Sherman County eNews #324


  1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 20

  2. Wasco Methodist Church Christmas Worship Service, Dec. 23

  3. Moro Community Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24

  4. Donate! Oregon Cultural Trust >> Sherman County Cultural Coalition

  5. PACE Offers $5,000 Scholarships for Student-Made Videos

  6. Focused Attention

  7. Arnold Pierce Appleby 1935-2018

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

A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received. ~Albert Einstein

O Holy Night


O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wise men from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

~ Lyrics by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, 1847; music by Adolphe Charles Adams; translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).

1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 20

sport-basketballThe December 20, 2018 Boys JV game between Sherman and Ione has been cancelled.  There are no changes to the Varsity game times. This will push the bus departure time back to 2:45 pm.

~ Jeanie Pehlke, Confidential Secretary
Sherman County School District
541.565.3500  |  541.565.3319 (Fax)

2. Wasco Methodist Church Christmas Worship Service, Dec. 23

church.family1The Wasco Methodist Church invites all to come worship the birth of our Lord and Savior this Sunday, December 23rd.  The worship service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the Sunday School kids performing a play titled “Window Dressings”.  We will conclude the service around noon with refreshments and fellowship.  We hope to see you there!

3. Moro Community Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24



Monday Evening

December 24, 2018

6:00 PM

Come Join Us for a Time of

Celebration, Joy & Reflection!

Enjoy the Carols, Special Music,

Readings & Christmas Message.

Moro Community Presbyterian Church

204 4th Street, Moro, Oregon

4. Donate! Oregon Cultural Trust >> Sherman County Cultural Coalition

Created in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust is a testimony to how much Oregonians value culture. No other state provides a 100 percent tax credit to inspire cultural giving.

As uniquely Oregonian as public beaches and the bottle bill, the Oregon Cultural Trust was established 17 years ago by the Oregon Legislature as an ongoing funding engine for arts and culture across the state.

Oregonians fund the Cultural Trust. We, in turn, fund the artists, potters, rappers, acrobats and dreamers who make Oregon, Oregon.

In 2017 Oregonians gave $4.9 million to the Cultural Trust, our all-time record. Sixty percent of that went straight back to the field. The remaining 40 percent helped grow our permanent fund.

Our three grant programs fund our five Statewide Partners45 County and Tribal Coalitions and qualified cultural nonprofits through competitive Cultural Development Grants.

No other state in the union has this incredible benefit. Lucky Oregonians!

To donate to Oregon Cultural Trust, see

  1. Total what you gave to the nonprofits listed.*
  2. Give a matching amount to the Cultural Trust online or 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301.
  3. On your state tax form, report your gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust. You will get 100% of it back as a tax credit.

*Sherman County Historical Society is the only nonprofit listed for Sherman County.

To learn more about Sherman County’s Cultural Coalition see or contact Melva Thomas, Sherman County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039 or

5. PACE Offers $5,000 Scholarships for Student-Made Videos

Now until Jan. 31, PACE will seek the best student-made videos around this concept: #STOPpredators. STOP stands for “Students Taking on Predators,” and this initiative is a PACE student video contest on preventing boundary invasion and sexual harassment of students.

Oregon public high school students can submit a video and be considered for one of up to six $5,000 college scholarships. Winning entries may be shown during the annual PACE Day in Salem in April.

Videos must contain information on preventing boundary invasion and harassment of students and link to the statewide Safe Oregon tipline. Students are encouraged to keep the videos short and focus on production quality and emotional appeal. Final judging will take place by the end of April 2019. Full contest rules, terms and conditions are available on the PACE website ( 

About PACE. The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) and Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) formed the PACE property-casualty pool in 2006 so Oregon education entities could work together to keep Oregon students safe, reduce risks and conserve member resources.

6. Focused Attention

When you’re taking family pictures, you want to have a clear, sharp focus. Today, let’s talk about the importance of focusing in everyday life.

Most of us live in a culture that presents us with a bewildering array of options. The confusion of too many options will largely disappear once you know how to focus. In this sense, focus means concentrating all of your attention on one particular thing. As we do with a camera lens, our focus brings a situation into sharp relief in order to clarify our relationship with it.

When we concentrate our attention on a particular endeavor, problem or person, we bring all our energy to it, shutting out irrelevant details. Even if we find ourselves caught in a crisis, where our attention seems to be demanded everywhere at once, when we choose to focus our attention on one aspect of the problem, a solution becomes much easier. A natural progression then begins to unfold, making it possible for us to arrive eventually at overall resolution.

Remember, your experience in life is determined by where and upon what you choose to focus your attention and energy, just as a photographer must decide on what to focus the lens and what to leave out.

Again, we are confronted with a variety of distractions these days. A smartphone has as many distractions as the number of apps found on it, each vying for your attention – if you allow it. If you let your attention wander all over the place, you’ll end up feeling a bit muddled and blurry, just like the picture that results from a lens that is not held still.

Take charge of focusing your attention, and you will be taking charge of each situation you find yourself in. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Arnold Pierce Appleby 1935-2018

flower.rose.starArnold Pierce Appleby of Corvallis died peacefully at home on December 6, 2018. He was 83 years old. He was born on a farm near Formoso, Kansas, in 1935, to Howard and Argie (Pierce) Appleby. He started school in Hawthorne one-room school, and attended Lovewell and Formoso grade schools. He entered Courtland, Kansas High School as a freshman and graduated in 1953, then attended Kansas State University, graduating with a B.S. (with high honors) in Agricultural Education in 1957, and M.S. degree in Agronomy in 1958.

At Kansas State, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity, was president of Blue Key, senior men’s honor society; and was named a Senior Leader of the university. He was awarded several scholarships, including a national Alpha Zeta scholarship.

He was married to Geraldine Smith, a high school classmate, on April 1, 1956, in Courtland. In the spring of 1958 as he neared graduation with the Masters of Science, he was offered a federal position at Oregon State University, but by summer’s end, he was informed that he could not be hired for a federal position because of his Type I diabetes.

He then enjoyed teaching math and biology one year in Bazine, Kansas High School in 1958-59. The senior class dedicated the yearbook in his honor. The oldest son, Brian, was born that December in the county seat, Ness City.

He, Gerry, and Brian then moved to Corvallis, where he joined the Crop Science (then Farm Crops) Department at Oregon State University in a state-supported position and began studies toward the PhD degree. In 1961 a second son, Brent was born. He received the Phi Sigma Award as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the Biological Sciences, which included 12 departments. He received the PhD degree in 1962. During 1962-63, the family lived in Pendleton, Oregon, where he conducted research in weed control at the Pendleton experiment station. They moved back to Corvallis in 1963 where he began teaching, conducting research and advising graduate students.

He received numerous teaching and research awards during his career. Among others, these include three Distinguished Professor awards at OSU, Fellow awards from four professional societies, the Outstanding Teacher Award and the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Weed Science Society of America, one award each year for the U.S. and Canada. He won the Outstanding Weed Scientist Award from the Western Society of Weed Science in 1991.

Three times, the students of the Crop Science Department named him the Teacher of the Year. In 1974, he was elected Vice-President of the Weed Science Society of America, which would have progressed to President, but diabetic retinopathy necessitated a serious, experimental vitrectomy eye surgery, so he resigned the office. Fortunately, the surgery was a complete success and he retained full eyesight for the rest of his life.

In 1980, he received the R.M. Wade Award as the outstanding teacher in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He served as major professor or co-major professor for 74 graduate programs. Paul Willard, Salem, died in the early 1990s, and his will bequeathed over $850,000 to the Crop Science and Horticulture Departments at OSU. In his will, he added that the reason for the gift was “in recognition of the many services provided to me over the years by Dr. Arnold Appleby.”

He retired in January 1992. In 2001, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas State University College of Agricultural Sciences. In 2009, he was named a Diamond Pioneer by the College of Agricultural Sciences, and in 2010, he was inducted into the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Hall of Fame, one of only two on-campus faculty to ever be inducted in the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1980.

During his career, he traveled to many locations to scientific meetings and for consulting about agriculture and weed control. He visited 49 U.S. states and 33 countries on six continents.

He became a Type I diabetic in 1950 when knowledge and equipment of diabetes management was limited. He lived to see many improvements in both areas including sharper needles, portable blood sugar monitors, et al. He always felt very fortunate to survive and be relatively productive with this serious disease for so many years.

In retirement, he enjoyed visiting and corresponding with friends from around the world; reading novels, U.S. history, and biographies, gardening, doing crossword puzzles, feeding the ducks, and spending half-days at the Crop Science Department, where he maintained an office and served as Building Manager. He was invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Research Foundation in 1995. He was named Volunteer of the Year by the OSU Retirees Association. He authored six books on the history of two professional societies, the Crop Science Department, the weed control project at OSU, an extension of the history of the Agricultural Foundation, and a personal memoir.

He was immensely proud of his two sons, his five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Alice (Smith) Appleby; sons, Brian of Corvallis, and Brent and wife Stacy of Holliston, Massachusetts; brother, Dennis in Texas; sisters, Audrey Diamond and Eileen Erickson in Kansas; five grandchildren, Christine Appleby Williams, Nikki Appleby Olivas, Peter Appleby, Brittany Appleby Long, and Benjamin Appleby; great-grandsons, Theo Williams and Cole Olivas; and great-granddaughters, Lila Olivas, Madeline Williams, and Adalaided Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Doris Lucille, who was stillborn; and an older brother, Edwin.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 4, at the First United Methodist Church of Corvallis. Ashes will be interred in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Corvallis. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be donated to the OSU Foundation for the existing Arnold P. Appleby Educational Fund. Please leave condolences for the family at

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