Sherman County eNews #144


  1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Sherman County Court Meeting Agenda, June 5

  3. Things to Know about the SHIFT Festival

  4. Opportunity Knocks to Ease Costs for Sherman County Housing Demand

  5. Graduation by Giles French

  6. Resiliency – Part 2

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

  8. A Parts List: Summer Challenges for Children

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. – George Washington Carver

1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open SCHOOL Hours
8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am-4pm Saturday.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

Family Workshop – WIND
May 31 at 6pm
Come investigate the properties of wind and air as you explore its effects on other objects.

June Book Club: A Town Called Alice by Nevil Shute – Thursday, June 27 at 6pm.

 2. Notice. Sherman County Court Meeting, Public Hearing, June 5

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  A Public Hearing for a Mass Gathering Permit Application will be held during the Court session at 10:00 a.m. This session will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

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

3. Things to Know about the SHIFT Festival 

Tectonic SHIFT Festival is a 5-day campout gathering in the ethos of TTITD. We aim to create a culture of fun and appreciation for art, music, and self-expression, while stressing the importance of taking care of oneself while in nature. Things to know are posted here:

4. Notice. Opportunity Knocks to Ease Costs for Sherman County Housing Demand

Sherman County is offering two CASH GRANTs to ease costs and address the demand for more livable housing in Sherman County.  Act now before the money runs out!

  • The New Rental Housing Development Grant will contribute $10,000 per new rental housing unit constructed to the developer. Funds are given as a grant upon completion of the project with a commitment to keep the property as a long term rental for a minimum of 5 years.
  • The Housing Rehabilitation Grant provides a reimbursement grant of up to 20% of eligible expenses, not to exceed $20,000, for the rehabilitation of existing non-owner occupied stick-built dwellings.

For more information and links to applications visit and search for rental housing. Contact Marla Harvey at (541) 296-2266 or via email at with any questions or to apply. Funding is limited. This program is funded by Sherman County.

5. Graduation by Giles French   

~Quips from the Column, These Things We Note, and Selected Editorials Published in the Sherman County Journal, 1931-1966 by Giles French, Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Oregon 1966.


“She sat in the place reserved for parents and looked about her at the gathering crowd – they seemed slow tonight – or maybe she was a little nervous. She was hemmed in by ribbons – or was it paper – ribbons were hard to get nowadays.

“Her husband, sitting beside her, looked tired, and his neck was getting quite a few wrinkles on it. He sat heavily in his chair – it had been a job raising a family in good times and bad. Maybe she sat heavily in her chair, too, for the years had been long for her as well.

“There was the processional. The boy came up the aisle, walking slowly as was the custom. She hoped he wasn’t too nervous. Now the performers were all on the stage and the program started; soon it would be the boy’s time to speak. He looked fine in his new suit, really the first full suit he had ever had; his shoes shined all right after she had told him again.

“Some girls were singing something about a garden and the boy stared rather stolidly in front of him. He looked like her even if he did have some of his father’s features, and, dressed like a full-grown man and having shaved a couple of times, he looked still like the little boy she used to tuck in at night. It was all so long ago – and just yesterday – all at once.

“He was speaking now, going through his speech he had rehearsed to her for the past week. She hoped he didn’t miss any of it. His voice didn’t sound scared. He was like her folks in being able to appear in public. She was a little proud of that.

“Here was the speaker of the evening. Why did they always have preachers or teachers at commencement? Were they the only ones who knew what the world was about? Maybe they were – or the only ones who were used to talking about it.

“There was much about ideals, about doing the best possible with the equipment at hand; the boy had always been able to make the machinery run with the common tools and haywire. There were a few words about determination; the boy was headstrong, like his father’s people, and maybe that had a place even if he was occasionally hard to handle.

“The speaker was giving his rules for success, mostly spiritual success. Did the boy have those qualifications? She was too old and worn to look upon herself as perfect or her husband as an ideal. They were just a plain couple that had tried to raise a family in their own ideals. Now she wondered how they had done as well as they had, for their knowledge seemed devoid of these high ideals. Yet the boy was a fine-looking lad, frank and honest of mien.

“This was his night. They were only accessories before the fact. Soon he would be gone like the others, away from home, and they would have nothing but memories left to them. The talk about getting and giving might have been for parents. They gave a lifetime and might rest in the shadow of what they produced.

“They were done, and the boy was in the hands of the community being congratulated. Soon he would belong to the world. Good-bye, Son.”

6. Resiliency – Part 2

Today, let’s talk about the most important component in a successful recovery – affirmations.

As you may know, affirmations are simply present-tense statements of fact – about the future. Affirmations are usually most effective when they are personal, but you cannot beat an organizational affirmation that has total buy-in from everyone. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” so to speak. It becomes the organization’s “vision” for tomorrow, and leads you through to success.

For yourself personally, you must believe that your contribution to the organization is valuable. “I am valued by leadership for my talents and expertise.” “I am comfortable expressing my thoughts in meetings, because I know what I have to say is valuable.” As a group, when faced with a challenge, you might affirm, “No matter what gets thrown at us, we hit it out of the park.”

The important thing is to have your mind firmly fixed on the future, the future without the current challenge. What will it look like? Remember, your subconscious mind moves you toward the most dominant picture. If all you are thinking about is the current “disaster,” then you won’t be able to move forward. Keep affirming daily the way you want the future to be, paint it vividly in your mind, and keep your personal self-talk and your group self-talk aimed at a positive future. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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8, A Parts List: Summer Challenges for Children

child.girlchild.boyInstructions are simple. Make your own list. Award prizes in the order of challenge completions on your list by the end of August! Kids can decide which ones they want to complete.  A parent or guardian keeps track of who checks off which challenge. These are good dinner topics. See more here:

  1. Make a picnic lunch for you and a friend to enjoy at a park. _____
  2. Plant vegetable or flower seeds in the yard. ____
  3. Make a dinner discussion starter kit for the family to take turns selecting positive, interesting words or phrases on small folded pieces of paper from a bowl. ___
  4. Visit a local park. ___
  5. Visit the library. ___
  6. Watch a movie trilogy for the 1st time (Indiana Jones, Back to the Future) ____
  7. Participate in summer programs at the library. ___
  8. Participate in a summer youth program: Scouts, church, school, library, 4-H. ___
  9. Go to Sunday school and/or church for a month… or more.  ___
  10. Offer to babysit a neighbor’s child for free. ___
  11. Go fishing. ___
  12. Go to the county fair. ___
  13. Have a ‘camp out’ in your back yard and sleep under the stars. ____
  14. Keep a daily journal for the summer, document your thoughts or activities. ___
  15. Swap a favorite book with a friend and read it. Then discuss. ____
  16. Hold a watermelon seed spitting contest with your friends. ___
  17. Invent your own smoothie to make at home and create a unique name for it. ___
  18. Take a ‘virtual’ vacation and visit a desired location online. Learn as much as you can and plan a week of activities in case you actually get a chance to go. ____
  19. Make dinner for your family one night. ____
  20. Read a book. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  21. Read a book or verse in the bible. ____
  22. Watch the sun rise. ___
  23. Make a collage out of old magazines. ____
  24. Make your own popsicles (use juice, Kool-aid, berries, etc.). ____
  25. Learn to play a new board game. ___
  26. Invite your friends over for a board game marathon. __
  27. Re-decorate or re-arrange the furniture in your room. ___
  28. Visit a local museum. ___
  29. Get your county fair book and choose one or two categories you can enter. ___
  30. Make a product (art, photographs, cookies, cake, etc. to enter in the fair. __
  31. Enter it in the fair! ___
  32. Print out a map of the stars and try to find the constellations on a clear night. __
  33. Play tennis. ____
  34. Create a sidewalk chalk mural using a summertime theme. ___
  35. Make up a sport (combine elements of other sports, invent your own). __
  36. Take music lessons. __
  37. Take swimming lessons. ___
  38. Take tennis lessons. ___
  39. Take art lessons. ___
  40. Invite friends over for a star party during a meteor shower. ____
  41. Create a TV show concept complete with plot, characters, set ideas, etc. ____
  42. Go to a thrift store with someone, create an entire outfit for $7. ____
  43. Volunteer at a nursing home to read or help out with crafts or activities. ___
  44. Have a photo marathon with friends and enter the best in the county fair. ___
  45. Volunteer to help a neighbor. ___
  46. Go ‘off the grid’ for a day (or longer). No cell, no internet, no tv, no ipod. ____
  47. Write a poem. ____
  48. Watch an old black and white film.__
  49. Offer to wash an elderly person’s car. ___
  50. Learn to do laundry. ___
  51. Do laundry. ___
  52. Sort the socks! ___
  53. Read a biography of a celebrity or historic person you admire. ____
  54. Say hello to someone you don’t know at church. ___
  55. Clean your house to help your mom/dad. ___
  56. Learn a new language. ____
  57. Have a garage sale. ____
  58. Have an un-birthday party complete with cake and games. ____
  59. Go to a concert. ___
  60. Make up a scavenger hunt for your friends or siblings. ____
  61. Learn how to play one song on a new instrument. ____
  62. Learn about the glockenspiel and report at dinner. ____
  63. Walk a mile. ___
  64. Run a mile. ____
  65. Try to be green. ____
  66. Try a new food. ____
  67. Learn to sew. ___
  68. Create your own board game. ____
  69. Try a new hairstyle. ____
  70. Create a new sandwich. ____
  71. Go to a sports event. ____
  72. Take an online course. ____
  73. Make a painting or mural. ____
  74. Raise money for a cause. ____
  75. Make a hopscotch court and play with a friend. ___
  76. Jump rope!
  77. Do 10 hours of community service. ___
  78. Try a new restaurant. ____
  79. Make your own jewelry. ____
  80. Go to an art museum or gallery. ____
  81. Make your own slip-n-slide. ____
  82. Bake a cake or cookies for an elderly neighbor/or a grandparent. ____
  83. Send postcards to friends/family who live in another state/country. ____
  84. Write a children’s story and read it to your little siblings/cousins/etc. ____
  85. Swim 20 laps in a pool. ____
  86. Write your own song. ____
  87. Make your own piñata and play with your friends. ____
  88. Make a gift for your parents. ___
  89. Clean out your closet and donate unused or unwanted clothes. ____
  90. Make pancakes in different shapes & colors (sun, flower, heart, star). ___


Sherman County eNews #143


  1. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Tech Tips for Genealogists, June 8

  2. Saddle Up for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, June 8

  3. For the Fallen, 1914

  4. Dewey Thomas’ Military Service Recognized in The Dalles Chronicle

  5. Maryhill Museum of Art offers free admission, July 20-21

  6. Resiliency – Part 1

  7. Oregon Attorney General Warns of One-Ring Phone Call Scams

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

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” ~Thomas Jefferson

1. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Tech Tips for Genealogists, June 8

The CGGS June meeting and program on June 8, 2019, will feature “Tips from the Tech” with Linda Colton as presenter. Linda is a family history librarian in the Family History Library in Hood River and will be updating us on the latest genealogy news from RootsTech and from FamilySearch.

The meeting and program will begin at 10:30 in the downstairs classroom in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Public Welcome ! Bring a friend! A $1.00 donation is suggested to offset room rental.

ATTENTION BEGINNERS! This is is a extension program for the beginning class that was held in April. Anyone that attended that class will benefit  greatly by Linda’s presentation.

2. Saddle Up for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, June 8

horse.saddle1Saddle up to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 10 AM – 4 PM near 70210 China Hollow Road, Wasco, Oregon.

We are fortunate that we have access to this wonderful area to ride in once a year.  Please contact me if you are interested in riding.  This is great ride for a young horse, not too easy but not too hard.  There are some spots of gravel but we ride our horses barefoot most of the time. There are a couple of creek crossings and lots of great views.  Questions?  Call!! 541-993-3565.

3. For the Fallen, 1914

By Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,

Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known

As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.

About the poet:

About The Great War 1914-1918:

4. Dewey Thomas’ Military Service Recognized in The Dalles Chronicle

American-Flag-StarAn exceptional account of Dewey Thomas’ WWII experiences is the cover story in The Dalles Chronicle of May 25-26, 2019. See it here:

Dewey Thomas’ WWII Military Reflections by Dewey Thomas with Reine Thomas were published in two parts in Sherman County: For The Record in 2011, volume 29, numbers 1 and 2. Charles Decker’s WWII Navy Experiences were also published in volume 29, number 1. This publication is offered for sale at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro.

5. Maryhill Museum of Art offers free admission, July 20-21

For nearly two decades, Maryhill Museum of Art has extended free admission on designated weekends to its neighbors in Oregon and Washington. Put it on your calendar!

On July 20 & 21, 2019 residents from the following counties are granted free admission upon presentation of an I.D. with address:

  • Oregon — Benton, Clackamas, Hood River, Jefferson, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam.
  • Washington — Benton, Clallam, Columbia, Franklin, Island, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Walla Walla, and Whatcom.

6. Resiliency – Part 1

Have you ever thought about what it takes to bounce back from life’s downturns? Today, let’s talk about how to handle those inevitable setbacks that occur from time to time.

No matter how hard we may try, life isn’t perfect. Every day cannot be sunny, our relationships with others cannot always be smooth – and let’s face it, sometimes work is more of a pain than a pleasure. However, it is how we react to those less-than-perfect situations that show us how far we have grown as human beings.

Since most of us spend a significant portion of our lives at some form of workplace, let’s use work as an example. Suppose something has gone drastically wrong, and the whole place looks like everyone is awaiting execution. No one looks up for fear of being called to account for the disaster. The talk around the water cooler is negative, and unless something is done, the entire organization begins to travel the slippery slope of the Downward Spiral.

What to do? First, a conscious effort must be made to ensure the organizational self-talk is positive and reaffirming. Your talents and expertise are valued by the organization, and the work you do is important. Second, the organization must get beyond the current “disaster” and begin focusing on the future, when the problem no longer exists. And third, forget trying to point fingers and assign blame. As the Blue Angels say, “Fess up, fix it, and move on.”

Next we will talk about affirmations – the most important tool in your Personal Disaster Relief Kit. In the meantime, give some thought to how you have survived the setbacks in your past. Yes, survived – because you are still here today to talk about them. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon Attorney General Warns of One-Ring Phone Call Scams

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon 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. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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