Sherman County eNews #288


  1. Sherman County 4-H News: Theatre Arts

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

  3. Eastern Oregon as of Nov. 2: Voter Turnout is Low

  4. Armistice Day Commemoration at Stonehenge Memorial & Maryhill, Nov. 11

  5. Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 17

  6. Donate a Pie or Buy a Pie! Sherman County Senior & Community Center, Nov. 20

  7. Be Aware of Election Misinformation

  8. The Value in Listening

1. Sherman County 4-H News: Theatre Arts

4-H clover1The Sherman Theatre Art 4-H Club met on October 30 at 6pm at the Extension Office in Moro.  Attending were Beth (11), Bella (10), Claire (7), Emma (9), Maddie (10), Ava (8) and Rose (14).  Excused absences were the Burbank family.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Beth, 4-H Pledge by Maddie.  We added hand motions to the 4-H pledge, talked about 4-H and the four H’s (head, heart, hands, health), talked about 4-H record book sheets, took turns saying why we joined, and learning how to pantomime acted with air.  Our next meeting will be November 27, last Tuesday of each month except December and March.  Signed Bella, News Reporter.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 7 @ the Kent 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. Eastern Oregon as of Nov. 2: Voter Turnout is Low

Vote AmericaVoter turnout so far for the upcoming election is low across Eastern Oregon. With only a handful of days left to get your vote in, registered voters are reminded that it is too late to mail your ballots in but you still have time to drop them off, as the deadline is 8pm November 6th.Here is a look at the most current voter turn out percentages per county as of Friday, Nov 2nd…

4. Armistice Day Commemoration at Stonehenge Memorial & Maryhill, Nov. 11

JOIN US at Stonehenge Memorial on Sunday, November 11 as we mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, pausing to recognize those who sacrificed and those who will sacrifice in the defense of freedom and democracy.

The commemoration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with World War I era music and poetry, followed by a brief history of Stonehenge and the 14 service members memorialized there. The event will include short speeches, a wreath laying, National Salute, taps, and planting of red poppies.

A reception at Maryhill Museum of Art will follow, 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.

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 on November 11 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 supporters: 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; Klickitat County; and, Smith Creative Group.

5. Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 17

Saturday, November 17th, 5:00 PM

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

at Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Moro, Oregon

Everyone is welcome!

Our guests are invited to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share, if they wish.

6. Donate a Pie or Buy a Pie! Sherman County Senior & Community Center, Nov. 20

food.pie.hotThe Sherman County Senior & Community Center is holding a Thanksgiving Pie Bake Sale on Tuesday November 20th at noon. We are requesting pie donations from the community, and if anyone is interested in donating a pie please contact Kari Silcox, 541-565-3191, Thanks!

7. Be Aware of Election Misinformation

Oregon.Flat.poleYou have just a few days left to turn in your ballot for the November 6 election. Initial results will be posted on starting at 8:00pm on Tuesday.

There has been a lot of misinformation about this election, and I expect more the closer we get to Tuesday. Some voters have been contacted by non-official entities telling them, incorrectly, that they are not registered to vote or that their voter registration is inactive. There have been incorrect statements and stories that it is too late to secure our elections and that our election system is easily hackable. Those stories are not true.

Well-intentioned individuals and groups are setting up websites and blogs with old and outdated information about voter registration and drop boxes, while others may be trying to prevent you from voting by intentionally providing false and misleading information. During every election cycle, people incorrectly post that one party votes on Tuesday and another party votes on Wednesday. Don’t fall for this misinformation.

Other information you may see or hear is from other states. For example, some ballots in California will require two stamps. All ballots in Oregon require only one stamp. You can also vote without a stamp by returning your ballot to an official drop box. In some other states with different election systems, they reject ballots when signatures do not match. In Oregon, if your signature does not match, you are notified and given an opportunity to correct it.

I know it is hard to navigate what is true and what is not during this election season, so I encourage you to not believe everything you hear or see. If you have a question or concern you can trust my office and the 36 county election offices for official and accurate information. Go to for information on this election.

At, you can:

1) check your voter record,

2) track your ballot,

3) find an official drop box,

4) access the Voters’ Pamphlet online,

5) check election results, and

6) find other relevant information.

In addition, my team will be publishing election news via the Oregon Elections YouTube channel every day between now and Election Day.

I want to help every eligible Oregonian participate in every election, and my team and I are doing everything we can to ensure we provide accurate and official information.

Remember, all ballots must be received by 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 6.

Postmarks do NOT count. To be safe, from this point on, I recommend returning your ballot to a drop box. You can find a drop box here:

I want to reiterate the importance of voting in every election. Thank you in advance for fulfilling this important civic duty.

Steve Trout

Oregon State Elections Director

8. The Value in Listening

Perhaps it is because of the shortening of daylight hours (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), but autumn seems to be a time when inner reflection comes easier to a lot of folks. Lou Tice would keep journals of his thoughts, ideas, new affirmations, and sayings that resonated to him. Often, he would share them with others, like this one:

“We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.” (Native American saying)

There was a cable television movie made quite a few years ago, now. The movie was set in Africa, and dealt with ivory poaching and its threat to elephant populations – a situation that is still not solved decades later. There was one line that struck many a chord, which the program’s screenwriter gave to a young native teen character:

“How can your ears hear, when your mouth is so full of words?”

Draws quite the picture, doesn’t it? The very best communicators tend to be the very best listeners. As well, the best leaders tend to be the best listeners. They realize that there is much to learn from others, and the better the leader listens, the greater the employees engage with the goals of the organization. It’s value and respect writ large, with accompanying large results.

One of the greatest gifts any of us can give to another is our ability to just listen. There are times when we need to talk, and need to have someone listen to us. And then there are times when we need to return the favor. It means getting ourselves and our egos out of the way, and letting someone else take “center stage” for a while.

And, while we listen, we are building another person – and building ourselves as well. ~The Pacific Institute