Sherman County eNews #275


  1. Community Dinner & Bingo at Wasco School Events Center, Oct. 22

  2. Time to See Sherman Museum Artist Series: Lowell Smith’s Photographs

  3. Tri-County Court Meeting, Oct. 24

  4. Letter to the Editor: Vote Buehler for Governor!

  5. Recognizing Our Emotions

  6. County Car Auction, Oct. 20

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 4-H Club Calf Projects

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

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” —Noah Webster (1789)

1. Community Dinner & Bingo at Wasco School Events Center, Oct. 22

Bee.BuzzJoin us at the Wasco School Events Center on Monday, October 22nd, for a community dinner and Bingo. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and is $6 or $20 for family of 4. Menu is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll and dessert.

Two rounds of Bingo will follow dinner. Bingo cards are $1 each or bring a can of vegetables per card; it will go to the Sherman County Food Bank. A separate Bingo will be held for kids. Check in with Melissa at WSEC (541-442-5778) for more information.

2. Time to See Sherman Museum Artist Series: Lowell Smith’s Photographs

Sherman County resident Lowell Smith is the Sherman County Historical Museum Featured Artist for October 2018.

Lowell was born and raised in Grass Valley, Oregon, and after graduating from Oregon State University he returned to the farm in 1975 raising his family and retiring in 2011.

Lowell got his first camera in 1964 taking photos of family, holidays and school events and in 2003, he got his first digital camera. After years of taking snapshots and using seven different cameras, Lowell began to use photo software and find the creative artist side of photography.

Lowell’s photos of the county are on display in the Sherman County Courthouse. He is an active member of the Sherman County Photography Club and enjoys landscape photography, night photography and capturing the outdoor beauty along his hiking adventures.

Please visit the museum to view Lowell Smith’s photos. There is no charge for this exhibit which is on display in the lobby of the museum for the month of October. The award-winning Museum in Moro is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October.

3. Tri-County Court Meeting, Oct. 24

The Gilliam County Court will be hosting the quarterly Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler  Tri-County Court meeting on October 24th at 10:00 am.  Agenda topics will include Tri-County Court Governance Structure, Building Code Inspection Services, Association of Oregon Counties, Housing Shortage, Frontier TeleNet and Frontier Regional 911 Agency. This meeting will be held at the South Gilliam Emergency Services Building at 220 N. Main St. in Condon. ~Sandy McKay, Court Administrator, Gilliam County Court 541-384-3303.

4. Letter to the Editor: Vote Buehler for Governor!

pencil.sharpWe are proud to join The Oregonian with our endorsement of Representative Knute Buehler for Governor. We both have had the privilege of working with Rep. Buehler in the legislature, and are confident that he has what it takes to tackle the issues facing Oregon.

From PERS reform to homelessness, Buehler has shown that he has the knowledge, the ability, and the guts to address the biggest issues facing Oregonians today. While Democrats have held power in this state, we have watched our kids fall behind the national average, our PERS unfunded liability continue to rise, and precious resources burn. We believe it is time for a change in the Governor’s office, and we believe that Buehler has what it takes.

Please join us in voting Knute Buehler for Governor!

Senator Bill Hansell, Athena

Representative Greg Barreto, Cove

October 17, 2018

5. Recognizing Our Emotions

The idea of taking control of our emotions is intriguing, to say the least. Controlling something so potentially volatile can seem impossible, but it is a necessary – and acquirable – skill.

For a lot of people, emotional reactions sneak up on them, and seem to come out of nowhere. The emotion, or passion, overwhelms the brain’s ability to think about anything else while it deals with the emotional response. Neuroscientists have actually observed increased activity in the amygdala, the area of the brain that generates emotions.

You know what that feels like, when you can’t seem to pull your attention away from the feelings, and they seem to grow larger and more imposing the more you think about them. So what to do?

What psychotherapists have known for some time is that by simply recognizing and naming the emotion, it reduces the effect of that emotion, and allows us to manage the behaviors that show up in reaction to the emotion. In other words, once we get the emotion out, into the light of day, so to speak, its power is lessened. When we can name it, put it down on paper or into discussion, the passion is put to the side and we can analyze the emotion as an object – like studying the construction of a table.

When this happens, the activity in the amygdala drops off, and there is greater activity in our right frontal lobe – the part of the brain involved in problem solving (among other things). And neuroscientists can watch this happen during fMRI’s.

The good news is that there are tools we can use to help us take the intensity out of our emotions, and give ourselves time for a little self-analysis. Mindfulness meditation, where we monitor the emotion, moment by moment, allows us to recognize the emotion without the passion getting involved. Journaling is another valuable tool, where we literally write our way through to understanding the emotional experience, by giving it a name.

And by doing this, taking control of your emotions, you are also boosting your immune system by not getting so stressed about what you are feeling. ~The Pacific Institute

6. County Car Auction, Oct. 20

Trans-Tow Towing will hold a Public Auction on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at 10 a.m. Viewing of these vehicles will be available the morning of the auction beginning at 9:00 a.m.
2004 Mazda 3
2001 Chevrolet S10
1995 Ford Escort Lx
2001 Ford Windstar
1993 Mazda Protégé
1997 Toyota Corolla
The auction will be held at 1007 1st St. in Moro. If you would like more information, please contact us at 541-565-3001.

 7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 4-H Club Calf Projects

Sherman County Journal, c. 1946: “List of 4-H Club Calf Owners. Sherman County 4-H club members are feeding 35 Herefords, 17 Shorthorns and 16 Angus in 4-H club work for 1946 4-H projects. This the largest number of beef calves to be entered in 4-H work in Sherman County’s history. The following communities will be strongly represented at the Sherman County Fair and Pacific International Livestock Show this fall in the 4-H club department:

“Kent – 21 calves

Roger Ball 2 Herefords

LeRoy Martin 2 Herefords

Rodney Rolfe 1 Hereford

Ronald Rolfe 1 Hereford

Fred von Borstel 2 Herefords

Ed Fritts 2 Herefords, 1 Shorthorn, 1 Angus

Scott Fritts 1 Hereford, 1 Angus

Doran Fritts 1 Hereford, 1 Shorthorn

Joe Harvey 1 Hereford, 1 Angus

Roy Harvey 1 Hereford

Dick Wilson 1 Hereford, 1 Angus

“Grass Valley – 23 calves

Margaret Reckman 1 Shorthorn

Harry Hartley 2 Herefords, 1 Angus, 1 Shorthorn

James Hartley 1 Hereford

Carl Schilling 1 Hereford, 1 Angus

Don Schilling 1 Hereford

Alfred Koch Jr. 2 Herefords, 2 Shorthorns

John Alley 1 Hereford

Barbara Alley 1 Angus

Clarence May 1 Hereford, 1 Shorthorn

Merle Eakin 2 Shorthorns

Duane Eakin 2 Shorthorns

Keith Barnett 1 Shorthorn

“Moro – 18 calves

Edwin Balsiger 2 Angus

David Wright 2 Herefords

Dick Oveson 1 Angus, 1 Shorthorn

Stephen Oveson 1 Hereford

Bob Martin 1 Hereford

Dean Martin 1 Hereford

Terry Bucholtz 2 Herefords, 2 Shorthorns, 1 Angus

Larry Sayrs 1 Hereford, 1 Shorthorn

Dorothy Wilson 1 Shorthorn

Kenneth Hart 1 Angus

“Wasco & Rufus – 6 calves

Douglas Alley 1 Hereford, 1 Angus

Larry Kaseberg 1 Angus

Roger Miller 1 Hereford, 1 Angus

Donald Miller 1 Hereford.”

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