Sherman County eNews #107


  1. Stripe Rust: Eastern Oregon Crop Disease Update
  2. Letter to the Editor: Support Pyeper Walker at the Cherry Festival
  3. Bee Swarms
  4. Organists and Programs for “Organ Crawl,” April 23
  5. Where Do You Want to Go?
  6. History Tidbits: G.N. Crosfield & Crosfield Building in Wasco

1.Stripe Rust: Eastern Oregon Crop Disease Update

grassStripe rust was found this week at the Wasco (Dufur) and Sherman (Kaseberg) county variety testing locations. In addition, I received a report of stripe rust in a commercial field in Sherman County. Growers in these regions and throughout eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington are encouraged to scout their fields and tank mix a fungicide with their spring herbicide if stripe rust is present in their field and/or they are growing a highly susceptible variety (Mary, Brawl CL+, Kaseberg, SY Ovation, ORCF-102 are examples).

2. Letter to the Editor: Support Pyeper Walker at the Cherry Festival

food.cherriesFor the second year in a row, Pyeper Walker has made it to the Top Ten of Northwest Cherry Idol.  Last year, as the only child, she took third place.  She will be competing for the title on Saturday, April 22nd at 6 p.m. by the Granada in The Dalles.  She had the largest and loudest cheering section last year and we are hoping for a bigger crowd this Saturday!!! 

Kristen Labenske

3. Bee Swarms

BeeDo you think you have a bee swarm in Hood River or sounding Gorge area? First off, don’t panic. The bees are usually not aggressive at this stage of their life cycle and are very unlikely to sting. Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies.

What to do about it? Simple: Call Grow Organic in Hood River at: 541-632-3478.  They have a list of local beekeepers who would love to collect your swarm and add it to their hives. 

Please be ready to answer a few questions such as:

  • Your name, address and a way to reach you. Also, will someone be there for a  while?
  • What does the cluster look like? We want to make sure these are bees and not wasps. If you can, take a picture and send it to, that would be very helpful!
  • Where exactly is the swarm? How large is it? How high off the ground?
  • How long has it been there?
  • If we have someone come out to get it, will it be OK to cut the branch off the tree?

Even though most swarms will leave after a day or two,  many swarms do not survive.  We’ll have someone catch the swarm and relocate them to a hive where they can live out their days pollinating gardens and making wonderful honey for our locals to enjoy. Thank you for helping save the bees!

Cindy Brown | Educator

4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

College of Public Health & Human Sciences

Oregon State University

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

4. Organists and Programs for “Organ Crawl,” April 23

music.notes (2)       Classical music lovers of the Mid-Columbia will have an opportunity to experience the sixth biennial Organ Crawl, a series of five performances on the historic pipe organs of The Dalles on Sunday, Apr. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m.

         The event was initiated by the late Robert Carsner in 2007, and friends who supported him in the first four Crawls determined to continue the tradition in Carsner’s memory after his death in January 2014.

         ONE. This year’s Crawl begins with a 20-minute performance by William Schuster at St. Peter’s Landmark.  Schuster was local organist Robert Tupper’s roommate at Walla Walla College.  He continued organ performance studies at the University of Oregon.  

         Schuster held positions at several Portland churches known for their musical programs:  St. Mark’s Anglican Church, and St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher Roman Catholic churches.  He recently retired as music editor for Oregon Catholic Press.

         When the instrument at the Landmark was built, the Kilgen Organ Company had one of the best reputations for building organs in the country. The organ dates to 1907 and was dedicated in 1925 with major renovation in 1974.

         TWO. From St. Peter’s Landmark, attendees will proceed to United Church of Christ Congregational to enjoy a performance by Gretchen Longwell who teaches choral music and piano for the Ontario, OR, school district.  She holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

         Prior to working in education at Salem-Keizer and now at Ontario, Longwell was church musical in Milwaukee, WI, Gloucester, MA, and at King’s Chapel in Boston, MA.

         Built in 1954 by the Wicks Organ Company of Illinois, the instrument at UCC was housed in the First Church of Christ Scientist in Hood River.  When that congregation moved, the organ was given to UCCC with installation the only expense.  The organ was first heard at its present location in 2002.

         THREE. The third performance will be at the First Church of Christ Scientist by David Worth, who is Gretchen Longwell’s husband.  During his high school and college years Worth studied with Richard Purvis at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.  He became deputy organist and choral teacher at the Cathedral School for Boys.

         Worth’s career took him to New England where he was a professor at Atlantic Union College, then organist and choirmaster at All Saints Church, Worcester, MA, and later music director at Old South Church in Boston.

         The Reuter organ at Christian Science was put into place in 1933 and is a four-rank instrument with 21 stops.  It is housed in a single chamber with swell shutters.  Restoration work was done in 2002 and 2003 and more is planned.

         FOUR. The fourth stop on the Crawl is Zion Lutheran Church for a performance Crystal Brown Richter who is a native of The Dalles.  She earned her bachelor of music degree from Marylhurst University in piano and organ.  She played organ in several churches in The Dalles and was a founding member and the first pianist for Cascade Singers.  

         Richter currently lives in Beaverton where she gives piano lessons and subs on the organ for various congregations.  And she has traveled to The Dalles to offer organ lessons. 

         The Zion organ was built by Lawrence Phelps and Associates and dedicated in 1976.  It is a straight-rank organ boasting a total of 1,080 pipes.  Phelps was a trained musician and engineer and was responsible for the design of over 650 organs while working for the Casavant Organ Company including the innovative suspended organ in the chapel of Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

         FIVE. The Crawl will conclude with a performance by Dr. Jon Holland at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  He was St. Paul’s organist in the 1990s when he taught music for the Dufur School.  Since then he has been teaching and playing organ in the Portland area.  His selections include masterpieces by Bach, Buxtehude, and Karg-Elert. 

         St. Paul’s organ is the oldest in The Dalles, installed as a used instrument in Old St. Paul’s Chapel in 1900 and moved, rebuilt and expanded when the new St. Paul’s Church was dedicated in 1962.  It has been refurbished over the past months in preparation for the Organ Crawl.

         Refreshments will be served at St. Paul’s immediately following the performances.  There is no charge for attending the Organ Crawl but a free-will offering will be received to cover program expenses.

5. Where Do You Want to Go?

If you’re going to get what you want in life, it is only common sense that first you have to know what you want. Even beyond that, it is absolutely essential that you take your desires seriously enough to goal-set to achieve them. 

There is a good chance that the reason most people fail to achieve their goals in life is that they never really set them in the first place. Most people spend more time planning a wedding or a vacation than they do planning their lives. And by failing to plan, in effect they are actually planning to fail, by default.

Your mind is like a targeting system or an automatic pilot on a boat. Once you clearly and specifically commit to the target or destination, your mind uses negative and positive feedback from your environment, including your internal environment, to adjust your behavior.

But if you program your mind with vague desires, nonspecific goals, or fuzzy ideas, the feedback will be meaningless. For example, if you goal-set for a better standard of living, how will you know when you have achieved it? Any improvement at all will be something better. But if you have a highly specific target, such as doubling your income or tripling your production, you will always know when you are on track and exactly how far you have left to go at any given moment.

As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there”? Remember, you have the power to achieve whatever you want in life, and commitment to specific goals is the surest way to tap into that power. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. History Tidbits: G.N. Crosfield & the Crosfield Building in Wasco 

From the Sherman County News, December 5, 1929

     Crosfield’s Life.  George Newton Crosfield of this city died on Sunday evening, November 24th, at The Dalles hospital after an illness of four weeks.

Funeral services were held on the following Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock at the Congregational church in The Dalles.  Mrs. John T. Johnson of Wasco opened the service with a beautiful rendition of Beethoven’s “Adagio” on the piano.  The very impressive funeral sermon was preached by Reverend John Richardson, rector of St. Pauls’ Episcopal church.  In closing, Mrs. Johnson played Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord” and Chopin’s “Prelude in E Minor.”

     The honorary pall bearers were John Fulton, Fred Blau, R.P. Scott, Andy Sandvig, E.A. Medler and W.E. Tate of Wasco and W.C. Bryant and L.L. Peetz of Moro.  The active pall bearers were R.H. McKean, W.A. Medler, J.T. Johnson, Charles Everett and F.S. Lamborn of Wasco and J.C. McKean of Moro.

     Surviving Mr. Crosfield are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Sexton of The Dalles, one son, George Newton Crosfield, Jr., and a grandson, Newton Ladru Crosfield of Wasco, a brother Charles W. and a sister, Mrs. Emma Cooper, of Portland.

     George Newton Crosfield was born in West Virginia on February 2, 1870. At the age of eighteen years he came west, first to Portland and then to Sherman county.  In 1894 he was married to Isabelle McDonald of Grants.  He moved to Wasco in 1897, and for these many years, he has been a well known and highly respected citizen, prominent in affairs of our city and county. He was the first mayor of our city [Wasco] and served as councilman for many years. 

     Mr. Crosfield was known throughout eastern Oregon as a pioneer merchant of this city, his business extending into the several adjoining counties. He was closely identified with the agricultural interests in the community and was ever ready to render an unselfish service to his community, his friends and his neighbors many times at very great sacrifice to himself.  He lived and labored among us and we will miss his kindly greeting, his helpfulness and his association with us.

          The high esteem in which Mr. Crosfield was held was attested by the host of friends from Sherman county as well as from more distant parts of the state, who attended his funeral, and the many beautiful floral tributes sent to honor his memory and to express sympathy to the bereaved family.