Sherman County eNews #28


  1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update

  2. Microbrewery Seeks Locally-Grown Barley, Wheat & Rye

  3. “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, Feb. 2

  4. Library Book Club Tea, Dessert & Discussion, Feb. 15

  5. Ed Justesen 1932-2017

  6. Geraldine Norton Tatum 1923-2017

  7. Oregon Parks & Rec Seeks Volunteers for All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Group

  8. Oregon School Boards Association Members to Visit U.S. Capitol

1.Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update

Middle School Basketball

February 2, 2017 – Sherman vs St. Mary’s at Sherman County School in Moro

5/6 Girls at 4:00 (no change)

5/6 Boys at 4:00 (was No Game)

7/8 Girls No Game (was 4:00)

7/8 Boys at 5:00 (no change)

Middle School Basketball

January 30, 2017 – Sherman vs Dufur at Sherman County School in Moro is CANCELLED

February 9, 2017 – Sherman vs. South Wasco at Maupin has been ADDED to the schedule:

5/6 Girls at 3:00

5/6 Boys at 4:00

7/8 Girls at 5:00

7/8 Boys at 6:00

 2. Microbrewery Seeks Locally-Grown Barley, Wheat & Rye

wheat.fourA microbrewery is looking for locally grown barley, wheat and rye to use in its products:  “We are in the process of opening our brewery in Goldendale, WA. For the time being, we are looking for local ingredients to use in our beers (malted barley, wheat, rye, etc; fruit and herbs; hops). In the future, we hope to have a small kitchen in our tasting room and would like to feature local cheese, cured meats, pickles, and bread. Once we are up and running this fall, we would also be open to selling beer to restaurants and events in the region (we will be self distributing in Washington).”  If you are interested or have suggestions, contact Rachel Suits of OSU Extension Small Farms programs in the gorge at 541-386-3343 ext 38257 or email

3. “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, Feb. 2

lana-architetto-francesc-01Social crafting and instructional assistance starts at 6:00 p.m. every Thursday. Bring your knitting, crochet, spinning, quilting, or cross-stitch projects. All fiber arts are welcome.

For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279 or email

4. Library Book Club Tea, Dessert & Discussion, Feb. 15

books.loveSherman County Public/School Library Book Club is meeting Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00pm. Please join us for tea, dessert, and discussion of our February book, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. Call 541-565-3279 or email to request a hold.


 5. Ed Justesen 1932-2017 

flower.rose.starEd Justesen, Grass Valley, OR, passed away on January 11th , 2017 at Mid Columbia Medical Center with loving family by his side. He was 84. He was born on March 12, 1932 in Milton-Freewater, OR to Harry Justesen and Ellen Docker. He graduated from Moro High School in 1950. Ed served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1955-57. In 1961 he married the love of his life, Mary Ann McKay. They lived together in Kent, OR until they moved to Grass Valley in the summer of 1968 where they raised their three children. Grass Valley remained their home for the next 48 years.

Ed spent his career helping farmers, working as a farm co-op employee. In the early years he delivered farm chemicals for Grass Valley Grain Growers. He was a dedicated long time employee who witnessed a few company mergers and name changes over the years and ultimately retired as a truck driver for Mid Columbia Producers. He believed in service to community and was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, a long time member of the Sherman County Lions Club and other service organizations over the years. As a young man Ed had a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying. He was a supportive father, volunteering through all the stages of his children’s athletic years beginning with coaching and organizing Little League to running the chains at the high school football games.

Ed is preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Ann. Survivors include daughter Deb Miller, East Wenatchee, WA; son Jeff Justesen (Dawn), The Dalles, OR; son Joe Justesen (Dionne), Wasco, OR; mother-in-law Mary Fields, The Dalles, OR; and six extremely loved grandchildren; April, Laura, William, Maggie, Jacob and Jaelyn.

A memorial service will follow in March. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Sherman County Lions Club, or Sherman County Senior Center.

 6. Geraldine Norton Tatum 1923-2017

flower.rose.starGeraldine Norton Tatum was born May 28, 1923, to James (JE) and Violet Norton of Kent. She died Jan. 7, 2017. She was the sister of Eugene, Alta and Cecil Norton. After her mother’s death, her father married Mildred Ross, and their children were Carole, Ross and Wiley.

Geraldine married Robert Tatum, and when he returned from service during WW II, they moved to a farm near Kent where their children grew up, Bonnie, Jim and Bill. She was a volunteer with the AFS student exchange program, Kent Baptist Church and Sherman County Historical Museum.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Eugene and Cecil, sister Alta, her parents, nephew James, husband Robert Tatum and sons Jim and Bill. She is survived by her daughter Bonnie and husband Bill Shupe, her son Bill’s wife Laurie Tatum, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sister Carole and husband Ron Putman, brother Ross Norton and sister-in-law Chris, and brother Warren Wiley Norton and sister-in-law Evelyn, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at the Kent Baptist Church on Jan. 21st. Contributions in her memory may be made to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O Box 139, Moro, Ore., 97039.

7. Oregon Parks & Rec Seeks Volunteers for All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Group

4-wheeler1The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking volunteers for four vacant positions on the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee (ATV-AC).

The Oregon Legislature established the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee in 2010, outlined in SB578. Current vacancies include:

-ADA representative
-Rural Fire Protection District Representative
-Emergency Medical Services Provider Representative
-Oregon Vehicle Dealer Association Representative

The ATV Advisory Committee meets two to four times per year at locations throughout the state to advise OPRD regarding ATV issues relating to safety and vehicle classifications.

The ADA representative will also serve on the ATV Grant Subcommittee, which meets about twice per year to recommend grant application funding for ATV related projects.

The interest form and application are available on-line at under the ATV Committees section, or by contacting the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

For more information, contact Jeff Trejo at or 503-986-0585.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 2017.

8. Oregon School Boards Association Members to Visit U.S. Capitol

alphabet blackboardOregon School Boards Association (OSBA) members will visit the U.S. Capitol over the next few days to discuss educational priorities with members of Oregon’s congressional delegation. In meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, OSBA members will engage with congressional members on such issues as implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, school choice and educational vouchers, federal investment in education, reauthorization of federal funding for career and technical education (CTE), and reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

They will also discuss long-term solutions to ensure that county timber payments continue to support public schools. The Capitol visits are part of the Advocacy Institute conference, organized by the National School Boards Association.

OSBA board members heading to Washington, D.C., for the Advocacy Institute include: President Betty Reynolds (West Linn-Wilsonville School Board), President-elect LeeAnn Larsen (Beaverton SD), Vice President Tass Morrison (North Santiam SD), Secretary-treasurer Don Cruise (Philomath SD), Past President Dr. Doug Nelson (High Desert ESD), Cheri Helt (Bend-LaPine SD), Kris Howatt (Gresham-Barlow SD), Hank Perry (Douglas ESD), and Maureen Wolf (Tigard-Tualatin SD). Also attending as members of OSBA’s Legislative Policy Committee are Andrew Bryan (Baker SD), Kim Strelchun (Hillsboro SD) and Dawn Watson (Phoenix-Talent SD).

Jim Green, OSBA’s executive director, said the occasion gives participants insight into education policy at the federal level.

“It’s important for our local school board members to meet with members of Congress to advocate for Oregon students,” he said.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.