Sherman County eNews #271






Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

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THANK YOU! Janet Pinkerton and I would like to thank everyone for their kind remarks and interest in our 150 year history of Sherman County education timeline.  Granted, it was time consuming but proved fascinating to learn about the journey of education in this county.  We had heard bits and pieces from our fathers but it was interesting to put the whole story together.  Words cannot express our gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the entire community to realize the school system we have today. We want to recognize Julie Triebelhorn Fong, Lloyd Henrichs’ granddaughter, for donating her creative genius. She took an idea drawn on a napkin and created this eye-popping timeline. Clearly, this presentation would not have happened without Julie’s skill and ingenuity.  She told us that she gives her clients two opportunities to review and alter before she starts charging.   Janet and I lost count of the number of changes but at least 25, all without a charge or a hint of frustration. ~Nancy Henrichs Simpson and Janet Pinkerton.

THANK YOU from Wasco School Events Center! Due to the generosity of so many talented Sherman County people, Wasco School Events Center hosted another very successful fund raiser. This past Sunday, “An Afternoon of Sherman County Talent” saw more than a dozen artists showing and selling their creations in our auditorium, and over 50 items were donated to our silent auction — everything from paintings, jewelry, photos on canvas, metal work, quilts and wall hangings, vinyl signs, solvent transfer prints, cross stitch, wood carving, cut & polished rocks . . . the list goes on. There are too many participants and donors to name personally here, but know that the Board of Directors greatly appreciates all of you who participated and donated so that we may continue to make improvements to our building. Sherman County people are the best!

THANK YOU! The Sherman County Senior Center would like to extend a very special thank you to Chris & Carrie Kaseberg of Wheatacres Ranch in Wasco, for their incredibly generous donation of 160 pounds of ground beef. Donations like this allow us to serve good quality meals to seniors, using local beef, which is very helpful with our monthly food budget. We cannot thank Wheatacres Ranch enough for this donation! Thank you so very much for your generosity!! 

CONGRATULATIONS, CINDY! 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. ~Larry & Sherry

Kind words are jewels that live in the heart and soul, and remain as blessed memories years after they have been spoken. ~Marvea Johnson.

THANK YOU to the local history and art enthusiasts who photographed public art in Sherman County for my photo essay series for Sherman County: For The Record. The project expanded to Public Art categories – Itinerant Sign Painters and Artists; Local Government; Businesses and Organizations; Murals, Mosaics and Mascots; Heritage and Monuments. Two more Public Art categories have been suggested: Stained Glass and Farm & Ranch Signs… good ideas for another volunteer! ~Sherry Kaseberg



GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. The 8th Max Nogle Dinner-Auction-Dance will be held at the Grass Valley Pavilion on Saturday, November 16 beginning at 5 pm. Proceeds will go toward continuing improvements to the pavilion. Come and enjoy an evening of good food and fun. AND get a look at the upgraded kitchen! 


“Being a trustholder of the community means serving as would a good steward. The good steward views the community as a gift from previous generations, but a gift with strings attached. One is obligated to pass the gift to future generations in a better state than that in which it was received…. The community is both our inheritance and our legacy.” ~National Association of Community Leadership, Taking Leadership to Heart (1996)


INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039. Temporary Instructional Assistant for the 2019-20 School Year | Posting: Sherman County School is seeking a Temporary .94 FTE highly qualified Instructional Assistant candidate with preferred previous experience working in an educational setting. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the school administration to support activities as assigned.  This position will start on or close to November 12.  This is a temporary position for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500. | Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district), resume, and letters of recommendation if you are interested in the position to:   Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039 | (541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

COUNTY COURT ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of County Court Administrative Assistant. This is a permanent, part-time position, 32hr/wk. or 0.80 FTE, Monday-Thursday, salary range $21-$28/hr. dependent on experience. Applicant must be knowledgeable in the operation of modern office equipment including computer systems and programs, possess effective written and oral communication skills, and make decisions independently using effective time management. For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or go online at under “Jobs/contracts”. Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, 500 Court Street, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 no later than Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by 5:00 pm. Interviews will be held Friday, November 15, 2019. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 11/8

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Mid-Columbia Bus Company Seeks Bus Drivers. Do you know someone with time to spare, who loves to drive, and help others? Refer them to Mid-Columbia Bus Company! Once the person you refer becomes certified and drives a full route for at least 30 days, we will donate $1000.00 to a school organization of your choice. What we offer: $13.60 an hour; $500 Sign on bonus; Paid training; Flexible schedule; Dental, Vision, Medical Plan; 401 K … And more. Qualifications: Pass a criminal history check; Have a good driving record; Have a valid Oregon driver’s license; Ability to obtain Class B CDL with training Contact Mid Columbia Bus Company and tell us where to make a donation today: Amberlena Shaffer, Recruiter OFFICE: (541) 303-5093Email:  Website:






POSTERS. SHERMAN COUNTY EDUCATION TIMELINE. The 150 years of Sherman County Education; One-Room Schools to One Campus Timeline was dedicated on 10/19/19. The timeline will hang permanently in the school outside the cafeteria. Posters of this timeline are available for purchase. The posters are 16 x 36 and are $30/poster.  There are only seven left.  You may purchase them by calling the Sherman School 541-565-3500 and asking for Kim McKinney. 11/8




ROOMS FOR RENT. 2 rooms for rent at the Just us Inn in Wasco. Completely furnished with internet and cable TV.  Room 7 private entrance private bathroom two bedroom single bed and king size in Main. Use of common areas Kitchen and TV area.  — 1 queen size bedroom with shared bath on second floor. Use of common areas TV room and kitchen. Please contact Ron at 503 – 957 – 6114. 11/29




THE TIMES JOURNAL! Have you submitted your public meeting notices, special events and services offered to The Times-Journal? Press deadline is 5pm Mondays. Call 541-384-2421 or send an email to

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1 Tri-County Hazardous Waste Collection Event 10-2 Wasco School Events Center


3 Sherman Historical Society Volunteer Lunch & Program 1 Grass Valley

3 Dewey Thomas’ 105th Birthday 2-4 The Springs at Mill Creek, The Dalles

4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 Gilliam County Court 10

6 Wheeler County Court 10

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

6-10 American Agri-Women Convention in Tigard

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7-10 American Agri-Women Convention, Portland

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

9 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Meeting 10:30 Discovery Center


12 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Rufus City Council

13-16 Tri-State Grain Convention, Spokane

15-17 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Portland

16 8th Annual Max Nogle Dinner, Auction, Dance 5 Grass Valley Pavilion

17 Antelope Community Harvest Dinner 2-4 Antelope Community Center

19-21 Association of Oregon Counties Annual Conference

20 Sherman County Court 9

21-23 Oregon Cattleman’s Association Convention, Bend

23 Moro Community Presbyterian Church Thanksgiving Dinner 5



2 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Sherman County

2 Grass Valley City Council 7

3 Moro City Council 7

4 Sherman County Court 9

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

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

5-14 National Rodeo Finals, Las Vegas, Nevada

7 Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 Grass Valley Pavilion

7-8 Cascade Singers Present “A Parker-Shaw Christmas”

9 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

10 Sherman County Watershed Council Board Meeting 8

10 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10-12 Oregon Farm Bureau Convention, Gleneden Beach

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

11 Rufus City Council 7

12 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 White Salmon

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

17 Wasco City Council 7

18 Sherman County Court 9

23-31 Sherman County School Christmas Break




2 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

11-13 Columbia River Circuit Rodeo Finals, Yakima, Washington