Sherman County eNews #250


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

  2. Sherman County Fair 4-H Basket Raffle Supports Camp Kids & Counselors

  3. What are you planning to take to the Sherman County Fair on Wednesday?

  4. Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant

  5. Imogene Winn 1930-2017

  6. The Silent Influencer

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

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy) was a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.

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

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Monday, August 21 at 9:30 – Eclipse Viewing Party.
We will have crafts and read stories as we watch the eclipse.
Remember, you need to wear sun safe eclipse viewing glasses; we will have them available for attendees.

Thursday, August 24 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, August 24 at 6:00pm – Special Movie Night Party!
It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you August 24..
We invite you to relax, pull up a chair as the library proudly presents…Beauty and the Beast! Wear your best princess, hero and villain clothes and come ready to enjoy dinner and a movie. We will have a kid friendly feast that would make Mrs. Potts proud.
Rated PG
Run Time 2hrs 9min
All ages!

2. Sherman County Fair 4-H Basket Raffle Supports Camp Kids & Counselors 

4-H clover1Get your raffle tickets at the 4-H Pavilion at the Sherman County Fair for a chance to win an amazing, creative theme basket! Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 26, during the 4-H & FFA awards.


3. What are you planning to take to the Sherman County Fair on Wednesday?

What are you planning to take to the Sherman County Fair?  The following are a few classes in the Open Class Divisions. Remember, anyone can enter something in the open class divisions. There is NO entry fee. Entry day is Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Take a look!

  • Flowers >>> Asters, geraniums, gladiolus, daisy, marigold, roses, zinnia, potted plants and more!
  • Hay & Grain >>> Wheat, barley, sheaf of grain, oats, grass hay and more!
  • Land Products >>>  Herbs, garden veggies, garden oddities, fruits, nuts, eggs and more!
  • food.pie.hotKitchen Products >>> Canned fruits, veggies, meats, jellies and jams, butters, relishes, dried fruit, veggies, herbs, breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies and more!!
  • Clothing & Needlecraft >>>  sewing, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, counted cross stitch, quilted items, table furnishings, afghans, pillow case, quilts, afghans, wall hangings and more!
  • Arts, Crafts & Hobbies >>> ceramics, leather craft, stained glass, jewelry, collections, holiday collections, woodworking and more!
  • Photography >>> snapshots, album page, whole album, enlargement sequence of people, animals, sports, flowers, sunrise, grain, special events, and more!
  • Kids Corner >>>  baked goods, garden veggies, flowers, sewing, knitting, pumpkin painting, writing, paintings, Legos, art from recycled items, and more! Don’t forget the coloring contest for the kiddos!!

4. Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant

History lessons are often incredibly simple.

By Paul E. Marek of Saskatoon, Canada, February, 2006, a second-generation Canadian, whose grandparents fled Czechoslovakia just prior to the Nazi takeover.

I used to know a man whose family were German aristocracy prior to World War II. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.

“Very few people were true Nazis,” he said, “but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”

We are told again and again by experts and talking heads that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world-wide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or execute honor killings. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard, quantifiable fact is that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority,” and it is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a war-mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across Southeast Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians – most killed by sword, shovel and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt; yet, for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because, like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Bosnians, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians and many others, have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us, watching it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts: the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

[Also see The Real American Heritage in The East Oregonian]

5. Imogene Winn 1930-2017     Imogene Winn of Weston was born April 24, 1930, in Grainton, Nebraska, to Daniel and Margaret Sloan. She died on August 16, 2017, at Brookdale in Walla Walla.

         Imogene and her family settled in Weston where she worked as a phone operator and soda jerk while completing high school as valedictorian of the class of 1947. She married Bob Winn, June 7, 1947, and celebrated 65 years of marriage before Bob died.

         Imogene worked for Pabatco, Art Fulkerson DVM, Dr. A.B. Adkisson and Walla Walla Clinic. She enjoyed music, flowers, and caring for others. Her love language was providing food for others. She loved God and shared her faith regularly with those around her.

         Her activities included volunteering at the library, in the schools, and participation in church activities. She loved working in strawberry harvest and sharing the fruit with many people over 50 years. She is survived by Jasper and Kathy Winn, Milton- Freewater, Wesley and Debbie Winn, Grants Pass, Preston and Arlene Winn, Weston, and Suzanne and Jeff Babbitt, Lynnwood, Wash. She had 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

         A memorial service will be held at the Weston Community Church at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 20, 2017. Memorial contributions may be made to the Weston Food Bank or Weston Public Library. ~The East Oregonian, August 19, 2017

6. The Silent Influencer

Do you ever talk to yourself, out loud? Quite a few people do – although these days, we usually check to see if they are talking on a mobile phone! For the most part, your self-talk is silent, and it’s very powerful. You see, we talk to ourselves all the time. In fact, most of it happens in the form of thoughts, and it usually happens so fast, we aren’t even aware of it.

While you are reading this right now, you are talking to yourself three times as fast as you read. When you stop reading, your mind speeds up to about six times faster. It has been estimated that we have between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts running through our minds every day. That’s one thought every 1.2 to 1.7 seconds. And we are consciously aware of about 20% of those thoughts.

These running thoughts, or “self-talk” as it is called, are very significant. It is important that you become aware of what your self-talk contains. Your self-talk builds up or tears down your self-image, determines what kind of relationships you have with other people, influences what kind of income you have and what kind of work you do. It affects virtually everything in your life.

If you tell yourself good things don’t happen to you, there is a very good chance they won’t, because your subconscious will make sure that you find a way to prove yourself right. And if you have a positive expectation of success, chances are excellent that you will succeed. You will persist in your efforts and you will persuade others to help you until you achieve your goal.

So, pay close attention to the kinds of things you say to yourself. And, if you hear put downs, derogatory labels or harsh criticisms, deliberately stop them and answer back in a positive way. When you take charge of your self-talk, you go a long way toward taking charge of your life. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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TEDEd.The Rise & Fall of the Berlin Wall

The East Oregonian: The Real American Heritage

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~ George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy) was a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.

Why you see swastikas in America but not Germany

Populism and the Future of Democracy

Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility

13 ways tech will reinvent farming as we know it