Sherman County eNews #64


  1. Webinar: Growing Your Agritourism Business, March 7

  2. Sherman County Local History Website

  3. Notice: North Central Public Health District Exec. Committee Meeting, March 14

  4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, March 11

  5. Kids can learn to hunt turkey at White River Wildlife Area, April 1

  6. Managing Your Mind

  7. Words Formed from the Division of Letters between Words & Mondegreens

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

1. Webinar: Growing Your Agritourism Business, March 7

food.sack1Join Travel Oregon on Mar. 7 from 1-2 p.m. for a webinar to learn more about getting started or growing your agritourism business.

The webinar will offer a deep dive into the resources and information available through the Oregon Agritourism Handbook, crafted with support from Travel Oregon and agritourism leaders across the state. The Handbook covers topics ranging from assessing your agritourism business idea, to complying with legal and regulatory requirements, to marketing your venture. Contact> with questions or for more details.

Webinar Information:

Join the meeting:

On a phone or tablet, launch the app and enter meeting code: TravelOregonDDev

Join the audio conference:

Dial the phone number below and enter the access code, or connect via the internet.

By phone: +1.415.594.5500

Access Code 225-722-579#

By computer via the internet:

Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

2. Sherman County Local History Website

Car.PremierSherman County, Oregon, A Historical Collection is a new local history website ( honoring the people who lived in Sherman County, kept the records, preserved the stories and encouraged Sherry Kaseberg’s interest in the county in which she grew up. In Kaseberg’s own words the information presented is “truly the work of many, and will appeal to history enthusiasts and genealogists.”

The website, recently introduced by Kaseberg, shares her 1965 cemetery survey and stories, time lines, photographs and information about businesses, churches, government, military service, places and towns.

“Growing up in Moro, I was inspired by a fourth-grade book about the Oregon Trail and the orphaned Sager children which led to a crayon mural. My fifth and sixth grade teacher, Grace (May) Zevely, opened windows to history, geography, geology, maps and rivers with field trips and pen pals in other countries,” said Kaseberg. An eighth-grade history assignment, which she views as a gift, required interviews of town elders.

For many years, Kaseberg volunteered for the Sherman County Historical Society, and served as Sherman County Commissioner and on the boards of Maryhill Museum of Art and Oregon Geographic Names.

“This is a big site, the result of a lifetime journey with local storytellers and record keepers, but it’s not everything,” Kaseberg adds. “There is a wealth of information in the interpretive exhibits, publications and collections at the national-award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro.”

For additional information, please visit

3. Notice: North Central Public Health District Exec. Committee Meeting, March 14

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be meeting Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 9:00a.m. at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Loft Meeting Room (Annex C), in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, March 11

The monthly meeting of the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will held March 11, 2017 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in the downstairs meeting room at 1p.m.

The program this month is a open practicum with members discussing their research problems, recent family history discoveries and members helping members with research methods and newly discovered research. Members are asked to bring their laptops, their research problems and enjoy a afternoon of crowdsourcing and problem solving . This practicum is open to the public and all levels of research experience are welcome.

5. Kids can learn to hunt turkey at White River Wildlife Area, April  

SALEM, Ore.—Register by March 28 for the annual turkey hunting clinic for kids ages 8 to 17, a popular event sponsored by ODFW, Oregon Hunters Association and Celilo Bowmen.

The event is Saturday, April 1 at the White River Wildlife Area near Tygh Valley.

Kids who attend will learn the tricks, tips and strategies needed to turkey hunt including: turkey identification and behavior, scouting techniques like sign identification and how to locate turkeys in the woods, plus turkey calls and calling techniques. There is also a hands-on session about how to pattern a shotgun, establish effective ranges and hold a shotgun as a tom approaches. New this year, Celilo Bowmen will be teaching kids how to shoot compound and traditional bows at a 3D target range set up at the event.

“This is a fun annual event that will get your child ready for the statewide general spring turkey season April 15-May 31,” said James Reed, ODFW hunter education coordinator. “Kids can also hunt the special youth-only season April 8-9.”

Hunter education certification is not required to attend this clinic.

Pre-registration is required and costs $10. The deadline to register is March 28 and a maximum of 100 youth will be accepted. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Register online at ODFW’s license sales site, or register at any license sales agent. Registration includes lunch; adults can purchase lunch for an additional $5 at the clinic.

For more information, see the event listing at or contact Myrna Britton at (503) 947-6028 /

Note that ODFW will waive the parking permit requirement on White River Wildlife Area for that day and camping is allowed at designated campsites.

ODFW and partners host a variety of events where people can learn how to hunt and fish, see for more.

6. Managing Your Mind

Most people who want to succeed in the world of business know that they have to be good managers. Actually, it’s probably important to be a good manager, no matter what your field is, if you want to be a success.

Why do we say that? Well, here’s a laundry list of a few things you should be able to manage effectively if you want to lead a productive life: You will need to manage ideas, money, time, opportunities, other people, talent, training, energy, risk, decisions, problems and your imagination.

You see, failure is not the result of a lack of money, time, or connections. It is in the news all the time: You can be a millionaire and lose everything if you don’t manage it – and yourself – wisely. And failure has little to do with problems, risks, frustrations, or difficulties, either.

You don’t succeed in life because of what you have – you succeed because of who you are. If you are a good manager, you control your resources so that you maximize your chances of achieving your goals.

Now, chances are you never learned to do this in school, and most people don’t learn from their parents, either. The school of hard knocks may teach you a few things, but in that school, the lessons are painful. But here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be that way. The key, to successful management of most things, is knowing how to think effectively.

Learn to manage your mind – your thoughts, habits and attitudes – and you will be well on your way to success! ~ The Pacific Institute

7. Words Formed from the Division of Letters between Words & Mondegreens

typewriterMisdivision, in the context of this column, has nothing to do with arithmetic, thankfully. It’s a process of words being formed from the division of letters between words.

Take the word “apron,” the item you may wear to keep from splattering yourself while cooking. This was originally “a napron” in Middle English, related to the Middle French word for napkin.

An “adder” was originally “naddre.” Its origins twisted a serpentine path back from Old English and Old High German and the Latin word for water snake, “natrix.” he roots for “orange” go back to the Sanskrit word for orange tree, “naranga.”

Those are cases where the “n” moved away from the rest of the word. At other times, the “n” joined the word.

The word “newt,” as in the little salamander, used to be “an ewte.”

“Nickname” came from “an eke name,” which meant an extra name.

“Notch” came from “an otch,” which meant a cut or a slash.

The archaic terms for “uncle” and “aunt” were “nuncle” and “naunt.

In at least one case, a “d” defected. “Daffodil” came from the Dutch language. “De affodil” was a variation on asphodel, a flowering plant.

Most of this misdivision business happened in the 1400s and 1500s. I tried to prove that all this had something to do with Johannes Gutenberg and his invention of the printing press in 1440, but I couldn’t find any evidence of that. I will keep looking.


Probably you know what a mondegreen is, but you didn’t know it had a name. In the 1950s, writer Sylvia Wright admitted to misunderstanding a line in an early 18th-century Scottish ballad, “The Bonny Earl of Murray.”

The real lines were:

They hae slain the Earl of Murray.

And hae laid him on the green.

Wright thought the second line was:

And Lady Mondegreen.

So a mondegreen has come to be the embarrassing moment when you think you hear one thing, but you’re way off. Often it happens with song lyrics.

In “Purple Haze,” “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy” is what people thought Jimi Hendrix was singing. The real line was, “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.”

From “Dancing Queen,” “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen” was not what Abba wrote. In fact, it was “See that girl, watch the scene, diggin’ the dancing queen.”

And in the song “Beast of Burden,” the Rolling Stones don’t sing, “I’ll never leave your pizza burning.” They sing, “I’ll never be your beast of burden.”

The title of Malachy McCourt’s memoir, A Monk Swimming (HarperCollins, 1999) comes from the misinterpretation of a line from the Catholic prayer Hail Mary, “Blessed art thou, amongst women.”

My young friends Justin and Jordan were recently singing the Monkees song “I’m a Believer,” covered by Smash Mouth in the first Shrek movie. The kids sang, “And I’m so ashamed. Now I’m a believer.” I shocked them a little when I told them the first line is really, “And I saw her face.”

Mondegreens are why I never sing in public. Well, that and also I sing terribly.

Sources: Merriam-Webster,,

~ Bernadette Kinlaw

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