Sherman County eNews #131


  1. Horizon Christian Graduate to Attend U.S. Air Force Academy

  2. Sherman County 4-H Volunteers at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

  3. Sherman County’s Historic Cemeteries, Grants, Signs

  4. Notice: Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board Licensees

  5. Discovery Center Workshops, May 14

  6. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Meeting, May 16

  7. Maryhill Museum in June

  8. Changing Reality

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

1. Horizon Christian Graduate to Attend U.S. Air Force Academy

William Decker is a graduating senior at Horizon Christian School in Hood River, Oregon.  He was nominated by Congressman Greg Walden to enter the Air Force Academy.  He will go to basic training this summer and then attend the Academy this fall at Colorado Springs. He is the son of Stan and Tonya Decker and grandson of Art and Shirley Decker of Kent.

2. Sherman County 4-H Volunteers at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

4-H clover1Saturday April 29 was 4-H National Day of Service, and Sherman County 4-H members did their volunteer tasks at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.  Working with rangers David and Shelia, Sherman 4-H members cleaned up a “bone pile” of wire cages used to protect young trees…unfolding, unrolling, and flattening out the wire, stacking it in place, cleaning up debris, and also moving eight mountain bikes from one end of the park to another.  4-H members who put in their wonderful community service were Patrick and Joe Ramos, Emma Robbins, Becca Earl, Stiehl Green, and Hunter Keeney.  A big thanks to DeeAnn Ramos and Carol Howard, adults who stuck around to help the crew with their tasks.  After working, the group prepared food in foil packets to cook over coals, and took a short hike.  Good job, true 4-H leaders in service!

~ Cindy Brown | Educator, 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County P: 541-565-3230 |

3. Sherman County’s Historic Cemeteries, Grants, Signs 

In order to be considered a historic cemetery under state law, the cemetery must have at least one burial of a person who died before February 14, 1909 and be listed with Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) offers Historic Cemetery Grants to provide financial assistance in the following general categories: Protection and Security, Restoration and Preservation, Education and Training, Research and Interpretation. Eligible projects may include, but aren’t limited to: security needs, training, conservation of historic elements such as curbs, markers, etc., documentation and mapping, signage, landscape restoration and planning. 

Historic Cemetery Designation Signs!  A metal, 8×10-inch sign is available to each listed cemetery free of charge. Contact Kuri Gill at or (503) 986-0685 to get yours.

Sherman County’s Historic Cemeteries:

Daugherty Family Cemetery (private)

DeMoss Family Cemetery (private)

Emigrant Springs Cemetery

Grass Valley Cemetery – City of Grass Valley

Kent Cemetery

Michigan Cemetery (private)

Moro Cemetery – City of Moro

Observer Farm Cemetery (private)

Rose Hill Cemetery

Rufus Pioneer Cemetery

Sun Rise Cemetery – Wasco Cemetery Association

Wasco Methodist Cemetery – Wasco United Methodist Church


~ Kuri Gill, Historic Cemetery Grant Program Coordinator – (503) 986-0685

4. Notice: Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board Licensees

An agenda has been issued for a Board meeting, via Telephone Conference, for Tuesday at 9 am, May 9, 2017.  The agenda is available from the Board’s website, under the Meetings link:

Topics on the agenda include, but are not limited to, proposed rulemaking, budget, legislative updates, strategic planning, executive session as authorized by ORS 192.660(2)(a), (b), (f), (h), (i) and / or (L), board actions as result of executive session, cases, requests for approval of transfer of apprenticeship, initial license, name change, special requests.

The Board welcomes interested persons to sign up for future emails by contacting the Board by email ( or 971-673-1507.  Note that you do not have to have a license issued by the Board in order to be on this email distribution list of upcoming meeting notices, OMCB E-NEWS, rulemaking notices, etc.

Carla G Knapp, Office / Licensing Manager
Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 430
Portland OR  97232-2195
971-673-1507 phone

5. Discovery Center Workshops, May 14

These artists will be doing a workshop demonstration on Mother’s Day, May 14. Space is limited for both workshops. There is a $80 fee for the drum making workshop, which includes the drum and beater, and a $60 fee for the Basketry workshop, which includes materials and lunch. These workshops are part of our Indigenous Voices cultural programming for 2017.

JEFFERSON GREENE – DRUM-MAKING WORKSHOP. “Mother Earth and Her Beat of Life” drum making workshop with Jefferson Greene will be offered Sunday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. The cost of the workshop is $80 and includes supplies to make your own drum and drumstick, which are yours to keep. Space for this workshop is limited to 12 people. To reserve your place, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201. Visit for more information.

BERNYCE COURTNEY – WASCO FULL-TURN TWINED BASKETRY WORKSHOP. Wasco Full-Turn Twined basketry workshop with Bernyce Courtney, Sunday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. The cost of the workshop is $60 and includes materials and lunch. Space for this workshop is limited to 10 people. To reserve your place, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201. Visit for more information.

6. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Meeting, May 16

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, invites the public to their monthly meeting, Tuesday the 16th, luncheon meeting at the Imperial River Co. in Maupin. The program will feature Linda Oram’s 2000 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail last year.  Luncheon reservations must be made with Wilma Townsend, 541-296-4356, by Thursday the 11th.

7. Maryhill Museum in June

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Seattle Brews for Maryhill

Raise a pint for Maryhill during this informal fun(d)raiser in Seattle, hosted by museum board members and friends Bill & Cathy Dickson. Enjoy jolly good beer, food, and fun with fellow Maryhill enthusiasts and Reuban’s Brews will donate $1 to Maryhill for every pint purchased. Click here for all the details.

Saturday, June 3, 2017 |  2 p.m.
Narrating the Landscape: Print Culture and American Expansion in the Nineteenth Century

Join author and art historian Matt Johnston for a look at how mass-produced visual material – illustrated railroad and steamboat guidebooks, tourist literature, geological surveys and ethnographic studies – brought new meanings to theinterplay of time, space, and place as American continental expansion peaked.  In his new book Narrating the Landscape, Johnston, an associate professor of art history at Lewis & Clark College, reveals the crucial role of print and visual culture in shaping 19th-cenutry America, offering fresh insight into the landscapes Americans beheld and imagined during this formative era. Program will be followed by a book signing; books available in the Museum Store.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 1 to 5 p.m.
Worldwide Knit in Public Day

Bring your whole family, a ball of yarn, your knitting needles or crochet hook and join Maryhill for Worldwide Knit in Public Day! Leave a square at Maryhill and receive a postcard from our collection! Free with museum admission.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | noon to 3 p.m.
Family Festival: La Blouse Roumaine

Take a Romanian-focused family tour through the Maryhill Galleries to find inspiration, then try your hand at embroidering a Romanian-inspired design on materials right for your skill level. All ages welcome.

Join Maryhill Museum to enjoy free admission, invitations to special events, a 10% discount in the museum shop and cafe, and more!

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 6 to 9 p.m.
Tango Lesson & Dance

Discover the art and passion of tango! The evening starts with a 45-minute tango lesson at 6 p.m., followed by a milonga (tango dance party) from 7 to 9 p.m. All levels welcome, from beginner to advanced; no partner or experience required.

Cost: $5 members / $10 non-members. Registration preferred; but not required. To gain entry after hours, please use entrance to the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing just off the Cannon Power Plaza. Program repeats the last Saturday of the month, March through October.

 8. Changing Reality

Everybody knows that it’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it. The same thing seems to go for what you see.

It used to be fair to say that objective reality was measurable and quantifiable. This meant that the true nature of material things could be absolutely and clearly determined. These days however, quantum physics has pretty well proved that there is really no such thing as objective reality. 

Matter, when reduced to its smallest particles, can behave as either particles or waves and can’t be classified as clearly one or the other. Things that appear solid are composed mostly of air, and things that seem motionless, like a chair, are actually made of subatomic elements that are constantly moving. Even the space between celestial bodies seems to be full – we’re just not sure yet what it’s full of.

So, in a very real sense, we are always creating our own reality. The way we see things depends not only on our physical makeup but also on the psychological filters we look through. One of the most powerful filters, that directly affects how we see the world, is our self-esteem. Yes, it seems like the term has been overworked, but warranted self-esteem is still an important part of our psychological make-up.

Low self-esteem creates a world in which the glass is always half empty, life is dangerous, and people are not to be trusted. High self-esteem lets us see the glass as half full and people as allies and friends. In fact, no other single quality can affect your experience of life quite like self-esteem can. 

Fortunately, low self-esteem was learned, and can be unlearned, and replaced with high self-esteem. There are many resources out there to help you; you just need to make up your mind that the time has come to make the switch in perspective. ~The Pacific Institute

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