Sherman County eNews #127


  1. Patricia Rose Moore, 1927-2017

  2. Vilseck Resident Graduates from Oregon State University

  3. Today is the National Day of Prayer.

  4. Letter to the Editor: Our County Museum

  5. Sherman County School District Meeting Notice & Agenda, May 8

  6. Congressman Walden and EPA Administrator Pruitt Discuss Environmental and Economic Issues important to Oregon and the Nation

  7. American Conservative Union Statement: American Health Care Act (AHCA)

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

1. Patricia Rose Moore, 1927-2017

flower.rose.starPatricia (Patty) Rose Moore died peacefully March 25, 2017, in The Dalles, Ore., at the age of 89. Patty was born the youngest of four children to Giles and Lela (Barnum) French in The Dalles, on Sept. 6, 1927.

In 1931 the French family moved from Grass Valley, Ore., to Moro, Ore., where Giles and Lela ran the Sherman County Journal Newspaper. Patty became an important cog in that operation, publishing the newspaper when Giles and Lela were at the state legislature.

Patty attended grade school and high school in Moro, graduating in 1945. She continued her education at the University of Oregon.

In 1947, Patty married Roscoe Moore. They lived on a farm south of Moro raising their three children; Ernie, Jill and Chris. She lived there for 66 years. What started as a house in a wheat field, Patty and Roscoe transformed into a slice of paradise because of their hard work and creativity. There was no project she would not take on, whether it was designing and building a gazebo, creating a fish pond, putting in circulation ponds as well as planting trees, flowers and a vegetable garden. Patty also loved photography, rock hounding, sewing, being a Cub Scout Den Mother and painting.

Patty and Roscoe spent lots of time fishing on the Deschutes and traveling with family and friends. Many friends came up every year for pheasant and deer hunting, a tradition that is carried on today.

After Roscoe’s death in 1974, Patty continued traveling, volunteering at the Moro Library and at Maryhill Museum where she and her friend Phyllis were known as the “Merlot Sisters.” Patty loved her family and spent lots of time with her grandchildren, enjoying band concerts, sporting events, 4-H contests, picking wild flowers, gardening, many trips to Macks Canyon with a picnic lunch and just spending time together. One of her largest undertakings was the creation of the Sherman County Museum. Patty along with several historical society members spearheaded the project and made it what it is today. Her experience running the Sherman County Journal helped her through this process, especially with her researching, co-editing and writing many of the articles for “Sherman County: For the Record” which the museum publishes twice yearly.

Patty was preceded in death by her husband Roscoe; parents, Giles and Lela French; brother Clint (killed in a horse accident) and brother Wyman (killed in WWII). She is survived by sister Jane Frees; children ,Ernie, Jill and Chris (Patti); grandchildren Adam Lieuallen, Anna Alley, Clint and Ethan Moore and Brandy Sheehy; great-grandchildren Nevaeh Sheehy, Clyde and Zane Moore, and Amelia and Charlotte Alley.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Moro Presbyterian Church.  Donations may be made to Sherman County Historical Society, Heart of Hospice, or a charity of your choice.  ~ The Dalles Chronicle

2. Vilseck Resident Graduates from Oregon State University

graduation1Wasco, Ore.- Jessica C (Kaseberg) Ball of Vilseck, Germany, is a spring graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human development & family science, cum laude.  During her time at the University of Montana Western she received an Associate of Science degree.  She is a 2012 graduate of Sherman High School and is the daughter of Chris and Carrie Kaseberg of Wasco.

3. Today is the National Day of Prayer

In 1775, on the eve of Revolution, the First Continental Congress called for “a day of publick humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” Indeed, our Founders saw a national day of prayer as a fitting observance.

In 1952, Congress established the National Day of Prayer as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Harry Truman. The NDP designation (36 U.S.C. § 119) calls for the nation “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

Prayer is Almighty God’s prerequisite for true hope and change, and our nation needs an abundance of both right now. The Patriot Post’s National Advisory Board and staff invite you to join us, and millions of our countrymen, in prayer for our nation today at 12:00 local time. ~ The Patriot Post

4. Letter to the Editor: Our County Museum


I just spent two days hosting at our County Museum.  We really must remind people what a wonderful gift it is.  As the new season begins I enjoyed seeing the upgrades and improvements to the military exhibits which are freshened and upgraded.

Across the hall a one year loan of a shiny truck owned by the Justesen family will be centered along with shiny implement  seats  from Orville Blaylock.   I am so excited I can hardly wait for our locals to share these neat exhibits.   What a group of people donating so much effort to OUR county museum!

Nell Melzer

Moro, Oregon 

5. Sherman County School District Meeting Notice & Agenda, May 8

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.



6. Congressman Walden and EPA Administrator Pruitt Discuss Environmental and Economic Issues important to Oregon and the Nation

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), met with EPA Administrator Pruitt today in Congressman Walden’s Washington, D.C. office. The two discussed environmental and economic issues important to both the nation and the people of the State of Oregon.

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Congressman Walden today and discuss the issues important to our nation and to the people of Oregon,” said Administrator Pruitt. “The people of Oregon and their elected representatives deserve an EPA that is focused on the basics of protecting the environment, engaging with state and local partners, and ensuring sensible regulations for economic growth.”

“Administrator Pruitt and I had a productive conversation today about the wide-ranging issues facing Oregonians,” said Congressman Walden. “We discussed the need to ensure water quality standards don’t bankrupt rural communities, a concern I heard about at town hall meetings in Ontario, Oregon, and the latest with the Portland Harbor Superfund plan.

“We can protect the clean air and water we enjoy in Oregon, without further burdening jobs and economic growth in our rural communities. I look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt and his team at the EPA to achieve these goals for Oregonians,” Congressman Walden added

7. American Conservative Union Statement: American Health Care Act (AHCA)

WASHINGTON DC — Over the past six weeks since the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was withdrawn, there have been some positive developments in crafting legislation that will allow Americans to choose health insurance that best fits their needs.

Positive aspects of the bill include the elimination of the individual and employer mandates, the elimination of most of the numerous taxes imposed under Obamacare, reforming the Medicaid payment system and the option of Medicaid block grants to states, a proposal long championed by conservatives, and blocking federal funding for Planned Parenthood, diminishing support of the abortion industry with tax dollars.

Conservatives have played a leading role in drafting amendments to the bill, including one that allows the states to lessen the heavy hand of federal mandates through the waiver process.

Although flaws remain, including the delay in implementing parts of the bill until 2020 and a new penalty for lapsed coverage, the good features of the bill also remain.

This is still the first step in the process and changes will inevitably be made in the Senate and in a conference committee after that. It is imperative that the House take action to fulfill promises made to voters.  It is even more evident now than in March that Obamacare is an abject failure and this is probably the one chance Congress will have to repeal and replace it.  We urge conservatives to support this bill in the House. ~The American Conservative Union

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

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