Sherman County eNews #273


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 6

  2. Letter to the Editor: Hall of Honor Induction

  3. Senator Bill Hansell Will Seek Re-Election to Oregon Senate District 29

  4. The Compulsive Drive to Do – Part 2

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Centennial Cake Contest, 1989

Nothing is more beautiful or powerful than an individual acting out of his or her conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life. ~Norman Cousins

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 6

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 6 @ the Kent 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

2. Letter to the Editor: Hall of Honor Induction

pencil.sharpI, along with many others, attended the Hall of Honor induction ceremony at the Sherman school recently.

Thank you to all who made this evening possible. Thank you to those that educated and enriched our knowledge of 150 years of Sherman County Schools.

I could not be more proud of the young men and women who were serving and helping at dinner and throughout the program. Happy, selfless, professional, and extremely helpful come to mind when describing these students. A heart felt thank you to all of you and to your parents. This experience was yet another reminder of why Sherman County is such a special place.

With gratitude,

Sol Jacobsen


3. Senator Bill Hansell Will Seek Re-Election to Oregon Senate District 29

Oregon.GrapeATHENA, ORE.- Oregon State Senator Bill Hansell announced today that he will seek re-election to the Oregon Senate for another 4-year term. Hansell has built strong relationships and has a unique ability to work across the aisle to deliver for District 29.

Hansell (R-Athena) released the following statement:

“Greg Walden has been a tireless advocate for Eastern Oregon and our natural resource-based economy. He has represented the 2nd Congressional District very well and I wish Greg the best as he embarks on his next chapter. Greg leaves big shoes to fill and I am confident that the voters of the 2nd District will elect a representative who will continue where Greg has left off.

“After talking with family and friends, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination as the next Congressional Representative for our area. It is humbling to have received calls and e-mails from people encouraging me to run. Together, we have accomplished much at the state level. Over the last seven years, we have secured funding for vital irrigation projects in the Umatilla Basin, funded two health centers in Elgin and Enterprise, helped secure funding to restore the Wallowa Lake Dam, secured funding for the FARM II Project at Blue Mountain Community College and to build a mental health crisis wing to the Umatilla County Jail that will serve all of northeastern Oregon.

“The 2019 Session had tense moments. Despite that, we were able to pass legislation to give farmers and ranchers civil immunity when fighting wildfires, we passed legislation to give cancer patients insurance coverage for less invasive proton beam therapy and we passed a bill to give Oregon Native American high school graduates in-state tuition at our public universities. All of these bills passed unanimously.

“There is still work that needs to be done and I am ready to return to Salem to continue where we’ve left off. Representing Senate District 29 in the Oregon Senate has been an honor and I am ready to serve for another term.”

Hermiston area rancher Bryan Wolfe said that “Senator Hansell has been a strong advocate for Oregon’s agricultural community in the Legislature. His leadership in Salem has been outstanding and I am pleased he is running for another term.”

Prior to being elected to the Oregon Senate, Hansell served for 30 years as a Umatilla County Commissioner. His family has farmed and ranched in Oregon for over 100 years. Hansell and his wife Margaret reside in Athena and are the proud parents of six grown children and 11 grandchildren.

4. The Compulsive Drive to Do – Part 2

Yesterday, we looked at some problems associated with the compulsion to do too much. Today, let’s look at some solutions.

Feeling driven to achieve can lead us to become high performance people. But when that drive is taken to extremes, it can result in compulsive behavior that can have disastrous effects on our families, stress levels and health.

If you sometimes feel that you are a candidate for the “Most Overworked Person Award,” what can you do about it?

Psychologist Christian Komer, of Grand Rapids, suggested that you try doing nothing for short periods every day. Designate a time to simply sit, without talking, reading or even watching the television. It can help short-circuit compulsive behavior and provide time for reflection that could reveal the feelings behind the behavior.

Try to just wander around for a while, too. Follow your impulses, something compulsive people rarely do but which can get you back in touch with your own life. Instead of trying to fit more into your day, try doing less, but concentrate on doing it better. And avoid trying to do two things at once. [Recent research indicates that conscious “multitasking” is a fallacy, and that our conscious minds can only focus on one thing at a time, even if the attention given is extremely short. Our Subconscious is already doing plenty of multitasking, as it handles habits, attitudes, heartbeat, breathing – anything automatic.]

Pace yourself as well. Take some time in the morning to relax and set the tone for the day instead of racing around trying to get a head start on your list of things to do. Create an affirmation such as, “I calmly and easily accomplish what I need to do and take time to enjoy the process as well.” Then, say it often every day, while you visualize yourself doing just that. Absorb how good it feels to be in control of your life and your time. ~The Pacific Institute

5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Centennial Cake Contest, 1989

birthdaycake.candlesAs reported by Elroy King in The Dalles Chronicle, February 26, 1989, the Sherman County Centennial Cake Contest was held in several categories. “Pat Jacobsen of Wasco was the overall winner in the cake baking contest and also was first in the best decorated competition. She also took runner-up honors in the latter category.”

King continued, “Jacque von Borstel, Grass Valley, was second over-all and first in the angel food cake contest. Other cake winners were: Mix – 1st Gena Hilderbrand, Wasco; Spice – Jennie McDermid (sic), Wasco, second, Catherine Thomas, Wasco; Chocolate – first Sandy Macnab, Moro, second Lori McGuire, Grass Valley. All of the prize winning cake bakers won dinners at area restaurants.” These cakes, along with the official centennial birthday cake, were served to the crowd. The official birthday cake was cut by the county’s only 100-year-old plus resident, Ethel Van Gilder.