Sherman County eNews #72


The Missoula Children’s Theatre Presents “Peter & Wendy”- March 15 & 16

Beware of Universals

Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting, May 4

Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

Opinion. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction

1. The Missoula Children’s Theatre Presents “Peter & Wendy”- March 15 & 16

The Missoula Children’s Theatre performances of “Peter and Wendy” will be held on Friday, March 15th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 16th at 3:00 pm and will be presented in the cafeteria at Sherman County School.  We have 55 of our k-12th grade students performing in this production. These students have put in many hours of work on this production this week.  Please come and support our kids.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana.  This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!

2. Beware of Universals

One of the most important ways we communicate is with language. However, if our language is fuzzy, our communications will be too. And when communications are fuzzy, misunderstandings abound.

If you want to communicate effectively, you’ll also want to make your language as effective and clear as it can be. One way to do this is to be very careful about using words known as “universals” or “absolutes” – words like “always,” “never,” “all” and “every.”

Now, universals are fine, when they’re true. If you say, “Everyone must die someday,” or “All the people in our family have brown eyes,” you are talking about facts. But what about when you see an old person struggling with a walker and you say, “Gosh, it’s awful to be old!” Or you read about an elected official who’s been convicted of fraud and you say, “Politicians are all crooked.” In both cases, you have moved from a specific truth to a general untruth. You have generalized from particulars, and in so doing you distort a fact that is true, into an opinion that isn’t.

So, the next time you hear a universal term, ask yourself, “Is this a fact or an opinion or a generalization?” Watch and listen closely to those running for office, especially when they talk about their opponents or the state of affairs. Are they stating facts or a cleverly worded opinion? The same goes for news outlets or anyone attempting to grab the spotlight. It is vital that all of us sharpen our critical listening skills.

Listen for the words “all,” “every,” “always,” “never,” and “none,” and let them serve as red flags for you. Ask yourself, “Is this strictly true? Are there exceptions?” If you avoid these universals except when they are really true, you will dramatically improve your communications, as well as create a better sense of trust in you by those who listen to you. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting, May 4

wheel.wagon1The Annual Meeting of the Wasco County Pioneer Association will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

The Meeting will be held at:
The Fort Dalles Readiness Center
402 East Scenic The Dalles, Oregon 97058
on the Columbia Gorge Community College Campus (East of Sorosis Park).

Doors are open and Registration begins at 9:30
Come early so that you can view the Historic Picture Boards
Lunch is at 11:30am
Annual Meeting and Program to follow lunch at 1:00pm
Annual Dues: $12.50
Lunch is $15.00
The Public is welcome at this meeting.

The Oregon Territorial Legislature created Old Wasco County on January 11, 1854. The Dalles was designated the county seat with the creation of the county, and has been its only location. At the time of its creation old Wasco County was the largest county in the United States, consisting of 130,000 square miles that stretched from the Cascades to the Rocky Mountains.

When Dakota Territory (including present-day Wyoming) was created in 1861, Idaho Territory in 1863, and Montana Territory in 1864, the parts of Old Wasco County east of the present Oregon boundaries were ceded to those territories.  Other counties were formed – Baker in 1862, Umatilla in 1862, Grant in 1864, Lake in 1874, Crook in 1882, Morrow in 1884, Gilliam in 1885, Sherman in 1889, Hood River in 1908 and Jefferson in 1914.

The Wasco County Pioneer Association Celebrates Old Wasco County every year on the first Saturday of May!

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

cow.blueOpinion. Cows are not the enemy.

Rural Population Trends

Grocery Store Prices Rose for the First Time in 3 Years in 2018

No-till and Strip-till Are Widely Adopted but Often Used in Rotation With Other Tillage Practices 

Commentary. Give the border patrol a break.

Study reveals 5 biggest regrets people have before they die

Oregon Now Has A 2nd Measles Outbreak To Deal With

5. Opinion. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction

Cal Thomas, The Patriot Post: “For young people who weren’t alive during the Cold War and the horrors that came from socialism and its evil twin, communism, the notion that they can get free stuff from the government is addictive. Having sacrificed little for their country (members of the military excluded), too many young people have bought into the idea that rich people and big corporations are evil because they have ‘stolen’ money from others, especially the poor. … Ironically, one of the top issues for Generation Z is the national debt, now at $22 trillion. Have young people considered that socialist programs will significantly add to the debt? Apparently not, because to them, it seems that feelings are more important than observable results. … Ronald Reagan said: ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.’ Will this be the generation that fulfills his prophecy? Much is riding on the 2020 election.”


Sherman County eNews #71


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

  2. Sugar-Coated Hostility

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

  4. Friendship recognizes faults in friends but does not speak of them.

  5. Spring Farming Days at Pomeroy, Washington, April 6-7

  6. Spring Whale Watch Week on the Coast, March 23-31

  7. Ladder Safety Month

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

Below are changes to our athletics schedules (mostly due to weather):


3/12/19- vs. Weston-McEwen- CANCELLED



3/18/19- vs. The Dalles (JV)- CANCELLED…Looking at rescheduling the first week of April

Track and Field

3/15/19- at The Dalles- CANCELLED

3/16/19- at East Valley (Yakima)- CANCELLED

3/21/19- at Condon- CANCELLED


3/21/19- at Tualatin- 3:30pm

Middle School Track and Field

ADDED MEET- 4/23/19- at Trout Lake- 4:00pm

~Mike Somnis

Sherman County School District

K-12 Principal

Athletic Director

2. Sugar-Coated Hostility

Do you know what it means to behave in a passive-aggressive way? Let’s talk about this behavior today, and maybe you’ll recognize yourself or perhaps someone you know.

The term passive-aggressive came into being during World War II when an Army psychiatrist used it to describe soldiers who ignored or resisted orders.

According to clinical psychologist Scott Wetzler, passive-aggressive behavior is not being passive one minute and aggressive the next. It’s more like sugar-coated hostility, or aggression with an escape clause.

Passive-aggressive people are invariably an hour late, a dollar short and a block away, armed with an endless list of excuses to deflect responsibility. To make matters worse, they then turn the tables on you, making themselves the hapless victims of what they’ll call your excessive demands and criticism. The damage they can do to your departments or teams is reflected in overall performance and higher employee turn-over rates when the P-A instigator is the leader.

Folks who behave this way often feel powerless and believe nothing they do makes any difference. They think they are getting a bad deal out of life and they are mad as heck about it, but afraid to let their feelings out. Often, they have suppressed their true feelings for so long that they are quite unaware of them.

If you recognize yourself in this description, what should you do? Well, start by reminding yourself that it’s important to resolve, not suppress, your interpersonal conflicts and to find appropriate and constructive channels for expressing your anger. A reputable counselor can help you learn how.

It’s also important to develop your sense of personal power and mastery, and there are many good programs that can teach you to do that. You truly are in the driver’s seat of your own life, and now might be a great time to take some personal accountability and grab the wheel. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3 Gearing Up for Sunny Weather at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Prager University. Short Videos. Big Ideas. Free.

Opinion. Oregon lawmakers consider new ways to keep secrets

Why aren’t there battery powered airplanes or flying cars?

Second Amendment Sanctuaries

4. Friendship recognizes faults in friends but does not speak of them.

True friendship acknowledges imperfections, accepts them as part of our individual makeup, and focuses on our positive aspects instead of expounding upon our faults. Your friends don’t like you to comment upon their failings any more than you like them to criticize you. When your friends are discouraged or disappointed in themselves, a word of encouragement will serve much better than a sermonette. To be the kind of friend you would like to have, be a good listener, offer advice when you are asked for it, and treasure the trust that your friends have placed in you. Praise them for their achievements and sympathize when they fall short, but avoid offering “constructive criticism” or playing devil’s advocate. Most of us expect more from ourselves than anyone else ever would, and we are painfully aware of our shortcomings. We don’t need to be reminded of them by our friends. ~The Napoleon Hill Foundation

5. Spring Farming Days at Pomeroy, Washington, April 6-7

Spring Farming Days

April 6-7

Garfield County Fairgrounds, Pomeroy, Washington


Horse & Mule Farming Operations

An Amazing Ag Museum

Antique Vehicle Display

Blue mountain Artisans’ Guild

Treasure Trailer – Buy & Sell Ag Antiques

RV Hook-ups & Camping

Hot lunch available with Twisted Wire

Contact David 509-843-3506

6. Spring Whale Watch Week on the Coast, March 23-31

The Spring Whale Watch Week event returns to the coast March 23 – 31 to celebrate the more than 20,000 Gray whales expected to migrate north past Oregon over the next few months.

Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help visitors spot the migrating mammals. A map of the volunteer-staffed sites is available on

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided. Rangers from Oregon State Parks will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales.  An online live stream of whale activity in Depoe Bay returns this spring too; watch it on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel during the event.

Gray whales migrate north along the coast of the western U.S. annually during spring; they return to Alaskan waters after wintering in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Many of the Gray whales will be accompanied by their new calves, born during the winter. The first large groups of whales pass by Oregon mid-March and the migratory stream typically continues into June. For more information about coast parks and campgrounds, visit

7. Ladder Safety Month

Nearly every home and workplace has a ladder lying around someplace. So you’d think most people would know how to use them safely, right?

Wrong. “Falls are one of the top three causes of serious workplace injuries,” said Leigh Manning, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. “And ladders are a leading culprit.”

One easy tip everyone can try at home is “the belt buckle rule”: always keep your belt buckle (or belly button) between the rails of the ladder. “This ensures you aren’t overreaching or throwing off your balance,” explains Manning.

Manning offers these additional tips to stay safe on a ladder:

  • Do make sure you have the right ladder for the job. Don’t use boxes, milk crates, chairs, or similar items in place of a ladder.
  • Do inspect ladders before each use. Don’t use a broken ladder.
  • Do set up a ladder on a stable, level surface. Open stepladders fully and engage the locking mechanism. Secure the ladder, if necessary, to prevent movement.
  • Don’t use a stepladder as a straight ladder.
  • Do maintain three points of contact (both feet and one hand, or both hands and one foot) when climbing. Don’t carry tools in your hands when climbing. (Wear a tool belt, or haul them up with a rope.)
  • Don’t stand on the cap or top rung of a stepladder, or on the top three rungs of an extension ladder. (Make sure extension ladders extend at least 3 feet past the step-off.)
  • Do wear slip-resistant footwear and keep the ladder free of mud and grease.
  • Don’t use a ladder if you are light-headed, dizzy, on medication, fatigued, or otherwise impaired.

To learn more about preventing slips, trips, and falls, visit Join us for a free live webinar on ladder safety at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Register here