Sherman County eNews #289


  1. Statesman-Journal: Oregon’s U.S. Capitol Noble Fir Christmas Tree

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

  3. Simcoe Mountains Series: Mushroom Identification and Foraging, Nov. 7

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1951 High School Athletics

  5. Feel Free to Break This Law

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

“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.”—Thomas Jefferson (1823)

1. Statesman-Journal: Oregon’s U.S. Capitol Noble Fir Christmas Tree

Oregon.Flat.poleIt’s the first time in the 47-year history of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Program that a noble has been selected and the second time Oregon has supplied the tree. A 70-foot Douglas fir from Umpqua National Forest was chosen in 2002.

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. Simcoe Mountains Series: Mushroom Identification and Foraging, Nov. 7

Mushroom Identification and Foraging with Rachel Zoller

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Goldendale Community Library, Camplan Community Room

131 W. Burgen Street, Goldendale

The Simcoe Mountains Speaker Series continues on Wednesday with a talk that will introduce us to the beautiful, curious world of fungi – including the practice of foraging in the woods, participating in citizen science and getting a glimpse at how fungi are leading us to innovative solutions to complex environmental and medical matters. Rachel is an active member of the Oregon Mycological Society who teaches workshops and gives lectures around the Pacific Northwest. For more information, contact the Goldendale Library at (509) 773-4487 or

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1951 High School Athletics

The Optimist, Moro High School, December 13, 1951:

—“Peg’s Party Line by Joy Baumgartner… The Willamette – Chico State game at Willamette Saturday November 17 had 11 interested spectators from Moro. Coach Johnson and Pat Kaseberg took nine Moro high boys to see the game that Willamette won by a big score. Anyway, Bob Martin, Norval Lane, DeWayne Duncan, Larry Kaseberg, Ross Norton, Bill Smith, Rodney Rolfe, Doug Alley and Edwin Balsiger were the lucky boys to go.”

—“Football Facts. Basketball Suits Donned as Football Ends by Leroy Martin. The Moro Huskies finished their 1951 football season by rolling to victory in their last Smith, Larry Kaseberg, Douglas Alley, Rodney Rolfe, Carl Kelley, DeWayne Duncan, Ed Balsiger, Harold Duncan, Dean Martin and Harold Brown all earned football letters. Prospects for next year should be very good as only four seniors will be missing from the 1952 team…”

5. Feel Free to Break This Law

Have you heard about the Law of Entropy? Whether you have heard of it or not, keep reading. We’ll talk about how this law can help or hinder you.

In physics, the Law of Entropy says that all systems, if left unattended, will run down. Unless new energy is supplied, every organism deteriorates. Looked at in a different way, the same law applies to individuals and relationships, teams and organizations.

A marriage doesn’t continue to thrive simply because two people love each other, have some things in common, are compatible, and get off to a fine start. No matter how good our lives seem to be, we won’t continue to enjoy those good lives if we don’t work to maintain them and pump new energy into them. When attention fades over time, old habits creep back into organizations and the momentum to push forward disappears.

We cannot assume that our internal system, if left unattended and un-refreshed, will go on running smoothly. Machines don’t work that way, and neither do we. Albert Schweitzer once wrote that some people “harm their souls… without being exposed to great temptations. They simply let their souls wither not realizing that thoughts, which meant a great deal to them in their youth, have turned into meaningless sounds.”

What do you do to counteract personal or organizational Entropy? What do you do to make certain that your relationships with others, and with yourself, are well nourished and flourishing? What do you do, within your teams or departments, to keep creativity bubbling up, and drive and energy ready to be tapped?

With proper attention and care, you can keep the energy in your life flowing and growing for the rest of your days. There are a lot more resources today than ever before, and sometimes, they are right at your fingertips. Perhaps the Law of Entropy is one law we need to break… ~The Pacific Institute

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

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Oregon Athletic Officials Association: Local Officials Associations & Commissioners

9 Things to Know about Birthright Citizenship

Oregon’s U.S. Capitol Noble Fir Christmas Tree

President Trump: Promises Kept

Some as a Suffix is Tiresome

New National Menu Labeling Provides Information Consumers Can Use To Help Manage Their Calorie Intake

Thomas Paine, Biography, Common Sense

Central American Caravan Poses Serious Public Health Threat

The Mark Levin Show

How Oregon Fights Election Meddling

The 20 Best State Parks in Oregon