Sherman County eNews #124


  1. Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Awards

  2. Letter to the Editor: Write-in Paul Bish for Sherman County School District Position 5

  3. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 26 & 27

  4. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Mike and Kristy Westby, May 18

  5. Blue Avocado – Practical, Provocative, Fun, Food for Thought for Nonprofits

  6. Changing Perspective

  7. “One Ring” Robocalling Scam Wants You to Call Back!

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1918, 1919, 1920

Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again. ~Will and Ariel Durant

1. Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Awards

Spring grant awards for 2019 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $5,670.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Six project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: Darian Davis – Community Basketball Court; Moro Community Presbyterian Church – Sherman County Vacation Bible School; Sherman County Fair – ADA Picnic Table Replacement; Sherman County Historical Museum – A Night at the Museum; Sherman County Public/School Library – 3D Printer and Scanner; OSU Sherman County Extension – Kids Summer Drama Camp.

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available in the fall of 2019.

The Oregon Cultural Trust, with donations from Oregonians, funds 1400+ nonprofits in Oregon in the areas of arts, heritage, and humanities. When you donate to any of the 1400+ on the list, you can qualify for a state tax credit. Visit to learn how you can get involved and qualify for the tax credit.

For additional information, please visit the Sherman County Cultural Coalition website at

2. Letter to the Editor: Write-in Paul Bish for Sherman County School District Position 5

pencil.sharpMy name is Paul Bish and I am asking for your write-in vote this May for Position 5 on the Sherman County School Board.  Many of you may know who I am—I was born and raised here in Wasco and attended Sherman County High School graduating in 1992.  I am very active in the community.  I serve on several boards and coach youth football, basketball, and baseball.  I have two kids who attend Sherman County School, a 5th grade girl and 3rd grade boy.  We have a great school in our county, with excellent staff and administrators.  It would be an honor to have your support to help guide the Sherman County School District into the future.

Thank you for your support. Please write-in Paul Bish for Sherman County School District Position 5 on May 21.

I encourage everyone to write in Jeremy Lanthorn for School Board position 1.

Paul Bish


3. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 26 & 27

Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast: ABC Huskies Child Care will sponsor the annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 26th and 27th, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall located at 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $8.00. Proceeds will be dedicated to operational costs at the child care site.

ABC Huskies is governed by the Sherman County Child Care Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, providing quality, state certified child care services and a preschool program. For additional information, please visit

4. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Mike and Kristy Westby, May 18

On Saturday, May 18th Klindt’s Booksellers will host Mike and Kristy Westby for a book signing featuring their newest regional title, Columbia River Gorge An Explorer’s Guide.

What: Book Signing with Mike and Kristy Westby

When: Saturday, May 18th at 4PM

Where: Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers

Free and open to the public. We recommend you call ahead to reserve your books.

The Oregon Road Trips series has grown a steady following among Oregonians and tourists alike. Now collaborators Mike and Kristy Westby have created a new guide to the Columbia River Gorge. Columbia River Gorge-Explorer’s Guide has over 50 ways to keep busy in the Gorge.

5. Blue Avocado – Practical, Provocative, Fun, Food for Thought for Nonprofits

The current issue of this magazine for non-profits offers information and ideas on fundraising, managing change, lapsed donors, marketing, communication and millennials. See:

Sherman County’s nonprofit organizations include Sherman County Athletic Association, Sherman County Historical Museum, Sherman County Childcare Foundation, Sherman Experiment Station Foundation, Wasco Cemetery Association and Sherman County Scholarship Association.

6. Changing Perspective

Typically, it’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it. The same thing seems to go for what you see.

It used to be fair to say that objective reality was measurable and quantifiable. This meant that the true nature of material things could be absolutely and clearly determined. These days however, quantum physics has pretty well proved that there is really no such thing as objective reality.

Matter, when reduced to its smallest particles, can behave as either particles or waves and can’t be classified as clearly one or the other. Things that appear solid are composed mostly of air, and things that seem motionless, like a chair, are actually made of subatomic elements that are constantly moving. Even the space between celestial bodies seems to be full – we’re just not sure yet what it’s full of.

So, in a very real sense, we are always creating our own reality. The way we see things depends not only on our physical makeup but also on the psychological filters we look through. One of the most powerful filters, that directly affects how we see the world, is our self-esteem. Yes, it seems like the term has been overworked, but warranted self-esteem is still an important part of our psychological make-up. It helps define who we believe we are.

Low self-esteem creates a world in which the glass is always half empty, life is dangerous, and people are not to be trusted. High self-esteem lets us see the glass as half full and people as allies and friends. In fact, no other single quality can affect your experience of life quite like self-esteem can.

Fortunately, low self-esteem was learned, and can be unlearned, rebuilt and replaced with high self-esteem. Yes, sometimes we need to start from the ground and work up, so to speak. But there are many resources out there to help us; we just need to make up our minds that the time has come to make the switch in perspective. ~The Pacific Institute

7. “One Ring” Robocalling Scam Wants You to Call Back!

telephone1Oregon 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. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1918, 1919, 1920

newspaper-arrowThe Observer, Moro, Oregon

1918 Notes, Not Quotes:

  • January: German-born Julius Rhuberg arrested at Kent, charged with seditious actions.
  • March: 5% of Sherman County’s quota left for training at American Lake.
  • April: Chris Kopke committed suicide discouraged over war prospects.
  • June: WWI Draft lists.
  • July: Volunteers on Gordon Butte W of Moro – 2 men from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly, telephone line installed to the operator at Moro.
  • August: C.L. Powell family moved to Portland, rented farm holdings to Sayrs & Fuller.
  • December: E.E. Kaseberg bought a new electric shift classy passenger car & sold his Hudson to Buck Torrey.

1919 Notes:

  • January: Died: E.M. McKinney, farming the O.L. Belshe place near DeMoss, age 34, leaves wife, sister Mrs. T.W. Alley, 2 children, mother, brother in the Navy, 2 sisters in Illinois.
  • February: Capt. S.V. Winslow applied for ferry franchise at Grant, formerly captain of the government steamer, Umatilla, on the Celilo to Umatilla run. 8th grade examinations, mid-year diplomas.
  • March: Moro has new deep well, cased & tested, 50 gpm, within 16’ of the old well, neither seems affected by the other, old well 241’ deep, new well 221’.
  • July: Building of bridge at mouth of Deschutes River. Grading and graveling road from Seufert’s (Oregon side, The Dalles Dam) to Deschutes River. Week-long DeMoss Springs Chautauqua a huge success. Hotel Moro burned. Contract let to Hedges & Huls for 80’ x 80’ school at Grass Valley. Giles French married Lela Barnum July 13.
  • September: Miss Grace May appointed Sherman County school superintendent.
  • October: Ad for Deschutes Motor Co. in Moro. Reports of soldiers returning home.
  • November: Carroll Sayrs married Helen Whalley at her Portland home on November 13.

1920 Notes:

  • February: Phone lines up, lineman Badger stringing new line & people applying for phones. Died: Archie McDermid in Portland February 11, and his brother John McDermid February 21. Girders for the Deschutes River bridge are being installed.
  • March: License to marry: Miss Minnie McKinney & Earl J. Brown, both of DeMoss Springs.
  • August: Theodore Justesen of Kent married Nell Conley of Tygh Valley August 15 at R.P. Brisbine home.
  • September: Sherman County fair horse racing schedule. J.R. Kaseberg of Wasco is Hudson & Essex dealer for Sherman County.