Sherman County eNews #319


  1. Taking Responsibility

  2. Volunteers Needed This Week to Complete Little League Ball Fields

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

  4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting & Public Hearing, Nov. 3

  5. Trail Blazers Foundation, Wells Fargo School Grant Applications

  6. Commentary: Christ Church and the Slavers’ Blood Money

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

1. Taking Responsibility

Do you believe that you create your own reality? Or do you believe that reality is something “out there” over which you have no control?

As adults, we generate our experiences in life. While we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control how we respond. We can take responsibility for the results we experience in life. And when we do this, we grow enormously.

Television newsperson Dan Rather once said that John Kennedy became a true leader when he stood before the American people and said that the Bay of Pigs was an atrocity that never should have happened, and then took full responsibility for it. He was transformed from a promising young politician into a great leader.

The same is true for you and me. If we take responsibility for our lives and our decisions and our actions, then we have the power. If we avoid this responsibility, then we have lost that power. In fact, we give it away.

Who is responsible for the quality of your life? If you say someone else, you are trapped unless, or until, circumstances change. If you say, “I am,” you give yourself the power to change things, if you choose to do so. And not only do you have the power, but you make the decisions on when and how you make the changes, as well as what changes you want to make.

You see, the power to change resides where it has always resided – inside you. Take charge of your life, and you give yourself direction and purpose that probably has been missing. Will you be taking risks? Yes, you will, and you will probably make some mistakes. We all do. We actually learn better, and more, from our mistakes than from unimpeded successes. And if you can find a person who has never made a mistake, then you have probably found someone who hasn’t really lived. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Volunteers Needed This Week to Complete Little League Ball Fields

Volunteers needed to complete the Sherman County Little League ball fields in Moro.  To date two organizations, the Sherman Athletic Foundation and the Sherman County Lions, have put a new variable speed pump on the existing well, numerous volunteers hours were put into prepping the soil, trenching for irrigation and installing the irrigation system.  I would like to personally thank MCP (fuel), Chris Moore, Chris Kaseberg, Ethan Moore and Clint Moore for their work these past couple weeks.  We have had some volunteers start helping out this week including Dean Dark and Grant Simpson.

These next two weeks are critical to this project.  We hope to have a load of grass sod (8,750 sq ft.) delivered Friday.  In order for this to happen we need additional volunteers.  We must have the sprinkler systems completed by Friday.  If you can help, please show up at the new fields by 9.

Thank you!

Geremy E Shull

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

What: A public meeting to gather input on designating a new Area Agency on Aging to deliver services to seniors in your area.

Where: Condon Senior Meal Site, United Church of Christ, 110 S. Church Street

Date and time: Thursday, November 2, 2017 12:30 pm NEW TIME:  3:00 pm

For Transportation information please call:

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments


4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting & Public Hearing, Nov. 3

The Frontier TeleNet board of directors will meet at the Jeanne Burch Building in Fossil at 10 a.m. on November 3, 2017.

Agenda topics include a PUBLIC HEARING at 10 a.m. to hear and consider public testimony on Supplemental Budget resolution 110317-01; consideration of approval of Supplemental Budget; Minutes of the previous meeting; financial report; Day Wireless contract merge/Frontier TeleNet & Frontier Digital Network; Association of Oregon Counties assistance update; Frontier TeleNet website update; Frontier 911 Burns Paiute Tribe update; public comment. The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).

5. Trail Blazers Foundation, Wells Fargo School Grant Applications

dollar.sign1PORTLAND, Ore. — Schools throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are invited to apply now for grants of up to $10,000 through the fourth annual “Take It To The Court for Education” program, run by the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo.

“This initiative offers critical funding to support programs that lack adequate resources or might otherwise be cut,” said Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & CEO Chris McGowan. “It also supports youth where they live, learn and play across this region.”

Teachers, staff, administration, parents and community members can submit applications online to support an academic, arts, athletic or community program at an elementary, middle or high school.

The application form is available at all Wells Fargo branches in the region and also posted at The dollar amount of each grant will be based on the scope and costs associated with the project or program seeking funds.

The application deadline is Jan. 1, 2018. Winners will be notified in late January.

“Take it to the Court for Education is a natural extension of our collaboration and a desire by both our organizations to do everything we can for our local students,” said Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis.

In the past three years, Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation have presented a total of $275,000 in grants to 50 schools around the region.

Serving the financial needs of Pacific Northwest residents since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,400 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (; and mobile banking. In 2016, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 14,900 schools and nonprofit groups.

Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team’s rich heritage includes 33 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit

6. Commentary: Christ Church and the Slavers’ Blood Money

A Commentary By Charles Hurt

“All are welcome. No exceptions,” reads the cheap, blue sign zip-tied to the wrought iron fence between brick pillars outside Christ Church in Alexandria.

“All,” that is, except George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Or, anyone who reveres either of the two great generals. Or, even the memory of them.

“No exceptions,” unless you are someone who believes history should be studied, remembered and learned from. Unless you are someone who cringes in despair when you see Islamic State fighters swinging sledgehammers against antiquities they wish to obliterate today for political purposes.

Nearly 250 years after Washington helped found Christ Church, the vestry decided last week to tear down the memorial to the great American founder and first president.

Along with it, they are tearing down another memorial marker to Lee, who also attended Christ Church back in the day before it became hijacked by political peacocks more interested flaunting their own self-perceived virtues than just sticking to Scripture.

By their own definition, then, the congregants of Christ Church for two centuries have happily bumped along as white supremacists celebrating slavery and exhibiting open hostility toward outsiders, especially “people of color.”

It is true that Washington had slaves. And it is true that Lee fought for the Confederacy.

But, as one patriot might say, our peculiar history is “full of contradictions.”

“So is independence,” another might reply.

The vestry of Christ Church in Alexandria, however, is not capable of grappling with such complexities. Truly, pearls before swine. After all, it is so much easier just to obliterate painful history than to understand it and learn from it.

“Today our country is trying once again to come to grips with the history of slavery and the subsequent disenfranchisement of people of color,” the vestry wrote, so boldly.

OK, fine. It’s a free country. It’s your church, though it is anguishing to think of the many good, longtime members of Christ Church who are heartbroken and will be left spiritual orphans by this cruel and selfish decision.

But, truly, Great Vestry, why carry out such meaningless bleating of a sacrificial lamb that already been slaughtered? Have the true courage of your convictions.

Taking down a monument means nothing. It helps no one in any real way. Just makes some people feel better for a minute.

Isn’t that, after all, the very meaning of “white privilege”? Paying restitution with fake money? How about real reparations to show real repentance for your two centuries of sinful hatred toward “people of color”?

How much money did Washington donate to start the Christ Church in 1773? You are not really going to keep that blood money, are you?

And what of the personal Bible that Washington’s family left the church after his death? Such a priceless artifact would go for millions and millions of dollars today. Are you going to keep the massive proceeds of that slaver bounty?

Perhaps — at least in your dull eyes — even more odious is the $10,000 Lee’s daughter left you in 1918. A quick inflation calculation pegs that at more than $175,000 in today’s blood money. Will you return that to the Lee Family, thou Great and Virtuous Vestry?

And one other thing. The vestry complains that the markers to Washington and Lee are the reason they have so much trouble attracting “people of color” to their congregation.

I look forward to performing random inspections of the church in the months and years to come to learn if the monuments to Washington and Lee really are what repels “people of color” from Christ Church in Alexandria.

Or, is it something else? Something deeper? Guess we will find out.


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

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Prager University. How the States can Save America

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