Sherman County eNews #117


  1. Editorial Note: Sherman Experiment Station Research Questions

  2. Free NW Noggin Brain Education for Middle & High Students, May 20

  3. The Importance of Obituaries

  4. Notice: Sherman County Court Session, May 3

  5. At the Intersection of Home and Work

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

1. Editorial Note: Sherman Experiment Station Research Questions

wheat.blwhframeWe recently learned that Dr. Richard “Dick” Smiley is documenting the history of the Columbia Basin Research Center and the Sherman Experiment Station. He hopes someone in Sherman County can fill some of the gaps that aren’t covered by existing documentation.

His questions about the Sherman Experiment Station include:

1 In what year was the first tractor brought onto the Station? Or purchased?
2 In what year was the original barn taken down?
3 Who were the Station managers between Jack McDermid’s death in 1973 and the arrival of Scott Case in 1984? And during which years did they serve?

4 What year was the new office building constructed?

5 What year was a parcel of land exchanged with City of Moro or the County? Was it 2013?

Please contact Dr. Smiley if you can help!
Richard W. Smiley, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology

Oregon State University

Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center

48037 Tubbs Ranch Road, Adams, Oregon 97810

telephone: 541-278-4397      fax: 541-278-4188

2. Free NW Noggin Brain Education for Middle & High Students, May 20

boy.puzzledAttention middle and high school students: Put your thinking caps on and attend NW Noggin’s upcoming brain education event on Saturday, May 20th at La Grande High School! Interact with college students who are studying neuroscience and other disciplines from universities around the Northwest, play fun games about the brain, make neuroscience-related crafts, and touch and examine real brains!

This event, brought to you by Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center, NW Noggin, and La Grande School District, is for students in grades 6-12 and will be held in the La Grande High School Cafeteria/Commons Area from 9 A.M.-11:30 A.M. Students are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early to check in. A tour of the new LHS CTE building will also follow the program for any interested students and parents.

This event is free, but registration is required –

For more information see

3. The Importance of Obituaries

time.hourglass1~ Editorial by Ben Garrett, Dispatches from the Cumberlands, 2014

Aside from the front page, the single most-read page of the newspaper is the obituaries page. Readers care about obituaries because the people featured on the page were their friends and neighbors, former classmates, fellow church members, or people who played integral roles in the community.

Obituaries are vitally important because, quite simply, every obituary tells the story of someone’s life — who their parents were, who their children are . . . but, just as importantly, where they’ve been and what they’ve done. An obituary may be the only time that person’s name ever appears in the paper, and it is through that obituary that a lasting record of a person’s life is written.

Each obituary consists of only a few paragraphs. In newspeak, they’re measured in column inches. But, strung together, one after another in a single edition of the newspaper, and across multiple editions for weeks or years, they tell the story of our community — allowing us to remember the good times and reflect on the bad.

The purpose of a newspaper is to report the news, and obituaries are very much news. Because of this, the Independent Herald does not — never has, and never will — charge families or the attending funeral home to publish obituaries.

Maureen Boyle, journalism director at Stonehill College, has noted that “most free obituaries” have ended at newspapers in America; having an obituary published in a larger newspaper can cost hundreds of dollars. noted recently that obituaries are “no longer considered a public service.”

We believe they’re just that, and more. They’re the stories of our community.

4. Notice: Sherman County Court Session, May 3

The Sherman County Court will be in session Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

SCCourt.Agenda May 3 2017

5. At the Intersection of Home and Work

Do family problems affect your working life? Do you take problems at work home with you at the end of the day? Today, let’s take a look at how our work and family lives interact. 

For a long time, employers have been concerned about how troubles at home may affect their employees’ on-the-job performance. But a major study done some time ago by the Families and Work Institute says that the truth may be closer to the other way around. Workers are far more likely to bring job-related problems into the house than they are to take family conflicts to the job.

Has this been your experience? In our 40+ years of working with both employers and employees, we’ve learned that it’s really quite impossible to split off any part of anyone’s life and put it away so that it doesn’t affect the other parts. What happens at home is bound to affect what goes on at work and vice-versa.

It is also true that the same attitudes, expectations, beliefs, and problem-solving abilities are used to deal with all of life’s challenges, whether they occur in the workplace or in the living room. That’s why it is important to work on these personal development techniques because when you improve the quality of life at home, it can quickly spill over to improve productivity and quality at work.

You can’t keep personal growth in a box. Development in one area stimulates growth in another, and the desire for excellence reaches out to touch everything in life. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeSecure Fence Act of 2006

History: Amazing Sherman County Business Trivia

A positive mind finds a way it can be done. A negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done. Someone once said, “There are no truths; there are only perceptions of truth.” Whether or not you accept this statement, whatever you believe to be true will become your reality. Your subconscious mind will believe anything you tell it — if you repeat the words often and with conviction. When you are faced with a daunting task that you’ve never attempted before, focus on the potential for success, not on the possibilities for failure. Break the job down into smaller elements and tackle each one separately. The only difference between success and failure in any job is your attitude toward it. ~ Napoleon Hill

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