Sherman County eNews #180


  1. Declaration of Independence, Day of Deliverance, 4th of July

  2. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, July 10

  3. Celebrating July birthdays especially Eilene Eslinger & Nita Hooper’s 98th! – July 14

  4. Sherman County 4-H Camp Hawaii at Camp Morrow

  5. Open letter to the non-agricultural community

  6. Stop Before You Start?

  7. Share Your America | ASSE International Student Exchange Program

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

1. Declaration of Independence, Day of Deliverance, 4th of July

American flag2Upon the signing of our Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, that the 4th of July “ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

He added, “You will think me transported with Enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”  ~Mark Alexander, The Patriot Post

2. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, July 10

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on July 10th,
2019. The public is welcome to attend! 6p.m at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.).

3. Celebrating July birthdays especially Eilene Eslinger’s & Nita Hooper’s 98th!

July 14th

Grass Valley Park & Pavillion at 12:15-ish

We will start after Grass Valley Baptist church

If you wish to join us for church, it begins at 10:45am

Questions call Leta Ann 541-325-2993.

4. Sherman County 4-H Camp Hawaii at Camp Morrow

4-H clover1With the theme of “Hawaii”, alohas were heard and leis plus grass skirts worn at the 2019 Sherman County 4-H Camp held June 19-21 at the Camp Morrow lakeside facility outside Wamic.  Thirty campers in grades 4th through 6th were guided by eleven teen staff.  Cabins were named after Hawaiian islands, and a big luau dinner and dance party was held the last night of camp.  The camp’s educational focus was the outdoors, with class instructors from Sherman and Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation districts on natural resources; archery instructors from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, a nature mindfulness class, nature arts and crafts classes, a survival class for the teens, paintball, field games, and outdoor cooking done by the campers at their lunch and dinner times.  The camp is sponsored by the Sherman County 4-H Association which thanks several donors who helped with scholarships for campers:  Sherman County Prevention, Art and Shirley Decker, and an anonymous donor from Sherman County.

5. Open letter to the non-agricultural community

By John Gladigau, South Australia, June 2019

I am from a third generation family farm at Alawoona in the Northern Mallee region of South Australia. In 2006 I was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship and studied collaborative farming around the world throughout 2007, visiting USA, Canada, NZ, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands and France.

In 2008, I joined with three partners to start Collaborative Farming Australia Pty Ltd, which consults with individual farmers, families and industry groups who are looking at collaborative farming options. In my role with CFA I also speak to many farm and industry groups, as well as other conferences all over Australia.

In 2009, my wife Bronny and I joined with Robin and Rebecca Schaefer to create “Bulla Burra”, a 9000 ha collaborative farm near Loxton, which incorporates both of our properties along with leased and sharefarmed land.  Continue here…

6. Stop Before You Start?

Many people are afraid of failure, but do you know anyone who is afraid of success? Today, let’s talk about this all too common problem. But first, ask yourself, “Am I afraid of success?” Even if your first instinct is, “No, of course not!” you might want to think about it.

Stories abound regarding people who walked away after an initial success, for a variety of reasons. Harper Lee, author of the American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, said, regarding Mockingbird, “I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Public encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways, this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I’d expected.” From the book’s publication in 1960 until she passed away in 2016, Lee withdrew from public life, publishing very little.

There are many reasons why we might turn away from the challenges that could bring us success, but it is usually because we just don’t believe we have what it takes to pull it off. Our self-efficacy is low, so we avoid as much as possible, as often as possible. Where in your life has opportunity knocked, and you didn’t answer the door?

The good news is that self-efficacy can be improved. One way is to remember the successes you have had in the past, and vividly imagine yourself repeating similar successes in the new situation. Another is to set yourself up to succeed by taking on risks you are pretty sure you can handle, and then gradually – step by step – upping the ante.

It is important to surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you, while you control your self-talk and negative thinking. You don’t want to end up stopping yourself before you get started.

Begin today to live your life in the present, and not in the past, so you will have no regrets in the future. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Share Your America | ASSE International Student Exchange Program

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with your community high school, is now looking for local families to host students between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Japan, Germany, Italy, Thailand, and Spain, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and are excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email

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

bird.owl.bookOpinion. Bob Quinn: It’s time to break our addiction to farm chemicals

Open letter to the non-agricultural community

Watch your language! Synonyms

America’s cocaine habit fueled its migrant crisis and it’s destroying Guatemala and Honduras.

Why Is Everyone So Upset About the Betsy Ross Flag?

Watch the aircraft that flew over Trump’s July 4 Salute to America

How working people and unions fared in the 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature

About 200 residents turn out to Department of Energy’s Thursday hearing on B2H project

Oregon Capital Chatter: The real reason that HB 2020 failed


Sherman County eNews #179






2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

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WELCOME to THE TIMES-JOURNAL and the TRI-COUNTY REGION, STEVE & RENEE ALLEN! We’re pleased that opportunity brought you to this remarkable weekly newspaper! ~Sherry Kaseberg, Sherman County eNews

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS, MAC & JAN STINCHFIELD of THE TIMES-JOURNAL!  You and The Times-Journal are and have been a remarkable asset for our three little counties. Your commitment … your knowledge of the places, the people, the state, politics, statute, local government, journalism, local history … with proven ethics and integrity… are appreciated! Thank you for your contributions to the Sherman County Journal exhibit at the Sherman County Historical Museum and for keeping and sharing the history of local newspapers. You are one of a kind, Mac, and I thank you!  The new owners have a wonderful opportunity. ~Sherry Kaseberg, Sherman County eNews

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~Margaret Cousins




Participate in the process of your community and country. One person can make a difference.  Take a stand. Do something about it. Look hard at your larger community–it may need your specific participation. –Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey


HELP WANTED. Sherman County Preschool is looking for a capable person(s) to put together equipment before preschool starts in September. Items to be put together are an outdoor play structure and a couple cabinets/shelves. Pay is negotiable, but please be prepared to provide professional references. Contact Carrie Somnis at or (541) 215-0974. 7/12 

TELLER. Bank of Eastern Oregon is now hiring for a Teller at their Condon branch; 30 hours/week, Monday-Friday. Position will also provide coverage to Arlington, Fossil & Moro branches as needed. Valid driver’s license required. Company car provided when travel required to those branches for coverage. Incumbent should have previous cash handling & customer service experience, and be proficient in use of computers; previous banking experience a plus. Successful candidate must pass a pre-employment drug, credit, and background screening. Applicants may apply at , click on Career Opportunities (towards bottom of Home page). Bank of Eastern Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Application closing date: 7-8-2019.   7/12


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. 7/26




sign.forsaleFOR SALE:

VEHICLES. Surplus for sale by Sherman County:

2000 Ford E450 Bus

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 125,490 miles

As Is Condition

VIN #: 1FDXE4553YHB96056.

2008 Jeep Patriot

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 87,058 miles

As Is Condition: Possible Drive Train Issue

VIN #: 108FF28W18D605526.

2014 Dodge Charger

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 99,856

As Is Condition

VIN #: 2C3CDXAT4EH158884.

Sealed bids must be submitted to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 by 5:00 pm Monday July 15, 2019. Bids will be opened and read aloud during County Court on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. ALL ENVELOPES AND BIDS MUST BE LABLED WITH THE ITEM YOU ARE BIDDING ON. Minimum bid for Ford Van: $2,000; Minimum bid for Jeep Patriot: $2,000; Minimum bid for Dodge Charger: $10,000. To request a viewing appointment, contact the Office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416. 7/12

HAND-CRAFTED BARREL STAVE FURNITURE. Locally handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other reclaimed materials. Special orders accepted. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | Call Kevin at 541-993-4282 |







HELP WANTED. Sherman County Preschool is looking for a capable person(s) to put together equipment before preschool starts in September. Items to be put together are an outdoor play structure and a couple cabinets/shelves. Pay is negotiable, but please be prepared to provide professional references. Contact Carrie Somnis at or (541) 215-0974. 7/12

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



6 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

6 U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Town Hall 10:30 Sherman County Courthouse

8 Sherman County School Board of Directors Meeting 6

8 & 9 Sherman County Court re: Building Codes 

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 District Board Meeting 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

12-15 National Association of Counties Annual Conference, Las Vegas

12-14 Athena Caledonian Games, Athena, Oregon

14 98th Birthday Ice Cream Social for Eilene & Nita 12:30 Grass Valley

15-18 Food Preservation Day Camp for Kids

16 Frontier Regional 911 Board 1:30

16 Tri-County Community Corrections Board 3:30 Gilliam County

16 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

17 Sherman County Court 9

18 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR

20 Starry Night at the Museum – Maryhill Museum of Art

20-21 Maryhill Museum: Free Admission for Sherman County

21-24 Sherman 4-H Kids Food Science Baking Day Camp

22 Maryhill Museum Summer Art Institute

24 Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler Tri-County Courts 10-2 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


1 Sherman County Fair Board 7

1-5 Deschutes County Fair

3 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

5 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Sherman

5-9 Sherman 4-H Kids Drama Day Camp, Sherman County School

5 Grass Valley City Council 7

6 Moro City Council 7 City Hall

6-10 Baker County Fair

6-10 Umatilla County Fair

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Executive Board Meeting 4

7 All County Prayer Meeting Rufus Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7-11 Wheeler County Fair

8-11 Crook County Fair

8-11 Grant County Fair

9 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3:30

14 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

14 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

16-18 Equine Mania LLC Summer Escape (541) 980-7394

20 Wasco City Council 7

20-25 Sherman County Fair

21 Cattle Sorting Competition at the Sherman County Fair

31 Rummage Sale 10-3 Wasco School Events Center

alphabet blackboardSEPTEMBER

1 Rummage Sale 11-3 Wasco School Events Center


4 All County Prayer Meeting Moro Presbyterian Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

7 Night on the North Bank, Maryhill Museum’s Annual Benefit Auction