Sherman County eNews #332


  1. Sherman Husky Logo Gear – Last Call for Christmas

  2. Taking In the Long View

  3. Universal Packaging Promotes Nicole Kaseberg to Vice President of Sales and Marketing

  4.  Red Cross: Be Safe and Prepared During Winter Weather

  5. Greg Walden on the selection of U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke to serve as Secretary of the Interior 

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

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten, and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white.  ~ Irving Berlin.

1. Sherman Husky Logo Gear – Last Call for Christmas

arrow-rightSHERMAN BOOSTER CLUB HUSKY LOGO GEAR. For last minute shoppers from Facebook: “I am going to place a merchandise order for those of you who need specific items. The printer says she can have them done before Christmas but i will need to find someone to pick them up in Hermiston. I still need 3 items to fill the 12 I have so I can order. These will be the S husky logo. It can be on any item and size. Please let me know ASAP if you want anything. I HAVE TO HAVE THE MONEY PRIOR TO ORDERING. You can send me an email or private message me the details. I am looking into taking credit cards but no plans yet. Please share this post. Again ASAP to get them in time for Christmas.”

2. Taking In the Long View

eye2Do you have a life strategy? It’s not a plan, but more like a process – and it’s a great question to answer as we close out these last few weeks of 2016.

The process of adjusting to life and of getting what you most want is a continual one, even though your goals may change at any time. But if you understand the process, you’ll also understand that developing a life strategy is a great idea.

Now, a life strategy is not a life plan. A plan tells you what route to take to accomplish a specific goal, and plans are valuable. But a life strategy offers a more flexible, large-scale umbrella under which your plans can take shape. It’s taking the long view.

A strategy begins and ends with values – a prioritized listing of what is important to you. Things like self-discovery, personal and spiritual growth, mental and physical well-being, meeting challenge and adversity in a calm and centered way, harmonious and loving relationships, gratitude, etc.

Once you know what you value, you can set goals to help you bring about end-results that are aligned with your values. That’s a strategy, and it’s bigger than individual goals, but every bit as important.  If fact, values provide the foundation upon which you can stand, in order to reach your goals.

Without an overall strategy, you may get from Point A to Point B just fine. But by the time you get to Point D, the path is beginning to crumble beneath you, because you picked the wrong Point B.  Understanding your core values provides essential insights, as you develop a good strategy to get to Point Z. ~ The Pacific Institute

3. Universal Packaging Promotes Nicole Kaseberg to Vice President of Sales and Marketing

VERNON, BC (December 2016) Universal Packaging announced today that Nicole Kaseberg has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Nicole had previously been Director of Sales and Marketing. This promotion was due to Nicole’s excellent results in her previous role. She has helped drive the company’s top and bottom lines to new heights.

President and CEO Steve Pelkey commented, “Nicole has done an outstanding job leading our go-to-market team. This includes all aspects of customer interactions including Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. Additionally, she was instrumental in the re-branding of our company and website and she has been fully engaged in our social media platforms. As well, she has played an integral part of the senior management team at Universal Packaging. Overall, she has done a tremendous job helping us achieve our company goals in conjunction with the rest of the Universal Packaging Team.”

Universal Packaging has been the leader in bottle screen printing and packaging solutions for the wine, beer and spirit industries since 1985. The family-owned company is located in Vernon, British Columbia, where it operates a 40,000 square-foot decorating facility and warehouse, employing over 60 teammates. Universal Packaging is a one-stop packaging shop providing “peace of mind” to craft beverage producers in North America. The corporate website is  [Nicole Kaseberg is a graduate of Sherman High School and Linfield College.]

4. Red Cross: Be Safe and Prepared During Winter Weather

PORTLAND, Ore. December 15, 2016 — A winter storm with snow and ice has blanketed much of Oregon and Southwest Washington, stranding many motorists and leaving some residents without power. Emergency officials are urging motorists to avoid travel, if possible; to be prepared if you must hit the road; and to ensure you take proper precautions when heating your home.

The Red Cross has issued the following cold weather and heating safety tips:

While the Red Cross encourages you to stay off the road if possible, if you have to drive in snow or freezing rain, follow these tips about how to drive safely in winter weather.
* Fill the vehicle’s gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
* Pay attention to the weather forecast. Before you leave, let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
* If you have to drive, make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
* Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter with a window scraper, shovel, kitty litter or sand in case you get stuck, extra clothes and a disaster supply kit in your trunk. Pack high-protein snacks, water, a first aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications and blankets.
* Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.
* Don’t use cruise control when driving in winter weather.
* Don’t pass snow plows.
* Know that ramps, bridges and overpasses will freeze before roadways.

If you become stuck in the snow or icy conditions:
* Stay with the car and call for assistance. Do not try to walk to safety.
* If you can, move your vehicle off the roadway. Stay with it — don’t abandon it. If you have to get out of your vehicle, use the side away from traffic.

* Assemble disaster preparedness kits to keep at home, in your vehicle and at work. For a full list of recommended kit items, visit
* In case of a power outage, make sure you have enough non-perishable food and water stored to last everyone in the household until power has been restored. A three-day supply of food and water for each person is recommended.
* Use battery-operated flashlights or lanterns instead of candles (because it could be a fire hazard) during a power outage. Do not leave burning candles unattended.
* Have plenty of blankets and warm clothing available should you be without heat for an extended period of time due to a power outage.
* Make sure you have batteries in your radio (to receive information updates) and keep a spare battery for your cell phone handy (also keep your phone charged).
* Protect your pipes: Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent pipes from freezing.
* Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
* Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to water that is not frozen. For more cold weather pet safety tips, view our blog at

When the weather is cold, the number of home fire incidents tend to rise. Use caution when heating your home with space heaters, fireplaces and woodstoves

Portable Space Heaters
* Use portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
* Keep at least three feet of space between the heater and combustibles such as furniture, curtains, bedding and papers.
* Inspect heaters for cracked or damaged cords, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using the space heater.
* Turn heaters off when not in use, before going to bed or when leaving the room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves
* Have chimney and woodstove flues and vents inspected and cleaned every year. Check for creosote deposits, soot build-up and physical damage.
* Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from escaping.
* Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
* Store kindling, fire logs and wood at least three feet from any heat source.
* Use proper fire starters, such as newspaper, kindling or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use. Never use flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire.

WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS People can download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at

For information on road conditions from the Oregon Department of Transportation, visit

5. Greg Walden on the selection of U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke to serve as Secretary of the Interior  

American flag2WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) issued the following statement today on President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to serve as Secretary of the Interior:

“From playing on the football field for the Oregon Ducks to defending our country as a Navy SEAL to serving in the U.S. House, Ryan Zinke has been a remarkable leader. I’m proud to call him my friend, and I’m delighted that he has been selected to serve as Secretary of the Interior. Together, we’ve worked hard to improve the health of our forests, increase access to public lands, and boost American energy production. The Senate should swiftly confirm him so that work can continue.”

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

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Public Notice Ads 

Public Notice Ads Oregon 

Americans want Christmas in schools

Short History of Colonialism Since 1492 In One GIF

Online Maps Blog

Commentary. Reclaiming the Bill of Rights [worthy of your time]

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” —Bill of Rights (1791)

Leaker of Podesta emails was a US intel official, not Russia, according to former ambassador 

So what if Trump and Perry shut down the energy department

Reince Priebus signals big changes for White House Press Corps

German defense minister enrages Saudi Arabia during visit



Sherman County eNews #331


  1. Sherman County School Closure, Dec. 15

  2. Sherman County Public/School Library Closure, Dec. 15

  3. Notice: Joyful News

  4. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving

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


Let It Snow!
~ Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne (c) 1945

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It doesn’t show signs of stopping,
And I brought some corn for popping;
The lights are turned way down low,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

When we finally say good night,
How I’ll hate going out in the storm;
But if you really hold me tight,
All the way home I’ll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing,
But as long as you love me so.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

1. Sherman County School Closure, Dec. 15

Logo.Sherman High SchoolA new message from Sherman County School District was sent  using the SchoolMessenger notification service. School will be closed on December 15th.

Please visit here to listen to your message:

2. Sherman County Public/School Library Closure, Dec. 15

Due to the inclement weather, the Sherman County Public/School Library will be closed on Thursday, December 15th.

3. Notice: Joyful News

babyfootprintSherman County eNews will happily publish JOYFUL NEWS – births, birthdays, engagements, weddings and anniversaries – with Friday Classifieds. Thank you, Sue Mabe, for proposing this idea!

The deadline is the same as for classified ads, Wednesday at 5. Sherman County connections are required. Links are welcome; no photos. Please use the Submit News page.  And then, please, send your birth, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements to The Times-Journal via

4. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving

Christmas.Ornament.Gifts, large or small, support our local nonprofits which are providing services that benefit our county communities. Charitable foundation board members need to know that local folks value and support our organizations applying for grant funding! If you are thinking about a tax-deductible gift, give to one of our local nonprofits! Win-win!

If you are wondering what to give a person, give to a local tax deductible non-profit organization in their honor!

to HONOR someone with a shared interest, birthday or anniversary

to RECOGNIZE success or achievement

in MEMORY of someone who cared

to THANK someone for exceptional service

or – rather than material gifts – to someone who has everything.

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • North Sherman Pre-School, Inc., P.O. Box 308, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & when matched to local cultural non-profit gifts, provide you with a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box __, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, PO Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Food Bank, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council, 312 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 [Designate recipient county.]
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –when matched by a gift to Oregon Cultural Trust earns state tax credits for the donor.
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County School District Food Services, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman Experiment Station Foundation, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman Preschool, P.O. Box 66, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box__, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco City/Community Library   P.O. Box 26  Wasco OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center – City of Wasco, P.O. Box 26, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box 85, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

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

bird.talkWhy Jay Leno has never touched a dime of his ‘Tonight Show’ money 

Trump Looks to the Big Sky for Interior Choice 

Top Tourist Attractions By European Country 

Group unveils new $5 billion tax proposal in the wake of Measure 97’s defeat

City of Rufus


Equine Mania LLC

Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration & Rejuvenation

John Day River Territory 

Locust Tree Salon 

Maryhill Museum of Art 

North Central Livestock Association 

Sherman Booster Club 

Sherman County 4-H Oregon 

Sherman County Court

Sherman County Fair

Sherman County Historical Society & Museum 

Sherman County Public/School Library Youth Programs 

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office 

Sherman County School