Sherman County eNews #307


  1. Sherman County Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 3

  2. Letter to the Editor: Thank You

  3. Invitation to Sherman County Residents: Tour John Day Lock & Dam, Dec. 2

  4. The Trail Band at the Civic Auditorium, Dec. 5

  5. Finding the Middle Ground

  6. Oregon State Police: Travel Safety, Winter & I-5 Advisories

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

For the beauty of the earth, For the beauty of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies; For the wonder of each hour Of the day and of the night, Hill and vale, and tree and flower, Sun and moon, and stars of light; For the joy of ear and eye, For the heart and mind’s delight, For the mystic harmony Linking sense to sound and sight… lord of all, to Thee we raise Thisour hymn of grateful praise. ~ Folliot S. Pierpoint, 1864; Conrad Kocher, 1838.

1. Sherman County Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 3

Christmas.holly1The Sherman County Fair board of directors will host the annual Holiday Bazaar on December 3, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sherman County School cafeteria in Moro, Oregon. 

There is still space for vendor tables: 6′ tables are $20.00 & 8′ tables are $25.00.  Vendor applications are available at or by e-mail Beth at or Jennifer at

Shoppers, there are many things going on in Moro on December, 3rd… a basketball tournament and the library event at the school, and The Museum Store at Sherman County Historical Museum store will be open, and more!

2. Letter to the Editor: Thank You

thanksThanks to Sherman County eNews and The Times-Journal for getting the news out to our communities! I know that everyone involved with working for these two businesses spends a lot of time making sure that facts are complete, and the news published timely.

Also a big thank you for the “box holder” papers!  I have enjoyed those and called to buy a yearly subscription!! I hope others have or will soon. Thank you!

Beth McCurdy


3. RSVP: Sherman County Residents: Tour John Day Lock & Dam, Dec. 2

The City of Rufus and the Corps of Engineers invites Sherman County Residents to tour the John Day Lock and Dam. Please join us for this educational tour of one of the greatest engineering marvels in our area.

When: Friday, December 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Details about the Event:This will be a guided tour through the powerhouse. Please dress for the weather. No open toed shoes will be allowed. There will be significant walking on this tour. You MUST RSVP with the City of Rufus no later than November, 28th at 4:00 PM. We will need the full names of each person who plans on entering the facility.

To RSVP: Email Phone 541-739-2321 Text 541-705-5640

4. The Trail Band at the Civic Auditorium, Dec. 5

music-notesThe Dalles Civic Auditorium is pleased to announce the return of The Trail Band December 5th, 2016. Special guest and former Trail Band male lead Lex Browning will be rejoining the Band for the first time in nearly a decade. Lex was a Nashville ‘A-list’ picker on banjo, fiddle, and guitar. We hope you can be part of our special evening!

Doors open at 5:30 for no-host beer and wine. Performance begins at 7.

Tickets are $25.00 and available at Klindt’s in The Dalles, at, or stop by the office Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10-2.

5. Finding the Middle Ground

Have you heard of “either/or thinking?” It’s a dangerous but fairly common mistake that many of us have been conditioned to make. Perhaps it’s time to find the middle ground.

Either/or thinking, or black-and-white thinking as it’s sometimes called, is a dangerous thing. It’s basically just what it sounds like. Either/or thinkers don’t see shades of gray. They want easy answers to difficult questions, so they see life in terms of winners and losers, good guys and bad guys, success or failure, right and wrong.

What they fail to realize is that right and wrong often depend on time, place, culture and purpose, among other things. They fail to understand that no one is all good or all bad, or that “success” and “failure” depend on how you define them – just like “winning” and “losing” do. These people don’t see the degrees of difference that stretch between most opposites, because if they did, it would require more time and energy being devoted to complex thinking skills and a willingness to deal with subtle differences.

Now, it’s true that they don’t see these things. They build blind spots, or “scotomas,” to this information, because it threatens their either/or belief system. So even if it is true, it can’t get through.

Here is a homework assignment, for the rest of this year. During this coming holiday season, while you are at special dinners, parties or get-togethers, just sit and listen to the conversations around you. What are you hearing? How many people are engaging in this “either/or” thinking? How does it affect the rest of the people in the conversation?

In an increasingly global society, flexibility of thinking is a must. Catch yourself doing either/or thinking. Most of us do it, from time to time, but it drastically limits our options. Deliberate self-awareness is essential – and a strong desire to keep your mind open to the full range of possibilities will keep you from getting locked in to an “either/or” world. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon State Police: Travel Safety, Winter & I-5 Advisories Oregon State Police

With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways over the past week, OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic advisories to motorists are winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War Game in Corvallis.

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend – This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of the highest volumes of traffic in over a decade according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. As with other holiday weekends OSP is urging motorists to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic, expect poor driving conditions with rain expected at lower elevations and snow in the mountain passes, and take your time (travel tips below). Know the road conditions before traveling by going to

Winter travel – Those traveling in lower elevations, expect rain and wet roadways. Increase your following distances due to decreased traction on those wet roadways.

For those traveling Oregon’s mountain passes, expect snowfall and winter driving conditions. Know when traction tires are required by visiting Too often these mountain pass crashes are caused by those not using traction tires. These crashes cause delays that last hours at times. If chains are the traction device, know how to install or use them. Too often we find motorists struggling in deep snow and below freezing conditions attempting to put them on for the first time.

November 24th and 25 – Black Friday Shopping at the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There have been historically major traffic issues on Interstate 5 in Woodburn on Thanksgiving evening and the following Friday due to the high volume of shoppers frequenting the Woodburn Outlet Mall, including backed up traffic prior to the Woodburn exit. Motorists are asked to consider taking alternate routes to Woodburn.

OSP will be focusing enforcement efforts on motorists driving on the shoulder of I-5, parking on the shoulder of I-5 and any other hazardous behavior. Another particular issue has been motorists driving past the backed up traffic and then trying to squeeze in prior to the Woodburn exit. OSP will be in the area actively enforcing traffic laws.

November 26 – Oregon State University versus University of Oregon Football Game in Corvallis at 1PM. OSP is advising motorists traveling on Interstate 5 to expect high volumes of traffic in the mid-Willamette Valley before and after the game. OSP is urging those attending the game to take your time, plan ahead and have a designated driver.

Travel Tips:

*Expect heavy traffic volumes. Take extra time to reach your destination.

*Visit ODOT’s traveler page

*Be prepared. Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

*Plan for a designated driver if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

*Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask a passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

*Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

*Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

*Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

*Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained. We see too many crashes where people would have walked away with minor if any injuries.

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

e-mail.worldHow New Yorkers See The World: View of the World from 9th Avenue

American Thinker

How The Nile Has Changed Course Over The Past 5,000 Years

37 Eye Catching World Map Posters

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now – interactive

The Bitter Fight Over Oregon’s Grand Canyon 

The Battle Over a State-owned Forest

9 Places Where You Can Still See Oregon Trail Wheel Tracks

10 Facinating Facts About Ravens