Sherman County eNews #139


  1. An Invitation: Sherman Station Field Day, June 12

  2. Time to Sign Up for Sherman County 4-H Camp!

  3. Sherman County Family Fair, June 6

  4. Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns.

  5. History Tidbits for Memorial Day: Wyman John French (1922-1945)

  6. Self-Imposed Limits

  7. Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos

“The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.” ~Will Durant

1. An Invitation: Sherman Station Field Day, June 12


Oregon State University Columbia Basin Research Center


U.S. Department of Agriculture Ag Research Service

invite you to the

Sherman Station Field Day

June 12, 2019 | 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

66365 Lone Rock Road, Moro, Oregon

Join us for latest research results for resilient dryland systems:

  • New varieties: wheat, & barley
  • New weed control options
  • Tillage & root disease dynamics
  • Water storage & usage: Chem fallow/trashy fallow & deep soil
  • Winter pea cover crop in a no-till system.

Sponsored Lunch.  Info: 541-278-4186

2. Time to Sign Up for Sherman County 4-H Camp!

Time to sign your kids or grandkids up for Sherman County 4-H Camp!  Camp will be June 19-21 at Camp Morrow on Pine Hollow Reservoir near Wamic.  Camp facilities consist of a lodge for meals and classes, cabins in the woods, recreational areas for games, and a lake for swimming and boating.

Camp is for youth who will be finishing grades 4th, 5th, and 6th, and is open to Sherman County kids, friends and relatives….you don’t have to be in 4-H to attend.  This will be a small camp of Sherman County connected kids, with a natural resources theme for classes and art projects.  Cost is $110, which covers all meals, lodging, insurance and craft supplies.  For scholarship assistance requests, contact the Sherman County Extension Office 541-565-3230.  The deadline for registration and scholarship requests is Monday, June 3, return forms to Extension Office.  The Sherman 4-H Association will be reviewing scholarship applications on Tuesday, June 4.

Some of our campers’ favorite things at 4-H Camp:

  • Being with their friends
  • Playing “ga-ga” ball
  • Capture the Flag
  • Swimming and boating
  • Songs, skits and games
  • Hanging out in the cabins

Some of the fun activities:

  • Outdoor cooking for meals and desserts
  • Spray paint shirts with lots of colors and shapes like leaves, pine cones and deer profiles
  • Construct dreamboats out of native materials and candles to float on the lake last night of camp
  • Cool natural resources classes offered by Soil & Water Conservation District staff
  • Everyone gets to do archery
  • Paintball on Friday morning.

3. Sherman County Family Fair, June 6


June 06, 2019


Moro City Park

Free Hotdogs, chips and snow-cones

Live music by Karissa Gorham

  • Face painting
  • Bubbles
  • Pool Noddle Games
  • Body Bumpers
  • Corn Hole
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Fire Truck
  • Dental goodies
  • And more…

Questions, call Sherman County Prevention Office at 541-565-3655.

4. Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns.

life-jacketHere are some more tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable time this summer/

Swimming in open water is different and more difficult than in a swimming pool. You can tire more quickly and get into trouble due to waves, current, lack of experience, exhaustion, or your abilities to swim as long as you used to have decreased. You could find yourself in a situation where you are fighting for your life. Even the best swimmers can misjudge their skills and abilities while swimming in a lake or river. Conditions can change quickly in open water, so before entering the water, please wear a life jacket. While wearing a life jacket you will not use as much energy, it will help you float, and most importantly it will be there when and if you ever really need it.

Every year several people lose their lives because they were encouraged to do something, such as swim across a lake, cove or pond, out to the nearest buoy, to retrieve a beach ball or something else that floated away or some other activity like jumping off a cliff or bridge. Your actions can have deadly consequences, so you should never encourage anyone to do these types of activities. Friends should do things like swim in designated areas and encourage each other to wear a life jacket.

While on or near the water watch out for each other at all times. It only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown and 60 seconds for an adult to drown. It is a misconception that if someone is drowning they will yell for help. Several people drown every year within 10 feet of safety because the people around them were not paying attention and did not recognize the signs of drowning. The signs of drowning can resemble someone just playing in the water. The signs include head back, mouth open gasping for air, no yelling or sound, and arms slapping the water like they are trying to climb out of the water. Properly rescuing someone should never include contact with them unless you are a trained lifeguard. Reach out to the victim with something to keep your distance or throw them something that floats to pull them to safety.

Avoid prolonged breath holding activities and games while swimming or in the water because it can lead to shallow water blackout. Shallow water blackout results from low oxygen to the brain.

A person basically “blacks out” or faints in the water. Shallow water blackout can affect anyone who is breath-holding, even physically fit swimmers. It is especially seen in competitive swimmers, snorkelers, or anyone that free-dives. It can also occur when kids or people of any age play games to see how long they can hold their breath underwater or someone that does not know how to breathe properly when swimming.

Increased water safety awareness can help ensure that you and your loved ones have fun this summer and return home safely. Always remember to wear a life jacket because it could save your life or the life of someone you love. Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns. Learn more at

5. History Tidbits for Memorial Day: Wyman John French (1922-1945) Quips from the column, These Things We Note, and Selected Editorials Published in the Sherman County Journal, 1931-1966 by Giles French, Binford & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Oregon 1966.

6-1-1945 Wyman John French (1922-1945)

”Dear Son,

”This is Memorial day. It has been three months and three days since you got that bit of shrapnel in your chest over there in Holland and died for your country.

”A lot of things have happened since then and I know with your interest in public affairs you would like to know of them, although they mean nothing to you now. The big push that started a day or two before you died was successful and Germany gave up early in May, but not until her armies and Berlin had been taken by Joe’s men.

”Had you gone on into Germany you would have seen some very shocking things, or so we are told. The Germans had treated those who disagreed with them very badly, starving them and overworking them.

”We are hearing much about it because it makes good copy – and exciting pictures – and because it fits well into the general picture that is painted for us. It strengthens the propaganda that we were fighting to end all such cruelties, or, at least, the regime that did it.

”I know that if you and Carl – who was killed ten days after you were – had felt that you were fighting to end all governments that practiced cruelty you would have had but momentary regret at the fatal results to you.

”But you didn’t feel that way. You had read too much history and knew that wars decide nothing except who shall live and who shall die. No ideology was ever destroyed by a war, but many have been strengthened thereby. You wouldn’t have fought to make the Germans or anyone else accept our ideal of democracy, for you were too liberal for that.

”I remember you saying that the young men you were going to fight against were probably about the same as you were, in that they hoped they would come out of it alive and be able to go on living at some peaceful pursuit, raising a family and making a place for them in the world. There was no hate in you. Maybe there was no hate in the fellow who shot you.

”Had you believed all the idealistic propaganda of the wartime, you would be surprised to learn the Russians are marching German prisoners back to the Ukraine to rebuild that destroyed country. For a man who has lost his life for justice and freedom and the pursuit of happiness, that would have come as a shock. We of the democratic nation are doing a fine job of not letting our left hand know what our right is doing.

”The man who sent you to war is dead, too. His end came about a month before Germany’s did. There is a conference being held in San Francisco to make up a plan for world order, but no one has a lot of confidence in it. Most people you meet think there will be another war in 20 to 25 years and that any kind of order, good or bad, would last until a new crop of people grow up – and no longer. You see, we are pretty pessimistic.

”The hills are green now, although the spring has been cold and backward; the cattle are fat and sleek and the grain is growing well since we had big rains the first of the month. There will be a good crop and big money again for the farmers. Everybody is doing well, with wages high and profits big because of the war.

”This is your first Memorial day as a memorialee instead of a memorialor. We had a program on the courthouse lawn and dedicated an honor roll with the names of all you boys on it. Those of you who have died have a place under a gold star. There will be many words said about you on future Memorial days. I do hope, and I know you would, that something will have come from your death. I know you did not expect it and neither do I. But you are never going to have to worry about it.

”Your grave over there in the low hills of Holland seems pretty far away, son, especially on this day, and your mother and I would like to be able to stand beside it a few moments and think about you.

”The high hopes we had that you had so far justified are there with you in foreign soil. The little men who yapped about the necessity of the war are quieter now as they contemplate the pictures of our overseas graveyards; the swaggering ones who glorify war will soon be in eclipse. What will persist forever and ever is the quietness, the silence of your brave young voices. What you could have done in the world will go undone and the world has lost that. It has had another lesson on might, on the value of power.

”The town is just the same. We and the neighbors go about our tasks as before. There is nothing else to do. We stay in our habits of work and play. Our pleasure that the European war is over comes from the relief that no more will be shot, not from the hope that there will be a new world to live in.

”The simple things are what interest us; life, death, food and shelter, hopes and fears. The wrangling of nations brings us misery more often than joy.

”We’ll be remembering you, son. And every day we can see you swing up the walk toward home in that long-legged stride you had. And your whistle sounds above the rattle of the job press when there is a moment of calm in the office.

”So-long, son


6. Self-Imposed Limits

Have you ever been faced with a challenge in life, one that really pushed you to your limits?

Most of us have. But let’s ponder a moment and ask, how did we feel when we came out on the other side? Most likely, the first thing we felt was relief. But then we probably felt stronger, tougher and more capable, as well.

If you want to develop yourself and expand your abilities, you must face and master challenges, move out of your comfort zone, and every now and then take on a little more than you are absolutely certain you can handle. Every advance made over the past millennia has happened in this exact way. Push beyond perceived limits, only to realize that those limits were self-imposed and not solid obstacles.

We can work up to this, by taking on little challenges every day. Set a goal to learn something, anything, new – every day. Part of the goal is making that something new also something completely outside of your “normal” knowledge base. Maybe the challenge is not just the knowledge itself, but the language used in the understanding of it. Nudge your mind to grow and you will find your comfort zones growing too.

It is not necessary to compete with other people in order to do this, although healthy competition can certainly help us sharpen certain skills. The really important competition goes on inside us, as we challenge our beliefs about where our limitations lie and how much we can be and do.

So, the next time life pushes you to your limits, why not look at it as an opportunity to grow? With this attitude, you’ll find it much easier to rise to the challenge and come out on top. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos

camera.handheldOregon Farm Bureau (OFB) invites all photography enthusiasts to enter their best images of Oregon agriculture in the annual OFB Calendar Contest.

Twelve selected photographers will have their work featured as month images in the 2020 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“Spring is a fantastic time to look for photo opportunities within Oregon agriculture,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Farmers markets are in full swing, fields are blooming, farmers are preparing for summer harvest, and young farm animals abound.”

Horizontal-format, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic views — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons.

Subject ideas include scenes from farmers markets, close-ups of ag products or crops in the field, planting and harvesting crops, panoramic scenes of farmland, people enjoying Oregon-grown ag products, portraits of farmers/ranchers/families, farm animals, state or county fairs, 4-H and FFA events, on-farm festivals, to name just a few.

Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty will receive a photo credit in the 2020 calendar, which is mailed to 67,000 Farm Bureau members, and copies of the calendar. Everyone who submits an image will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar ($20 value), provided they include their mailing address.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, 2019.

Photographers do not need to be Farm Bureau members to participate and there is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted. Photo specifications are at

The state’s largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. The calendar is mailed to 67,000 members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year.

For more information and to see previous years of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar, visit  Project contact is Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at, 503.399.1701.