Sherman County eNews #146


  1. Sherman County 4-H Club Reports: Cooking/Food Preservation

  2. Letter to the Editor: A Second Chance

  3. Keeping Limitations

  4. Lynn (Rathbun) Hamersly 1942-2018

  5. Parents: Don’t Forget This Safety Talk With Your Teens

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

Can the real Constitution be restored? Probably not. Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution doesn’t authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people don’t understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them. ~Joseph Sobran

1. Sherman County 4-H Club Reports: Cooking/Food Preservation

4-H clover1The Pans on Fire 4-H outdoor cooking/food preservation club met on May 16 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Michael, Josh, Caiden, Cohen, Allison, Anneliese, Coral, Savanna, Izabella, Emma, Melanie.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Cohen, 4-H Pledge by Savanna.  We made a list of the activities done so far this year, to use when writing our 4-H Story. Lit the Instant Grills, played pancake flipping game, made and cooked Zebra Pizza. 

The Pans on Fire 4-H outdoor cooking/food preservation club met on May 29 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Michael, Josh, Cohen, Logan, Allison, Anneliese, Coral, Savanna, Jordan, Emma, Melanie.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Cohen, 4-H Pledge by Coral.  We worked on advancements, cut up lettuce and tomatoes, drew pictures of outdoor cooking, cooked hamburgers.  Our next meeting will be June 15 outdoor cooking workshop at DeMoss Park 9am-noon.  Meeting adjourned 4:50pm.  Signed, Michael Blagg, News Reporter. 

2. Letter to the Editor. A Second Chance

pencil.sharpTo the Editor:

I, first, thank God for sharing His Son, Jesus for giving me my first second chance for eternal life; just by asking Him to forgive me of all my sins, past, present and future…

Although through life one has many opportunities for second chances, this second chance was life changing for not only myself but my entire family, a number of friends and even people with whom I’ve made acquaintances through our business paths but have never met.

Cindy Kaseberg Brown shared via the Sherman County eNews most of the miraculous turn of events in my life; when in just seconds my life was nearly over. My initial title for this article was going to be “Just a Heartbeat “ but I realized this event has profoundly affected more people than just myself.

I’d like to extend my deep thank you to Alice Kaseberg, my dear classmate for reaching out via Sherman County eNews asking for prayer and providing the address of the hospital where I called home for 11 long days. The outpouring of prayers, flowers and cards was overwhelming. God is still in the miracle business. I covet all of your prayers. You are all so wonderful!!

Without God’s help and the special loving care given to myself and Phil during this recovery transition by our children, Amber Timblin, Corey Timblin and Bryan Robertson, I’m not sure we could have recovered to the stage where we are. Special thanks also to my brother, Gene Tsubota and his wife, Tina, as well as my sister, Denice Wareham, for flying to Alaska to be with me… I am sorry that my event had so many people worried and scared…however I must report I wasn’t scared at all and I have no recollection of pain… P.S. I’m doing well… not quite fully recovered but well on the way, no major issues except that I’m now on a low sodium diet.

For readers who weren’t blessed by Cindy’s recap of my miraculous survival… on January 21 2018 my aorta was 90% dissected; only a 4% chance of survival. The only symptom I experienced was that I thought the metal fillings in my teeth were freezing-like an ice cream freeze headache. I hadn’t been in poor health nor feeling ill. This symptom can warn of potential issues with the heart or arteries. This is where God stepped in and orchestrated a series of miracles – including using our driver RJ Mersch for attending to my airway then to Wilma Vinton from Fairbanks who used all of her medical expertise in a number of medical procedures used in saving my life; the torn aorta closed back on itself; life-flight was staged for another patient-need cancelled; and surgeons who weren’t on call were available. (They did a wonderful job.) These events and a few more gifted me with my second chance. I feel so blessed! Thank you all!!

God bless you all!
Karen Timblin

3. Keeping Limitations

Do you know anyone who explains their behavior by saying, “That’s just the way I am”? Let’s look more closely at this statement.

In an overheard conversation recently, one man said to another, “I suppose I shouldn’t be so suspicious, but that’s just how I am.” Now, what does it mean when someone explains their behavior by saying, “That’s just the way I am”? Does it seem like there is an implication – something left unsaid – like, “I’m not responsible for my behavior,” or, “I can’t really help it because I can’t change”?

When you hear, “That’s just the way I am,” for the careful listener it begs the question, “Why? Were you born that way?” Because you know, for the most part, we weren’t born “that way.” There is very little about ourselves that we can’t change if we want to. Every time we say, “That’s just the way I am,” we give up accountability and personal power.

Now, if you say, “This is how I want to be, this is what I choose to do,” you take responsibility, and when you take responsibility, you empower yourself. These statements come from a place where introspection and self-examination have taken place. A philosophy of life has been created, and self-knowledge reigns supreme.

As long as you believe that you are the way you are, and that’s that, you’ll stay that way. It’s a little like arguing for your right to keep your limitations. Of course, you do have a perfect right to keep them – but why in the world would you want to, when the possibilities for living a full, purposeful life are endless? ~The Pacific Institute

4. Lynn (Rathbun) Hamersly 1942-2018

flower.rose.starLynn Hamersly passed away May 21, 2018, surrounded by love and family, after her battle with cancer. Lynn was born Dec. 22, 1942, the daughter of Floyd G. Rathbun and Betty J. Rathbun of Wasco, Ore. Lynn was raised in Wasco growing up on her family farm, riding horses every day. 

After graduating from Sherman County High School in Moro, Ore., Lynn moved to Monmouth to attend Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University. As a student she met and married Wayne M. Hamersly in 1963. After graduating in 1964 Lynn and Wayne settled in Milwaukie where Lynn was an outstanding member of her community and actively involved in her alma mater.

Lynn possessed a unique spirit of stewardship that she and Wayne used to better their community. The Northwest Autism Foundation, the Hamersly Library at Western Oregon University and the Hamersly Family Library at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory are products of their kindness and generosity. 

Lynn’s generous heart, patience and intelligence led to a successful career as an educator. Lynn taught a Women in Transition class at Mount Hood Community College helping women complete their GED and learn life skills. Along with empowering women, Lynn championed students of all ages and backgrounds, she read scholarship applications for both Clackamas Community College’s Scholarship Foundation and North Clackamas District 12 and regularly attended WOU alumni and campus events. Her dedication to education and her philanthropic spirit earned her the Western Oregon University Alumni Award of Excellence this past year.

Lynn was just as passionate about her family as she was her community. Lynn loved raising her three children and watching her grandchildren’s countless games, performances and achievements. Lynn could be counted on to pass on her talents as a cook, seamstress, academic, gardener and homemaker to her children, grandchildren and friends.

Lynn is survived by her husband, Wayne; children, Scott, Michael and Carole (Stiles); her seven grandchildren, Lexi, Tate, Kipp Hamersly, Ben and Anna Hamersly and Michael and Thomas Stiles; and her siblings, Sue (Phelps) Lee, and Floyd Rathbun.

We are indebted to Providence Healthcare and Golden Age Living for their compassionate care during Lynn’s final days. The celebration of Lynn’s life will be held at 11 a.m., June 9, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Milwaukie, 2036 S.E. Jefferson St., Milwaukie, OR 97222. Parking is available at Milwaukie High School or in Downtown Milwaukie. Memorial donations in memory of Lynn may be made to Western Oregon University, 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth, OR 97361, and the Northwest Autism Foundation, 519 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045. Please sign the online guest book at

5. Parents: Don’t Forget This Safety Talk With Your Teens

Summary: Young workers have higher rates of injuries on the job. Empower them to speak up for their own safety.

This time of year, many Oregon teens are reaching an important milestone: their first job. But as they take on more independence and responsibility, they should feel empowered to speak up for their own safety.

“Getting a first job can feel very grownup, and teens want to show that they’re professional and up for the task at hand,” said Courtnay Slabaugh, training supervisor at SAIF. “But an important part of work is feeling safe and making good decisions—it’s critical parents have that conversation with their kids.”

In Oregon, workers between the ages of 15 and 25 have higher rates of workplace injuries than their older counterparts—and most injuries occur within the first 12 months of employment.

Slabaugh recommends three things for parents to discuss with their teens about work:

  • Keep an eye out for hazards. It’s easy to assume the workspace has been cleared of hazards, but something could have been missed. Keep a look out for hazardous conditions or actions. 
  • Feel empowered to speak up. You can stop work and speak up if you are in a situation that feels unsafe. Request training or personal protective equipment to help you do your job more safely.
  • Know your rights. There are additional rules and regulations that apply to young workers—more information can be found on the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries website.

SAIF recently sponsored a video contest put on by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]). The winning entry, from Eden McCall of Sprague High School, focused on the importance of speaking up as young workers. View her video and videos from all the finalists.

More information can be found at  SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we’ve been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on

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