Sherman County eNews #139


  1. Sherman County School Baseball Update

  2. Editorial Note: Spam Alert! Sherman County Weed Control

  3. Helping End Hunger in Sherman County

  4. History Tidbit: Obituaries Often Rich in Local History

  5. Harmonious Coordination

  6. Oregon School Board Candidate Filings Swing Upward This Election

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

The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confronts the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction. ~ Tim Holden.

1. Sherman County School Baseball Update


May 16, 2017 – Play-in game vs TBD here at Sherman County School starting at 4:00

2. Editorial Note: Spam Alert! Sherman County Weed Control

arrow-rightAn e-mail message in the Sherman County eNews mail box that appears to originate with Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant to the Sherman County Court, is NOT legitimate. It claims to be news from Azure Standard Organic Farm and bears NO truth.

Sherman County eNews #116 published Sherman County Court Notes of April 19 that describe deliberations about weed control based on statute and local ordinance, a brief summary of topics addressed by the Sherman County Court.

The Weed Ordinance Violation Update discussion scheduled for the May 17, 2017, Sherman County Court session has been moved from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the County Court.

For official minutes, please see the official approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at

3. Helping End Hunger in Sherman County

food.bagIn the last 12 months, did you and the people you live with worry that you would run out of food before you were able to get more?

In the last 12 months, did you and the people you live with run out of food before you were able to get more?

If you answer YES to either of these questions you are eligible for Sherman County’s new Veggie Rx program.  Veggie Rx is a program of Gorge Grown Food Network and EOCCO.  This ground breaking program is to help address hunger needs in our community through Veggie Rx vouchers that can be redeemed at local grocery stores for FRESH fruits and vegetables!

For more information call Caitlin at the Sherman County Health District 541-565-0536 or the Sherman County Medical Clinic 541-565-3325.

4. History Tidbit: Obituaries Often Rich in Local History 

Sherman County Journal, Moro, Oregon, January 21, 1955:

“Station Planner Dead In Washington.  W.M. Jardine, then in charge of experiments with dry land grains, in 1909 assisted in the selection of the site for the location of the Sherman branch experiment station, known at that time as the eastern Oregon dry land farming experiment station.  He and H.D. Scudder of the Oregon Agricultural college spent two months reviewing possible locations in eastern Oregon for the station and finally recommended the site at Moro. Later in 1911 he assisted in outlining a series of crop rotation experiments on the station which was grown continuously until 1952.”

5. Harmonious Coordination

A good football team relies more on harmonious coordination of effort than individual skill. Teamwork is a “cooperative effort by the members of a team to achieve a common goal.” The key words in the definition are cooperative effort. Without the support of the entire group, no team can long endure. Football players quickly learn that no member of the team can be a star in every play. Most moments of glory are built upon a long series of plays, each won by committed, determined, bone-jarring blocking and tackling. A winning team is one whose members recognize that when one member of the team is successful, the entire team wins. Conversely, a sure way to develop a losing formula is to create an environment in which team members compete with one another instead of the opponent. When all members give their best in every situation — whether they are carrying the ball or clearing the way for someone else — the team wins, and so does each individual member of it. ~Napoleon Hill’s Thought for the Day

6. Oregon School Board Candidate Filings Swing Upward This Election

A total of 1,018 individuals are running for school board positions next Tuesday in Oregon — the highest number since 2009 — according to a survey conducted by the Oregon School Boards Association.

The upswing in candidates marks a complete reversal from May 2015, when 817 people ran for school board. That was the lowest such total in a decade. Over the last few months OSBA has conducted an awareness campaign ( about the importance of volunteer school board service.

There are 802 open positions across the state, and 553 incumbents are running. The percentage of school board incumbents seeking office again — 54 percent — is the lowest in at least 12 years. That means that nearly half — or potentially more — of all school board members statewide will be newly elected this year.

Jim Green, OSBA’s executive director, said the association welcomes a new crop of board  members.  “Schools are constantly evolving, so it’s important to see a mix of both experience and fresh perspective at the board level,” Green said. “In our view there is no more important public service than safeguarding the future of our young people.”

Despite the surge in candidates, nearly three-quarters of all races are uncontested. Six percent of races have no candidates, and 68.5 percent have one candidate.

School board elections are held every two years in May. OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards. 

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeThe 12 best places to view the 2017 solar eclipse around the U.S. 

7 Things You Don’t Know About Mother’s Day’s Dark History

Fewer Americans See Motherhood As a Woman’s Most Important Role

Fatherhood Still An Important Role

People sure are funny about money

President Clinton on Immigration

How North Korea Managed to Defy Years of Sanctions 

Drought is gone from much of US

Our view: Beating back the recession in rural Oregon 

Risks of Oil Trains (and other  spills) and legislation