Sherman County eNews #32

CONTENTS

  1. Flagstone Senior Living to Host Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremonies, Feb. 14

  2. How to Communicate with Your Legislator

  3. Stephen T. Irzyk 1948-2019

  4. Dick Macnab 1949-2019

  5. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 5

  6. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 19

  7. Oregon Historical Society Unveils “Experience Oregon” Exhibit, Feb. 14


The American’s Creed  By William Tyler Page

“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.”


1. Flagstone Senior Living to Host Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremonies, Feb. 14

weddingringsFlagstone Senior Living in The Dalles is hosting a wedding vow renewal ceremony for seniors on February 14th at 1pm. Champagne toasts, decadent desserts, live music and wedding photos. If you’re 55 or better and would like to renew your marriage vows with your husband or wife, February 14th is your day! Please RSVP by February 7th if you would like to participate. Contact Karees Reilly, 541-298-5656 or kreilly@flagstoneseniorliving.com. You are also welcome to attend as a guest and celebrate love by witnessing these tender moments!


2. How to Communicate with Your Legislator

By Frontier Advocates

constitution-wethepeopleIf you want to contact your legislator you can call their legislative office (see OLIS for contact information https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1) during normal work hours and you will get the legislator’s staff or an intern. They are the “gatekeepers” to sort out the many contact requests legislators receive. They will want to know if you are from the district that the legislator represents. Try to be brief and to the point. Tell them what you want the legislator to know. Legislative staff often “keep score” on issues counting how many for or against.  If you hope to speak to the legislator, you will likely have to request a call or set up a time to call. If you want to see them in person, ask to speak to the staff handling scheduling.

It’s good practice to follow up a phone call with an e-mail to the legislator. This, too, will be handled by staff and it is a public record. It also is a reminder to the office about your issue.

Legislators are primarily focused on the issues being heard by the committees on which they serve. You can find the committee agendas on OLIS.

OLIS also shows committee agendas and how to watch live or archived hearings and floor sessions. You can sign up to receive emails about committee agendas ahead of the hearings, often a week or more in advance.

Bill Hansell

Party: Republican
District: 29

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1729
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-415, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: Sen.BillHansell@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/hansell

Greg Smith

Party: Republican
District: 57

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1457
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-482, Salem, OR 97301
Email: Rep.GregSmith@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithg

Frontier Advocates is a partnership dedicated to navigating and shaping public policy on behalf of rural Oregon. Partners are three retired county judges with over 75 years of collective experience: Steve Grasty (Harney), Mike McArthur (Sherman), and Laura Pryor (Gilliam). All three former judges also served in statewide leadership roles.


3. Stephen T. Irzyk 1948-2019

flower.rose.starSteve Irzyk, our loving and faithful son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather and friend. Proud son of Tex and Beryle. Loving brother to Gary, Julie, and Mary. Father of John and Jacob. Grandfather to Austin, Justin, and Zachary. Loving uncle to Angela, Jessa, Joe, Chris, Jack, Libby, Stephen, Hillary, Molly, Emma and their families. A caring friend to all and a lover of dogs, cats, horses, owls, hawks, birds and every living thing.

Stephen faithfully served our country in the Navy during the Vietnam war from 1969-1973, Gunner’s mate, 3 tours, USS Bradley, Moon Tide battle group, and Sea Lords.

A hard worker who loved the sun, rain, wind in his face and on his back while working the land with all its equipment on our beloved wheat ranch in Sherman County where he counted himself blessed to grow up on and make a living.

Possessing a photographic memory, teller of funny stories, a great jokester and wonderful listener who committed everything to his sharp mind to be called upon often as our family historian. He was a man of simple pleasures; enjoying a good cup of coffee, a walker of many miles with his favorite side kick and constant companion Nikki and when he could take a few days the Oregon coast called his name with many fine days walking the promenade and beaches at Seaside.

And most of all, he was One of Mary Eva’s boys. We love you forever Steve.


4. Dick Macnab 1949-2019

flower.rose.starDick Macnab passed away on Jan. 6, 2019, in Hood River, Ore., while playing basketball. He was born Dec. 19, 1949, in The Dalles, Ore., to Peter and Janet (Kaseberg) Macnab. He grew up on the family farm outside of Wasco, Oregon, with his three brothers and one sister. He attended Wasco Grade School and graduated from Sherman High School in 1967. He was a member of FFA, played tennis, and wrestled. After graduation, he attended Oregon State University where he met his wife, Pam. They married on Sept. 18, 1971, in Albany, Ore. Dick graduated from OSU in 1972. Dick and Pam moved back to Wasco in 1972.

Dick worked for his dad on the family farm and eventually took over the ranch with his younger brother, Jim. After having a stroke in July of 2006, he retired from farming and started work as a crop insurance adjuster. He also spent several years coaching basketball at both Sherman and Dufur High Schools. Dick’s biggest passion was always basketball. He was an avid sports enthusiast, but basketball was always #1. He spent the school year watching any and every sporting event he could. He supported Sherman, The Dalles, Dufur, and any other team that he felt was exciting to watch. He was also a lifetime runner, participating in Hood to Coast for several years. He played for the local softball team, Frosty’s, until they disbanded. He joined the Barnstormers theater group in 1980 and was involved in every play either acting or directing until they disbanded in 2004.

Dick’s life was changed for the better first, when his daughter, Tori, was born and again when his grandchildren, Gemma and Enzo, were born. Anyone who got to know him in the last five years most likely either saw him with a grandkid in his arms or heard all about them. He was so proud of all three of them.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Janet; his brother, Peter; and his parents-in-law, Dwight and Lorna Fisher. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pam (Fisher) Macnab of Wasco; daughter Tori Macnab Medina and son-in-law Tony of The Dalles; his much beloved grandchildren, Gemma and Enzo; his father, Pete Macnab of Wasco; brothers, Loren, Craig, and Jim (Dorene) of Wasco; sister Joy of The Dalles; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life was held January 26, 2019. Donations may be made in Dick’s name to the Sherman County Athletic Foundation c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.


5. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 5

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest.”

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on December 5, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion to approve the ODOT and WSDOT Mobility Management Match for 2018-2019 in the amount of $2,000 to Mid-Columbia Economic Development Services.
  • Motion to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between Hood River County and Sherman County, to provide Administrative Services to the Four Rivers Early Learning Hub, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • Motion to approve the Amendment to the Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman County and Columbia Gorge ESD to serve as a 2nd tier contractor for preschool infrastructure grants, and distribute funding as applied for and approved by the Four Rivers Early Learning Governance Board, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • Discussion with Avangrid on the Golden Hills SIP Agreement.
  • Motion to declare the 2014 Dodge Charger surplus, as recommended the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Motion to declare a Glock 19 surplus, to be traded in for a new Glock, as recommended the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Motion to declare Office of the County Court desktop printers surplus, as recommended the Administrative Assistant.
  • Motion to declare the 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser as surplus.
  • Motion to approve the Association of Oregon Counties’ (AOC) request for additional payment in the amount of $5,724.38, to be put in the AOC County Road Fund to replace borrowed funds without AOC Board authorization.
  • Motion to approve the National Association of Counties (NACo) membership dues in the amount of $450.
  • Motion to approve Active Shooter training and Stop The Bleed training for all County Employees as recommended by the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Motion to appoint Carol von Borstel to the Regional Solutions Advisory Committee as the Sherman County Cities’ Representative.

6. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 19

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest.”

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on December 19, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion to have a plaque created in honor of Cliff Jett to be hung at the LePage Park kiosk.
  • Sheriff’s Office applied for an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant for seat belt enforcement, driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement, and distracted driving overtime funds. They were awarded $14,000. The grant states specific times that they can work traffic safety such as when there would be an influx of people on the roads due to such things as events, holidays, and the Super Bowl.
  • Public Hearing for Golden Hills SIP Agreement
    • Motion to approve and the Oregon Strategic Investment Program (SIP) Agreement, amending the 2009 SIP Agreement between Sherman County and Golden Hills Wind Farms LLC to promote industrial competitiveness and to improve employment in the area where projects are to be located by encouraging businesses engaged in projects to hire local employees and will forward onto Business Oregon.
    • Motion to approve and the Resolution #07-12-2018, amending the 2009 SIP Agreement between Sherman County and Golden Hills Wind Farms LLC to promote industrial competitiveness and to improve employment in the area where projects are to be located by encouraging businesses engaged in projects to hire local employees and will forward onto Business Oregon.
  • Motion to approve Debbie Hayden, Finance Officer, to move forward with the financial upgrade with Caselle.
  • Motion to approve the John Day River Territory Annual Contribution for July, 1 2018 – July 30, 2019 in the amount of $4,000.00 with a request for a yearly update in County Court.
  • Motion to approve the following contracts between Sherman County and Helion Software Inc: The Client Software Support Agreement for Helion to provide Sherman telephone, electronic, remote and onsite assistance, the Personal Services Contract For Computer Services Agreement for Helion to provide Sherman comprehensive computer services in data conversion, data importing and ORCATS system training, and the Helion Software Licensing Agreement allowing the Sherman the right to make lawful use of the product belonging to Helion, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • Motion to surplus the 1972 Royal 24 x 62 mobile home located at 401 Hood Street in Moro, to either demolish or sell as negotiated by the County Judge.
  • Motion to approve the Lease of Office Space Agreement, between Biggs Service District and Sherman County, to lease office space in the Sherman County Courthouse to conduct Administrative Services.
  • Motion to approve an operating loan to Frontier TeleNet in the amount of $100,000, and up to another $100,000 authorized by the County Judge before the end of the 2019 fiscal year, if needed.
  • Motion to approve the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Annual Dues for 2019 in the amount of $7,540.19.
  • Motion authorize budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $123,700 from the County General Fund, $116,520.13 to the Community Transit Fund, $1,478,788.91 to the SIP Community Service Fees Fund, and $5,015,070.00 to the SIP Additional Fees Fund, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.

7. Oregon Historical Society Unveils “Experience Oregon” Exhibit, Feb. 14

Oregon.Flat.polePortland, OR – Visitors of all ages, and from all parts of the world, come to the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) each year to learn about Oregon. Whether you were born here, have chosen to make this place home, or are just passing through, it is undeniable that there is something special about this state. From its varied geography to its innovative legislation, Oregon is complex and distinctive, filled with people whose stories are the foundation of the state we see today.

On Thursday, February 14, the Oregon Historical Society will unveil a new 7,000 square foot exhibition, Experience Oregon, a dynamic educational space that allows visitors to learn about the countless people, places, and events that have shaped this place.

February 14 is also Oregon’s 160th birthday, and OHS will celebrate the grand opening with a blessing led by members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. Other celebrations during the weekend include a Family Day event filled with cultural performances and activities on Saturday, February 16, and free admission all weekend, February 14 through 18.

Experience Oregon is very aptly named,” says Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. “It is a state-of-the-art immersive experience that brings to life the remarkable and dramatic history of Oregon and those who have called it home. From priceless artifacts to breathtaking images to unforgettable stories of the individuals who have made and changed history, there is truly something for everyone in this exhibit.”

Visitors enter Experience Oregon through a panoramic theater that introduces major themes and sets the stage for the exhibit. Land and water are two of the most pervasive topics covered, displaying the diversity of Oregon’s landscape, as well as people’s historical and ongoing relationships with its resources. Visitors follow a “river” along the floor to reinforce the importance of water to Oregon’s history, and to the many people who call this place home.

“Across Time” stations throughout the exhibit use broad themes such as home, water, and land to draw connections between yesterday and today. Experience Oregon’s design continually directs visitors back to the present, emphasizing why learning about history matters.

Interactive stations throughout the exhibition include a “Stories from the Archives” tablet game, a covered-wagon replica visitors can walk through, role-playing games that allow visitors to take sides in historical debates, listening wands that bring to visitors voices from the past, and opportunities to offer ideas and opinions on relevant themes. As visitors leave the exhibit, they can create a memory blanket as a digital “takeaway” using photographs and artifacts, as well as Pendleton blanket designs, to help recall favorite moments from the exhibit.

Over three years in the making, developing Experience Oregon has really been a collaborative undertaking. Oregon Historical Society staff, trustees, and volunteers; Oregon Tribes; educators; content specialists; historians; community members; and multiple design firms from across the country have contributed their talents to create this new cornerstone of our museum.

“The design process for Experience Oregon was truly cutting-edge, and is one of the aspects that makes this exhibition so unique,” says OHS Museum Director Helen B Louise. “It’s impossible for a single person to adequately tell a history this immense as there are so many points of view to consider. Rather than having one single curator, the content and conceptualization for Experience Oregon has been a collaboration of stakeholders, making this such a rich exhibition, both in content and design”

OHS has scoured our collections to display artifacts from across the state’s geography and history – some on exhibit for the first time. One beloved artifact is the Benson Automobile, one of the first cars built in Oregon. Nils Benson began building this car in 1904, and then displayed it at the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition the following year. Another favorite artifact returning to display is the Scarborough canoe, a quintessential Chinook-style canoe. Local Tribes refer to the canoe as the “ancestor,” and it has inspired the carving of new canoes in its likeness that Tribes use today. OHS will also be displaying for the first time a housewife (sewing kit) that was carried by George Shannon, the youngest non-infant member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

All of the artifacts on display in Experience Oregon are from the Oregon Historical Society museum collection, and our research library preserves the vast majority of the archival materials on view. Experience Oregon would be impossible without the countless Oregonians who, for over a century, have turned to OHS to preserve their histories.

Experience Oregon officially opens to the public on February 14 at 12pm. The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is $10, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

OPENING WEEKEND EVENTS:

Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Festivities begin at 12pm

Celebrate Oregon’s 160th birthday and the grand opening of Experience Oregon with birthday cake, music from the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers, a blessing from the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde, and the official ribbon cutting to unveil the exhibit!

Family Day

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Activities from 12pm – 4pm

Enjoy musical performances from Portland Taiko, BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Oregon Trail Trio, The Prairie Blossoms, and Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Listen to traditional Kalapuya/Coos storytelling, pan for gold with representatives from the Wells Fargo History Museum, and take home a souvenir of your visit from one of our activity stations.

Free Admission Opening Weekend: February 14 – 18, 2019


 

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