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