Sherman County eNews #88


  1. NOTICE. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, April 11

  2. Volunteers for Sod Laying Moved to April 15th

  3. Letter to the Editor & County Community: Track & Field Volunteers

  4. Sherman County Victims Assistance Program Info at Sherman Library in April

  5. First Baptist Church of Grass Valley Invitation to a Spring Fling, April 20

  6. NOTICE. Sherman County School Board Meeting, April 9

  7. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office March Incident Log

1. NOTICE. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, April 11

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on April 11th,
2017 – 6 p.m. at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.). The public is welcome to attend!

2. Volunteers for Sod Laying Moved to April 15th

The Sherman County Athletic Foundation is scheduled to lay sod this Sunday April 15th at the new ball fields at the Sherman County School near Moro. While it isn’t absolutely certain due to a few factors, we are looking for volunteers who are ready to assist with placing the sod. Please let us know if you are willing to help and we will keep you updated.  Call or text to 541-306-1202 or e-mail Lunch will be provided by the Sherman County Lions Club. See you there! Mike Smith, Sherman County Lions Club President

3. Letter to the Editor & County Community: Track & Field Volunteers

arrow-rightDear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

Track and Field season is upon us once again. Sherman County High School Track and Field team will be hosting the annual Sherman County Invitational home meet on April 28, 2018 in Moro. Field events will start at 11:00 AM and Track events will begin at 1:00 PM. We are looking for parents, guardians, and community members to help us out once again by volunteering to run events throughout the day. Volunteer duties range from running the clipboard at a field event to measuring competitor’s jumps/throws.

It truly takes a whole community to run a track meet and we are grateful to have such a supporting community. The support from parents and community members in running this meet has been great over the years and we hope to continue the tradition this year. It takes a minimum of 30 volunteers to run our meet smoothly & efficiently. If you are willing to volunteer your time and assist with the meet, please contact the school. The more volunteers we have, the easier/quicker events will go, and we can rotate volunteers out so they can go watch their athletes compete.

Volunteers are needed for these events: Javelin (2-3), Shot Put (2-3), Discus(2-3), Boys Long & Triple Jump(2-3), Girls Long & Triple Jump(2-3), and Pole Vault(3).

As a way to give back and thank our volunteers, I will be ordering each volunteer a Sherman Invitational T-Shirt to wear on the meet day while they are assisting with the events. Please email your shirt size so I can get these ordered ASAP.

If you are interested in volunteering your time please contact Audrey Rooney at 541-565-3500 or Please signify the event you are interested in volunteering for and your shirt size. It is my hope to get the T-shirts ordered by April 13th.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Carrie Somnis
Head Track Coach
Sherman County High School

4. Sherman County Victims Assistance Program Info at Sherman Library in April

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month, and during the week of April 8-14, it is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). In support, Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson has declared April as SAAM Month as well as April 8-14 as NCVRW week.

To show support and provide information about these issues to the community, Sherman County Victims Assistance Program has set-up an awareness table at the Sherman County Public/School Library for the month of April. These materials are available to everyone at no cost and cover topics such as child abuse, the effect of domestic violence on children, how to talk to teens about related issues, consent, sexual assault, and more. Please come by and check it out while it’s available!

~ Katie Paul, Sherman County Victims Assistance

5. First Baptist Church of Grass Valley Invitation to a Spring Fling, April 20

First Baptist Church of Grass Valley would like to invite you to our annual Spring Fling. Liberty Gospel Quartet from Idaho will be our featured Christian Music for the evening. Again it is a family oriented event and we are looking forward to seeing you. There will be babysitting available if anyone wants to take advantage of this amenity. It will be potluck, so we are asking attendees to bring side dishes, salads, or desserts (if you have special needs please bring items that address your needs, we can warm them up or refrigerate if necessary, and can also make them available for others to enjoy if you want). April 20 — Dinner starts at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm. A freewill offering will be collected at the end of the concert. There is no admittance fee. 

Please invite friends and family for a fun filled evening full of laughter, music, food and fellowship. Questions? Please call Ree Ella von Borstel at 541-980-8678. Thank you!

6. NOTICE. Sherman County School Board Meeting, April 9

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, April 9, 2018 beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be preceded by a Work Session at 5:00 p.m. to begin the development of a new Strategic Plan and an Executive Session that will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) to complete the evaluation of the superintendent, and pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(k) to consider matters relating to school safety and ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider records exempt by law from public inspection. ​These meetings will be held in the Sherman County School/Public Library. 

7. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office March Incident Log




Sherman County eNews #87


  1. Sherman County Preschool Enrollment, April 12

  2. Shaniko Hoot, Hollar & Sing, April 14-15

  3. Sherman County Judge Candidate’s Forum, April 19

  4. Networking: Museums of the Gorge, April 23

  5. 2018 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Recipients Announced

  6. The Citizen-Reporter, April Edition Online

  7. Origin of Beliefs

  8. US Foreign Aid Explorer & US Foreign Assistance Resources

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

Let us never forget this fundamental truth: The state has no source of money other than the money the people themselves earn. ~Margaret Thatcher

1. Sherman County Preschool Enrollment, April 12

Sherman County Preschool is looking ahead to next school year. We will be holding an open enrollment at 5:30pm on April 12th in the preschool. We encourage anyone interested in having their child attend preschool to complete an enrollment packet. Space is limited to 20 children and Head Start spots are limited as well. We are projecting a full class so you don’t want to miss signing up!

To be eligible for the 2018-2019 preschool year your child must be 3-5 years of age on or before September 1st, 2018, and be potty trained. We contract with both North Central ESD and Umatilla Morrow Head Starts to provide Head Start services to qualifying families. They are both wonderful agencies with great employees who love to help kids and their families, but again spots are limited so you don’t want to miss out on signing up. Most, if not all, spots will be filled by early summer.

Sherman County Preschool is a QRIS 5-star program with a director, Carrie Somnis, & 3 teachers, Brenda Massie, Sarah Goodenough & Miranda Owens, who love children and have over 30+ years of combined teaching experience. Sherman County Preschool is located in Moro in the elementary wing of the Sherman County School building. We introduce preschoolers to learning in a warm and caring environment that encourages children to learn through play and structured small group activities. We also offer transportation services for a small fee in the afternoon with stops in Moro and Wasco.

If you are unable to make the open enrollment but are interested in your child attending preschool next year please send an email to with your name, mailing address, and child’s age/name as of September 1st, 2018. Also, feel free to call the preschool directly with any questions. The phone number is (541) 565-3320. Hours are 8-2pm Monday-Thursday. During preschool hours we are busy with kids & may not answer, but please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

2. Shaniko Hoot, Hollar & Sing, April 14-15

Shaniko Hoot, Hollar & Sing

April 14-15, 2018


Saturday Performances at the downtown stage begin at noon

& the Campfire Jam at the Stagecoach Station at 7 pm

Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Cowboy Music

Sunday Gospel Music 10 am to noon

Visit the museums, restored schoolhouse, shops and relics around town.

Bring your instrument, camera, and camp free along the streets of Shaniko

For more info call Patrick at 541-489-3263

Vendors welcome, call City at 541-489-3226. 

3. Sherman County Judge Candidate’s Forum, April 19

Vote AmericaA Town Hall Candidate’s Debate for the upcoming Sherman County election will take place on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00PM at the Wasco School Events Center (old grade school) in Wasco. There are 4 candidates vying for the position of Sherman County Judge: Joe Dabulskis, Larry Hoctor, Fred Justesen and Mike Smith. 

The debate will give the candidates a forum in which to answer questions from the audience and address current issues.  The moderator, Rodger Nichols, is the News Director for Gorge Country Media.  Prior to that, Rodger worked as a reporter for The Dalles Chronicle.  He is very familiar with Sherman County and will add a great touch to the debate.

4. Networking: Museums of the Gorge, April 23

April 23—Museums of the Gorge at Maryhill Museum of Art

To Register contact Colleen Schafroth: or 509 773-3733 x 23.

10:30 AM (Museum Doors Open at 10 AM)

–Opening Introductions and Program

–Emergency Preparedness Program.  Maryhill Museum of Art recently updated their Emergency Preparedness Plan. –Anna Goodwin, Collections Manager at Maryhill Museum of Art, will present their planning process and discuss some of the common issues facing museums.”

–Discussion Following

Noon:  Lunch:  $12.50 per person (includes sales tax); veggie, H&C or Turkey. We have gluten free options as well.

Table Conversations at Lunch: 

–Renting Historic Properties:  Doug Leash, St. Peters Landmark

–Marketing: Rachel Bucci, Marketing Consultant

–Fundraising:  Jill Burnett, Gorge Community Foundation

–Collections:  Anna Goodwin, Collections Manager, Maryhill Museum of Art

1:00 PM:

–Special Presentation: Jean Vercouteren, “Celilo Then and Now.”  It is a story of historic displacement and rebuilding over the years at Celilo.  Jean has been working with the people of Celilo for many years.

–Afterwards—please feel free to enjoy Maryhill Museum of Art.

5. 2018 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Recipients Announced

Individuals, organizations, and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards on April 12 in Bend. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

“The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon’s heritage,” said Beth Dehn, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations.”

The recipients will be:

–The Agate, Jefferson County Historical Society’s local history journal distributed through the Madras Pioneer Paper to keep “history alive” while the museum is closed.

–John Goodenberger, for extraordinary dedication to preserving the physical and cultural heritage of Astoria through consultation, work with non-profits, and the creation of the Historic Preservation program at Clatsop Community College.

–Museum at Warm Springs, for 25 years of extraordinary work preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and serving as a model for cultural institutions seeking to preserve and honor indigenous cultures.

–Oregon Women Veterans Sculpture ‘the Lionesses,’ a memorial project in Springfield that honors women veterans and educates the community on the role of Oregon women in military combat, while providing a place for veterans to gather and reflect.

–“Parting Shots: Minor White’s Images of Portland, 1938-1942,” a public exhibition at the Architectural Heritage Center that paired Minor White’s photographs of Portland buildings later lost to demolition with architectural artifacts to encourage public understanding of architectural preservation.

–Sharon Nesbit, for chronicling the history and events of greater East Multnomah County for over half a century, including advocating for the preservation of the Multnomah County Poor Farm, Edgefield. 

–Stories of Southern Oregon, a project that documented heritage agriculture in five communities in Southern Oregon and serves as a prototype for further documentation work.

–Taylor’s Drug & Fountain Building, an example of excellence in restoring a building to its historical roots with original materials and extreme care.

–Lionel Youst, for enriching the Coos Bay community as an active and vital historian, author, researcher and heritage advocate whose work spans heritage preservation efforts.

Additionally, the Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation is given for a project, organization, or person for outstanding contribution in the preservation of Oregon historic cemeteries.

The award is named for Sally Donovan, who brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in Oregon. She developed historic cemetery planning and trained hundreds in the assessment, cleaning, and repair of monuments.

The 2018 recipient is:

–Valerie Vines Magee, for being instrumental in safety measures and the beautification of the Nehalem American Legion Cemetery.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year’s awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The awards banquet will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sunriver Resort (17600 Center Dr, Sunriver) on the evening of Thursday, April 12. Special guests include Louie Pitt, Jr., Director of Governmental Affairs and Planning for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, who will share reflections on the heritage of Oregon “ewachanai”-the way it was yesterday, the way it is today, and the way it will be tomorrow.

Tickets are available by using the online registration system that is available through

6. The Citizen-Reporter, April Edition Online

ShermanCoLogoThe April edition of Sherman County’s Citizen Reporter is currently published online and can be found at

~Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant

7. Origins of Beliefs

Wondering where our beliefs come from?

“I was having a conversation with friends the other night.  We were talking about our beliefs, mostly political. We each had very strong beliefs about right and wrong and how our government handles itself. Thankfully, we were all on the same page. But, we were trying to figure out where our beliefs came from. We were not able to pin it down to parents, high school, college, friends, or any other specific. Do you have any thoughts on that?”

The first thing that came to mind was that this group had answered their own question: parents, teachers, professors in college, friends, the newspapers, internet, radio, TV – all of these sources, and many more, affect our belief system. With so much information coming at us from every angle these days, it becomes vitally important to be skeptical about what we take in, because once we give sanction to the information, it becomes a belief.

The challenge for most of us is that a lot of this information came at us when we were very young, and we didn’t have the ability, at the time, to discriminate between “truth” and “opinion.” However, because the information came from authority figures, we didn’t question it. We agreed with whatever we heard. It then became “truth” for us and got stored in our subconscious to form the foundation for our future decision-making.

One of the key principles in the Institute’s education is, “Our thoughts accumulate to become beliefs.” The more we think about something, the more it becomes a part of who we are, and these then get played out in our actions and behaviors. (The word “thoughts” can also be translated as “self-talk”.) So, it becomes very important that we are careful what we listen to, and from whom we get the information. Like the old saying goes, “Don’t believe everything you hear” – or see or read.

The good news, now that we are adults, is that we can examine our beliefs and toss out the ones that no longer serve us. Take the time for a little self-reflection. You’ll be glad you did. ~The Pacific Institute.

8. US Foreign Aid Explorer & US Foreign Assistance Resources

American flag2As the lead U.S. Government agency for international aid, USAID is responsible for reporting official U.S. Government foreign aid to Congress and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). To fulfill this responsibility, USAID maintains the official database for Greenbook and OECD/DAC reporting of U.S. Government assistance to the world, from 1946 to the present.

In keeping with USAID’s commitment to transparency and the President’s Open Government Initiative [PDF], this USAID website presents a picture of historical U.S. foreign aid in accurate and understandable terms. Look for new features and enhancements as they come online…

USAID and the Department of State, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources (State/F) are leading the effort to ensure greater transparency of U.S Government foreign assistance funding through their respective websites: Foreign Aid Explorer and While both websites give users the ability to examine and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format, there are key differences:

The Foreign Aid Explorer reports comprehensive, aggregate historical (1946-2000) and disaggregated (2001-present) obligation and disbursement data on more than 20 U.S. Government agencies implementing foreign assistance. USAID collects the data on the Foreign Aid Explorer quarterly or annually, depending on the capability of the reporting agency, in accordance with OMB Bulletin 12-01, Guidance on Collection of U.S. Foreign Assistance Data. These data are used to report official U.S. Government foreign aid to Congress and the OECD. USAID posts data to the Foreign Aid Explorer periodically throughout the year as significant data releases are ready.

State/F is mandated under OMB Bulletin 12-01 to operate and register U.S. Government data with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). reports aggregate planned, obligation and disbursement data, as well as detailed transaction data, from 2006 onwards (with varying years and level of coverage) for 16 agencies. The data are available on a quarterly basis for download in XML format, the IATI common data standard. ~

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

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