Sherman County eNews #309


  1. Funeral Notice. Eileen Moreau, Jan. 2

  2. Sherman County Court News, Dec. 4

  3. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, Jan. 11

  4. Replacing the Negative

  5. Gratitude

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu


Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

~Lyrics unattributed; music by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895

1. Funeral Notice. Eileen Moreau, Jan. 2

flower.rose.starEileen Moreau passed away on Wednesday, December 18th in Baker City. Her service will be held on Thursday, January 2nd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wasco at 10 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the Wasco Parish Hall and burial at the Moro Cemetery.


2. Sherman County Court News, Dec. 4

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Tammi Gaskey 541-565-3416

DEQ TMDL Plan, County Mental Health Concerns, South Sherman Fire Chief Introduction & Financial discussion and New Fair Building were the main items on the agenda during the December 4th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Emily Freilich, NRCS, presented the John Day River Total Maximum Daily Load Implantation Plan as requested by Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The plan was requested by DEQ due to Sherman County being a designated management agency for the John Day Basin. She explained most of the items in the plan were already being executed, and those that are not, are being implemented. The Department of Environmental Quality required the plan be reviewed yearly and updated every 5 years. Court motioned to approve the Sherman County John Day River Total Maximum Daily Load Implantation Plan as presented, and authorize the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide an annual report, and update the plan every 5 years.

Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, explained the current mental health issues throughout the County and the school. Within the last five years his office had seen an increase in mental health related calls, but in the last year the number of calls to assist with mental health children in crisis at the School had significantly increased. He noted these types of incidents should not be dealt with by the Sheriff’s department; a trained mental health professional is needed.

Wes Owens, Sherman County School Superintendent, stated the School district had been trying to bring a mental health professional to the school, and in 2015 a grant was received for a part-time Mental Health Counselor, full-time Mental Health Therapist, part-time Counselor for the County, a vehicle and supplies. Mid-Columbia Center for Living (CFL) was to provide staff to fill the positions, but to date the positions remained unfilled. He stated the school was in high need of a Mental Health Professional, and better communication from CFL.

Sheriff Lohrey suggested the Court contact Community Counseling Solutions to see if they would be willing to help provide a Mental Health professional. He stated the surrounding counties are using them, and had good reviews. The Court conceded to discuss the issue further with CFL, and do further research on Community Counseling Solutions.

Brandon Hamilton, Interim South Sherman Fire Chief, gave an overview of his professional experience, and described the situation regarding the South Sherman Fire & Rescue District. He explained the District was in dire straits; financially and functionally. They had only two volunteers, though there were two additional volunteers in the works. Financially, the district was in a bind; a four-year grant was awarded in 2016, but the grant had been suspended due to funds issued in 2018 which had not been used for its intended purposes.  Hamilton explained that in order to get the district functional they would need financial assistance. The grant funds could be reinstated, but they would need to rectify the issue by purchasing the item the funds were intended for, and the district was not in a financial position to do so. He requested $60,000 to get the District back in order; $15,000 to reinstate the grant, $15,000 for vehicle repairs, $12,000 for an in-depth audit, and $18,000 for three months’ salary.

Brad Eakin, South Sherman Fire & Rescue Board president, described the struggles the Board had gone through since the previous fire chief resigned. He reiterated the needs of the district, and explained the necessity of employing Hamilton to get them operational again.

Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, explained that she and the other fire chiefs were supportive of South Sherman Fire & Rescue getting up and running. The other fire districts had been covering South Sherman, and having the district functional will alleviate the strain to provide coverage.  The Court asked Hamilton to come up with a written plan, and revisit the request in a month.

Bryce Coelsch, Fair Board, gave the Court an update on the proposed new Fair building. He explained that the cost estimate received was significantly higher than anticipated. The initial proposed budget was $3-4 million, and the cost estimate was roughly $5.8 million. Coelsch stated they would be working on other options in order to reduce the cost, and stay as close as possible to the proposed budget.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the Order Directing Sale of Real Property, commonly known as 91415 Biggs-Rufus Hwy and 91413 Biggs-Rufus Hwy, Wasco, Oregon 97065.
    • Approved the 2019-20 John Day River Territory (JDRT) funding request in the amount of $4,000.
  • Approved the Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) membership dues in the amount of $19,500; the SIP agreement amount for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year.
  • Authorized Extension Office Coordinator Sue Mabe to distribute Veggie RX coupons.
  • Reappointed Rick Jauken, for a 3-year term, to the Sherman County Fair Board.
  • Authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign easement agreements.
  • Approved the Minutes of November 6, 2019, as presented.
  • Approved the November 2019 Claims.
  • Approved the October 2019 Revenue/Expenditure Summary.
  • Approved the October 2019 Treasurer’s Report.

Topics of discussion were Fiber Easements, eNews, Commissioner Reports and Old Business.

3. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, Jan. 11

genealogy2The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will meet on January 11, 2020 in the downstairs classroom at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.  This month’s program will be the ” Individual Research Assistance” project. The project consists of members collaborating with other members in solving their research dead ends or brick walls. The project will run both January and February. Members are encouraged to bring their laptops and their research data.  A short business meeting will begin at 10:30 followed by the beginning of our research assistance project. There is no admission charge to the Discovery Center for attending our meetings. A $1.00 donation is appreciated to cover room rental.

4. Replacing the Negative

We have spent the last couple of days becoming aware of the negatives in our thoughts. Are you having trouble getting some of those negative thoughts to go away?

No one, not even the most optimistic person in the world, can think positively all the time. If we pay any attention to the daily news – and that is so easy to do – keeping negative thoughts at bay can be a real challenge. But successful people know how to get rid of their negative thoughts fast when they do appear.

Here’s a productive technique that originated with Matt Oechsli, a therapeutic hypnotist:

First, identify the thought that is bothering you. With most people, it is a fear of something. Is it failure? Rejection? Incompetence? Could it be illness or catastrophe? Being able to put a name to the problem is huge, as it brings it down to a manageable size and gives you a target.

Secondly, interrupt the problem thought by visualizing a candle flame and taking a long, deep breath. You cannot concentrate on two opposing thoughts at the same time, so you will find your fear diminishing, and the deep breathing triggers a relaxation response.

Third, eject it. As you exhale, imagine that you are breathing out the fearful or negative thought. See the candle flame flicker and go out as you blow it away with your breath.

Finally, replace it. Put a positive affirmation in its place, one that creates a replacement picture of what you want to think or feel. Then, repeat that affirmation several times, concentrating on creating a vibrant picture of whatever it is you want.

Remember: Identify, Interrupt, Eject and Replace. It will take some practice at first, but this is a technique that can help you learn how to take charge of your thoughts, and at the same time, you will be taking charge of your life. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Gratitude

ThankYou1“The pace of life can make us blur what is important: We are all very busy. That’s for sure, but somehow we must always make time for gratitude and new beginnings. There are moments in life when you appreciate someone so much that you just want to stop and applaud them. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it,” said William Ward, “is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Is there a teacher, leader, or mentor whose wisdom or guidance may have changed the trajectory of your life? Is there a customer who believed in you, a colleague who stood with you, a volunteer who served with you, an employee who moved mountains for you, or a friend who laughed or cried with you? Sometimes we can’t express exactly how we feel about them, but there’s one thing we can do: We can let them know that we are grateful.”

6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

January 2020

We serve lunch at 12:00 noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. $7.00 ~~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1            2 3
CLOSED Navy Bean & Ham Soup Chicken Pot Pie
FOR Cornbread Veggies
NEW YEARS Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad Bar & Dessert
6 7 8 9 10
Beef Burritos Oven Fried Chicken Pork Chops Korean Ground Beef Chicken Alfredo Lasagna
Refried Beans Au Gratin Potatoes Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Over Rice Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad Bar & Dessert
13 14 15 16 17
Chicken Corn Chowder Mac & Cheese w/ Bacon Meatloaf Pork Enchiladas Verde Baked Fish
Grilled Cheese Veggies Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Mexican Rice Clam Chowder
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
20 21 22 23 24
CLOSED Chicken Teriyaki Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce Ground Beef Stroganoff Hot Ham & Cheese
FOR Rice Garlic Bread Egg Noodles Tater Tots
MLK DAY Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
27 28 29 30 31
Taco Salad w/ Beef Chicken Broccoli Quiche Shepherd’s Pie Sweet & Sour Meatballs Fish & Chips
Tortilla Chips Muffins Cheesy Biscuits Chow Mein Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad Bar & Dessert

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.