Sherman County eNews #325


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)


Sherman County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. 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, for example 10/18), contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.

Friday Classifieds are a great place for Joyful News and your thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes. ~ The Editor  


 “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

THANK YOU, SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR BOARD! We were so pleased for the opportunity to shop at the Holiday Bazaar while visiting with friends, old and new!  ~ Larry and Sherry

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

THANK YOU, SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD & STAFF! Feeling thankful!  Congratulations on completion of the new wing for Sherman Elementary students, the new kitchen, other improvements and the new shop! We appreciate the thoughtfulness, scope and quality of your work, a long process in addition to your usual activities, a beautiful result! Well done! ~ Larry and Sherry

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick

THANK YOU, eNEWS SUBSCRIBERS! On December 9, 2015, on my Facebook page I noted that Sherman County eNews became a blog, a big change for me, a slow learning curve, a work in progress. Thank you for going down this road with me, for contributing the news, opinions, notices, corrections, ads and ideas that make eNews! Merry Christmas! ~ Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher since 1999

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson


THANK YOU, SUE MABE! JOYFUL NEWS is a wonderful idea! Sherman County eNews will happily publish news of births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries with Friday Classifieds. And we hope you will send your announcements to The Times-Journal via ~ The Editor 

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]

FEIGNER. Travis and Hannah (Kaseberg) Feigner of Madras and big brother Jase are excited to announce the arrival of Kinsley Mae! Born November 20, 2016 at 2:28 p.m. 6 pounds, 15 ounces, 18.5 inches. Maternal grandparents are Donna Kaseberg and Collin and Michelle Kaseberg. Paternal grandparents are Kurt and Sandy Feigner.

BALL. Joshua and Jessica (Kaseberg) Ball announce the birth of their first child, Joshua James “JB” Ball, Jr., on 11.09.2016, 7 lbs. 9 oz., 20.5” in Germany. Paternal grandparents are Shannon Ball and Kevin Ball. Maternal grandparents are Chris and Carrie Kaseberg.


BASKETBALL GAME CONCESSIONS. There is an opening for a group to sell concessions at a Sherman High School basketball game on Friday, January 27. Games with Ione begin at 4:00. Interested groups may contact Ree Ella at 541-565-3500 or  1/20

COMMEMORATIVE SWEATSHIRTS. There are still some Max Nogle Dinner Dance – Pavilion 100th Birthday sweatshirts left. They are $40 and can be seen on the Pavilion’s Facebook page. If you are interested contact any of the Pavilion Restoration Committee members. ~ Joan Bird, Cathy Brown, Austin Justesen, Scott Susi, Amanda Whitman, Jamie Wilson or Rita Wilson.  12/23

SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL GALA OF TREES TICKETS. Sherman 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 19th 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! 12/9

mittens1DECORATE THE MITTEN TREE. Bring 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. 12/30


TOW TRUCK DRIVERS. Trans-Tow Towing is looking for tow truck drivers. CDL or ability to get a CDL preferred but NOT required. Very competitive hourly or commission pay. Call 541-993-9381 or email transtow@gmail.com12/23

BASKETBALL REFEREES. Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association is seeking people interested in serving their community by becoming a basketball referee. “Get back into the game you love, get some exercise, meet new people and earn some money,” entices Chris Kaseberg, Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association commissioner. The average age of officials currently in the association is 46 years, and the association is looking for “the next generation” of officials. Anyone interested in becoming a basketball official for local games may contact Chris Kaseberg by calling 541-980-9449, or go on-line, 12/9

PREVENTION COORDINATOR. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Prevention Coordinator. This is a part time position, 20hr/week or .50FTE, Monday-Friday. Applicant must value community collaboration and be skilled in data collection, program implementation, grant management and be willing to engage in the Prevention Specialist certification process. For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or online at Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 12/16

TEMPORARY TEACHER. Sherman County School District is seeking a Certified Temporary Teacher:

Position: Temporary 2nd Grade Teacher

Start Date: February 6, 2017

End Date: May 5, 2017

Position Description: Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and motivated Certified 2nd Grade Temporary Teacher. The district is looking for an individual with a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. The candidate should also have a working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, the individual must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively. This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and drug test is required. If you are interested in this position, please email Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us0/0

JOBS. The Times-Journal Classifieds 

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039. Custodian Posting 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 if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer. 0/0 

IMMEDIATE ASSISTANT PROVIDER position open at Little Wheats Day Care, Moro, OR. Flexible, part time hours 20-25 hours/week. Starting at $9.50/hr.  For more information, requirements and application please call 541-565-3152, or stop by 409 Dewey Street between 7:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. M-TH to pick up an application.  OPEN UNTIL FILLED. 12/9

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE, STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!   12/30


THE TIMES-JOURNAL SUBSCRIPTION is a great Christmas or birthday gift! The Times-Journal is a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties! It’s a year-round bargain at $35/year with a lot of bang for the buck. ~ The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 12/16

GIFT CERTIFICATES make great stocking stuffers! Can’t decide what to get for someone on your list? Explore the ideas you’ll find here at the Sherman County Agri-Business Directory: 12/16

LEAN-TO CAFÉ. Take a break during the holidays! Take the family cook or your best guy out to dinner! Full-Service Deli, Fresh Desserts, Catering, Daily Specials, Steaks, Salads & Sandwiches. Breakfast until 11 a.m. Gift Certificates. 541-442-5514. 12/16

COMMEMORATIVE SWEATSHIRTS. There are still some Max Nogle Dinner Dance – Pavilion 100th Birthday sweatshirts left. They are $40 and can be seen on the Pavilion’s Facebook page. If you are interested contact any of the Pavilion Restoration Committee members. Joan Bird, Cathy Brown, Austin Justesen, Scott Susi, Amanda Whitman, Jamie Wilson or Rita Wilson. 12/23

North Sherman Co. RFPD Notice of SURPLUS. The North Sherman County RFPD Board of Directors has declared the property listed below as surplus to the needs of the Fire District:
1. 1982 Ford F600 with an industrial 360 gasoline motor, 800 gallon tank, and 2 speed rear end. Roughly 30,000 miles. This vehicle has brake seal issues and will not be able to be driven from its location. This vehicle will be sold “as is/ where is”. Minimum bid — $50.00
2. 1991 Chevrolet 3500 4×4 with a 4-door long bed, 454 big block with automatic transmission. Runs and drives. This vehicle will be sold “as is”. Minimum bid — $250.00
Bids must be mailed to North Sherman County RFPD PO Box 121 Wasco OR 97065, or delivered to the fire hall at 411 Yates St. in Wasco OR. Bids must be enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Bid for Surplus Property” and include the name, phone number and mailing address of the bidder.
Deadline to submit bids is 4:00p.m. on December 13, 2016.
The bids will be opened during the December 13, 2016 Board meeting that will be held in the fire hall at 411 Yates St. in Wasco OR beginning at 7:00p.m.
The Board of Directors for North Sherman County RFPD reserves the right to reject any or all bids. If you have any questions or would like to view these vehicles, please contact Jeff Holliday at 541-705-5640. 12/9

HOUSE FOR SALE OR LEASE. Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for Sale or Lease.  This home is nestled in a serene ½ acre setting, within the Moro City limits.  There is room for a garden and chickens.  Lovely landscaped yard.  You can purchase this home for $139,000 or lease it on yearly terms at $800/month.  This home will be available February 15, 2017.  For more information, please contact Jim Sanders at 541-499-0313.  12/16

1013 Clark St, Wasco Oregon
MLS# 16360875
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

670 +SQ FT Commercial Building
4800 SQ FT Lot
Rare Commercial building for sale in Wasco. Two individual office units with separate entries. New paint and flooring. Clean sharp building. Unlimited possibilities abound for this commercial property with fantastic street appeal.  12/16

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 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





PLANNING COMMISSION BOARD VACANCY. The Sherman County Court is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission Board. The term of this appointment will run through December of 2019. The role of the Planning Commission is to develop, maintain, and implement the comprehensive plan, to protect the integrity of the county’s planning process, and to foster the county’s long term interests. The candidate must be able to attend   monthly meetings as needed and make impartial decisions on land use issues that come before the board. This is a volunteer position. If interested, please stop by the Planning Department, located at the Steve Burnet Extension & Research Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon, to pick up an application or call Georgia Macnab at 541-565-3601 for more information. Sherman County requires background checks for all county board positions. 12/30

SHERMAN COUNTY ASA PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Sherman County Court is looking for interested Sherman County residents to become part of Sherman County Ambulance’s Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan Advisory Committee. The ASA Plan is a document outlining a process for establishing a county emergency medical services system. The plan addresses the need for and coordination of ambulance services. The ASA Plan is already in place; however, the court is changing the structure of the committee. The court is requesting representation from each of the communities in Sherman County, which are Kent, Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco, Rufus and Biggs Jct. Members can be emergency personnel or lay citizens. The remainder of the committee will be one member of the Sherman County Ambulance, one member of the 911 Dispatch Center, and one member of County Court.  The Advisory Committee’s function is to monitor performance measures and complaint and dispute resolution. This Advisory Committee will meet at the beginning of January 2017 to approve the updated ASA Plan and then must meet a minimum of every 4 years, unless called to meet sooner for any issues that may arise.  If you are interested in participating on this Advisory Committee, please send a letter of interest to Sherman County Court: P.O. Box 365; Moro, Oregon 97039. Letters of interest must be received no later than December 20, 2016 at 1:00PM.  If you have questions regarding the ASA Plan or Advisory Committee, please feel free to contact Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, at 541-565-3100.  12/16


BASKETBALL REFEREES. Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association is seeking people interested in serving their community by becoming a basketball referee. “Get back into the game you love, get some exercise, meet new people and earn some money,” entices Chris Kaseberg, Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association commissioner. The average age of officials currently in the association is 46 years, and the association is looking for “the next generation” of officials. Anyone interested in becoming a basketball official for local games may contact Chris Kaseberg by calling 541-980-9449, or go on-line, 12/9

HOST FAMILIES. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.  ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.  The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.  To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!  ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION,  and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.



2. Calendar (new or corrected)


10 Drawing for Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees, Date Correction

10 Wasco City/Community Library Holiday Happenings 11-2 Wasco School

10 Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

11 Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

11 Celebration of Life: Russell Geiser 12-4 Sherman County Senior Center

12 Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting 7 Library

13 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

13 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting

13 North Central Public health Board 3 The Dalles

13-14 Washington State University Extension Wheat Academy

14 Farm Service Agency County Office Committee Meeting 9 Extension Office

14 Christmas Luncheon 12 Sherman Senior & Community Center

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board 12-3 Hood River

14 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30 Senior Center

14-16 Oregon Leadership Summit, Portland

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

18 Sherman County Book Club Meeting 6 Sherman Public/School Library

20 Sherman County School Holiday Lunch for Seniors 12:30 RSVP 541-565-3500

20 North Central Public Health District Board 3 The Dalles

21 First Day of Winter

21 Sherman County Court 9 Burnet Building

22-30 Sherman School District Christmas Break

24 Christmas Eve


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

29 Sherman County Swearing-in of Elected Officials 9 Courthouse

31 Memorial Service for Bill Tatum 11 Grass Valley Baptist Church

31 New Year’s Eve 



4 Sherman County Court 9

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30


30 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12, Workshop 12:30 Rufus



7 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

8 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30





25 Happy Birthday, Sherman County! February 25, 1889


Sherman County eNews #324


  1. Sherman County School District Cancelled School & Basketball Games, for Friday, Dec. 9

  2. Winter Reading, Christmas Giving: Rivers of Oregon

  3. Uniquely Valuable

1. Sherman County School District Cancelled School & Basketball Games, for Friday, Dec. 9

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School District Superintendent Wes Owens announced that the district cancelled school and all basketball games for Friday, December 9th, saying, “As always, our top priority is the safety of our students and staff.”



2. Winter Reading, Christmas Giving: Rivers of Oregon

~ Eugene

Rivers of Oregon by Tim Palmer. Oregon State University Press, $40.

For the perfect coffee table book, check out Tim Palmer’s collection of images depicting scenic Oregon rivers. It’s a must-see for every Oregon nature-lover. Split into geographical sections, the book’s pages offer splashes of vivid green, peaceful blue and stormy gray on glossy, colorful pages.

Palmer describes Oregon’s rivers with the tone of a river guide, providing geological and historical details. He takes on the role of narrator in a mossy journey down windy waterways and surging rapids. Only a few minutes into the book, I felt myself pulled into its misty atmosphere, that magical fairyland feeling you get when standing in the mystical silence of the Oregon wilderness.

While nothing compares to the real thing, Palmer’s book and his magnificent pictures are a close second. — Amy Klarup

3.  Uniquely Valuable

What happens to us when the culture in which we grow up doesn’t value our personal attributes?

A fair amount, if not most, of our feelings of self-worth or self-esteem have to do with the messages we get from our culture. Some of those messages are overt and up front. We know without question that, currently, our culture values affluence, power, efficacy, youthfulness and health. So can you imagine how it might feel to be poor, relatively powerless, or chronically ill or disabled in this society – or for that matter in any way that society sees as different or not like the majority?

Some messages are subtle. We say we value diversity, children, old people, etc., but our behavior often says something else. If movie stars and models are tall, beautiful and thin, and attract the demographic of males between the ages of 18 and 35, what message does it send us about anyone who does not fit that mold?

If the kids in school laugh at us because of our accent or clothes, or the work our parents do for a living, what do we learn about our value? It’s terribly important that all children feel proud of who they are and the talents they possess, and value their very uniqueness in the world.

Sometimes all it takes is one concerned teacher, parent or other adult who cares enough to take the time to set the record straight in a child’s mind. Every child needs to know that what supposedly is and is not valuable, according to magazines and “reality” shows, really depends on some pretty arbitrary things.

They need to know that they are loved, prized, and capable of rising above stereotypes to be uniquely valuable human beings. In the end, we rise to our own, and to each other’s, expectations – or we fall to them. ~ The Pacific Institute