Sherman County eNews #195


  1. Weather: July Outlook and June Monthly Climate

  2. Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash

  3. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

  4. Kids Pioneer Day at the Sherman County Historical Museum

  5. Goldendale Observatory State Park

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

1. Weather: July Outlook and June Monthly Climate

You can find the July outlook and the June
monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

— Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

2. Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash

American flag2I walked through a county courthouse square,
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, “Your old courthouse is kinda run down.”
He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town.”
I said, “Your flagpole has leaned a little bit,
And that’s a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it.

He said, “Have a seat”, and I sat down.
“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town?”
I said, “I think it is.” He said, “I don’t like to brag,
But we’re kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag.”

“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing -Oh Say Can You See-
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin’ at its seams.”

“And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on through.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag.”

“On Flanders Field in World War I
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun.
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low by the time it was through.
She was in Korea and Vietnam.
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.”

“She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,
And now they’ve about quit waving her back here at home.
In her own good land she’s been abused —
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied and refused.”

“And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.
And she’s getting threadbare and wearing thin,
But she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in.
‘Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more.”

“So we raise her up every morning,
Take her down every night.
We don’t let her touch the ground
And we fold her up right.
On second thought I DO like to brag,
‘Cause I’m mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag.”

3. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Thursday July 6 at 11:00am – Baby Lap-Sit Story Time
Come build early literacy skills with your little one as we read a story, sing songs, and play games like “peek-a-boo.”

Thursday July 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm – Game Night
Magic the Gathering draft night. Come build your deck!
Ages 10 and up.

4. Kids Pioneer Day at the Sherman County Historical Museum

Moro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Museum Pioneer Day is approaching fast! Get registered today to reserve your spot so you won’t miss out on this fun and educational day at the Sherman County Historical Museum!

This event will be open to students who will be entering kindergarten through the 3rd grade. You must pre-register to reserve a spot. Cost is $10 or inquire about our sponsorship for your child, we have generous donors that are excited about your participation or include your payment with registration. Pick up a registration form at the museum or call (541-565-3232).

Lunch will be included, and students will get to enjoy the “fruits of their labor.” Remember to get registered – we have limited spots!

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232.

5. Goldendale Observatory State Park

starsSummer (Temporary reduced schedule due to construction)
April 1 to September 30, 2017
OPEN Friday – Sunday
1 pm to 11:30 pm
Solar show at 4 p.m.
Evening sky show at 8:30 p.m. 
For best experience and to ensure full staff availability, visiting at show times is recommended.

Oct. 1 – March 31
Friday-Sunday: 1-9 p.m.;
show times are 2 and 6 p.m.

Fledgling astronomers and night photographers, find your bliss at Goldendale Observatory. Set in the hills above the Columbia River, this unique state park heritage site houses one of the nation’s largest, most accessible public telescopes. The site is famous for its dark skies and informative science programs. Daytime visitors will find stunning views of the countryside and vivid sunsets, which coincide with moonrise at certain times of year.

The main telescope was the brainchild of four Vancouver, Washington-area amateur astronomers who designed and built the instrument in the 1960s over a period of six years, with help from Clark College and its students. Vancouver’s light pollution and cloudy weather precluded siting the telescope in that area, and the builders’ search for a perfect star-gazing spot eventually led them to Goldendale. The telescope was formally donated after the town agreed to build a public observatory to house it. 

This day-use park is less than 25 miles from the Maryhill Museum of Art and larger camping parks of Maryhill State Park and Columbia Hills Historical State Park, making the area a fascinating and scenic destination.


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

If You’re From Portland, This Will Be The Most Jaw-Dropping Thing You See Today.

This ‘Don’t Move To Portland’ PSA Is Actually One Of The Funniest Things You’ll See All Week.

 Youth Spark: Stay in STEM

Americans keep having fewer babies as U.S. birthrates hit some record lows

 13 Leadership Skills You Didn’t Need A Decade Ago That Are Now Essential

 The Air Force’s Newest MQ-9 Reaper Drone Is Now Hunting ISIS

Goldendale Observatory State Park

Quadrangle Maps for Sherman County

Timberline Lodge