Sherman County eNews #241


  1. A Line in the Sand: Bigotry & Stereotypes

  2. Sharon Parsons 1960-2017

  3. The Perseid Meteor Showers Peak this Weekend, Aug. 12-13

  4. History Tidbits: Oregon Trading Co. & Crosfield General Merchandise in Wasco

  5. Oregon Farm Bureau Seeks Photos for 2018 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar

  6. Editorial: Response to Sheriff Lohrey re: Frontier TeleNet

  7. ODOT Enlists Guard Help For Eclipse Duty

 1. A Line in the Sand: Bigotry & Stereotypes

Living in a society that operates from racist and sexist values is no laughing matter – as is evidenced practically every day in the news. Everybody likes to enjoy a good laugh, and everybody wants to feel that they are a part of a happy group of friends. But what about the times when the laugh seems to be at someone else’s expense?

What do you do when you hear a friend tell a joke that plays on physical, racial, ethnic or gender stereotypes? What do you do when you are chatting with a group of pals and someone makes a remark that indicates intolerance, bigotry or sexism? You sell yourself and our society short if you join these “We’re OK, they aren’t OK” sessions.

For the sake of your own self-esteem and for the sake of a democratic society, you owe it to yourself to be decent and fair and insist that others be the same way in your presence. Refrain from telling, laughing at, or in any way going along with racial, ethnic, religious or gender jokes, or to any practices whatsoever that are intended to demean rather than enhance another human being.

Walk away from them. Stare them down. Make them unacceptable in your homes, places of worship, and the workplace. Perhaps we aren’t all equally guilty, but we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society – regardless of where we live. The world is too small a place now, to allow this poorly-disguised hatred to fester. And in a time when cooperation is the path to solutions to the world’s challenges, we really don’t need anything else to further separate us.

Racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry and intolerance undermine our strength, and weaken the fibers of our society. Draw this line in the sand, so to speak – one that you refuse to cross. Perhaps this is one group you don’t need to feel a part of today. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Sharon Parsons 1960-2017 

flower.rose.starSharon Parsons was born August 24, 1960 and passed away August 3, 2017 in The Dalles. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2500 W. 8th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Sharon’s name to Bread and Blessings, 314 W. 3rd Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

3. The Perseid Meteor Showers Peak this Weekend, Aug. 12-13 

starsSpace Weather News for August 11, 2017
PERSEID FIREBALLS: The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks this weekend (Aug. 12-13), produces more fireballs than any other known annual meteor shower. (Fireballs are meteors brighter than Jupiter or Venus.) This characteristic of the Perseids is important because in 2017 the shower peaks under the light of a bright gibbous Moon. Perseid fireballs should be visible in spite of lunar interference, producing a pleasing display for anyone outdoors before sunrise on Saturday and Sunday. Visit for observing tips.

4. History Tidbits: Oregon Trading Co. & Crosfield General Merchandise in Wasco

In November, 1903, a disastrous fire started in the basement of an addition under construction at Oregon Trading Company’s store and spread to the main building and the adjacent opera house and John Venable’s house. The Oregon Trading Company property of E.O. McCoy and George N. Crosfield, the largest general merchandise house in Sherman County, with building and stock valued at $100,000, was insured for $60,000. Crosfield was severely burned in an attempt to save some valuable papers.

George N. Crosfield’s brick General Merchandise Store on the corner of Clark and First streets must have been built after the loss of the Oregon Trading Company building. Additional information about this building will be appreciated. Contact Sherry at

5. Oregon Farm Bureau Seeks Photos for 2018 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar

camera.handheldThrough Sept. 15, Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit their best photos of Oregon agriculture for a chance to be featured in the 2018 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the crops, the cultivation, the landscape, anything that depicts the beauty, culture, enjoyment, technology, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“What makes the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar so special is that the images are sourced from the public,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Oregon agriculture is an interesting, visual, and inspiring subject for photographers.

“We’re looking for what I call ‘gaze-worthy’ images, photos that you can enjoy for a month as the calendar hangs on the wall,” said Moss. “The Oregon’s Bounty Calendar is mailed to over 66,000 Farm Bureau members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year. It’s truly an exceptional opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers to get their work shown.”

Horizontal-layout, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic shots — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons. Subject ideas include rural scenery; portraits of farmers and ranchers; planting or harvest shots; scenes from farm stands, on-farm events, farmers markets, or county fairs; and close-ups of fruits, vegetables, flowers, crops in the field, or farm animals.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, and there’s no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

As thanks for participating, everyone who submits photos with their mailing address will receive a complimentary copy of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar. Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty, along with six runners up, will receive a photo credit in the calendar and numerous copies.

Submission instructions, photo specifications, and contest rules are available at

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policy-making arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties.

For more information, contact Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at, 503.399.1701.

6. Editorial: Response to Sheriff Lohrey re: Frontier TeleNet

pen.markerIn Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey’s commentary in The Citizen-Reporter, he expressed frustration about “a great deal of criticism of Frontier TeleNet… that it seems a handful of people are trying to destroy a system that we have worked so hard to build… We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing people to give Frontier TeleNet a bad name.”

We believe we are among those in the “handful of people.” It is not now and never was our intent, nor do we have knowledge of anyone with intent, to destroy a telecommunications system or Frontier TeleNet. A handful of citizens expressed concerns and asked questions wanting Frontier TeleNet to succeed. For ten months now it’s been about process and transparency.

We encourage the “handful of people” Sheriff Lohrey mentioned to respond to his questions.

No concerns have been expressed about Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Agency’s performance or its entirely separate governing board on which Sheriff Lohrey serves. Not one.

If concerns expressed about Frontier TeleNet are perceived as criticism, “Let those whom the shoe fits wear it.” It’s not helpful when questions and suggestions are received as personal attacks.

As for “allowing people to give Frontier TeleNet a bad name,” we are mindful of the first amendment. If anyone is giving Frontier TeleNet a bad name, it is Frontier TeleNet. We expressed concerns about Frontier TeleNet governance based on the facts found in Frontier TeleNet’s records.

Thank you for expressing these concerns and asking questions, Sheriff Lohrey.  

Sheriff Lohrey: “Does anybody even know what the problem is?”

Answer: Yes. The problems are, in a nutshell, failures of planning, process and transparency. The current situation is not a positive governing environment.

Sheriff Lohrey: “What is your motive?” 

Answer: We’ve been very clear. We want Frontier TeleNet to succeed by exercising lawful, ethical, transparent process with respect for the opinions of the citizens. We requested meeting minutes and they were forthcoming. We requested copies of specific public records. We’re still waiting.

Sheriff Lohrey: “If so, please explain so that it can be fixed…”

Explanation: The governing board did not ask us to help “fix the problem,” but we and a handful of people offered constructive, positive suggestions that were largely ignored. Engaging with the Association of Oregon Counties’ County Solutions program for professional assessment and assistance would be an effective first step toward restoring Frontier TeleNet to a transparent partnership with lawful practices and to regain the public’s trust.

Well-compensated Frontier TeleNet board members and staff should be able to deliver what we have every right to expect, a transparent, ethical, impartial, thoughtful, and collaborative execution of their duties.

To set the editorial record straight, we repeatedly made it clear that we appreciated and supported Frontier TeleNet’s success since its beginning. We respect public service and want public officials, elected and un-elected, to succeed. We believe it is our collective responsibility to pay attention, be informed and hold public officials accountable. The Times-Journal coverage has kept us informed. 

7. ODOT Enlists Guard Help For Eclipse Duty 

Traffic help at key Madras intersections

eclipse2BEND — With thousands of travelers expected to descend on Madras for the total solar eclipse, ODOT is bringing in extra help for traffic control downtown. A team of Oregon National Guard engineers will be on hand in Madras to help with traffic.

According to District 10 Manager Jim Scholtes, “We are pretty sure that Madras will be flooded with cars and pedestrians. We want some extra help at key intersections to help with the crush and the Guard has offered their services. We took them up on the offer.”

Motorists and pedestrians can expect to see uniformed guardsmen and women at the signalized intersections along both sides of the US97 corridor in Madras.


Sherman County eNews #240


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

Classifieds (new or corrected)


Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory notes and Joyful News here. ~ The Editor


thankyou.guyTHANK YOU, TERRI EARL! Sherman County School Clothes Scramble 2010-2017! Thank you for organizing this program offering exchanges of nice used clothing for Sherman County families. THANK YOU, PARTICIPATING FAMILIES and SHERMAN COUNTY PUBLIC/LIBRARY STAFF! We’ve enjoyed following this grass-roots effort that provided opportunities for us all to help one another. ~The Editor

CONGRATULATIONS, DARYN (McDERMID) REYNOLDS, on your Western Oregon University graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science! ~The Editor

thankyou.guyTHANKFUL FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT! We would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for the support and words of encouragement over the past few days. Losing our business to a fire is a big loss not only to us, but also to the town of Wasco and all of Sherman County. There are so many individuals who stepped in and helped. A big thank you goes to the volunteer fire fighters who came from all over the county, without whose hard work and skills, the entire block of businesses could have been lost to the fire. Thank you also to the EMS crews who stood by ready to assist if needed. Thanks to everyone who helped remove items from the buildings, provided cold water and food, and provided words of encouragement and support. It is incredible how in times of crisis, our community comes together; another reason living in Sherman County is a blessing. At this time, we are just trying to come to terms with the fire and loss of the business, which could drag on for some time. We appreciate all the offers of help for when the time comes to clean up and remove the debris. At this time we are not thinking beyond this point, but will keep everyone posted. A great way to show support is through becoming a volunteer in our community. There are many opportunities to volunteer, especially with the emergency services, ie. fire fighters and EMTs. If you would like to become involved, please contact the North Sherman Fire District or the South Sherman Fire District. Jeff Holliday of the NSFD will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about becoming a volunteer. He can be reached at 541-705-5640. ~ Megan Jensen, Second Hand Made &
Gail Macnab & Patti Moore, Giggles & Schitz, Wasco

thankyou.guyAPPRECIATION FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL. Wasco mayor Carol MacKenzie offered an update and appreciation by saying, “The City of Wasco extends a big thank you to all of Sherman County’s fire and EMS personnel and The Dalles Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue for all their hard work in the 100 degree weather to battle the fire in downtown Wasco on Aug 3. Because of their efforts the fire was contained to just the one building that held Megan Jensen’s cute little gift shop, Second Hand Made. The four buildings connected together in that block were, fortunately, constructed of brick back in the early 1900s so each of the adjoining business protected others by a brick wall.”  McKenzie reports that, “The Wasco Market had some water damage and the beauty shop, smoke damage. The  old Wasco Inn plus the post office had no damage. All in Wasco are sincerely thankful for everyone’s help including the man who brought the large water tanker down from DeGrange Construction at the start of the fire incident, Clint and Ethan Moore for dashing into Second Hand Made to retrieve some of their cousin’s electronics, and the men who helped Kim Hulke remove all of her equipment from her Locust Tree Salon. Lots of bottled water and ice appeared from one or two of the local businesses which was really essential to the fire crews in the extreme heat.  A run was made to Subway to bring food to the hard working men and women, which was really appreciated.  Sherman County Sheriff’s office used their drone to inspect the fire from above during the active start of the fire and to facilitate the state fire marshal after the fire was out by surveying the roof damage, so no one needed to get on the roof in such a hazardous condition. The State of Oregon Fire Marshal is interviewing witnesses and gathering all the facts to determine the cause of this devastating fire. Our sympathies go to Michelle and Travis Lawrence, owners of the historic former McKee Drug Store, and to Megan Jensen, proprietor of Second Hand Made gift shop. Thank you, everyone.”

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]


THE MUSEUM STORE. 200 Dewey Street, Moro, Oregon



CHILDCARE PROGRAM. MANAGER/DIRECTOR & ASSISTANT. Little Wheats childcare program is looking to fill TWO POSITIONS: a Program Manager/Director and Assistant; a successful applicant must love children and be dependable. Both positions need 1st Aid/CPR, food handlers and recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect – however we can work with you to provide these trainings for you. Some are online and some are classes. The Director position starts at $15-17hr, the Assistant $10-12hr, depending on experience/qualifications, both are typically 26-35 hrs a week. The manager is required to be on site around 70% of the open hours, though can work more if requested. Highly preferred for the manager to have one year of qualifying teaching experience in the care of a group of children (kindergarten, preschool, child care center, CF home, Head Start) or 30 quarter credits in ECE or a step 8 in the Oregon Registry. Little Wheats does not offer medical insurance – but we do offer a $150 monthly stipend towards whatever medical coverage you choose for the Director. We also provide both positions with 1 week’s paid personal leave each year after a 3 month probation period; it is based on the average number of hours worked per week. (ie – if you normally work 20 hours per week, you would receive a week off paid at 20 hours or if you worked an average of 30 hours per week you would be paid for 30 hours, etc….) We also provide reduced rates for childcare for employees. Please call/text 541-980-5232 with questions, pick up an application at 409 Dewey St. in Moro, or apply online at  8/18

PREVENTION COORDINATOR. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Prevention Coordinator. This is a part time position, 20-24 hr./week or .50/.60FTE, Monday-Friday; there is an option for flexible scheduling within the FTE, and potential for expansion. Partial benefits available. Applicant must value collaboration and be skilled in data collection, program implementation, and grant management. This position works closely with youth, the community, and other agencies to identify and implement strategies to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in Sherman County. This is an exciting opportunity to effect local change.  For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or online at Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, September 1st. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 9/1 

FT RECEPTIONIST/MEDICAL BILLING – Position open at the Sherman County Medical Clinic.  Proficiency in computer and office skills required; knowledge of Medical Billing and Coding preferred.  Starting pay is $14/hr DOE plus benefits.  Pick up an application at the Sherman County Health District Administrative Office located at 110 Main Street #3, Moro, OR.  Mail or E-Mail completed application along with a cover letter and a copy of resume to – Sherman County Medical Clinic – Job Search, PO Box 186, Moro, OR 97039 or  For further information contact District Administrator at 541-565-0536, medclinic1@embarqmail, or visit the website at  Applications due by 5:00pm on Monday, August 14, 2017.   8/11

RETAIL YARD ASSOCIATE, PETROLEUM DELIVERY DRIVER, GRAIN FACILITY OPERATOR & GRAIN OPERATIONS LABORER. Mid Columbia Producers Inc. is hiring for a variety of positions.  Full Benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, Rx, 401k with robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation and sick leave and more are available to all regular full time positions.  All four positions listed here are full time.

Retail Yard Associate Our Farm Stores sell a variety of products from animal food and supplies, fencing and automotive products to household items and clothing.  Customer service, deliveries and inventory management are a few of the essential job functions of this position. It can be physically demanding and requires the individual to work in varying weather conditions.  The chosen candidate will work at all three of our locations including The Dalles, Wasco and Goldendale Washington.

Petroleum Delivery Driver This position is based in Bend, OR.The role of the Petroleum Delivery Drivers is to safely transport petroleum products and render outstanding customer service to our patrons.  The deliveries will range from commercial/industrial accounts and home heating oil to bulk and packaged lubricants.  Product knowledge is a plus.  On Site training will be provided.

Grain Operations Laborer This position will be based in either Sherman or Gilliam County depending on the candidates and business necessity.  The role of a Grain Operations Laborer is to safely handle grain while rendering outstanding customer service to our patrons.   Maintenance, housekeeping, and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility are some of the essential functions of this position.

Grain Facility Operator This position will be based in either Sherman or Gilliam County depending on the candidates and business necessity. The Facilities Operator holds the primary responsibility for the facility under their operation.  Daily functions include and are not limited to grain elevator operation, maintenance, housekeeping, receiving grain, loading barges, inventory management and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility.  *This position requires the ability to obtain a pesticide license with space fumigation endorsement.

For more information on joining the MCP team, please visit To apply for any of these positions please send cover letter, application and resume to:

Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344, Moro, OR 97039

PH: (541)565-2277  Fax: (503)536-6875  8/18


STUDDED TIRES ON RIMS. Studded tires, 245/75R-16 on GM Rims from Tahoe (5 Spoke Factory Alloy Wheels). 6 lug pattern (6 X 13927 MM). Lightly used asking $700 for wheels and tires. Can be seen in Grass Valley by contacting Jeanne @ 541-714-5740 (call or Text). 9/8

RANCH-STYLE HOME IN RUFUS. $209,900. Attractive ranch style home on corner lot in Rufus. Built in 2013. High ceilings. Great floor plan with open concept. 3 bed 2 bath. 1580 Sq Ft. Spacious entry with wide hallway. Large living room. Dining room has sliding glass doors to back patio. Kitchen is great for entertaining with Breakfast bar. Lots of storage with pantry, more than ample counter space for cooking. Nice master bed and bath. 2 Charming bedrooms and 2nd bath. Nicely landscaped. Contact Bonnie Long At Copperwest Properties 541-993-1513. 8/18

WEATHERED OAK WINE BARREL ADIRONDACK CHAIRS. Weathered Oak Wine Barrel Adirondack Chairs – stationary $350, rocker $375 or the set for $650. Local Craftsman. Call for photos… 541-788-9497.  9/8 

PROPERTY NEAR MORO. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but still in the country. All utilities are available. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $55,000. RMLS# 17410095 – Tiffany Hillman  11/10

ECLIPSE GLASSES. 2017 Oregon Solar Eclipse Glasses are now available for sale at the Sherman County Museum Store for $2.00. Open daily 10-5 at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. 8/18 

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, restaurant, support & training]




SCHOOL CLOTHES SCRAMBLE COORDINATOR. Sherman County School Clothes Scramble, an annual August event, will continue with the next volunteer. Following her 7th annual Scramble, Terri Earl has a file of information she will be glad to pass along. Please text or call Terri at 541-980-2959 for information. 


ART WORK FOR SHERMAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE ADDITION. The Sherman County Project Team is actively seeking Sherman County-themed art work for display in the courthouse addition currently under construction. The team is interested in any two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, etc) for display inside the addition. Deadline for submittal is August 31. For the initial screening, please provide an 8″ by 10″ color photograph or digital image of the proposed article. Include the dimensions of the actual article, if the size is fixed, along with a description of how the article relates to Sherman County and any relationship between the contributor and Sherman County. If the project team is interested in directly inspecting the article, arrangements will be made with the contributor to do so. We know there are several talented local artists and photographers out there and encourage each one to contribute. There is no restriction upon the number of articles that can be submitted for consideration. Sherman County will offer a stipend, the amount of which is to be determined, for each piece of art work acquired. Submittals can be made by mail to PO Box 282, Moro, OR 97039 or by email to Questions may be directed to the same email address. 8/25




2. Calendar (new or corrected)


5-27 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition 10-5 Maryhill Museum of Art

9-13 Wheeler County Fair: “Wagon Wheels, Painted Hills & Eclipse Thrills”

11-12 Wheeler County Fair: NPRA Rodeo

11-13 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

12-13 Ranch 2-Man Advanced Cow Sorting Clinic, Wasco 541-980-7394

14  Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Aug. 14

16 Sherman County Court 9; Public Hearing Frontier Digital Network Dissolution

16 Gilliam County Court 10; Public Hearing Frontier Digital Network Dissolution 1:15

16 Wheeler County Court 10, Public Hearing Frontier Digital Network Dissolution 11

17 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

18 Frontier Digital Network & Frontier TeleNet Board Meetings 9 Moro

18-22 Outlaw Rodeo Bible Camp – Powell Butte, Oregon

19 Celebration of Life: Bill Van, Otilia Geiser Vann 1 Discovery Center

19 Great American Eclipse Education & Entertainment in Fossil

19-20 Special Art Walk & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

20 Total Solar Eclipse Party in Condon featuring Brewers Grade,
         Camping, Food, Beer & Wine

20-21 99.5% totality Eclipse and Star Party – Oregon Raceway Park, Aug. 20-21

21 Total Solar Eclipse

22 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 8 a.m. The Dalles


22-27 Sherman County Fair

22 Sherman County Fair 4-H Static Exhibit Judging

22 Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Show 10

23 Healthy Families’ Play Group 10:30-12 Moro City Park

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10:30 The Dalles

23 Sherman County Fair: Take your entries to the fair! 

23 Sherman County Fair Dale Coles Classic Car Show 3:30

23 Sherman County Fair BBQ Burgers/Dogs with the Fair Board 5

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H Style Revue 5:30

23 Sherman County Fair Horse Games in the Arena 7:15

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H Poultry, Rabbit & Cavie Show 8 a.m.

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Market Judging 10

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Market Judging 11

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Market Judging 12:30

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Market Judging 2

24 Sherman County Fair Down on the Farm Chore Course 7

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H Home Economics Contests 8

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship 10

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship 11

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship 1

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship 2

25 Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting Contests 7 Arena

26 Sherman County Fair Wellness Walk 8 Downtown Moro

26 Sherman County Fair Exhibit Parade 9:15 Fairgrounds

26 Sherman County Fair Queen’s Reception 10 Fairgrounds

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H Grand Champion All-Around Showmanship 12

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale 4-5

26 Sherman County Fair FFA Annual BBQ 5:30

26 Sherman County Fair Special Introductions 7:15 Arena

26 Sherman County Fair Bull Riding Contests 7:30-9

26 Sherman County Fair Dance with Countryfied in the Arena 9:30-1

26 Summer Concert in Condon, HYATUS 6:30-9:90

27 Sherman County Fair Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire 10:30

27 Sherman County Fair Demolition Derby 2 Arena

28 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Office, Burnet Bldg.

28 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority 11 The Dalles

31-Sept. 3 Gilliam County Fair, Condon


2 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

2 Painted Hills Festival in Mitchell


5 School resumes in Sherman County

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 Gilliam County Court 10

6 Wheeler County Court 10

6 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Moro Presbyterian Church



12 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30 Moro

12 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

12 Mid-Columbia Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center, Moro

20 Sherman County Court 9

21 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District 4-5 Klickitat County

22 Autumn Begins

22 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Reception & Awards

25 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting


4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Church of Christ

7 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro


10 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

10 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

10 Mid-Columbia Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

19-20 Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, Hood River



Sherman County eNews #239


  1. Sherman County School Clothes Scramble: A Next Chapter?

  2. Commentary: Frontier TeleNet by Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey

  3. The Dalles Kiwanis Club 62nd Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 7

  4. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Aug. 14

  5. Your Own BFF

  6. Sherman County eNews Editorial Policies

1. Sherman County School Clothes Scramble: A Next Chapter?

applause1School Clothes Scramble 2017: Terri Earl reports that this year’s School Clothes Scramble, held Tuesday, August 8, at the school library went well, with plenty of good donations and several families taking away nice used clothing for the coming school year. This year was the 7th Scramble, after skipping last year because of construction at the school. A big thank you to all who participated, especially the library staff!

A next chapter? Because of family issues, this is Terri’s final year for the Scramble. If someone else would like to continue with it, she has a file of information she would be glad to pass along. Please text or call Terri at 541-980-2959 for information.

2. Commentary: Frontier TeleNet by Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey

ShermanCoLogo~Originally published in The Citizen-Reporter, Sherman County’s August newsletter.

Lately, I have been hearing a great deal of criticism of Frontier TeleNet (FTN).  When FTN was first developed, it was not about watching Netflix, but rather a mission critical communication system for our emergency services, and to provide internet to our rural schools.  Anyone else that is now benefiting from use of the internet is a byproduct of the system.  Additionally, the system was never intended to make money. 

It is frustrating that it seems a handful of people are trying to destroy a system that we have worked so hard to build.  The Sheriff’s office has been involved since the beginning as a user of the system.  It’s time for the three counties to start working together and do what is right or suffer the consequences of not taking action. This is about public safety, not about how fast our internet works.

The consequences of letting the system fail or having other users pull out will be catastrophic.  There was a time none of us had a communication system or internet at our schools.  I do not want to go back to those days.  My emergency service people and the citizens of our three counties deserve better than this.  Why would we invest millions of dollars on a system just to throw it away?

Because of our investment, FTN has brought 20 family-wage jobs to our community.  FTN makes it possible for Frontier Regional 911 to dispatch for Jefferson County and soon a tribal reservation.  FTN provides internet to our schools (except Sherman County School District because they chose a different provider), and rural communities.  We serve almost 30,000 people, and last but not least, FTN has saved hundreds of lives.  We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing people to give Frontier TeleNet a bad name.  

Does anybody even know what the problem is?  What is your motive?  If so, please explain so that it can be fixed.  No problem is too big.  

On behalf of all the emergency services and the folks who put their lives on the line every day to serve our community, I beg the courts and the FTN critics to meet, and fix the problem before it is too late.

3. The Dalles Kiwanis Club 62nd Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 7

The Dalles Kiwanis Club hosts its 62nd annual Steak Feed Thursday after Labor Day, this year Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park.  The Steak Feed is the club’s major fund-raiser for community projects serving children and youth.  Adult meals include an eight ounce sirloin steak, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink for $15.  Beer and wine will be on sale.  Free meal for children 12 and under features a hot dog, potato chips, drink and ice cream.  There will be activities for children and country music by the Dufur Boys for everyone.  Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or may be purchased in the park Sept. 7.  

4. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Aug. 14

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold its Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017. This meeting will be preceded by a Work Session for the purpose of Board Training beginning at 4:00 p.m. and an Executive Session at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider records exempt by law from public inspection. These meetings will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. 





5. Your Own BFF

Let’s talk about the most important relationship in your life – the one you have with yourself. It is possible to be your own BFF. In fact, it’s critical.

Think of someone you regard as a dear friend. If no such person exists in your life, dream one up. The time you spend with this person brings you a special pleasure, doesn’t it? You tend to be loving, protective, and solicitous toward him or her, and you really have their best interests at heart, don’t you? You really care.

Now, ask yourself, “Do I give myself the same kind of care and consideration?” On the basis of your self-treatment, many of us would truthfully need to answer, “Certainly not!” If this is your answer, ask yourself why. Maybe you will see some negative programming from the past that taught you to suppress or deny your own needs. Maybe you were taught that caring for yourself was selfish and wrong. As a result, you engineer defeats and deprivations, either automatically or unconsciously, that leave you feeling victimized.

You can’t really treat others any better than you treat yourself without hurting your own self-esteem. Your self-esteem is of vital importance, for without it you will have less to give, be able to receive less, and in general live a less-than-satisfying and fulfilling life.

So, if you want to be a good friend to others, consider this piece of advice: Learn to be your own best friend – first. If you haven’t done this before, that’s OK. There is no time like the present to begin this new friendship. You will find that it is a foundational key to your lasting happiness. ~The Pacific Institute

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