Sherman County eNews #133


  1. Armed Forces Day Event Honors Veterans, History, May 18


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  4. Setting the Path for that Next Step

  5. An Exhibition: On the Edge, Oregon Art Quilts, May through August 15

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

“We will not be dictated to by men with less intelligence, energy, initiative and ambition than we ourselves possess.” ― Elbert Hubbard

1. Armed Forces Day Event Honors Veterans, History, May 18   

flag.vertical23rd Annual Living History Day Honors All Service Men and Women

CLACKAMAS, Oregon – The 23rd Annual Living History Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The event celebrates Armed Forces Day, a nationally recognized holiday held on the third Saturday each May.  Visitors of all ages can explore military displays, vehicles, and historic buildings.  This free event is co-sponsored by the Oregon Military Museum and the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon (MVCCO).

The Armed Forces Day celebration pays special tribute to those with military service in the U.S. Armed Forces, expanding public knowledge of the military’s role in our communities, our nation, and the world.

“This annual event helps us fulfill our mission to inspire and educate visitors about Oregon’s military heritage and legacy, to include the National Guard, the early militia, and all branches of the Armed Forces,” explains Tracy Thoennes, curator of the museum. “We showcase military equipment and capabilities throughout the past two hundred years.  Visitors have the opportunity to see, touch, and experience first-hand our military past and learn more about today’s military.”

Displays include multi-era historical artifacts as well as current operational military equipment.  A few examples include:  U.S. field artillery from 1841 through today, exhibits in two circa 1911 rescued and relocated historic buildings, and many military vehicles from ambulances, trucks, and tanks to amphibious, tactical, and utility vehicles.  Food and beverage for purchase or by donation will be available.

Drivers will be required to show a valid driver’s license to enter Camp Withycombe.  The address is 15300 SE Minuteman Way, just off Interstate 205 and Highway 212, near SE 102nd Avenue.  For more information about Living History Day, please call the Oregon Military Museum at (503) 683-5359.

The Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of military vehicles and related equipment.  Monthly meetings are held at Camp Withycombe, and members participate in parades and community events throughout each year.

The Oregon Military Museum is Oregon’s official military history repository and an award-winning museum located at Camp Withycombe.  The museum is currently undergoing major renovations.


MYTH:  Other types of tobacco products are not harmful the way cigarettes are.

TRUTH: Everything from pipes and hookahs to snuff and cloves has been shown to cause or increase the risk of lung cancer, throat cancer, mouth cancer, heart attacks and other lung diseases. “Among people in their teens and twenties, cigarette smoking alone has been replaced by mixed use of cigarette smoking, e-cigarette vaping, other forms of tobacco use (such as hookahs), and marijuana smoking or vaping,” said Dan Raz, City of Hope project.

“These alternative forms of tobacco/nicotine delivery and the use of marijuana are often perceived as not harmful or less harmful than cigarette smoking, but unfortunately that is not true. For example, the chemicals released in e-cigarette ‘vapors’ are numerous and contain carcinogens, and marijuana smoke contains similar levels of carcinogens to tobacco smoke.”

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 4. Setting the Path for that Next Step

It is getting to be that time of year again, the warm-up to high school and college graduations, at least here in the northern hemisphere. Here are a few thoughts directed toward young people heading into “graduation season,” about education and about being successful after they graduate from school.

First of all, it helps to remember that as we near the achievement of our goals, we begin to lose the drive to finish. The gap between our starting point and the goal we want to achieve has become quite small, and the amount of energy and creativity that was so great when we started, is now on the wane. In order to boost up your energy, it’s time to re-set the goal toward an even greater end. Once you do, you will find yourself energized and full of anticipation of the next journey to come.

Regardless of your field or interests, education by and of itself is not going to be enough to get you where you want to go. You have done a lot of work in school and you rightfully want to reap some rewards for that work. But the rewards that you earn, both material and otherwise, will not come from the knowledge you have, but rather the uses to which you put that knowledge.

The world will not pay you for what you know. It will, however, pay you for what you can do with what you know. This means that you need to have the courage to act on your knowledge – to think creatively, risk criticism and failure, and to curb your anxiety level when the pressure is on. This is where your positive and re-affirming self-talk comes into play. The things you say and think to yourself can either undermine or enhance your efforts.

Taking risks means moving out of your comfort zone. The things you say to yourself and the pictures you hold in your mind will be critical to how successfully you make that move. Believe in yourself and see yourself succeeding, no matter what happens, and reality will bear you out. You have done this before, with each new school year and each new class.

And if you’ve done it once, you can do it again! ~The Pacific Institute

5. An Exhibition: On the Edge, Oregon Art Quilts, May through August 15

Thread-and-needlePortland, OR – Quilting has long been at the core of Oregon history. According to the Oregon Encyclopedia, for women who were preparing to embark on the Oregon Trail, “quilt-making was an important part of the preparation for moving west, as women focused on the need for bedding and to make sure they had something to keep them emotionally connected to their past.”

Fast-forward 150 years, and makers continue to create quilts that document the stories of our time. The evolution of the Art Quilt Movement has pushed the boundaries of what one envisions from a quilt, moving these sources of comfort and tradition off beds and onto gallery walls.

The Oregon Historical Society is proud to host an original exhibit of art quilts developed by local Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) artists titled On the Edge. In Oregon, whether staring down from the top of a mountain or standing on a beach, we are all on the edge — be it physically, geographically, emotionally, philosophically, in personality, or in style. SAQA invited members to interpret, either in a representational or abstract way, a response to this theme, and the selected works are part of this two-gallery juried show, open now through August 15, 2019.

Visitors to the exhibit, even those unfamiliar with quilting, will appreciate the original interpretations of the theme as well as the technical skill employed to design these works of art. Many SAQA artists incorporated their experiences as painters, photographers, weavers, printmakers, or sculptors into their quilts. This diversity in backgrounds leads to amazing surface design techniques one would not anticipate on fabric. The broad choice of design styles, rich colors, and sumptuous fabrics used by each member of the group redefines quilters as artists versus crafters.

“From 7 ½ foot tall dripping urban landscapes to metal “stitching” layers together to 3D sculptures, portraits, and abstracts, we push the boundaries on what one envisions from the term Art Quilt,” said On the Edge exhibition coordinator Amanda Snavely.

On May 23 at 6pm, the public is invited to meet some of the featured artists at a free lecture and reception. In her talk, Quilts on the Edge, artist Ann Johnston will show her evolution as a quilt maker, and at the same time, illustrate how her quilts express different ways of being on an edge.

On the Edge: An Exhibition by SAQA Oregon Artists is open now through August 15 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). 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.

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

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 16 May 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

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

17: States, including Oregon, that allow personal, philosophical or religious exemptions to required school vaccinations, according to The Oregonian. A bill to tighten vaccine requirements for public school attendance was killed as part of negotiations with Senate Republicans.

$1.4 billion: Approximate income tax rebate, or “kicker,” Oregonians could receive next year, according to the Oregon Capital Bureau.

40: Years old the so-called “kicker” rebate, which is triggered when revenues exceed projections by 2 percent or more, turns this year. Lawmakers created it in 1979, according to The Oregonian.

2000: Year voters enshrined the kicker in the state’s constitution.

$338: Amount the median taxpayer will get as a rebate in 2020, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

$13,968: Amount the top 1 percent of taxpayers are expected to receive.

4.3: Percent of Oregonians who are unemployed, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

3.6: Percent of Americans who are unemployed. It’s the lowest unemployment rate since 1969, according to NPR.

2009: Year when U.S. unemployment reached a high of 10 percent. Except for a modest jump in 2010, the unemployment rate has been steadily declining since then.

582: Senate Bill that will allow the governor to coordinate marijuana enforcement efforts with other states if Congress changes federal laws, or U.S. DOJ issues guidance, allowing interstate travel of cannabis and cannabis products. Senators passed the bill 19-9 on Wednesday.


Sherman County eNews #132






church.family1“Quick to Hear”

“This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:19–21, NASB95)

Verse 19 is a favorite verse of mine in counseling because it works in two incredible ways. The first, and primary one, is in relation to our hearing from God before responding to others or even trials in our own lives. When we take the time to listen to Him and reflect on His truths hidden in our hearts (Psalm 119:1,11), we recognize in that moment how good, loving, powerful, faithful and wise He is. It is in looking to Him for His wisdom and trusting in His strong hand that we then can rest in Him in any situation, respond in His ways, and rest in His peace. It is this peace of His that we receive that calms our hearts and holds back our own anger. It is in relying on Him and what we know of Him that He works in us to lift our worries, bring the healing to our bodies and the refreshment to our bones that we read about in Proverbs 3:8 or the rescue which gives rest for our souls.

Of course, we also know that the wisdom of verse 19 works in our human relations as well. When we take the time to really hear not only what is being said but also pay attention to the heart, then we are better prepared to respond in a right and proper way which heads off the likelihood that the situation will lead to further exasperation and heightened anger on our part or others.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, Kent Baptist Church

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



pancake.breakfastSHERMAN COUNTY CHILD CARE FOUNDATION / ABC HUSKIES DAY CARE. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 Wasco Fire Hall May 26 & 27.


“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

YOUR TIME. One of the greatest gifts that you can give is your time. “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” – Thomas Jefferson. In small communities like ours, we rely on the kind hearts of volunteers in many capacities. We all work together to make our community the best it can be. One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is your time. Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.  So before you complain, have you volunteered yet? By volunteering you are voting about the kind of community you wish to live in. We would like to take a moment to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers in Sherman County who continue to generously donate their time to make our county the special place that it is.   Volunesia – that moment when you forget you’re volunteering to change lives because it’s changing yours. -Sherman County Community & Senior Center

JUST ASK! 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.


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

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.

FAMILY CARE COORDINATOR. Do you or someone you know enjoy working with kids and families, and would like a great job in our area?  Check this position for Family Care Coordinator posted at the Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.  This position will serve Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.  Pays $45K-$55K, and requires established relationships in area, experience and/or education in the human services or education field w/administrative responsibilities.  Go to this page and scroll down the list of jobs to find the listing.


STRONG WOMEN STRENGTH TRAINING INFO MEETING. Fern Wilcox will be holding an informational meeting Monday, May 20th, at 8:00 a.m., at the Grass Valley Pavilion to talk about the Strong Woman Strength Training Program and the best times and days to implement this program. The program is designed for people middle age and older, but all ages will benefit. Questions? 541 980 5093.

Tuesday June 18th 10:00AM to 6:00PM
“Be A Rising Star”
Start your own business as an Adult Foster Home Licensee,
An AFH Caregiver or a Homecare Worker.
Applications Available, Venders, Information,
Guidance and Support. Refreshments Provided.
3641 Klindt Dr. The Dalles
DHS/Aging and People with Disabilities
Call Yulanda 541-506-3536 5/17

Do you have a passion to care for
older adults and People with Disabilities?
Care for adults in your home or as a separate business.
Learn more – Call Yulanda Owen,
Adult Foster Home Licensor
541-506-3536.  5/17

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. 5/17






HANDCRAFTED INDOOR & OUTDOOR FURNITURE. Considerately handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders accepted. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | | Facebook | 5/17






3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



12-17 National Prevention Week


18 Maryhill Museum Members’ Appreciation Day

18 Drive the Historic Maryhill Loops Road 10-12

18 Sherman County Education Foundation Workshop 9-3 Library

18 Migratory Bird Day 9-3 The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

20 Strong Women Strength Training Info Meeting 8 AM G.V. Pavilion

20 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Building Moro


21 Wasco City Council 7

21 Unit 20, Retired Educators Meeting 12 Maupin

23 Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee Meeting 10 Condon

23 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 1 Condon

23 Lower John Day Working Group 5-7:30 Cottonwood Canyon State Park

24 BURN BAN Begins for N. Sherman & Moro RFPDs, Rufus, Wasco & Moro

24 Sherman County Budget Hearing – Courthouse

24-25 Grass Valley Pavilion & Park Sale 9:30-4 Grass Valley

25-26 Gorge Outfitters Supply Catfish Extravaganza, Rufus

26-27 Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 Wasco Fire Hall


27 Wasco Memorial Day Celebration U.S. Air Force Fly-over between 10 & 10:30; Tribute to Veterans; Parade at 11; Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon BBQ; Pastry Auction; Car Show; Dandy Valley Nursery Stock for Sale; Music by Tyson Huckins; Train Rides for Kids; Ice Cream & Bingo at the Parish Hall. 541-340-0392.

30 Sherman County School Senior Scholarship Program 7

31-June 2 Junior Livestock Show, Tygh Valley

flower.zinnia1 JUNE

1 Sherman County School Graduation 11

1 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

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

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Sherman County School Junior High Academic Awards 2:30

4 Wasco City Council 7

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

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7


7 Gorge Broadband Consortium 1 The Dalles

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

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


16 Father’s Day at Maryhill Museum

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

19-21 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 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

20 Starry Night at the Museum – Maryhill Museum of Art

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