Sherman County eNews #116


  1. Weather: May Outlook and the April Monthly Climate Summary with Graphs

  2. Public Notice: Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, May 8

  3. Communicating Expectations

  4. Public Notice: City of Moro Main Street Façade and Streetscape Program Now Accepting Applications

  5. Public Notice: City of Moro Main Street Façade and Streetscape Program Committee Applications

  6. June L. (Wilde) Rolfe, 1922-2018

  7. 4th Annual Gorge Culture Fest, Hood River, May 19

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

1. Weather: May Outlook and the April Monthly Climate Summary with Graphs

sun.circleYou can find the May outlook and the April
monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service, Pendleton  541-276-7832

2. Public Notice: Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, May 8

Public Notice of Board meeting: The Sherman County Public/School Library will be holding a Library Board meeting on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pm.

3. Communicating Expectations

What do you expect from your kids? How do you communicate your expectations to them? Let’s talk about what’s reasonable and what’s not today.

All parents expect certain things from their children. But expectations that are too high, too low, or never clearly expressed can cause a challenge or two, or many. Having expectations that are too high promotes failure rather than success and leads to an enormous amount of stress for both you and your kids.

On the other hand, expectations that are too low can lead to failure, too, because they don’t help your children to stretch their capacities and develop a sense of competence and resiliency. Most important of all, it is vital that you talk to your kids about your expectations and spell them out as clearly as possible.

If you expect them to clean their room once a week, make sure they understand exactly what “clean” means and which day of the week they need to have it done by. At the same time, tailor your expectations so that they are realistic and appropriate to that particular child at that particular stage of their development. What is right for one doesn’t necessarily fit another and what was reasonable ten years ago may no longer make much sense.

By the way, if you expect your kids to share certain values you cherish such as honesty, confidence, and dependability, make sure you serve as a good role model, because even when they may not seem to be listening to what you say, you can bet they’re paying close attention to what you do.

All of this isn’t reserved solely for the children in your life. The same goes for your employees, your other team members, and your partners. And while employees probably don’t need to be told when to clean their work spaces, they do need organizational expectations to be clear and well-defined. Clarity is the grease on the axle of success. ~The Pacific Institute

4. City of Moro Main Street Façade and Streetscape Program Now Accepting Applications

The purpose of this program is to improve the appearance and curb appeal of buildings and streetscape for the Moro Main Street and adjoining streets (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th Streets) following the City of Moro Downtown Master Plan; thereby improving the marketability, mobility, and economic vitality of Moro’s downtown area.

This is a reimbursement grant program with a 75% reimbursement at project completion.

This program has a maximum grant amount of up to $20,000.00, or a maximum grant amount of $40,000.00 when the applicant can demonstrate the proposed improvements will restore the store front/façade substantially closer to its original condition
Eligible Improvements
• Exterior improvements only, including, but not limited to: exterior rehabilitation and restoration; painting; brick, masonry, stucco repair; awnings (except those including tenant signs as part of the awning); signs and graphics (except those with tenant names); exterior lighting, window replacement only – if existing windows or casings are beyond repair or need to be replaced to restore original facade; architectural fees or other items as approved in the grant review process.
Ineligible Improvements
• Improvements not visible from public streets and sidewalks.
• Improvements to structures outside of the Main Street and downtown area.
• Non-façade improvements to buildings such as roofs, structural foundations, security systems, non-permanent fixtures, parking lot or paving improvements, security bars, and interior window display lighting and window covering.
• Interior improvements and modifications.
• Improvements to single-family residential structures/homes.
• Items related to business operations, i.e., inventory, business equipment, etc.
• Glass/window replacement that’s purpose is to improve window quality/weatherization, but does not change appearance of building.

For more information or an application, please contact Erik Glover, Moro City Administrator in person at the Moro City Hall, via telephone at 541-565-3535 or via email at

Due Date: Applications are due Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by end of day.

All projects must comply with the City of Moro’s Downtown Master Plan; building and zoning codes; ADA requirements and all other City, State and Federal regulations, as well as, all applicable fire, safety, disabled accessibility and permit requirements must be met.”

5. City of Moro Main Street Façade and Streetscape Program Committee Applications

The City of Moro is seeking applicants for its Main Street Façade and Streetscape Program Committee.

Deadline: Interested parties are asked to submit a letter of interest, no later than Tuesday, May 22nd at 02:00 PM.
Main Street Facade Committee
The Moro City Council will appoint a Chairperson, (1) council member and the city administrator as a liaison to form a committee.

The Chairperson will compose the committee of a minimum of (3) citizens from the City of Moro.
The main responsibility of the committee will be to make project selection recommendations to the Moro City Council. The committee will do so by the following:
• Façade and Streetscape Project Application Review
• Schedule site visits at project locations, prior to project selection, during construction, and at project completion.
• Provide and present a proposed project priority list of submitted applications to the Moro City Council for funding consideration, and final project selection.

Please Note: Members of the City of Moro Mainstreet Façade and Streetscape Committee will be INELIGIBLE for project funding consideration under the Moro Mainstreet Façade and Streetscape Program.

Interested parties are asked to contact: James Alley, City of Moro Mainstreet Façade and Streetscape Program Committee Chair, via email:

Or by contacting, Erik Glover, City Administrator, City of Moro, 104 1st Street, PO BOX 231, Moro, OR 97039, by calling (541) 565-3535 or by sending an e-mail to”

6. June L. (Wilde) Rolfe 1922-2018

flower.rose.starJune L. (Wilde) Rolfe, 95, passed away April 26, 2018 at The Springs Assisted Living Facility in The Dalles. Born June 22, 1922 in The Dalles to George and Fern (Wegener) Wilde, she grew up in Wasco, graduating from Wasco High School as Class Valedictorian.

June was always proud of being Sherman County’s first Fair Queen in Sept. 1941. She worked for the County Agent in Moro, a job she held until eloping to Great Lakes Naval Base to marry Willard “Bill” Rolfe. When Bill went overseas, June moved to Portland and lived with her mother.

After the War, Bill and June moved to the family ranch in Grass Valley. June was involved in Rebekah’s, Boy Scouts, and 4-H, and in 1966 they started a purebred Angus herd and exhibited cattle at local, regional and national shows.

In 1980, they moved to “Town” – on the hill above Grass Valley where they set up a new household – and gardened. June loved her flowers and was always working in the yard.

On their 60th anniversary, June and Bill renewed their wedding vows at the church in Moro. Bill passed away in August 2007, but June didn’t want to leave the home and garden where they had both spent so much time. June continued to mow her lawn, and was always buying more flowers to plant. June moved to The Springs at Mill Creek in October of 2015 where she made many new friends and renewed old acquaintances. June was in great care and comfort thanks to the staff of The Springs, and the wonderful help from Heart of Hospice.

June is survived by son Daniel; daughter Sheri (Carlson) and husband Gary; son Steve and wife Helen; son Fred and wife Nancy; grandchildren: Laura, Danny, Andrea, Chris, Jeremy, GeGe, John, Billi, Megan, and Tom; great grandchildren: Owen, Juliette, Nicholas, Halle, Josiah, Dallas, Ashley, Jaydon, Will, Micaela, Magdalena, Leslie and Benjamin; and one great-great-grandchild: Ryen.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, her parents, and daughter “Kit” in 2002. Memorial Service for June is to be at 3pm Saturday, May 12, at the Grass Valley Pavilion. Memorial donations could be made in June’s name to the Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration Project or a worthy cause of your choice.

7. 4th Annual Gorge Culture Fest, Hood River, May 19

         During these politically-divided times when there is more shouting than listening, and more rancor than benevolence, Columbia Gorge Community College, a Sanctuary College, is hosting the 4th Annual Gorge Culture Fest on its Hood River-Indian Creek Campus on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  “Somos Uno, One Community” will celebrate diversity and inclusion with a variety of activities for adults and children, and it is free and open to the public.  At 11 a.m. Ellen Donoghue will open the festivities with a Community Meditation.

         Among the headliners, the Obo Addy Legacy Project will conduct an hour-long drumming performance and workshop beginning at 11:15 a.m.  With some thirty drums, the “Drumming workshop [is] built around the five hand techniques developed by Obo Addy and his brothers in the 1970’s. The techniques will be taught singly and with both hands. These techniques enable drummers to find an incredible range of sound within the drum while keeping their hands safe from damage that can be incurred from improper technique,” according to the group’s website.  This Ghanaian performance group is “committed to building community by offering culturally authentic music and dance, to inspire audiences and educate about our [African] heritage and culture.”

         Song Dynasty, a collaborative project between Taiwanese jazz musicians and Canadian/American musicians, will perform elements of western music with lyrics from the classical Chinese poet Li Qingzhao.  The group was founded by Canadian guitarist Ben Holt in 2015 while Holt was a graduate student at the University of North Texas’ prestigious Jazz Studies Program.  This event is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

The festival also features the N’chi Wanapum Canoe Family, an organization meant to connect youth with elders in an effort to teach youth about the culture and traditions of the four river tribes which include the Warm Springs, Yakima, Umatilla, and Nez Perce.  Twenty Native American dancers from Warm Springs, Oregon, dressed in regalia, will perform traditional dances and songs to the accompaniment of drummers.  This performance is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m.

         Other events include a Privileges for Sale Workshop presented by the CGCC Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club from 1 to 1:45 p.m.; a Salsa Dancing Demonstration and Lesson by the Secret Salsa Society from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.; and, a Piñata Contest for children hosted by CGCC’s Juntos Club from 2:30 to 2:50 p.m.

In addition to the aforementioned activities, the college’s community partners will conduct family-friendly activities, and food vendors including Last Call PDX, a Taiwanese Beef Noodle cart, will be present.  Throughout the day, Columbia Gorge Music Society will be performing. 

         Come and help us celebrate living and working together at “Somos Uno, One Community,” CGCC’s 2018 Gorge Culture Fest.  CGCC is located at 1730 College Way, Hood River, OR 97031-7502. 

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

bird.owl3Equine Mania LLC June Trail & Cattle Challenge


Equine Mania August Sorting Clinic

Virtual Genealogical Society

National Genealogical Society

Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Katherine Willson’s Genealogy-on-Facebook List