Sherman County eNews #108


  1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update

  2. USDA & Rural Infrastructure Needs

  3. Sherman 4-H Club Report: Rookie Cooks

  4. Sherman County School District Surplus Sale to Close, April 27

  5. The Original Wasco County Courthouse Opens, May 1

  6. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir Present “Blessings on Earth,” May 6 & 7

  7. More Love in Your Life

  8. History Tidbits: 8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS – 1895

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

 You can’t control others’ acts, but you can control your reaction to their acts, and that is what counts most to you. No one can make you feel any negative emotion — fear, anger, or inferiority — without your express permission. There will always be people who find perverse enjoyment in upsetting others, or who simply play upon your emotions so that they can use you for their own selfish purposes. Whether or not they are successful depends entirely upon you and how you react to their negative behaviors. When you are forced to deal with such people, recognize from the outset that they are trying to upset you, not because of something you may have done to them, but because of some problem they have with themselves. Tell yourself, “This isn’t about me. I will not allow this person to upset me. I am in control of my emotions and my life.” ~ Napoleon Hill

1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update


April 18, 2017 – Game at Pilot Rock has been CANCELLED


April 19, 2017 – Sherman/Arlington/Condon vs Pilot Rock at Pilot Rock (Double Header) starting at 2:00, bus departs at 10:45, dismissal at 10:35

2. USDA & Rural Infrastructure Needs

In the last eight years, USDA Rural Development has invested $4.8 billion in rural Oregon.

3. Sherman 4-H Club Report: Rookie Cooks

4-H clover1The “Rookie Cooks” 4-H club met on April 17, 2017 at 3:46pm at the Sherman Extension Office.  Attending were Zach, Stiehl and Becca.  The group led the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge.  What we did during the meeting:  Food Safety Basics and Kitchen Safety Basics.  Prepared and taste tested OSU Food Hero recipes Yogurt Parfait, Popeye Power Smoothie and Spring Green Salad.  Our next meeting will be in May.  Signed, Stiehl Green, News Reporter

4. Sherman County School District Surplus Sale to Close, April 27


Sherman County School District Surplus Sale

Sealed bidding will close at 3:00 p.m.  on Thursday, April 27, 2017 with immediate

announcement of bid results.

Announcement and Bid Forms are available here:

At the April 10, 2017 Regular Board Meeting of the Sherman County School District, the Board of Directors declared the following items to be offered as surplus:

(15)                        New metal fire rated door frames, various sizes

(6)                         Sections of lockers, various sizes

(Approximately 70)         4′ fluorescent light fixtures

(2)               Large industrial Lincoln arc welders

(1)                         “Buzz Box” smaller Lincoln welder with broken switch

(1)                         Drill press (runs off of 220 power)

(1)                         Band-saw (working condition unknown)

(1)                         Large wooden teacher’s desk

The process of selling these surplus items will be done through a sealed bidding process.  This allows for a fair and open sale for interested parties.  Bidders may view the items by calling (541) 565-3500 or by contacting Wes Owens at and making an appointment with Sherman County School District. Sealed bids must be submitted using the official Bid Proposal Form that is available on the Sherman County School District website. Sealed bids must be received by Sherman County School District located at 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR prior to 3:00 p.m. on April 27, 2017. At 3:01 p.m. all bids will be read aloud in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library.

By bidding, a potential purchaser is confirming their acceptance of these terms and conditions;

  • All items are offered “As-Is” and “Where-Is” with no warranty or other guarantee as to its condition or fitness for any use or purpose;
  • Purchaser agrees to remove surplus items within seven (7) days of winning the bid;
  • Cash or checks will be accepted and must be made payable to Sherman County School District;
  • There shall be no refunds and all sales are final.

       Sherman County School District reserves the right to reject any or all bids received, to award any or all of the various items to separate bidders, to waive any informalities in the bids, and to award as best serves the interest of the District and the Public. All dimensions are approximate.

5. The Original Wasco County Courthouse Opens, May 1

The Original Wasco County Courthouse opens its doors for the 2017 season May 1.  The historic structure is located at 410 West 2nd Place in The Dalles and has become a popular stop for tourists learning about Northwest history.

During April the 1859 building will only be open for the American Empress Hop on Hop Off tours days, but is also open to the public on those days. Beginning in May the courthouse will be open Empress days in addition to regular days Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission charge is $3 per adult, $2 for ages 12 to 18, $2 per person for organized tours, and $1 for children ages 6 to 12.  School groups are excepted but donations are appreciated.  Members are not charged admission fees, and special events like the annual History Forum are free to the public.

For further information please leave a message at 541-296-4798 or send an email to

6. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir Present “Blessings on Earth,” May 6 & 7  

music.notes (2)Cascade Singers and Cascade Youth Choir present “Blessings on Earth” featuring Native American flute player James Greeley May 6 and 7 at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, in The Dalles.  The concert, rescheduled from last winter, includes Native American music and world music expressing thanks for blessings received and hope for blessings to come.  Performances are scheduled Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m.  Donations gladly accepted at the door.

7. More Love in Your Life

Valentine.pinkWould you like to have more love in your life? Are there days when you wonder if that’s even possible? Is there a possibility that you are not sure you can get it?

Now, when we use the word “love” in this context, we are not necessarily talking about romantic love. You see, love is a way of living, and there just isn’t any way that you can keep it in a box labeled “Romance.”

Whether you have love in your life, or not, has nothing to do with being lucky or being raised in the right kind of family environment, or having the right genes, either. Love is not a matter of chance. However, it is a matter of choice. And it doesn’t require wealth or education, talent, intelligence, beauty, or the best job in the world.

What it does require are two very important things. First, in order to have love in your life you must start by loving and accepting yourself, just the way you are. This means, among other things, that you don’t put yourself down, you don’t abuse yourself, physically or mentally, and you don’t allow others to do so, either.

The second thing that is required is that you learn how to love others in ways that are meaningful to them. You see, the secret of love is not money, beauty or luck. We get love by giving it away, and the more we give, the more we have. It’s a little like those milk glasses that magicians use: it looks like all the milk is poured out and then it magically refills!

Having love in your life is based on you seeing you actually being a loving person, in your mind. It’s the picture you hold of yourself that defines who you are and how you act. So, what else needs to be added to that picture to bring more love in your life? ~ The Pacific Institute

8. History Tidbits: 8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS – 1895  

alphabet blackboardThis is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 from Salina, Kansas. USA. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, Kansas and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS – 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

  1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
  2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
  3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
  4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal parts of do, lie, lay and run.
  5. Define Case. Illustrate each Case.
  6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
  7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

  1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
  2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
  3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
  4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
  5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
  6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
  7. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
  8. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
  9. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

  1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
  2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
  3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
  4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
  5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
  6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of theRebellion.
  7. Who were the following:

Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?

  1. Name events connected with the following dates:






Orthography (Time, one hour)

  1. What is meant by the following:

alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?

  1. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
  2. What are the following, and give examples of each:

trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?

  1. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u’.
  2. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e’. Name two exceptions under each rule.
  3. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
  4. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word:

bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.

  1. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound:

card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.

  1. Use the following correctly in sentence:

cite, site, sight,

fane, fain, feign,

vane, vain, vein,

raze, raise, rays.

  1. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)

  1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
  2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
  3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
  4. Describe the mountains of North America.
  5. Name and describe the following:

Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fermandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

  1. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
  2. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
  3. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
  4. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
  5. Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

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