Sherman County eNews #313






Christmas and Our Patriot Founders

By Mark Alexander, The Patriot Post 2019

Each year, our family observes with due respect and reverence six national historic days of recognition: Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Constitution Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving.

However, the most hallowed religious observance for our family — that with the most deeply rooted traditions — is Christmas. It is not a commercial feeding frenzy for us, but a quiet and reverent time of rest and celebration of the birth of Christ, punctuated by extended family festivities.

Christmas Through the Generations

The Book of Luke contains the most familiar account on the Birth of Jesus:

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Luke 2:1-18).

Historically, the actual year of Christ’s birth is thought to be between 6 BC and 4 BC, at the end of Herod’s reign. The first mention of Christmas as a formal Nativity feast occurred in a Roman almanac dated AD 336.

The prophet Isaiah wrote of the coming Messiah 700 years before the birth of Jesus: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

The Christmas star that guided the Wise Men to Bethlehem may have been any of a number of recorded astronomical events coinciding with the likeliest dates of that first Christmas. Halley’s Comet appeared in 12 BC, and ancient Chinese texts note “exploding” stars, or novas, observed in both 4 and 5 BC. Exceptionally bright planetary conjunctions occurred in 2, 6, and 7 BC; among these, the most promising candidate for the Holy Star was the triple conjunction of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in 6 BC… … … continue here… … …

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ThankYou1THANK YOU. Today I close the door to Sherman County eNews and open the door to new tomorrows. Thank you and Happy New Year! ~Sherry

THANK YOU!  We are most thankful for all of the Santa elf helpers who volunteered for our Wasco School Events Center Christmas event. Merry Christmas! ~Melissa Kirkpatrick, Wasco School Events Center

THANK YOU, WASCO CEMETERY ASSOCIATION! We appreciate your annual report with your year-end appeal! ~Larry and Sherry


A happy New Year! Grant that I

May bring no tear to any eye,

When this New Year in time shall end

Let it be said I’ve played the friend,

Have lived and loved and labored here,

And made of it a happy year.

~Edgar Guest 

ThankYou1THANK YOU, Friends & Neighbors!

To our friends and neighbors who govern and implement the services of government entities serving Sherman County – cities, special districts, county, state and federal –  we thank you for making a difference, for your leadership, commitment, integrity, vision, principles and wisdom.

To our friends and neighbors who serve on the front lines or behind the scenes, who make decisions and do the work of our nonprofits, we thank you for making a difference by your thoughtfulness, wisdom, talent, vision, inspiration, hard work, character and leadership… for your spirit, principles and kindness… for your example and your big hearts!

  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation
  • Columbia Gorge CASA
  • Faith Organizations
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc.
  • Maryhill Museum of Art
  • North Central Livestock Association
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs
  • Sherman County Ambulance
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation
  • Sherman County Child Care Foundation – ABC Huskies Day Care
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition
  • Sherman County Education Foundation
  • Sherman County Food Bank
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops
  • Sherman County Lions Club
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association
  • Sherman Development League
  • Sherman County Preschool
  • Wasco Cemetery Association
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center
  • Wasco School Events Center
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament.

~The Editor

CONGRATULATIONS, JANE KIRKPATRICK! “One More River to Cross” made it to the top 25 books of Christian fiction and in the Pacific Northwest, it’s been number 7 for two weeks in a row. This is a story of the Stevens – Murphy – Townsend wagon train stuck two years before the Donner Party in the same part of the Sierra Nevada mountains during a heavy winter. ~Sherry K 

THANK YOU to those of you who kept subscribers informed with your contributions to eNews! THANK YOU for doing your part with news releases, agency and departmental reports, public meeting notices, classified ads, letters to the editor, and Spiritual Matters, (suggested by Pastor Keeney and most recently offered by Pastor Burgess on behalf of the Kent and Grass Valley Baptist congregations). THANK YOU, Mike McArthur, for bringing life-changing Lou Tice’s Pacific Institute training to Sherman County. THANK YOU, Times-Journal crew, for sharing your news reports. It’s been a wonderful, transparent partnership! THANK YOU, subscribers! A rare opportunity to volunteer in this way, it’s been very interesting and sometimes challenging! It’s taken me from actual reporting in the earliest years to posting – lots of copying and pasting – news releases, using spell check and the dictionary, from agendas to Oregon Revised Statute and editorials, from church programs to meeting minutes … an honor and a privilege! Make yours – and that of others – a very Merry Christmas! ~Sincerely, Sherry Kaseberg

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 



GORGE GROWN FOOD NETWORK. Thank you for supporting Gorge Grown Food Network. Together, we’re building a resilient and inclusive food system that improves the health and well-being of our community. We had a remarkable year in 2019.

  • Thousands of families throughout the Gorge received Veggie Prescriptions to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and spent more than $55,000 on produce from local farmers
  • Gorge Grown Farmers Markets put more than $620,000 back into the local economy and supported 82 family farmers, food producers and small business owners
  • The Food Security Coalition gathered a diverse group 50+ stakeholders from across the Gorge to build a stronger food system and make healthy, local food more accessible to everyone
  • The Mobile Farmers Market worked with 24 local farmers to consistently bring fresh produce to 7 rural communities throughout the Gorge and put $27,000 into the local economy
  • Columbia Gorge Gleaning rescued more than 6,500 lbs of fresh produce this fall and distributed the surplus to community sites that serve food insecure residents

In 2020, we will continue our groundbreaking work. To do this, we need your help. Please consider making a donation today: Gorge Grown Food Network, PO Box 752, Hood River, OR 97031. Thank you for your support of Gorge Grown Food Network!

WINTER CORNHOLE FIESTA – GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. January 18 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!!


Volunteer SmileJUST ASK HOW YOU CAN HELP. Sherman County’s current activities require the equivalent of 290 volunteers – part-time, one-time, once-yearly, once-monthly, as needed. Just ask! How can I help? The need is great. Opportunities come to mind… Your child’s activities. Your church. 4-H. Sherman County Fair. Wasco Memorial Day Celebration. Sherman County Historical Museum. Sherman County School Booster Club. Wasco School Events Center. Grass Valley Pavilion. Cemetery clean-up days. Maryhill Museum. Food Banks. Vacant local government and nonprofit positions, including EMT training. Or… if you can’t give of your time, give your support with your tax deductible dollars. ~The Editor 


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






SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS support the mission to gather, preserve, research, interpret, exhibit and publish materials related to the history of Sherman County. The annual membership (per address) $30 includes free museum admission, a 10% discount in The Museum Store, and two issues of the historical anthology, Sherman County: for the Record. See:

SURPLUS SHERMAN COUNTY BUILDINGS.  BUILDINGS MUST BE REMOVED FROM CURRENT LOCATION WITHIN 90 DAYS OF SALE. ALL EXPENSES RELATED TO BUILDING REMOVAL ARE TO BE INCURED BY BIDDER. Surplus for sale by Sherman County: 1972 Royal Mobile Home 24’ x 62’ with addition, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath (Possible 4th Bedroom with addition). Sealed bids must be submitted by 5:00pm, Monday, January 13, 2020 to the Sherman County Court, in-person at 500 Court St, Moro, Oregon 97039, or by mail: PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Minimum bid $5,000. To request a viewing appointment, contact the Office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416. Contact the Sherman County Court 541-565-3416 with questions, or to schedule viewing appointments. 12/27

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

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

23-31 Sherman County School Christmas Break

27 Sherman County eNews ends 20-year run!

27-31 Oregon Whale Watch Week


31-Jan. 1 Sherman County Government Holidays


1 First Day Hike: Deschutes River State Recreation Area 9 Oregon Trail Kiosk

1 First Day Hike: Cottonwood Canyon State Park 10 Experience Center

2 Funeral Service for Eileen Moreau 10 St. Mary Catholic Church in Wasco

2 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 6

4 Sherman Junior Hoops Begins

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

11 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program 10:30 Discovery Center

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

19 Sherman County Court 9