Sherman County eNews #147






2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)  


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Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~Margaret Cousins

THANK YOU! On behalf of ABC Huskies Child Care, a Huge Thank You to the volunteers and Sherman County Community for their support in helping make the 2019 Wasco Memorial Weekend County Breakfast a great success. Special recognition goes to North Sherman Rural Fire Protection District for use of their facility, Morrow County Grain Growers for securing and transporting the grills, Wasco Market for their generous donation of ham, Sherman County for making available the tables and chairs, to staff and board members whose teamwork kept everything running smoothly and most importantly to our volunteer cooks who prepared a fantastic meal: Norman Fridley, Kent Thomas, Chris Kaseberg and Commissioner Tom McCoy. This fundraiser is important to the operation of our child care program and we greatly appreciate the local support. Thank You!!  ~Carrie Kaseberg, Gail Macnab & Melva Thomas – Board of Directors

THANK YOU! Thank you everyone who made Wasco’s memorial celebration such a success.  Spectators, vendors, especially the Air Force ((Col Sean Sullivan and other pilot)) for the fly over. Pastor Joe Burgess gave a wonderful tribute to our veterans! ~Carol MacKenzie

I can live for two months on a good compliment. ~Mark Twain 



All good fund raising plans have one thing in common: they show a diverse number of sources for their income. The board of directors plays a crucial role in the selection, implementation and evaluation of fundraising strategies. Board members may individually commit to raising and giving a certain amount of money. The basic premise of fundraising – You must ask; you must give. Everything after that involves creativity, imagination and a sense of fun.


Participate in the process of your community and country. One person can make a difference. Take a stand. Do something about it. Look hard at your larger community–it may need your specific participation. –Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey 

JUST ASK! How can I help? Sherman County’s current activities require the equivalent of 290 volunteers –  part-time, one-time, once-yearly, once-monthly, as needed. Just ask! How can I help? The need is great. These come to mind… Your child’s activities. Your church. Sherman County Fair. Wasco Memorial Day Celebration. Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Sherman County Historical Museum. Sherman High School Booster Club. Wasco School Events Center. Grass Valley Pavilion. Cemetery clean-up days. Maryhill Museum. Food Banks. Respond to public notices of vacant local government positions, including EMT training. Lion’s Club. Or… if you can’t give of your time, give your support with your tax deductible dollars. ~The Editor. 


OYCC CREW LEADER & CREW. For more information regarding the OYCC program visit  Sherman County OYCC is accepting applications for several positions within the OYCC Program.  The positions are scheduled to work 6 weeks beginning July 2019 and ending August 2019; 40hr/week, Monday through Friday.  All applicants must be able to perform manual labor in adverse weather conditions.  Please review the job descriptions and contract before applying on the Sherman County Prevention webpage.  The Student Contract must be signed before a Crew Member application will be accepted.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 14, 2019 for the youth crew.  The Crew Leader position will be open until filled and required a 3-day training in Bend on June 19-21st. Any applicant over 18 years of age must complete and pass a criminal history background check. Job description and/or employment application can be found at; by email  or contact the Sherman County Prevention Department at 541-565-5036.  *Submit a letter of interest describing your qualifications, a completed employment application and for youth, student contract, to the Sherman County Prevention Program, PO Box 263, Moro, OR  97039 or in person at the Sherman County Courthouse. 6/14 

HIRING. Evergreen Holdings is growing fast and we need quality employees to help us keep up with production demands. There are several positions on a variety of shifts available. There are also career advancement opportunities available for those with strong work ethic. We provide medical, dental and vision benefits. We are the leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical grade CBD products in the country. We have grown and are continuing to expand our production team. Be a part of the fastest growing company in Oregon and in the CBD industry. Call (971) 400-0248 or drop off your resume at 211 SW North Street, Grass Valley, Oregon. 

FT MECHANIC. Apex Auto & Truck Repair is hiring! In need of a Mechanic who:
* Has diesel experience
* Has a valid drivers license
* Has a CDL, but not required
* Is great with communication
* Has a positive attitude
* Has the ability to work with minimal supervision
* Has road service experience
ASE Certification is a plus, but not required.
Full-Time position. No Cap Depending On Experience. Hourly or Flat-rate options are available.
Call 541-565-3001 for more information.
Applications are also available on www.apextruckrepair.com6/7 

FT GRAIN ACCOUNTANT. MCP is seeking applicants for a full time Grain Accountant at our main office in Moro OR. An ideal candidate will preferably have a background in Ag and poss. an entrepreneurial aptitude w/ the ability to operate a business profitably, in a fast paced environment. Proficiency in accounting debits and credits and a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Accounting -or- 3 years of verifiable accounting experience is required. See full ad @ Contact HR for questions or to request an appointment 541-565-2277.  6/7

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified 1.0 FTE custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500. Application Method/Materials Required: Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to: Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039 – (541) 565-3500 This position will remain open until filled.  Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.


–Adult Foster Home / New Career
“Start Your Own In-Home Business”
–Adult Foster Home
Resident Manager, Shift Caregiver
& Substitute Caregivers
–Homecare Worker / In-Home Caregiving
June 18, 2019 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
Refreshments provided.  6/14

LOCAL HISTORY FOR THE CURIOUS. Sherman County, Oregon, An Historical Collection is a local history website honoring the people who kept the records and preserved the stories. It is truly the work of many, and will appeal to the curious, history enthusiasts and genealogists. Content includes a 1965 cemetery survey, stories, time lines, photographs and information about businesses, churches, government, military service, places and towns. See 6/28

STRONG PEOPLE STRENGTH TRAINING. Join us at the Grass Valley Pavilion Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 am to strengthen your bones and improve your balance and well-being. For questions call Fern Wilcox 541-980-5093 or email at 5/31
LOCAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR, HANDYMAN & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Ready for spring projects, large and small, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 6/28





HAND-CRAFTED BARREL STAVE FURNITURE. Locally handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other reclaimed materials. Special orders accepted. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | Call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | 8/30

VEHICLES. Notice: Sherman County Surplus Sale

2000 Ford E450 Bus

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 125,490 miles

As Is Condition

VIN #: 1FDXE4553YHB96056


2008 Jeep Patriot

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 87,058 miles

As Is Condition: Possible Drive Train Issue

VIN #: 108FF28W18D605526


2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 33,980

As Is Condition

VIN #: 3A8FY68878T155104


2014 Dodge Charger

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 99,856

As Is Condition

VIN #: 2C3CDXAT4EH158884

Sealed bids must be submitted to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 by 5:00 pm Tuesday June 4, 2019. Bids will be opened and read aloud during County Court on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. ALL ENVELOPES AND BIDS MUST BE LABELED WITH THE ITEM YOU ARE BIDDING ON. Minimum bid for Ford Van: $2,000; Minimum bid for Jeep Patriot: $2,000; Minimum bid for PT Cruiser: $3,500; Minimum bid for Dodge Charger: $10,000. To request a viewing appointment, contact the Office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416. 5/31





FREE SALVAGEABLE PVC GUTTERS. I have a bunch of old PVC Gutters that I took off my home. There are many parts that are usable if you have or want to put up some gutters. They are white. Contact me via email / Text 541-965-1227 or call. 6/7



3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



1 Sherman County School Graduation 11

1 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

1 Arlington Fishing Derby & Spring Walapalooza 8-12

1 State Parks Day: Free Camping & Day Use

1-2 Equine Mania LLC Wheatacres Trail & Cattle Challenge (541) 980-7394

2 Sherman High School Class of 1975 Reunion 541-993-7073

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Sherman County School Junior High Academic Awards 2:30

5 Biggs Service District Budget Committee Meeting 8:30 Courthouse

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 Sherman County Budget Committee Meeting 9:15 Courthouse

5 Sherman County Court: Mass Gathering Public Hearing 10

5 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Methodist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

6 Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting 10 Condon

6 Sherman County Family Fair 4-6 Moro City Park

6 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting 6 Condon

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7


7 Gorge Broadband Consortium 1 The Dalles

8 Saddle Up for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 541-993-3565

8 Veterans’ Benefit Fair & Support Services, Earl Snell Park, Arlington

9 Sherman Historical Society Museum Wine 4, Dinner & Program 5 Museum

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

11 Pendleton Experiment Station Field Day

12 Moro Experiment Station Field Day

12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7

12 Estate Planning Seminar 6 Sherman Senior & Community Center


14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

15 Bridal Shower for Krista Perisho 10 Sherman County Extension Office

15 Cascade Singers Compositori Femminili 7 Zion Lutheran Church


16 Father’s Day at Maryhill Museum

16 Cascade Singers Compositori Femminili 3 Zion Lutheran Church

16-21 Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute for High School Students

17 Sherman County School District Board 7

18 Caregiver Job Fair 10-6 DHS, The Dalles

19 Sherman County Court 9

19-21 Sherman County 4-H Camp for 4th-6th graders, Wamic

24-28 Vacation Bible School – Moro Community Presbyterian Church

26-29 OSU 4-H Summer Conference for 7th-12th graders, Corvallis


1 Grass Valley City Council 7

2 Moro City Council 7

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 All County Prayer Meeting Grass Valley Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30


6 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

8-11 Sherman 4-H Kids Food Preservation Day Camp

9 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

9 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

9 North Central Public Health Department 3 The Dalles

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2

10 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

10 Rufus City Council 7

12 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

12-14 Athena Caledonian Games, Athena

17 Sherman County Court 9

20 Starry Night at the Museum – Maryhill Museum of Art

20-21 Maryhill Museum: Free Admission for Sherman County

21-24 Sherman 4-H Kids Food Science Baking Day Camp

22 Maryhill Museum Summer Art Institute

24 Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler Tri-County Courts 10 Condon

24-27 Jefferson County Fair

24-28 Hood River County Fair

27 Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton

31-Aug 4 Union County Fair


Sherman County eNews #146


  1. Living with Integrity

  2. D-Day | June 6

  3. North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting, June 11

  4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center June Meal Menu

  5. Wasco County Original Courthouse Preservation Annual Meeting, June 1

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

The people who show up … decide.

1. Living with Integrity

When you think about the people you know who have integrity, do you count yourself among them? What does it mean to be a person of integrity? Well, first and foremost, integrity is about truth. And truth is the greatest force we have for personal and planetary well-being.

No bomb, no hatred, and no prejudice can match the strength of truth. In troubled and uncertain times, truth is our most powerful friend. Truth is the one thing that causes fear deep in the souls of those who would pervert it. When we all stand for truth, we are confident, whole, and energized – and a force to be reckoned with.

Throughout history, every great philosopher and religious leader has tried to teach us the same lesson – the principle that integrity, or wholeness, is the natural order of things. In spite of the fact that we live in separate bodies, houses, and nations, our essential nature is one of unity.

Any separation we think we see is an illusion that we have mistakenly learned to believe in. As long as we feel separate and isolated, we will behave in ways that result in damage to others and ourselves. Most religious and scientific scholars agree that our entire universe is one huge system – integrated and whole.

To behave as an integrated system, then, is to have integrity – to stand up for the truth of our inter-connectedness and our need to care for each other if we are to survive. You see, when we have integrity, we align ourselves with the entire universe – “the force” if you will. And when we live with integrity, we become very powerful indeed. ~The Pacific Institute.

2. D-Day | June 6

During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.

Code named Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe. See

Unlike V-E Day (“Victory in Europe”) or V-J Day (“Victory over Japan”), the “D” in D-Day isn’t short for “departure” or “decision.” As early as World War I, the U.S. military used the term D-Day to designate the launch date of a mission. One reason was to keep the actual date out of the hands of spies; another was to serve as a placeholder until an actual date was chosen. They also used H-Hour for the specific time of the launch.

 3. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting, June 11

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District office, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

 4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center June Meal Menu

We serve lunch at 12:00 noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 4 5 6 7
Beef & Bean Burritos

Mexican Rice

Veggies, Salad & Dessert


Garlic Bread

Veggies, Salad & Fruit

Meatloaf BBQ Baked Chicken Fish & Chips
Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Au gratin potatoes Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad Bar & Dessert
10 11 12 13 14
Patty Melts Chicken a la King Fried Chicken Bacon & Swiss Quiche Beef Chili
Potato Wedges Biscuits Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Veggies Cornbread
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
17 18 19 20 21
Pizza loaded w/ Meat Chicken Strips Shepherd’s Pie Mac & Cheese w/ Bacon Clam Chowder
Salad Bar Hash brown Casserole Biscuits Salad Bar Salmon Cakes
Veggies & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
24 25 26 27 28
Sloppy Joes/Bun Taco Salad Salisbury Steak Sweet & Sour Chicken B.L.T. Sandwich
Tater Tots Tortilla Chips Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Rice Pilaf Soup
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
  MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO AVAILABILITY — ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of food is prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

 5. Wasco County Original Courthouse Preservation Annual Meeting, June 1

Wasco County Original Courthouse Preservation Corporation

Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday, June 1st at 1:30

Business Meeting

Presentation: The Elusive Dr. Brooks, Early Physician in The Dalles




Wasco County Original Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd, The Dalles

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

bird.owlGorge Grown Local Food Network, Farmers Markets

Federally Funded Study: Common Core Sunk U.S. Kids’ Test Scores

Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for FY 2020

Trovants – The Growing Stones of Romania


Sherman County eNews #145


  1. State Parks Day: Free Camping & Day Use, June 1

  2. Sherman County Court Public Hearing, June 5

  3. Job Positions: OYCC Crew Leader & Crew

  4. An Invitation: A Bridal Shower in Honor of Krista Perisho, June 15

  5. “Be A Rising Star” Caregiver Job Fair, June 18

  6. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, June 6

  7. Tri-County Mental Health Board Executive Director Recruitment

  8. Resiliency – Part 3


We asked for rain and it rained!

The wheat grew and so did the roadside vegetation!

Please do not park your vehicle in dry grass!

Safety First! Prevent fires!

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons history has to teach. —Aldous Huxley

1. State Parks Day: Free Camping & Day Use, June 1

campingIt’s time once again for State Parks Day! On June 1st Oregon State Parks will be offering free camping and day use in all 258 of our parks! All campsites, excluding cabins, are free June 1st at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Extra vehicle charges will also be waived.

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Public Hearing, June 5

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court will hold a Public Hearing June 5th at 11:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039, regarding the Emergency Procurement for the Finnegan Creek Bridge.

3. Job Positions: OYCC Crew Leader & Crew

ShermanCoLogoFor more information regarding the OYCC program visit

Sherman County OYCC is accepting applications for several positions within the OYCC Program.  The positions are scheduled to work 6 weeks beginning July 2019 and ending August 2019; 40hr/week, Monday through Friday.  All applicants must be able to perform manual labor in adverse weather conditions.  Please review the job descriptions and contract before applying on the Sherman County Prevention webpage.  The Student Contract must be signed before a Crew Member application will be accepted.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 14, 2019 for the youth crew.  The Crew Leader position will be open until filled and required a 3 day training in Bend on June 19-21st. Any applicant over 18 years of age must complete and pass a criminal history background check.

Job description and/or employment application can be found at; by email  or contact the Sherman County Prevention Department at 541-565-5036.

*Submit a letter of interest describing your qualifications, a completed employment application and for youth, student contract, to the Sherman County Prevention Program, PO Box 263, Moro, OR  97039 or in person at the Sherman County Courthouse.

4. An Invitation: A Bridal Shower in Honor of Krista Perisho, June 15

Please join us for a bridal shower in honor of Krista Perisho.

Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m.

Sherman County Extension Office

66365 Lonerock Road, Moro, Oregon 97039.

Krista is registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Amazon.

Please RSVP to Laurie Perisho at 541-993-4000.

5. “Be A Rising Star” Caregiver Job Fair, June 18

–Adult Foster Home / New Career / “Start Your Own In-Home Business”
–Adult Foster Home / Resident Manager, Shift Caregiver & Substitute Caregivers
–Homecare Worker / In-Home Caregiving

Processing Applications and Background Checks.

Informational Tables for Your Support and Knowledge.


June 18, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Department of Human Services, Aging and People with Disabilities.

3641 Klindt Drive, The Dalles.

For information call Adult Foster Home Licensor Yulanda Owen 541-506-3536.

6. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, June 6

Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors

                                                        June 6, 2019

                                              10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

                                Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom


1 –     Approve April 16, 2019 Minutes

2 –     Dispatch Lease with ESD – Gary Bettencourt

3 –     By-Laws/IGA Update – Gary Bettencourt/Elizabeth Farrar

4 –     Law Enforcement User Group Update – Lt. Jon Terland

5 –     Sheriff Advisory Committee Plan – Sheriffs

6 –     Frontier TelNet Update – Lynn Morley

7-      Director’s Update – Renee Heidy

  • If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

  • As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Chair – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Elizabeth Farrar –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Commissioner Mae Huston –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Judge Joe Dabulskis –

Sheriff Mike Smith –

Judge Lynn Morley –

 7. Tri-County Mental Health Board Executive Director Recruitment

The Tri-County Mental Health Board for the Mid-Columbia Center for Living announces plans to recruit for the next Executive Director of the agency which is the Community Mental Health and Development Disabilities Program for Wasco, Sherman and Hood River Counties. Barb Seatter, the current director, is stepping down June 7th after 9 years at the post. The Tri-County Board has tapped Al Barton, the current Deputy Director with the agency for over ten years, to be interim Executive Director.

The Tri-County Board, led by Chair Karen Joplin, Commissioner of Hood River County and Scott Hege of Wasco County and Tom McCoy of Sherman County are convening a transition team made up of staff, community partners, and consumers who will meet with the board over the next few weeks to develop a strategic recruitment process. The full recruitment process is expected to take 3-6 months.

For questions or comments please contact, MCCFL Human Resources Manager.

8. Resiliency – Part 3

We have talked about the value in personal resiliency, and we used the workplace as an example. Today, let’s take what we have been talking about, and transfer it to succeeding through natural disasters.

Every year, the world sees its share of natural disasters, from earthquakes and landslides, to tornados, monsoons and floods. In each instance, the aftermath has been almost unbearable to watch. What happened was outside immediate human control. Nothing we can do – at least at this point in time – can prevent natural disasters like these. All we can do is be as prepared as possible for the unknown.

For most cities, counties, states and nations, we prepare for the practical response. Here in Seattle, where we sit in the Pacific Ocean’s “Rim of Fire,” we prepare for earthquakes, severe weather and flooding. Seattle’s “3 Days, 3 Ways” program helps us prepare to take care of ourselves – to survive – for three days.

And while the practical approach takes care of the body’s need to survive, we also need to take care of how our minds approach coping with disaster. Rebounding from disaster takes a conscious effort to control our self-talk in order to remain positive. Looking beyond ourselves, by helping others, is a great assist in aiding our own positive self-talk. Making the effort to visualize what our worlds will look like, once the current situation is fixed, provides a path to follow. And reinforcing that vision with positive affirmations goes a long way towards avoiding the pitfalls of a downward spiral.

And one more thing: Let others help you, as you help others. The sense of a community working together to solve a problem is a powerful thing. We are stronger together than we are alone, no matter where we are, who we are, and no matter what the obstacle. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #144


  1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Sherman County Court Meeting Agenda, June 5

  3. Things to Know about the SHIFT Festival

  4. Opportunity Knocks to Ease Costs for Sherman County Housing Demand

  5. Graduation by Giles French

  6. Resiliency – Part 2

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

  8. A Parts List: Summer Challenges for Children

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. – George Washington Carver

1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open SCHOOL Hours
8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am-4pm Saturday.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

Family Workshop – WIND
May 31 at 6pm
Come investigate the properties of wind and air as you explore its effects on other objects.

June Book Club: A Town Called Alice by Nevil Shute – Thursday, June 27 at 6pm.

 2. Notice. Sherman County Court Meeting, Public Hearing, June 5

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  A Public Hearing for a Mass Gathering Permit Application will be held during the Court session at 10:00 a.m. This session will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

3. Things to Know about the SHIFT Festival 

Tectonic SHIFT Festival is a 5-day campout gathering in the ethos of TTITD. We aim to create a culture of fun and appreciation for art, music, and self-expression, while stressing the importance of taking care of oneself while in nature. Things to know are posted here:

4. Notice. Opportunity Knocks to Ease Costs for Sherman County Housing Demand

Sherman County is offering two CASH GRANTs to ease costs and address the demand for more livable housing in Sherman County.  Act now before the money runs out!

  • The New Rental Housing Development Grant will contribute $10,000 per new rental housing unit constructed to the developer. Funds are given as a grant upon completion of the project with a commitment to keep the property as a long term rental for a minimum of 5 years.
  • The Housing Rehabilitation Grant provides a reimbursement grant of up to 20% of eligible expenses, not to exceed $20,000, for the rehabilitation of existing non-owner occupied stick-built dwellings.

For more information and links to applications visit and search for rental housing. Contact Marla Harvey at (541) 296-2266 or via email at with any questions or to apply. Funding is limited. This program is funded by Sherman County.

5. Graduation by Giles French   

~Quips from the Column, These Things We Note, and Selected Editorials Published in the Sherman County Journal, 1931-1966 by Giles French, Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Oregon 1966.


“She sat in the place reserved for parents and looked about her at the gathering crowd – they seemed slow tonight – or maybe she was a little nervous. She was hemmed in by ribbons – or was it paper – ribbons were hard to get nowadays.

“Her husband, sitting beside her, looked tired, and his neck was getting quite a few wrinkles on it. He sat heavily in his chair – it had been a job raising a family in good times and bad. Maybe she sat heavily in her chair, too, for the years had been long for her as well.

“There was the processional. The boy came up the aisle, walking slowly as was the custom. She hoped he wasn’t too nervous. Now the performers were all on the stage and the program started; soon it would be the boy’s time to speak. He looked fine in his new suit, really the first full suit he had ever had; his shoes shined all right after she had told him again.

“Some girls were singing something about a garden and the boy stared rather stolidly in front of him. He looked like her even if he did have some of his father’s features, and, dressed like a full-grown man and having shaved a couple of times, he looked still like the little boy she used to tuck in at night. It was all so long ago – and just yesterday – all at once.

“He was speaking now, going through his speech he had rehearsed to her for the past week. She hoped he didn’t miss any of it. His voice didn’t sound scared. He was like her folks in being able to appear in public. She was a little proud of that.

“Here was the speaker of the evening. Why did they always have preachers or teachers at commencement? Were they the only ones who knew what the world was about? Maybe they were – or the only ones who were used to talking about it.

“There was much about ideals, about doing the best possible with the equipment at hand; the boy had always been able to make the machinery run with the common tools and haywire. There were a few words about determination; the boy was headstrong, like his father’s people, and maybe that had a place even if he was occasionally hard to handle.

“The speaker was giving his rules for success, mostly spiritual success. Did the boy have those qualifications? She was too old and worn to look upon herself as perfect or her husband as an ideal. They were just a plain couple that had tried to raise a family in their own ideals. Now she wondered how they had done as well as they had, for their knowledge seemed devoid of these high ideals. Yet the boy was a fine-looking lad, frank and honest of mien.

“This was his night. They were only accessories before the fact. Soon he would be gone like the others, away from home, and they would have nothing but memories left to them. The talk about getting and giving might have been for parents. They gave a lifetime and might rest in the shadow of what they produced.

“They were done, and the boy was in the hands of the community being congratulated. Soon he would belong to the world. Good-bye, Son.”

6. Resiliency – Part 2

Today, let’s talk about the most important component in a successful recovery – affirmations.

As you may know, affirmations are simply present-tense statements of fact – about the future. Affirmations are usually most effective when they are personal, but you cannot beat an organizational affirmation that has total buy-in from everyone. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” so to speak. It becomes the organization’s “vision” for tomorrow, and leads you through to success.

For yourself personally, you must believe that your contribution to the organization is valuable. “I am valued by leadership for my talents and expertise.” “I am comfortable expressing my thoughts in meetings, because I know what I have to say is valuable.” As a group, when faced with a challenge, you might affirm, “No matter what gets thrown at us, we hit it out of the park.”

The important thing is to have your mind firmly fixed on the future, the future without the current challenge. What will it look like? Remember, your subconscious mind moves you toward the most dominant picture. If all you are thinking about is the current “disaster,” then you won’t be able to move forward. Keep affirming daily the way you want the future to be, paint it vividly in your mind, and keep your personal self-talk and your group self-talk aimed at a positive future. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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8, A Parts List: Summer Challenges for Children

child.girlchild.boyInstructions are simple. Make your own list. Award prizes in the order of challenge completions on your list by the end of August! Kids can decide which ones they want to complete.  A parent or guardian keeps track of who checks off which challenge. These are good dinner topics. See more here:

  1. Make a picnic lunch for you and a friend to enjoy at a park. _____
  2. Plant vegetable or flower seeds in the yard. ____
  3. Make a dinner discussion starter kit for the family to take turns selecting positive, interesting words or phrases on small folded pieces of paper from a bowl. ___
  4. Visit a local park. ___
  5. Visit the library. ___
  6. Watch a movie trilogy for the 1st time (Indiana Jones, Back to the Future) ____
  7. Participate in summer programs at the library. ___
  8. Participate in a summer youth program: Scouts, church, school, library, 4-H. ___
  9. Go to Sunday school and/or church for a month… or more.  ___
  10. Offer to babysit a neighbor’s child for free. ___
  11. Go fishing. ___
  12. Go to the county fair. ___
  13. Have a ‘camp out’ in your back yard and sleep under the stars. ____
  14. Keep a daily journal for the summer, document your thoughts or activities. ___
  15. Swap a favorite book with a friend and read it. Then discuss. ____
  16. Hold a watermelon seed spitting contest with your friends. ___
  17. Invent your own smoothie to make at home and create a unique name for it. ___
  18. Take a ‘virtual’ vacation and visit a desired location online. Learn as much as you can and plan a week of activities in case you actually get a chance to go. ____
  19. Make dinner for your family one night. ____
  20. Read a book. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  21. Read a book or verse in the bible. ____
  22. Watch the sun rise. ___
  23. Make a collage out of old magazines. ____
  24. Make your own popsicles (use juice, Kool-aid, berries, etc.). ____
  25. Learn to play a new board game. ___
  26. Invite your friends over for a board game marathon. __
  27. Re-decorate or re-arrange the furniture in your room. ___
  28. Visit a local museum. ___
  29. Get your county fair book and choose one or two categories you can enter. ___
  30. Make a product (art, photographs, cookies, cake, etc. to enter in the fair. __
  31. Enter it in the fair! ___
  32. Print out a map of the stars and try to find the constellations on a clear night. __
  33. Play tennis. ____
  34. Create a sidewalk chalk mural using a summertime theme. ___
  35. Make up a sport (combine elements of other sports, invent your own). __
  36. Take music lessons. __
  37. Take swimming lessons. ___
  38. Take tennis lessons. ___
  39. Take art lessons. ___
  40. Invite friends over for a star party during a meteor shower. ____
  41. Create a TV show concept complete with plot, characters, set ideas, etc. ____
  42. Go to a thrift store with someone, create an entire outfit for $7. ____
  43. Volunteer at a nursing home to read or help out with crafts or activities. ___
  44. Have a photo marathon with friends and enter the best in the county fair. ___
  45. Volunteer to help a neighbor. ___
  46. Go ‘off the grid’ for a day (or longer). No cell, no internet, no tv, no ipod. ____
  47. Write a poem. ____
  48. Watch an old black and white film.__
  49. Offer to wash an elderly person’s car. ___
  50. Learn to do laundry. ___
  51. Do laundry. ___
  52. Sort the socks! ___
  53. Read a biography of a celebrity or historic person you admire. ____
  54. Say hello to someone you don’t know at church. ___
  55. Clean your house to help your mom/dad. ___
  56. Learn a new language. ____
  57. Have a garage sale. ____
  58. Have an un-birthday party complete with cake and games. ____
  59. Go to a concert. ___
  60. Make up a scavenger hunt for your friends or siblings. ____
  61. Learn how to play one song on a new instrument. ____
  62. Learn about the glockenspiel and report at dinner. ____
  63. Walk a mile. ___
  64. Run a mile. ____
  65. Try to be green. ____
  66. Try a new food. ____
  67. Learn to sew. ___
  68. Create your own board game. ____
  69. Try a new hairstyle. ____
  70. Create a new sandwich. ____
  71. Go to a sports event. ____
  72. Take an online course. ____
  73. Make a painting or mural. ____
  74. Raise money for a cause. ____
  75. Make a hopscotch court and play with a friend. ___
  76. Jump rope!
  77. Do 10 hours of community service. ___
  78. Try a new restaurant. ____
  79. Make your own jewelry. ____
  80. Go to an art museum or gallery. ____
  81. Make your own slip-n-slide. ____
  82. Bake a cake or cookies for an elderly neighbor/or a grandparent. ____
  83. Send postcards to friends/family who live in another state/country. ____
  84. Write a children’s story and read it to your little siblings/cousins/etc. ____
  85. Swim 20 laps in a pool. ____
  86. Write your own song. ____
  87. Make your own piñata and play with your friends. ____
  88. Make a gift for your parents. ___
  89. Clean out your closet and donate unused or unwanted clothes. ____
  90. Make pancakes in different shapes & colors (sun, flower, heart, star). ___


Sherman County eNews #143


  1. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Tech Tips for Genealogists, June 8

  2. Saddle Up for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, June 8

  3. For the Fallen, 1914

  4. Dewey Thomas’ Military Service Recognized in The Dalles Chronicle

  5. Maryhill Museum of Art offers free admission, July 20-21

  6. Resiliency – Part 1

  7. Oregon Attorney General Warns of One-Ring Phone Call Scams

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

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” ~Thomas Jefferson

1. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Tech Tips for Genealogists, June 8

The CGGS June meeting and program on June 8, 2019, will feature “Tips from the Tech” with Linda Colton as presenter. Linda is a family history librarian in the Family History Library in Hood River and will be updating us on the latest genealogy news from RootsTech and from FamilySearch.

The meeting and program will begin at 10:30 in the downstairs classroom in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Public Welcome ! Bring a friend! A $1.00 donation is suggested to offset room rental.

ATTENTION BEGINNERS! This is is a extension program for the beginning class that was held in April. Anyone that attended that class will benefit  greatly by Linda’s presentation.

2. Saddle Up for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, June 8

horse.saddle1Saddle up to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 10 AM – 4 PM near 70210 China Hollow Road, Wasco, Oregon.

We are fortunate that we have access to this wonderful area to ride in once a year.  Please contact me if you are interested in riding.  This is great ride for a young horse, not too easy but not too hard.  There are some spots of gravel but we ride our horses barefoot most of the time. There are a couple of creek crossings and lots of great views.  Questions?  Call!! 541-993-3565.

3. For the Fallen, 1914

By Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,

Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known

As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.

About the poet:

About The Great War 1914-1918:

4. Dewey Thomas’ Military Service Recognized in The Dalles Chronicle

American-Flag-StarAn exceptional account of Dewey Thomas’ WWII experiences is the cover story in The Dalles Chronicle of May 25-26, 2019. See it here:

Dewey Thomas’ WWII Military Reflections by Dewey Thomas with Reine Thomas were published in two parts in Sherman County: For The Record in 2011, volume 29, numbers 1 and 2. Charles Decker’s WWII Navy Experiences were also published in volume 29, number 1. This publication is offered for sale at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro.

5. Maryhill Museum of Art offers free admission, July 20-21

For nearly two decades, Maryhill Museum of Art has extended free admission on designated weekends to its neighbors in Oregon and Washington. Put it on your calendar!

On July 20 & 21, 2019 residents from the following counties are granted free admission upon presentation of an I.D. with address:

  • Oregon — Benton, Clackamas, Hood River, Jefferson, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam.
  • Washington — Benton, Clallam, Columbia, Franklin, Island, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Walla Walla, and Whatcom.

6. Resiliency – Part 1

Have you ever thought about what it takes to bounce back from life’s downturns? Today, let’s talk about how to handle those inevitable setbacks that occur from time to time.

No matter how hard we may try, life isn’t perfect. Every day cannot be sunny, our relationships with others cannot always be smooth – and let’s face it, sometimes work is more of a pain than a pleasure. However, it is how we react to those less-than-perfect situations that show us how far we have grown as human beings.

Since most of us spend a significant portion of our lives at some form of workplace, let’s use work as an example. Suppose something has gone drastically wrong, and the whole place looks like everyone is awaiting execution. No one looks up for fear of being called to account for the disaster. The talk around the water cooler is negative, and unless something is done, the entire organization begins to travel the slippery slope of the Downward Spiral.

What to do? First, a conscious effort must be made to ensure the organizational self-talk is positive and reaffirming. Your talents and expertise are valued by the organization, and the work you do is important. Second, the organization must get beyond the current “disaster” and begin focusing on the future, when the problem no longer exists. And third, forget trying to point fingers and assign blame. As the Blue Angels say, “Fess up, fix it, and move on.”

Next we will talk about affirmations – the most important tool in your Personal Disaster Relief Kit. In the meantime, give some thought to how you have survived the setbacks in your past. Yes, survived – because you are still here today to talk about them. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon Attorney General Warns of One-Ring Phone Call Scams

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is warning consumers to avoid returning unknown phone calls.

Consumers have reported waves of “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam robocalls targeting specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night. These calls are likely trying to prompt you to call the number back, often resulting in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number.

Recent reports indicate these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania.

Of course, robocallers can spoof their phone numbers to make them appear as if they’re coming from anywhere in the U.S. or overseas. “If you receive a call from a phone number you don’t recognize, do not call this number back,” says Attorney General Rosenblum.

Advances in technology allow massive amounts of calls to be made cheaply and easily. In addition, spoofing tools make it easy for scammers to mask their identity. The Oregon Department of Justice is working to combat scam calls with consumer education like this Just Hang Up poster available for free online at

If you think you have fallen victim to a One Ring scam, contact the Oregon Department of Justice online at or call 1-877-877-9392.

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

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Sherman County eNews #142


  1. Memorial Day by Joyce Kilmer

  2. The Wood Called Rouge Bouquet [World War I, France 1918]

  3. Armed Forces Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day

  4. Never Forgotten, Vietnam

  5. The Decision to be Happy

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

1. Memorial Day

American-Flag-Starby Joyce Kilmer

The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,

But not of war it sings to-day.

The road is rhythmic with the feet

Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red

On tombs where weary soldiers lie;

Flags wave above the honored dead

And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,

They kept the faith and fought the fight.

Through flying lead and crimson steel

They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn

Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,

Who went through fire and death to earn

At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed

They march, the legions of the Lord;

He is their Captain unafraid,

The Prince of Peace . . . Who brought a sword.

2. The Wood Called Rouge Bouquet [World War I, France 1918]

American-Flag-StarBy Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

In a wood they call the Rouge Bouquet

There is a new-made grave to-day,

Built by never a spade nor pick

Yet covered with earth ten metres thick.

There lie many fighting men,

Dead in their youthful prime,

Never to laugh nor love again

Nor taste the Summertime.

For Death came flying through the air

And stopped his flight at the dugout stair,

Touched his prey and left them there,

Clay to clay.

He hid their bodies stealthily

In the soil of the land they fought to free

And fled away.

Now over the grave abrupt and clear

Three volleys ring;

And perhaps their brave young spirits hear

The bugle sing:

“Go to sleep!

Go to sleep!

Slumber well where the shell screamed and fell.

Let your rifles rest on the muddy floor,

You will not need them anymore.

Danger’s past;

Now at last,

Go to sleep!”

There is on earth no worthier grave

To hold the bodies of the brave

Than this place of pain and pride

Where they nobly fought and nobly died.

Never fear but in the skies

Saints and angels stand

Smiling with their holy eyes

On this new-come band.

St. Michael’s sword darts through the air

And touches the aureole on his hair

As he sees them stand saluting there,

His stalwart sons;

And Patrick, Brigid, Columkill

Rejoice that in veins of warriors still

The Gael’s blood runs.

And up to Heaven’s doorway floats,

From the wood called Rouge Bouquet

A delicate cloud of bugle notes

That softly say:



Comrades true, born anew, peace to you!

Your souls shall be where the heroes are

And your memory shine like the morning-star.

Brave and dear,

Shield us here.



3. Armed Forces Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day

flag.starsArmed Forces Day is the 3rd Saturday of May for those who currently wear the uniform. Veterans Day on November 11th is for those who used to wear the uniform. Memorial Day on the last Monday of May is for those who never made it out of uniform. ~unattributed.


4. Never Forgotten, Vietnam

American flag2By Roger Helle, Vietnam Vet

It was just one of many routine patrols in Vietnam that night. The 13-man Marine squad made their way through the village silently. The point man paused now and then to listen for any unusual sounds before continuing down the trail. They arrived at the edge of the village and began the nearly two-mile hike across open rice paddies toward their destination — a small fishing village on a tributary of the Perfume River just south of Hue, the Imperial City of South Vietnam.

It was a moonless night as they approached the village where the Viet Cong were believed to be gathering. As the squad entered the village, the stillness of the night was broken when the jungle tree line erupted in automatic-weapons fire. At the same time, a “daisy chain” of mines exploded, throwing three Marines at the end of the squad like rag dolls into the rice paddy.

When the firing stopped, stillness fell upon the trail and, like ghosts, the Viet Cong emerged from the jungle, moving quickly among the bodies of the dead or dying Marines, taking their weapons and equipment and disappearing into the night. The three Marines blown off the trail slowly regained their senses, two of whom had taken the brunt of the explosions. Shock gave way to pain and they began moaning. One 18-year-old Marine had somehow been spared and was only dazed by the force of the explosion. He called for the reaction force that was always on standby at the nearby base of Phu Bai.

After what seemed like hours but was less than 30 minutes, a helicopter landed a platoon of Marines who set up a perimeter on the trail. The two wounded men were flown to Da Nang and the third man, just a kid really, was taken back to the base at Phu Bai. The next day, the surviving Marine was told the other two Marines did not make it. It was a guilt he would carry for nearly 23 years.

It was 1989. The young Marine, now 41, stood on the rice paddy dike where his friends had died. With his family and a dozen other Vietnam veterans in over 100-degree heat, they held a memorial service for the fallen whose memory he had carried with him every day for the past 23 years. While the impromptu ceremony was being held, a crowd of villagers quietly gathered around this group of Americans, the first they had seen since the end of the war in 1975.

An elderly woman carrying a little girl came and stood next to the Marine. Through an interpreter, he told the local villagers that his friends had died here and he had come to honor their memory. The older woman walked up to the Marine and laid her head against his chest and wept. She too had suffered loss during the war, so they cried together.

Today, I am 71, but the memory of Vietnam is with me forever. I still remember Vietnam, but by God’s grace, He has taken away the pain I once had from those memories. What I do remember is the brave men I fought alongside and the love they had for their country.

A favorite saying I saw all over during my tours in Vietnam was, “To those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor that the protected will never know.”

Memorial Day is not about mattress sales, cookouts, discounted linens, or an extra day off work. It is a day to pause and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms that America has unlike any other nation on the face of the earth. They earned your remembrance, because freedom has a price tag!

5. The Decision to be Happy

How many happy people do you know? Would you count yourself among them? If you are like most folks, happiness is something you would like to feel, but it’s also something that you see as being “out there” in the future somewhere.

Now, if you have ever spent much time around a truly happy person, you may have noticed that their mood comes not from what’s going on around them, but from what’s going on inside them. They have a way of looking at life that doesn’t ignore the negative things but doesn’t focus on them, either.

Instead, they give the lion’s share of their attention to finding things to enjoy and appreciate. They have no trouble finding them, either. Every day, no matter where they are or what they are doing, they find things to laugh about, to celebrate, and to praise.

You know, it is an interesting fact of life that what we see is mostly what we look for. Our brains are designed to help us notice what we have decided is important, and ignore or even blind ourselves to those situations that we have decided are not important. (Yes, this can be a double-edged sword in that we can miss things we don’t realize are important. It’s about setting the goal, and being open to what we need to understand on our way to the goal.)

So if you make up your mind to be happy no matter what happens to you, you will be amazed by all the things you never noticed before, things that bring a smile or a laugh or a moment of joy. Most happy people were not born that way. At some point, they made a conscious or perhaps unconscious choice to enjoy their lives, right here and right now.

If you haven’t done so already, what do you suppose would happen if you made the same choice, starting today? ~The Pacific Institute

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

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Sherman County eNews #141


  1. Fire Ban at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

  2. Chuck Wallace, Grand Marshal for Wasco Memorial Day Celebration 

  3. 142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Memorial Day Flyovers

  4. Memorial Day Reminds Us of Our Highest Ideals – and the Price We Must Sometimes Pay for Them

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

  6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…”  H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series

1. Fire Ban at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

It seems to be happening earlier every year, and this year is no different. Effective May 24th Sherman and Gilliam counties will be under a fire ban.

Campfires are banned at Cottonwood Canyon State Park and all surrounding BLM land. Rangers, local police and fire agencies will be working together throughout the summer on the lookout for illegal fires on park land.

What is allowed during the fire ban?

  • Propane/gas cooking stoves
  • charcoal used inside of designated fire rings (no lump charcoal)
  • propane fire rings placed inside of designated fire rings

What isn’t allowed:

  • Tiki torches
  • campfires
  • candles
  • lump charcoal
  • smoking outside of campsites/irrigated areas
  • Anything with open flame, or which may create embers

Remember, even the smallest spark can cause a rangeland fire. Keep vehicles on designated roads and out of dry grass.

See a fire at the park? Dial 911 or contact park staff immediately. Fires move quickly in tinder dry conditions threatening property and lives. Stay safe and keep out of the area.

For updated fire ban information, contact Cottonwood Canyon State Park at (541) 394 0002 or Deschutes State Recreation Area at (541) 739 2322.

2. Chuck Wallace, Grand Marshal for Wasco Memorial Day Celebration 

applause1Long time Wasco resident and the 2019 grand marshal for Wasco’s Memorial Day celebration is Chuck Wallace. Chuck was 2 yrs old when his family moved to Wasco where he graduated from both Wasco grade school and high school. Chuck served our country during the Korean conflict.  He was a long time local businessman.  He and wife, Marlene were big supporters of Wasco and county activities. He drove many grand marshals in his antique cars for Memorial Day parades. Returning to Wasco, he and and Marlene, raised their 4 children in Wasco and enjoy their grandchildren and now great grandkids. Please stop and thank him for his service!

3. 142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Memorial Day Flyovers 

American flag2PORTLAND, Oregon – The 142nd Fighter Wing out of the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Ore., will conduct Memorial Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jets are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at, or around, the designated times on Monday, May 27, 2019.

10:10 a.m. Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.

10:15 a.m. Mountain View Cemetery, Oregon City, Ore.

10:30 a.m. Downtown District, Wasco, Ore.

11:10 a.m. Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Portland, Ore.

11:15 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park, Beaverton, Ore.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies. The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation’s air defense since 1941.  

About the 142nd Fighter Wing: The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border through their Aerospace Control Alert mission as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

4. Memorial Day Reminds Us of Our Highest Ideals – and the Price we Must Sometimes Pay for Them

American flag2By Kelly Fitzpatrick, U.S. Army veteran and Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Every year, I’m struck by the powerful — and often, opposing — emotions that Memorial Day stirs.

We celebrate our freedoms, and yet, we mourn the cost that they required. We look ahead to a bright future, while we remember the trials and challenges of the past. We honor those who served, but we grieve their loss.

Celebration, and sadness. Gratitude, and remorse. Hope, and helplessness. Memorial Day is unique in evoking such a broad spectrum of feeling, because it is this holiday that speaks most keenly to our highest ideals, as well as the steep price we are willing to pay for them.

Sadly, it is also a day that, for many, has lost its significance. President George W. Bush would often tell the story of asking schoolchildren what the meaning of Memorial Day is, only to have them respond, “That’s the day the pool opens!”

For many Oregonians, Memorial Day is primarily the unofficial start of the summer recreation season, a chance to enjoy our amazing forests and beaches, rivers and lakes and mountain trails.

We should enjoy all that our state has to offer, but we should also keep in mind the words of another president, John F. Kennedy: “A nation reveals itself not only by the citizens it produces but also by the citizens it honors, the citizens it remembers.”

We must remember the fallen because the courage, the strength, the selflessness and the sacrifice of each one of these brave warriors is the ideal to which we all should aspire… …  The stories of their sacrifice are forever woven into the fabric of our nation and its history. They gave their lives on the foreign soils of Europe, the black sands of the South Pacific, the frozen reaches of Korea, in the sweltering jungles of Vietnam, the scorching deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq, and in many other places across the globe.

The United States lost more than 400,000 of its sons and daughters in World War II — 2,826 from Oregon. 54,246 American service members gave their lives in Korea (287 Oregonians); 58,209 in Vietnam (791 Oregonians).

In Iraq and Afghanistan, we lost 6,713 American service members — 142 Oregonians. Each one of their names is etched on slabs of granite that form the heart of the Afghan/Iraqi Freedom Memorial, located just a few steps from the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs office building. Each one of their names is read aloud each year at our Memorial Day ceremony, as we seek to honor and remember their sacrifice.

Each one represents the loss of a bright and shining light in the lives of their families, a pain that they feel each and every day — not just on Memorial Day. We remember and honor their sacrifice as well. They, too, paid a great price for the freedoms we now enjoy.

On behalf of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, I urge all Oregonians to take a moment this Memorial Day, to remember our fallen heroes who gave their lives in service to our nation, and say, “Thank you.”

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

bird.owl.limbOregon Restricts Solar Development on Prime Farmland

The Oregon Encyclopedia Facebook

The Astorian, Opinion: Everyday Oregonians deserve their kicker

Commentary: Five More PERS Myths

Bill Aimed at Reducing Public Pension Costs Passes Oregon Senate on Bipartisan Vote

Inside the Oregon Wildfire Council

Space Weather Alerts

A Visit To Arlington National Cemetery On Memorial Day

6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.BeaverHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

24: Approximate hours of bills left to read in the House of Representatives as of Wednesday, according to The Oregonian. House Republicans are requiring that the entire text of bills be read out loud.

119-117: Final score in the fourth Western Conference Semifinals game Monday, where the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers by two points.

30: Rough number of basketball camps Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter will be hosting in the U.S. this summer. Kanter, who is Turkish, is unable to travel abroad because the Turkish government has canceled his passport and put out a warrant for his arrest after his outspoken criticism of that nation’s president.

1: Letters Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to ensure Kanter could enter and leave Canada safely in the event that the Blazers had to travel to Toronto to play the Raptors in the finals, according to Willamette Week. That didn’t end up being a problem because the Blazers lost Monday.

7: Jersey number of Keanon Lowe, a former University of Oregon football player, now-high school football coach and security guard. Lowe tackled and wrestled to the ground a student who brought a gun to Parkrose High School Friday, May 17, according to KPTV.

$26.5 million: Amount an Oregon jury awarded to the family of a 30-year-old woman who was killed when two truckers got into a road rage spat on U.S. Highway 20 east of Burns, according to The Oregonian.

25: Percent of Oregon kids aged 13 to 17 who started smoking cigarettes after the state raised the legal minimum age to buy tobacco to 21, according to a survey from the Oregon Health Authority.

34: Percent of Oregon teens 13-17 that initiated smoking before the law went into effect.

6.5: Percent sales tax in Washington, where Oregonians will have to pay sales tax due to a new bill passed by the state legislature there, according to OPB. Oregonians can apply to Washington state to get those taxes reimbursed if they exceed $25.

16: Cents that Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, wants to cut the per-gallon state gas tax, an effort to offset higher energy costs due to cap and trade, according to Willamette Week. Boquist filed an initiative petition to do so this week.