Sherman County eNews #309


  1. Correction. Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Drawing, Dec. 10

  2. NOTICE. Sherman County Weed Advisory Board Meeting, Dec. 6

  3. Decorate the Mitten Tree for Sherman County Food Bank

  4. Public Hearing. Sherman County Court/Biggs Service District Board, Dec. 6

  5. Over the River and Through the Wood

  6. Editorial. Giving Thanks for Our Mutual Benefit

  7. Winterize, Weatherize & Protect Your Family

  8. BPA expecting big turkey bulge in electricity use on Thanksgiving

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

1. Correction. Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Drawing, Dec. 10

Christmas.TreeSherman County Preschool is selling Gala of Trees tickets! Available for purchase for $5 from the students or their parents, or go check out the tree/wreath displays and buy tickets at the Wasco Farm Store from November 28th-December 10th. We’ll also be at the Christmas Bazaar on December 3rd selling tickets, as well as cookies and fudge! Winners will be drawn December 10th and you don’t need to be present to win. We’d like to thank our generous sponsors and volunteers- and the community for supporting this awesome fundraiser for the preschoolers!

2. NOTICE. Sherman County Weed Advisory Board Meeting, Dec. 6

The next Sherman County Weed Advisory Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the Steve Burnet Extension & Research Center Conference Room in Moro. Topics of discussion will include the County Weed Control Ordinance, how it is enforced and if there is any conflict with the ‘Right to Farm Act’. Copies of the Ordinance and the Noxious Weed List will be available. As always, meetings are open, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Rod Asher, Weed District Supervisor  541-565-3655

3. Decorate the Mitten Tree for Sherman County Food Bank

mittens1Bring your donations of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library located in Moro. Community, school staff and students are encouraged to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies which serve Sherman County.

 4. Public Hearing. Sherman County Court/Biggs Service District Board, Dec. 6

Sherman County Court, acting as the Biggs Service District Board of Directors, will hold a public hearing authorizing Biggs Service District to provide water in addition to sewer to Biggs Junction. The public hearing will be held on December 6, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Linda’s Restaurant, 91558 Biggs Rufus Hwy, Wasco, OR 97065.

5. Over the River and Through the Wood

Over the river and through the wood
To Grandmother’s house we go.
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Hurrah forThanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast, my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow –
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood –
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

6. Editorial. Giving Thanks for Mutual Benefit

thankYouWe’ve been thinking about the contributions that Sherman County area families and retail and farm businesses make to our communities. We ask a lot of them when we’re raising funds or we need sponsors and support for our organizations and events.

Do we support them?

We’re remembering our wise old friend Pat Macnab and his take on life in Sherman County. He believed it would make a significant difference if each family spent $100 more each month in the county. We think so, too.

For example, we found this long list of contributors on the back of a Husky Football game flyer. It reminds us to support – and thank –  the businesses listed there: Bank of Eastern Oregon, RDO – John Deere, Morrow County Grain Growers, Three Rivers Inn, Tall Winds Motel, Richelderfer Air Field, Sherman Farm Chemical, Jeremy Lanthorn (photography), Wright Chevrolet, Vista Sanitation, Wasco House Bed & Breakfast, Griffith Motors, Wheatland Insurance, Hattenhauer Distributing Co., Bob’s Texas T-Bone, Dinty’s Market, Fritts Insurance, Gorge Outfitters Supply, Huskey’s 97 Market, JWR Trucking, CH Urness Motor Co., After Hours Gun Smith, NW Farm Credit Services, Fun Country, Big Jim’s Drive In, Pilot Travel Center, Lean To Café & Goose Pit Saloon, Bishop Sanitation, LCL Hughes Towing, State Farm Insurance, Mid Columbia Producers, Spooky’s Pizza, Sahara Pizza, JD Smith Jewelers, The Wedding Place, Maupin Stoves & Spas, MCMC Sports Medicine, Lindsay Vet Clinic and Mid-Columbia Vet Clinic.

It also reminds us to thank the families, individuals and organizations listed there, and others who contribute to our communities: Belshe, Bird, Burnet, Church, Coelsch, Coles, Devore, Fields, Hart, Justesen, Kaseberg, Kaser, Martin, McKinney, Oakley, Satoris, Spencer, Stutzman, Thomas and Zaniker families; a special district, Sherman County Medical Clinic; and the non-profits: Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Sherman County Athletic Foundation and Sherman County Historical Society.

Let’s do our Christmas shopping with those who support us! Happy Thanksgiving! 

7. Winterize, Weatherize & Protect Your Family

If you haven’t already done so, please take time now to prepare yourself and your family for winter weather. 

Winterize your vehicle:

Check maintenance/service issues like the antifreeze level, the heating system and the wear on your tires. Also remember to update your vehicle emergency kit to include such items as water, snacks, a shovel and a flashlight with working batteries. For a complete list of recommended maintenance and emergency kit items for your car, please visit the websites listed below.

Weatherize your home:

Weatherize your home to protect against the cold. Also be sure your home emergency kit is up-to-date and includes things like extra blankets, a battery-powered radio and an extra supply of non-perishable foods. For a complete list of recommended winter maintenance and emergency kit items for your home, please visit the websites listed below.

Protect your family:

Learn the signs of hypothermia and frost bite and understand weather warnings. Remember to keep emergency numbers in an easy to locate area, like on your refrigerator. For more great winter safety tips visit the links below.

Important info for anyone with respiratory issues – Also keep in mind that stagnant air is often trapped beneath an inversion during the winter. This traps pollutants near the surface, impacting those with respiratory conditions. If this is a concern for anyone in your family, please check Oregon DEQ Air Quality Index at often.

Oregon Health Authority:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: 

American Red Cross:


(For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at

 8. BPA expecting big turkey bulge in electricity use on Thanksgiving

electricpowerlineBonneville Power Administration operators are prepared for the energy anomaly that they see every Thanksgiving Day. They have planned for an unusual bulge, or peak, in the morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals, which rely heavily on the use of ovens and other appliances. After the big meal, system operators will be on hand to ramp power down during the tryptophan drop off.

“Most of the year, electricity usage follows typical seasonal patterns but severe weather and special events can always present different, even dramatically different, realities,” said Elliot Mainzer, BPA’s administrator and chief executive officer.

On a typical November weekday, BPA’s regional load sees two peaks — one in the morning and one in the evening. But on Thanksgiving we see a different pattern emerge. Unlike a typical morning where the most electricity usage peaks around 7 or 8 a.m., Thanksgiving ramps up at 9 a.m. as people cook their turkeys and pies. Power consumption on Thanksgiving then tends to stay up higher throughout the morning compared to a normal day when loads drop off in the middle of the day. When Thanksgiving loads start to wane, they stay low for the rest of the day, as cooking is done and the tryptophan sets in, rather than increasing again to an evening peak as they would on normal weekdays.

BPA and other utilities around the Northwest keep watch on the electricity consumption of the region’s consumers day and night, 365 days a year. They ensure that there is enough output from power plants, which BPA provides mainly from renewable hydropower, and transmission available to keep the lights on. BPA’s power and transmission system experts carefully watch weather and special events that can impact electricity usage and line crews are available around the clock in case any of the over 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines go down.

“This is a time of year we are even more thankful for the many men and women across the Northwest, at utilities big and small, who work diligently to keep power flowing so the rest of us can enjoy our holiday traditions,” said Mainzer. 

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

Thanksgiving.RunTurkeyThanksgiving and America

 The Lars Larson Show

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Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock. It’s high time for a crash course in federalism and representative democracy.

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  Now is the only time you own.  Live, love, toil with a will.  Place no faith in time.  For the clock may soon be still.” ~ unattributed.

Ferrioli talks centers on taxes, PERS, and how to nullify an executive order

 Monument expansion would only deepen divide

Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse

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