Sherman County eNews #308


  1. Services for Seniors Will Continue

  2. Notice: Aging and People with Disabilities Public Meeting, Nov. 3

  3. Letter to Sherman County Residents: Wasco School Events Center

  4. Sherman 4-H Exchange Student to Speak at National Conference

  5. Western Oregon University Names Hamersly to Athletic Hall of Fame

  6. Slow and Steady

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

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1. Services for Seniors Will Continue

Oregon.Flat.poleOn August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined “that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments cease providing services under all programs and contracts.” “Further MCOGS shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole.”

The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.

Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties to share information on the process and seek public input.

Hood River

Hood River Valley Adult Center

2010 Sterling Place

Hood River, OR  97031


Mid-Columbia Senior Center

1112 W 9th St.

The Dalles, OR 97058


Fossil Senior Meal Site

Wheeler County Fairgrounds

702 3rd St.

Fossil, OR  97830


United Church of Christ

Condon Senior Meal Site

110 S. Church St.

Condon, OR 97823


Sherman County Senior & Community Center

300 Dewey Street

Moro, OR  97039

2. Notice: Aging and People with Disabilities Public Meeting, Nov. 3

Oregon.Flat.poleAging & People with Disabilities will be holding a public meeting to gather input on designating a new Area Agency on Aging to deliver services to seniors in your area.

Where:                  Sherman County Senior & Community Center,  300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR 97039

Date and time:     Friday, November 3, 2017, 12:00 pm

For Transportation information, please call:

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments


3. Letter to Sherman County Residents: Wasco School Events Center

October 18,

Dear Sherman County Residents:

The citizens of our county have had the good fortune to be able to use classrooms, the gymnasium, and the cafeteria at Wasco School Events Center (WSEC), formerly Wasco Annex, at no cost since 2009 when the elementary school there merged with the school in Grass Valley.   There have been recent changes that now require us to charge for the rooms that were once available at no cost.   We want to share with you why this has come about.

  • The City of Wasco took possession of the Wasco School Events Center (WSEC), formerly Wasco Annex, from the County on July 1 of this year.
  • The County will provide some funding for the first five years of ownership. The funding is to pay for electricity, garbage, maintenance, a part-time building manager, janitorial services, and supplies and equipment.
  • After the five years are up, the WSEC must be self-sufficient, as county funding will end. All money to continue to provide these rooms to you will come from office rents, building usage fees, donations, grants, and Fitness Center memberships.
  • The Board of Directors of WSEC has come up with rental rates for all rooms at the building, based on size of rooms as well as amount of time a room is rented for.
  • Everyone, with the exception of the American Legion, will pay to rent rooms beginning October 1. We have provided the Legion a small storage closet at no cost to them as a way of expressing gratitude to our county’s veterans.

These are the facts about the future of your Wasco School Events Center.     We are doing everything possible to make this a successful and popular site for all of Sherman County.    Our job is to generate steady income to offset monthly expenses.  But the reality is, if we aren’t self-sufficient in five years, the building, including the gym and fitness center, will close down completely.

We have been making lots of improvements in the buildings, and we invite each and every one of you to stop by and see what we have been doing.    The building is currently staffed with volunteers Monday thru Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Our facility’s manager is on site Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Please consider renting our venue for your next event.   Big or small, we can accommodate you.


Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors

 4. Sherman 4-H Exchange Student to Speak at National Conference

4-H clover1Mana Chamoto, a 4-H international exchange student from Japan who is staying in Sherman County for the academic school year, has been selected as a student presenter for a national conference.  She applied and was selected to speak at the States’ 4-H Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, which is held October 25-28, 2017. 

Ben Sommers, Senior Program Manager at States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs, wrote that Mana’s “application was really comprehensive and well-written, great job” and told Mana “We’re really looking forward to having you at the conference.” 

The mission of States’ 4-H is enhancing world understanding and global citizenship through high-quality 4-H international cultural immersion and exchange programs for 4-H aged youth.  States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs is a non-profit organization headquartered in Seattle, WA.  They work with 4-H Youth Development Centers of Cooperative Extension in the US and a network of international partners around the world to conduct cultural immersion and exchange programs. Since 1972, these exchanges have impacted nearly 60,000 youth and their families in 28 countries on 6 continents.

Mana is hosted by the Melissa and Izabella Montesanti family in Wasco, Oregon, and attending Sherman County High School as a sophomore.  She is playing volleyball and looking forward to experiencing Homecoming week this month with all the activities and spirit days. 

5. Western Oregon University Names Hamersly to Athletic Hall of Fame

The Western Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductees: Bob Frantz, Toby Wolf, Ron Mobley, Bobby Pope, Jessica Jones (Hemsley), Shana Lavier (Hilyard) and Wayne Hamersly. This will be the twelfth induction class into the WOU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Wayne Hamersly is the husband of Lynn Rathbun Hamersly, formerly of Wasco and SHS Class of 1960 graduate. The Wayne & Lynn Hamersly Library at WSU opened in 2000 and they are both WSU graduates.

These individuals [were] recognized and honored for their outstanding contributions on October 14 at the WOU football and volleyball games and officially inducted during a ceremony between games. The ceremony [was] held at the conclusion of the football game in the Willamette Room in the Werner University Center. For more information contact the WOU athletic office at 503-838-8449.

2017 Hall of Fame Class:
Bob Frantz (Men’s Basketball and Baseball): A member of the Wolves basketball and baseball teams during his time at OCE. Frantz was inducted into NAIA District 2 Hall of Fame and named OCE’s Outstanding Athlete Award winner in 1954.

Toby Wolf (Men’s Basketball, Football and Track & Field): A member of three sports teams during his time at OCE, Wolf was a member of the famed McCullough’s Midgets basketball team that made the district playoffs in the 1962-63 season. He still holds a school record for making all of his 21 free throws in a game against Eastern Oregon in 1962. He led the team in 1962-63 in rebounding with 182 and averaged 9.6 per game. Wolf was named all-District 2 honorable mention in 1960-61 and first team in 1961-62.

Ron Mobley (Track & Field & Football): A dual-sport athlete in football and a member of the track and field team. He ranks seventh all-time with 16 touchdown receptions and eighth with an average of 17.6 yards per catch. At one point in his career, he held the Western Oregon single-game record for most reception yards in a game with 216 in a playoff game vs. Mesa State in 1985, which was a NAIA record. He finished his football career as a two-time all-conference selection. His jump of 24-0.75 in the long jump currently ranks sixth, and his time of 10.74 in the 100 meters is currently the eighth fastest in Western Oregon University Track and Field history.

Jessica Jones [Hemsley] (Volleyball): A standout setter who helped WOU compile a 151-41 regular season record, a 14-7 NAIA playoff record and competed in the NAIA National Tournament each of her four years as a Wolf. She was named third team All-American, AVCA All-Pacific NW Region and NAIA All-District 2/PNW Region first team in 1996 and 1997. She holds the Western Oregon record for career assists with 5,296 and ranks 10th for service aces with 127 and fourth for digs with 1,745 on the Wolves all-time top 10 list. She holds the single-match record in assists with 86 against Rockhurst in 1995.

Shana Lavier [Hilyard] (Softball and Volleyball): An athlete in volleyball and softball during her time at Western Oregon. In 1996, as a member of the softball team, she was named an All-American, one of three softball players in the history of the program to earn that honor. She remains in the top 10 for single-season records including her .404 batting average in 1996 and eight triples in the 1997 season. Her career batting average of .386 was a record for more than 13 years and currently ranks fourth in that category.

Wayne Hamersly (Meritorious Service): A former student-athlete in football and a longtime supporter to Western Oregon University and the athletic department. He has been instrumental in many projects and events throughout the years that have helped student-athletes achieve success both in the classroom and in competition as well. Over the years, his family has provided scholarship dollars to give many student-athletes the opportunity to attend Western Oregon University. When the stands at McArthur Field burned down in 1975, Hamersly organized several former student-athletes and community members to assist in the rebuilding of the current stadium. He and his wife also answered the call when a new library was needed. The building the family backed financially now bears their name.

 6. Slow and Steady

Do you ever feel discouraged because your work on personal growth isn’t going as quickly as you would like? Let’s spend a little time on this today.

Many people are interested in doing all they can to develop strong and positive self-esteem, and that is a very good thing. But sometimes, there is a tendency for folks who have just started the process of deliberate personal growth to take themselves a bit too seriously. Expectations run high and personal change can’t come fast enough. The same thing can happen to an organization as it embarks on a growth initiative.

Individuals may find themselves going abruptly from relative non-awareness (or confidence that there wasn’t any need to change in the past) to total and complete introspection. They hold a magnifying glass up to every thought, feeling, act and relationship. Growth and change then get bogged down in the details.

Perhaps these folks need to relax and take it easy. Take the changes a step at a time, a day at a time. Developing high self-esteem is a gradual process, so you don’t need to pressure yourself to get there all at once. New or revised organizational mission and values statements take a while to soak into the fabric of the organization.

Artists and craftsmen work steadily on their creations. They don’t get frantic over completion. As the old saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Give yourself time and space to develop and rework your self-picture. In the meantime, relax and enjoy yourself. Get involved in activities you like and have fun.

If you are tempted to measure your progress, use a broad time range. See yourself today as compared to five or ten years ago, but always keep your eye on where you want to be. And remember the story of the tortoise and the hare – slow and steady wins the race. As long as you work consistently, you will get there! ~The Pacific Institute

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

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