Sherman County eNews #237


  1. Letter to the Editor: Memorable Museum Fundraising Event

  2. Letter to the Editor: Thank You, Wasco Market and Shell Station

  3. Mission: Possible – Benefit for Scholarships for Women, Oct. 6

  4. Short-Circuit Worry

  5. Walden, Wyden, Merkley Press Feds on Large Air Tankers

  6. Leanna Jean Bennett 1951-2019

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

As I think of the word “gratitude,” I recall that all the really great things in life are expressed in the simplest words: “purpose and meaning, friends and family, caring and community, love and work, appreciation and gratitude.” ~James R. Bradley

1. Letter to the Editor: Memorable Museum Fundraising Event

pencil.sharpKudos to Chris and Carrie Kaseberg and their entire crew … Gail Macnab, Jonathan and Kalie Rolfe and the Sherman County Historical Society sponsors for the fundraising gala on the 14th. They thought of everything to provide a memorable afternoon and evening. It is wonderful to see the younger generation volunteering and interested in keeping our museum funded. Thank you, everyone!


Dorothy Benson


2. Letter to the Editor: Thank You, Wasco Market and Shell Station

pencil.sharpWasco Market and Shell Station at Biggs Junction, thank you for looking out for the health of our youth!

Sherman County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition congratulates two Sherman County businesses that successfully passed a tobacco “sting” operation earlier this year.  That means that these two businesses DID NOT sell tobacco or tobacco related products to minors and checked ID for adults even though they looked over 21.

If your business needs assistance with proper age identification or signs for your store and register areas stating the legal sale age in Oregon or warning that you will check ID, please contact the Prevention Department at 541-565-5036. Again, thank you and congratulations to Wasco Market and Shell Station!  Your diligence is appreciated!

Amy Asher

Sherman County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition


3. Mission: Possible – Benefit for Scholarships for Women, Oct. 6

arrow.blueswishTake a walk…Gather the clues…Win the Prize!

Join us this fall for The Dalles P.E.O. Chapter EJ’s fun family event, benefiting scholarships for women, so their missions can become possible.

  • Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • 1-4 p.m.
  • Registration 12-1 p.m.
  • Awards 4-5 p.m.
  • Starting at The Dalles City Park, ending at Clock Tower Ales

Team Details:  $60 for a team, with three people to a team.  If more than three people, it’s $20 additional.  Kids 10-18 are $10 and under 10 are free.  For pre-registration forms and more information, go to Facebook: The Dalles PEO Chapter EJ /Events “Mission Possible.”

4. Short-Circuit Worry

Most of us worry a bit from time to time, and there are probably a lot of us worrying about the state of the world these days. But you know, too much worry is a dangerous thing. You see, our awareness of the future is an important part of our search for meaning and purpose in life. However, when awareness of the future becomes dominated by uneasiness, then restlessness, fear and worry take over.

One of the staples in the Institute’s library is by J. Ruth Gendler, “The Book of Qualities.” While it was first published in 1988, much of it is relevant today. (And yes, it is still available.) It the book, Gendler makes “Worry” into a person who seems very real:

“Worry etches lines on people’s foreheads when they are not paying attention. She makes lists of everything that could go wrong while she is waiting for the train. She is sure she left the stove on, and the house is going to explode in her absence. When she makes love, her mind is on the failure rates and health hazards of birth control. The drug companies want worry to test their new tranquilizers, but they don’t understand what she knows too well: no drug can ease her pain. She is terrified of the unknown.”

That is the bad news. The good news is that, just as we manufacture stress by repeatedly looking forward in fear, we can learn to build new habits that replace worry with more constructive, positive thoughts. And in taking charge of our own thoughts, we are less at the mercy of other voices that seek to decide, for us, how we think and what we think about. Let’s face it, there is a lot of manipulation going on these days. We want to be very careful to avoid falling into a worry pit.

We can short-circuit the downward spiral of worry and fear and substitute images that will work for us instead of against us. We can learn to do this, because it is happening every day, all over the world.

Today seems like a good place to start. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Walden, Wyden, Merkley Press Feds on Large Air Tankers

American flag2U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today pressed the Forest Service to explain why it has failed to award any ”call when needed” (CWN) contracts to providers of wildfire-fighting large air tankers (LAT).

The Oregon lawmakers noted in a letter to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen that the “call when needed” solicitation was originally issued in July 2018 and closed several months ago in April 2019.

“As you are aware, CWN awards allow the Forest Service to put approved aircraft into service when those aircraft are needed, and do not require the Forest Service to pay for those aircraft when they are not needed,” Walden, Wyden, and Merkley wrote in their letter. “We are particularly concerned that LAT companies have responded to this solicitation in good faith, but have been left in limbo now for several months due to inaction by the United States Forest Service.”

They also noted that failure to award the contracts hurts the Forest Service’s firefighting work both because it lacks access to several next-generation large air tankers, and because several next-generation tankers are available at lower rates than current aircraft in use that could save taxpayer money.

6. Leanna Jean Bennett 1951-2019

flower.rose.starLeanna Jean Bennett was born September 1, 1951, in Hood River, Oregon, and was raised by her grandparents, Evelyn Viola (Graber) and Cecil Anderson Bennett. She graduated from Portland State University with B.S. degrees in History and Sociology, with emphasis on Middle East and African American studies. She did her graduate work at Portland State University and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Leanna died on September 12, 2019, in Eugene, Oregon. She enjoyed quilting and genealogy, and during the 1980s she worked as a genealogical research assistant at the Oregon Historical Society.

Her great-great-grandparents, Craig and Isabelle (Comstock) Bennett, came west from Page County, Iowa, in 1883, to settle at Kent in Sherman County, Oregon. Children who lived to maturity were Abel Comstock Bennett, Ralph Craig Bennett, Frank L. Bennett, Jennie Cummings Bennett who married Joseph Patterson, Milton H. Bennett who married Maggie Trotter, Walter H. Bennett who married Ella A. Craig, and Isabelle Bennett who married Ormond C. Hogue.

Her great-grandfather, Milton Bennett, secured land near Kent 1886-1890, built a grain warehouse at Kent, and in 1903, bought the E. Oregon Trading Company and served as Kent postmaster from 1887 for many years. His wife, Maggie Trotter, was the daughter of Sarah (Wheeler) Trotter, who took a homestead on which the town of Kent was subsequently built. In 1901 she platted the town site. Milton and Maggie were parents of Bessie, Earl, Cecil and Ross Bennett.

Leanna is survived by Graber and Bennett cousins, and by more distant Sherman County cousins, Eilene (Hogue) Eslinger, John Fields, Sharon (Coelsch) Spencer, Leo Coelsch, Sherry (Woods) Kaseberg, and Janet, Bruce and David Pinkerton.

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

bird.owl.limbCharleston Sweetgrass Basket Artist Mary Jackson Video: Goodbye America

PragerU. Short Videos. Big Ideas.

OSU-Cascades study: Hoary bat numbers falling fast

Salmon Bounty

Oregon Business: Hemp Growth Divides Communities

The Other Oregon, A Voice for Rural Oregon [magazine]