Sherman County eNews #19


  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

1. Spiritual Matters


Springtime Can Be Anytime

It feels as though the White Witch from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia is reigning over Sherman County these days. If you are familiar with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, you know the White Witch was the evil tyrant who ruled over a frozen Narnia. It isn’t until Aslan the Lion returns that the land thaws and brings forth new growth. Lewis’ characters are a metaphor for the Christian life.

We are all born with an inherited sin nature and we live in spiritual darkness, a sort of winter of the soul. Sin leads us to depression, anxiety and fear. However, Jesus came to rescue, redeem and renew us through sacrificing himself. It is through His sacrifice we can experience a Spring time of the soul, rebirth and renewal. The winter weather always reminds me that there is no heart too cold, dark and frozen for the Holy Spirit to thaw. When God comes into your life there is the regeneration and newness of life that Spring brings.

If you feel the Holy Spirit’s presence working in your heart, I pray you will turn toward Him and seek spiritual guidance.

Pastor Chris

Kent Baptist Church


World Peace is Not Only Possible, It is Inevitable

This article in Annie Reneau’s blog “Motherhood and More” ( lifted our spirits.  We hope it will yours too.

Annie says:

“…I’ve been thinking about… what we’re seeing in the world right now. I believe that much of what we are witnessing may be a stage in the dying process of an outdated worldview. Let me explain:

…In the past century or so…we’ve hurtled forward with advancements in transportation and communication….we have begun the messy, inevitable process of forming a truly international community…

Unfortunately, our spiritual and moral development has not kept pace with our technology…

Not everyone can see that yet, of course…Some see their way of life threatened… Some simply can’t see anything past fear….

Prejudices fed by racism, sexism, nationalism, partisanship, religious intolerance, etc., have been shakily but surely declining in recent decades. Now it suddenly feels like we’ve gone backwards…

I think this is the death rally of a dying order.

…it’s probably going to be brutal and ugly for a while. We will have to hold onto one another and protect those who receive the brunt of it. We’ll need to speak up for the rights of all, and not let injustice go unchecked.

But most importantly, we have to maintain hope. We have to build up the world we want to live in as the old one dies…

We have to keep working toward the world we want to see while we wait for this death rally to end. The historical life of intolerance and insular interests is long, and it will take a while for it to die, but die it will.

And when it does, we will not grieve. We will celebrate.”  — Annie Reneau

Baha’i Faith
Erling & Pat Jacobsen
Rufus, OR

2. 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), and contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Share your Joyful News and Thank You, Commendation and Congratulatory notes here. ~ The Editor


THANK YOU! Thank you Sherman County Community members and School District staff and students for turning Sherman County Public/School Library’s Mitten Tree into a beautiful giving tree. Our school and community donated 80 hats, 64 pairs of gloves and mittens, 7 scarves, 2 pairs of socks, 8 ear warmers, 1 pair of boots, and 11 blankets to the Sherman County Food Bank. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated! ~ Marylou Martin, Sherman County Public/School Library

“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 


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


“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


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

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


BASKETBALL GAME CONCESSIONS. *Urgent Need!! There are two concession slots open: High School game on Jan. 27 and Middle School game on Feb. 6 Please contact Ree Ella at or call 541-565-3500, Sherman County School. 2/3

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES! Sherman County Girl Scout Troop 50137 would like to let everyone know that Girl Scout Cookies Season is almost upon us. Pre-sales begin Monday, January 9th and ends on the 20th. Be on the lookout for one of our 13 Daisies, Brownies or Junior Girl Scouts. If we miss you, we will be having a couple of cookie booths in the county in February. Thank you in advance for helping our troop. 1/20 


PREVENTION COORDINATOR. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Prevention Coordinator. This is a part time position, 20 hr/week or .50FTE, Monday-Friday; there is an option for flexible scheduling within the fte. Partial benefits available. Applicant must value collaboration and be skilled in data collection, program implementation, grant management and be willing to engage in the Prevention Specialist certification process (within a 2-4 year timeline). This position works closely with youth, the community, and other agencies to identify and implement strategies to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in Sherman County. This is an exciting opportunity to effect local change.  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 Friday, February 3. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 2/3

KITCHEN ASSISTANT, SENIOR CENTER. Kitchen Assistant at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Permanent, part-time position, 10hr/week, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Primary responsibilities include assisting Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator in preparing and serving group meals and preparing home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels Program. For application and complete job description, contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at 541-565-3191or at PO Box 352, Moro, OR 97039.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017.  Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 1/27

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


GORGE OUTFITTERS SUPPLY :: Just Listed :: $75,000; 102 East 1st Street, Rufus Oregon. MLS # 16657334. 1800 Sq Ft Commercial Building / Premium location / Continual Growth. The area’s only full season recreation retail sporting goods store. Great income, awesome location, well known in the entire area as a destination location for recreation supplies for the world class fishing that abounds. Strategically located on the mighty Columbia, on I-84 at exit 109, and in between the mouths of the Deschutes and John Day rivers. Sales have increased every year since established in 2011. New POS for tracking inventory and sales. Services include: Kayak rentals, ODFW licensing agent and FFL dealer. ATM machine generates $150-$300 month on average. An additional portion of the building could be opened for additional retail square footage potentially for Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing supplies. This is a first class establishment. Signage has been created by the PNW best sign company and constructed of high quality material. This is a turn key operation with plenty of great vendor support. Purchase price includes the following: (business only)
* All retail inventory (valued at our cost of 50K)
– actual purchase price will reflect current inventory value at time of closing adjusted up or down
* All retail furnishings, gondolas, freezers, refrigerators, coolers, shelving, safes, ATM
* Included in the sale is the name Gorge Outfitters Supply, all the marketing media, signage, intellect,
Facebook platform and current relationships with vendors and customers.
Priced aggressively for cash sale. Building can be rented at $850 month or purchased with terms for $115,000. Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140
Licensed Oregon Principal Broker for Cheri Belander Real Estate  3/3

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. To add or update your business listing, please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez See businesses organized by town at 0/0 




SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. To add or update your business listing, please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez See businesses organized by town at 0/0





3. Calendar (new or corrected)


23 Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

23-26 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, D.C.

23 Sherman County Photography Club Meeting 7 Sherman County Public/School Library

24 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments 1-3 The Dalles

25 Tri-County Courts 10-3 Fossil, Wheeler County

25 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 2 Fossil

25 Frontier Digital Network Board Meeting, Fossil

28 The Dalles Dam Eagle Watch  The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

28 20th Annual Robert Burns Supper 2-5 Condon Elks Lodge

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

31 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting 1 Condon

1 Sherman County Court 9


4 Regional History Forum, Vogt Opera House 1:30 Original Courthouse, The Dalles

7 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

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

10 Gorge Broadband Consortium 10

11 Regional History Forum, Donner Party Survivor 1:30 Original Courthouse, The Dalles


14 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation Board 8:30 Moro

14 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

14 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles


16 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Regional Economic Development 9                         Hood River County

18 Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show 11-4 Civic Auditorium, The Dalles

18 Regional History Forum, Art Deco Architecture 1:30 Original Courthouse, The Dalles



23-March 1 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, DC

25 Happy Birthday, Sherman County! February 25, 1889

25 Regional History Forum, Thos. Condon & Paleontology 1:30 Original Courthouse

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