Sherman County eNews #368


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


Christmas.holly1Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory notes and Joyful News here. ~ The Editor


applause1CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to the Editorial Team – Gladys Wesley, Dorothy Benson, Lowell Smith, Janet Pinkerton and Nancy Allen – for publishing the fall issue of Sherman County: For The Record right on schedule! A lot of us will be interested in the remarkable lead story with lots of pictures, Barnstormers: Let’s Put on a Play, by Forest Peters! Well done, Forest! Other stories follow: History of the Sherman Seniors 1967 by Jane Macnab & Lois Kaseberg; Sherry Kaseberg’s stories, Mattie’s Hump & Dinty’s Café and Miller Island, An Unexpected Chapter, Part Two; Memorial Gifts & Honorariums; and two school class photographs. ~The Editor

Christmas.Santa.mailTHANK YOU, DARLA & COUNTRY FLOWERS! Cousins in the mid-west ordered flowers for us and you arranged to have them delivered from Condon by pony express to The Farm Store in Wasco! We’re pleased and impressed by your creative customer service! ~Larry & Sherry



Stille Nacht / Silent Night

Joseph Mohr, 1818; ascribed to Franz Gruber, 1818

Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright,

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child; Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight,

Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia;

Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure Light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at They birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night! Holy night! Wondrous Star, lend thy light,

With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King,

Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.



CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required. Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.


Endorsement(s) Required:

Endorsement in Health Education is required for this position. Other opportunities may become available to increase FTE.


Salary will be dependent upon start date, education, and experience.

Start Date

On or before, January 29, 2018.

Position Description:     

Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified .43 FTE Health Education Specialist. The successful candidate will spend two (2) periods each day teaching Health Education classes serving 7th-12th grade students and one (1) period each day as the Yearbook classroom instructor. The workday for this position will be from 7:45 am until 11:15 am. Current paid coaching opportunities that are available at this time include Head High School Tennis Coach and Head High School Track Coach, other potential coaching and advisor opportunities may also become available.


  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate with parents, students and staff.
  • Able to meet the individual needs of all students.
  • Excellent planning, organizational skills.
  • Qualified applicants who have experience and an interest in coaching are encouraged to apply.

About Sherman County School District:      

The Sherman County School District is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 245 students, located in Moro, Oregon.  The 2016-17 school year saw the opening of a new elementary and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School connected as one modernized facility. 

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.  For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at  Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HEALTHY FAMILIES OREGON HOME VISITOR. North Central ESD Early Education is hiring for a part time Healthy Families Oregon Home Visitor. Healthy Families Oregon seeks to insure healthy, thriving children and nurturing, caring families with a target of reaching parents with newborns and expectant parents. We seek to enhance family function, promote positive parent-child relationships and support children’s healthy growth and development through home visiting and links to community services.
The main duties of this job will be to provide parental support and education through the early years of a child’s life so children will grow up to be emotionally secure and safe, healthy, and more school-ready. Provide parenting skills, child development monitoring, early learning activities, and linkages to community resources. High school diploma required, AA or Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Must have reliable transportation to and from worksites.  Worksite Location: Office located in Condon. Service area includes Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties. Work Schedule: 30 hours/week. Salary Range: $14.17-$20.15 DOE. Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision and Long Term Disability. Reports to: Healthy Families Supervisor. Application Deadline: Open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to 877-562-3739 “The NCESD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.”


HOME +ACREAGE. For sale by owner. $395,000. Beautiful home on 33 acres. 13 acres of dryland wheat and 20 in pasture that is fenced and cross fenced including riding arena. The home is approximately 3000 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. Completely remodeled in 2016 including new septic and water system with full house filter, new paint and flooring throughout house. Outbuildings include a 25 X 50 barn with 3 stalls, 5 horse/livestock shelters in small fenced pastures and a 10 X 25 storage/pump house. Only 10 minutes to Highway 84 and a quick 20 minute commute to The Dalles. Contact Nancy at 541-442-8500.

HANDCRAFTED BARREL STAVE FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, ready for Christmas ~ The Wood Butcher, Wasco, Oregon 541-993-4282  12/22

MEMBERSHIP IN THE SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY is a great Christmas gift!  Annual membership (per address) fee is $30/year. Benefits include free admission, a 10% discount in the Museum Store, two issues of the newsletter, The Plow, and two issues of the historical anthology, Sherman County: for the Record. Contact Sherman County Historical Society, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or or 541-565-3232.

SHERMAN COUNTY: FOR THE RECORD, the twice-yearly historical anthology published by Sherman County Historical Society. Selected issues make wonderful Christmas gifts! $6 + $1.50 postage. Contact Sherman County Historical Society, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or or 541-565-3232. [Note: Contact Sherman County eNews to request a summary list of contents 1983-2017 –]


STUDDED TIRES 245/75R-16 on GM Alloy Rims from Tahoe (5 Spoke Factory Alloy Wheels). 6 lug pattern (6 X 13927 MM).  Lightly used, asking $700 for wheels and tires. Sold the vehicle and the new owner did not need the studded set. Can be seen in Grass Valley by contacting Jeanne @ 541-714-5740 (call or Text).  12/29

1.5 ACRE LOT. New Price on 1.5 acre lot just outside of Moro. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $50,000. ~ Tiffany Hillman  12/29






PLANNING COMMISSION POSITION. The Sherman County Planning Commission has an open position for a Planning Commission Member. This is strictly a volunteer appointment. The Planning Commission develops, maintains and implements the County’s Comprehensive and Land Use Ordinances. The position is a four year term and requires attendance at regular monthly planning commission meetings. Members must have an interest in land use planning, reflect the values of the community, interpret and apply zoning ordinance provisions, make decisions and recommendations, educate the public on land use and understand the legislative and quasi-judicial process. Interested individuals may contact the Sherman County Planning Department at 541-565-3601 for more information.

COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE for CHILDREN. Winter CASA volunteer training (advocating for foster children) begins in January 2018 and we have 4 spaces left. Call (541) 386-3468 to find out more & schedule an interview. 


DAM STORIES. The 60th anniversary of the start of construction and 50th anniversary of the dedication of the John Day Dam will be in 2018. Gladys Wesley, editor of Sherman County: For The Record, plans to devote the spring issue to stories about  construction of the dam and the Biggs bridge and road and railroad relocation. Did you or your parents work on any of these? Do you remember the changes in the area as a result of the added jobs? Did you and/or your family move to Sherman County at the time? Did you attend the opening of the bridge or other events? Do you have photographs of that period? You and your stories are an important part of Sherman County history. Your photos to illustrate your story will be scanned and returned. Send your stories to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or to (with subject line Story for FTR). Questions? Contact the Museum: 541-565-3232. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2018.

YOUR STORIES. Gladys Wesley, editor of Sherman County: For The Record, Sherman County Historical Society’s twice-yearly historical anthology, reminds us that the editorial team is always looking for stories related to Sherman County for future issues… stories about places, families or events. Time marches on and for the young people of today the events of the 1950s and 1960s are as much history as the late 1800s were when the historical society was started in 1945. Send your stories to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or to (with subject line Story for FTR). Questions? Contact the Museum: 541-565-3232.


2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


24-30 Sherman County School District Christmas Vacation

24 Wasco United Methodist Church Christmas Eve Worship Service 11

24 Christmas Eve Mass 5 Grass Valley Catholic Church

24 Moro Community Presbyterian Church Service 10:45

24 Candlelight Service, Christmas Eve 6 Moro Community Presbyterian Church


27-31 Oregon Coast Whale Watching Week

30 6th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance w/Countryfied, Grass Valley Pavilion


1 Oregon State Parks’ Free First Day Hikes

3 Sherman County Court 9

4 AG Tech Bootcamp, University of Idaho, Pocatello

9 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 8

9 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

9-10 Direct Seed Conference, Kennewick

10 Developing/Expanding Your Farm Stand/Agritourism Seminar, Central Point

10 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

12 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

20 Sherman County Court 9

22 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 2

23 Statewide Special Election

24 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Wheeler County

30-Feb. 1 Northwest Ag Show, Portland


5 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Rufus

9 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

13 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

13 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles


14 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30

15 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

16-18 Winter Fishtrap, The New Agrarians, Joseph, Oregon

20 Kessler Angus Ranch Bull Sale, Milton-Freewater

21 Sherman County Court 9

24 OSU Small Farm Conference, Corvallis



Sherman County eNews #367


  1. Take a Holiday Break at the Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. OSU Requires Vaccinations for Meningococcal B for Students

  3. Distractions

  4. Quotation Marks

  5. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 3

  6. Beatrice Holmes Ward 1925-2017

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

On this day, December 21, in 1964, a great warm and moist surge of Pacific air brought torrential rains on an already deep snow base, resulting in record flooding across Oregon and Northern California.

1. Take a Holiday Break at the Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Holiday Hours 11am-7pm on Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm on Saturday.

Tired of hearing “I’m bored?” Join us Thursday, December 28 for a day filled with Star Wars fun. The Force Awakens starts at 1pm. There will be a story time and crafts for younglings at 3pm. Crafts for older kids, teens, and adults will start after the movie.

2. OSU Requires Vaccinations for Meningococcal B for Students

North Central Public Health is forwarding an Oregon Health Authority media release to make sure it reaches local OSU students and families during winter break. Health officials today reported a sixth case of meningococcal disease infecting a student enrolled at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and are encouraging undergraduate students during winter break to receive vaccinations for meningococcal B disease.

“Oregon State University takes the health and welfare of its students, employees and the general public very seriously,” said Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing.

“Effective immediately, Oregon State University will require all of its Corvallis students 25 and younger to be vaccinated for meningococcal B disease by Feb. 15,” he said. “Prior to this latest case, vaccinations were encouraged for all OSU students 25 years and under, but required for all incoming first-year students and transfer students.”

Paul Cieslak, MD, medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, said, “In light of the university’s new vaccination requirement, most OSU students remain unvaccinated and their time over the holidays might be the best opportunity for them to be vaccinated.”

The latest case is a 21-year-old Oregon State undergraduate student enrolled at the Corvallis campus who was hospitalized Dec. 17 with meningitis while visiting family members. Preliminary tests found meningococcal disease to be the probable cause, and further testing is underway to determine whether it is the same strain of meningococcal bacteria that caused the other OSU cases.

“We offer our thoughts, concern and wishes for a speedy and full recovery for this student and for their family,” Clark said.

If confirmed to be meningococcal B, it would be the sixth case of the disease at OSU’s Corvallis campus since November 2016, and the third since October.

OHA epidemiologists on Tuesday distributed a statewide alert urging health care providers and pharmacists to encourage vaccination and to take every opportunity to vaccinate all OSU undergraduate students age 25 and younger with a series of serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.

Winter break, which began Dec. 9 for Oregon State, continues through Jan. 7.

“We ask that health care providers consider meningococcal disease in their diagnosis when college students, particularly those with links to OSU, show up with unexplained high fever, headache, stiff neck or rash, and report any suspected cases promptly to their local public health department,” Cieslak said.

OHA epidemiologists are supporting OSU, Benton County and other local public health departments around the state in investigating the case, including identifying and treating individuals with whom the student had close contact in recent days. Members of the student’s immediate family have been treated with preventive antibiotics.

The latest illness shows the disease still is a cause for serious concern in and around the OSU Corvallis campus community, Cieslak says, and until students are vaccinated, they remain at risk of the potentially deadly disease.

Two brands of meningococcal B vaccines are licensed in the United States, and they are not interchangeable:

  • Bexsero, a two-dose series, with the second dose given at least one month after the first
  • Trumenba, a three-dose series, with the second dose given one month after the first, and the third dose given six months after the first

Either vaccine can be used, but because they are not interchangeable, the follow-up doses should be of the same brand as the initial dose.

State law requires health insurers to cover the cost of vaccines and antibiotics during an outbreak for enrollees 25 and younger, and who are attending or enrolled to attend OSU at the Corvallis campus. Students having trouble accessing vaccines due to insurance restrictions should call 888-877-4894 or email to connect with patient advocates.

Vaccination is the best means of preventing meningococcal disease. The following measures may offer some additional protection: students reduce the risk of transmission by coughing into a sleeve or tissue; avoiding exchange of respiratory and throat secretions, such as by sharing drinks or kissing; washing and sanitizing hands often; and not sharing drinks, utensils, cigarettes or other smoking equipment or personal cosmetics that touch the lips. Meningococcal B disease is not typically transmitted by touching kitchen counters, tables, doorknobs and other surfaces.

Link to OHA media release:

Additional meningococcal B disease information:

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

3. Distractions

Distracted driving has become a “hot button” subject in most cities around the world, whether it’s texting while driving, eating while driving, even getting dressed while driving! Many cities have enacted laws that fine us for talking on our mobile phones while driving. Many of us have probably encountered someone so distracted by texting, that they walk through an intersection against the DO NOT WALK sign!

These types of distractions and the conversations around them are a serious matter, because the repercussions involve life and death. However, distractions have other ramifications that are not as readily seen, especially when it comes to getting our work done or having our brains learn something new. In this way, distractions keep us from focusing on the task at hand.

While “multi-tasking” is still bandied about as a plus in some workplaces, research has shown this to be a false assumption. Distractions actually impair memory creation. Media multi-taskers (those folks who seem to be glued to instant messaging, email, Facebook, Instagram and the like) are especially susceptible to the negative impact of distractions on their performance, with a steep drop-off shown in their memory-making results.

This is not to say that all distractions are bad. Let’s face it, there are days when we simply need to give ourselves and our brains a break. When this happens, however, it’s not so much a distraction as it is purposely putting a subject or project aside, giving the brain time to sift through the information being presented to it. Additional research shows that the brain gets bored and loses focus after about 20 minutes on a subject. Then, it needs a new stimulus, or it shuts off its attention completely.

You see, the brain learns best when it has time to consider what it is learning, as well as how the new information is going to be applied. And in this process, the fewer the distractions, the better. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Quotation Marks

The rules set forth in this section are customary in the United States. Great Britain and other countries in the Commonwealth of Nations are governed by quite different conventions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Rule 4 in this section, a rule that has the advantage of being far simpler than Britain’s and the disadvantage of being far less logical.

Quotation marks are primarily used to indicate material that is being reproduced word for word, as well as some other important uses.

5. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 3

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

6. Beatrice Holmes Ward 1925-2017 

flower.rose.starA Journey Completed,

A life well lived and a rest well deserved

for a beloved Mother

Beatrice Holmes Ward, a loving Mother was the daughter of the late Alonzo and Emma Holmes.

Beatrice H. Ward received her final call from her God and Savior Jesus Christ to come home Saturday, December 9, 2017 at approximately 6:15 P.M. in Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Beatrice Ward lived a long fulfilling and happy life with her family.

Beatrice Ward was born August 24, 1925 in the town of Morton, Mississippi to a family of six children. She was baptized and received God as her personal savior at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Morton Mississippi.

Beatrice attended grade school and high school in Mississippi prior to marrying Willie B. Ward in Morton, Mississippi, where they produced six children, three boys and three girls. The family moved from Mississippi while the children were very young to McNary, Arizona in 1952 after their last child was born. Her husband Willie B. Ward had got a new job in McNary, Arizona, working for Southwest Forest Industries.

Beatrice was a homemaker and later started to work outside the house when her children were in school. She worked as a fry cook and later a chef in several restaurants in McNary and the neighboring towns to help make ends meet for the family.

After all the children were out of school and had moved to Portland, Oregon, and other places her two sons moved her to Portland, Oregon, in 1979. Beatrice immediately made friends and eventually found a job working for Emanuel Hospital in housekeeping and later retired from there in 1989.

Beatrice was warm hearted, full of life and a loving Mother always willing to share and help others and taught her children those same values.

Beatrice was very proud of her Church and was one of the early members who worked with Rev. Howard and others to see the completion of the new church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She loved gardening and keeping her lawn and flowers looking presentable to the community.

As many that know her, she loved to grow her vegetable and grapes to share with others in the community. It was very fulfilling for her to give to others the fruits of her labor from her garden.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Willie B. Ward, her son Robert Earl Ward and her daughter Vena Mae Ward Lee, her father and mother Alonzo & Emma Holmes, brothers, Billy Ray, Elford & Nelson Holmes, sisters Levelma Davis and Myrtis Thompson.

Beatrice is survived by her sons, Arthur B. Ward, Billy L. (Iralene) Ward; two daughters, Emma Jean Russell, Queen Esther (Robert) Clark, son in law Bobbie James Lee, two nephews, three nieces, four granddaughters, one grandson, four great grandsons, three great granddaughters and a host of many other relatives, friends and neighbors who will miss her smiling face, warm friendship and big heart.


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



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