Sherman County eNews #77


  1. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: The Tiny Teaspoons

  2. Charlotte Lenore (Ruggles) Barnett 1917-2019

  3. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, April 5

  4. Farm Service Agency Accepts Applications for Program Technician

  5. Unearned Guilt

  6. The Morning Brew: News Deserts or Communities with Little or No Local Reporting

  7. Oregon House Bill 2297 | Preliminary Summary | Maintains Daylight Savings Time

  8. College readies surplus sale March 29-30

1. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: The Tiny Teaspoons

4-H clover1The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H club met on March 18, 2019 at 3:30pm at the Cranston’s house. Attending were Lexi, Coral, Maddie, Addie, Bella, Ava, Savannah B, Savannah D. Special guests were Gail Macnab and Debbie Bird. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bella and the 4-H Pledge was led by Savannah D. Today we made Irish Soda Bread from a recipe out of It’s All Relative, Favorite Recipes of the Macnab Sisters, Family and Friends and Irish Soda Scones. While we were baking those, we each made a Shamrock Pretzel Pop and made tea.  When we were tasting the food, we played a game with kitchen verbs. After we played, we were talking about what we made. Our next meeting will be in April. Meeting was adjourned at 5:30pm. Signed Alexis Holt and Maddie Cranston.

2. Charlotte Lenore (Ruggles) Barnett 1917-2019

flower.rose.starCharlotte Barnett passed away peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Flagstone in The Dalles, Oregon.

Charlotte was born May 27, 1917, in Moro, Oregon, at her Grandparent Hulse’s home to Oscar and Allie (Hulse) Ruggles. She joined two siblings, Orville and Zela (McKinney) and the family soon moved to their place at Finnegan. They attended the Liberty School three miles from home and then went to the Grass Valley School when Charlotte was in the sixth grade through high school where she excelled in sports.

Charlotte married Willard Henry Barnett when she was 18 on August 29, 1935. They bought the ranch two miles north of Grass Valley where she lived until after she turned 99, when she moved to The Dalles. Charlotte and Willard’s son Keith was born November 11, 1936.

She is survived by Keith & Marilyn (Smith) Barnett, grandson Lee Barnett & Laurie Booth, great-grandchildren Brandan & Abigayle Barnett and Morgan Barnett, and two great-great-grandchildren, Addyson Mae and Wyatt Benjamin.

Charlotte’s funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Grass Valley Baptist Church. A potluck meal will follow the service at the church. Please bring a side dish or dessert.

3. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, April 5

boy.telephonetalkSherman County Preschool is looking ahead to next school year. We will be holding an open enrollment at 5:30pm on April 5th in the preschool. We encourage anyone interested in having their child attend preschool to complete an enrollment packet. Space is limited to 20 children and Head Start spots are limited as well.

To be eligible for the 2019-2020 preschool year your child must be 3-5 years of age on or before September 1st, 2019 and be potty trained. We contract with both North Central ESD and Umatilla Morrow Head Starts to provide Head Start services to qualifying families. They are both wonderful agencies with great employees who love to help kids and their families, but again spots are limited so you don’t want to miss out on signing up. Most, if not all, spots will be filled by early summer.

Sherman County Preschool is a QRIS 5-star program with a Director, Carrie Somnis, and three teachers, Brenda Massie, Sarah Goodenough and Miranda Owens, who love children and have over 30+ years of combined teaching experience. Sherman County Preschool is located in Moro in the elementary wing of the Sherman County School. We introduce preschoolers to learning in a warm and caring environment that encourages children to learn through play and structured small group activities. We offer transportation services in the afternoon with stops in Moro and Wasco at each daycare.

If you are unable to attend the open enrollment but are interested in your child attending preschool next year please send an email to with your name, mailing address, and child’s age/name as of September 1st, 2019. Feel free to call the preschool directly with any questions. The phone number is (541) 565-3320, hours are 7:30am-2pm Monday-Thursday. During preschool hours (8am-12pm) we are busy with kids & may not answer, but please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

4. Farm Service Agency Accepts Applications for Program Technician

The Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a permanent Program Technician in Condon, Oregon. Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, March 21 and closing Wednesday, April 3rd. Salary range of $26,587 – $53,773 per year based on qualifications and experience. A copy of the vacancy announcement and application may be obtained on line by visiting: and searching for “Farm Service Agency” and location “Condon, OR.” For more information, please contact the FSA Office at 541-384-4251 ext 2. The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

5. Unearned Guilt

People who would never think of trying to drive a car with the brakes on often do something very similar to themselves.

A wise and funny woman once said, “Show me a person without guilt, and I’ll show you a person without a mother!” Now, she herself was a mother and guilt, when it’s appropriate, is a useful function of a healthy conscience.

The point she was making through humor is that all of us suffer from at least a touch of guilt and feelings of unworthiness. When these feelings grow large enough to take over, it’s like trying to drive a car with the brakes on. You may go forward in fits and starts, but you won’t go very far.

Guilt and unworthiness are things we were taught to feel as children by well-intentioned, but misguided adults who probably didn’t realize the damage they were doing. By the time we became adults, these feelings were so ingrained that they became automatic responses – part of our self-image.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can take yourself off automatic and bring your consciousness to bear on these feelings. You can learn how to refuse to accept unearned guilt and forgive the people who unwisely taught you to feel unworthy. Chances are, they too were taught that way. But you can break that cycle.

A commitment to get rid of unnecessary guilt is a great place to start. Seek out resources – counselors, teachers, friends, classes, books, online video resources – that can help you feel the peace and personal power that is your birthright. Appropriate guilt is one thing, but unearned guilt is a whole other ballgame – and one we don’t need to play. ~The Pacific Institute

6. The Morning Brew: News Deserts or Communities with Little or No Local Reporting

newspaper-arrowLast year, Facebook released Today In, an initiative to highlight local news stories. Yesterday, Facebook launched This Is Actually Terrible, showing that in many places in the U.S., there isn’t enough local news to fuel Today In.

The report: Facebook (-3.32%) teamed up with academic researchers to measure news deserts, or “communities with little or no local reporting.” Here’s what they found:

  • About one-third of Facebook’s U.S. users live in areas that do not have sufficient local reporting to support Today In.
  • There’s not much regional bias, either. 26% of users in the West and 35% in the Midwest, Northeast, and South suffer from a lack of local news.

This map does a good job of illustrating the problem. The more green, the more local news. The less green…the less you know of the delights of reading a small town police blotter.  Read the rest at

7. Oregon House Bill 2297 | Preliminary Summary | Maintains Daylight Savings Time


Abolishes annual one-hour change in time from standard time to daylight saving time and maintains Oregon on daylight savings time.


Daylight saving time is the practice of setting the clock one hour forward for 34 weeks of the year, allowing for more daylight in the evening hours. The United States used daylight saving time at times during World War I and II, with some state and local governments persisting in the practice. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 standardized

the practice nationwide, and allowed states to exempt themselves. Hawaii and Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Nation, do not observe daylight saving time. Measures introduced in Congress, California, and Washington would end the twice-yearly time change and permanently maintain daylight saving time. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 26 states have introduced measures ending the practice of twice-yearly time changes.

A 2008 study concluded that the time spent changing clocks represented a $1.7 billion opportunity cost to the U.S. population. Another study found that daylight saving time costs the U.S. economy more than $433 million each year in the form of cardiac incidents, workplace injuries in the mining and construction sectors, and “cyberloafing”

in office settings. A 2014 study found a 6.3 percent increase in fatal automobile accidents over the six days following the time change. Senate Bill 320 ceases the one-hour time change and places Oregon permanently on daylight saving time. The measure is referred to voters for their approval or rejection the next regular general

election. Senate Joint Memorial 6 urges Congress to allow states to permanently maintain themselves on daylight saving time.

8. College readies surplus sale March 29-30

Every homeowner knows the feeling: You look around the house and realize other folks might find a better use for stuff you’re just not using anymore.

Staff at Columbia Gorge Community College recently completed a materials inventory and learned the college, too, needs to do a little spring cleaning. People are invited to see the results when the college hosts a Surplus Sale on Friday, March 29, from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. The Readiness Center is located on The Dalles Campus at 402 East Scenic Drive.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, which has offices on the college campus, is also participating in the event. All items are priced to sell; sale of college items will benefit the college’s general fund, while sale of surplus items from Oregon DEQ will benefit the college foundation’s general scholarship fund. Surplus items are posted on the college’s website, and include projectors, fire-proof safes, arc welders and welding hoods, a laser printer, desks, laptops, computers, office chairs, lecterns, shelving, book cases … even a set of barn doors.

For details, visit the college website,