Sherman County eNews #302






Counted Faithful

church.family1Christmas has long been a time to recognize people and show appreciation for them whether that be through structured organizations such as a business, service groups, or boards or through less formal gatherings such as clubs and regular gatherings. We give gifts of generosity and express words of thankfulness for the connectedness we share. Face it, most people like a party and a small dose of praise. It’s part of our wiring. But at the same time, it is not for the party or the praise that people love and serve with others. It’s because we are created as relational beings that we do with and for others.

In my short time in Sherman County I’ve met a lot of people who are engaged with other people in valuable and beneficial ways. I have seen small acts of kindness and generosity touch others and I’ve seen people giving countless hours often without recognition because of what they do behind the scenes. This month is the last month that Sherry Kaseberg is publishing for us eNews. This ends a more than 20-year run and is a just a piece of an even longer period of varied service to our county. She is just one of those people that we would call loving and faithful. Out of her love for us, she gave regular, diligent and whole-heartedly for us.

Thank you, Sherry for loving us. I’m sure I join many in hoping and praying that your days with Larry are incredibly blessed as you change pace a bit and focus on other things.

In looking at the words for faithfulness in both the Old and New Testaments we find that they are rooted in the word believe. It is out of belief or believing in something or someone that we remain steadfast or faithful. At this Christmas time as we express our appreciation and love for others it is so incredibly important to remember that the coming of Jesus as a baby to be laid in a manger was the fulfillment of many promises made by God hundreds and even thousands of years in advance. He was faithful to bring them to pass in their most minute detail. And when Jesus grew, He also was faithful to do the will of the Father to that same perfect level of detail in going to a cross so that we might receive the forgiveness of sin. It is because of His faithfulness that we even have the certainty of eternity not because of anything we have done, but because we believe Him faithful and place our trust in Him.

Merry Christmas!

Joe Burgess
Pastor, First Baptist Grass Valley

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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THANK YOU! Your notes of appreciation are humbling, overwhelming and heartwarming! I assure you that it’s always been a team effort! I’m grateful for everyone who encouraged this free volunteer project, collaborated in making eNews an interesting and helpful local resource, sent suggestions, good ideas and links to interesting websites, submitted notices, news releases, calendar dates, Spiritual Matters and classified ads, challenged process, opinion and policy, and counseled the editor with journalistic wisdom. Please express your appreciation for eNews by your participation in your county communities and by being an informed participant! ~Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher, 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



WINTER CORNHOLE FIESTA – GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. 1-9 p.m. 32 team tournament. Age 12 and up. $75/team or $25/individuals.  $10 all you can eat Taco Bar.  The Riverside will be there to serve drinks.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.  Please contact Keegan Kock at 541-993-9044 for further information or to sign up for the event. LET’S FIESTA!!

Sherman Co. Preschool Holiday Basket Raffle is now being displayed in the Farm Store in Wasco. There are lots of great items in the baskets & tickets are only $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. The drawing will be Tuesday, Dec 17th at 4:30pm & winners will be called shortly after. Thank you for supporting our preschool!

GORGE GROWN FOOD NETWORK, PO Box 752, Hood River, OR 97031.

Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving  Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving | tax-deductible non-profit organizations | Updated 12/2019:

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Salvation Army, 623 E. 3rd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Community Transit
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box 155, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in memory or remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

YOUNG LIFE CHRISTIAN OUTREACH. Young Life Christian outreach ministry to teens is coming to Sherman County! In preparation, this past year we’ve taken 5 teens to a ministry weekend in February and 10 teens to camp at the amazing Washington Family Ranch outside Antelope. We’ve got leaders in training, an oversight committee, and are planning to take teens again to a ministry weekend the end of January 2020, and Lord willing, begin “club” outreach activities after that. To support this youth program, go to and sign up for single or monthly donations. It’s super easy; make sure to specify Sherman County OR267 as your recipient. You can choose to support operations or camp scholarships. Funds can come from your bank account or via a credit card. THANK YOU for supporting Young Life in Sherman County!



PROGRAM TECHNICIAN. Farm Service Agency Job Opening – Temporary Position. Busy government office in The Dalles, Oregon has an immediate opening for a temporary office (Program Technician) position.  Duties include general office activities supporting FSA programs administered at the field office level.  Successful applicant must be reliable, have professional attitude, and enjoy working with the public.  Individuals interested in applying need to contact Lissa Biehn (office manager) at 41-298-8559 ext. 110, or, or apply at Wasco/Hood River Co. FSA at 2325 River Rd, Ste 1. The deadline to apply is December 26, 2019.  FSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 12/27

HOUSE CLEANING. Seeking non-employee housekeeper to clean Catholic rectory in Wasco twice a month. Please call Molly Belshe for more information. (541)565-3315. 12/27

See Classifieds in The Times-Journal. 

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.

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:






DEHYDRATOR, JERKY MAKER. New, still in the box never opened, Nesco Dehydrator & Jerky Maker FD-60 with 4 trays. asking $45 / best bid. Call 541-442-8572 Nancy 12/27 







HOUSE CLEANING. Seeking non-employee housekeeper to clean Catholic rectory in Wasco twice a month. Please call Molly Belshe for more information. (541)565-3315. 12/27

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected





1-31 Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

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

15 WWII Pearl Harbor Remembrance Special Display 1-3 Sherman Museum

17 WWII Pearl Harbor Remembrance Special Display 1-3 Sherman Museum

17 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting 12 Hood River

17 Wasco City Council 7

18 Sherman County Court 9

19 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR

23-31 Sherman County School Christmas Break

24-25 Sherman County Government Holidays


27 Sherman County eNews ends 20-year run!

27-31 Oregon Whale Watch Week


31-Jan. 1 Sherman County Government Holidays


1 First Day Hikes – Oregon State Parks

2 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

7 Moro City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman Senior Center Advisory 12:30

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

13 Sherman County School District Board 6

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11

14 North Central Public Health District Board 3

15 Sherman County Court 9

18 Winter Cornhole Fiesta Tournament 1-9 p.m. Grass Valley Pavilion

29 Tri-County Court 11

29 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 11:30 


3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Sherman County Court 9

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7