Sherman County eNews #122


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session & Mass Gathering Hearing, May 15

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court Public Comment Work Session, May 15

  3. Annual Grass Valley Pavilion & Park Sale, May 24-25

  4. eNews Policy Reminder for May Election Campaigns

  5. Nurturing Childhood Creativity

  6. Hanging up on robocalls

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1914

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

I will refrain from generalizing and using the word – ALL – as with ALL Progressives, ALL Democrats, ALL Republicans, ALL Socialists, ALL anything political… or the PLURAL of any of these… for ALL is rarely the political truth. ~Sherry Kaseberg

1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session & Mass Gathering Hearing, May 15

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

A Public Hearing for a Mass Gathering Appeal will be held during the Court Session at 10:00 a.m.

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

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Public Comment Work Session, May 15

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Local Public Comment Work Session in regards to the Starvation Lane FLAP (Federal Lands Access Program) Grant, to be held on Wednesday May 15, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR. 97039, to discuss the road restructure of Starvation Lane.

3. Annual Grass Valley Pavilion & Park Sale, May 24-25

The annual Pavilion and Park Sale will be May 24th & 25th in Grass Valley, Oregon, from 9:30 – 4:00.  Participation fee: $10.00. Venders welcome: Crafters, yard sales, gardeners, photographers, food items. PLEASE LEAVE MESSAGE to register with Terri Bibby,541-333-2374.

4. eNews Policy Reminder for May Election Campaigns


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5. Nurturing Childhood Creativity

Creativity is a highly-valued character trait and today, let’s talk about how to help children grow into creative adults.

Creative adults don’t just happen. Creative people are usually raised in ways that encourage them to use their imagination while they are still children. But what can parents or grandparents – or any adult vital to a child’s life – do if they want to encourage their children’s creativity? Well, one way is to help them develop a rich fantasy life.

Of course, kids need to be able to tell the difference between fact and fantasy. But a child who grows up without reading books such as, “Winnie the Pooh,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Alice in Wonderland,” or any number of new children’s books is missing a very rich part of childhood. You can also feed a child’s imagination through activities such as music, dance and art.

Another wonderful way to help develop a child’s imagination is to tell them stories and encourage them to tell stories too. By the way, telling stories is not the same as reading stories, and children really love the stories you tell about your own experiences as a child – particularly when you were their age. Relax and use sound effects, elaborate gestures, and lots of variations in pace and loudness – the more the better. And while you’re at it, go ahead and invent details that make your narrative more interesting too.

Try using a picture from a magazine and make up a story. Then, pick a different picture and let your child try. Or start a story and let the child supply the ending. By the way, don’t worry about how smooth you are – your child will think you are terrific!

And it doesn’t hurt that you are nurturing your own creativity, at the same time. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Hanging up on robocalls

By Representative Greg Walden

In the 20 town halls I have held across our district so far this year — including here in Eastern Oregon — I can’t think of a time that someone didn’t ask the question, “How can we put a stop to unwanted robocalls?”

It is not surprising that this issue is a top concern for Oregonians and people across our country. In just one year, American consumers received 3.3 million robocalls per hour and these calls increased more than 64% between 2016 and 2018.

We all know how it feels. Multiple times each day, your phone will ring, showing an unfamiliar number with a familiar area code — say “541” for people in our district.

If you’re like me, you let the call go to voicemail, and if there is no message, it is safe to assume that it was a robocall. But it’s a disruptive nuisance, to say the least, and too often callers try to trick people into paying what they are told is an outstanding debt, only to send money or other form of compensation to a fraudster.

During an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., witnesses described how robocalls have grown to a scourge on American consumers that perpetuate fraud, threaten personal privacy, and undermine our telecommunications system.

Click here to read Rep. Walden’s full op-ed online.

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1914

The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1914 Notes

  • January: IOOF, Women of Woodcraft & The Dorcas Society elected officers. Made in Oregon banquet in Moro. A well caved in on James Kenny.
  • February: Mrs. S.J. Ritchey of Monkland raised turkeys. Mr. & Mrs. Buckley visited Grass Valley from Portland. Adella Mortensen and Harry Pinkerton graduated from Moro High School. Mrs. Richard Dingle to meet Dick in San Francisco on his return from England.
  • March: New school district at head of Rattlesnake Grade, building just finished by contractor Ramsey.
  • April: Local grange in the Locust Grove neighborhood purchased the United Brethren church here and are remodeling it for use as a meeting center.
  • May: Permits issued to irrigate in Sherman County. E.E. Kaseberg purchased 30 hp. Holt motor gas engine for combined harvester. Mrs. Miller purchased Geo. N. Crosfield’s residence and will remodel and repair to provide a modern hospital in Wasco. Moro High School pupils picnicked at Rhor Villa on the Deschutes (mouth of Harris Canyon).
  • June: George Volliard, shoe maker in Moro. Grover Duffey opened law practice at Moro with W.H. Ragsdale. Booster Club formed for Monkland & Hay Canyon. Mrs. Damewood renovated business property she purchased at DeMoss and will sell groceries and dry goods. George Urquhart now rides a motorcycle. Farm Day at the Experiment Station. Harvesting barley. Foss & Benson sold water wagons to Robert W. Pinkerton and William Morrison.
  • July: 4th of July celebration at DeMoss. Disastrous hail storm W of Kent & 2 miles E of Buck Hollow, northeasterly to Rutledge, grain ruined. Dot Tiller clerking at C.A. Nish store at Monkland. Born: a girl to Mr. & Mrs. Cicero Miller July 16. Fire on Lamborn place near Wasco. 31 school districts, each a school house, about 900 children of school age, 694 registered, 95% regularly attended, 55 teachers. School to start September 14. Fire on Deschutes burned over 2,000 acres, probably caused by train.
  • August: Fire on E.H. Moore farm. John DeMoss has motorcycle built for two. Born: a girl to Mr. & Mrs. Roy Powell in Moro. C.H. Howell first Sherman County farmer to harvest with a Holt Caterpillar & a Holt harvester, 38 days, 2,100 acres, 21,000 sacks.
  • September: Mr. & Mrs. T.M. Miller of Miller Station.
  • October: Collins Springs Hotel being torn down, furnishings stored in The Dalles for private sale, hotel financed, created and made successful by Moro people, ended by lawsuit by last owner.
  • November: Historic Free Bridge over the Deschutes “went down, high wind storm.” (cause questionable). H. MacBeth opened tailor shop in Moro. Mr. Lucas and Mr. Fortner leased Moro Opera House for 3 years. A list of subscribers for sending flour to aid the Belgians.
  • December: Warren McKinney was selling pianos. Rabbit drive and hunt set for Friday, 73 hunters lined up with points for each kind of animal killed – bird, coyote, rabbit, skunk, weasel, etc.

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

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[The comma in the second amendment clearly indicates a list separating militia and the right of the people to keep and bear arms. This comma is often overlooked by those who wish to overturn the amendment. — A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.]

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