Sherman County eNews #253


  1. Volunteer Opportunities This Week at the Sherman County Fair

  2. ABC Huskies Child Care Seeks Assistant Child Care Provider

  3. Martin Joseph Zimmerman 1931-2017

  4. Central Oregon Fire Management Evening Update, August 22

  5. Unreasonable Expectations

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

Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again. –Will and Ariel Durant

1. Volunteer Opportunities This Week at the Sherman County Fair

Volunteer SmileThe Sherman County Fair board is seeking volunteers.  There are still a few shifts open in the Open Class Building.  Can be one person or two or even three… where you will see old friends and family members!  Shifts are normally 1 hour to 1.5 hours.   Volunteers just need to be in the building to watch over the exhibits. This building does stay nice and cool on hot days!  Openings are on Friday, Saturday and 1 shift Sunday morning.  For more info please call the fair office after 9:00 a.m.  541-565-3510

If you want to volunteer for anything at the Sherman County Fair, please call the fair office. Helpers are always welcome. The Fair Board appreciates everyone for their participation and support!!

2. ABC Huskies Child Care Seeks Assistant Child Care Provider

balloons.boyAssistant Child Care Provider: Part-time position available at ABC Huskies Child Care in Wasco. Experience preferred but will train. Must be a team player, child oriented and able to work flexible hours. For application and further details: 541-442-5024, email . Employment Application is available on our website at .

3. Martin Joseph Zimmerman 1931-2017

flower.rose.starMartin Joseph Zimmerman died August 16th, 2017, at Tokarski House in West Salem of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 85.

Martin was born in McMinnville, Oregon, on October 26th, 1931, to Edward and Cecil Zimmerman, the youngest of six children. He graduated from Yamhill High School and then earned a BS in Crop Science at Oregon State College. After graduating from college, Martin served in the US Army as a training specialist. Two years into his service, Martin married… his college sweetheart, Dorothy Brabham, on June 11th, 1955, the beginning of a long and happy marriage. Martin entered the Army Reserves and the young couple returned to the Zimmerman family farm in Yamhill for several years where the first of their children, Philip, and then Kathryn, were born.

In 1960 Martin joined the OSU Agricultural Extension Service becoming a county agent. His first assignment was Sherman County and he and his young family moved to Moro. Their second son, Stuart, was born two years later. The family moved briefly to Corvallis while Martin completed his Masters in Agricultural Science at OSU which he received in 1967.

The family relocated to Condon in 1971 when Martin transferred to Gilliam County. In 1979 Martin accepted a position in Jefferson County and he and Dorothy settled in Madras as empty-nesters. These were good years for the couple. Martin retired from the OSU Extension Service in July of 1989 as Full Professor and he continued to work as an independent consultant in crop production and seed certification well into his ‘70s. In 2011 Martin and Dorothy moved to Dallas, Oregon, to be closer to their children. Dorothy died August, 2014.

Martin’s expertise in crop production gave him opportunities for adventure and in 1993 he was part of a government agricultural team sent to Armenia to survey farms and identify remedies for wheat production problems. The next year he traveled to Moldova to work with producers of essential oils. Several years later Martin went to Georgia (the former Soviet Republic) on a church-sponsored mission to improve conditions in orphanages. Back home from his various travels, Martin gave presentations on his experiences that were interesting and informative.

Martin was a very community-minded man with a strong service ethic and he was active in his local churches and civic organizations including the Lions Club, Kiwanis, 4-H, and FFA. Children were frequently the focus of his charitable work and he lead the Madras Kiwanis’ annual toy drive for many years. Martin received many distinguished service awards in recognition of his years of service in various organizations.

Throughout his life, Martin maintained a positive outlook, even as his Parkinson’s progressed and following the death of his beloved wife. He is survived by his three children, two grandchildren, and his oldest brother.  There will be a graveside service at the Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Cemetery on Monday, August 28th at 11am. Macy & Sons in McMinnville are handling arrangements.

4. Central Oregon Fire Management Evening Update, August 22

fire2Redmond, OR – Crews have responded to two escaped human-caused fires in the past 24 hours, both of which were contained at less than a quarter acre. The weather forecast for tomorrow afternoon includes a red flag warning for the southern half of the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, which includes abundant lightning and gusty winds in excess of 20 mph. Gusty winds are forecast to continue through Thursday. Crews will be available to respond to any new fires that occur.

Air quality conditions are going to continue to be poor for most of central Oregon through Wednesday. This smoke is from fires burning across Oregon and from as far away as northern California. For information from air quality monitoring stations, visit

Milli Fire – Smoke caused significant visibility issues today with fire suppression efforts. Aircraft were grounded as a result of the smoky conditions. Heavy smoke moderates fire behavior, so minimum spread is expected. Direct suppression occurred on the northeast and southeast side of the fire near FS 16 where firefighters widened dozer and hand lines. Crews on the northwest side of the fire near OR 242 continued fuel reduction work and may conduct a burnout this evening if conditions allow.

Level 3 – The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remunda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
Level 1- The subdivision of Tollgate, all areas between OR 242 and HWY 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Every effort is being made to return residents to their homes but this cannot be done until the safety of the public can be assured. For more information on the Milli Fire, call the information line at 541-719-8135 or visit inciweb at

North Pole Fire – Located NE of Shaniko, has crossed a containment line and five engines have responded.

Belknap Fire – Located in the Ochoco National Forest, is 100% contained at 125 acres. There is still a temporary closure in the Mill Creek Wilderness of certain trails, including the Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A.

Whychus Fire – Located about eight miles northeast of Sisters, is 100% contained and 2030 acres.

For more information, follow us at or on Twitter at @CentralORFire. For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711.

5. Unreasonable Expectations

Today let’s talk about self-blame. Unreasonable expectations and self-blame can really make our lives miserable. For example, how often do you hear yourself say something such as, “I left the car lights on – how could I be so stupid?” Or, “I really put my foot in it at the staff meeting – I guess I will never learn.”

Do these sound familiar? Self-blaming statements like these are commonplace for far too many of us. Now, there is nothing the matter with the first part of these statements – they are just simple facts. However, it is the second part – that judgmental blast – that keeps us feeling miserable.

What if we get rid of the judgments and substitute something more positive? For instance: “I left the car lights on – what an inconvenience! Next time, I will be more careful.” Or, “I sure did put my foot in it this time! That is not like me at all. Next time, I will do it differently,” and then tell yourself how you will act the next time the same, or similar, situation arises.

Do you see the difference? While you are acknowledging that your behavior could use some improvement, you are also recognizing your basic competence and stating your intention to do better in the future.

Instead of judging yourself harshly, why not just allow yourself to make mistakes now and then without making a big deal about it. Then, give yourself a positive goal to shoot for. You will find that your self-esteem will really grow as a result. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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