Sherman County eNews #301


  1. Sherman County School Basketball Updates

  2. Wasco School Events Center Community Dinner & Bingo, Nov. 26

  3. Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive

  4. Public Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting, Nov. 28

  5. Program: Extreme Weather and Community Resilience, Dec. 5

  6. A Nurturing Environment

  7. The Dalles Worship Choir 15th Annual Christmas Concert Series

A hymn associated with Thanksgiving Day, and often sung at family meals and religious services on this day, was brought to America by Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam, now New York City. It was written by Adrianus Valerius and is entitled “Wilt Heden Nu Treden (“We Gather Together.”)

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

1. Sherman County School Basketball Updates

High School

Changes include:

No JV girls basketball games.

Dec. 20, 22, and Jan. 19, 25 – Boys JV changed to 2 quarter games


5th – 8th Grade

Dec. 11, 2018 – Sherman at St. Mary’s, B Girls at 4:00, B Boys at 5:00, bus departs at 2:15

Dec. 17 , 2018 – Sherman at Condon, B Girls at 5:00 (CHS), B Boys at 5:00 (CES), A Girls at 4:00 (CHS), B Boys at 4:00 (CES), bus departs at 2:15, class dismissal at 2:05

Jan. 7, 2019 – Sherman vs St. Mary’s, B Girls at 4:00, B Boys at 5:00

Jan. 24, 2019 – Sherman at Arlington, B Girls at 5:00 (AHS), B Boys at 5:00 (AES), A Girls at 4:00 (AHS), A Boys at 4:00 (AES), bus departs at 2:30, class dismissal at 2:20

Lots of changes early this season, please let me know if you have any questions.

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Wasco School Events Center Community Dinner & Bingo, Nov. 26

The Wasco School Events Center will be hosting a Community Dinner & Bingo on Monday, November 26th at 5:30 pm at the Events Center. The menu will include homemade soups and breads. Cost is $6 per person or $20 for family of 4.  We will also be playing 3 rounds of BINGO at $1 per card. Please join us for dinner and BINGO!

3. Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive

This year over 120 children in the Gorge will be spending their holidays in foster care. Help make them a little brighter by donating a holiday gift!

Avenue Properties, Columbia Gorge CASA and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation have joined forces to create a Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive that will run from November 27 until December 15. During this time, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Avenue Properties offices located in The Dalles (406 E 2nd St) and Hood River (116 3rd St #209).  Gifts can also be brought to the Festival of Trees “Community Day” event on Saturday, December 8th from 9AM to 12PM at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  CASA will also be on hand with information about their program.

Gift ideas include gift cards, electronic devices (Kindle Fires were huge last year), basketball/ footballs with pumps, art supplies (all ages), books (all ages), games and puzzles, action figure dolls, Legos, makeup sets, stuffed animals, hot wheels sets, nerf guns, remote control cars & batteries, baby dolls & 18” American girl style dolls, Barbie dolls, animal figures, scooters & bikes (with helmets), baby toys, hats & glove sets and stocking stuffers. Avenue Properties in The Dalles will also be hosting a Wish-List Giving Tree featuring items that specific local foster children have asked for.

For more information, call Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031,  at 541-386-3468 or Avenue Properties at 541-716-0701.

4. Public Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting, Nov. 28

Frontier TeleNet Board will be holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 28th at 10:00 AM at the Jeanne Burch Building in Fossil Oregon.

5. Program: Extreme Weather and Community Resilience, Dec. 5

Join Raz Mason, Executive Director of the CO2 Foundation, for cutting-edge information about extreme weather, personal and local adaptation, mitigation/solution strategies, and time for participants to share experiences and questions.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The Dalles-Wasco County Library—Meeting Room
722 Court Street, The Dalles, OR
5:30-6:15 – Meet-and-greet with appetizers
6:15-6:30 – Introductions
6:30-8:30 – Workshop, slideshow, and Q&A

6. A Nurturing Environment

As parents, we want our children to be safe, but sometimes we confuse safety with control. Most parents establish a few sensible rules to keep their children safe. Some parents, though, go too far. They control their children more from selfish motives than any desire to help them grow up safely. Of course, if you ask them, they’ll invariably tell you it’s for the child’s own good.

Now, a great deal of child abuse has been accompanied by the words “for your own good,” and it must be stopped. It’s a tragic mistake to believe that a child’s will needs to be broken, much like a ranch hand breaks a horse. We create a legacy of fear and pain when we engage in power struggles with our children for no other reason than to show them who is boss – especially when intimidation, force, humiliation and other forms of abuse enter into the picture.

This kind of abuse, whether physical or psychological, is often repeated from generation to generation. Parents who do it almost always believe it is right because it’s so familiar and they just have never learned different, better ways. But there are better ways, and they can be learned.

If kids don’t have parents who model good parenting skills – and many of them don’t – they can’t be expected to know how to be good parents themselves. It’s a proven fact that human beings seek the familiar, whether it’s good for us or not. It is time that a nurturing environment, one that helps a child grow up, becomes the “familiar” that we all seek.

It would seem that relationship and parenting skills are basics that should be taught right along with reading and math, from the elementary grades right on up, in all our schools. Bravo to the schools already doing this! ~The Pacific Institute

 7. The Dalles Worship Choir 15th Annual Christmas Concert Series

The Dalles Worship Choir, consisting of approximately 45 members from nine different churches, will present its 15th annual Christmas Concert Series under the direction of Shawn Lutz, at four local churches.  This year’s concert, “WONDERFUL LOVE,” is a compilation of various gospel songs put together with narration, scripture, and testimony.  Soloists are Laura Johnson, Noah Holloran, Colleen Worrell, Shawn Lutz, Bob Ford, Keith Robison, Connie Ford, Kay Pratt, and Mike Lutz.

Please join the choir as they open the Christmas season.  The concerts are:

  • Friday, November 30 at Calvary Baptist Church, 7:00 PM;
  • Sunday, December 2 at First Christian Church, 5:30 PM;
  • Friday, December 7 at Gateway Presbyterian Church, 7:00 PM;
  • Sunday, December 9 at Covenant Christian Church, 5:30 PM.

Concerts are free to the public with an offering taken during the concert to further the ministry of this group.