Sherman County eNews #104


  1. One of the greatest gifts that you can give is your time.

  2. Success is in the Details

  3. Universal Terms: Fact, Opinion or Generalization?

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Rufus Golf Course 1926

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

  6. Maryhill Museum of Art Announces Collaborative “Exquisite Gorge” Project

  7. Organists for the 7th Biennial Organ Crawl in The Dalles, April 28

1. One of the greatest gifts that you can give is your time. 

Volunteer Smile“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” – Thomas Jefferson

In small communities like ours, we rely on the kind hearts of volunteers in many capacities. We all work together to make our community the best it can be. One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is your time. Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

So before you complain, have you volunteered yet? By volunteering you are voting about the kind of community you wish to live in.

We would like to take a moment to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers in Sherman County who continue to generously donate their time to make our county the special place that it is.

Volunesia – that moment when you forget you’re volunteering to change lives because it’s changing yours.

-Sherman County Community & Senior Center

2. Success is in the Details

If you’re going to get what you want in life, it is only common sense that first you have to know what you want. Even beyond that, it is absolutely essential that you take your desires seriously enough to goal-set to achieve them.

There is a good chance that the reason most people fail to achieve their goals in life is that they never really set them in the first place. Most people spend more time planning a wedding or a vacation than they do planning their lives. And by failing to plan, in effect they are actually planning to fail, by default.

Your mind is like a targeting system or an automatic pilot on a boat. Once you clearly and specifically commit to the target or destination, your mind uses negative and positive feedback from your environment, including your internal environment, to adjust your behavior.

But if you program your mind with vague desires, nonspecific goals, or fuzzy ideas, the feedback will be meaningless. For example, if you goal-set for a better standard of living, how will you know when you have achieved it? Any improvement at all will be something better. But if you have a highly specific target, such as doubling your income or tripling your production, you will always know when you are on track and exactly how far you have left to go at any given moment.

As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there”? Remember, you have the power to achieve whatever you want in life, and commitment to specific goals is the surest way to tap into that power. Ultimately, success is in the details. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Universal Terms: Fact, Opinion or Generalization?

“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

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Rufus Golf Course 1926

golf2In 1926 a golf course was laid out on the Chub Fowler land, attracting golfers from The Dalles, Goldendale, Boardman and Wasco. The links started at the edge of Rufus, continued along the Columbia River highway eastward, then in zigzag fashion back across rolling broken land to a tee between two ravines, one of these a sandy wind blow 20-30 feet deep, the other a grass-covered chasm. Rufus Golf Club was organized with Wallace Jones as president with 22 members. ~Source: Wasco News-Enterprise, 11 March 1926.

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

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders

Mexican cartel moves into Northeast Ohio, three-year investigation sends 19 to federal prison


Colonialist Economics – The Contrast with Indigenous Land Care Principles

6. Maryhill Museum of Art Announces Collaborative “Exquisite Gorge” Project

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., April 16, 2019) —Maryhill Museum of Art today announced a collaborative printmaking project featuring 11 artists working with communities along a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River from the Willamette River confluence to the Snake River confluence. The Exquisite Gorge Project will connect artists and communities to create a massive 66-foot steamrolled print.

The unique project takes inspiration from the Surrealist art practice known as exquisite corpse. In the most well-known exquisite corpse drawing game, participants took turns creating sections of a body on a piece of paper folded to hide each successive contribution. When unfolded, the whole body is revealed. In the case of The Exquisite Gorge Project, the Columbia River will become the “body” that unifies the collaboration between artists and communities, revealing a flowing 66-foot work that tells 10 conceptual stories of the Columbia River and its people.

Artists will work with community members from their assigned stretch of river and carve images on 4 x 6 foot wood panels. Each completed panel will then be connected end-to-end and printed using a steamroller. The big steamroller print event will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art and the public is invited to participate.

The resulting print will be on view in Maryhilll’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center from September 3 -25, 2019, with the possibility of other venues added in the future.

This project would not be possible without a range of partners along the Columbia River, who are helping facilitate the project and connecting artists with communities. The partners involved are:  Maryhill Museum of Art, Lewis & Clark College, Arts in Education of the Gorge, The Dalles-Wasco County Library, The Gorge Veterans Museum, The Dalles Art Center, Goldendale-Fort Vancouver Library System, Whitman College, and White Salmon Arts Council. Information on how the public can connect with artists will be disseminated by each of the participating partners.

“The Columbia River weaves lives together in the most amazing ways,” says Louise Palermo, Curator of Education at Maryhill Museum of Art. “The Exquisite Gorge Project brings communities together with artists to share their experience of home in the form of a woodblock print, metaphorically as big as the river itself. We envision residents becoming involved by meeting with an artist in their community, helping carve a piece of their story into a woodblock, or being part of the steamroller print event at Maryhill Museum of Art on August 24.”

Similarly, Portland artist Roger Peet, who will create Section Seven of the print, underscores the importance of collaboration in The Exquisite Gorge Project. 

“I value collaboration greatly, and it is a big part of what I do in my work. Incorporating the stories, ideas, and efforts of community members into work that is narrative and explicatory is the best way to ensure a broadly effective message,” says Peet. “The stories, symbols and characters that communities contribute to projects like this provide their depth.”

Participating artists, selected through a national call for artists*, and respective sections of the Columbia River are as follows:
Greg Archuleta, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Oregon
Section One (Willamette River Confluence to River Mile 110)
Michael Namkung/Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
Section Two (River Mile 110 to McGowans Light)

Molly Gaston Johnson, Lake Cuomo, New Jersey
Section Three (McGowans Light to 13 Mile Point)
Jane Pagliarulo, Portland, Oregon
Section Four (13 Mile Point to Rowena)
Neal Harrington, Russellville, Arkansas
Section Five (Rowena to Browns Island)
Steven Muñoz, Washington, DC
Section Six (Browns Island to Miller Island)
Roger Peet, Portland, Oregon
Section Seven (Miller Island to John Day River)
Mike McGovern, Portland, Oregon
Section Eight (John Day River to Roosevelt)
Combat Paper/Drew F. Cameron
Section Nine (Roosevelt to Hat Rock) 
Nicole Pietrantoni/Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
Section Ten (Hat Rock to Snake River Confluence)
Ken Spiering, Valleyford, Washington

To date, sponsors of The Exquisite Gorge Project include Klickitat County, Department of Economic Development, Lodging Tax Award, with additional support provided by Vonda Chandler, Gunkel Orchards, Maryhill Winery, Jo Dean and Juris Sarins, and many of the museum’s partners on this project.  For opportunities to support this great project, contact Colleen Schafroth 509 773-3733 x 23 or email

7. Organists for the 7th Biennial Organ Crawl in The Dalles, April 28

Classical music lovers of the Mid-Columbia will have an opportunity to experience the seventh biennial Organ Crawl, a series of five performances on the historic pipe organs of The Dalles on Sunday, Apr. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. Each of the organists will begin their mini-concert with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” in its version as a hymn tune or as an instrumental arrangement.  Additional works will explore the color and range of sound produced by the various pipe organs in their unique venues.

The event was initiated by the late Robert Carsner in 2007, and friends who supported him in the first four Crawls determined to continue the tradition in Carsner’s memory after his death in January 2014.

This year’s Crawl begins with a 20-minute performance by Caroline Homer at St. Peter’s Landmark.  She has been organist at United Church of Christ Congregational for 45 years and has played for many weddings at the Landmark.  She is also the Friday and Saturday night pianist at the Baldwin Saloon. When the instrument at the Landmark was built, the Kilgen Organ Company had one of the best reputations for building organs in the country. The organ dates to 1907 and was dedicated in 1925 with major renovation in 1974.

From St. Peter’s Landmark, attendees will proceed to United Church of Christ Congregational to enjoy a performance by Cheryl Ortega who is pianist and choir director at the church.  She retired from elementary school teaching and continues to be active in the local music scene.  Built in 1954 by the Wicks Organ Company of Illinois, the instrument at UCCC was housed in the First Church of Christ Scientist in Hood River.  When that congregation moved, the organ was given to UCCC with installation the only expense.  The organ was first heard at its present location in 2002.

The third performance will be at First Church of Christ Scientist by E.J. Howe, who teaches piano and plays organ each week at Gateway Church.  She has played the organ at the Christian Science Church in previous Organ Crawls.  She will play pieces by Bach and Pachelbel along with other selections. The Reuter organ at Christian Science was put into place in 1933 and is a four-rank instrument with 21 stops.  It is housed in a single chamber with swell shutters.  Restoration work was done in 2002 and 2003 and more is planned.

The fourth stop on the Crawl is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Heidi Kohne of Portland will play a Bach toccata and fugue.  Also a tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, where the grand organ seems to have escaped the disastrous fire, “Priere a Notre-Dame” by Leon Boellmann. Kohne is a leader in the Portland chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is currently interim organist at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church. St. Paul’s organ is the oldest in The Dalles, installed as a used instrument in Old St. Paul’s Chapel in 1900 and moved, rebuilt and expanded when the new St. Paul’s Church was dedicated in 1962.  It has been refurbished in recent years and two new stops were added in 2017 thanks to a bequest from Robert Carsner.

The last venue on the Organ Crawl is Zion Lutheran Church where Garry Estep promises surprises including collaborations with other Zion musicians.  His set concludes with Bach’s spectacular “Prelude and Fugue in D Major.”  Estep left a career as a professional musician in Cincinnati, New York, and Nashville when he switched to aerospace engineering.  He is currently chief engineer at Insitu and shares his talents as organist at Zion, artistic director of Serious Theater, and contributor to other area theater companies and music ensembles. The Zion organ was built by Lawrence Phelps and Associates and dedicated in 1976.  It is a straight-rank organ boasting a total of 1,136 pipes.  Plans are afoot to add to the instrument.  Estep is working on plans with organ builder Frans Bosman and raising an organ fund for the improvements.  At present gifts are being matched by Zion’s Trust Fund.

Refreshments will be served at Zion immediately following the performances.  There is no charge for attending the Organ Crawl but a free-will offering will be received to cover program expenses.