Sherman County eNews #322






Christmas.BabyCelebrating the Newborn King

Many people have regular Advent observances from the non-religious little hidey-hole chocolate calendars to various highly regarded practices of faith. In our house we have the tree, the lights (inside and out), the decorations and yes, even the little chocolate calendar. I think we even have a construction paper ring in one of our children’s rooms. But we also have the 3 nativity sets (including a toy one) and an Advent quilt that my wife’s sister made for us. When I received it, I took the time to select Bible verses for us to read each day, beginning with the prophecy of Isaiah. But my favorite calendar day is December 4th which is our only daughter Elizabeth Joy’s birthday. We started our reading in 2003, but in 2006 with her birth that day’s reading became extra special because of what we read.

“And she [Elizabeth] cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”” (Luke 1:42–45, NASB)

The unborn child John (the Baptist) recognized even in the womb that the Savior of the world was soon to be born, and he responded with joy. The circumstances of Jesus’ birth were foretold in prophecy hundreds of years before. This was God’s way of introducing His Son to us, and now we not only remember His birth but also His death and resurrection that results in His great gift to us of forgiveness and life.

How special is the babe of Christmas to you?
Joe BurgessPastor, First Baptist Church of Grass Valley

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


newsletter2CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. No posters or flyers.



Merry Christmas, Everyone! 


COLUMBIA GORGE CASA, OTHERS. Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive for over 120 children in the Gorge who will spend 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. 12/14 



“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown 


Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.


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GIVE THE TIMES-JOURNAL FOR CHRISTMAS & YEAR-ROUND! The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411  $37.50/year; $47.50 for outside the region. 

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available. Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 12/22



PIANO. Baldwin Piano, spinet style, model – HOWARD: Give someone the gift of music for Christmas. Free to a good home – it’s in great shape; I believe my piano tuner told me it is a 1964.  Plays well, but I don’t.  😐. Call or text Jeanne at 541-714-5740. 1/25 



FRIDAY KIDS’ GYM. Beginning this Friday, and continuing most every Friday through March, Wasco School Events Center (WSEC) will be hosting “Kids Gym.”   This will be an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to play inside for a couple of hours when the weather is too cold to be outside.   Kid Gym will go from 10 a.m. to noon, and parents who attend with their pre-schooler(s) will need to sign a release form to participate. Cost is $5/week, or free if you are a member of the WSEC Fitness Center. This is not a babysitting service; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Feel free to bring toys, trikes, etc. for your child(ren) to play with. 12/28
LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 12/28





3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar


14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1 CGCC

15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY; Iraq War Ended 2011

18 Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators Meeting 12 Portage Grill, The Dalles

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

19 Sherman County Court 9

19 Biggs Service District & Executive Session 8:30 Courthouse

19 Sherman County Court re: Golden Hills SIP Agreement 10:15

19 Gilliam County Court 10 Arlington

19 Wheeler County Court 10 Fossil

19 Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators Meeting 12 Hood River Valley Adult Center

19 Christmas Caroling in Grass Valley 6:30

20 Rufus Food Pantry 4-6 with Santa Claus

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

21 Frontier TeleNet 10 Steve Burnet/Extension Building, Moro

21 Winter Begins


31 Official End of WWII 1946



1 First Day Hikes in Oregon State Parks

7 Grass Valley City Council 7

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2

8 North Central Public Health Board 3

8 Moro City Council 7

9 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory 12:30

9 Rufus City Council 7

11 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

15 Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Board Meeting 1

15 Wasco City Council 7

16 Sherman County Court 9

18 Frontier TeleNet Board 10

19 North Central Livestock Assoc. Annual Meeting 5 Jefferson County Fairgrounds


23 Tri-County Courts’ Meeting 10 Fossil

26 22nd Annual Robert Burns Supper 2 Condon


4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

8 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

13 Rufus City Council 7




Sherman County eNews #321


  1. Christmas Caroling, Dec. 19

  2. Sherman Junior Hoops Signups

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court’s Approved October 5 Minutes Online

  4. Resigning as Captain

  5. Oregon State Archives requests objects for temporary exhibit related to prohibition laws

  6. Rep. Walden: Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill)

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

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

1. Christmas Caroling, Dec. 19

Christmas.Carolers2On Wednesday, December 19, the youth group representing Middle and High Schoolers from around our county along with others who wish to join along will have a caroling hayride through the streets of Grass Valley. If you live in the area or wish to come and hang out with someone who does, they’ll start at 6:30 p.m.


2. Sherman Junior Hoops Signups

Signups are underway for another year of Sherman Junior Hoops youth basketball for sport.BXboy2children grades K-4. Junior Hoops takes place on Saturdays at 9 am at the elementary gym beginning January 5, 2019, and running through February 16. Signup forms are available at the Sherman Elementary School front desk and should be returned as soon as possible. Please contact Ron McDermid at 541-980-2156 with questions.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court’s Approved October 5 Minutes Online

 Approved minutes for the October 5, 2018 Regular Session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

4. Resigning as Captain

There are millions upon millions of personalities in the world. Among them, most people have heard of the captain of a ship or the captain of a team, perhaps “captain” of industry. But have you ever heard of Captain of the World? Have you ever worked for someone or lived with someone who acted like the Captain of the World? Maybe you, yourself, are holding down that job right now?

If you are the Captain of the World, you are very big on rules and on maintaining your particular brand of order. Words like “should,” “have to,” “ought to,” and “must,” show up often in your speech. For instance, on your way home tonight or in the parking lot of your local shopping mall, listen to your “inside the car” conversation (hopefully only inside the car) when faced with traffic challenges. Are you directing or correcting traffic from behind the wheel?

If this is looking familiar, everywhere you look, everywhere you go, you run into inefficiency, incompetence, and people with annoying habits and inconsistencies. If they would just “get with the program,” everything would run smoothly. In the end, all you can do is thank goodness they have you around to tell them how to do it right!

Now, you know we’re being facetious. No one ever feels thankful that there’s a Captain of the World around. In fact, most folks usually resent it and will often find ways to sabotage the Captain or do things to deliberately shake things up. Passive-aggressive reactions probably got their start because of the Captain in someone’s life.

You see, people just don’t do well when all they hear is, “You have to.” This is called restrictive motivation. It’s based on fear of what happens if you don’t do something, that “or else” that sends shivers through your body. While “have to” may work for a while, it usually backfires when people realize that they don’t – have to, that is. At that point, the Captain loses all power, along with any respect or credibility.

So if you really want to motivate others and win their respect, resign the job of Captain in charge of changing the world – effective immediately! Instead, take a look at what you might change in yourself to make the world a happier place, for you and everybody else. It just might be the ultimate gift for this holiday season. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon State Archives requests objects for temporary exhibit related to prohibition laws

The Oregon State Archives is preparing an upcoming exhibit based on our holdings of inmate casefiles.  The focus will be on individuals that were incarcerated for violations of the prohibition laws.  To add interest to the exhibit we are hoping colleagues in museums and historical societies might have small artifacts that would be available for loan that relate to the prohibition era.  Bottles and other items that might have been part of bootleggers trade; images of interiors of “drinking establishments” from the 1920’s or early 1930’s; or images or small artifacts associated with law enforcement activities related to the prohibition laws would be of interest to OSA staff.  If you have something in your collection that you think might be helpful in interpreting this subject please contact Theresa Rea at<>.

6. Rep. Walden: Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill)

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden today applauded H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill), but said that more work remains to improve forest management to prevent catastrophic wildfires in Oregon. Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Walden said that while he intends to vote in support of the 2018 Farm Bill, he is disappointed that the legislation did not include the sweeping improvements to federal forest policy that he helped secure in the House-passed version of the bill.

“These fires are monsters when they light up. They kill. It’s unfortunate that the provisions that the House passed as part of the Farm Bill were rejected by the Democrats in the Senate. It’s unfortunate because after these catastrophic fires, we should be able to get in and remove the fuel load so the next fire does not burn even more intensely, which is what happens,” said Walden. “But Senate Democrats rejected that. And while we’re expanding categorical exclusion authorities in some forests, the House provisions said that we should expand the authority to all forests so that we can begin to catch up and remove the excess fuel load from our forests. Unfortunately, again, Senate Democrats rejected that.”

Walden applauded the 2018 Farm Bill’s inclusion of provisions that will help improve the management of federal forests by extending expedited management tools for insect and disease projects in eastern Oregon and expanding it to hazardous fuels reduction to reduce the threat of fire and smoke. The legislation also allows more local involvement from counties in forest management projects and extended funding for collaborative forest projects.

However, Walden said that Senate Democrats removed important provisions such as requiring cleanup projects after a fire and the replanting of a new healthy forest. And Democratic senators opposed providing tools that would help improve management of forests in western and southern Oregon, which have suffered the worst fires in the state in recent years.

“So we’re left with a bill that is pretty good, but when we’re losing towns, and people, and firefighters, and our communities are choked with smoke, we can do better,” said Walden.

Walden concluded by sharing the testimony of a father from southern Oregon, who detailed the impact wildfire smoke had on his family this summer at a public hearing on wildfires that took place before the Jackson County Board of Commissioners yesterday.

“Last night, in Medford, Oregon, the Jackson County Commissioners held a public meeting to talk about this fire situation we face.  A dad from Jackson County recounted how his daughter with cystic fibrosis had to move away saying ‘it’s been devastating for us a family. We wish our daughter could live with us.’ But, as he went on to say, ‘When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.’

“So you want to talk about life, and health, and safety issues in America, we should have done better in the Senate,” said Walden. “But we’re doing okay with this bill and I intend to support it.”

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

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