Sherman County eNews #129


  1. Food Preservation Classes in The Dalles

  2. Letter to the Editor: Honored by Support

  3. Challenge Your Assumptions!

  4. Armed Forces Day is the 3rd Saturday in May

  5. History Tidbits: 1907 Kent Fire

  6. Stripe Rust in Small Grains in E. Washington & Oregon

  7. Spiritual Matters, a Sherman County eNews Column

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

Teamwork! Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. ~Henry Ford

1. Food Preservation Classes in The Dalles

FoodMasonJarWant to learn some new skills and knowledge about food preservation and more?  The Wasco-Hood River county Extension staff will be offering a variety of “al a carte” (pick your favorites to attend) food preservation classes in The Dalles and Hood River this summer and fall. 

In The Dalles, classes will be held afternoons at the Zion Lutheran church, while the Hood River classes are held evenings at the FISH food bank.  Classes range from food preparation for emergencies to pickling to canning to drying to freezer meals to flavored oils and vinegars.  Classes cost $20 each. 

Find out more:

 2. Letter to the Editor: Honored by Support  

pencil.sharpTo the Editor and Sherman County Voters:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sherman County for voting. According to this morning’s data we had a 56% turnout; it puts us #three in the state. Obviously, we care about the outcome of county issues as well as state issues. This November will see me back on the ballot, and I would appreciate your vote at that time. I am very honored for the overwhelming support you have shown me. I am going to be out and about this summer talking with you, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact me. I’m looking forward to talking with you. Thanks again.


Joe Dabulskis


3. Challenge Your Assumptions!

Let’s talk a little bit more about how accepting challenges can help you.

Life sends all of us challenges that we may not feel up to meeting. In those times, it is our persistence and resiliency that we rely on, in addition to our sense of personal efficacy, to move us forward. However, when we create our own challenges, there are additional benefits.

One time, an archaeology professor, who had not been in the field for many years, was offered an opportunity to join an expedition to search for lost cities in the Northern Andes. Since it meant 30 days on horseback in high mountain jungles, and scaling 3,000-foot high cliffs to search for ancient tombs, it was something he thought twice about at age 50.

Yet, accepting this special challenge not only brought him a renewed sense of competency and excitement in life, it also significantly changed his assumptions – and those of his family – concerning the whole concept of aging and maturity. He found that it wasn’t age, but rather his spirit and courage that counted. He returned with a new zest for life.

Why not test some of your assumptions and call upon resources that your ordinary/everyday life doesn’t use very often? A trip to a totally different culture will do it or try learning a sport or other activity with which you have absolutely no experience. Put yourself out there! You never know until you try, just what you are capable of doing.

How long has it been since you really challenged yourself? Do you remember how good it felt? Good – now go do something about it! ~The Pacific Institute

 4. Armed Forces Day is the 3rd Saturday in May  

American flag2By Mark Alexander, The Patriot Post

“When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peacefully and happy Country.” —George Washington (1775)

On the 3rd Saturday in May, millions of American Patriots observe Armed Forces Day, offering due honor and respect for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen serving our nation.

In 1950, President Harry Truman called for the establishment of a designated day to recognize the extraordinary service and sacrifice of our military personnel. Armed Forces Day consolidated the anniversary observations for the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, following the unification of the service branches under the newly formed Department of Defense.

While The Patriot Post still observes and promotes the establishment dates for each of our military service branches, it is fitting that we also set aside a day devoted to the recognition of all military personnel.

The Patriot Post is among our nation’s leading advocates for our Armed Forces and their mission. We do this by providing our fellow Americans with the right perspective on that mission — “to support and defend” our Constitution in defense of Liberty — and the demanding tasks our military personnel have carried out for generations with unfailing courage and professionalism.

We support our warriors through efforts such as Operation Shield of Strength — through which we have now distributed more than one million Joshua 1:9 dog tags: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Visit The Patriot Shop, < > which carries an extensive collection of the highest quality patriotic products, including our line of official military insignia products. The proceeds from all Patriot Shop sales support our mission of service to our Armed Forces.

We remain the land of the free because these Patriots, and we offer our heartfelt thanks and prayers for our nation’s warriors and their families.

5. History Tidbits: 1907 Kent Fire 

Destructive Fire in Kent.

Twelve Buildings and Contents Go up in Smoke.

Half the City Saved by Changing of the Wind.

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday fire broke out in the Schadewitz building Kent, occupied by Samons as a residence, pool room and barber shop, downstairs, and as a lodge room and dance hall up stairs.  Next to this building to take fire was the post office, Recorder printing office, and the Kentner meat market.  Back of this the residence of Joseph Patterson was consumed, the flames meanwhile lapping the store and sheds of the Eastern Oregon Trading Co., taking in a building across the street owned by C. H. Boardman, and an adjacent barn.  Next in order to go was the Bottemiller drug store and building. 

Then the Thompson building, owned by Bottemiller, just vacated by Donley; then the sheds of the Kent Commercial Co were enveloped, the flames meeting at that point, burning to within 10 feet of the Kent Commercial Co.’s store, with all the water gone that the town had, and all that the farmers could haul, the wind changed its course back over its line of devastation, and with the aid of three barrels of vinegar the fire fighters stemmed the tide of destruction and saved the balance of the town, after a laborious struggle lasting until nearly 1 o’clock.  The Wasco Warehouse Milling Co.’s warehouse caught three times but was saved.  The loss is estimated at not less than $60,000.00 with perhaps not over $9,000.00 insurance.  It is a very sad blow to our sister city and one not easily healed by the deep sympathy extended from every division of the county, Moro included.

Source: Sherman County Observer, May 10, 1907, Moro, Sherman Co., Oregon

6. Stripe Rust in Small Grains in E. Washington & Oregon

~ Washington State University

Stripe Rust was found on April 10, 2018, in wheat fields in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla, Benton, Franklin, and Adams counties of Washington and Umatilla County in Oregon. Winter wheat crops ranged from Feekes 4 to 6. Stripe rust was found in breeding nurseries in Central Ferry (Garfield Co.) (Figure 1), our rust monitoring nurseries in Walla Walla (Figure 2), and nurseries at the Hermiston Station (Umatilla Co., OR) (Figure 3). In our Walla Walla experimental fields, stripe rust developed in hot spots in the susceptible borders and appeared on many entries in the nurseries. No rust was found in commercial fields in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla, and Adams counties. However, stripe rust was observed in Horse Heaven (Benton Co.) (Figure 4) and the Connell areas (Franklin Co.). In a field east of Connell, stripe rust was easily observed on grasses, but only one infected wheat leaf was found. Stripe rust was generally hard to find, except in one field in Horse Heaven, the incidence reached 5%.

The previous forecast of close to normal epidemic level (18% on susceptible checks and 8 – 12% on moderately susceptible – susceptible commercial varieties) is still held. The previous recommendations should be implemented. 1) For susceptible or moderately susceptible winter wheat varieties (ratings 5 to 9 on the Buyers’ Guide), use fungicides at the time of herbicide application. For varieties with lower ratings, apply fungicides only when rust is found and before it reaches 5% incidence or severity. 2) For spring wheat, consider planting resistant varieties (ratings 1 to 4 on the Buyers’ Guide).

7. Spiritual Matters, a Sherman County eNews Column

A Friday column, Spiritual Matters is intended to welcome, inform and inspire. 

First: Recognized/organized churches and faith groups in Sherman County are invited to participate. 

Second: The Current Rotation

1st Friday: Wasco Church of Christ, Christian & Moro Community Presbyterian

2nd Friday: Grass Valley Baptist & Wasco Catholic

3rd Friday: Baha’i & Kent Baptist

4th Friday: Wasco United Methodist, Rufus Baptist & Grass Valley Catholic

5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant] 

Third: Articles must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday publication. Please limit messages to 300 words or less.

Fourth: Attacks on another faith, a previous Spiritual Matters article or author will not be published. 

Fifth:   The subject matter should be spiritual and inspirational, calling people to faith, and may include doctrinal understandings. 

Sixth:   The editor reserves the right to decline to publish articles.

Seventh: Please let us know if your group wishes to participate in this rotation.

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

bird.owl3Time to End Net Neutrality Regulation Once and for All


The Patriot Post Mid-Day Digest (free subscription)

Oregon’s top 25 public high schools

Guest column: Who should pay for Central Oregon irrigation canal piping?

Cartels make $500 million a year from smuggling illegal immigrants across U.S. border


Commentary: Critical Amendments for the Farm Bill

SNAP: Off the Dole and Back to Work


Judicial Watch: Russia Investigation is a Political Coup 


Sherman County eNews #128



1. State of Oregon Election Results

2. Sherman County UNOFFICIAL May 15, 2018 Primary Election

Voter turnout was 55%.

~Jenine McDermid, Sherman County Clerk

BRIEFLY…. a snippet from page 2 of 7


COMPLETE Unofficial Election Results 



Sherman County eNews #127


  1. Nell Coats Melzer Grand Marshal for Memorial Day Parade & Celebration

  2. Boring!

  3. Federal, state, tribal and local agencies to conduct mass rescue operation exercise along the Columbia River

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

Happiness is not a destination; it is a way of traveling. ~J.M. Barrie

1. Nell Coats Melzer Grand Marshal for Memorial Day Parade & Celebration

cowboyyeehawNell Coats was born and raised on a wheat ranch between Rufus and Wasco, Oregon, in 1931. She graduated in 1949 and left Sherman county in the ‘50s to go to college where she earned a teaching degree. Returning to teach, she married Harold Melzer and raised her 3 sons, Bruce, Alan, and Doug, who brought into the family their spouses and many grandchildrens and greats. After retiring from teaching she traveled to five continents and 25 countries,

Nell is a dedicated volunteer, a commitment that includes years of teaching Sunday school, helping with vacation bible school, helping Pat Gabriel deliver Meals on Wheels in Sherman county, Lions Club leadership, serving as a host at Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, plus her favorite “job” — taking tickets at the Sherman county school ball games. She loves working with “her kids.” For 17 years she hosted the directors of the Missoula Children’s Theater and enjoyed two foreign exchange students, Paul Murphy from Ireland, and Gustavo Rodriguez from Costa Rica.

She is a wonderful example of serving God by helping her fellow man and her city and county.

Nell will be leading the Wasco Memorial Parade with great-granddaughter Lexi Grenvik riding in Chuck Wallace’s 1932 Chevrolet two-door black touring car driven by her son, Doug.

Memorial Day, May 28, 2018! Come and enjoy the festivities, an Air Force fly-over, tribute to our veterans, big parade, Paradise Rose BBQ, car show and more. Our popular author, Jane Kirkpatrick, will be on hand at the city hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a reading at 1 p.m.

~Wasco Mayor Carol MacKenzie 541-442-5097

 3. Boring!

Question for Today: What is a sure-fire sign that an activity, and it doesn’t matter what activity that is, is going to be boring?

You can be sure that an activity is going to be boring, if the person who is doing it is bored. Now this may sound perfectly obvious – but let’s dig a little deeper into the subject.

Lou Tice used to tell the story of when he was in college, taking a class in Shakespeare that he enjoyed a great deal. One day, when the discussion centered on “King Lear,” one of the students made the comment that he thought the textbook, “The Complete Works of Shakespeare,” was boring. Well! It seems that the professor drew himself up to his full five feet six inches and said something Lou never forgot. “Young man,” he said, “there are boring books and then there are bored readers reading fascinating books. I am afraid you are one of the latter.”

Some folks believe that boredom is a subtle form of negative thinking. Some have defined boredom as hostility without enthusiasm. It is a surface-level pushing back that often contains elements of fear or anger, and sometimes both. Ultimately, it is an attitude, rather than a condition. And since attitudes are learned, they can be unlearned and replaced with more productive attitudes.

So, when you find yourself feeling bored, ask yourself if there is something you are anxious or angry about. Look beneath the surface and see what is draining your enthusiasm, what you are resisting or perhaps, avoiding. Boredom can be a signal that you may be just a step away from doing some real growing.

Remember: boredom, like beauty, is strictly in the eye of the beholder. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Federal, state, tribal and local agencies to conduct mass rescue operation exercise along the Columbia River 

THE DALLES, Ore. – Federal, state, tribal and local agencies will be gathered at River Front Park and the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles to conduct a mass rescue operation exercise, Wednesday.

The exercise will help first responder agencies to evaluate search and rescue procedures and coordination; interagency Incident Command System response; evaluate triage accountability processes and evaluate joint communications procedures and capabilities.

The scenario to be practiced involves a large passenger vessel that runs hard aground near the Three Mile Rapids, which causes mass injuries and forces passengers into the Columbia River without lifejackets.

Agencies involved include:

Federal – Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

State – Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Emergency Management

Local – Wasco County Emergency Operation Center, Wasco Emergency Management, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Amateur Radio Service and Wasco County Search and Rescue; Hood River County Emergency Management, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office; Klickitat County Emergency Management; Portland Fire and Portland Emergency Operations Center; Hood River Fire; The River Safety Task Force; The Dalles Police Department; Mid-Columbia Medical Center; Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue; Clark County Fire and Rescue; Clark County Sheriff’s Office

Tribal – Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries

Commercial – Life Flight 

“The public should be aware of but not alarmed at the activities occurring Wednesday,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kristen Caldwell, contingency planning and readiness chief and exercise coordinator. “We will be doing our very best to not disrupt normal everyday activity in the area including public fishing during Pike Minnow season. This exercise is extremely important in order to be ready for something we all hope never happens.”

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

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Results of the 2017 Linn’s U.S. stamp popularity poll

State historians differ with UO over historic value of East Grand at Hayward Field


Fleeces sell as they’re sheared

Prager U.: The Suicide of Europe

Oregon Sees Record Year In International Tourism

Defending The Nation With Secretary Of Defense James Mattis