Sherman County eNews #254


  1. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor & Special Presentation, Oct. 19

  2. American Red Cross Blood Drive at Sherman County School, Oct. 16

  3. Communications Award to Cindy Brown of Sherman County Extension

  4. Stitches & Stories: Discoveries from the Oregon Quilt Project

  5. Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Nov. 15-17

  6. The Perspective of Time

  7. A Methodist Manuscript, 1860-1957

  8. Wasco County Historical Society Presents Susan Buce and The Umatilla House, Oct. 20

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

1. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor & Special Presentation, Oct. 19

Sherman County School District

Hall of Honor


a special presentation:

From One-Room Schools to One Campus

The Sherman County School District will be celebrating the induction of four individuals and one team into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor at a reception in the Event Center that will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 19, 2019. There will also be a special presentation and celebration of 151 years of education in Sherman County (From One-Room Schools to One Campus).

The Booster Club will be serving a Tri-Tip dinner between 5:30-6:15 p.m. and designated speakers will be sharing memories of each honoree beginning at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome to join the celebration at 5:30 p.m.

Please join us for the $12.00 fundraising dinner to support the Booster Club as we honor all Hall of Honor Inductees. Dinner tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 541-565-3500 or at the door.

The 2019 inductees include United States Military Academy Graduate and Captain Deron R. Kaseberg, former State FFA President and OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Hall of Fame Member Michael S. Macnab, Teacher and State Champion Coach Ron Townsend, the first female Sherman County Superintendent Grace Zevely (Posthumously), and the 1989 1A State Champion Football Team.

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District.  It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District.

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit and click on the Hall of Honor tab.  For questions, email Wes Owens at

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2. American Red Cross Blood Drive at Sherman County School, Oct. 16

American Red Cross Blood Drive
At Sherman County School
Wednesday, October 16th
9:30 am to 2:30 PM
Red Cross logo
If you would like to donate blood, please use the link below to schedule your appointment.

According to the American Red Cross website:
One donation of blood can potentially save 3 lives.
Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood.
Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.

3. Communications Award to Cindy Brown of Sherman County Extension

Cindy Brown of Oregon State University Sherman County Extension was selected as the 1st Place Western Region Winner for a Communications Written Press Release at the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences conference in Hershey PA.  The award was accepted on her behalf by OSU Extension attendees. Her article titled “Picky Eaters? Eat Your Peas, Louise” ran in The Dalles Chronicle’s Extension Cord column April 2018.  Brown is a 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living Educator serving Sherman County.

4. Stitches & Stories: Discoveries from the Oregon Quilt Project

An Exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center.

Sept. 27-Dec. 23, 2019

The Sherman County Centennial Celebration Quilt is featured among other Oregon Quilts!

Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301

~Sherman County Historical Society & Museum

5. Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Nov. 15-17

Register for the Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Nov. 15-17 in Portland.

Young farmers, ranchers, and others interested in agriculture are encouraged to register for the 2019 Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference, set for Nov. 15-17 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.

Open to Farm Bureau members ages 16 through 35 (as of Jan. 1, 2019), the conference is geared toward young people interested in improving their leadership and communication skills, learning about the most important issues impacting Oregon’s agriculture community, gaining business tips from experts, networking with peers, and having fun!

“Last year’s conference was a huge success with nearly 100 attendees,” said Jenny Freeborn, chair of the Oregon Farm Bureau YF&R Committee. “The conference is a great opportunity for young people to learn about different aspects of agriculture and have a great time with new and old friends.”

To get the reduced rate for lodging, hotel reservations must be made by Oct. 28 — and the $50 conference registration fee is due by Nov. 7 (fee includes dinner on Friday and Saturday and lunch on Saturday).

Find the registration form and hotel information at

For more information, email or call Jacon Taylor at 541.589.9694.

6. The Perspective of Time

The search for happiness seems to have been around as long as there have been sentient beings on the planet. Now, the definition of happiness has a tendency to be different from person to person, culture to culture. The ancient Greeks went so far as to put “happiness” into four distinct levels. But do you realize that, ultimately, you are in control of your own happiness?

Philosophers and poets have brought forth their ideas on happiness and fulfillment. Brain scientists have researched and tested how the brain processes subjective and objective feelings of happiness and the effects on brain chemistry. And psychologists have long studied the effects of happiness on human decision-making. (Check out Dr. Martin Seligman’s outstanding work on Optimism and Pessimism.)

Another such study proposes that how human beings perceive Time has a lot to do with their level of happiness. It suggests that directing one’s focus onto the present and future can make people happier, healthier and lead to better relationships. This method, if you will, is called the Time Perspective Therapy and involves figuring out which of six different outlooks best describes each individual.

The best profile to have: a blend of high past-positive, a moderately high level of future orientation and a moderate level of present hedonism. In other words, you like your past, you work for the future (but not so much as to be a workaholic) and choose when to seek pleasure in the present.

Choosing to focus on the positives from your past, actively setting goals for the future, and enjoying each day as the gift that it is, provides a well-rounded and, most likely, happy life. The study cited above provides guidelines of where you are right now, and areas in which you might grow. The decision of what to do or not do, however, is entirely up to you. It always has been. ~The Pacific Institute

7. A Methodist Manuscript, 1860-1957

A Partial Tabulation of Methodists in Sherman County, Oregon, and Antelope, Wasco County, Oregon, 1860-1957, a 148-page manuscript compiled by Sherry Kaseberg, Wasco, Oregon, with Chris Sanders, Kettle Falls, Washington, and Mark Fields, Salem, Oregon, will be placed in regional church and historical archives and libraries. It will be of interest to church, local history and family historians.

Section One presents the text of a small booklet, Gleanings of the History of Sherman County Methodists, that was Kaseberg’s contribution to a 1977 Christmas bazaar at the Wasco United Methodist Church. Her transcription of circuit and church records includes a general history of this church, membership rolls and marriages.

Section Two comprises records transcribed in 1977 that were not included in Gleanings: lists of church probationers, marriages, baptisms and funerals for Wasco, Spaulding Chapel, Moro, Grass Valley and Antelope Methodist congregations.

Section Three consists of related information, the result of collaborative research. Kaseberg’s 1965 Wasco Methodist Cemetery survey with supplementary notes, lists of Methodist ministers and obituaries for the Wasco, Moro, Grass Valley, Rutledge, Grant, Rufus and Antelope congregations are included. Sanders’ transcriptions of obituaries from microfilmed Sherman County newspapers are posted online at

8. Wasco County Historical Society Presents The Umatilla House, Oct. 20

The public is invited to attend Wasco County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:30 p.m., October 20th, in the Historic IOOF Building, 423 E. 2nd St., The Dalles. To make your luncheon reservation, $15 per person, please contact 541-296-8400 by Thursday, the 17th. The business portion will include the collection of annual dues beginning at the $25 level, the election of officers, and review of the past year. The program presented by Susan Buce, Collections Registrar at the Discovery Center & Museum, will feature “The Famous Umatilla House”, 1857-1930.  Located in downtown The Dalles, it was considered to be the finest hotel west of Chicago and north of San Francisco.  It was a dining experience at its best!

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

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