High Volleyball:  South Wasco County Tournament in Maupin on Saturday, Oct. 8th, starts at 9:00 a.m., bus departs at 7:30 a.m.


3. The Point in Competition

Have you ever watched highly competitive sports with your kids? Let’s talk about the kinds of messages our kids get from these games.

The best coaches, whether high school, college or professional, try to make it clear to the players that the point of competition is to bring out the best in us. It’s great to win, but for every winner there’s a loser, and sports isn’t about always being the winner. It’s about playing the game to the best of your ability. 

However, sometimes the message that comes across from the media, when you watch highly competitive sports, is, “It’s not how you play the game, it’s whether or not you get a gold medal that counts.” Silver and Bronze medals will be considered, by some, as “first loser” and “second loser.” Totally lost is the dedication to playing at a personal best, the massive commitment to the individual sport (by the athlete as well as family and friends), regardless of the placement.

It is a concern when kids seem to have their whole identities tied up with whether or not they win. You want to applaud the rock-solid self-esteem of people like Kent Ferguson, who barely made it into the diving finals in the Olympics in Barcelona years ago. He said, “I’m just as good a guy if I didn’t make the finals as if I were in them.” 

That’s the lesson our kids need to learn from competitive sports. It’s not if you win. It’s not even how you play. It is how you value yourself, what you do to help and inspire your teammates, and what you have learned when the game is over that really counts. ~ The Pacific Institute

4. Tapping with Orice Klaas at the Library, Oct. 26

Join us at Sherman County Public/School Library on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for TAPPING INTO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL. Licensed Massage Therapist/Energy Worker, Orice Klaas along with Certified EFT (Tapping) Practitioner, Helen McConnell will share how Tapping has changed each of their lives, as well as teaching you this simple, powerful technique. You will learn EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), a simple hands-on technique based on the principles of acupressure which helps create more balance and fulfillment in your life by reducing stress, relieving physical and emotional pain, eliminating fears or phobia, and much more. Refreshments will be served.

 5. Sherman County Emergency Services September Activity Report

Fire-Truck~ Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance


Date Time Incident Location
9-01 10:38 PM Difficulty Breathing Wasco
9-06 4:53 PM Structure Fire Grass Valley
9-10 10:03 AM Difficulty Breathing Wasco
9/13 2:15 PM Possible Heart Problem Grass Valley
9/18 8:15 AM Breathing Problem Moro
9/20 5:55 PM Fall Victim Moro
9/21 4:20 PM Fall Victim-Possible Broken Leg Pilot Station in Biggs
9/22 2:14 PM Breathing Problems Wasco
9/23 7:00 PM Football Standby High school
9/24 7:00 PM Chest Pain US 97 & Hwy 30 in Biggs
9/25 5:31 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Life Flight US 97  MP# 31
9/29 7:07 PM Breathing Problem/Anxiety Moro

North Sherman County RFPD


Date Time Incident Location
9/01 12:56 PM Mutual Aid Grass Fire I 84  MP 123  Gilliam County
9/01 10:38 PM Medical Assist Wasco
9/06 4:53 PM Shop Fire 90110 Payne Loop Rd.
9/10 10:09 AM Medical Assist Wasco

Moro Fire Department

Date Time Incident Location
9-06 4:53 PM Shop Fire 90110 Payne Loop Rd. in Grass Valley

6. Editorial: Preserve the Wasco School

We support the preservation of the historic Wasco School if negotiations with Sherman County, the owner, will provide all roof repairs, modify the heating system to allow separate uses of the two buildings, and correct other outstanding deficiencies while a group organizes, prepares a budget and begins fundraising. The County should hand it off with this work completed, a significant start-up fund and all evaluations, studies and recommendations the County authorized.

We understand that those who support this preservation effort will be engaging the help of professionals who can offer guidance about the historic preservation, funding, and sustainability. There is no reason to reinvent the historic wheel.

Comparisons with and information about similar situations in the county may be helpful: Rufus School/Community Center, Sherman County Historical Museum, Grass Valley Pavilion, and repurposed schools in Oregon and other states. Who supports these facilities? What does it take to keep them going?

The Wasco School Centennial guest book provides a solid support base for building a membership and funding. Our population of about 1,760 will need to step-up, and people who do not live here, who grew up here, who love the Wasco School or have ties to Wasco and the county, will be invited to participate with their support.

Volunteers will be necessary! Volunteers who are willing to ask for money or learn how to ask, and volunteers for vision, governance, marketing and management. Volunteers who will crunch the numbers, study the options, propose a budget five years out without county funding, and recruit members and other volunteers. We have volunteers who can do that.

We consider a reality check. We ask ourselves how we will support what we have and the Wasco School. Any new non-profit or organization joins our non-profits: ABC Huskies Day Care/Sherman County Child Care Foundation; Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project/City of Grass Valley; Little Wheats Day Care, Inc.; OSU Extension 4-H Programs; Pioneer Potlatch; Rufus Community Center; Sherman Booster Club; Sherman County Ambulance; Sherman County Athletic Foundation; Sherman County Cultural Coalition/Oregon Cultural Trust; Sherman County Fair; Sherman County Historical Society/Museum; Sherman County Junior Hoops; Sherman County Preschool; Sherman County Scholarship Association; Sherman Experiment Station Foundation; Wasco Cemetery Association; Wasco RR Depot & History Center/City of Wasco; Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament … and our churches and the regional non-profits that serve us.

We join those who love the Wasco School in supporting its preservation and use well into the future!

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu


  We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 4 5 6 7
Baked Potatoes/Diced Ham Pork Chops Spaghetti w. Meat Sauce Chicken a la King Navy Bean Soup
Broccoli/Cheese Sauce Potatoes & Veggies Green Salad & Veggies Biscuits & Green Salad Cornbread
Salad, Veggies & Dessert Green salad & Fruit Garlic bread, Dessert Veggies & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
10 11 12 13 14
Hamburger Gravy Oven Fried Chicken French Dip Sandwich Mac & Cheese Pizza loaded w/Meat
Mashed Potatoes Green Salad & Veggies Potatoes & Veggies Green Salad & Veggies Green Salad & Veggies
Veggies & Dessert Fruit Dessert Fruit Pie & Ice Cream
17 18 19 20 21
Sweet/Sassy Chicken Beef Chili Beef Stroganoff over Noodles Pork Fried Rice w/veggies Hamburger Veg. Soup
Rice Pilaf & Veggies Corn Bread Veggies Egg Foo Young Rolls/Green Salad
Green Salad &  Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Dessert
24 25 26 27 28
Baked Fish Swedish Meatballs Chicken Strips w/dips Baked Ham Split Pea Soup w/Ham
Red Potatoes & Veggies Noodles  & Green Salad Roasted  Veggies Au Gratin Potatoes & Veggies Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Green Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad &  Ice Cream
31              Halloween!        
Witch’s Beef Stew  
Biscuits & Green Salad
Halloween Dessert

Menu subject to change due to availability   ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts. 

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

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Sherman County eNews #258


  1. Weather: October Outlook & September Monthly Climate Summary

  2. Wasco School Preservation Town Hall Meeting, Oct. 4

  3. Frontier Regional 911 Agency

  4. True West Magazine Best of the West Survey 2017

  5. If You Can See It

  6. Née

  7. Town Hall Event with Commissioner Smith – Rufus, OR

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

1. Weather: October Outlook & September Monthly Climate Summary

sun.simpleYou can find the October outlook and the September
  monthly climate
monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~ Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

2. Wasco School Preservation Town Hall Meeting, Oct. 4

Anyone interested in the future of the Wasco School is encouraged to attend a “Town Hall” meeting that will be held at the Wasco City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4th.  Your support and/or input is wanted and we would love to see many community members attend.

3. Frontier Regional 911 Agency – Dispatch Center

emergencydial911The Frontier Regional 911 Agency, formerly Tri-County Communications, is operated by and serves Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler and Jefferson counties.

The board of directors comprises four sheriffs and four county court representatives for the respective counties. Their responsibilities include services, personnel, training, budget, equipment, repair and maintenance. Current board members are:

Gilliam County – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt and Judge Steve Shaffer

Jefferson County – Sheriff Jim Adkins and Commissioner Mike Ahern

Sherman County – Sheriff Brad Lohrey and Commissioner Mike Smith

Wheeler County – Sheriff Chris Humphreys and (possibly Lynn Morley).

The Dispatch Center in Condon is owned by the four counties and is funded by 911 taxes received from the State of Oregon and additional funds coming from Jefferson County. Wheeler County acts as the fiscal agent for Frontier Regional 911. The current 911 Manager is April Stream and the 911 Supervisor is Renee Heidy.

Frontier Regional 911 uses the infrastructure created by Frontier TeleNet, including the radio repeaters located on Frontier TeleNet’s 58 towers in 8 counties, as well as microwave bandwidth, radio and computer devices, and the digital switch that was purchased by Frontier Digital Network to enhance the communications in the three county area. ~ From information provided by Chris Fitzsimmons, Gilliam County. Also see 

4. True West Magazine Best of the West Survey 2017

True West is conducting its annual “Best of the West” survey, and we want to hear from you!  We value your opinions, and we have so much fun finding out what history offerings you’ve enjoyed the most this year! Your nominations help us to create even better editorial for the coming year and allow us to honor those who continue to keep Old West history alive. Thank you for taking the time to pick your favorites! The final winners will be shared in our January “Best of the West” issue.  ~ The Editors

5. If You Can See It

eye2Let’s talk one more time about the skill of visualization. We talked about it earlier this week, but more in relation to sports and sports activities. Today let’s give it a broader application.

Visualization is a pretty simple technique that has incredible power to change lives and expand potential. In fact, you have probably been using it since you were very young. Then, we called it “playing pretend” as we “practiced” what we wanted to be when we grew up. Unfortunately, as we grew up, we let go of playing pretend. It may be time to pick it up again.

When we let our minds wander and see ourselves not as we are, but as what we can become, we stimulate incredible growth and incredible change. We are giving ourselves hope which, in even the darkest times, can be enough to keep us on the move toward a goal. Life becomes exciting again, and we can continue to grow and expand our accomplishments because of an expanding self-image.

Now this doesn’t mean that we go around with our heads in the clouds, out of touch with reality. But it does mean that we have a vision of a new reality that becomes a sneak peek into the future. It also means that our primary focus is not on what we are today, but what we can be tomorrow. This technique, or ability, motivates us to take on new challenges and surpass ourselves. We are no longer trapped by our pasts, but are free to take a greater hand in determining our futures.

Like the song said, “If I can see it, I can be it.” Help your family and friends, especially your children, to keep “playing pretend.” Help them by painting a vivid mental picture of all that they can be and do.  You don’t need to be a Leonardo, or a Van Gogh, or Picasso. Your passion and belief in them will give you the colors and the words you need. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Née



adjective: née; adjective: nee

  1. originally called; born (used especially in adding a woman’s maiden name after her married name).

as in Mary Smith nee Johnson.

7. Town Hall Event with Commissioner Smith – Rufus, OR

Town Hall Event Thursday Oct. 6th at Rufus City hall, 304 E. Second St. Suite 300 at 6:30PM

Town Hall events with Commissioner Mike Smith were recently held in Wasco and Moro. Mike wants to be sure to reach out to as many people as possible so another event will be held this Thursday in Rufus.

All are welcome to come to discuss current Sherman County projects, future opportunities and to ask questions. Another event will be announced in Grass Valley soon. Refreshments will be provided

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

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