Sherman County eNews #103


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

  2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet, April 18

  3. Sherman County eNews Featured in Ruralite Magazine

  4. No Moss Build-Up for Me!

  5. Recent Building Permits for the Moro Neighborhood 97039

  6. “E3 – Earn, Educate, Empower” Leverages Student Savings

  7. Sherman County History Tidbit

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

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSHS Track

April 21, 2017 – Bruin Invitational Meet in White Salmon at 4:30, bus departs at 2:15, dismissal from class at 2:05.


2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet, April 18

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, the 18th, at Grace Su’s China Gorge in Hood River. Members are asked to bring raffle donations and volunteer hours.

3. Sherman County eNews Featured in Ruralite Magazine

cropped-cropped-cropped-enewslogo_large.jpgThe Times-Journal of April 6, 2017, in its Sherman County Notes column, reported, “Ruralite has featured one of Sherman County’s most industrious women in its April issue. The article, by Ruralite writer Drew Myron, tells of Sherry Kaseberg’s community news work-in-progress, Sherman County eNews, which she has single-handedly taken on for 18 years. The philosophy driving her onward is that “there is power in information,” and she works diligently, daily, to fill an information gap in Sherman County. The recognition is well deserved.”

4. No Moss Build-Up for Me!

Comfort is normally a good thing, but when comfort becomes complacency, we’re in trouble.

All of us have seen what happens to particular celebrities and athletes who reach a certain level of success or performance and then just stop. They are those used-to-be stars about whom people say, “I wonder what ever happened to so-and-so?” Well, what usually happened was that they became complacent, and then they stopped working, stopped stretching, and stopped growing.

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan once claimed, “He who’s not busy being born is busy dying.” Now, it’s true that we need to take time to rest – to lie back, contemplate, reflect, sometimes even to heal. But if your intention is to be truly alive, you use that time to gather your energies for new growth, new movement, and new accomplishments.

Someone once asked Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, for the one piece of advice that would guarantee a successful life. Kroc said, “When you’re green, you grow. When you ripen, you rot.” He was talking about an attitude, not an age.

It seems that the old saying, “A rolling stone gathers no moss,” continues to be true. The question becomes, how much moss build-up are we willing to accept? This question isn’t just for individuals, but for families, teams and organizations.

You see, it comes down to a choice. Every experience can be an opportunity for new growth, or it can be an excuse for decay. It is up to each of us to decide. Success can be a springboard to greater things, or it can be a resting-place. But if it is a resting-place, chances are we won’t keep that level of success for long. ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Recent Building Permits for the Moro Neighborhood 97039

Here’s the latest permit information from the Moro neighborhood from

Address Permit # Date Valuation Contractor
66147 Lone Rock Rd 565-17-000319-MECH 03/09/17 $1,000 Severson Plumbing Mechanical Inc
500 Court St 565-17-000280-PLM 03/06/17 N/A Devco Mechanical Inc
500 Court St 565-17-000342-ELEC 03/14/17 $800,000 Tomco Electric Inc
500 Court St 565-17-000340-ELEC 03/13/17 $800,000 Tomco Electric Inc
500 Court St 565-17-000339-PLM 03/13/17 N/A Devco Mechanical Inc
500 Court St 565-17-000398-PLM 03/21/17 N/A Crestline Construction
500 Court St 565-17-000424-STR 03/23/17 $20,000 Crestline Construction
309 Main St 565-17-000265-STR 03/02/17 N/A Couch, Sandra
304 4th St 565-17-000393-STR 03/20/17 $13,000 Dave Messenger

6. “E3 – Earn, Educate, Empower” Leverages Student Savings

dollar.bills2PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities (The Alliance), in partnership with Community and Shelter Assistance Corp. of Oregon (CASA of Oregon), today announced the launch of a new matched college savings program, “E3 — Earn, Educate, Empower.” (

“For every dollar, up to $500 a year, that eligible students at Alliance member colleges and universities save in an individual savings account, E3 will match it with eight dollars, turning that $500 into $4,500 a year — up to $18,000 over four years,” said Kristen Grainger, President of the Alliance. “And that’s not a loan; this is real money to help pay for college.”

E3 is partially funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Assets for Independence (AFI) program. Matching funds came from the Alliance, through private gifts and institutional investments by Corban University, Pacific University and Warner Pacific College.

“One in three students at one of Oregon’s private, nonprofit colleges is eligible for Pell grants, and one in three hails from demographic groups historically underrepresented on our nation’s college campuses, public and private,” Grainger said, “This program is a critical part of the Alliance’s strategy to increase college access and completion by empowering our students to save for college and reduce borrowing.”

E3 builds on the success of the Alliance’s participation in the Matched College Savings Program (a program of CASA of Oregon). Formed in 2007, the Alliance MCSP matched student’s savings 5:1 through a combination of Assets for Independence (federal program funds), Oregon IDA, and Alliance-raised funds.

More than 300 students from Alliance member colleges and universities have participated to date.

The results of an independent 2014 evaluation of MCSP show notable success:

– 56% of all participants report earned income that falls below the federal poverty line.

– 63% are first generation college students.

– More than half self-identified as members of communities of color

– 91% of participants reported the program influenced their decision to continue attending their college.

– 59% of participants stated they could not have attended college without the program.

– All graduating participants finished their degree in no more than one term beyond four years.

– 83% of students in the program cited increased personal finance skills as a program benefit. Studies show
strong statistical correlation between assets and savings and college entrance. All participants in the
MCSP began the habit of savings–setting aside an average of $54 per month.

– MCSP lowers financial barriers for undocumented students who are ineligible for many forms of aid.

– 41% said that the MCSP in influenced their decision to attend their college.

– 50% said the MCSP helped them plan their college courses.

About The Alliance
The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 35,000 students, conferring approximately one in three baccalaureate degrees and about half of the master’s and doctoral degrees awarded in Oregon. Twenty-eight percent of graduates complete their degrees with zero debt; average debt for those students who graduate with debt is on par with the national and Oregon average.

The Alliance intersects the needs of business and industry, private nonprofit colleges and the public good to create real solutions that build a more educated and skilled workforce for Oregon. For more information visit

7. Sherman County History Tidbits

ShermanCoMap1895November 7, 1913 – Sherman County Observer

New Electric Light Rates

Council Places Moro on Meter System Minimum Dollar per Month.

At the regular meeting of the city council Monday evening it was voted that the city electric light system be placed upon a straight meter basis with a minimum monthly charge of one dollar.  At the same time the rate for light service was reduced twenty five per cent being now fifteen cents per thousand watts up to and including the first thirty thousand and after that ten cents for as much more that is used during any one month.  Under the new rating any user of electric light that does not use nearly seven thousand watts in any one month will pay a dollar for any exceeding that amount a change at the new rates will be collected for only the actual amount used.  New rates went into effect November 1st.

It was also voted that the new meters would be sold to all who wish to own them at actual cost of $15.30 each; those who do not wish to own but prefer to rent from the city will be charged a monthly rental of 25 cents.  Some who wish to buy their meters with the privilege of selling them back to the city, in case they decided to sell their property or move away, refused consideration; it being the opinion of the council that either a purchase or rental proposition was all the city could undertake without future entanglement.

Reported by the marshall that ten new meters have been received and sold and twenty more were ordered.

The street committee reported that all property owners interested in building new sidewalks beginning at the corner of the W. S. Powell property and north to Mrs. Henry Smith’s property and then east to the court house walk; also beginning at the corner opposite to Wm. Morrison’s property and continuing up the hill past the residence of C. L. Ireland; were in favor of the walk being constructed.  There was some opposition by the property owners on Court street, whose fences were in the street, being placed upon the property line, but the council ordered the street committee to ascertain by survey the proper line and have the fences moved regardless of side walk construction.

A special city tax of five mills was voted to provide a sinking fund with which to pay off $2500 of bonds next year.  Ten mill tax levy was discussed, but was considered too high when the special school tax and high state tax were considered.  Total valuation of assessable city property was reported by the county clerk to be $170,000 which would provide a fund $850; it was considered that if the city revenues did not run behind on the new light rates that a levy of ten mills on the same valuation would provide the entire sum by next year.

There is now warrant outstanding against the city amounting to $150, with interest figured to date; in the last four or five years the city has had its warrant indebtedness reduced from close to $9,000 to that figure.  Warrants amounting to $6,400 with additional heavy interest have all been paid. 

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

bird.owl.limbBecause we’ve stuffed staggering numbers of cows on factory farms we live in a cow toilet 

Preservation of Knowledge 

Spring is the time to turn attention to blackberries and raspberries

USDA Office of the Chief Economist

A vintage door lock from 1680

If a lie be believed only for an hour, it hath done its work. Jonathan Swift, quoted in

Here’s What California’s Wildflower ‘Super Bloom’ Looks Like From Space

Whale Euthanized, Stomach Full of Plastic

Mystery of why shoelaces come undone unravelled by science 

State to pay $1.3 million to official ousted after Cover Oregon fiasco

Oregon to spare 60,000 voters from inactive status

Editorial. Oregon’s Constitution Could Use Some Revision 

Space Weather

14,000 year old settlement in North America 

Meet Bruno, Timberline Lodge’s new St. Bernard