Sherman County eNews #71


  1. Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie—American Balladeer, April 5

  2. Grass Valley Egg Hunt, Games, Sock Hop & Puppet Show, April 8

  3. Robert F. “Bud” Root 1938-2017

  4. Disaster Preparedness 101 – for Individuals and Families, March 18

  5. Northwest Horse Fair & Expo, March 24-26

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

 “To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted.” —Alexander Hamilton (1791)

1. Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie—American Balladeer, April 5 

music.notes (2)Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie—American Balladeer
Performed by Folksinger and Storyteller Adam Miller
Sherman County Public/School Library
Wednesday, April 5 6:00 p.m.

Adam Miller’s acclaimed sing-along program, “Tribute to Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer” tells the story of the man who wrote, “This Land is Your Land,” one of the most widespread English language folksongs. All ages are welcome, refreshments will be served. For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279 or Library website: 

 2. Grass Valley Egg Hunt, Games, Sock Hop & Puppet Show, April 8

Grass Valley’s Annual Egg Hunt

Grass Valley Pavilion & Park

Bring a sack lunch and spend the morning having fun!

Saturday, April 8th

Egg Hunt 10 a.m.

No charge for children 0-12 years

Followed by a Dragon Theater Puppet Show

made possible by a generous grant from Sherman County Cultural Coalition.

There will be a  Sock Hop Hop Hop with games until 1:30

(No roller skating due to Pavilion floor improvement project)

After a little time outside for the egg hunt,

All other events will be inside the warm & cozy pavilion.

Hot cocoa, coffee and cookies!

Want to help? Senior Community Service Hours!

Call Jeanne 541-714-5740

3. Robert F. “Bud” Root 1938-2017

flower.rose.starRobert F. “Bud” Root passed at the age of 78 on March 6, 2017. Born in The Dalles Oregon, June 21, 1938, he was raised in Sherman County near Wasco, Oregon, on a wheat farm with his parents and brother Bill. He attended The Dalles High school, class of ’56. In high school, Bud was active in student government, the thespians and sports, playing football, golf and yell leader for basketball. At Oregon State College, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and participated in the college play house. He earned a degree in Agricultural Economics in 1960.

The passion to farm brought him home where he farmed dry land wheat for 8 years near Arlington, Oregon. When the farm was sold, he began his career in farm equipment sales with a position in Twin Falls, Idaho, with J.I. Case & Co. He worked in various roles for 16 years and eventually landed in Yakima. In 1985, he became an independent sales representative selling road side spray equipment, with a territory from the Mississippi River to the west coast. He retired in 2001.

Bud was an avid golfer and member at the Yakima Country Club and Suntides golf courses. He served his community in many different roles. Between 1980 to 2000 he was a youth and high school soccer official. He served on the Educational Service District board of Gilliam County. Bud was a Master Mason and a 50 year member of Arlington Lodge number 88. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite. Bud loved to sail his 23 foot San Juan Boat (‘True Love’) and was a member of the Yakima Valley Boat Club for 18 years. Bud was active in Yakima Gyro and for which he served as local president, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor of District IV.

He and his wife, Betty, loved to travel and traveled to 48 of the 50 states, Canada and abroad to Greece, Holland, Scotland, Africa and other countries. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Root, his son Rusty and daughter-in-law Darleen, daughter Randi and son-in-law Paul Maddox; grandsons Rob & wife Monica, Andrew and Kyle, granddaughters Jordan, Skylar and Allison and great granddaughters Bailey and Madison.

There will be a Memorial Service for Bud on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Keith & Keith Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to American Cancer Society , JM Perry Technical Institute scholarship fund at 2011 W. Washington Avenue, Yakima WA 98903, or the charity of your choice.
To share a memory of Bud, please visit

4. Disaster Preparedness 101 – for Individuals and Families, March 18

When: Saturday, March 18, 9am – noon (a light lunch will be served)

Where: Tayler Hall, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1805 Minnesota Street, The Dalles

RSVP: (541) 296-9587 (so we have enough food and handouts)

We live in an area susceptible to natural and manmade hazards — earthquakes, volcanic incidents, fires, wildfires, floods, winter storms, as well as transportation accidents, hazard spills, and intentional disasters. This 2.5-hour workshop provides practical instruction on ways to mitigate hazards, save lives, reduce injuries, and make realistic plans ahead of time that will facilitate recovery after a disaster. Participants will receive resource and hazard guides, checklists, and get to see a field-tested “Grab-n-Go” emergency kit.

The presenter of this nationally-recognized workshop is Judith Warren, who currently is lives in Bend.

5. Northwest Horse Fair & Expo, March 24-26 

cowboy horseTiedKickin’ Up Heels with Horse Fun!

It’s an Equine Extravaganza! More than 180 horses from all over the Northwest will gather in Albany, as the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo kicks up it’s heels, with horses galore! The 18th annual Northwest Horse Fair, presented by Akins Trailer Sales, will run March 24 through the 26 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center.

Mustang Adoption Challenge

For the first time ever, the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo will host the Mustang Adoption Challenge, presented by the non-profit organization, Teens and Oregon Mustangs. Contestants from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, acquired their mustangs in December, and have had just three months to train and prepare the horses for the Challenge competition. Both Youth and Adult Contenders and their mustangs will compete in a series of classes to include Overall Body Condition, Showmanship, In-Hand Trail, and Riding. For more information about the Mustang Adoption Challenge 2017 and bidding information, go to

Clinics & Workshops

Top-notch riders and trainers will teach a variety of clinics, lectures and workshops, throughout the weekend.  Presenters include: Ken McNabb (WY) teaching General Horsemanship; Van Hargis (TX) providing Ranch Versatility clinics; Jec Ballou (CA) presenting Conditioning & Fitness for Classical and Western Dressage Horses; Roddy LaRā (AZ) working with Mules; Peggy Cummings (WA) featuring Connected Riding®; and Bonnie Davis (CA) giving workshops and lectures on Horse Camping & Trail Riding. In addition, radio and on-line TV host of Speaking with Horses, Wayne Williams (WI), will be on hand at the horse fair.

Trade Show

A large trade show, with rows of commercial booths will fill two buildings, providing a wealth of shopping options for horse enthusiasts! Among the items being offered by vendors from all over the country, include trailers, feed, saddles, hats, clothing for riders and horses, farm products and supplies, gifts, services, home décor items and much more!

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

bird.owl.limbIn the famous words of poet John Lydgate, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

Dismantling America’s Destructive ‘Fourth Branch’ of Government

How Intelligence Works (When it Does)

ISIS Trading in Antiquities and People

Antipodes World Map & Why You Can’t Dig To China From The US

Here’s how and where to help Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas ranchers with wildfire relief

The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration

Columbia Gorge Community College Considers Sanctuary Status

Travel Spotlight: Thor’s Well

Prager University Facebook | Short Videos, Big Ideas

Oregon’s Best Music Festival, PineFest

Is a Korean Missile Crisis Ahead?

The Official Federal Lands Records Site – General Land Office