Sherman County eNews #77


  1. Public Notice. Sherman County Court, April 4

  2. Time to send in your John Day Dam and related stories!

  3. Editorial. Official Government Email Addresses

  4. Never Too Late?

  5. Class: Growing Grit in the Gorge

  6. On a Lighter Note | Old & Obsolete Expressions

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

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” —Samuel Adams (1749)

1. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, April 4

Note the draft agenda for the Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  This session will be held 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

~ Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant (541)-565-3416


 CoCourt.Agenda April 4 2018

2. Time to send in your John Day Dam and related stories!  It is time to put together the Spring 2018 issue of Sherman County: For The Record and your stories are urgently needed.  

         This year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of construction and 50th anniversary of the dedication of the John Day Dam.  We are planning to have the Spring 2018 issue of SC:For The Record devoted to the era of the construction of the John Day Dam, Biggs/Maryhill Bridge, and related road and railroad work.  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?  We want your stories; you are an important part of Sherman County history.  If you have photographs that go with your story, we will be happy to scan the photos and return the originals to you.   

         Please, send your stories to Sherman County Historical Museum, P O Box 173, Moro, Oregon 97039 or via email to (with subject line “Story for FTR).  We occasionally have problems with our emails, if you send an email and do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt please check back with us, museum phone number 541-565-3232 or Gladys Wesley at 541-565-0598 

         We are always looking for stories related to Sherman County for future issues of SC:FTR.  Please, keep in mind that the stories do not have to be about ‘pioneer’ days and families.  Time marches on and for the young people of today the events of the 1950’s and 60’s are as much history as the late 1800’s were when the Historical Society was started in 1945.  

Thank you,

Gladys Wesley

SC:FTR Editor

3. EDITORIAL. Official Government Email Addresses

By now we should be annoyed every time we discover that yet another public servant has used a private e-mail address for official business – local, county, regional, state or federal. 

We believe elected and appointed government officials should be required to conduct public business on public email accounts using official email addresses. We’re familiar with these:,,,, and

Here’s why:

  • An official is easily identified as a representative of an official public agency.
  • The email message is a public record.
  • It’s a matter of public trust and transparency.
  • It facilitates management of public records.
  • It’s the right thing to do.

On the other hand, conducting public business using a personal email address:

  • suggests that the message is one of personal opinion or business;
  • may not make clear whether the official represents an official agency or self;
  • puts trust and transparency at risk;
  • may be used to block the public’s right to access information;
  • may raise legal questions.

Public or Private:

  • Emails including a quorum of elected officials discussing public business have been held to be illegal meetings under the law.
  • If an email is made or received in connection with the transaction of public business, it is a public record regardless of whether it is created or stored on a public or a private computer, mobile device, or email system.
  • As with paper records, the rules about what has to be retained, and for how long, are based on the content of the record.
  • On a state government website, we note that a local official communicated with the state official about a local government matter using a private email account. Was the local official representing local government or self?

Oregon’s E-mail Policy Manual for Local Government may be seen here: .

4. Never Too Late?

Today let’s discuss some answers to the following question: “When is it too late for people to change?”

You know, there are a lot of people out there who believe that it’s never too late to change. There certainly is evidence out there that positive change can be achieved at any and every age, and in just about every human condition.

You have probably seen this happen, over and over again. There simply is no upper limit to the age at which people can decide to grow and change. But there’s a catch to believing it’s never too late, and here is the other side of the coin.

If you believe that no matter when you start out you will never be too late, it can lead to chronic procrastination. Change becomes something that’s always down the road, always in the future, always something you are going to do someday. But you know, there is one thing that waiting until tomorrow will make you too late for, and that’s the fullness of life today.

Just think about it. Every time you make a positive change in your life, it leads you to doors of opportunity and well-being that you couldn’t even see before you made the change. It also enables you to make other changes more quickly and easily. And it’s not just you who is reaping the benefits – it is everyone with whom you come into contact.

So you see, while it may never be too late to begin, the sooner you begin the greater your opportunities, the greater your possibilities. ~The Pacific Institute

 5. Class: Growing Grit in the Gorge

If this isn’t a class on Southern Cooking, then what is it?  “Growing Grit” is a new class offered through the Community Education Program at Columbia Gorge Community College this spring in which Gorge residents of diverse backgrounds and goals will learn to tap into and grow qualities of determination, patience, resilience, persistence, and perhaps even their feral nature as they aspire toward a heartfelt wholesome aspiration!  “No matter how active and engaged people are here in the Gorge, many speak of deeply held longings or heartfelt aspirations that they would like to pursue but they may lack some of the skills, inspiration, or motivation,” says Suzanne Burd, community education coordinator at CGCC.

The instructor Ellen Donoghue, PhD draws on the psychology of passion and determination, her own social science research on well-being and resiliency in developing countries and the PNW, as well as personal growth “grit” experiences as a competitive dog musher in the PNW and Alaska, and backcountry guide and enthusiast, Burd explains.   She adds, “Ellen teaches that each of us has experiences in which we exhibit aspects of grit, even if we do not always recognize some of them as such. The “Growing Grit” course explores how we use moments in the everyday flow of life to broaden and deepen our sense of inner strengths such as confidence and determination into areas where we aspire toward wholesome heartfelt longings, whatever they may be!”

Growing Grit! will be at the HR Campus, Thursday evenings, April 5th – May 3rd, 6-7:30pm, $79.  Registration is required by April 3rd.  For details and registration, call CGCC student services at (541) 506-6011 or visit

6. On a Lighter Note | Old & Obsolete Expressions

smile cartoonMergatroyd! Do you remember that word? Would you believe that spell checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd? Heavens to Mergatroyd!

The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked ather quizzically and said “What the heck is a Jalopy?” He never heard of the word jalopy!

She knew she was old….. but not that old. Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after
you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.

These phrases included “Don’t touch that dial,” “Carbon copy,” “You sound like a broken record” and “Hung out to dry.”

Back in the olden days we had a lot of ‘moxie.’ We put on our best ‘bib and tucker‘ to’ straighten up and fly right’.

Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!  We were ‘in like Flynn’ and ‘living the life of Riley,” and no one could accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A., of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers…and saddle stitched pants.

Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, Well, I’ll be ‘a monkey’s uncle! or This is a ‘fine kettle of fish! we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues, pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind.  We blink, and they’re gone.

Where have all those great phrases gone?  Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey! It’s your nickel. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I’ll see you in the funny papers. Don’t take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing. “Carter’s Little Liver Pills” are gone too!

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.  It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging. Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth…

See ya later, alligator! Okidoki

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