Sherman County eNews #19


  1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 24

  2. Notice. Biggs Service District Board Meeting, Jan. 30

  3. Notice. Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler County Courts, Jan. 25

  4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting, Jan. 25

  5. The Times-Journal Has a New E-Mail Address

  6. Read All About It! John Day Dam, Highways, Railroads & Towns

  7. History Tidbits. Wanted: Sherman County Stories and Records

  8. How About Those Resolutions?

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

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 24

sport.BXboy2There was a minor error on the A Boys start time for the January 24 Arlington Junior High game that is coming up tomorrow. The A Boys will play at 4:00 at Arlington Elementary School.

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

2. Notice. Biggs Service District Board Meeting, Jan. 30

The Biggs Service District will hold a public meeting on January 30th at 9:00 am in the Commissioners Meeting room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to discuss items relating to the Biggs Service District Audits, Water System Project, and to the District.

3. Notice. Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler County Courts, Jan. 25

Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler County Courts

January 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

Jeanne Burch Building, 401 Fourth Street, Meeting Room, Fossil, OR 97830


1.0 Call to Order

2.0 Introductions

3.0 Amendments to the Agenda

4.0 Building Codes Inspecting Services Update

5.0 Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) 2.0 Boundary Changes – Tom McCoy

6.0 Frontier Telenet Update

7.0 Set next meeting date

8.0 Adjourn

4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting, Jan. 25

Frontier Telenet directors and advisers will meet following the Tri-County Court meeting on Friday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m. at the Jeanne Burch Building in Fossil. Both meetings are open to the public. ~The Times-Journal

5. The Times-Journal Has a New E-Mail Address

pencil.sharpThe Times-Journal now has a NEW E-mail address:

Please use this new email for all ‘e-correspondence’ with the newspaper.

6. In Case You Missed It: John Day Dam, Highways, Railroads & Towns

Sherman County: For The Record landed in members’ mailboxes in December. It’s a Sherman County Historical Society publication dedicated to preserving local history in stories, records and photographs. Imagine… Volume 36… 36 years of stories!

This volume features the John Day Dam and Sherman County on the 60th anniversary of the start of construction, relocation of highways, towns and railroads and the creation of Lake Umatilla.

Gladys Wesley, editor, compiled excerpts from the Sherman County Journal during the John Day Dam construction, 1958-1968, that are illustrated with 30 photographs contributed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others.

Peggy Bird Allen, Cindy Kaseberg Brown, Linda Macnab Krafsic, Shirley Watkins Blaylock and Nancy Grogan Bailey answered the call for stories about families and change during that period. George Fox, Sr.’s story about the inundation by the John Day Dam pool of the hamlet of Early on the John Day River is reprinted from the February 13, 1968, Sherman County Journal. Jennifer Macnab contributed “City Mouse, Country Mouse.” These are illustrated by photographs contributed by the authors or from the Sherman County Historical Museum collection.

Year-round, the Sherman County Historical Society seeks historical stories to publish in their “For The Record” series. Please mail your family and event stories to SCHS, P.O. Box 173, Moro, Oregon 97039 or contact Gladys Wesley, editor, at 541-565-3232.

7. History Tidbits. Wanted: Sherman County Stories and Records

time.hourglass1Read all about it in Sherman County: For The Record… local stories about families, places, organizations and events by local authors!

The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to share your Sherman County stories or records that came your way from earlier times in the county. Contact the Sherman County Historical Society, P.O. Box 173, Moro, Oregon 97039 or contact editor Gladys Wesley at 541-565-3232.

Information from diaries, letters, autograph albums, records and stories are welcome!  Consider recording your interviews of local story tellers – ask what they know or heard tell of brick yards, rodeos, movie theaters, the Grant-Maryhill ferry, fishing on the rivers or county events. Develop a short story around a series of photographs of a family or community event.

See a content summary for Sherman County: For The Record 1983-2018:  or

8. How About Those Resolutions?

For those who make New Year’s Resolutions, this is about the time that those resolutions tend to fall by the wayside. Rarely do resolutions make their way beyond a week or two – life and old habits tend to get in the way.

Part of the reason for this is that “resolutions” typically lack one extremely critical ingredient – commitment. The desire is there, and usually the need is there. But resolutions have a tendency to be “have to” as if we are pushing ourselves to do something that we really don’t want to do. And when we feel pushed, we push back. Our creativity goes into overdrive to get us out of what we “have to” do.

The past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about taking control of ourselves, and as much of the world around us that we can. We’ve talked about how we look at the world and our lives, if we are optimists or pessimists. We have also talked about taking personal accountability for our decisions and actions.

What we’ve been talking about is setting goals for what we want for the future. Here is where resolutions and goals part company. Goals are a commitment we make to ourselves to get where we want to go. And when we make our goals statements of fact, and fill them with action and emotion and purpose, we are creating an irresistible, magnetic draw to our future.

So, if you’ve made New Year’s Resolutions, and they are showing signs of fading into oblivion, go back to them and take a closer look. Do you see words and phrases like, “really would like to,” or “wouldn’t it be nice if I could,” or maybe even the word “should” with anything? (FYI, “should” is just another word for “have to.”) These are fuzzy words and they create fuzzy pictures.

Take each resolution and consign the fuzzy language to the trash heap. Put in words that drive a picture with a healthy dose of positive emotion. See yourself in this new picture, succeeding at whatever it is that you want to change in you. And if you don’t mind the suggestion, cross out the word “Resolution” and write in “Goals.” ~The Pacific Institute

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

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