Sherman County eNews #55


  1. Sherman County Huskies: 1A Round 2 State Championship, Feb. 24

  2. The Mud Springs Gospel Band & Kent Baptist Church, Feb. 26

  3. Columbia Gorge Community College Job Fair, March 25

  4. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 1 Parents and Teens

  5. Columbia Gorge Community College: Web-development, Wind Challenge & Job Fair

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

 1. Sherman County Huskies: 1A Round 2 State Championship, Feb. 24


Sherman County Huskies vs North Clackamas Christian

Sherman County School

6:30 on Friday, February 24th.

Come and support our District Champion Huskies as they compete for the opportunity to continue to fight for the State Title in Baker.  Go Huskies, we are proud of you!

–Audrey Rooney, Registrar , Sherman High School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. The Mud Springs Gospel Band & Kent Baptist Church, Feb. 26

church.family1The Mud Springs Gospel Band will be performing at Kent Baptist Church this Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend for the concert and cookies afterward!


3. Columbia Gorge Community College Job Fair, March 25

Date:  Saturday, March 25, 2017

Time:  10:00-2:00

Place:  Ft. Dalles Readiness and CGCC Workforce Center (Building #10 on the CGCC campus) 402 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058

Appropriate for job seekers age 16 and up.

Job seekers will be able to:

  • Meet face-to-face with employers
  • Get Details on career education programs
  • Learn about financial aid options
  • Se habla español

Funded through an Oregon Career Pathways grant. CGCC is partnering with The State of Oregon Employment Department to host this event.

4. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 1 Parents and Teens

What should parents do if they want their teenagers to confide in them? Dr. Joyce Vedral, author of several books on the teenager-parent relationship, asked a large number of teens to answer this question, and here is what they said.

Generally, teenagers tend to feel comfortable talking with those parents with whom they can laugh and joke, parents whose understanding the teens know they can count on. When asked why they would choose one parent over another to confide in, they invariably say they choose the one who stays calm even when they, themselves, are emotional, and who never says things like, “That shouldn’t bother you.”

Here’s something else that’s critical. In our efforts to get our teenagers to talk to us, many of us neglect to talk to them – especially about how much we appreciate, love and admire them. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our efforts to keep our kids on the right track that we forget to tell them how great they are. That is a big mistake, but it’s one that can be fixed.

Nothing can be more encouraging and more conducive to building their self-esteem than you taking the time to express confidence that they have what it takes to make it in life.  They may not tell you on the spot how much your approval matters to them, but believe that it does.

And dump the guilt, if you haven’t done these things so far. That was then, this is now. There is no time like the present to start! Your kids will love you for it…even if they don’t come out and say so. ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Columbia Gorge Community College: Web-development, Wind Challenge & Job Fair

Spring is almost here and learning is already in full bloom at Columbia Gorge Community College, where March brings a newly-created certificate course in web development, 2017 Wind Challenge for middle and high school students, Job Fair and myriad other activities. Here’s the rundown:

Every business and organization needs a website, but where do you start?

Find the answers in spring term through an entry-level web development course leading to a business certificate. Students learn the fundamentals of building, launching and maintaining a website, covering such topics as HTML and XML, Javascript, graphics applications and other authoring tools. Web page standards and policies are introduced, along with elements of vector tools, user interfaces, search engines and emerging web technologies. (And if you don’t know what all that means, you will by the time you earn this certificate.)

This is an on-line course, delivered via the open-source learning platform called Moodle.

Registration for web development and other spring term classes begins March 6 for returning students and March 8 for new students. The first day of spring term is April 3.

The month of March brings many other activities to the college, as well.

Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the annual Wind Challenge, scheduled Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles. This event is co-sponsored by the Gorge Technology Alliance, Columbia Gorge Community College and Google.

The public is encouraged to attend as middle and high school teams learn wind turbine technology and design, then apply their skills in an all-day competition to build, test and present their operating wind turbines to a panel of judges. A hands-on STEM Fair from noon to 3:30 p.m. is free to the public. Prizes honor the three high school teams and three middle school teams whose wind turbines achieve the fastest speed for transferring kinetic energy and generate the most electrical power.

As of mid-February, 47 teams had registered, representing high schools and middle schools from Irrigon to Corbett and Stevenson to Goldendale. Mentors are still needed. If you’d like to help, please visit the website,, or contact event coordinator Jessica Metta or volunteer coordinator Jacque Schei, (541) 296-2266.

Finally, mark your calendars for the Spring Job Fair on Saturday, March 25, in the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. This is organized by Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Employment Department. Employers should register by March 11. To learn more, call Elaine Powrie, (541) 490-3462.

Columbia Gorge Community College “builds dreams and transforms lives” with credit and non-credit classes offered at campuses in Hood River and The Dalles, and on-line around the world. For details, visit

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

bird.crow.flyWWII Camp Rufus. The Oregon Encyclopedia – with new photographs

For you, your kids and grandkids, TED, Ideas worth sharing… The next steps in Nanotechnology

A Changing Climate for Water

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and AG Ellen Rosenblum Blaze The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

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Boeing to produce high-tech airplane systems in Oregon

Being Black in China

The Digital Farm of the Very Near Future



Sherman County eNews #54


  1. Happy Birthday, Sherman County, Feb. 25

  2. Sherman County Courthouse Groundbreaking and Open House, March 8

  3. 7th & 8th Grade Girls in Engineering and Marine Science (GEMS) Camp, March 10-11

  4. Town Hall: Stand up for Solar Energy, March 16

  5. Watch Your Language: A Euphemism

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

 1. Happy Birthday, Sherman County, Feb. 25

February 25th!

Happy Birthday, Sherman County!


IMAGINE! Imagine the history and the stories of our handsome historic county courthouse! Imagine the pride, anguish, trials, joy, excitement and frustration of the years…of public service, justice, weddings, mortgages, deeds, elections and county business transactions.

A BIT CURIOUS! It is a bit curious that, while Sherman County was carved from Wasco County in 1889, the courthouse was not built until ten years later. E. O. McCoy petitioned the legislature for formation of the new county in 1889, proposing to name it Fulton County for Col. James Fulton, a prominent pioneer legislator. In a political move because Col. Fulton opposed a visit to the state house by General William Tecumseh Sherman, the new county was named Sherman. Governor Sylvester Pennoyer signed the modified bill on February 25, 1889 and the new county was named for General Sherman.

OFFICIALS. The governor appointed officers to serve the county until the next general election: Col. James Fulton, county judge, [who declined, and Owen M. Scott was appointed]; John Medler and Dayton Elliott, commissioners; V.C. Brock, clerk; E.M. Leslie, sheriff; Levi Armsworthy, treasurer; C.C. Meyers, assessor; and C.J. Bright, school superintendent. On March 12, 1889, the newly-appointed officers and constituents met at the Oskaloosa Hotel in Wasco for the official swearing-in. Wasco was declared the temporary county seat. The new officials rented a rock and concrete building in Block 6 on Lot 7 in Wasco to be used by the sheriff and clerk. County and circuit court business was conducted in the school building.

EXPANSION. During the 1891 Oregon legislative session, a bill was introduced to expand the county 18 miles south, taking in Townships 3, 4 and 5 South. This new boundary followed Buck Hollow and an 11-mile east-west boundary across the south.

COUNTY SEAT. Selection of a county seat resumed in earnest. Three towns were selected for the ballot: Wasco, Moro and Kenneth [a hamlet once located near DeMoss Springs]. Strong emotions led up to the vote for Moro, influenced by the county’s southward expansion and new residents. In 1892 the county contracted for construction of a temporary building to house the clerk, sheriff and a vault. Records were moved to Moro. In 1893 a jail was added and the vault was rebuilt. A flag pole and flag were ordered in 1895. In 1896, a deputy clerk and deputy sheriff were hired.

1899. When the county began construction of the new courthouse on Block 23 in 1899, the temporary house on Block 23 in Moro was moved across the street to the south where it remains today. Charles Burggraf of Salem designed the handsome brick structure with Queen Anne architectural features, varied wall surfaces and a corner tower. It was built by contractor, A.F. Peterson of Corvallis, of thrifty material – brick manufactured in the brick yard behind it. The bell-shaped cupola was originally painted alternating bands of dark and light paint.

FOR THE RECORD. In a story written by Patricia [French] Moore and published in Sherman County: For The Record in 1983, it is noted that the Grass Valley Journal reported completion of the new courthouse on November 3rd. On the 10th the Journal editor observed that, “Everyone who has seen the new courthouse wonders how such a house could have been built with so little money [$6,665]. On November 22nd, 1899, Sherman County’s handsome, new courthouse was turned over to county officials.”

PROGRESS. In 1905, the Observer reported that there was a pot-bellied stove in each office and a complex of chimneys in the attic. Will Raymond was commissioned to produce ten large photographs of Sherman County scenes for the county’s exhibit at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland and later for the courthouse walls, where they may be seen today. A jail and related supplies were purchased for $3,847 in 1905 and was located in the room the assessor now occupies. The assessor worked in the front room next to the clerk’s office.

CHANGE. Moore’s story continues. “Major changes took place in 1934 …the decision to dig a basement, construct walls, install a furnace and chimney for central heat and to put in a vault…work done as a relief project…under the leadership of county engineer, Hal White.” In 1941, the clerk’s vault was extended and the jail was moved to the rear of the courthouse. The brick on the south wall shows evidence of this move and brick replacement with matching windows. Upstairs remodeling accompanied construction over the jail, with chambers for the judge and jury. The handsome cupola was removed because of wind and storm damage by 1963 when Lee Gunnels painted the courthouse trim.

MORE CHANGE. Modern carpeting, tile ceilings, computers and glass doors joined delicate wooden ornamentation, filigree knobs and round-topped windows. The white picket fence is long gone; the jail is a museum artifact. New sidewalks and landscaping in 1999 marked the 100th anniversary of the county’s seat of government.

2. Sherman County Courthouse Groundbreaking and Open House, March 8

ShermanCoLogoThe public is invited to attend the official Sherman County Courthouse Addition and Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony and Open House to be held Wednesday, March 8th at 1:30 pm at the Sherman County Courthouse in Moro. A brief groundbreaking ceremony will take place in front of the Courthouse to be followed by an open house in the Circuit Courtroom upstairs. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with project team members to learn about the project scope and timeline, review floor plans, see examples of interior and exterior finishes, and enjoy refreshments.

3. 7th & 8th Grade Girls in Engineering and Marine Science (GEMS) Camp, March 10-11

child.girlRegistration is now open for a unique camp in Newport focusing on science, technology, engineering and math for 7th and 8th grade girls on the Oregon Coast.

The Girls in Engineering and Marine Science (GEMS) camp will run from March 10 to 11 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, led by female faculty and graduate students from Oregon State University.

Participants will develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills and learn from mentors about what it is like to pursue a degree and career in engineering and marine-related fields. The girls will also engage in a variety of hands-on activities, get behind-the-scenes tours and spend the night in the shark tunnel at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where they will learn about additional career opportunities.

The camp begins at 9 am on Friday, March 10, and ends at 4 pm Saturday, March 11. Meals are included both days. Parents and guardians should register participants at no later than March 3.

The camp is made possible by a grant from Oregon State University’s Women’s Giving Circle and additional funding from the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. For more information on this and other programs, go to the Oregon Coast STEM Hub website at or contact Tracy Crews at

4. Town Hall: Stand up for Solar Energy, March 16

sun.circleStand up for Solar Energy! Environment Oregon brings the discussion to Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 8 pm. This town hall will discuss current solar efforts in the Columbia Gorge region and the importance of solar incentives for the growth of Oregon’s solar industry.  For more information, call 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit

5. Watch Your Language: A Euphemism

A euphemism is a word or phrase you choose when you think a certain word is too blunt or offensive to use. The word comes from two Greek roots: “eu” and “pheme.” “Eu” means good, as in eulogy (good words said about people, most often after they die) or euphoria (a good feeling). “Pheme” means speech, as in blaspheme (unfavorable words about something) or aphemia (loss of the ability to speak).

Let’s face it: Few things are worse than dying. So English speakers have come up with many euphemisms for death. Rather than say someone “died,” people say:

He passed away (or passed). She went to be with her Lord. He went home. She departed. He entered eternal rest. She was called home. He left this world. She succumbed. He lost his battle. She slipped away.

Those are pretty gentle ones. I’m not sure I understand the appeal of: Pushing up daisies. Giving up the ghost. Met the reaper.

Businesses have a treasure trove of words to avoid saying people are going to be fired:

We’re having a reduction in force. You’re being terminated (or let go). We’re downsizing, restructuring, streamlining, redeploying assets, right-sizing. Your position is being eliminated.

No one seems to know the origin of “pink slip” as a euphemism for firing someone. It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with lingerie, though. In Britain, a euphemism for getting fired is “being made redundant.” That doesn’t sound soothing at all.

In war, a killing may be called “neutralizing the target” or “collateral damage.”

When the economy is in bad shape, no one likes to say so. Some familiar terms used when the economy is tanking: slow economic growthdownturnpause in recoverya period of uncertaintydownward trend.

The truth may hurt, but using clear, accurate terms for things is the better way to go. Euphemisms blur meanings, and, in the long run, sometimes sound worse than the original terms.

By the way, a “dysphemism” is a word or phrase that you use to make something sound worse than it is. If, say, you don’t like the cuisine in your workplace cafeteria, you may call it “the cafe of terror.”

BEES AND THEIR KNEES: After I used “bee’s knees” in a column recently, a friend went in search of the origin of the phrase. The Oxford Dictionaries website says that the phrase was used as early as the 18th century to describe something tiny or insignificant. Then, in the 1920s, American slang picked up a lot of descriptions of tiny things to indicate that something was to be admired. “Bee’s knees” was one of these.

Others were “the cat’s whiskers” and “the canary’s tusks.” But my favorite was “the flea’s eyebrows.”

YESTERDAY. A reader wrote to mention a broadcaster’s use of the phrase “yesterday night.” We agreed that it would be better to say “last night.” But I couldn’t find any guidelines on this. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut.

WHO’S ON FIRST? And today, I found an interesting lesson on the use of “first” versus “firstly.” Use “first.” You can’t go wrong when you listen to E.B. White, who wrote on the matter in The Elements of Style: “Do not dress words up by adding ‘ly’ to them, as though putting a hat on a horse.” Horses probably hate that.

Sources: Oxford Dictionaries,,, Random House, University of Oregon, Christian Science Monitor, Merriam-Webster.

~ By Bernadette Kinlaw, February 20, 2017

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

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