Sherman County eNews #159


  1. Join an Expedition to Explore Mt. Hood, June 17

  2. Goldendale youth falls from cliff, struggles to reach safety

  3. Lost Surfboard

  4. Local Teacher Selected to Attend Summer Agriculture Institute

  5. ABC Huskies Child Care Volunteers Express Appreciation for Memorial Weekend Support

  6. City of Wasco’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration a Success

  7. OSU Extension Food Preservation Classes Starting Soon

  8. An Exhibition at OMSI, City Lost for Centuries, Opens June 24

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

1. Join an Expedition to Explore Mt. Hood, June 17

Steve Carlson leads an expedition to explore Mt. Hood, Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the front entrance of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. The fee is $50 and includes a box lunch and bottled water. Reserve your place by making a $25 deposit by June 13, by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201. For more information visit

2. Goldendale youth falls from cliff, struggles days to reach safety

Displaying astonishing endurance and determination, Goldendale resident Noah Messenger, 18, survived a fall from a Maryhill cliff and, with his back and both legs broken, crawled using his hands for two days to get help.

The Klickitat County Sheriff ‘s Office (KCSO) was called when Messenger was finally spotted partially clothed in an orchard just south of Maryhill Winery. “Deputy Jim Leininger arrived and was able to determine the subject was Noah Messenger,” the KCSO report states. “Messenger explained to Deputy Leininger that on the evening of May 15, while walking along the cliffs of Maryhill Winery, he slipped and fell. It appeared Messenger had broken both legs and sustained significant injuries to his back. Messenger explained after he fell he tried to yell for help, but received no response.”

Messenger spent two nights along the bluffs, then began crawling using only his arms down a steep hill to the orchard to get help. “While dragging himself a lot of his clothing fell off down the hill. Messenger was life-flighted to [OSHU].” KCSO Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Kallio added, “I believe this is a story of a strong will to survive. What Messenger went through had to be extremely difficult. I would hope others who find themselves in a situation like he did step up when it’s difficult and pick living.”

A fund to help the Messenger family has been set up through the web site YouCaring. To make a donation, visit

3. Lost Surfboard

Lost surfboard on the Columbia River at Rufus.

North Pacific green and white with pink foot straps.

541-490-8767. Thanks!!

4. Local Teacher Selected to Attend Summer Agriculture Institute

Piper Jones, a local teacher in Sherman County, has been selected to attend the Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) in Corvallis June 25-30.  Jones will attend SAI on a $600 scholarship from the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Oregon Women for Agriculture.

SAI is a three-credit, week-long graduate-level course offered through Oregon State University and the Oregon Farm Bureau for K-12 educators with little or no agricultural background.  The goal of SAI is to help educators learn to use agriculture as a context or theme for teaching the academic standards of science, math, social studies, English, and other subjects.  Additionally, educators receive hands-on instruction and collateral materials to incorporate agriculture into their classroom.

Jones is a new resident of Sherman County, as she and her family moved to Grass Valley in December 2016 from the Portland suburbs.  She grew up in Portland and went to graduate school in Chicago, teaching in an inner-city school before moving back to Oregon.  She recently served several months as a substitute teacher for Sherman County School, and already learned much about agriculture from her students.  In her application, Jones wrote “An opportunity to go to SAI and learn college-level information that will relate to academic standards will dramatically enhance not only my understanding of the background many of my students come from, but also expand my teaching repertoire to allow me to incorporate agricultural topics in my classroom.”

5. ABC Huskies Child Care Volunteers Express Appreciation for Memorial Weekend Support

pancake.breakfastThank You!! The 2017 Wasco Memorial Weekend Country Breakfast, sponsored by ABC Huskies Child Care, had another very successful event and we are very grateful for the amazing support demonstrated by the Sherman County community. Special recognition goes to North Sherman Rural Fire District for use of their facility, Morrow County Grain Growers who provided the grills and helped advertise the event, Wasco Market for their generous donation of ham, Sherman County for the use of their tables and chairs, volunteers who helped move and set them up, staff and board members whose teamwork kept everything running smoothly and most importantly to our volunteer cooks who produced a fantastic meal and made this fundraising event possible: Norman Fridley, Kent Thomas, Commissioner Tom McCoy and Commissioner Joe Dabulskis. Thank you!!  ~Carrie Kaseberg, Gail Macnab, Beth McCurdy & Melva Thomas – Board of Directors

6. City of Wasco’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration a Success

American flag.kidsMayor Carol McKenzie, on behalf of the City of Wasco, thanks everyone who made Wasco’s Memorial Day celebration such a success! We were the only venue with a military flyover as the valley was socked in with weather. Wasco especially appreciates our military veterans, Senator Bill Hansell, author Rick Steber, musician Tyson Huckins, vendors and, of course, the spectators! McKenzie says, “We’ll do it again next year. Thank you all!”

7. OSU Extension Food Preservation Classes Starting Soon

Hello and cheers for a wonderful summer! Interested in learning a variety of fun and rewarding ways to preserve the summer bounty of food?  It’s not too late to sign up for OSU Extension’s Master Food Preserver series. The first class is next week. Register here:

If you just want to take a few classes here and there you can do that too:

Classes offered in both Hood River and The Dalles. Very affordable, fun, and informative. Hope to see you there!

Lauren M. Kraemer, MPH
Assistant Professor of Practice

Extension Family and Community Health
Manager, SNAP-Ed Programs for Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler Counties
School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
College of Public Health and Human Sciences (E-Mail)

@KraemerLauren (twitter) (Website)


(541) 386-3343 ext. 38258 (Office Phone, Hood River)

(541) 296-5494 (Office Phone, Wasco)

Hood River County Extension Office

2990 Experiment Station Drive
Hood River, OR 97031

8. An Exhibition at OMSI, City Lost for Centuries, Opens June 24

Experience the city of Pompeii, frozen in time, by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 30, 2017) — Opening June 24 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION examines life in Pompeii both before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. that not only destroyed the Roman city, but also preserved it for more than 1,700 years.

“We wanted to bring this most historical event back to life and allow visitors to relive it vividly,” said John Norman, president of Exhibitions International and producer of POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION. “The new exhibition allows you to explore treasures and experience life in the bustling city of Pompeii before time essentially stopped.”

The exhibition features nearly 200 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy including a first century, bronze gladiator helmet; a Citharist bronze statue of Apollo, dating to 50 A.D.; and several remarkable fresco paintings, including one of Dionysus and Silenus, dating between 50-79 A.D.

“This exhibition offers our guests the opportunity to study and understand history through the scientific lens of archaeology and volcanology. It is one of the most fascinating exhibitions of ancient archaeology featuring artifacts that rarely leave Italy,” said Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI. “Volcanoes are a part of our life here in the Pacific Northwest, and this exhibition allows our visitors to explore earth and volcano science, regionally and worldwide.”

Pompeii was hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. Over time, archaeologists have uncovered a unique record of its daily life–roads, buildings, municipal services, paintings, mosaics, artifacts, and preserved bodies. Ongoing excavations at the site provide an ever-evolving picture of everyday life at the height of the Roman Empire.

The Exhibition experience includes:

* Introductory theatre where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describes Pompeii and the nearby volcano.
* Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.
* Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.
* Nearly 200 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life. These remarkable objects include: mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.
* A 4D theater will allow visitors to experience the impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.
* The culminating experience of the exhibit is a room with body casts of human forms forever frozen in time.

POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION runs from June 24, 2017 to October 22, 2017. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $26.00 for adults, $17.00 for youth (ages 3-13), and $22.00 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $16.00 for adults, $10.00 for youth, and $12.00 for seniors.

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

bird.owl3The Pacific Institute Fresh thinking unleashes creativity and allows you to respond to today’s ever-changing environment.

The 20th-century war on women’s swimwear

Why I make my toddlers do chores 

12 Valuable Life Lessons That Mom Taught Me

Viewpoint: 10 big myths about World War One debunked

Why the F & J Keys Are Raised On Your Keyboard

Regulation, Market Signals, and the Provision of Food Safety in Meat and Poultry