All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3
What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.
Editorial. Inviting Sherman County Judge Candidates’ Vision for Long-Range Planning & Governance
Robert William Odell 1937-2018
Gordon Elner Helyer -2018
Universal Terms: Fact, Opinion or Generalization?
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3
The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 3 @ the Wasco Christian 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
2. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.
The Library is open School Hours – 8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday
Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.
YA Art Club
THURSDAY after school in the library.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus.
Madero Winds Concert – Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30pm
Enjoy an evening of classical music played on wind instruments presented by Gail Gillespie, Brad Hochhalter, and Dave Bergmann of Madero Winds.
Music and Movement – Saturday, October 6 at 10:00am and the first Saturday of every month. Join the fun of creative play, rhyme and rhythm while fine tuning motor skills and coordination. Ages 0-6
Hogwarts Party – Saturday, the 6th of October at 6:00 in the evening.
Your presence is requested in the library for an evening of magical adventure. Get sorted into your house and start earning points. Make your own wand! Enjoy snacks from Honeydukes. A prize will be awarded for the best costume. ALL ages welcome, yes, ALL ages!
3. Editorial. Inviting Sherman County Judge Candidates’ Vision for Long-Range Planning & Governance
Sherman County eNews offers an opportunity for Joe Dabulskis and Mike Smith, Sherman County’s two candidates for the position of county judge, to submit to eNews in 350 words or less their thoughts in response to a question about the use of regularly scheduled long-range planning sessions as a tool for governance. Responses received by October 5th at 5 p.m. will be posted to eNews together the week of October 8th.
The question: What are your thoughts about the use of regularly scheduled long-range planning sessions as a tool for governance to avoid bouncing from one reactionary decision to another?
4. Robert William Odell 1937-2018
Robert William Odell, 81, peacefully passed away from natural causes on September 23, 2018 at The Claremont Care Center in Pomona, Calif. He was the husband of his second wife, Mary Jean Odell for 36 years.
Born in Willmar, Minn., on April 29, 1937, he was the oldest son of Robert & Mary Odell. He attended the College of St. Thomas where he earned his B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Theology. He furthered his education at OSU with a major in counseling. His greatest love was teaching math at Sherman County High School and being a guidance director at The Dalles High School. In his later years his passion for theology was fulfilled by working as a youth minister and pastoral assistant for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vancouver, Wash. He will always be remembered for his great love of his Catholic faith and God.
He is survived by his first wife, Phyllis Rayburn, and their five children, Thomas Odell, Christopher Odell, Mary Kelly Keyser, Amy Robertson, and Anthony Odell. He is also survived by his second wife, Mary Jean Odell and her three children, Robert Brady, Steven Brady and Bridget Ronnie and all spouses collectively. Combined he had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter & St. Paul Catholic Church in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Regards may be sent to Mary Jean Odell at 6638 Amethyst Ave. C305, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737.
5. Gordon Elner Helyer -2018
On September 17, 2018, Gordon Elner Helyer, 84, passed away at a hospice house in Albany, Oregon, with his family by his side. Gordon was born on the family farm near Kent, Oregon, to Elner and Olive (Adams) Helyer.
Gordon grew up raising horses and, at 10 years old, in support of the WWII effort, he broke a horse named Blue Sky that served in the Cavalry. Gordon penned a letter to President Roosevelt to inquire about Blue Sky’s fate. In response he received a letter from the war department, explaining that his horse died in 1944 due to a broken leg.
Gordon was the youngest brother of four sisters, Virginia, Myrtle, Bertha, and Norma Jean. He attended Vale High School and graduated from The Dalles High School, meeting the love of his life, Verda “Dawnie” Dickson, while he was working at a downtown filling station. Gordon married Dawnie on June 12, 1954, in The Dalles, joining the Army near the end of the Korean War. Gordon served for two years in Ulm, Germany, where he and Dawnie traveled throughout Europe, including Holland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy and France they collected charms for their nieces along the way.
Upon his return from Europe, Gordon worked at Payless along with helping his brother-in-law, Art Fletcher, in his orchard near Odell. Later, Gordon was employed by H.S. Smith Co. as a route salesman and eventually became assistant manager. Gordon and Dawnie had rental properties and later each started their own businesses; Helyer Insulation and Mode O’Day. They loved boating, snowmobiling and spending time with their family and traveling to Thailand with friends. Gordon had a booming voice, an infectious laugh, and a million dollar smile.
Gordon was preceded in death by his wife Dawnie of 46 years in 2000 and son Todd in 1992. Gordon continued his travels, going to Alaska, Arizona and points in between. While in Yuma, Arizona in 2001, Gordon befriended Elizabeth Kay Piva and as widowers they found a blossoming relationship that continued to grow in love until his death. They enjoyed spending winters in Yuma, and summers traveling to see friends and family in Oregon and Idaho, creating many fond memories.
Gordon is survived by his oldest son and wife, Mark and Kim Helyer, and youngest son and wife, Lynn and Kella Helyer; grandchildren, David, Amanda, K-Lei, Katherine, Grace and Sarah; and great-grandchildren, Lilly, Harper, Francisco and Gabriel. Graveside services were held on September 29, 2018, at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, The Dalles, Oregon. Donations in Gordon’s name may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House 4600 Evergreen Place S.E. Albany, Ore. 97322.
6. Universal Terms: Fact, Opinion or Generalization?
“The next time you hear a universal term, ask yourself, “Is this a fact or an opinion or a generalization?” Watch and listen closely to those running for office, especially when they talk about their opponents or the state of affairs. Are they stating facts or a cleverly worded opinion? The same goes for news outlets or anyone attempting to grab the spotlight. It is vital that all of us sharpen our critical listening skills.
Listen for the words “all,” “every,” “always,” “never,” and “none,” and let them serve as red flags for you. Ask yourself, “Is this strictly true? Are there exceptions?” If you avoid these universals except when they are really true, you will dramatically improve your communications, as well as create a better sense of trust in you by those who listen to you. ~The Pacific Institute
7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do