Sherman County eNews #200


  1. Employment: Assistant Child Care Provider

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 1

  3. Long Hollow Fire Alert, Level 1

  4. Central Oregon Fire Information: Long Hollow Fire

  5. Ag groups seek donations for Oregon wildfire victims

  6. Survey: Top and Least Important Benefits among Members of Cultural Organizations

  7. Communicating Expectations

  8. Eating in the Fifties

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch told Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” This is the essence of empathy. You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.

1. Employment: Assistant Child Care Provider

Assistant Child Care Provider:  Part-time position available at ABC Huskies Child Care in Wasco.  Experience preferred but will train.  Must be a team player, child oriented and able to work flexible hours.  For application and further details: call 541-442-5024 or email to: abchuskies@yahoo.comEmployment Application is available on our website at ~Sherman County Child Care Foundation

2. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 1 

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday August 1 @ the Rufus Baptist Church,

Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting. Come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can.  Thank You, Red Gibbs

3. Long Hollow Fire Alert, Level 1

This is a message from Frontier Regional Alert serving Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties:

All Sherman County, everyone south of Rutledge Lane is a level 1…
Frontier Regional 911

[See Sherman County Emergency Services at and South Sherman Fire & Rescue at]

4. Central Oregon Fire Information: Long Hollow Fire 

5. Ag groups seek donations for Oregon wildfire victims

Oregon agricultural groups are asking their members to aid farmers and ranchers who lost crops, livestock, equipment and feed to the wildfires that have swept across parts of the state. A fund has also been established for the family of the farmer who died while cutting a fire line to protect a neighbor’s property.

Both the Oregon Farm Bureau and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association have efforts underway to raise money for the victims. The cattlemen’s association is also collecting hay, equipment and supplies for the victims.

“Please, please, please consider donating to help out the farmers devastated by the Substation Fire,” Kathy Freeborn Hadley of the Oregon Farm Bureau wrote in a Facebook post.

“Rural Oregonians support their neighbors, as we saw by the immediate action taken by many heroic farmers who worked alongside first-responders to put out the Substation Fire,” said Anne Marie Moss, Farm Bureau communications director, in a press release.

The wind-driven Substation Fire burned 123 square miles of north-central Oregon — much of it farms and ranch land — before it was brought under control late this week.

A farmer, 64-year-old John Ruby, died as he was plowing a fire line in an effort to protect his neighbor’s property, and growers lost upwards of 2 million bushels of wheat to the flames. That’s about 25 percent of the area’s wheat crop.

“It is with heavy hearts that we continue to witness the mass destruction and devastation caused by wildfires that continue to rage across Oregon, affecting ranching families,” the cattlemen’s association said in a press release. “Not only have these ranchers lost horses, feed and beef cattle, one farmer lost his life trying to prevent fire from spreading.

“We ask Oregon ranchers to come together and support their fellow ranching families in this time of need,” the group said.

To donate to the wildfire relief, go to the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Stewardship Fund at and click on “Donation-Stewardship Fund.” Under purpose, click “Fire Assistance Fund.” Funds raised will be given to a wildfire relief fund.

“The surviving cattle and ranching families are in desperate need of essentials like hay and fencing,” the OCA said. To make a donation of fencing, material, hay, trucking or time, email OCA Communications Director Robyn Smith at

“We are working hard to build a relief effort team and would appreciate any assistance we can get,” the organization said.

Checks made out to the “Oregon Farm Bureau Fire Relief Fund” can be mailed to the Oregon Farm Bureau, c/o Patty Kuester, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. The OFB and Wasco County Farm Bureau will work together to decide where to best use funds that are received.

For those wanting to help the family of John Ruby, the farmer who died, Columbia Bank in The Dalles has set up a fund. Donations can be sent to Columbia Bank, 316 E Third St., The Dalles, OR 97058. Call 541-298-6647 for more information.

~The Capital Press

6. Survey: Top and Least Important Benefits among Members of Cultural Organizations

Check out this interesting article on survey results for the top benefits and least important benefits among members to cultural organizations in the U.S. paying equal or less than $250 per year for their membership:

Turns out, supporting the organization’s mission matters a lot to members. There is also a breakdown of millennial specific data. If membership is a hot topic in your organization, check out this article and see if it might add to your discussion.

7. Communicating Expectations

What do you expect from your kids? How do you communicate your expectations to them? Today, let’s talk about what’s reasonable and what’s not.

All parents expect certain things from their children. But expectations that are too high, too low, or never clearly expressed can lead to trouble. Having expectations that are too high promotes failure rather than success and leads to an enormous amount of stress for both you and your kids. We want to avoid the “I will never measure up,” syndrome that interrupts trying before it ever gets started.

On the other hand, expectations that are too low can lead to failure, too, because they don’t help your children to stretch their capacities and develop a sense of competence and resiliency. Reasonable, higher expectations also allow children the opportunity to discover more of who they are and what they can do. It’s realizing potential and getting the positive feedback from that discovery.

And here is a vital component to the process: Make sure you talk to your kids about your expectations and spell them out as clearly as possible. If you expect them to clean their room once a week, make sure they understand exactly what “clean” means and which day of the week they need to have it done by. At the same time, tailor your expectations so that they are realistic and appropriate to that particular child at that particular stage of their development.

What’s right for one doesn’t necessarily fit another and what was reasonable ten years ago may no longer make much sense today. And remember, the only failure is in not trying. Even a modest success is the foundation for a positive learning experience.

By the way, if you expect your kids to share certain values you cherish – such as honesty, confidence, and dependability – make sure you serve as a good role model. Even when they may not seem to be listening to what you say, you can bet they are paying close attention to what you do.

P.S. Everything above goes for the workplace, as well. Clearly expressed expectations drive clear and well-understood goals, which then return excellence in performance and results. Leadership drives the organizational culture. So if you want honest, confident and dependable employees and team members, they will be looking to you as their example. ~The Pacific Institute

8. Eating in the Fifties

Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.

Curry was a surname.

A take-away was a mathematical problem.

Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.

Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.

All chips were plain.

Oil was for lubricating; fat was for cooking.

Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.

Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

Chickens didn’t have fingers in those days.

None of us had ever heard of yogurt.

Healthy food consisted of anything edible.

Cooking outside was called camping.

Seaweed was not a recognized food.

‘Kebab’ was not even a word, never mind a food.

Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.

Prunes were medicinal.

Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.

Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.

Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.

The one thing that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties …

was elbows, hats and cell phones!