Sherman County eNews #144


  1. Sherman County School Spring Events, June 2, 5, 5 & 6

  2. Election Results in The Times-Journal, May 31, 2018

  3. Public Notice. North Central Public Health Board Meeting, June 12

  4. History Tidbits: Graduation

  5. Fireworks and Exploding Targets Ban Effective June 1

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong because someday in life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

1. Sherman County School Spring Events, June 2, 5, 5 & 6

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Senior Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, in the Sherman County School Event Center starting at 11:00.   

Junior High Spring Academic and Athletic Awards (7th – 8th) are scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, in the Sherman County School Event Center starting at 2:30.

Kindergarten “I Can” Talent Show is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, in the Sherman County School Cafeteria starting at 2:30. 

Elementary 4th Quarter Awards Program (K – 6th) is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, in the Sherman County School Cafeteria starting at 2:00.

2. Election Results in The Times-Journal, May 31, 2018

Voters in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties set up a continuation of the 2018 election process, but narrowed the field in several races that will be decided in November. And voters in these three counties paced the voter participation in the May 15 primary election. In Gilliam County, 60.83 percent of the county’s 1,297 eligible voters turned in ballots; in Wheeler County, 55.98 percent of the county’s 995 eligible voters balloted; and in Sherman County, 56.51 percent of the county’s 1,329 eligible voters balloted. Statewide, 33.64 percent of the state’s 2,664,656 eligible voters took part in the primary election voting… … … See the rest of the story in the May 31, 2018 issue of The Times-Journal.

3. Public Notice. North Central Public Health Board Meeting, June 12

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District office, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

4. History Tidbits: Graduation

graduation2Quips from the Column, These Things We Note, and Selected Editorials by Giles French, Published in the Sherman County Journal, 1931-1966, Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Oregon 1966.

GRADUATION by Giles French

         She sat in the place reserved for parents and looked about her at the gathering crowd – they seemed slow tonight – or maybe she was a little nervous. She was hemmed in by ribbons – or was it paper – ribbons were hard to get nowadays.

         Her husband, sitting beside her, looked tired, and his neck was getting quite a few wrinkles on it. He sat heavily in his chair – it had been a job raising a family in good times and bad. Maybe she sat heavily in her chair, too, for the years had been long for her as well.

         There was the processional. The boy came up the aisle, walking slowly as was the custom. She hoped he wasn’t too nervous. Now the performers were all on the stage and the program started; soon it would be the boy’s time to speak. He looked fine in his new suit, really the first full suit he had ever had; his shoes shined all right after she had told him again.

         Some girls were singing something about a garden and the boy stared rather stolidly in front of him. He looked like her even if he did have some of his father’s features, and, dressed like a full-grown man and having shaved a couple of times, he looked still like the little boy she used to tuck in at night. It was all so long ago – and just yesterday – all at once.

         He was speaking now, going through his speech he had rehearsed to her for the past week. She hoped he didn’t miss any of it. His voice didn’t sound scared. He was like her folks in being able to appear in public. She was a little proud of that.

         Here was the speaker of the evening. Why did they always have preachers or teachers at commencement? Were they the only ones who knew what the world was about? Maybe they were – or the only ones who were used to talking about it.

         There was much about ideals, about doing the best possible with the equipment at hand; the boy had always been able to make the machinery run with the common tools and haywire. There were a few words about determination; the boy was headstrong, like his father’s people, and maybe that had a place even if he was occasionally hard to handle.

         The speaker was giving his rules for success, mostly spiritual success. Did the boy have those qualifications? She was too old and worn to look upon herself as perfect or her husband as an ideal. They were just a plain couple that had tried to raise a family in their own ideals. Now she wondered how they had done as well as they had, for their knowledge seemed devoid of these high ideals. Yet the boy was a fine-looking lad, frank and honest of mien.

         This was his night. They were only accessories before the fact. Soon he would be gone like the others, away from home, and they would have nothing but memories left to them. The talk about getting and giving might have been for parents. They gave a lifetime and might rest in the shadow of what they produced.

         They were done, and the boy was in the hands of the community being congratulated. Soon he would belong to the world. Good-bye, Son.

5. Fireworks and Exploding Targets Ban Effective June 1

Portland, Ore. – Effective June 1, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prohibits the use of fireworks, target shooting with exploding targets, and the firing of a tracer or incendiary device on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The ban will be in effect from June 1, to October 20, 2018.

Wildfire conditions are expected to be normal in the Pacific Northwest through June followed by above normal significant large fire potential for southeastern Washington and southern and north central Oregon for July. Above normal significant large fire potential is expected east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington in August and also for extreme southwestern Oregon as well according to a report by the National Interagency Fire Center. Read the full report: 

“As we approach summer and the time for families and friends to enjoy our public lands, the BLM wants to remind everyone to play it safe with campfires and outdoor cooking. Remember sparks fly and even a small breeze can fan the flames. We want to protect our wildlife habitats, watersheds, rangelands, and forests – the lands that work for you,” said Jamie Connell, State Director for BLM Oregon/Washington.

“While lightening can cause wildfires, most wildfires are caused by people including the use of exploding targets. And with more of us living near areas that border public lands, the risk of fire to homes and communities has increased along with an increased cost to fire suppression.” explained Connell.

Those who ignite fireworks, exploding targets, or incendiary devices on BLM-managed lands can be fined up to $1,000, receive a prison term of up to one year, or both. An incendiary device is defined as any firebomb, and any device designed or specially adapted to cause physical harm to persons or property by means of fire, and consisting of an incendiary substance or agency and a means to ignite it. Examples include but are not limited to a flamethrower, Molotov cocktail, or accelerant. In addition, individuals responsible for starting wildland fires on federal lands can be billed for the cost of fire suppression.

The BLM cooperates with the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group to fight wildland fires in the Pacific Northwest. The Geographic Area Coordination Center offers updates on the fire potential regionally and nationally and the NW Coordination Center provides updates in the Pacific Northwest.

BLM – The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.


Sherman County eNews #143


  1. Public Notice. Burn Ban for N. Sherman & Moro Fire Districts, June 1

  2. Public Notice. Sherman County Court, June 6

  3. Public Notice. Biggs Service District Hearing, June 20

  4. Have you discovered Columbia Gorge Community College?

  5. Cascade Mountain School’s 9-day Mountain to Valley Course, July 7-15

  6. Paying Attention to Today

  7. 10th Anniversary Celebration of Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day

So when the wolf pounces on your lamb, just ignore the pitiful bleating and remind yourself that this is a democracy, where every sheep can freely express its preference for which kind of wolf it wants to be eaten by. Many sheep, perhaps understandably, prefer a wolf in sheep’s clothing, which is after all the basic idea of democracy. So far it has worked pretty well. The wolves all agree on that, and they want to spread democracy everywhere. ~Joseph Sobran

1. Public Notice. Burn Ban for N. Sherman & Moro Fire Districts, June 1  

“As of June 1st the burn ban is in effect for North Sherman and Moro Fire Districts.  This includes the cities of Moro, Wasco and Rufus.” ~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

2. Public Notice. Sherman County Court, June 6

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, June 6, 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

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3. Public Notice. Biggs Service District Hearing, June 20

ShermanCoLogoThe Biggs Service District will hold a hearing during County Court session on June 20th at 9 a.m. at Sherman County Courthouse at 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to provide information to the public regarding the Service District’s application to USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Water Disposal Loan and Grant Program to develop a community water system in Biggs Junction. The application for water system development will be in the amount of $1,672,900 with a total project cost of $2,184,900. Contact Aaron Cook at Biggs Service District (541-739-2321) with any questions.

4. Have you discovered Columbia Gorge Community College?

Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about education and training programs, scholarships, other financial aid, and participate in college campus tours in Hood River and The Dalles during “Discover CGCC” activities coming up later this month.

“Discover CGCC” events are on The Dalles Campus on Wednesday, June 20, and on the Hood River – Indian Creek Campus on Thursday, June 21.

Please check the college’s website,, for times and locations.

“These events are focused on reaching out to prospective students and their families about the academic programs and workforce skills certificates offered by CGCC,” explained Steph Hoppe of the college’s Student Outreach and Recruitment team. People will learn how a degree or certificate can improve employability, increase earnings potential and advance their career goals.

Programs of study will be highlighted ranging from adult basic skills and GED preparation to the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, Community Education and English studies for speakers of other languages. There will also be information on financial aid to help cover tuition, fees and books. Prospective students will learn about next steps for fall term admission and registration. Finally, there will campus tours and Q&A with college staff. Visit or call (541) 506-6011 for additional information.

5. Cascade Mountain School’s 9-day Mountain to Valley Course, July 7-15

Saturday, July 7 through Sunday, July 15

Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Biking, Farming, Food Systems, Whitewater Rafting

This is an adventurous nine-day course for high school participants who want to learn about environmental systems through experiential exploration. Students will travel from the glaciers of Mt. Adams to the Trout Lake Valley to the White Salmon River. They will learn about the natural systems that connect these ecosystems and the role humans play, through backpacking, farming and rafting. This program promises to be nine days of discovery, food systems and fun!

Three full scholarships are available for local Gorge students!  Camp cost is $1250.  Looking for young women who qualify for financial, needs-based scholarships. We are asking for a commitment of $100 from each family, but otherwise, all costs of the program are covered.

No prior knowledge or experience required.  However, participants do need to have the mental and physical fortitude to be away from friends, family, and technology for 9 days of camping, hiking, and biking.

This program consists of environmental stewardship, outdoor adventure, and ecological farming.  Students will be camping the entire time, living on a working organic farm, biking and farming around Trout Lake, WA, and backpacking on Mt. Adams.

Accommodations: Participants will camp at Broadfork Farm, an organic homestead in Trout Lake, for the duration of the program. For four days, participants will backpack and camp on the Round-the-Mountain Trail on Mt. Adams. To learn about Broadfork Farm visit:

During the day, they’ll learn from the community of Trout Lake: biking to dairy and herb farms, following the farm to the table while learning to make mozzarella cheese, investigating what it takes to farm on different scales.

In the middle of the course, the group will spend three nights and four days backpacking on Mt. Adams to follow the watershed up to its source and experience the glaciers that are so critical to the watershed. This program promises to be nine days of adventure, exploration, and food systems!

Scholarship Application:

–Emily Goodwin Martin, Director

Cascade Mountain School, a program of Mt. Adams Institute


6. Paying Attention to Today

Some folks are able to stay in touch with other people all over the globe, but really have trouble staying in touch with themselves. In this world of technological innovation, when it comes to communications, it is truly amazing how clueless we can be about our own health.

The concepts and techniques that form the core foundation of The Pacific Institute’s programs have a great deal to do with shaping the best possible future for individuals, groups and organizations. A critical part of that process, however, is having a good handle on current reality.

Now, current reality – CR – is many things. There may be parts of CR you don’t like very much and parts of CR you are pretty pleased with. Regardless of how you feel about your current reality, it is important to accept the fact that what is, “is” – at least for the time being.

Would you avoid going to the doctor because you didn’t want to learn that you have a serious illness? Most of us wouldn’t do that, although some do. Interestingly, many of us do have illness sneak up on us, because we are not paying attention to the signals we get from our bodies all the time – signals for more rest or less stress, a better diet, signals for more exercise, less alcohol, etc.

Are you aware of the muscle tension that precedes a headache? Are you aware of the discomfort that, over time, creates an ulcer? Are you aware of the shortness of breath that precedes lung disease? You can be. You can learn to tune in to your body in the same manner as you look at your cell phone, scanning it quickly for discomfort or distress.

By paying attention today, preventative measures can be taken early enough to make a positive difference, and you may be able to spare yourself the harsh reality of serious illness. ~The Pacific Institute

7. 10th Anniversary Celebration of Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day

The Friends of Kam Wah Chung will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the restoration of the Kam Wah Chung dry goods store to become an interpretive center honoring the role that “Doc” Hay and Lung On played in providing alternative medicine, herbs, medications and dry goods to the growing community of John Day during the gold rush. Kam Wah Chung & Co. has been a presence in John Day for 140 years. The history of Ing Hay and the Chinese community of John Day provide an interesting and rewarding picture of the Chinese immigrants to the mining frontier of Eastern Oregon and Washington.

The celebration dinner will be catered by the Golden Crown Restaurant of Baker City. They will serve a Chinese dinner at 6:00 pm at the Senior Center in John Day. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. Honored speakers will be former First Lady Mary Oberst, Barbara Sidway, former curator Christy Sweet, and Dr. Eric Brand, an expert in Chinese herbal medicines. The Portland Lion Dancers will perform after the dinner. They will also perform earlier in the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City at 11:00 a.m. Tickets for the dinner are $20. Seating is limited, so please reserve early. The deadline is June 4th.

Reservations may be made by sending a $20 check to Friends of Kam Wah Chung, PO Box 663, John Day, OR 97845. Or you may drop it off with staff at the Interpretive Center at 125 NW Canton St. John Day <>. Or, by calling the Interpretive Center 541 575 2800 and they will take your credit card information over the phone.



Sherman County eNews #142


  1. We Are All Self-Made

  2. 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree + Ornaments – Willamette National Forest

  3. History Tidbits:  Memorial Day: Wyman John French (1922-1945)

  4. Sherman County Modifies Housing Programs 

  5. World Wide Knit In Public Day, June 9

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

“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes her consuming wars.” ~Durant

1. We Are All Self-Made

Do you know anyone who is a self-made man or woman – a self-made person? Do you know what that means to you? Let’s look at this subject today, and keep in mind your definition of “self-made” while you read.

From time to time, we hear someone describe him- or herself as “self-made.” What they usually mean is that their success wasn’t because they were born to wealthy, successful parents who set them up in life and work. Typically, they managed to succeed in spite of great odds. This is a generally accepted definition of self-made.

A few years back, when Lou Tice was giving a talk to a group of business people, he asked all the “self-made” folks to stand up. About 25 percent of the audience stood. Lou told them that every one of them should have been on their feet. You see, in the final analysis, all of us are self-made. Sure, some of us get off to an easier start, and some of us are fortunate enough to have had parents or others who helped us recognize and use our talents.

But success is not a matter of luck, or talent, or of being gifted. More than anything else, success is a matter of belief and persistence. If you don’t believe you can succeed, no amount of talent or money or good parenting will help you. (How many second-generation businesses have you seen fail?) If you do believe you can succeed and refuse to give up no matter how hard the struggle, no obstacle, setback, or disadvantage will stop you anyway.

George Bernard Shaw said it perfectly: “People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. But the people who get on in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”

So, has your definition of “self-made” changed in these last few minutes? Do you want to start making the circumstances you want? Alright then. Take charge of your life by taking accountability for being who you are! And if you don’t like what you see, you do have the power within you to change it. ~The Pacific Institute

2. 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree + Ornaments – Willamette National Forest

tree.evergreenThe Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest has been chosen to provide the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. The tree will be cut in early November and prepared for the 3,000-mile coast-to-coast journey that will trace the Oregon Trail in reverse and include a series of community celebrations throughout Oregon and across the U.S. 

The journey will culminate with the official tree lighting on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in early December. Seventy smaller companion trees will also be sent from the forest to Washington, D.C. to decorate government buildings and public spaces this December. Additionally, Oregonians will contribute 10,000 handmade ornaments, to be created throughout 2018. See:

FIND YOUR ORNAMENT! In celebration of the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, we are hosting an ornament hunt in the Willamette National Forest to inspire and increase outdoor recreation, connect you to beautiful public lands, and to win prizes. 

Two hundred glass ornaments are hidden along non-wilderness trails on the Willamette National Forest for lucky adventurers like you to find!

In addition to a keepsake ornament, over 120 prizes will be awarded and all entrants who submit their ornament tag I.D. will be enrolled in a sweepstakes for the grand prize: 

A round trip for two to Washington D.C. to attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting and festivities.  

So get out there today and find an ornament! The contest runs from Memorial Day weekend to October 2nd 2018, the anniversary of the National Trails System Act.

 3. History Tidbits:  Memorial Day: Wyman John French (1922-1945)

American-Flag-StarQuips from the Column, These Things We Note, and Selected Editorials Published in the Sherman County Journal, 1931-1966 by Giles French, Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Oregon 1966.

6-1-1945 Sherman County Journal

Wyman John French (1922-1945) by Giles L. French

”Dear Son,

”This is Memorial day. It has been three months and three days since you got that bit of shrapnel in your chest over there in Holland and died for your country.

”A lot of things have happened since then and I know with your interest in public affairs you would like to know of them, although they mean nothing to you now. The bit push that started a day or two before you died was successful and Germany gave up early in May, but not until her armies and Berlin had been taken by Joe’s men.

”Had you gone on into Germany you would have seen some very shocking things, or so we are told. The Germans had treated those who disagreed with them very badly, starving them and overworking them.

”We are hearing much about it because it makes good copy – and exciting pictures – and because it fits well into the general picture that is painted for us. It strengthens the propaganda that we were fighting to end all such cruelties, or, at least, the regime that did it.

”I know that if you and Carl – who was killed ten days after you were – had felt that you were fighting to end all governments that practiced cruelty you would have had but momentary regret at the fatal results to you.

”But you didn’t feel that way. You had read too much history and knew that wars decide nothing except who shall live and who shall die. No ideology was ever destroyed by a war, but many have been strengthened thereby. You wouldn’t have fought to make the Germans or anyone else accept our ideal of democracy, for you were too liberal for that.

”I remember you saying that the young men you were going to fight against were probably about the same as you were, in that they hoped they would come out of it alive and be able to go on living at some peaceful pursuit, raising a family and making a place for them in the world. There was no hate in you. Maybe there was no hate in the fellow who shot you.

”Had you believed all the idealistic propaganda of the wartime, you would be surprised to learn the Russians are marching Germany prisoners back to the Ukraine to rebuild that destroyed country. For a man who has lost his life for justice and freedom and the pursuit of happiness, that would have come as a shock. We of the democratic nation are doing a fine job of not letting our left hand know what our right is doing.

”The man who sent you to war is dead, too. His end came about a month before Germany’s did. There is a conference being held in San Francisco to make up a plan for world order, but no one has a lot of confidence in it. Most people you meet think there will be another war in 20 to 25 years and that any kind of order, good or bad, would last until a new crop of people grow up – and no longer. You see, we are pretty pessimistic.

”The hills are green now, although the spring has been cold and backward; the cattle are fat and sleek and the grain is growing well since we had big rains the first of the month. There will be a good crop and big money again for the farmers. Everybody is doing well, with wages high and profits big because of the war.

”This is your first Memorial day as a memorialee instead of a memorialor. We had a program on the courthouse lawn and dedicated an honor roll with the names of all you boys on it. Those of you who have died have a place under a gold star. There will be many words said about you on future Memorial days. I do hope, and I know you would, that something will have come from your death. I know you did not expect it and neither do I. But you are never going to have to worry about it.

”Your grave over there in the low hills of Holland seems pretty far away, son, especially on this day, and your mother and I would like to be able to stand beside it a few moments and think about you.

”The high hopes we had that you had so far justified are there with you in foreign soil. The little men who yapped about the necessity of the war are quieter now as they contemplate the pictures of our overseas graveyards; the swaggering ones who glorify war will soon be in eclipse. What will persist forever and ever is the quietness, the silence of your brave young voices. What you could have done in the world will go undone and the world has lost that. It has had another lesson on might, on the value of power.

”The town is just the same. We and the neighbors go about our tasks as before. There is nothing else to do. We stay in our habits of work and play. Our pleasure that the European war is over comes from the relief that no more will be shot, not from the hope that there will be a new world to live in.

”The simple things are what interest us; life, death, food and shelter, hopes and fears. The wrangling of nations brings us misery more often than joy.

”We’ll be remembering you, son. And every day we can see you swing up the walk toward home in that long-legged stride you had. And your whistle sounds above the rattle of the job press when there is a moment of calm in the office.

”So-long, son,


4. Sherman County Modifies Housing Programs 

ShermanCoLogoSherman County recently expanded its grant programs offered to address challenges with inadequate housing stock in the County.  After hearing many stories of new local employees who would like to live in Sherman County but can’t find housing, Sherman County explored options to help spur the development of additional rental housing. To address this, the County created two new housing grant programs.

The New Rental Housing Development Grant program provides $10,000 per unit for construction of new rental housing. Houses must be stick-built or new manufactured homes that are at least double-wides on a foundation. Additionally, the grant recipient must agree to keep the new house as a long-term rental for at least five years and each qualifying rental unit constructed must be self-contained.

In acknowledgement that dilapidated and vacant houses create blight in communities and that the investment required to bring existing housing up to standards needed for a family to live in them is a barrier, Sherman County developed a Housing Rehabilitation Grant program. This grant is for non-owner occupied, stick-built housing and is up to 20% of approved project costs, not to exceed $20,000. The Court updated the program to limit $50,000 of the purchase price of a home as eligible matching funds for the home owner’s contribution to the project. This change will go into effect June 30, 2018. The dwelling must meet FHA/VA habitability standards once the rehabilitation is complete.

Due to feedback from mortgage providers regarding their ability to provide construction to permanent mortgage bridge loans for housing, the County has discontinued their Construction Loan gap financing program. However, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), has unique loan funds set aside for the development of Attainable Housing, serving the middle housing market of 60-120% median family income. For more information about these programs, contact Carrie Pipinich Sherman County’s Economic Development Coordinator with MCEDD, at 541-296-2266 or

5. World Wide Knit In Public Day, June 9

lana-architetto-francesc-01Bring your chairs and your knitting or crochet on June 9th, World Wide Knit in Public Day, and join us in front of Sage Mountain Primitives in Moro, Oregon, for a fun day of socializing. We will be providing a lunch, dessert, coffee and tea. ~Deena Johnson, Sage Mountain Primitives

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

bird.owl.bookThe Federalist blog

Prager U.: America’s 2nd War of Independence

Map: Hometowns of Americans who died for U.S. since 9/11

Media Bias/Fact Check

Words. Animate. Language.


Sherman County eNews #141


  1. Memorial Day

  2. Personal Philosophy

  3. Columbia Hills State Park:  Petroglyphs, Ranching, History, June 2

  4. Senate Bill 144 Strengthens Law Protecting Archaeological Objects

  5. Friends

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center June Meal Menu

1. Memorial Day

Memorial Day

By Joyce Kilmer

The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace . . . Who brought a sword.

 2. Personal Philosophy

Do you have a philosophy of life, for yourself? Could you describe your philosophy to someone else, in 25 words or less?

Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, is a big fan of everyone having a personal philosophy of life. As relayed in his book, Pete spent a lot of time – and notebooks – putting his philosophy into words, and then condensing it into 25 words or less. Could you?

While each of us probably does have a core philosophy to live by, very few of us could describe it to another person. We don’t take the time to write it down. Words, whether on paper or in an electronic file, put substance to our beliefs. The words provide a touchstone that we can go back to, when life presents us with difficulties.

Our behavior, every day, is a reflection of our beliefs. It is the way human beings are built. No matter what we might say, it is our actions that reflect our core beliefs, our philosophy of living. Everything that we do flows from this philosophy. If it doesn’t, that is where stress and anxiety can be found.

Now you may ask, “If I write down my philosophy, what happens if things change? What happens if I change? Do I doggedly follow my ‘philosophy’?” That’s the beauty of writing things down – the words can be crossed out, erased, and re-written! We are all going to change over time, as we learn the lessons that living our lives teach us.

Again, do you have a philosophy of life? Can you describe it in 25 words or less? If you don’t, find some quiet time for yourself, and create your own philosophy – and write it down. It doesn’t need to be perfect – very little in life is perfect. But it does need to be meaningful – to you. Having that philosophy provides us with a solid foundation from which to act, and gives us strength to stand strong through whatever storms we face. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Columbia Hills State Park:  Petroglyphs, Ranching, History, June 2

Sheep.Petroglyph-SheepThe annual meeting of the Original Wasco County Courthouse Preservation, Inc. takes place Saturday, June 2, at 1:30 p.m.  A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation similar to the February history programs.  The venue is the 1859 building at 410 W. 2nd Place, behind the Chamber of Commerce in The Dalles.

The topic of the June 2 program is “Columbia Hills State Park:  Petroglyphs, Ranching, History.”  Lee Walker is an experienced trail guide at the Washington park across the Columbia River from The Dalles.  He will take the audience on a virtual walk out to “She Who Watches” past a large array of pictographs and petroglyphs—some in place and others rescued from rising waters behind the dams and removed to the park.

Jim Day will present additional photos and a video of the park and the historic buildings of the Crawford Ranch.  He is a technician at The Dalles Dam with a background in history and interpretation of biology.  Some of his visuals were taken by a drone flying above the ranch at the height of wildflower season.

Also available at the presentation is a new brochure featuring maps of Crawford Ranch and the trail system under development around the ranch, plus a brief history and introduction to the wildflowers that draw many visitors to the park each spring.  The brochure was made possible by Nature Friends Northwest. 

4. Senate Bill 144 Strengthens Law Protecting Archaeological Objects

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon State Police wants to alert the public to the passage of Senate Bill 144 from the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session, which took effect on January 1, 2018.  Senate Bill 144 makes it unlawful to remove an archaeological object from public land without a permit.

ORS 358.920 prohibits a person from excavating, injuring, destroying or altering an archaeological site or object or removing an archaeological object located on public or private lands in Oregon unless that activity is authorized by a permit.  Prior to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 144, pursuant to ORS 358.915, a person who unintentionally discovered an archaeological object that had been exposed by the forces of nature on public OR private lands could retain the object for personal use.  However, after the passage of SB 144, that exemption no longer applies to public lands.  As of January 1, 2018, a person is only exempt from the prohibitions found in ORS 358.920 if they unintentionally discover an archaeological object that has been exposed by the forces of nature on private property.  Individuals found to have excavated, injured, destroyed or altered an archaeological site or object or removed an archaeological object located on public lands could be subject to prosecution.

As the summer months approach and more people are out recreating on public lands, citizens are reminded to leave discovered archaeological objects in place and not to remove and/or retain them.  Removing an archaeological object from public land without a permit is punishable as a Class B Misdemeanor Crime.  Citizens with questions about archaeological objects can email the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office at Oregon.Heritage@oregon.govReports of anyone observed illegally collecting artifacts or looting of archaeological sites/gravesites can be made to the Oregon State Police (24/7) at 1-800-452-7888 or by using your cell phone keypad to dial *OSP (*677).

5. Friends

bench.guysA newlywed young man was sitting on the porch on a humid day, sipping ice tea with his father.  As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, the father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look on his son.

“Never forget your friends,” he advised, “they will become more important as you get older. Regardless of how much you love your family, you will always need friends.  Remember to go out with them occasionally (if possible), but keep in contact with them somehow.”

“What strange advice!” thought the young man.  “I just entered the married world.  I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be everything I need to make sense of my life.”

Yet, he obeyed his father; kept in touch with his friends and annually increased their number.  Over the years, he became aware that his father knew what he was talking about.  Inasmuch as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a person, friends are the bulwarks of our life.  After 70+ years of life, here is what he, you and I will have learned:

Time passes. Life goes on.

Children grow up.  They cease to be children and become independent.  And to the parents, it breaks their hearts but the children are separated from the parents because they begin their own families.

Jobs/careers come and go. Illusions, desires, attraction, sex….weaken.

People can’t do what they did physically when they were young.

Parents die, but you move on.

Colleagues forget the favors you did.

The race to achieve slows.

But, true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles away they are.  A friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or in some way blessing your life.

When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead.  We did not know how much we would need from each other.  Love your parents, take care of your family, but keep a group of good friends who help make sense of your life.  Stay in touch with them but do not impose your criteria. You won’t regret it. ~unattributed

6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center June Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

June 2018

  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!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Clam Chowder
Dinner Rolls & Cottage Cheese
Veggies, Salad & Dessert
4 5 6 7 8
Oven Fried Chicken Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Meatloaf Hot Turkey Sandwich Sloppy Joes w/Bun
Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Garlic Bread & Salad Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Veggies & Salad
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Dessert
11 12 13 14 15
Hot Ham & Cheese/Bun BBQ Burger & Cheddar Chicken Fried Steak Chicken ala King Beef & Bean Burrito
Potato Wedges Cornbread Pie Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Biscuits & Veggies Mexican Rice & Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
18 19 20 21 22
Cheeseburgers BBQ Meatballs Pork Chops Ham Fried Rice Pizza loaded w/meat
Potato Wedges Rice Pilaf & Salad Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Veggies & Salad Veggies & Salad
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Dessert
25 26 27 28 29
Philly Beef Sandwich Taco Salad Bar Oven Fried Chicken Jamaican Jerk Chicken Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato
Potato Wedges Veggies & Salad Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Mambo Rice Sandwich w/ Soup
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.


Sherman County eNews #140


  1. Memorial Day Honors Men & Women Who Died While Serving the U.S. Military

  2. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  3. Public Notices Published in The Times-Journal and Online

  4. Artist in Residence Opportunity: Stormwater

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

 1. Memorial Day Honors Men & Women Who Died While Serving the U.S. Military

flagmap.USA.Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

“Over a million Americans have given their lives in defending U.S. interests in conflicts large and small.  And while remembering those people is a central purpose of this holiday, Memorial Day takes on its deepest meaning when we connect it with our roots.  Americans were unique in sacrificing their treasure and giving their lives to found the first country in history establishing that all people have natural rights that come from God rather than from rulers or government.  The Declaration of Independence affirmed the equality of all people and that they are endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Thus, when Americans sacrificed their lives in military service, it was not just to defend the United States, but it was also to uphold the natural rights and spiritual values associated with the nation’s founding that provide inspiration for others worldwide.” ~American Thinker

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See Sherman County’s official war casualty lists:

See Spanish-American War casualty:

See list of World War I military casualties:

See lists of World War II military casualties:  and

See Korean Conflict casualty:

See Vietnam War casualty:

See list of veterans’ stories in Sherman County: For The Record: 

2. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Sherman County Public/School Library will be closed in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th.

Please pick up your SUMMER PROGRAMS brochure for all the details!

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

Music and Movement – Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 and the first Saturday of every month. Join the fun of creative play, rhyme and rhythm while fine tuning motor skills and coordination. Ages 0-6

May’s Book Club book is The Forgotten by Kate Morton.
A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, an aristocratic family, a love denied, and a mystery. The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric and compulsively readable story of the past, secrets, family and memory from the international best-selling author Kate Morton.

Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra’s life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace—the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century—Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself. To request a hold, please give us a call, email or stop by. Available in Large Print and Audio by request. The book club will meet Thursday, June 21 at 6pm.

3. Public Notices Published in The Times-Journal and Online

From The Times-Journal:

newspaper-arrow“The newspapers of Oregon make public notices from their printed pages available electronically in a single data base for the benefit of the public. This enhances the legislative intent of public notice – keeping a free and independent public informed about activities of their government and business activities that may affect them.

“Importantly, Public Notices now are in one place on the web – – not scattered among thousands of government web pages.

“Public notices published in this newspaper [The Times-Journal], and 86 others throughout Oregon, can also be found on the website

“We encourage our readers to make use of this one-of-a-kind, easy-to-use resource when looking for public notice information about government activities in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties, and throughout the state.

“Public notices of importance to readers in Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties will continue to appear in The Times-Journal, the Newspaper of Record for these three counties.”

4. Artist in Residence Opportunity: Stormwater

Did you know that, according to a Yale study, Latinos are more aware of and ready to take action on climate change than other communities? Help strengthen that connection as an Artist in Residence with King County Stormwater. Details:

4Culture invites you to help King County Stormwater Services connect Latinx communities with climate change action as an Artist in Residence. The deadline to apply is June 8!

What is stormwater and why should we care about it? Watch this video, and apply to be an Artist in Residence with King County Stormwater Services, focusing on Latinx communities. More information at!

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

bird.owl3Just a Common Soldier

Sherman County Military History

Sherman County Public/School Library

Sherman County, Oregon 

Leave the Olympic National Park’s Mountain Goats Alone

TEDEd: Lessons Worth Sharing:

American Thinker – News & Blogs

Elizabeth Hovde: The union way – penalizing community-minded employers


Sherman County eNews #139


  1. Memorial Day Bingo & Ice Cream Sundaes to Benefit Sherman County Food Bank

  2. Sherman County 4-H Club News Reports: Cooking & Beef

  3. Free Fishing Event for Kids, Spearfish Park near Dallesport, June 9

  4. EDITORIAL. Why Posterity Matters. WhyThe Times-Journal Matters

  5. Oregon’s Bounty: Use a Smartphone to Find Farm Stands, U-Pick Fields, Farm Events

  6. Congressman Walden: Support for the 2018 Farm Bill

  7. From the Desk of Sen. Bill Hansell: The Governor’s Special Session

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” —Thomas Jefferson (1820)

1. Memorial Day Bingo & Ice Cream Sundaes to Benefit Sherman County Food Bank



Come Join the Fun!

Bingo:  $1 per card 

Sundaes:  $1 (kids under 6),  $3 (over 6 – adult)

Memorial Day, Monday, May 28

St. Mary Parish Hall (next door to the Wasco Event Center)


Hosted by the Catholic Community of Sherman County.

All proceeds to benefit the Sherman County Food Bank.

2. Sherman County 4-H Club News Reports: Cooking & Beef

The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H cooking club met on May 19th at 4:00pm at Liz’s house. Attending were Addie, Zach, Savannah, Tierra, Madison and Claire. Excused absences were Pyeper. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Madison and the 4-H Pledge led by Addie. During the meeting we made Dutch Baby’s, Ebelskivers and banana sour cream pancakes with berries. Our leader explained where the recipes were from and showed us on a map where the Netherlands was located. She also told us what pans we will be using. We learned how to separate eggs into yoke and whites. How to fold in whipped egg whites into a batter and also how using fruit helps reduce the amount of sugar in recipes without losing the great taste.  We all got to flip our own pancakes and Ebelskivers. Thank you to Cindie Brown and the Blaggs for letting us borrow their Ebelskiver pans. We all had a great time making these three fun recipes. Our next meeting will be French Baking Day on June 30th. Meeting was adjourned at 6:00pm. Signed Savannah and Addie news reporters.

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The Sherman County Beef Club held a meeting on 5-16-18 at 6 pm.  The meeting was held in the Sherman Beef barn.  The meeting was called to order by Patrick.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Natalie and the 4-H pledge was led by Allie.  The minutes were read by Courtney.  They were approved by Allie and seconded By Natalie.  In this meeting we talked about how much we need to work with our steers and that we need to have a salt block and bloat block in with our steers at all times.  We also talked about how to fit and show our steers.  The next meeting will be around the middle of June.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 the motion was moved by Allie and seconded by Courtney.  Submitted by Courtney R. Coelsch, News Reporter

~Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

3. Free Fishing Event for Kids, Spearfish Park near Dallesport, June 9

fishing.linePORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to a free kid’s fishing event at Spearfish Park, near Dallesport, Washington, on June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Read More at:

Contact the Portland District Public Affairs office: Lauren Bennett – (503) 808-4510 –

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Portland District – (503) 808-4510 Mailing address: P.O. Box 2946, Portland, OR 97208-2946

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4. EDITORIAL. Why Posterity Matters. Why The Times-Journal Matters

pencil.sharpA box ad in The Times-Journal this week caught our attention! “Posterity matters! That’s why The Times-Journal has been published every week for the past 132 years. You can participate in this grand tradition by subscribing. Call us – 541-384-2421.”

Publishers Mac and Jan Stinchfield make it clear that they value our history and our present as The Times-Journal [T-J] serves Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties.

Indeed, posterity matters. Our local history, on record in the newspaper, matters for future generations.

We support and applaud The Times-Journal commitment the local news and conversations taking place in the communities in our three counties.

For our posterity, our local history forms a foundation upon which to form ideas and perspective about the present, and helps us achieve skills in critical and analytical thinking that accounts for different perspectives.

Our local history gives us insight into specific current issues, with examples of how our previous generations dealt with political, economic and social crises and change.

We believe that it is in Sherman County’s collective short- and long-term best interest for its people to support the T-J by subscribing and by contributing local news.

We believe it is our civic duty to be well-informed about a wide-range of local issues and events of mutual interest and concern.

We believe it is our civic duty to support the small businesses in our tri-county neighborhood, including the local newspapers.

These beliefs lead us to suggest that Sherman County information now published in local newsletters might, instead, be published in the T-J. Win-Win. Sherman County would support the T-J and avoid tax-payer funded newsletters that compete with private enterprise.

Weekly we anticipate The Times-Journal for its ideas, inspiration, ads and news of inter-related families and businesses. Print news is one media we can all read. Published every Thursday, subscription rates are $35/year in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties; $45/year elsewhere in the U.S. It’s available online. Contact The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823-0746.

5. Oregon’s Bounty: Use a Smartphone to Find Farm Stands, U-Pick Fields, On-Farm Events

Use a smartphone to easily find farm stands, u-pick fields, on-farm events with Oregon’s Bounty at

Strawberries, asparagus, squash, and salad greens — not to mention bedding plants, flowering baskets, and fresh-cut flowers — are just a few favorites of spring’s agricultural bounty in Oregon. But if you want to venture out into the country, where can you buy directly from the source?

“Everyone knows where their local farmers market is. But what about roadside farm stands, u-pick fields, and on-farm events out in rural areas? That’s where Oregon’s Bounty comes in,” said Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director.

Oregon’s Bounty at is a searchable directory of nearly 300 family farms and ranches that sell food and foliage directly to the public.

Oregon’s Bounty allows visitors to do keyword searches for specific agriculture products — such as berries, cauliflower, honey, or eggs — and/or search for farms within a specific region of the state. Visitors can also do a keyword search for “u-pick” or “events” to find farms that offer those activities.

“Oregonians love farm-fresh food. Thanks to the diversity of agriculture in this great state, we can buy an enormous variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, foliage, meat, and nuts directly from the families who grew it,” said Moss. “Each of the farms listed in Oregon’s Bounty are owned and operated by Farm Bureau members who are proud to share what they’ve raised with the public,” said Moss. “Spring is a great time to take a trip into the beautiful countryside and experience Oregon agriculture firsthand.”

6. Congressman Walden: Support for the 2018 Farm Bill

American flag2Across rural Oregon, farms and ranches play an important role in our local economies. Unfortunately, poor commodity prices, drought and other challenges have taken a toll. In fact, nationally over the last five years there has been a 52 percent decline in America’s farm economy. As much as ever before, the farm bill programs provide an important safety net to get farmers through tough times. That’s why last week I supported the 2018 Farm Bill.  

A key piece of this safety net is robust crop insurance. In meetings with wheat growers and others across our district I heard one thing loud and clear – crop insurance is a vital risk management tool for farmers, and it works well. The House Farm Bill protects crop insurance. This legislation also extends and strengthens the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs that add an extra layer to the safety net. 

With over 220 crops raised in Oregon, research is an important piece to the continued success of agriculture in our state. This legislation extends important programs like the Specialty Crop Block Grants and Specialty Crop Research Initiative, which help fund research into pests and diseases, such as zebra chip in potatoes and iris yellow spot virus in onions. Further, this bill streamlines land grant and other research funding programs to ensure that researchers are maximizing the time spent on research, not paperwork. 

When droughts and wildfires strike, destroying pastures and rangeland, this bill ensures that our livestock producers continue to have access to important disaster relief programs. In recent years, ranchers have used the Livestock Forage Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program, often referred to as ELAP, to help blunt the costs of feed and lost livestock. 

Finally, trade continues to be very important to the viability of Oregon agriculture. With over 80 percent of our wheat going abroad, along with numerous other crops and livestock, maintaining our markets and developing new ones is crucial. This legislation continues funding for market access and market development programs that help make that happen. 

The current farm bill, and these important programs, expires at the end of September. Congress needs to redouble our efforts to get it passed in the House and the Senate before then.

To stay up to date on these efforts, I encourage you to sign up for my eNewsletters by going to mwebsite here:

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

7. From the Desk of Sen. Bill Hansell: The Governor’s Special Session

Oregon.Flat.poleWe just concluded the May Legislative Days, which included an Emergency Legislative Session called by Governor Brown.  I was asked by the La Grande Observer to write a column for their newspaper, which I did.  In it I explained my understanding of the Special Session, which many have called political theater.  The article has been published in the Observer and you can read a copy here: Look toward legislation: Legislators become actors in Governor’s special session play.

I was pleased to take a couple of groups of students from the District on the floor of the Senate this past week.  We heard that fourth graders from Union Elementary might be in the Capitol, and sure enough we found them on a tour.  I might have hijacked the tour when I offered to take them on the Senate floor.  The students were very attentive, and it was a special time.  For the past few years I wanted to give students a memento when they visit the Capitol.  I had some 6 inch rulers made and this was the first class I was able to give them to. 

When I went back to my motel room that evening, I was told there was a baseball team from NE Oregon staying there.  I figured that had to be from my part of the state, and it was.  The coaches were sitting at a table, and I introduced myself.  They were the Wallowa Valley Baseball team in Salem for the State playoffs.  I offered to do a tour for the team the next day, and they had time to do it.  One of the members was Daniel Delancey, whom some might remember from my Facebook post a month or so back.  I had contracted with him to make me an Oregon Duck plaque.  Daniel was able to see it when the team visited my office.  In addition they won their game that night, and are advancing through the bracket.

Finally, a special treat for me happened in the Workforce Committee hearing.  My son Bill, who is the Youth Development Policy Analyst for the Oregon Youth Development Council, testified before the Senate Workforce Committee, on which I serve as a member.  It was a real treat seeing him testify before my committee and, as it was also his birthday he said that “if it were not for Senator Hansell, I would not be testifying today.”  This caused smiles and laughter to fill the Workforce Committee room.  

Thank you for the opportunity to serve and represent you in the Oregon Senate.  


Bill Hansell


Sherman County eNews #138






2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


CLASSIFIED ADS. Free 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 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



THANK YOU!  The Wasco School Events Center wants to send a BIG thank you to Jessica Richelderfer Wheeler and Kari Pinkerton Silcox for the amazing job they did with the Sherman County Photo Book. Through their efforts and the support of our community, they were able to donate $979 to the WSEC for the continued update of the Leland Schwendel Auditorium. ~Gail Macnab, Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors

THANK YOU to all the teachers and school groups that visited the Sherman County Historical Museum in the month of May. I am happy to have shared our Sherman County history with 145 students from 3 different counties in Oregon these past few weeks! The best part is we have a few more groups to still visit us! Also, special thank you to Joe Dabulskis for giving a special presentation for a group of students on outdoor skills while visiting Sherman County on their way to their outdoor school event. Thank you to everyone for taking a walk on the rural side here at the Sherman County Historical Museum! ~Patti Fields, Director

A SECOND CHANCE THANK YOU! A thank you for prayers and support. ~Karen Timblin

THANK YOU to Joyce Stone and daughter Megan. They prepared, decorated and hosted a fun Mother’s Day tea at the Moro Presbyterian Church in Moro on Saturday, May 12. Everything was so beautiful and decorated. Lots of giggles and laughter thru the games and 2 comedy skits. Thank you Joyce and Megan! ~Carol MacKenzie

 THANK YOU to the candidates who were inspired to run for office. Your interest in public service for the common good is appreciated. ~The Editor

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins


(anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.)


BINGO & ICE CREAM SUNDAES for SHERMAN COUNTY FOOD BANK! Come Join the Fun! Bingo:  $1 per card.  Sundaes:  $1 (kids under 6),  $3 (over 6 – adult). Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 at St. Mary Parish Hall (next door to the Wasco School Events Center) 1-3 p.m.  Hosted by the Catholic Community of Sherman County. All proceeds to benefit the Sherman County Food Bank.



 City of Rufus Public Works Operator Assistant. The City of Rufus is seeking an assistant to the Public Works Operator. Seasonal – Temporary – Part Time Position – flexible hours at $12.00/hr. (no benefits). Job Description: Includes but not limited to performing a variety of tasks involved in the Public Works Department: Such as servicing water meters, water and sewer lines, streets, equipment operations and maintenance, and intermittent operation of the water and sewer treatment facilities.  Landscaping including mowing, weeding, trimming, and irrigation.  Being able to perform other related work as required for the City’s day to day operations. Desired Applicant: Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid Oregon driver’s license.  Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.  Must possess the ability to accurately record and maintain records; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with employees, supervisors, other departments, officials and the public; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.  Mechanical aptitude is a plus. Physical Demands: The applicant must have the ability to lift 50 lbs, and work in extreme weather conditions. The City would be willing to train the right applicant with fewer qualifications for this position. To apply: Contact Rufus City Hall at 541-739-2321 for an application. The City of Rufus is a an equal opportunity provider and employer and a drug free workplace

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR, DRIVER, LABORER, HARVEST HELP. Mid Columbia Producers is now hiring for multiple positions.

  • Full Time Human Resources Director – Moro, Oregon   6/8
  • Full Time Receptionist – Bend, Oregon 6/8
  • Full Time Grain Operations Laborer – Sherman/Gilliam County 
  • Full Time Petroleum Delivery Driver- Moro, Oregon 
  • Full Time Grain Elevator Operation Harvest Help – Various Locations
  • Part Time Grain Elevator Operation Harvest Help – Various Locations

For complete job descriptions please visit Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. The receptionist and HR Director positions will be closing on June 9th but the rest will be remaining open until filled. Please send cover letter, application and resume to: Mid Columbia Producers Attn: HR, PO Box 344 Moro, OR 97039 Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277

CREW LEADER & CREW WORKERS. Sherman County Summer Youth Work Program (formally Oregon Youth Conservation Corps)

Positions:  1. Sherman County Summer Youth Work Crew Leader

  1. Sherman County Summer Youth Work Crew: 4 positions; ages 14-25

Sherman County is accepting applications for several positions within the Summer Youth Work Program (OYCC in the past).  The positions are scheduled to work beginning July 02, 2018 and ending August 10, 2018. Schedule to be arranged upon hiring.  Hours will be 32-40 per week.  All applicants must be able to perform manual labor in adverse weather conditions.  Please review the job descriptions on Sherman County’s website before applying.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 01, 2018.  Any applicant over 18 years of age must complete and pass a criminal history background check.  For job descriptions and/or employment application, contact the Sherman County Prevention Program at 541-565-5036 or online at Submit completed cover letter and employment application to the Sherman County Prevention Program, PO Box 263, Moro, OR  97039. 6/1

sign.forsaleFOR SALE:

COMMUNITY YARD SALE. Grass Valley Pavilion, Memorial Day Weekend, Friday-Monday May 25-28 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sell or Buy. Lots of Variety. $5.00 covers use of the building and a table. Reserve space by calling 541-333-2374. Leave message. Come to Grass Valley and join in the fun! 5/25

 UNIQUE HANDCRAFTED OUTDOOR FURNITURE, NOVELTY GITS AND FURNITURE REHABILITATION: Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 6/1


 HOUSE. Looking to rent or buy. Our small family of myself my husband and our two beautiful boys are wanting to move to Moro OR. We live in Newport but have family that live there. Open to ideas. For rent we are looking for a 2-3 bed. And to buy we would like an owner carry 3-4 bed. You can email or call/text. 541.351.5294   6/8



GHOST TOWN SAFARI PHOTO WORKSHOPS. (1) Venice Italy – 20 September through 2 October, 2018. $2,350.00 each plus transportation, food, lodging, etc. Come on this fabulous workshop where we explore the back streets of Venice, the Lagoon, Verona, and much more. (2) Macro/Micro workshop – 23 June, 2018. 9 AM to 4 PM, subjects will be provided. $40.00 per person. Itinerary will be sent with enrollment. Information and questions, email Bob Davis at or call 541 296 2553.

SUMMERTIME….AND THE LIVING IS EASY!  OUTDOOR PROJECTS ABOUND!  Local Handyman/General Contractor/Equipment Operator.  Large and small projects. Indoors or Out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 6/8

THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON.  Full-service Deli, Goose Pit Pulled Pork Sandwich, Wasco Whopper, Breakfast until 11, Pizza, Fresh Desserts, Oregon Lottery, Catering. 541-442-5709 in Historic Downtown Wasco. 6/1




HOUSE. Looking to rent or buy. Our small family of myself my husband and our two beautiful boys are wanting to move to Moro OR. We live in Newport but have family that live there. Open to ideas. For rent we are looking for a 2-3 bed. And to buy we would like an owner carry 3-4 bed. You can email or call/text. 541.351.5294  6/8

LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION, and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

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American flag1MAY

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season 10-5 daily

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman Elementary School Students

25-28 Community Yard Sale 9:30-5 Grass Valley Pavilion, Grass Valley, Oregon

27-28 Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 N. Sherman Rural Fire Hall

28 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Sherman County Extension Building Moro
28 Memorial Day honors our nation’s war dead & celebrates service men and women

28 Memorial Day Celebration & Parade in Wasco:

  • 10 Memorial Service at the RR Depot
  • 10:30-11 Military Fly-over
  • 11 Parade with Grand Marshal Nell Melzer
  • 11:30 Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon lunch at the Depot Park
  • 11:45-ish Pastry Auction at the RR Depot after the parade
  • 1 p.m. Raffle Drawing for four 2-day passes to Silverwood Theme Park, etc.
  • 1-3 Bingo and Ice Cream Sundaes at the Parish Hall – Food Bank Benefit

28 Memorial Day American Legion Service 11 Centerville Cemetery

28 Memorial Day American Legion Service 12 Stonehenge

28 Memorial Day American Legion Service 1 Goldendale Cemetery

28-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

29 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

American flag1JUNE

1 Gilliam County Burn Ban begins

1 Condon High School graduation 8 p.m.

1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman County Photography Club

2 Oregon State Parks Day – selected free camping & day use

2 Arlington Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby

2 Wheeler High School graduation 2 Fossil

2 Art Walk in Moro

2 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

2-3 High Desert High School basketball tournament, Condon

4 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 Sherman County Budget Hearing 9 Sherman County Courthouse

6 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

7 Sherman County Family Fair 4-6:30 Moro City Park

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting

9 Moro’s Annual Clean-up Day 8-4

9 Columbia Gorge Genealogists:Tips from Rootstech 10:30 Discovery Center

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

9 Rose Festival Parade, Portland

12 Tri-County Mental Health / Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Experiment Station Field Day, Pendleton

13 Experiment Station Field Day, Moro

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee Meeting 12:30

14 Flag Day

14 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4 White Salmon

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington

17 Father’s Day

17 Father’s Day Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

18 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Union County

20 Sherman County Court 9

25 Korean War Began 1950

29 Home Run Derby, Condon

30-July 1 Harvester’s Classic Coed Soft Ball Tournament, Condon

American flag1JULY

1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Linda Krasfic’s Baby Quilts

4 Independence Day

4 Art Walk in Moro

4 HYATUS Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Grass Valley Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot.

7 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

7-15 Moro’s 2nd Annual Quilt and Fiber Event 10-4

8-11 Portland Horseless Carriage Club Tour: Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, John Day

8-12 Sherman County Historical Museum Quilt Display

7 Bluegrass Festival in Fossil

7 14th Annual Fossil Cruz-in 9-4 Fossil

9-15 Summer Fishtrap Gathering (Writers in the American West) Wallowa Lake

10 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Meeting 12:30

12-15 National Association of Counties Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

13 Columbia Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show

14 Starry Night Camp-out at Maryhill Museum of Art

18 Sherman County Court 9

18 Kids Pioneer Day at Sherman County Historical Museum

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

23 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 3

25 Tri-County Courts 10-2 Sherman County

25-28 Jefferson County Fair, Madras

27 Korean War Ended 1953, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

28 WWI Began 1914

31-Aug. 4 Malheur County Fair, Ontario


1 All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

1-4 Union County Fair, LaGrande

1-5 Deschutes County Fair, Redmond

1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Abbey Phelps, Knitting & Fiber Arts

3 Jawbone Flats Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

3 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot.

3 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

4 Art Walk in Moro: Wool Spinners & Quilts

4-11 Wallowa County Fair, Enterprise

6-10 Sherman County Summer Drama Day Camp

7 Vietnam War Began 1964

7-10 Baker County Fair, Baker City

7-11 Umatilla County Fair, Hermiston

8-11 Crook County Fair, Prineville

8-11 Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, Grandview

11 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Helicopters

17-18 Sherman Class of ’68 Reunion

20 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Silvies Valley Ranch

21-26 Sherman County Fair & Rodeo, Moro

23-26 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley

31 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot.


1 Art Walk in Moro

1 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families / Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Photographs John Day Dam, 50 years Ago

2 V-J Day WW II Japanese Surrender 1945

3 Labor Day

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

8-9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Hood River Fly-In

9 Grandparents Day. Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

11 Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance

23 Autumn Begins


1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Lowell Smith Photography 10-5

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

7 Afghanistan War Began 2001

8 Columbus Day (observed)

12 Columbus Day

13 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Antique Gliders & Bikes

15 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Condon

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April

31 Halloween