Sherman County eNews #336


  1. Columbia Gorge CASA Annual Appeal with a Matching Grant

  2. Wasco City Community Library Continuing Sale

  3. Tax Credit: Oregon Cultural Trust & Sherman County Historical Society

  4. National Park Service Opens 250+ Seasonal Jobs for Summer, 2017

  5. Friction

  6. Pillsbury Doughboy – Sad news from Minnesota

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

1. Columbia Gorge CASA Annual Appeal with a Matching Grant

boy.telephonetalkColumbia Gorge CASA invites the community to participate in their 2016 Annual Appeal. A generous matching grant offered by the Providence Community Benefit Fund will double all donations, up to $6,ooo, received by the end of the year.

CASA recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to advocate for the needs and well being of the 150 children in the Gorge that currently call foster care home.

Double your donation and help give more children the powerful voice of a CASA volunteer. Donation options can be found at or mailed to PO Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031.

2. Wasco City Community Library Continuing Sale

Wasco City Community Library Sale

Wasco Annex (old grade school)

$5.00 per bag for used books

25 cents to $1.00 per book

NEW books, CDs and DVDs $3.00 each

Used movies and audio books 25 cents

FREE magazines and other free items..

Monday, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 6pm

or when the building is open

Questions? Call Danee Rankin  541-442-5834

3. Tax Credit: Oregon Cultural Trust & Sherman County Historical Society


dollar.bills2Question: We have been giving to a local cultural nonprofit off and on this year. Do those gifts, if we send a matching contribution to the Oregon Cultural Trust, count for a tax credit?

Answer: The short answer is yes! – assuming the nonprofit is cultural in nature.  You can confirm that by going to the searchable database on our website:

You can give to one organization several times a year or to several organizations several times a year; then add up those multiple donations and make a matching gift to the Trust to earn the cultural tax credit.  The only requirement is that the process be completed – gifts to cultural nonprofits matched by a Trust donation – by December 31.

Question: Do non-profits in Sherman County qualify?

Answer: One. Sherman County Historical Society of Oregon
PO Box 173, Moro, OR 97039-0173
Tel: 541-565-3232

Question: Could other non-profits in Sherman County qualify?

Answer: Possibly. Contact:

Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301

Once again, Oregon takes the lead: we’re the only state that allows its citizens to designate part of their state taxes for cultural funding.  Take action!  If culture, in all its diversity, is important to you, your family and community, vote for culture at

4. National Park Service Opens 250+ Seasonal Jobs for Summer, 2017

If you ever dreamed of working for the National Park Service, now is the time. The National Park Service has more than 250 seasonal job openings for the summer of 2017 in more than ten parks across the Pacific Northwest.

These openings are for a wide variety of positions, including backcountry rangers, entrance station fee collectors, archeologists, motor vehicle operators, carpenters and more. The jobs are available at multiple national park sites in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Many jobs range in pay from $14 to $20 an hour.

“What better way to spend a summer than getting paid to work and live in a national park,” stated Pacific West Regional Director Laura Joss. “Seasonal jobs are a great way to get your start with the National Park Service, whether you are beginning your career or looking for a change.”

Applications must be submitted on the website The site can be easily searched from the home page by entering “National Park Service” in the keywords field and any state name, such as Washington, in the location field. Applicants may create a profile on the website in advance to save time once the hiring process begins, which is recommended.

Application timelines vary depending on the specific position, and some are open for only a short period. Those interested in finding more information about a specific position are encouraged to contact the national park hosting the position.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the National Park Service at

5. Friction

Friction in machinery costs money. Friction in human relationships impoverishes both the spirit and the bank account. Discord in any relationship often has unpleasant financial implications, but it is far costlier in human terms. When you are involved in a fractious relationship, physical and mental energy that could be directed toward positive achievements is dissipated needlessly, squandered upon stressful, unproductive activities. Unfortunately, whatever the cause of friction between individuals, it adversely affects each person involved. When you find yourself in a contentious relationship, there are few acceptable alternatives. You can work out your problems or leave the team. Only you know which is the best solution for you, but if you objectively evaluate your reasons for becoming involved and find that they are still valid, your best course of action may be to swallow your pride and find a solution that is acceptable to everyone involved. If you cannot do this, perhaps it’s time to get out of the partnership and find another course toward your objective. ~ Napoleon Hill

6. Pillsbury Doughboy – Sad news from Minnesota

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin.  Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch.  The grave site was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Born and bread in Minnesota, Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes.

Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man, and was considered a positive roll model for millions. Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven.  He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

If you smiled while reading this, please rise to the occasion and pass it on to someone having a crumby day or kneading a lift.

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

bird.owl.limbAt Lyle Falls, Tribal Fishermen Carry On A Longstanding Tradition

Olympic National Park: A Fishing Bobcat

The Art of Beef 

Solar Energy

Defending the Electoral College

Pendleton Grain Growers Sells Fuel Division to Mid Columbia Producers