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. 

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 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

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