Sherman County eNews #177


  1. The Star Spangled Banner

  2. Condon’s Fabulous Fourth of July – All Roads Lead Home – July 4

  3. Sherman County Court Special Session re: Building Codes, July 9

  4. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, July 8

  5. Cultivating Hope

  6. Editorial: Thoughts of the New Editor/Publisher of The Times-Journal

1. The Star Spangled Banner

The complete version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” showing spelling and punctuation is from Francis Scott Key’s manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection. The melody Francis Scott Key used for his song was the popular English tune known as “To Anacreon in Heaven.” Anacreon was an ancient Greek poet noted for his praise of love and wine. Written about 1775 by John Stafford Smith, the tune was originally the “constitutional song” of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen’s music club in London. 

American flag2O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight

O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep

Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,

‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand

Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land

Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

2. Condon’s Fabulous Fourth of July – All Roads Lead Home – July 4

fireworks1~Honoring Grand Marshals Tom & Ann Greiner!

~Join us for a full day of family fun!

~Community Breakfast 7:30, American Legion and Elks Club Flag Raising & Program, Performances and Grand Marshal Introductions

~Windmill Classic 8k Run/5k Walk registration 7-7:30 City Park, 8 o’clock start

~Activities Around Town: 9:30 Library Book Sale | 10:30 Hula Hoop Contest | Elks Club Beer & Wine Garden | Lunch at downtown establishments | Parade at 12

~Afternoon Activities: Soap Box Derby | Tricycle Race | Sidewalk Chalk Art | Condon Pool free swimming 1-4 | Kids Games on the Football Field  & Artisans’ Market 4 | Live Music | BBQ with Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon 5:30-7 | Raffle 6:30 | Grand Marshal Reception 6 | Music by Countryfied 7 |

~Fantastic Fireworks at Dark


3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session re: Building Codes, July 9

LogoShermanCoSchoolThe Sherman County Court will hold a Special Session at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday July 9th, 2019, via phone conference, in the County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039, to approve partnering with Wasco County on the Building Codes Program.


4. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, July 8

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include Oath of Office for Newly-elected Board Members Paul Bish and Jeremy Lanthorn; Election of Board Officers; Comments from Visitors; Recognition of Students, Staff and Community Members; Adoption of Consent Agenda including Final Hire of Ashley Macnab, Kindergarten Teacher, and Preliminary Hire of Jessie Flynn, Instructional Assistant; Reports and Presentations; New Business including Designations of Chief Administrative Officer, Business Manager/Deputy Clerk, Custodian of District Funds, Borrowing Limit, Budget Officer, Meeting Dates/Times/Locations, Depositories of District Funds, Official District Newspaper, and Approval of Healthy and Safe Schools Plan and Surplus Items.

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors. If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660. The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.
American with Disabilities Act: Please contact Wes Owens at the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate.  Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.

5. Cultivating Hope

Everyone would agree that a hopeful attitude is a good thing. But what exactly is hope? Can it be learned? Centuries of folk wisdom and religious teaching have taught the benefits of a hopeful attitude. These days, researchers believe that hope may be associated with good health and greater success, both personally and professionally.

But what exactly is hope? According to Dr. Rick Snyder while at the University of Kansas, hope is a practical, goal-oriented attitude – a stance people assume in the face of difficulty. Hope combines a goal-directed determination with the ability to generate the means of reaching the goals.

Dr. Snyder developed a test to measure hopefulness, and he found that college students who scored high in hope also turned in the best academic performance, regardless of high school grades or SAT scores. Folks who are injured or seriously ill do better when they have high hopes, as well. Actor Christopher Reeve had every intention of walking again, and had he lived, none of us would have been surprised to see him do so. Hope was a very large part of his being.

The research also suggested that – all other things being equal – a hopeful attitude helps people overcome obstacles like poverty, lack of education and even lack of social support. It is those people with hope, who can express that hope, who will best weather their circumstances. Hope seems to bolster the will to survive, and without hope, the will to continue fades away.

Can you learn to be hopeful? Of course! Start by seeing “failure” as an opportunity to learn rather than a flaw in your character, and make a habit of remembering your past successes. Break down your long-term goals into short-term sub-goals, and reward yourself for reaching them. Visualize a positive outcome for every situation, affirm yourself for all your good qualities, and no matter what happens, hang on to your hope.

And while hope may not be a strategy in the face of encroaching external disasters, it is a vital component to internal resilience. Cultivate it.  ~The Pacific Institute

6. Editorial: Thoughts of the New Editor/Publisher of The Times-Journal

computer.keys~Posted by permission of The Times-Journal   

“Steve’s Editorial

“When we told friends that we were going to move to Condon and run a weekly print newspaper, the general response was confusion or even downright concern. Had we not gotten the memo? Rural America is in decline and print media is dying. What could we possibly be thinking? The United States has been urbanizing rapidly for more than 100 years and in western states, urbanization trends have outpaced the rest of the country. Today, Western parts of the United States are classed as being the most urbanized in the country and the majority of U.S. cities can be found in the west.

“The decline of rural America is thought to be an inevitable and irreversible consequence of automation and the ‘pull’ of greater economic opportunity in cities. Fewer people are needed on farms and in rural industry as a result of improved technology and urban areas have harnessed economic growth and the ‘new economy’ of technology and finance. One also does not have to look far to see the carnage of print media. The Oregonian has had seven rounds of layoffs since 2010 and the size of the paper itself is bewilderingly small. Western Communications, which owns the Bend Bulletin, Baker City Herald, the La Grande Observer and the Redmond Spokesman, recently announced that it would be dissolving the company and selling all seven newspapers that it owns in the northwest. An incredible one-fifth of American newspapers have shuttered or merged with larger media in the past 15 years, according to the Daily Yonder, which tracks rural newspapers. The internet has replaced the need for print media for many people and social media coupled with the 24-hour news cycle has gained a strangle hold on information.

“Had we not seen the writing on the wall? Is this a midlife crisis? No. We can’t be happier with our decision. Small town America is alive and is due for a resurgence. The quality of life in small towns will continue to bring people home, as it did for us, and we believe that it will also bring other urban dwellers who want a better life. While my family has enjoyed many of our experiences in Portland, Phoenix and most recently, Richmond, Virginia – the cost of living, traffic, social discord and fast pace of life are a turn-off. Urban dwellers know this routine: waiting in line to drop children off at school, to then get on the interstate and battle traffic, clocking-in at work, rushing for lunch, to finish work and then to get the kids from aftercare before they close. Rushing to get errands done on the weekend and wondering why the traffic is so bad on a Saturday morning. A bump in the night – did I lock the door before bed? A neighbor who has seen something suspicious and the police looking for a suspect. Arranging play dates for children and trying to organize every aspect of both work and family time is exhausting.

“People are increasingly beginning to question the rewards of urban life. The cost of living alone is startling. To afford an 800 sq. ft. two bedroom in the San Francisco area would require earnings of $61 per hour, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard. Oregon’s most populated cities of Portland, Eugene and Bend have some of the worst housing price-to-income ratios in the country. Home ownership rates for young people are lower today than they were in 1988 and an estimated 10 million Americans are spending more than half of their income on housing. While rural areas are in no way immune to housing constraints and people in the countryside undoubtedly struggle to make ends meet, the upsides of life in small communities are obvious, at least to us.

“Small community newspapers are also doing surprisingly well and are not suffering the fate of larger media markets. The Economist magazine and Editor & Publisher Journal have written about small market newspapers and believe that with shrinking urban newspapers – small newspapers have an important role to play in peoples’ lives. Tight-knit communities take pride in their local newspaper and contribute content and support. The localized content that small newspapers provide will not be offered anywhere else, especially as newsrooms shrink in larger markets. Print media is a crucial part of the community fabric and will never go away.

“The Times-Journal has had an excellent publisher in Mac and Jan Stinchfield who not only put out a quality paper week in and week out but also showed up for the community in other aspects. We aspire to continue this legacy and to show up for the community. Although Sherman, Wheeler and Gilliam counties face an uncertain future – we will strive to keep the Times-Journal as a fixture in the community and a voice for the tri-county area. With your support and guidance, we are confident that we will achieve this goal.”  ~Steve Allen


Sherman County eNews #176


  1. America the Beautiful

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

  3. Building Codes Meetings, July 8 & 9

  4. By Loving Example

  5. Food Preservation Day Camp for Kids, July 15-18

  6. Sherman County 4-H News: The Goatees 4-H Club

  7. Downtown Hood River Walking Tours in July

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

1. America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine L. Bates, Music Materna by Samuel A. Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain;

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood,

From sea to shining sea.


O beautiful for pilgrim feet,

Whose stern, impassioned stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America!

God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law!


O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved,

And mercy more than life!

America! America!

May God thy gold refine,

Till all success be nobleness,

And every gain divine.


O beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam,

Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!

God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self control,

Thy liberty in law.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday July 3 @ the Grass Valley First Baptist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can.  ~ Red Gibbs

3. Notice. Building Codes Meetings, July 8 & 9

ShermanCoLogoA quorum of the County Court will be present for Building Codes meeting with Wasco, Wheeler, and Gilliam Counties to be held on Monday July 8, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR. 97039.

A quorum of the County Court will be present for Building Codes meeting with Wasco County to be held on Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Wasco County Administrative Office, 511 Washington St # 101, The Dalles, OR 97058.

4. By Loving Example

What is the best way to teach children? There are many theories about the most effective way to teach children. Some say repetition is important, while others say hands-on experiences are better. Some say kids learn best in a highly structure environment, while others think the freedom to experiment works best.

Perhaps the best way to teach children – is by loving example. This means that if you want your children to enjoy reading, cuddle them while you read to them, from a very early age. If you want them to be respectful, give them your respect. If you want them to be honest, tell them the truth. And, if you want them to be affectionate, treat them that way.

If you want your kids to be good communicators, give them plenty of interest and attention. And, if you would like them to eventually be capable of a good, solid relationship with a spouse, work on your own marriage until it shines. You see, it won’t matter what you tell them, if what you do doesn’t match up with what you say.

You can tell them to be honest, but if they know you cheat on your taxes, lie about being sick to your employer, or say one thing in public and another at home, they will learn from your behavior – not from your words. The principle of personal accountability won’t have a chance to grow in them.

So, if you want your children to be happy and competent, don’t worry so much about exactly how or what subjects to teach them. If you put your energy into living the best life you can, and make sure your kids know that they are well-loved, you will be teaching them a lesson that will stay with them throughout their lives. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Food Preservation Day Camp for Kids, July 15-18

arrow-rightKids or grandkids need something to do? Sign’em up for “Put It Up” Kids’ Food Preservation day camp at Sherman Extension Office 9am to noon Monday July 15 through Thursday July 18. They’ll learn how to make jam, freeze food, can fruit, dry food, make jerky and make pickles. Spaces are limited so call today to sign up 541-565-3230.

6. Sherman County 4-H News: The Goatees 4-H Club 

4-H clover1The Goatees 4-H club met on June 30 at 4:36pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were T’Sharra, Wyatt, Mercedez, Clay, Emerson, Savanna, Lexi, Austin, Coral, Caleb, Michael, Melanie, Kaelex and Kiara.  Pledge of Allegience led by Lexi, 4-H Pledge by Coral.  What we did during the meeting:  1-talked about what to feed, how much to feed; 2-what to wear, the showing arena; 3-supplies responsibility, 4-what not to do in the barn, 5-barn duty, 6-setting your goat.  We will be meeting at the fairgrounds July 28 to have our fitting and showmanship clinic.  Our next meeting will be July 28 at 10am.  Meeting adjourned at 4:55pm.  Signed T’Sharra Lanthorn, News Reporter.

7. Downtown Hood River Walking Tours in July 

The summer Walking Tours through historic downtown Hood River are now in full swing and continue on every Monday in July.  Hear the tales of personalities and politics that shaped the colorful history of Hood River. Revel in the unique architectural heritage at the heart of our thriving town and learn how transportation shaped its dynamic growth. The tour begins at the historic Hood River Hotel, First and Oak Streets, at 10:30am on any given Monday in July.  The $10 fee includes one free entrance to the Museum at any future time. Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and bring water if it’s hot. No reservations necessary.

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

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