Sherman County eNews #328







Comfort for Those Grieving

O son of Man!  Thou art My dominion and My dominion perish not; wherefore fearest thou thy perishing?

Thou art My light and My light shall never be extinguished; why dost thou dread extinction?

Thou art My glory and My glory fadeth not; thou art My robe and My robe shall never be outworn.

Abide then in thy love for Me, that thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory.

(Baha’u’llah: The Arabic Hidden Words #14)

For more information visit or 1-800-22-UNITE

Erling Jacobsen  541-980-3055


Sent to be Wrapped

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. (And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:1–14, ESV)

The next time we have a record of Jesus’ being wrapped in cloths is at His burial after His crucifixion which was followed on the third day by His resurrection for the purpose of our salvation.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, Kent Baptist Church

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected) 


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WELL DONE, SHERMAN COUNTY! I recently attended a meeting in Moro at the Sherman County Courthouse and while there was able to have a tour given by Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson and Justice of the Peace Ron McDermid.  I was impressed by the care of keeping the historical integrity in the original building and the thoughtful consideration of space and function of the addition.  Realizing that it was a decade-long process and considerable resources were used for the project, I think that Sherman County staff and residents should be proud of the end result.  After the meeting and tour, I went to the Sherman County School as I had made some arrangements to pick up a Christmas tree that they were selling the previous weekend.  From the school front office to dealing with the teacher selling the trees, I was impressed by the friendliness and professionalism of the school staff. Well done, Sherman County. ~Kathryn Greiner, Mayville, OR 97830 


Merry Christmas, Everyone! 





“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.



Christmas.Holly2 FOR SALE:


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 beyond 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 | 12/21 






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 beyond the region.

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


21 Frontier TeleNet 10 Steve Burnet/Extension Building, Moro

21 Winter Begins

23 Wasco Methodist Church Christmas Service 11 Wasco

23 First Baptist Church Christmas Service 6 Grass Valley

24 Moro Community Presbyterian Church Candlelight Service 6 Moro


27-31 Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast

31 Official End of WWII 1946

church bellJANUARY


1 First Day Hikes in Oregon State Parks

2 Sherman County Court & Oaths of Office 9 Courthouse

3 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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 Sherman Athletic Foundation Crab Feed

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


23 Tri-County Courts 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



19 Wasco City Council 7

21 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9


Sherman County eNews #327


  1. St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Catholic Church Services, Dec. 24-Jan. 26

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 2

  3. Rustic Cabins Open & Ready to Rent at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

  4. First Day Hike at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Jan. 1

  5. Black History 101 Mobile Museum to Visit The Dalles, Jan. 8

  6. To Be Alone

“[Members of Congress] are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People’s Business…” —Benjamin Franklin (1785)


Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

~Lyrics unattributed; music by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895

1. St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Catholic Church Services, Dec. 24-Jan. 26

church.family1Christmas Eve Mass, Monday, December 24, 5pm St. John the Baptist, Grass Valley (No Mass in Wasco) Everyone is welcome to join us as we celebrate the birth of Our Savior!

December 29 – January 26 Mass Schedule

St. Mary, Wasco, Saturdays at 5pm (No Grass Valley Masses) Father Ron Maag will be celebrating Mass with us while Father Fabian is on vacation.

2. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 2

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

3. Rustic Cabins Open & Ready to Rent at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Just in time for the cold winter weather, the cabins at Cottonwood Canyon are open for business! These rustic cabins are the perfect way to experience the open wilderness of Cottonwood Canyon and the surrounding area while sleeping in comfort.

Our 4 rustic cabins sleep up to 8 people and are outfitted with two twin sized bunk beds, a full sized bed, and a futon that pulls out into an additional full sized bed. Each cabin also includes a dining table with 4 chairs, a mini fridge, porch seating, picnic table and fire ring.

For those cold winter nights, or hot summer days; air conditioning and heat is supplied.

Located nearby is our newly constructed restroom/shower house; free hot showers are provided with rentals of any cabin or campsite. Potable water is available outside the cabins year round.

Visitors will still need to bring bedding, eating utensils, food and any other camping items they’ve come to rely on.

Cabin rentals are currently $48/night for visitors without pets, or $58/night for one of our two pet-friendly cabins. (Plus an additional $8 reservation fee). For additional information, give us a call here at Cottonwood Canyon at (541) 394-0002.

Reservations can be made on-line 24/7 through Reserve America; or by calling reservations at 1-800-452-5687Monday-Friday 8-5pm (excluding holidays). See

4. First Day Hike at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Jan. 1

This year, the hike will start at our brand new Experience Center building. From there we will be hiking the pinnacles trail which follows the John Day river canyon through stunning geologic formations in a natural desert landscape. Look closely for Mule Deer, Red Tailed Hawk, and our resident herd of California Bighorn Sheep.

Some things to keep in mind: Dogs are permitted on a 6-foot leash. Due to some narrow and sloping trail sections, strollers are not recommended. Bring plenty of water, and snacks if desired. Hiking boots highly recommended, as well as hats, gloves and winter coats.

The hike is expected to be around 2.5 miles round trip. We will be meeting at 10am starting from the Experience Center, located just past the red barn. Resister now at!

Looking for something different? Nearby Deschutes State Recreation Area will be hosting its first annual First Day Hike. The hike will begin at 9am, meeting at the Oregon Trail Kiosk (located in the campground area). Take a ranger-led hike on the historic Railbed Trail along the edge of the Deschutes River. The hike will continue on the Ferry Springs Trail to climb to the highest point in the park and magnificent views of the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway. The final leg of the trek will be on the Blackberry Trail. Note that this hike will be approximately 5miles, with minor water crossings. Hiking boots, water, and weather appropriate clothing are necessary. Register for this hike here:

5. Black History 101 Mobile Museum to Visit The Dalles, Jan. 8

A mobile museum featuring a collection of over 7,000 artifacts related to Black history and culture will visit The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, from 11 am to 3 pm. The Black History 101 Mobile Museum’s founder, Khalid el-Hakim, will give a talk from 12 to 1pm. Admission is free.

As a Social Studies teacher at Detroit’s Lions Academy, a public middle school, el-Hakim realized that the available textbooks often glossed over or inadequately explained Black history and culture. In response, he began scouring second-hand shops, junk yards, and other sources for original artifacts that he could use to illustrate concepts like the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Jim Crow, slavery, and institutionalized racism to his students. el-Hakim calls himself “the Black version of the show American Pickers.”

Starting in the early 1990s, el-Hakim continued growing his collection for use as a classroom aide, amassing around 500 pieces. In 1995, after attending the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., el-Hakim was inspired to do something that would support awareness and social change in the community. He also decided he needed a larger and more permanent way to make the collection accessible beyond just his own students.

The result is the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a 39-foot trailer that houses el-Hakim’s collection, representing a cross-section of what el-Hakim calls “the Black experience in America.” The museum showcases artifacts–both historical and contemporary–that illustrate the history and progression of Black culture. Pieces range from those connected to slavery, Jim Crow, and civil rights, to the emergence and flourishing of Black culture in movements from the Harlem Renaissance to modern-day hip-hop. The museum is laid out in table-top displays, with objects grouped together to illustrate a common theme.  Unlike books or commentary about a historical subject, a collection such as the one el-Hakim has curated allows visitors to have a visceral experience of history and culture. Grouping objects thematically allows the artifacts to be contextualized. As el-Hakim said “I took it to a different level [to show] what Booker T. Washington or W.E.B. Dubois or other individuals were doing during the Jim Crow era. It just made more of a powerful impact for me to see Aunt Jemima imagery next to somebody like [poet and playwright] Paul Laurence Dunbar, and what he was doing at the time.”

Current themes include women, hip-hop, Jim Crow, civil rights and Black Power, music, leadership, sports, and science and technology. Since 2018 is the 50th anniversary of his assassination, materials are included that relate to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to the 1968 Olympics, where athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos each raised a fist in a silent salute to civil rights.

el-Hakim stopped teaching social studies in 2011 to devote himself to the museum full time. He is also creating a documentary film about the museum itself, called ArtifaXual, as part of his dissertation research as a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois.

Light refreshments will be served, and the event, which is sponsored by Columbia Gorge Community College, will be held in the Library’s Community Room.

Khalid el-Hakim and the Black History Mobile Museum can be found on social media at the following locations:

Twitter @BH101MM
Instagram: @bhistory101
Facebook: Black History 101 Mobile Museum
Black History Mobile Museum website:

6. To Be Alone

Loneliness is something most of us dread. It can seem even worse during the holiday season, especially if we are dealing with loss and the need to create a new future for ourselves. However, even loneliness has its positive aspects.

Loneliness can be painful, but, as with other things, it is our attitude toward loneliness that counts. We can take a negative attitude, in which case we may either run from being alone, filling life with “busy-ness” or we can choose to wallow in it, immersed in self-pity.

We can also take a positive attitude, recognize it as an essential experience of every human being and use it creatively as a resource for knowing the self, and discovering our center and focus in life. Loneliness then becomes “alone time,” which is very different from loneliness.

It is only when we can stand alone, when we can admit our separate-ness, that we can make full use of our individual resources to set about finding our meaningful connections with others. We can take the time to set aside the desperation that fear of being alone can cause.

When the love and understanding with which we reach out to others is based upon a true sense of the self, a sense that we have discovered in confrontation with our loneliness, then it is based on reality instead of on false expectations. It is much easier to deal with, or handle, the truth than it is to deal with the disappointment of false expectations.

We alone can change ourselves. We alone can make the decision for growth. Each of us, alone, is the central point of reference in our lives. And this alone-ness actually gives us courage and resiliency to face what comes.

Knowing these things can be a lonely experience, but out of it can come a greater strength and confidence in your ability to meet life – and provide inner security that fear cannot manipulate or destroy. ~The Pacific Institute