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.