Sherman County eNews #295


  1. Reminder: Burn Ban in Effect for North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District

  2. North Central Education Service District Board Unapproved Minutes, Sept. 7

  3. Judith Kathryn Harmon 1948-2017

  4. Community Meeting Notice: Sherman County & Community Counseling Solutions, Oct. 8

  5. History Tidbits: Giles French 1894-1976

  6. Role Models: Personal Interactions

  7. Take a Knee

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

 1. Reminder: Burn Ban in Effect for North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District

The North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Holliday reminds us that the burn ban is still in effect for this district. We will post at your local bulletin board and notify the cities that issue permits when the ban is lifted. Thank you for your understanding. ~ Chief Jeff Holliday

2. North Central Education Service District Board Unapproved Minutes, Sept. 7 



September 7, 2017

The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room, Thursday, September 7, 2017.


P—Amy Derby, Chair-June 2019

P—Jim Doherty-June 2021

P—Geremy Shull-June 2021

A—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019

A—Sarah Rucker-June 2021

P—Jeff Schott -June 2021

P—Greg Greenwood -June 2019                   

P—Penny Grotting, Superintendent

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.



Geremy opened the Board Meeting at 6:20 p.m.

Public Input: None


The minutes from the July 6, 2017 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email July 18, 2017.

Motion—Jeff, seconded Jim, to approve the minutes with the corrections statue to statute and Count to County from July 6, 2017.


Fiscal Receipts and Claims

The financial report detailing revenue and expenditures for the period ending August 31, 2017 was distributed for review with questions regarding invoices that were paid.

Motion—Amy seconded Jim, to approve the financial report.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.


  • The ESD staff had a staff in-service on August 17. Penny would like to work on different aspects with the employees:
    • Customer Service
    • Work with Parents in our districts
    • The things that we do well as employees
    • Gaps we have with School Districts
    • Create a joint calendar with school districts
  • First superintendents’ meeting will be September 12. Penny would like to send out a survey to the superintendents to see how we are doing. Penny has met with some of the superintendents but still has a couple of superintendents to meet with.
  • The custodian is on a leave of absence and Herschel Lantis is filling in as a temporary custodian until the first of October.
  • NCESD website is down and will need to be re-built since there was no back-up of data. Penny has contacted SchoolWires and they will host the site, cost will be approximately $2,000. SchoolWires have school templates to choose from. The new website should be up and running in about two weeks.
  • Penny passed out Superintendent/Board Goals Evaluations. Penny would like the board to make goals. Jim would like a copy of what the state says our ESD goals should be.
  • Penny passed out an agreement from Oregon Education Service District P-20 Support Network Agreement. The agreement was initiated in response to changing factors and the network design intends to work with other ESDs and ODE to collaborate with each. The board would like to table until the next board meeting to make a decision.


New SPED Teacher

 Motion—Greg, seconded Jim, to accept Tracey Carlson as the Sherman SPED Teacher.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

Fall Regional Meeting – OSBA Dinner

  • OSBA will be in Condon September 26, 6:00 at the Elks Lodge, Dinner and Meeting

OSBA Convention Nov 9-12

  • If anyone would like to go just let Penny know.

Tech Position

  • NCESD is currently advertising for a temporary tech position due to a leave of absence.

Memo of Understanding of Sick Leave

Motion—Jeff, seconded Amy, to accept the Memo of Understanding of Sick Leave donation to our Collective Bargaining Agreement.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

Amy wanted to share with the board that Sean Wellsandt came to the OSU-Wheeler County Extension Office and did a great job for her regarding tech issues.

Next meeting: November 2, 2017 6:00pm

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:34 p.m.


SARAH RUCKER, CHAIR                                KIM DOMENGIHINI, BUS. MGR.

3. Judith Kathryn Harmon 1948-2017

flower.rose.starJudith Harmon, 68, of Wasco, Ore., passed away on Aug. 10, 2017, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. She battled cancer for 16 years. Judith was born in Astoria, Ore., on Sept. 5, 1948, the second child of Harry and Helen (Denslinger) Serles. As a child, she lived outside of the town of Olney, Ore. Then the family moved to Astoria, Ore., where she graduated from high school and earned a degree at Clatsop Community College.

On June 4, 1999, she married Robert Harmon of Wasco and was a resident of Wasco until her death.

Judith was a member of the Moro Community Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon and elder. She had several occupations in Sherman County. She worked at the Sherman County Library for several years, was a Neighborhood Watch Captain in Wasco and did proof reading online for several people. She loved reading, animals, birds, writing stories, her children and grandchildren.

Judith is survived by her husband Robert; her daughter Vicki Lourwood and husband James; two sons, David and Rafael Lewis; several nephews, nieces, and cousins; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Jane Meredith.

Judith was known for her smile and attitude; nobody was a stranger to her. She was loved by her little dog Lucky and together they walked all over town greeting people until Lucky’s death. And his passing took a lot out of her.

Judith was a patient at Celilo Cancer Center for 16 years and jokingly referred to it as her second home. The nurses and doctors were her second family. That is where she got her nickname, “Energizer Bunny,” for her unshakeable faith and attitude.

The family suggests donations in her name to the Celilo Cancer Center, 1800 East 19th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058. A potluck memorial will be held October 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Wasco School Events Center, 903 Barnett Street.

4. Community Meeting Notice: Sherman County & Community Counseling Solutions, Oct. 8 

ShermanCoLogoCommunity Meeting
Wasco School Events Center
Sunday Oct 8th 6:00 PM

Community Counseling Solutions is working with Sherman County to build a Respite Center to provide a place for kids between 10 and 17 who need a safe place to be while a more permanent solution is found.

Everyone is welcome. Please attend in order to ask questions, provide input and learn why our Juvenile Director, Sheriff, D.A., County Court and the School Superintendent believe this will be a benefit to kids and our community.

Come and learn about what a Respite Center is, what it can do for Sherman County and our region. Ask about the potential of 18 new local jobs that could be created.

Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there! ~Mike Smith

5. History Tidbits: Giles French 1894-1976

By Sherry Kaseberg

On September 22, 2017, Giles French was inducted to the Sherman County School Hall of Honor posthumously. (pronounce it Jiles)

As a 13-year-old in Moro, errands took me past the Sherman County Journal office of Giles and Lela French. My teacher assigned history projects. I interviewed town elders for a history of Moro, including Giles French. While irresistibly drawn to the Journal office, its noisy machinery, smells of oil and ink, and piles of newspapers, I was undeniably intimidated by the gruff, unsmiling French. I asked and he was pleased. I turned in my assignment and, more importantly, gained courage and confidence.

He encouraged my 1965 survey of the county’s cemeteries. During pleasant afternoons I took notes as he and Lela told me about the people, events and places in these records. He agreed to review a Kaseberg family history I had written and noted, “There’s not one adjective here.” I explained that I was pretty new to the family. He thought genealogy was a waste of my time and we agreed to disagree.

He was willing to teach, encourage and challenge! He gave me a copy of Emerson’s Essays. I was ready.

I couldn’t know that in 1983 his daughter Patty French Moore and I – with others -would be engaged in starting a museum and a history publication. He’d be pleased. He’d have opinions.

Now, about Giles…

In 1929, Giles bought the Grass Valley Journal. In 1931, having purchased the Sherman County Observer, Giles and Lela moved their family to Moro: Clint, Wyman, Jane and Patty. Giles wrote, “We had moved to Moro the last days of February 1931 and Clint was dragged by a horse and killed that May. People were kind; in fact it is my recollection that people were almost invariably kind…”

From 1935 to 1951, Giles represented this district in the Oregon House of Representatives.  He was one of the founders of the historical society and the Sherman County Club and long time mayor of Moro. In 1958 his book, The Golden Land, A History of Sherman County, Oregon, was published.

In 1963, he and Lela sold the newspaper. His column, These Things We Note, was often quoted by newspapers throughout the state. His writing was direct, simple and readable. Selections from editorials and this column were published in a book of the same name. For example:

1935 “There may be criticism of women singing over the radio but they sound fine in the kitchen.”

1950 “No man knows enough to govern others.”

1951 “Early in the session the chaplain prays for the legislators, that they might have strength and wisdom and character. Later the chaplain will pray for the people.”

1955 “The game commission thinks of fishing in terms of fish. That is wrong or at least unsocial. It should think of fishing in terms of fishermen. Seasons should be longer. Making a man stay inside, worrying about the cares of the world until May restricts his relaxation and endangers his health.”

In 1972, he wrote to his daughter, Jane:  “…For a couple of weeks I’ve been waiting to start on a four day tour of southeastern Oregon with the freshman class of 1972. I will ride on the bus and will probably be talking about the scenery, the history and above all the geography of the country side… Sometimes I wake up at night and think about the apparent idiocy of a 77 year old man accompanying forty teenagers on a four day trip. And in other moments I think how drab would be the age of 77 without some youthful idiocy.”  His daughter Jane’s book of their letters, Dear Dad, Love, Jane was published in 1980.

1976: “Giles French, dead at 81, was a personality none who knew him will forget. To know him was not necessarily to love him. He had a sharp tongue and a rural arrogance which tended to infuriate city dwellers, at least on first meeting. Yet his intimate knowledge of state government, particularly taxation, and his wit and erudition made lasting friends.” ~ The Oregonian, July 1, 1976.

Rep. Roger Martin wrote that French was best known as a country editor who did his own thinking. He was also a laborer, farmer, stockman, clerk, legislator and historian.

His legacies are many. Newspaper editorials. His column These Things We Note. His autobiography published in Sherman County: For The Record. The museum’s exhibit, Paper, Ink & Presses. Oregon Newspaper Hall of Fame. Giles French Park. And his several books.

6. Role Models: Personal Interactions

Just about everyone knows that good role models are important for a child’s development, but have you ever thought about why this is true?

If you are familiar with the Institute’s work, you know that it emphasizes visualization, because we have learned that our mental images, for the most part, are what determine our reality. In other words, the way we see ourselves and the world is what decides how we will behave, and how we behave determines, to a very great extent, what will happen to us.

Role models serve as living, breathing mental images that help us visualize the way we would like to live, or not like to live, which is sometimes the case.

What kinds of role models are best?  No question about it, people we can actually get to know.  You see, while it is helpful to read about an admirable person in a book or a magazine, watch an inspiring life story in the movies, or watch successful people on TV, it is much more powerful when we can actually interact with someone who shows us possibilities for ourselves.

When we can manage to create these personal interactions on a daily or regular basis, as we do with parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches and so on, this has the most powerful impact of all.

And remember parents, your children will learn far more from what you do than from what you say, so the best role models only need to set and live a good example and let the kids figure the rest out for themselves. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Take a Knee

American flag2Stanislaus “Stan” Drew originally wrote this post last year when he was a member of Palm Springs Baptist Church in Palm Springs, FL – after San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick first began his protests during the National Anthem. Stan currently lives in Crescent City, FL. Ted Nugent posted it on September 24, 2017.

“Take a little trip to Valley Forge in a cold, wintry January. If you don’t know where it is, Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you off the battle field. You’ll just have to wait your turn for amputation.

“Then, take a trip to the beach in Normandy, where man after young American man stormed the beaches, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces…and the sea is stained with American blood. The only “blockers” most of them had were dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

“Try taking a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam, from Khe San to Saigon. Americans died in those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what to expect next. And when they came home, they were  spit on for reasons only cowards knew.

“Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat. Wear your Kevlar helmet and smelly battle fatigue’s. Your “number” won’t be printed anywhere on your uniform unless your number is “up.” Of course, you’ll need to stay hydrated, but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

“There are  a lot of places to take a knee, as real Americans have found out all over the world. When you dishonor the banner under which they fought to show your displeasure, you disgrace the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you take for granted. That’s what the red stripes on the flag represent… the blood of those who spilled a sea of it over the years defending your liberty.

“While you’re on your knee, pray for those who came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken…but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains…every inch marked by an American life lost serving the very flag you protest.

“No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans…just American men and women…delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us…blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.”

“You have no idea what all it took to get you where you are; but your “protests” are duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves to emphasize your ingratitude for those who defended you under the very banner that will wave long after your jersey is issued to another.

“If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude.  We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all.


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