Sherman County eNews #106


  1. Did You Know?

  2. Easter Celebration at Wasco Church of Christ, Christian

  3. Central Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of April 17, 2017

  4. 2017 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Winners Announced

  5. Easter

  6. WWI Centennial Series April & May 2017

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

1. Did You Know?

Although recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon,

it is still illegal for anyone under the age of 21

to buy, possess, and/or use. 

Learn what’s legal

for adult recreational marijuana use in Oregon at

Want more information?

Contact Taylor at Sherman County Prevention 541-565-5036.

2. Easter Celebration at Wasco Church of Christ, Christian


Wasco Church of Christ, Christian

Sunday, April 16

Breakfast 9 a.m.

Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

722 Columbia Street, Wasco

3. Central Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of April 17, 2017

ORStateFlagFor further information contact:

Peter Murphy


The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is continuing to invest in Oregon’s future with roadway improvement projects throughout Oregon’s central region (ODOT Region 4). ODOT is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. The following projects reflect ODOT’s commitment to make improvements as traffic numbers rise and to make the roadways safer and more efficient for drivers. All work is dependent on weather conditions. Red denotes new or updated information.


I84: Mosier – The Dalles Sec.

For the week of April 16th, 2016. The Contractor will be performing single lane closures on I-84 EB & WB between MP 84 – MP 76 from 7pm to 7am.

Also, the Contractor will be working on the ramp shoulders from 7pm-10pm and closing the ramps from 10pm to 5am.

  • Exit 76 WB on and off will be closed April 16th from 10pm – 5am
  • Exit 76 EB on and off will be closed April 17th & 18th from 10pm – 5am
  • Exit 82 EB on and off will be closed April 19th & 20th from 10pm – 5amPlease plan your trip accordingly.

Speeds have been reduced to 50mph through the construction zone.

4. 2017 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Winners Announced

Individuals, organizations, and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards on April 26 in Newberg. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

“The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon’s heritage,” said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations.”

The recipients will be:

Oregon Public Broadcasting’s 2016 “Oregon Experience” Season, for a year of exceptional programming, which resulted in showcase documentaries that promoted education and dialogue around remarkable citizens and underrepresented communities of the state.

“15 Minutes Histories” Project, a cutting-edge collaboration between the Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes County Historical Society that innovatively addressed the immediate access and long-term preservation needs of community-based stories in Central Oregon.

Aimee Gorham Mural Conservation Project, an exemplary cooperative effort to preserve and interpret a uniquely Oregonian cultural asset, a 1930s WPA-era wood art mural in Portland’s Chapman Elementary School created by one of the state’s most important female artists.

John M. Tess, Portland, for a 40-year professional career built around increasingly significant and enduring contributions to the cause of preserving Oregon’s historic and architectural legacy.

Historic Columbia River Highway 2016 Centennial Celebration, a range of statewide stakeholders joined the Oregon Department of Transportation to host yearlong public programs and events as part of a once-in-a-century birthday bash for Oregon’s oldest scenic highway.

Vanport Mosaic Festival 2016, a groundbreaking, grassroots effort that utilized a multi-disciplinary approach through creative partnerships to bring Oregonians together to learn and talk about Vanport’s history.

Kelly Haverkate, for her inspirational and tireless commitment as a Main Street program volunteer, whose work resulted in a visionary, transformative, and sustainable revitalization of the city of Dayton’s downtown, a gem in the Willamette Valley.

Redmond’s Union High School Rehabilitation Project, a statewide model for restoration and adaptive reuse of a locally treasured historic building, honoring its storied past while beginning a new chapter as the home of City Hall.

This year also introduces the Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation. This recent addition to the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards program is given for a project, organization, or person for outstanding contribution in the preservation of Oregon historic cemeteries.

The award is named for Sally Donovan, who brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in Oregon. She developed historic cemetery planning and trained hundreds in the assessment, cleaning, and repair of monuments.

The first-ever recipient will be:

Dorothy Brandner, for over a decade of extraordinary volunteerism and estimable leadership in the areas of preservation, interpretation, and historical research while serving the Eugene Pioneer Cemetery.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year’s awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Summit.

The awards banquet will be held from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E Sheridan, Newberg) on the evening of Wednesday, April 26. Special guests include Bertony Faustin, proprietor of Abbey Creek Vineyards, who will share his experience documenting the stories of a growing community of fellow minority winemakers across the state.

Tickets are available by using the online registration system that is available through For more information, contact Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or

5. Easter  

“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” —John 20:1-9

“While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.'” —Luke 24:4-6

“So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.” —Matthew 28:8-9

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?'” —John 11:25-26

“I still can’t help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all and which is recorded in history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion. Where … is the miracle I spoke of? Well consider this and let your imagination translate the story into our own time — possibly to your own home town. A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his father’s shop. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of his father’s shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside, walking from place to place, preaching all the while, even though he is not an ordained minister. He never gets farther than an area perhaps 100 miles wide at the most. He does this for three years. Then he is arrested, tried and convicted. There is no court of appeal, so he is executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing — the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial place for him so he is interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No, this uneducated, property-less young man has, for 2,000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors, all the conquerors, generals and admirals, all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived — all of them put together. How do we explain that — unless He really was what He said He was?” —Ronald Reagan

6. WWI Centennial Series April & May 2017

military.navyIn recognition of the centennial of the United States’ entry into the First World War, the Oregon Historical Society has organized a series of public programs and a special feature in the Summer 2017 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly that bring together a group of outstanding scholars to engage the public in discussions regarding the war’s history and ongoing legacy. They will address topics such as how and why Americans resisted entering the war, how civil rights activists used the war to advance ongoing campaigns for citizenship, and how WWI-era creation of widespread state surveillance continues today.  See EVENTS at

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeThe Patriot Post

Mental Floss

A map of Europe by each nation’s most iconic artwork

US Air Force F-35s making first operational deployment to Europe this weekend

Military Times

Mother of all Bombs

OSU Study Suggests Rate Of Severe Forest Fires To Increase

 Researcher Breeds Better Haksap Berries 

Packy laid to rest in elephant graveyard

State to pay nearly $300,000 to relocate Capitol trees

Sen. Riley bests Senate president on U.S. citizenship test

Why Do All Zippers Have the Letters YKK on Them?