Sherman County eNews #32


  1. Samuel Grant Miller 1955-2017

  2. History Forum Series Presentation: Vogt Opera House, Feb. 4

  3. Bob’s Ghost Town Safari Photography Workshops

  4. Beyond the Basics

  5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center February Menu

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

1. Samuel Grant Miller 1955-2017

flower.rose.starSamuel Grant Miller was born June 12th, 1955, in The Dalles, Oregon, to John and Maxine (Benson) Miller. He passed away January 29th, 2017, at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. Sam grew up on Fivemile outside of The Dalles and the family moved to Moro, Oregon, in 1971. He graduated from Sherman High School in 1974. During high school he participated in athletics and rodeo. After his schooling he worked numerous jobs including driving truck for the Tindall Family in Portland. Following this he went to work for the Sherman County Road Department for 26 years and was Road Master for a portion of that time. Sam also started his own excavation business of which he was very proud.

Sam married Jennifer O’Connell November 3rd, 1979, and they had two sons whom he loved dearly and they loved him as well. When not working, Sam enjoyed supporting his sons in all their athletic events, elk hunting with his family and reminiscing about his years growing up and felt privileged to have been raised by and around the “old timers.” Sam spent countless hours volunteering in various ways. These included the Moro and Wasco Fire Departments, serving as chief for part of those years. He served two terms as elder for the Moro Community Presbyterian Church and coached Little League, as well as lending his talents to various community projects. Sam lived his life his way and at his own pace. All who knew him knew what that pace was.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his sons Justin and his wife Alyssa of Moro, Charles and his fiancé Brennah of Wasco, and his blue heeler Bonnie. He is also survived by his sister Linda Wilson and her husband John and his twin brother Johnny (Humpy), all of The Dalles. Also surviving is his nephew Marshal Waddington and his wife Traci and their children Brianna and Dillon, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins including Dorothy Benson of Moro, cousin Fred Benson and his family of Grass Valley. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 4th, 2017, at Spencer, Libby, and Powell in The Dalles. Following the service will be a celebration with food and drink being served at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions could be made to the Sherman County Athletic Foundation or to the Celilo Fund (Cancer Treatment facility that took care of Sam), 1800 E 19th St The Dalles, OR 97058.

2. History Forum Series Presentation: Vogt Opera House, Feb. 4

drama1The old Vogt Opera House is the theme of a presentation Saturday, Feb. 4, by local historian Karl Vercouteren in the upstairs courtroom of the 1859 Original Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place in The Dalles.

The Vogt Opera House was located where the Chronicle office is now, on 3rd Street between Washington and Federal, and hosted traveling troupes, local entertainment, and silent films between 1890 and 1916.

The program begins at 1:30 p.m.  It is first in the 2017 Regional History Forum series that takes place Saturdays during February.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

3. Bob’s Ghost Town Safari Photography Workshops

camera.handheldGhost Town Safari plans a workshop in late May or early June to the Trout Lake area, barns, old trucks and rusty gold. Watch Facebook page – “Bob’s Ghost Town Safari” – for the date and time.

A Macro Photography Class is scheduled for February 25. This class will include demonstrations of lenses, filters, extension tubes, and more, their uses, drawbacks and pluses, and discussions about Focus Stacking as it applies to Macro Photography. This one day class is a hands-on get into-it class with lots of subjects to photograph along with the use of Micro Lights and detailed instruction. The fee is $100 the day of, or $75 with advanced enrollment.  Each student will need to bring their own tripod.

Mark your calendar for the 13th of February at 7 p.m., at the SW corner of 4th & Washington, The Dalles, for a showing of 275 images from Bob’s trip, Images of Venice, Italy.

~ Robert (Bob) Davis, 2415 E. 12th, The Dalles, Oregon 97058 bobs ghost town safari on Facebook

4. Beyond the Basics

Our abilities, and our belief in our abilities, have tremendous power over our lives. Today, let’s talk about a few beliefs and abilities that each of you might want to develop to live a more productive, fulfilled life, allowing you to make a positive difference each day – wherever you are.

The three “Rs” – “reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic” – appear to have made their first English language appearance regarding basic education in the late 18th century. They were thought to be the foundation for skilled labor to have, and today, they are still critical skills to possess. But there are other abilities and beliefs that are equally critical if you are going to live a successful, contributive life:

  • You believe that you are a capable person, that you contribute in meaningful ways to your relationships and society, and that you have the power to influence what happens to you in your own life.
  • You have the ability to understand your own emotions and use that understanding to develop self-discipline and learn from your experiences.
  • You work well with others and develop friendships through communication, cooperation, negotiation, sharing, listening and empathizing,
  • You are able to respond to the limits and consequences of everyday life with accountability, adaptability, flexibility, and integrity.
  • Finally, you are able to use your wisdom, judgment and experience to evaluate situations according to appropriate values that you have chosen to live by.

What do you suppose the world would look like if our children came out of school with these abilities and beliefs, as well as the usual “three Rs?” Imagine such a world! ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center February Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu


We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of  more then 2, please let the Kitchen staff know the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve! (541-565-3191)

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2 3
Beef Stroganoff/Noodles Chicken Enchiladas Cheeseburgers
Veggies Tortilla Chips Oven Fries & Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
6 7 8 9 10
Baked Potato Bar Chicken Oriental Mac & Cheese w/Ham Meatloaf Pizza loaded w/meat
Chili & Cheese Veggies Veggies Roasted Red Potatoes Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream
13 14  Valentine’s Day! 15 16 17
Sloppy Joes Oven Fried Chicken Pork Chops w/ Mushroom Sauce Beef & Corn Pie Hot Turkey Sandwich
Veggies Potatoes w/gravy Veggies Veggies Mashed Potatoes/Gravy
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
20 21 22 23 24
Chicken Strips Beef Pot Roast Turkey Tetrazini Hamburger Gravy over

Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Tater Tots & Veggies w/ Potatoes & Carrots Veggies Veggies Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream
27 28 29 30  
Ham & AuGratin Potatoes Chicken Broccoli Chili w/Cornbread Spaghetti w/meat sauce
Veggies Cheddar Quiche Veggies Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

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

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The Dalles Dam, Massive Gate Replaced 

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