Sherman County eNews #344


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

  2. 1st Annual 5K Reindeer Run & Snowflake Stroll, Dec. 2

  3. Notice: Weed Advisory Board Meeting, Dec. 5

  4. Decorate The Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

  5. Keeping Charge Over Your Life

  6. Politeness

  7. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving, Updated

  8. Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu

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

1. 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.

2. 1st Annual 5K Reindeer Run & Snowflake Stroll, Dec. 2

snowflakeMark your calendars – December 2nd is the first annual 5K Reindeer Run & Snowflake Stroll, a holiday costume-themed race! Prizes will be awarded for the most festive individual costume, the most festive group costume, and the most festive running train (3 or more individuals linked linearly – think Santa behind a few reindeer!).

Coffee, cocoa, and hot cider will be provided.

When: December 2nd at 10 AM (registration at 9 AM)

Where: Lewis & Clark Festival Park, The Dalles

If you’d like to pre-register, please fill out the attached form and send it to Judy Bankman at

Hope to see you there!  For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

3. Notice: Weed Advisory Board Meeting, Dec. 5

ShermanCoLogoThe next Sherman County Weed Advisory Board regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 5th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Weed District building, 66143 Lone Rock Road, Moro (north side of the Fairgrounds). The public is welcome.

4. Decorate The Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

mittens1Bring your donation of gloves, mittens, hats and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at the Library. We invite everyone to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies serving Sherman County. 

5. Keeping Charge Over Your Life

What does a sense of having control over your life have to do with successful aging?

When we enter this later phase of life, we experience certain losses that can’t really be avoided. However, having a sense of control over our lives is a very important factor in how successfully we age.

An important study by Harvard researchers, conducted in a nursing home, is a case in point. One group of residents took charge of their daily living activities, including dressing, eating, personal hygiene and maintaining their own environments. A second group had all these functions taken care of for them by staff.

Results indicated that those in the first group were more alert, active and happier. 18 months later, 15% of that group had died, compared to 30% of the second group.

You see, the opportunity to make choices increases our sense of personal power and control. While folks who are older deserve our love, attention and support, the more we take over the business of living for them, the more they will come to need our help. The less they will be able to do for themselves, the faster their decline into helplessness.

Watch for a well-intentioned but misguided desire to be helpful that tempts you to take over for your friends and relatives who are older. Instead, support their efforts to take care of themselves and you will be empowering them to live longer, happier lives.

~The Pacific Institute

6. Politeness

Politeness to others is usually born out of respect for the individual, which you learn as a child. When you are treated with respect by other members of the family, you learn to respect them as well. The self-esteem that results from being recognized as a unique person by the people who matter most to you helps you develop the confidence necessary to succeed later in life. Politeness and consideration for others are habits that — once developed — usually stay with you for a lifetime. While common courtesy may seem relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things, it is a reflection of more basic values. More important, if you develop the habit of respecting others, you are likely to command respect from them. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

7. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving, Updated

Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving | tax-deductible non-profit organizations | Give to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in memory or remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as an alternate gift for someone who has everything.

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, PO Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, PO Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, PO Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, PO Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, PO Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, PO Box ___, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box ___, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box ____, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

8. Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

December Meal Menu

  We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served. 

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Menu subject to change due to availability.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Pizza loaded w/Meat
Salad & Veggies
4 5 6 7 8
Sloppy Joe’s /Bun Turkey Tetrazzini Oven Fried Chicken Swedish Meatballs Beef Chili
Potato Wedges & Salad Salad & Veggies Mashed Potatoes &Gravy Rotini Noodles & Salad Cornbread & Salad
Veggies & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies & Ice Cream
11 12 13 14 15
Chicken & Noodles Chicken Fried Rice Meatloaf Mac & Cheese w/Ham Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
Salad & Veggies Salad & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Salad & Veggies Veggies & Salad
Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Ice Cream
18 19 20      CHRISTMAS LUNCH 21 22
Cheeseburgers Chicken & Broccoli Casserole (DIVAN) Roast Beef Chicken a la King Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup
Potato Wedges & Salad Salad & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Biscuits & Salad Rolls, Salad
Veggies & Dessert Fruit Rolls, Veggie, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies & Dessert
25 26 27 28 29
Au Gratin Potatoes & Salad Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Potato Wedges, Salad
Veggies & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies & Dessert

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

bird.owl.limb Oregon Faith Report: 1.8 Million Federal Dollars spent on abortions in Oregon

Trump’s White House is decked out for the holidays

When The FCC Kills Net Neutrality, Here’s What Your Internet Could Look Like

Repealing Obama’s Net Neutrality a Blow for Freedom

The Ford Family Foundation & Karla von Borstel Chambers

Remembering Bill Tatum

This Year’s Hay Kings Tell How They Won



Sherman County eNews #343


  1. Wasco City-Community Library Annual Fundraiser, Dec. 2

  2. James “Jim” Thomas Nerdin 1939-2017

  3. Respecting the Inner Child

  4. Free First Aid / CPR / AED Course, Dec. 11

I am only one, but I am one.

I can’t do everything, but I can do something.

The something I ought to do, I can do,

And by the grace of God, I will.

~ E.E. Hale

One person can make a difference! ~Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

“One man with courage makes a majority.” ~Andrew Jackson

1. Wasco City-Community Library Annual Fundraiser, Dec. 2

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Wasco School Events Center


4-7 p.m. Santa arrives! He’ll be visiting with the kiddies …….4-7pm

5- 6 p.m. Performers from the Sherman county GOOD NEWS CLUB will perform the “Ultimate Christmas Party,” a skit coordinated by Julie Fritts

4-7 p.m. Raffle tickets available for purchase (first one is free)….children and adult prizes, popular games, Plinko and others

  • Refreshments
  • Vendors (tables still available)

All proceeds will be used to purchase new books, CDs and other needed supplies

Questions? Call Librarian Danee Rankin 541-980-8210

2. James “Jim” Thomas Nerdin 1939-2017
The world lost a master teacher on November 22, 2017 when James Thomas “Jim” Nerdin died after a valiantly fought battle with brain disease. Jim is remembered fondly by his children and countless other students for his uncanny knack for teaching. From youth to adults, Jim loved to share the knowledge he gained through study, work, and by simply having a willingness and desire to try new things. It’s impossible to list all the ways he taught or the number of lives he influenced through his teaching. Jim was a math teacher at school but his teachings extended far beyond math to things such as wood-working and furniture building, basketball, camping, tennis, construction, yard work, chopping wood, public speaking, gospel principles, fulfilling priesthood duties, how to make dinner from random leftovers and above all, hard work. 

Jim had a witty sense of humor and was a big jokester even through his last months struggling with his health. He passed this quality on to his sons while always making sure they didn’t do anything to disrespect his wife and their mother. Friends and fellow church members remember Jim for his strong handshake, ready smile, and eagerness to serve others. 

Jim is survived by his wife Connie, his children Eric (Kari) Nerdin, Julie (Doug) Hill, Laurie Nerdin, Jeff (Michelle) Nerdin, Robb (Stacey) Nerdin, Matt (Karen) Nerdin, Keith (Carley) Nerdin, Jamee (David) Shipp, his sister Garthia (Neil) Anderson, his brother Ray (Kathy) Nerdin, thirty-two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Garth and Violet Nerdin, his sister Nancy Ferrel and his grandson Riley J. Nerdin. 

Jim was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 30, 1939 and grew up in Port Orchard, Washington. He attended Frank Gibbons Elementary School and graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1957. Jim received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of Washington, a teaching certificate from Brigham Young University (1969) and a master’s degree in computer science from University of Oregon (1976). Jim married his childhood friend Connie Dewey on December 28, 1963 and they raised their eight children together in Washington, North Dakota, Utah and Oregon. 

Jim was a dedicated teacher and school administrator. He began his career in education at Crane Union High School (1971-1978) where he taught math and chemistry and served as vice principal. He served as superintendent-principal at Wheeler County High School (1978-1979) and as principal at Sherman County High School (1979-1985), where he also taught math. Jim served as superintendent-principal at Helix High School (1985-1992), as superintendent at Harrisburg High School (1992-1999) and as superintendent at Sheridan High School (1999-2001). Jim coached volleyball and was the first ever girls’ basketball coach at Crane Union High School. He also coached boys’ basketball at Sherman County High School and girls’ basketball at Helix High School and College Place High School. After retiring from education, Jim founded JimCo Mortgage Field Service, which he ran until his full retirement in 2003. 

Jim was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served multiple full-time missions for the church. He served as a young man in the Finland Helsinki Mission (1960-1962) and later served with his wife Connie in the Nigeria Ibaden Mission (2003-2004), in the Arizona Tucson Mission (2004-2005), doing genealogical work as part of the Norwegian Project (2007-2008), and as temple missionaries in the New York Palmyra Mission (2011-2013). Most recently Jim served as a member of the High Priest Group leadership in the Walla Walla Second Ward of the LDS church. 

In addition to his career and church service, Jim worked a variety of hands-on jobs including construction, roofing, hanging drywall, thinning forest trees and working at a grain elevator. Jim was also an accomplished woodworker and furniture maker and enjoyed hiking, reading, camping, canoeing and writing. He authored a book of family history entitled “They Will Not Depart From It” (a reference to Proverbs 22:6) and a modern western novel entitled “Frozen in Time,” as well as other essays and articles. Many of these pursuits are pursued by Jim’s children and grandchildren. 

A funeral service will be held at the LDS church located at 1821 South 2nd Avenue in Walla Walla, WA on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will immediately follow at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens at 300 SE Myra Road in College Place, WA. Friends and family may send condolences or sign the online register book at Mountain View — Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA, is in charge of arrangements. 

As Jim was fond of saying, we now say to him, “Have fun storming the castle, Dad!”

~The Eugene Register-Guard

3. Respecting the Inner Child

Over the years, it’s become somewhat of a cliché to “get in touch with” our inner child. It’s giving ourselves permission to, occasionally, not be an adult. However, we don’t want to ignore who we were, either. Today, let’s talk about the inner child and what it means when it comes to adult growth and development.

All of us have had the experience of being a child, and most of us have no trouble at all being tender and compassionate toward the children we know.  But when adults find themselves feeling or behaving in a childish way – if they notice at all – they often react with horror.

It is important to realize that growing up is not a one-way trip. Adults can be childish sometimes, just as children can act very grown up. Sometimes, people who are totally “adult” all the time can be a bit intimidating, can’t they? Perhaps, we can learn to respect that inner child who lives in each of us.

While it is true that growth means trying new things and, in the process, letting go of old things, it doesn’t mean you should despise the self you once were. On the contrary, the child we used to be, and still are in many ways, deserves the same love and compassion we would show any youngster. Childhood is one part of our life that we learn with, and we don’t want to deny the learning we have done. After all, it has gotten us to where we are today.

It is only when we reject our own past, our inner child so to speak, that the specter of self-hatred begins to raise its head, making it much more difficult to let go and move on. By the way, letting go becomes easy when it is done out of self-love and compassion, and because we are on to something better, rather than because our inner parent says we “have to” for our own good. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Free First Aid / CPR / AED Course, Dec. 11

Wasco Co. Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and North Central Public Health District invite you to register for a FREE First Aid / CPR / AED Course taught by Marc Taylor, American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) certified instructor.

Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, The Dalles

Space is limited and you MUST register to attend.

For more information & to register, go to:

Participants will develop basic first aid knowledge and skills and the confidence to respond in a crisis. This comprehensive training offers 2-year ASHI certification.

Please bring your own lunch or be prepared to obtain your lunch from a nearby restaurant as lunch is not provided during the lunch break.

This training is provided by Business Oregon, Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division: Health Security, Preparedness and Response

For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at