Sherman County eNews #158


  1. Leslie Leonard Edwards 1933-2018

  2. Be a Community “Food Hero,” June 27

  3. President Trump’s Flag Day Proclamation

  4. American Agri-Women Photo Contest

  5. Sherman County History Q & A

  6. Expanding Definitions

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

We live in a society bloated with data, yet starved for wisdom. We’re connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct. ~Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey 

1. Leslie Leonard Edwards 1933-2018 

flower.rose.starLeslie Leonard Edwards

June 12,1933 – June 7, 2018

Our dear, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away after a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that was officially confirmed just a few days prior to his passing. He collapsed in his front yard on April 29 and was revived through CPR by two angel passersby. This kindness of total strangers was a great blessing that enabled the family to gather in love, support, peace, joy, and forgiveness, and to say our final goodbyes to this beautiful spirit.

Les was a man of high principles and very devoted to his family. He adored his daughters and four precious grandchildren and took great delight in loving, praising, and cheering them on. He was very proud of his wife’s music and travel adventures and always enjoyed being around friends from all over the globe.

Les began life in central Oregon. As the eldest son in a large laboring family, he learned farming, hunting, carpentry, mechanics, tractor/truck driving, horse jockeying, and his strong work ethic. The GI bill enabled his study of mathematics at Eastern Oregon College, Willamette University, and the University of Oregon, where as teaching assistant he met his wife of 56 years. Employment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory brought the couple to Livermore, where they raised their family. His 30-year career included the beginning of the computer age and important contributions to simulation of nuclear waste management and the atmospheric physics of nuclear winter.

Les fully enjoyed his passion for golf as a devoted member of the Springtown Men’s Golf Club, by running Springtown Golf Course for a four-year period, and by marshaling at Wente Golf Course. In school and in his early years in Livermore, he was quite involved with local theater and was an active participant in Cask and Mask. This interest led him to work on two committees pursuing the construction of a performing arts center in Livermore. For many years, Les was deeply involved with the Livermore Cultural Arts Council and its local Fall Arts Festival and Summerfest. He was a proud member of the “infamous” A Crew that did general set-up, clean-up, procurement, and repairs for these events. The work was vital to the organization, and over time the workers became like family.

Les was a very private person who enjoyed a quiet life. He will be greatly missed by his family and by those whose lives he touched. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughters Donna Edwards Weber and Julie Edwards Ponder, and his grandchildren Amy and Eric Weber, and Madison and Kaitlyn Ponder.

At this point in time there is no public memorial service being planned. In honor of him, donations can be made in his name to the Bankhead Theater, Livermore Valley Opera, Hope Hospice, or the charity of your choice. The family is most grateful for your outpouring of help and support during this difficult journey.

~The Independent, Livermore, California (with photo)

Editorial Note: Les Edwards was the son of William M. “Bill” and Marguerite (Dickinson) Edwards of Moro and grandson of LeRoy and Mary Jane (Helyer) Edwards. The family lived in Moro where the children attended school: Mary, Wilma, Les, Viola, Rose, Elmira, Rebecca, Joyce and Bill.

2. Be a Community “Food Hero,” June 27

Folks who enjoy cooking, healthy eating and love to serve their community, here’s your chance to get free training as a “Food Hero” Volunteer!  Oregon State University Extension Service, along with community partners, will offer Food Hero Volunteer Training Wednesday, June 27 9am-2pm at One Community Health, 1040 Webber Street, The Dalles. 

Food Hero volunteers will receive training in modeling healthful eating and cooking, food safety, community resources and basic nutrition, with ideas for stretching dollars through demonstrations and cooking workshops at schools, food pantries, farmers’ markets, grocery stores and health clinics.

Trained volunteers will receive a Food Hero t-shirt and apron, a resource notebook and recipes, and volunteer opportunities to contribute to their community, plus a delicious lunch featuring Food Hero recipes. 

The training is free and pre-registration is required by Friday, June 22.  Contact Lauren Kraemer at 541-386-3343 x 38258 or email for more information or to register.

Food Hero mission is to help low-income Oregonians improve their health through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. 

3. President Trump’s Flag Day Proclamation

American flag2More than two centuries ago, on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of our new Republic.  Through the many triumphs and trials of our Nation, our flag has reflected our heritage of liberty and embodied the American virtues of bravery, justice, and loyalty.  Each year, we celebrate Flag Day and National Flag Week to honor our timeless national emblem.

Our flag symbolizes our solemn pride and eternal gratitude to our service members, who willingly raise their hand in front of our Nation’s colors and take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.  Our flag also serves as a final acknowledgement of our country’s gratitude to the families of those soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen who have given their last full measure of devotion to our country.  After the echo of the last rifle volley and the final notes of “Taps” fade away, the flag is carefully folded and presented to the grieving families of our fallen heroes to serve as a source of comfort and strength in times of immense sorrow.

Our majestic flag flies during our country’s most memorable occasions.  In the early morning of May 10 of this year, a large American flag undulated in the breeze over the homecoming of three Americans released from captivity in North Korea.  It also presided during our astronauts’ many missions exploring the moon’s surface, the heroic triumph of the Marines at the battle of Iwo Jima, and the recovery operations at New York City’s ground zero and the Pentagon immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001.  Our country’s colors — bold and brilliant — symbolize to the world those values we hold sacred, freedom and liberty, and our hope for a better world.

Today, we celebrate the ideals of our country’s founding, which are represented so proudly by the broad stripes and bright stars — that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  May we never forget the tremendous sacrifices required to secure and maintain our freedom.  Let us proudly stand and remember our founding principles and our country’s ever continuing march to achieve a more perfect Union.  As we raise our flag, let us resolve always to cherish it with reverence and eternal gratitude so that the red, white, and blue may forever wave from sea to shining sea.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2018, as Flag Day, and the week starting June 10, 2018, as National Flag Week.  I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during this week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by displaying the flag.  I also encourage the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, set aside by the Congress (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


4. American Agri-Women Photo Contest

Are you a grower (farmer/ rancher/ fisher)? Processor? Grocer? Cook? Foodie? Show off your photos of our Ag Day 365 theme of “Food: How It’s Made.” Send us your photos and enter to win a swag prize pack filled with goodies and a mystery gift card.

Send your photos to or message them to us through Facebook to be entered into our monthly contest (running from May to Oct 2018).

This promotion is open to those 18 and over who reside in the United States. Void where prohibited. This promotion is in no way associated with, administered by, or endorsed by Facebook. Limit 1 photo per entrant per month. Winners will be chosen at random. By entering, you release your photos to be used as a part of American Agri-Women and Ag Day 365 promotional and marketing purposes.

5. Sherman County History Q & A

Q.Hundreds came through Sherman County in great clouds of dust! They did not stay. Who were they?

A.The answer is with the Links.

6. Expanding Definitions

How creative are you? If your answer is, “Not very,” don’t be so sure. Let’s knock the mystique out of creativity today.

If you find yourself in a discussion about creativity, perhaps with family, friends or co-workers, most likely the talk is about some piece of music, sculpture or painting. The conversation is about “the arts” and you find that the group winds up defining creativity by the works of the Masters (Michelangelo, da Vinci, and so on), or some piece of time-honored literature. This is a fairly narrow definition of creativity, and one that most of us won’t be joining.

However, by merely expanding that definition, so much more is possible. What about a delicious meal, with food that is both nutritious and appealing to the eye? What of a home that is a picture of warm colors and casual comfort, a welcome haven for a weary spirit? Everywhere you look there are unique experiences that speak to creativity, from a blooming rose garden to a walk on a beach.

Here’s the thing: being creative just means bringing something new into the world. It could be an object or an idea, simple or complex, as long-lasting as the pyramids of Giza, a moment in time that touches the heart of a loved one and is burned in memory forever, or as transient as a sandcastle on an incoming tide.

One of the world’s most creative thinkers, Albert Einstein, once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” So, if you want to be more creative, exercise your imagination as you might exercise your dog. Take it out for a good run every day. Let it off the leash and see where it goes. Practice “What if” thinking and break up your routines.

To help out, get yourself a journal – any blank book – and fill up those empty pages with your thoughts, doodles, ideas, wonderings – anything that your active mind brings to the surface when you give it the space and time to do so. Affirm your creative spirit, and watch it bloom! All it needs is the opportunity. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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Answer: Sherman County History Q & A

John Fremont’s 1843 Exploration Party; Oregon Trail pioneers 1843-1863; stagecoaches; miners with pack trains; and freighters.