Sherman County eNews #223







Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender,

Be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others –

Even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons – they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,

For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career –

However humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is.

Many persons strive for high ideals,

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially do not feign affection, neither be cynical about love.

For in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,

It is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the council of the years,

Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune,

But do not distress yourself with imaginings –

Many fears are borne of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe.

No less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life,

Keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be careful. Strive to be happy.

~ “Desiderata” (Latin: “desired things”) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

REMINDERS: PLEASE! No posters or flyers.

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THANK YOU! The entire Stradley family would like to thank each and every person who came out to help with our shop fire on Tuesday August 21st. Thanks to the fast responses and hard work of the various departments and many individuals on scene, the fire was contained to just the single structure and no one was injured. We are so grateful to you all! ~Dick, Arlone, Brian, Lara and Levi Stradley

THANK YOU! We are having a Sherman County “Smokin Hot” LUNCH to Thank FIREFIGHTERS, FARMERS and FRIENDS for their efforts fighting fire this year!!
Sunday August 26@12:30 pm at Sherman County Fairgrounds after Susie McEntire.
Fried chicken, salads, baked beans, watermelon and beverages. 
Everything is donated—No charge—Everyone is invited. We need helpers to pick up food, serve, and clean up. We also need cookies.  Call Ree Ella to volunteer or ask questions. 541-980-8678.

CONGRATULATIONS! The Sherman County Fair honors the Sherman County Road Crew as the 2018 Grand Marshals: Ray Mabe, Mike Barrett, Ryan Owens, Keith Fritts, Bruce Olsen, Gary Shull, Luke Lawrence, Rick Jauken, and Mark Coles.




“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown 


BANK BRANCH MANAGER. Bank of Eastern Oregon is now hiring for an experienced Branch Manager for their Moro, OR branch. Position is full-time with schedule of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. This position requires a minimum of 3-5 years branch operations and supervisory experience. Successful candidate must pass a pre-employment drug, credit, and background screening. Applicants may apply at, click on Career Opportunities (towards bottom of Home page). Bank of Eastern Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Application closing date: 8-31-2018

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Mid-Columbia Bus Company needs school bus drivers. No experience necessary. Paid training. 401K. Hiring bonuses up to $350. Flexible hours. Holidays off. Please call today: 541-442-5723.


HOME. Home for sale in Wasco, 700 Pemberton St., 3 bed – 1 1/2 bath, Full basement (about 1/3rd of it is finished), Spacious living room / dining room, Wonderful neighborhood, Close to the local School. Just minutes away from The John Day, Deschutes and Columbia Rivers! This house has had a lot of work done to it in the last couple of years. There is a diesel furnace that works great and a new pellet stove installed last winter. The stove was installed in compliance w/ local building codes and passed inspection. The house sits on a double city (corner) lot. There are 2 outbuildings. One is a double car garage that is insulated and has a wood stove. The other is a smaller single car ‘garage’ that has wood floors and works great for a lawn shed for all of your lawn care equipment. This has been a really good house, it’s just way more than we need for our family. Call Daniel at 5419809306.

ONE-OF-A-KIND HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE, FURNITURE REFINISHING & REPAIR: Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 8/31

MORO PROPERTY. NEW PRICE OF $44,900.00 A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. RMLS# 17410095. Contact 9/28




LOOKING FOR HELP WITH THOSE END OF SUMMER PROJECTS? LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 8/31

LEAN-TO CAFÉ: CATERING, FULL-SERVICE DELI, BREAKFAST UNTIL 11, DAILY SPECIALS. Sandwiches, Burgers, Salads, Chicken Strips. 541-442-5709 Historic Downtown Wasco 8/31 




LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL 8/24

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Abbey Phelps, Knitting, Fiber Arts

21-26 Sherman County Fair & Rodeo, Moro

23-26 Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo, Goldendale, Washington

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H Home Economics Contests 8 4-H Pavilion

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship 8-9

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship 9:15

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship 11-12

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship 12:15-1:30

24 Sherman High School Football & Volleyball Games 2-5

24 Sherman County Fair Intros & CCT Bull Riding 7:15-9 $$

24-26 Art in the High Desert, Bend, Oregon

25 Sherman County Fair Parade at the Fairgrounds 8:30 a.m.

25 Sherman County Fair Horse & Kids’ Games 9:30-12

25 Sherman County Fair Queen’s Reception 10

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H Grand Champion All-around Showmanship 12:30

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Awards following all-around showmanship

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale 3-4

25 Sherman County Fair FFA Annual BBQ 5:30

25 Sherman County Fair Demo Derby 7:30

25 Sherman County Fair Dance with Countryfied 9:30-1

26 Sherman County Fair Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire 10:30 Main Grandstand

26 Thank Fire Fighters at Smokin’ Hot Lunch 12:30 Sherman County Fairgrounds

27 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

27 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension – Burnet Building, Moro

28 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

28 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

30 Sherman County Back to School Night 6:30

31 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot

31-Sept.2 Maryhill Windwalk: Gravity Games – Historic Maryhill Loops

31-Sept 3 Sumpter Flea Market, Sumpter, Oregon


1 Art Walk in Moro

1 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 10-1 Main Street in Moro

1 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 2-4 RR Depot in Wasco

1 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

1 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

1 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families / Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Photographs John Day Dam, 50 years Ago

2 V-J Day WW II Japanese Surrender 1945

3 Labor Day

4 Sherman County School Classes Resume

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 Moro City Council 7

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 Sherman County Courthouse Dedication 11

8 Maryhill Museum’s Annual Benefit Auction, Paradise Rose Dinner

8-9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Hood River Fly-In

9 Grandparents Day. Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

11 Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance

11 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 2

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7

14 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

15 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

18 Cottonwood Experience Center Ribbon Cutting

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

20 Sherman County Book Club Meeting

22 Smithsonian Museum Day Live at Maryhill Museum tickets at

22 “Back to School” Night Fund Raiser for the Wasco School Events Center

22 Romanian Cultural Festival at Maryhill Museum 10-5

23 Autumn Begins

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

28 Association of Oregon Counties District 3 – Wasco County

29 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9


Sherman County eNews #222


  1. Sherman High School Football and Volleyball, TODAY Aug. 24

  2. Back to School Night! – Thursday, August 30th

  3. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Induction, Sept. 28

  4. A Shift in Focus

  5. History Tidbits: 1950 Sherman County Fair

1.Sherman High School Football and Volleyball, TODAY, Aug. 24

Friday, August 24, 2018 in Moro at the Sherman County School

sports-volley-ballVolleyball Jamboree vs Cove and Trinity Lutheran

1:30 PM           Cove vs Sherman

3:00 PM           Cove vs Trinity Lutheran

4:30 PM           Sherman vs Trinity Lutheran

*There is an admission fee for Volleyball – $4 for Adults and $2 for Students


sport-football-whistleFootball Jamboree vs Arlington/Condon and Dufur

Starting at 4:00 PM

*Each session will be 9 plays

Session 1:        Arlington/Condon (Offense) vs. Sherman County (Defense)

Session 2:        Dufur (Offense) vs. Arlington/Condon (Defense)

Session 3:        Sherman County (Offense) vs. Dufur (Defense)

Session 4:        Sherman County (Offense) vs. Arlington/Condon (Defense)

Session 5:        Arlington/Condon (Offense) vs. Dufur (Defense)

Session 6:        Dufur (Offense) vs. Arlington/Condon (Defense)

Session 7:        Dufur (Offense) vs. Sherman County (Defense)

Session 8:        Sherman County (Offense) vs. Arlington/Condon (Defense)

Session 9:        Arlington/Condon (Offense) vs. Dufur (Defense)

Session 10:      Dufur (Offense) vs. Sherman County (Defense)

Session 11:      Arlington/Condon (Offense) vs. Sherman County (Defense)

Session 12:      Sherman County (Offense) vs. Dufur (Defense).

~ Gary D. Lewis

Athletic Director/Head Boys Basketball Coach

Physical Education Teacher

Sherman County School

503-565-3500  x226

2. Back to School Night! – Thursday, August 30th


Back to School Night

  • 6:30 p.m. PK-12 Greeting in the EVENT CENTER
  • 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner in the cafeteria, meet teachers & staff, visit classrooms, try your locker, get bus information, bring your supplies, Family ID support, meet the Boosters and PTO, and much more!

Thursday, AUGUST 30, 2018

6:30 P.M.

We look forward to seeing everyone!


Call the school at 541-565-3500

 3. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Induction, Sept. 28

The Sherman County School District will celebrate the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor during half-time of the September 28, 2018, home football game against Enterprise High School.  The public is welcome to join the celebration at a pre-event reception that will take place prior to the game at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center. At the reception, designated speakers will share memories of each honoree. 

The 2018 inductees include the generous and dedicated Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Member Mike Beers, Businesswoman, Farmer and Artist Karla (von Borstel) Chambers, United States Navy Executive Officer Don (Gordon) Helyer (posthumously), and long-time Sherman County Superintendent Wily Knighten (posthumously). 

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District.  It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District. 

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit and click on the Hall of Honor tab.  For questions, call Wes Owens at 541-565-3500.

4. A Shift in Focus

Today, let’s look at a way to ask questions that will help you shift your focus from problems to solutions.

If you want to make your communications as effective as possible, and if you are interested in finding solutions to problems rather than becoming bogged down in them, this is a suggestion that will help: If you ask the right questions, you can direct communications to get answers that are genuinely helpful.

For example, if you ask someone “What’s wrong?” you’ll get an answer – often a long one – which will focus on the problem. When we focus on the problem, our brains make sure we are unable to see anything else. However, if you ask “What do you want?” or “How would you like to change things?” you have redirected the conversation from the problem to the solution.

In every situation, no matter how dark or dismal, there is a desirable outcome. You can convince people, including yourself, to focus on that outcome, by avoiding questions that ask “why” and choose instead “how” or “what” questions. You focus on the future, which can be invented, and not the past, which cannot be changed.

Instead of asking your kid why he is flunking algebra, ask him what he needs to help him bring his grade up to at least a “C.” As a substitute for asking your boss why you didn’t get a raise, try asking what you need to do in order to justify a salary increase.

As a leader, refrain from asking your employees why they didn’t make the sale. Ask them what they can do differently so they’ll be certain to make the next one. And as an effective leader, ask them how you can assist them in finding the solutions.

You get the idea. It’s a matter of focusing on solutions to challenges, and moving focus away from the challenges themselves.

5. History Tidbits: 1950 Sherman County Fair

prize.blueribSherman County Journal, 1950. Moro Personals. Joan Eakin was placed as champion (4-H) cake baker although Barbara Buck and Sherry Woods also won blue ribbons. Margaret Baumgartner, Carol Burnet, Dayanne Sayrs and Mary Brady won red ribbons and Cherrill Fields, Ronnie Benson and Margaret Scherrer won white ones.