Sherman County eNews #337


  1. Folksongs of the Winter Holidays, Dec. 5

  2. Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20

  3. Retired Teachers to Hear Scott McKay on Mid-Columbia Senior Center, Nov. 21

  4. Notice: Sherman County SWCD Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 30

  5. Sherman County Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 2

  6. Special Statewide Election – January 23, 2018     

  7. Getting Un-Comfortable

  8. Historic Osborne Fire Lookout Photo Collection

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

1. Folksongs of the Winter Holidays, Dec. 5

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Sherman County Public/School Library presents Folksongs of the Winter Holidays. Adam Miller will be performing well-known and not-so-well known traditional folk songs and carols for New Year’s, Hanukkah, Christmas and the Winter Solstice.  Please join us Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. as we celebrate the season.


2. Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20

Come join us and learn a new game.  We have installed a court in the gym at the Wasco School Events Center.  Bo and Mary Macnab will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates to help you learn the basics.  Please wear clean shoes.  We have four racquets available for beginners.





Questions?  Call Mary at 442-5450.

3. Retired Teachers to Hear Scott McKay on Mid-Columbia Senior Center, Nov. 21

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers, will meet noon, Tuesday the 21st, at Bent River Restaurant.  Program will be presented by Scott McKay, Executive Director of the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.  Luncheon reservations may be made with Wilma Townsend at 541-296-4356.

4. Notice: Sherman County SWCD Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 30

The Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors will be holding a meeting Thursday November 30th at 8:30am. In the district office, 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon.

5. Sherman County Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 2

Sherman County Holiday Bazaar


Sponsored by Sherman County Fair Board

Saturday, December 2nd

10 until 3:30

Sherman County School Cafeteria

Moro, Oregon

Questions? Call Beth McCurdy 541-980-1821



6. Special Statewide Election – January 23, 2018                

ORStateFlagPlease find attached the ballot measure statement for the statewide ballot measure that will be on the January 23, 2018, Statewide Special Election ballot. This measure was referred to the people by Referendum.  This will be the only question that will appear on the ballot and will be numbered Measure 101. [Editorial note:,_Healthcare_Insurance_Premiums_Tax_for_Medicaid_Referendum_(2018)%5D

The final day to register to vote in this election is January 2.  Voter registration cards postmarked by this date or an online registration submitted no later than 11:59pm are valid. Voter registration or information updates can be done online at:    Registration cards can be obtained at any post office, Department of Motor Vehicles, and the county clerk’s office or printed from:

If you are a Military or an Overseas Voter please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) webpage

Voters’ pamphlets will be mailed to every household between December 27 and 29. Ballots will be mailed by January 9. It’s important to update your voter registration if you have moved or changed your mailing address. The Postal Service cannot forward ballots. An absentee ballot can be requested if you will be away from home and would like to receive your ballot at a different address. To obtain an absentee ballot request form, please contact the clerk’s office or print one at home:

Your voted ballot must be received on or before 8:00pm on Election Day or it will not be counted. Postmarks do not count. The ballot return envelope can be stamped and mailed or dropped off at any official county drop site across the state. If a voter casts their ballot after the Wednesday before an election, the ballot should be left at an official drop box site to ensure it’s counted.  Our white drop boxes are labeled “Official Sherman County Ballot Drop Site” and are located near the following offices:

Rufus City Maintenance Building – 400 Main Street – To the right of the city drop box

Wasco City Hall – 1017 Clark Street – Located just uphill from the stop sign between the sidewalk and street

Grass Valley City Hall – 109 SW Mill Street – To the left of the city drop box

Sherman County Courthouse – 500 Court Street, Moro – In the clerk’s office

Please call the Sherman County Clerk’s Office at 541-565-3606 if: you do not receive a ballot; you make a mistake on your ballot; your ballot is damaged or destroyed; you lose your ballot; you need an absentee ballot; you have any other ballot or voting problems; you are in need of further assistance.  Please be sure to sign your ballot return envelope.

7. Getting Un-Comfortable

It has been said that people can get used to almost anything. If it happens gradually over time and in small enough increments, this seems to be true. And, when you become used to things being a certain way, you develop what is called a comfort zone around them. When you are in your comfort zone, you don’t really have to think too much about it.

If you are used to cleaning up your house every day because you like things neat and tidy, it will put you out of your comfort zone to wake up in the morning and see a sink full of dirty dishes. You will generally make sure that doesn’t happen or spend your time ignoring your kitchen. If, on the other hand, you are used to seeing a sink full of dirty dishes every morning when you get up, it won’t bother you at all.

If you are expecting company though, the things you have gotten used to and comfortable with may suddenly become very un-comfortable.  “That’s okay for me,” you may think, “but I don’t want my company to see it like that.” Do you know people who go on crash diets before a school reunion or other special event? This is the same type of thing.

Take a look at your life. Are there things you have gotten used to, bit by bit, that surprise you a little now? Give up the facade for company! You are worthy of the same consideration and the same high standards you display for others. What are the things in your life that you have gotten used to, things that are not to your standards? It is time to make a comfort zone change!

Do it for yourself – because you deserve it! ~The Pacific Institute

8. Historic Osborne Fire Lookout Photo Collection

tree.evergreen–The Nature Conservancy |

Each photo in this collection was taken with a photo-recording transit designed by W.B. Osborne, the Regional Forest Inspector during the project, and custom built by Leupold – Volpel & Company of Portland Oregon. The camera rotated as each photo was taken minimizing lens distortion across the photo. The photos were recorded on 14 -1/4″ by 5 – 1/2″ negatives, three sets of contact prints were made for each photo. Along the top edge of the photo the azimuth (compass bearing) was recorded directly onto the film. Vertical angles measurement was recorded along the left and right edges of the print. Also, recorded were the date, location and elevation of each photo. There were three standard photo setups taken at each lookout: the north view (60 and 180 degrees) taken around noon, the south-east view (60 to 180 degrees) taken around 3:00 PM, the South-west view (180 to 300 degrees) taken around 9:00 AM. Many of the photos taken during and after 1934 used infrared sensitive film which reduced the effects of atmospheric haze on the images. The foliage of trees in infrared photos appear very bright because plants strongly reflect infrared light.

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeHistoric Osborne Fire Lookout Photo Collection

Prager U. – What’s the truth about the first Thanksgiving?

The English language can be illogical

 “The standard of good behavior for the continuance in office … is certainly one of the most valuable of the modern improvements in the practice of government.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources and Rural America

Map Shows How Much Land the Government Owns In Every State

Public, private land boundaries blur in rural Central Oregon