Sherman County eNews #267


  1. Sherman County Senior Center Reminders

  2. Sherman County High School Suspends Football for the 2018 Season

  3. Filling Vacancies in Partisan Elective Office of County Judge or Commissioner

  4. Maryhill to Commemorate Veterans Day and 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, Nov. 10 & 11

  5. Past as Prologue

  6. Opinion. The Salty Sailor

1. Sherman County Senior Center Reminders

The Senior Center sends a friendly reminder to our patrons. We make everything from scratch, and we begin working on our entrée items 24-hours in advance. We ask for a 24-hour notice, especially if you plan to have 2 or more people for lunch, so we can prepare enough food the day before. We do not function as a restaurant, but a ‘not-for-profit’ establishment with a primary function as a Senior Center.  This is just a friendly reminder that in order to guarantee a meal, please give us as much advance notice as possible, and particularly if you will have a group. If you are concerned about us running out of food before you arrive, please call ahead to reserve a meal for yourself. If you are running late, please give us a call and we can sign you in so that a meal is reserved for you. Thank you! ~Kari Silcox, Manager, Sherman County Senior & Community Center 541-565-3191.

2. Sherman County High School Suspends Football for the 2018 Season

Mike Somnis, K-12 Principal, Head Football Coach: Sherman County High School announces that we will be suspending high school football operations for the duration of the 2018 season. This unfortunate circumstance is for the safety and well-being of our student athletes. This situation is due to a combination of low program numbers and injuries that have reduced the roster. The Sherman County School District is fully committed to having a healthy and competitive football program in the fall of 2019. Thank you. 

3. Filling Vacancies in Partisan Elective Office of County Judge or Commissioner

With regard to the process of replacing a county commissioner where the position is partisan (Republican in this case), Oregon Republican Party Vice Chair, Chris Baretto writes:

“The Oregon Republican Party (ORP) calculates the weighted vote for each Precinct Committee Person (PCP). Basically it’s the number of registered Republican voters in the precinct divided by the number of PCPs in that same precinct. 100 voters/4 PCP= 25 votes per PCP.  If a PCP doesn’t participate in the election those present (the other 3) still only have 25 voters represented each; the number is not recalculated, those other 25 voters just aren’t represented.   

“The meeting has to be conducted by the ORP (Oregon Republican Party) with a meeting notice being sent to all the PCPs.  I (ORP) have to get an official list of the PCPs from the county clerk from that county once the resignation is received by the Secretary of State’s office.”

PCP refers to Precinct Committee Persons (one male and one female elected in the primary from each precinct). Sherman County has 5 precincts basically corresponding to the 4 cities and Kent district There are currently 9 elected PCPs who would be eligible to vote (Grass Valley has no female PCP elected). This process begins when the County Clerk receives a letter of resignation from a commissioner. The Clerk in turn notifies the Secretary of State who notifies the party. The PCPs are notified and have 30 days to meet and recommend replacement candidates (3-5) to the county governing body (county court in Sherman).

This process is covered under Oregon laws as follows:

236.215 Filling vacancies in partisan elective office of county judge or commissioner. (1) When a vacancy occurs in the partisan elective office of county judge who does not exercise judicial functions or county commissioner, the remaining members of the county court or board of county commissioners of the county, pursuant to ORS 236.217, shall appoint a person qualified to hold office who is an elector of the county to perform the duties of the office until the term of office expires or the vacancy is filled by election.

      (2) When the provisions of ORS 236.217 apply, the appointment shall be made from a list of not fewer than three nor more than five nominees furnished by the county clerks. If fewer than three names of nominees are furnished or if no list is received by the appointing authority, the county court or board of county commissioners may consider additional qualified persons. The person so appointed must have been a member of the same major political party at least 180 days before the date the vacancy to be filled occurred.

      (3) The vacancy must be filled by appointment within 30 days after its occurrence. [1987 c.549 §3; 1989 c.171 §29; 2001 c.430 §4].

The last time this process was used was when Commissioner Tom McCoy was selected to replace the late Commissioner Steve Burnet. 

In the event the remaining commissioner and county judge cannot agree on a replacement, the position remains vacant until the next election.

(Mike McArthur served as a Sherman County Precinct Committee Person (PCP) for 10 years and chaired the Sherman Republican Party serving as delegate to the 2016 ORP Convention.)

4. Maryhill to Commemorate Veterans Day and 100th Anniversary 
of Armistice Day during Closing Weekend, Nov. 10 & 11

Events include special Stonehenge Memorial program, bell ringing, 
free admission for veterans, food drive and more

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., October 8, 2018) — As Maryhill Museum of Art prepares to close out its 2018 season, a weekend of events will mark Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the armistice of November 11, 1918, when the Allies of WWI and Germany ceased hostilities on the Western Front.

On Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 the museum will offer free admission to veterans, active military and firefighters. Visitors who donate two non-perishable food items will also receive free admission.

On Sunday, November 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a special, commemorative event at Stonehenge Memorial, marking the anniversary of Armistice Day. This event will be followed by a reception at Maryhill, where there will be a small exhibition in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center of WWI posters from the Maryhill Museum of Art Collections, and WWI artifacts from the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum. Families whose loved ones are honored at Stonehenge Memorial are invited to share scrapbooks or photos; a table will be set up in the museum on Sunday for this purpose. For more information, contact Louise Palermo, Curator of Education at 509 773-3733 ext. 25 or email

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, there will be a performance of Honor Bells and honorific music by the handbell choir of Hood River Valley Christian Church, at the museum.  

At 6 p.m. on November 11, Washington State park ranger Mark Harris will give a final performance of his living history presentation of a WWI soldier. This program will take place at Stonehenge Memorial. 

There are also Veterans Day activities such as parades, breakfasts, presentations and more in the communities of GoldendaleThe DallesWhite Salmon and Hood River; local chamber websites are linked.


Closing Weekend: Maryhill Museum of Art
Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11, 2018

Celebrate the conclusion of the 2018 season at Maryhill and LEND A HELPING HAND to food banks in Klickitat County. For every two non-perishable food items contributed at Maryhill on this final weekend, you will receive one free museum admission. Veterans and active military and their families are free all weekend, as are regional firefighters.  Cookies and drinks will be free for veterans.  Members will also enjoy a double discount (20%) in the Museum Store throughout the month of November. Our way of saying THANKS! 

Armistice Day 100th Anniversary Celebration at Stonehenge Memorial
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 9:30- 11:30 a.m.

Join us at Stonehenge Memorial as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The event will begin with World War I era music and poetry, followed by a brief history of the Stonehenge and the 14 service members memorialized there. There will be speeches, a wreath laying, National Salute, taps, and planting of red poppies. A reception at Maryhill Museum of Art will follow the ceremonies. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations to the ceremony; the museum will offer free admission to all who attend the event at Stonehenge on November 11. Measures will be in place in the event of cold or wet weather.

Families whose loved ones are honored at Stonehenge Memorial are invited to share scrapbooks or photos; a table will be set up at Maryhill for this purpose. For more information, contact Louise Palermo, Curator of Education, at 509 773-3733 ext. 25 or email

Participating groups include Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Washington State Parks; Maryhill Museum of Art; City of Goldendale; Goldendale Chamber of Commerce; Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum; Kiwanis, Goldendale; American Legion Evan Childs Post 87, White Salmon; American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116, Goldendale; Washington State Police; The Dalles Civic Auditorium; Boy Scout Troop 282, Hood River; Point Man International Ministries, The Dalles; and, Daughters of the American Revolution, Karneetsa Chapter, Moses Lake.

A special thank you to our sponsors: American Legion Evan Childs Post 87, White Salmon; American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116, Goldendale; The Association of Washington Generals; Edward and Kathleen La Motte; Bruce and Mary Stevenson Foundation; the Goldendale Sentinel; Great Skot Productions and Smith Creative Group. 

Veterans Day Bells
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 11 a.m. 

We will pay tribute to all veterans at 11 a.m., when the handbell choir of Hood River Valley Christian Church, directed by Mary Anne Parrett, will play Honor Bells in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. This will be followed by other honorific songs. 

WWI Living History Presentation at Stonehenge Memorial
Sunday, November 11 | 6 p.m.

A reenactment of a soldier’s experience during World War I from state park ranger Mark Harris. Learn about new technologies used during The Great War, how uniforms differed between participating countries, the role of women in the war effort, and the causes of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. 

Housed in a glorious Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art opened to the public May 13, 1940 and today remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. The museum was founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, who purchased the property and began building the house with dreams of establishing a Quaker farming community. When that goal proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loie Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum. 

Maryhill Museum of Art boasts a world-class permanent collection, rotating exhibitions of the highest caliber, and dynamic educational programs that provide opportunities for further exploration by visitors of all ages. On view are more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d’art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America were a collecting interest of Hill; today the museum’s American Indian collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.  

Maryhill’s William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park features more than a dozen large-scale works by Northwest artists. The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture by noted Portland architect Brad Cloepfil; nearby are Lewis and Clark interpretive panels. Four miles east of Maryhill is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge, Stonehenge Memorial, which Sam Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I. Nearby, the Klickitat County War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I.

The museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2001 the museum was listed as an official site of the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail and in 2002 was accredited by the American Association of Museums. In 2012 the museum opened the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, a 25,500 square foot expansion that is the first in the museum’s history. The new wing boasts the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center, a collections storage and research suite, a new cafe and terrace, and the Cannon Power Plaza with an installation of sculpture, and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood in the distance. 

Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for college students with I.D., $5 for youth age 7-18 and free for children 6 and under. Maryhill participates in Museums for All, with admission set at $2 per person with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid form of photo ID. Rate is valid for up to four individuals per EBT card. Admission to the Stonehenge Memorial is free; it is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk daily.

Sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, cold beverages, and freshly baked desserts and pastries, as well as a selection of local wines are available at the museum’s cafe, Loie’s, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; the Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry, Native American crafts and other mementos.

Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the museum are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. For further information, visit

5. Past as Prologue

Do you consider yourself unlucky? Ever feel like fate has dealt you a bad hand? Let’s experiment with another way of looking at things.

Did you ever feel cursed by fate? You know, as if something – bad genes, bad parents, childhood trauma, wrong color, wrong body, wrong side of the tracks (it really doesn’t matter what) – has ruined your chances to succeed in life?

If you do, there is something very important you need to understand, so you can take yourself from feeling like you do, to where you want to be in the future. Here it is: None of those things are holding you back. But something is, and it’s far more powerful than a crippling disease or poverty.

What is holding you back is your belief about what you are worth and what you can do. Henry Ford said it as well as anyone: “If you think you can, you’re right. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” It all starts in your mind. Fortunately, you can change your mind.

Sure, it’s a big plus to have loving parents and good looks and lots of money. But you don’t have to have them to succeed – to do and have what you want in life. (Let’s face it. Monetary or material successes have never guaranteed happiness. And “good looks” is certainly someone else’s opinion, which we are free to ignore.)

The one thing you do need to accept is responsibility: for choices you make or don’t make, for how you respond to what happens to you, and for developing yourself to achieve more of your full potential. Once you let go of your excuses and accept responsibility, you also assume control. It is taking your life off of autopilot, grabbing the wheel and charting your own course.

In quoting the Bard, “the past is prologue” and only sets the stage for today. Each of us has the opportunity to create our own life. So, take charge of your own life, and if you still believe in it, your own fate. And you know, it’s the most amazing thing – you also start to get “lucky”! ~The Pacific Institute

6. Opinion. The Salty Sailor

By Karen Vaughn, Mother of Aaron Vaughn, Navy Seal, KIA August 6, 2011

“Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done. Appreciating what the man is doing doesn’t mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor. It doesn’t even mean God admires the salty sailor. Maybe He just knows he’s necessary for such a time as this.

“I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House and gave this nation one more chance in November 2016. Donald Trump is what he is. He is still the man he was before the election. And without guilt, I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing.

“He’s not like me. That’s okay with me. I don’t want to be like him. I will never behave like him. I know we’ve NEVER had a man like him lead our nation. It’s crazy and a little mind blowing at times. But I can’t help admire the ability he has to act with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script. I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY he’s been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel.

“I’m THRILLED with what he’s doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesn’t matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST. I will not be ashamed of my position because others don’t see him through the same lens.

“Should it matter to me if a fireman drops an f-bomb while he’s pulling me from a burning building? Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments? Heck no! I’d CARE about what he was DOING. He wasn’t sent there to save my soul and I’m not looking to him for spiritual guidance. All I’m thinking in those moments is, “Thank you, Jesus, for sending the fireman.”

“This man is crass. Okay. He’s not careful with what he says. Okay. You feel offended that he’s not a typical statesman. Okay. But he is rebuilding the nation my son died for…the nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause. Forgive me if I’m smiling.”


[Billy and Karen Vaughn are the parents of fallen Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). The downing of Extortion 17 was the day Aaron’s life ended and the day their lives began again. As Billy and Karen began searching for answers their eyes were opened to vile atrocities being played out on America’s military. They’ve now become advocates for our defenders…exposing the criminal Rules of Engagement, which have unnecessarily cost so many American soldiers their lives. Our defenders deserve to be defended. The burden of their covering rests on us, the patriots of this nation. It is imperative that we stand together and demand change. Billy and Karen spend a considerable amount of time on Capitol Hill, and have shared their story on hundreds of local, state and national radio outlets including Fox & Friends, The Today Show, The Andrew Wilkow Show, The Willis Report, The Kelly File, The Huckabee Show, Hannity’s America, Geraldo at Large, and more. Billy has authored the book on Extortion 17 titled: BETRAYED – The Shocking True Story Of Extortion 17 As Told By A Navy SEAL’s Father. Follow Billy and Karen on Facebook and Twitter.]