Sherman County eNews #123


  1. Estate Planning Seminar, June 12

  2. Cascade Singers: Compositori Femminili, June 15

  3. Letter to the Editor: Labenske  for School Board Position 5

  4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop, May 18

  5. Sherman County Court News, April 3

  6. Constructive Feedback

  7. Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! Premiers at Oregon Historical Society, May 10

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1917

What I know for sure is that when you declutter – whether it is on your home, your head or your heart – it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life and your family. ~Peter Walsh

1. Estate Planning Seminar, June 12

On Wednesday June 12th at 6:00 PM will be an estate planning seminar at the Senior Center in Moro.  The seminar will cover the basics of estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate, etc.) and also more advanced topics (Oregon death tax, natural resource credit, gifting strategies, etc.).  Title of the seminar is “When Your Legacy Is Tied To The Land.”

Hosts will be financial advisor Aaron “A.J.” Thompson, estate planning attorney Jeff Patterson (Bend), and subject matter expert Melanie Sansa (Portland).  Estate planning is important and not having a plan or an updated plan can have severe consequences.  Seminar is open to the public at no cost.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Hosts will stay after to answer specific questions.  For more information, call 541-388-5613.  Senior Center address is 300 Dewey Street Moro, OR 97039.

2. Cascade Singers: Compositori Femminili, June 15

“Compositori Femminili:  A Global Celebration of Female Composers” will be presented by the Cascade Singers on Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 101 West 10th St., The Dalles.  The concert features women’s contributions to the musical scene, from Hildegard of Bingen in the Middle Ages to contemporary composers and arrangers.  Contact Director Miles Thoming-Gale at for more information.

3. Letter to the Editor: Labenske for School Board Position 5

My name is Kristen Labenske and I am asking for your vote for Sherman County School Board Position 5.

Many of you may recognize me from basketball season as the SKORE cheerleading coach. Aside from coaching youth programs I have also worked as an assistant preschool teacher and as a fundraising event coordinator.

I have three children in Sherman County School, two in elementary and one in Jr. High.

I am passionate about their education and their wellbeing, sometimes to a fault.  I have been known to be outspoken if it is in the best interest of not only my children, but their friends and other kids in our county.  While I will stand up when I need to, I am also open minded and will listen to all sides before coming to a conclusion. (The school safety policy that was recently implemented is a great example of this).

My family has a long way to go in this school system. I want them to feel safe when they walk through the doors to the school. I want them to be happy at the end of the school day. I want them to excel academically, athletically and socially. I want all of these things for all of our children.

I want our teachers and support staff to enjoy their work environment.  During the school year they spend more time with the kids than many parents are able to because of work, sports, etc. These teachers (heroes) deserve the best.  I want to KEEP great educators in Sherman County!

I want to be a representative and advocate for you and your children or grandchildren. I want to be someone you can feel comfortable expressing concerns with and someone you can celebrate milestones alongside. I want to ensure that your children and mine look back on their years as Huskies and remember how happy, safe and successful they felt!

When filling out your ballot, please remember these words and know that I will do everything in my power to live up to them.

Go Huskies!

Kristen Labenske

Candidate for SCSB Position 5

4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop, May 18

Genealogy Workshop May 18th

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Sign-in is at 10:00 am and the workshop lectures begin at 11:00 am

There’s only a week left to sign up!

The workshop is $40.00 without lunch and $52.50 with lunch.

Lunch in the Basalt Café: Soup, salad, roll, cookie and beverage

Door Prizes.

For more information, call Georga at 541.296.2882 or email

Please check back for registration and more workshop information

Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. The lecture topics are:

*Finding What You Need and Making the Most of What You Find

*Why They Left, Where They Went, Journey Tales

*Beyond Names And Dates, Female Ancestors

Heritage Quest Research Library is a nonprofit genealogy library in Sumner, Washington, managed and staffed entirely by volunteers. The collection includes foreign and state books, family histories, special subject titles, microfiche, and historic maps. HQRL houses a bookstore where you can purchase genealogy books, Flip-Pal® with accessories, family tree forms, software and supplies. Volunteers will be here with a variety of books and supplies for purchase.

5. Sherman County Court News, April 3

ShermanCoLogoQuarterly Reports, Valid Emergency Operations Plan Letter, Rufus to Wasco Fiber Build, Biggs Service District Water/Sewer System, Frontier TeleNet Dark Fiber and Tour of Weed District were the main items on the agenda during the April 3rd session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Shawn Payne, Emergency Services, was unable to attend Court as she was on an ambulance call. County Court accepted her written report/notes in place of her in person report due to the emergency. The Emergency Operations Plan was updated by Judge Dabulskis and Payne the week prior, and a Promulgation Letter could now be signed. This letter stated the Court confirmed the Plan was up to date, and has been distributed to the Fire Districts. County Court motioned to recognize the Emergency Operations Plan updated as of April 3, 2019 as a valid plan, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign a Promulgation Letter to Andrew Phelps, Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), reported that Gorge Net was supposed to have Grass Valley connected to fiber service in the next few weeks. Judge Dabulskis also noted at the next County Court session, the Court would be discussing the passing of a resolution for the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) Agreement for the $200,000 to put forth on the Sherman Cities Broadband Project. Pipinich met with the John Day River Territory (JDRT) on collaboration and future goals. Pipinich participates in the JDRT on behalf of Sherman, and hopes to get a representative from Sherman to attend instead. Regarding housing programs, Marla Harvey, MCEDD, has been working on a marketing plan for the program, and has had some interest in both the rental and rehabilitation program. Another Economic Opportunities Analysis meeting was held recently in which it was reported Rufus and Wasco land base was covered well; the consultant for Grass Valley excluded pieces that were in the flood plain for inventory purposes, which puts the City in a deficit for Commercial and Commercial Industrial Zoning. The Moro inventory had an appropriate amount of land, however, the Industrial Park by the High School may need to be rezoned. Commissioner Bird passed out copies of the Grass Valley Housing Analysis that was completed. It states there was enough residential land in Grass Valley to meet their needs. Some recommendations were to rezone some Residential Agriculture, to have a variety of eligible lot sizes – minimum size of one acre with no maximum listed, and to rezone the RV Park as Commercial as it is currently zoned Residential. Discussion on completing an analysis on each of the Cities.

Jeff Wallace, County Counsel, gave an update on drafting the fiber agreement; if Frontier TeleNet (FTN) did not want to pay for the 10 gbps wave, and the County could then provide a document to FTN stating the County would pay Windwave and change ownership of the line capacity would belong to the County. County Counsel informed Commissioner Bird there was prior consensus for him to draft an agreement between all Counties and entities, to establish ownership in Sherman County. Blake Lawrence, Windwave, volunteered to provide the County with that document instead. County Counsel stated that once FTN relinquished the fiber lines, Windwave would come in and prepare the above document mentioned, and the County would accept it; Windwave agreed Sherman County owned the line. County Counsel stated it may take a couple months to get everything in place; Judge Dabulskis reported he was working on setting up a work session with Windwave to get the process started, and a work session with Day Wireless was scheduled for tomorrow. FTN defaulted as the Request for Proposal (RFP) was never completed for the new fiber line from Wasco to Rufus.

County Counsel addressed the Biggs Service District Sewer and Water System Operating Agreements with CH2M Hill. Judge/Chairman Dabulskis reported an individual was interested in the operator position, however more clarification was needed; Counsel responded the next step would be to make contact with CH2M Hill to see about negotiation on the contract. County Counsel had not completed the Wasco to Rufus RFP at this time. Judge Dabulskis reported an extension on the contract for grant money through the State/Business Oregon was in progress. This job would need to be completed by the end of October or November.

The possibility of the Intergovernmental Agreement for Installation of Broadband Network & Grass Valley Broadband Operating Agreement of arriving during the Court Session to be approved was mentioned, however, it was not addressed as an addition to the agenda at the beginning of County Court. Counsel advised the Court they may announce the addition of the item by name and time of the addition in order to take action later on; County Court should also announce the same addition to the agenda statement at the beginning of the following Court meeting on April 17, 2019 that was announced during the current session, April 3, 2019. Judge Dabulskis stated a possible addition to the agenda, 2.3, for the Intergovernmental Agreement for Installation of Broadband Network & Grass Valley Broadband Operating Agreement took place at 9:58 a.m. on April 3, 2019 as the County Court was not aware of the document submission until after the Court Session had started; County Court was in the process of still receiving all documentation.

Recessed County Court: 10:26 a.m. Reconvened at Sherman County Weed Department: 10:32 a.m.

County Court met at the Sherman County Weed District to tour the facility, and to hear a quarterly report from Rod Asher, Weed District. Asher reported weed control starts about mid to late spring every year, and the requests for work done has increased over the years to keeping them busy well into the fall. This year the late snow fall has put them behind schedule. Asher currently has eight employees who work at the District including seasonal employees. A map was shown with data by weed type, including skeleton weed, over the last two years. Blackberry bushes are very invasive and the crew has been working to clear out large patches to increase water flow in those areas. Asher has been working on better documentation of work done in the Lower Deschutes area that they have been treating for many years to prove that work done is still effective as the Court has requested a report/documentation.

Recessed at Weed Department: 11:00 a.m.  Reconvened County Court: 11:22 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved Torres Window Cleaning to perform window cleaning services to the Sherman County Courthouse, Sherman County Senior Center, and Steve Burnet Extension and Research Building in the amount up to $3,150, contingent upon window replacement at the Burnet Building.
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman County and Oregon State University (OSU), for its Extension Service Technically Use Agreement, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement for Installation of Broadband Network, and Grass Valley Broadband Operating Agreement, contingent upon further review with the right to revoke the approval no later than Monday April 8, 2019.
  • approved minutes of March 20, 2019, as presented.
  • approved the Claims for the month of March 2019, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of February 2019, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Frontier TeleNet, a thank you to Sherman County Court, Ambulance Located on County Property, and Commissioner Reports.

6. Constructive Feedback

How do you like being criticized? Does it make you feel like changing to accommodate your critic?

Negative criticism is almost always a mistake. Do you know anyone who likes it? It brings you down, makes you feel angry and resentful, and it hardly ever makes you want to change, does it?

Constructive feedback is a horse of a different color. There’s no sting in it, because it is not about your deficient character and it doesn’t come at you like an attack. It is designed to give you valuable information and it assumes you care about making a change to be better tomorrow, than you are today.

So, what is the difference between constructive feedback and criticism? Well, it’s the difference between saying, “You never help around the house because you’re a slob and you just don’t care,” and saying, “When you neglect to do your part of the weekly clean-up around the house, I feel overworked and taken for granted.”

Can you see the difference? The first statement attacks character and sounds like it’s coming from a victim. The second states the facts and shares information about feelings without making the other person a villain. All that it takes to become an expert in constructive feedback is practice and a willingness to give up judgment and blame.

It also helps to remember what your goal is. If you want more conflict, go ahead and blame. It is a perfect way to sustain chaos and cloud the real reason for the displeasure. However, if you want positive action, learn to give constructive feedback instead. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! Premiers at Oregon Historical Society, May 10

Portland, OR – In 1964, The Beatles came to America for the first of the group’s three North American visits. Their journey in America began on Friday, February 7 of that year, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the UK at the newly named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts, and tears of New York-area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers — at the time a television record. And, just like that, Beatlemania was upon us.

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock and roll was re-energized — some say saved — by four lads from Liverpool. Opening at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland on Friday, May 10, this exhibit covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966 — the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time, the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music.

“It doesn’t take a hard day’s night of thinking to understand the impact that The Beatles had on the history of music and popular culture,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “The Oregon Historical Society is excited to bring to Portland this fun, interactive exhibition celebrating the band that forever changed rock and roll.”

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! provides fresh new insight into how and why The Beatles impacted America in the 1960s and beyond. Over 100 objects, ephemera, and interactive elements fill the gallery, some on exhibit for the first time. One of the most prominent cases features Paul McCartney’s jacket from The Beatles’ historic 1965 Shea Stadium concert, and, for the first time on exhibit, one of McCartney’s bass guitars. McCartney also wore this iconic jacket when The Beatles performed in Portland, Oregon, at the Memorial Coliseum on August 22, 1965.

The Oregon Historical Society’s version of the exhibit also features a case of ephemera from The Beatles’ Portland performances, and includes the original performance contract and rider between NEMS and Northwest Releasing to bring The Beatles to Portland, as well as an original press pass.

Other exhibition highlights include:

  • Ringo Starr’s black-on-black striped suit worn in The Beatles’ debut film A Hard Day’s Night and Ringo’s Abbey Road crosswalk jacket
  • Paul McCartney’s original handwritten lyric sheet for the song, “What You’re Doing” (August 1964)
  • Handwritten set lists from The Beatles’ concerts, including the earliest known set list (Grosvenor Ballroom, June 1960) and the one used onstage at the group’s first-ever American concert (Washington D.C., February 11, 1964)
  • Gold records of I Want To Hold Your Hand and Rubber Soul
  • Venue contracts from the band’s American tours
  • An eye-popping display of mass-produced merchandising items
  • Kid-friendly interactive elements including a virtual drumming lesson from Ringo and a playable home-made skiffle bass

“Fab Four Exhibits is looking forward to sharing these rare and valuable artifacts – many of which are one-of-a-kind – to the Portland area as we celebrate the genius and creativity of the Fab Four,” said Chuck Gunderson, managing partner of the exhibit group.

Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! will be on exhibit May 10 through November 12, 2019. The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is $10, and discounts are available for students, seniors, teachers, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1917

classifieds.boyThe Observer, Moro, Oregon

1917 Notes, not quotes:

  • January: Jack Gibson bought the John Dunn place on the John Day River & Mr. Dunn moved into Moro. Sherman & Gilliam counties making plans to replace steel bridge at the foot of Cottonwood and build a new steel bridge at McDonald. Members fenced the Monkland Presbyterian church property.
  • February: Percheron horse association in the Monkland area. F.L. & L.M. Morrow – Morrow Bros. – contracted with Hedges & Huls for their new 80’ x 100’ concrete building in Wasco, somewhat like the Foss & Co., garage in Moro. Grass Valley Rod & Gun Club organized. Farmers talking elevators and bulking grain. An auto tire & tube vulcanizing plant opened in Wasco. Old Wasco school house dismantled by T.E. Sink for the lumber. Plans for Cottonwood & McDonald bridges over the John Day River described.
  • March: Uncle Sam recruiting for the Army.
  • April: Harmony School also known as the Upper Hay Canyon School.  Ferry at McDonald is out of commission because of the swift current. R.C. Atwood, F.R. Fortner & W.H. Lee incorporated to build a concrete hotel in Wasco. Moro will have a new school building. Red Cross auxiliary formed.
  • May: Willard Andrew Fred Melzer, son of M/M Martin Melzer, died, burial at Rose Cemetery. R.J. Ginn purchased the C.A. Buckley residence just north of Grass Valley & adjacent tracts. Three-day auto show in Wasco, May 30-June 1. C.R. Nottingham sold 2,640 acre Finnegan ranch to C.R. Belshee & O.N. Ruggles $75,000. Clarence Richard Morrison married Gladys May Moore on May 12 at Methodist Episcopal parsonage in Moro. Reports of new cars and Maytag washers.
  • June: 50 high school students at Moro. Elmer Ralston Barzee married Lois Eliza Schaefer at her parents’ home near Erskine on May 24. Several families left for their summer homes on the Metolius River (Camp Sherman). Liberty Bonds. New cars & tractors, auto accidents, fishing trips & vacations. Contract let to Hedges & Huls to build a concrete waterway under the Ginn, Coleman & Co. store, the Moro Garage & Tum-a-Lum Lumber. A.D. Richelderfer married Dr. S.L. Riker at Scholls, Oregon. Sherman County ranks highest in USA in support per capita for National Red Cross, in excess of $8.50. Proposed Port of Rufus: S boundary to be McDonald Ferry west to Wasco, NW down Spanish Hollow to the Columbia River. Crew working on the new Cottonwood bridge. Horse auction at the Crosfield corral in Wasco.
  • July: Sherman County population 4,000. Several more families left for the Metolius River headwaters. Fire started by train on the Deschutes. New cars. Eighty names were drawn for Sherman County military service, 30 will be taken.
  • August: Best yields NW of Moro: Kaseberg brothers 15 sacks per acre, Howell brothers 13 sacks per acre. Entire registration list for Sherman County with list of those exempted with reasons & enlistments. First draft list. Water concerns in Moro.
  • September: 43 women registered at Moro to work for the government. Sherman County had one car for each 6 persons & 1 out of 4 is a Ford. 240 new cars since January 1st.  G.N. Crosfield sold 9 cars in one week.
  • October: Discussions about new toll free bridge over the Deschutes River. Died: C.R. Rollins, physician who came to Grass Valley in 1878 and operated a store there.
  • November: Enlistments, list of boys going to American Lake for training; letters home. W.A. Woods family left for new home near LaGrande. Married: Dewey Thompson & Inez May Peake in their newly furnished home, November 20 by Rev. B. Trueblood Smith.
  • December: Moro Camp Fire Girls. Farmers plan to build elevators. Robert Urquhart appointed deputy sheriff. College students home for the holidays.