Sherman County eNews #292


  1. 4-H Theatre Arts Musical, “We Are Monsters,” Nov. 9

  2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District Agenda Online, Nov. 13

  3. Letter to the Editor: Humbled by Words and Deeds 

  4. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

  5. Contribution Beyond Self

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1949 National Boy Scout Week Church Service

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

1. 4-H Theatre Arts Musical, “We Are Monsters,” Nov. 9

4-H clover1Family and friends of 4-H members participating in the 4-H musical “We Are Monsters” are invited to the fun performance Friday November 9 at 6pm (not 7pm as originally posted) in the Sherman School Cafeteria.  The small but energetic group of 4-H members are doing a shortened version of a children’s musical that features vegetarian vampires (for health reasons), happy howling werewolves and a lonely monster named Oozy who ends up learning that she IS accepted just for being who she really is.  The musical is basically a cabaret, with the different groups performing several short songs.  Funded in part by an innovative grant (“to try something new”!) from the Oregon 4-H Foundation, the production is led by Hayley Hoyt of the Tri-Cities, with help from 4-H leader Silvia Durfey from Gilliam County, and new Sherman 4-H Theatre Arts leader Tabetha Hein.

~Cindy Brown, Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Healthy Living

OSU Sherman County Extension  541-565-3230 

2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District Agenda, Nov. 13

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, that will include a public comment session. During the public comment session at 6:30 p.m., the Board will receive public input from constituents regarding possible rezoning of board positions to three zoned and two at-large. The regular board meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

See the agenda here:

3. Letter to the Editor: Humbled by Words and Deeds 

pencil.sharpHow do you put into words the gratitude and thanks to all the people who believed in and supported me during this election. Every person who has run a campaign, win or lose, has my deepest respect. This is not an easy process. I am humbled by the outpouring of words and deeds these last months. Your confidence in me is overwhelming. Thank you for selecting me to serve you.


Joe Dabulskis


4. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

Hood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Jason Beaver and Ami Trosley, Stevenson, WA; Kirah Doerr, Rebekah Fisher, and Traci Witkowski, The Dalles, and; Caree DeBorde and Jacob Haan, Hood River.  The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable John A. Olson in Hood River on November 1, 2018, after completing 32 hours of training.  After leading the CASA oath and welcoming the newest advocates into duty Judge Olson described many of the attributes he feels CASAs bring to the court, and pertinent information concerning a child CASAs bring to the court’s attention.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; to make sure children receive needed services, that timelines are met so that children don’t get lost in overburdened legal and social service systems, and that they are placed in permanent, loving homes as soon as possible.  CASAs are in a unique position as the only legal party whose job is to advocate for the best interests of children’s lives while in foster care. Judges rely on the comprehensive and informed information provided by CASA volunteers. CASAs have tremendous privilege and responsibility to have a positive impact in a child’s case.

Last year, more than 76,000 CASA volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training and independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA/GAL volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in January, 2019.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, or Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, at 541-386-3468.

5. Contribution Beyond Self

What is the role of spirituality in living a happy, healthy, productive life? Let’s look at some answers to this important question.

How much attention do you give to your spiritual side? Now we are not necessarily talking about participation in an organized religion, although this may be something that is important to you. Spirituality, itself, can be expressed and explored in many ways.

Polls and studies have shown that people who are able to stay energetic and enthusiastic over the long haul tend to have a strong spiritual connection. Now, they don’t all go to some form of church or religious gathering place. Here in the Pacific Northwest of the US, we have one of the highest rates of “un-churched” populations in the United States. But polls have shown that we do consider ourselves highly spiritual.

Of the highly successful, extremely active people who also have this strong spiritual connection, there also seems to be very little of the phenomenon we call “burnout.” These folks are able to renew themselves, and their faith in the future, on a regular basis because of their spiritual beliefs.

These folks have a keen sense of a purpose that is larger than themselves and feel that they are part of an unending chain of giving and receiving that transcends time and place. Contribution to others is a prime driver in their lives, and their energy level is generally tremendous!

So, if you find that your energy level has evaporated and you’ve lost some of your zest for the future, you may want to carve out some time for reading and thinking about your connection to something larger than yourself. There are plenty of outlets for your contribution of self – and while you are pouring yourself out, you are also refilling your reservoir of spirit. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1949 National Boy Scout Week Church Service

~from a church program 1949:

National Boy Scout Week, February 6 through 12

National Boy Scout Sunday, February 6

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts & Families – Potluck Dinner, Feb. 11

Union Service

Church of Christ

Methodist Church

Wasco, Oregon

Prelude – Mrs. Joyce Stierle

Presentation of Colors

Boy Scout Oath – Wasco Boy Scout Troop

Cub Scout Oath – Wasco Cub Scout Pack

Placing of Colors

Hymn: All Hail the Power

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Solo, Mrs. Lois Hilderbrand: Dear Land of Home


Hymn: O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee


Postlude – Mrs. Joyce Stierle

  • Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared
  • Oath: “On my honor I will do my best: To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
  • Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.


  • Cub Scout Motto: Do Your Best
  • Promise: “I, ___, promise to do my best, to be square and to obey the law of the Pack.”
  • Law: A Cub Scout follows Akela (good leader). The Cub Scout helps the Pack go. The Pack helps the Cub Scout grow. The Cub Scout gives good will.

Listed on the back of the program:

Wasco Boy Scouts:

Gordon Buck, Patrol Leader

Bob Howell, Asst. Patrol Leader

Larry Kaseberg, Scribe

Douglas Alley

Bill Coats

Donald McIntyre

Leroy Stultz.

Wasco Cub Scouts:

Stanley Moore, Denner

Joe Drinkard, Denner

Harry Decker

Robert Hastings – Keeper of the Buckskin

Monty Stultz

Billy Williams

Bud Root

Sterling Gochnauer

Lee Kaseberg

Jackie Wallace

John McCall

Mike Fields

Jerry Delco

Larry Kaseberg, Den Chief

Gordon Buck, Den Chief.

Boy Scout Committee:

Paul Alley, Chairman

Lawrence Kaseberg

Paulen Kaseberg

Leon Smith

Claude Coats.

Cub Scout Committee:

Pony White

Floyd Root

Lewis Hastings.



Sherman County eNews #291


  1. Sherman County & Oregon Election Results

  2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Nov. 13

  3. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

  4. 2018 Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

  5. Kids’ Gym at Wasco School Events Center Most Every Friday

  6. Controlling the Inside World

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 Sherman 4-H Placings

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

“You’ve got the strongest hand in the world. That’s right. Your hand. The hand that marks the ballot. The hand that pulls the voting lever. Use it, will you.” —John Wayne

1. Sherman County & Oregon Election Results

Sherman County

1,359 eligible voters

1,002 ballots cast

County Judge:

Joe Dabulskis 532

Mike Smith 436

Write-ins 5

County Commissioner, unopposed:

Tom McCoy 816

Write-ins 16

~Sherman County Clerk

~Oregon Election Results:

~Sherman County:

2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Nov. 13

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, that will include a public comment session. During the public comment session at 6:30 p.m., the Board will receive public input from constituents regarding possible rezoning of board positions to three zoned and two at-large. The regular board meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

3. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 7 @ 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. Thank you. ~Red Gibbs

4. 2018 Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

Fall grant awards for 2018 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $8,160.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Seven project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: City of Grass Valley – Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Grass Valley First Baptist Church – Spring Fling; Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration Committee – Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Dance/Auction; Sherman Elementary Fourth Grade – Fourth Grade Writing Journals; Sherman Elementary School – Elementary Artist in Residence; Sherman County 4-H Basic Sewing Club – Basic Sewing Program Supplies; Sherman SKORE Cheerleading Program – Project Team Spirit.

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available in the spring of 2019.

For additional information on the Sherman County Cultural Coalition, please visit our website at .

5. Kids’ Gym at Wasco School Events Center Most Every Friday

TricycleBeginning this Friday, and continuing most every Friday through March, WSEC will be hosting “Kids Gym”.    This will be an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to play inside for a couple of hours when the weather is too cold to be outside.   Kid Gym will go from 10 a.m to noon, and parents who attend with their pre-schooler(s) will need to sign a release form to participate.   Cost is $5/week, or free if you are a member of the WSEC Fitness Center.    This is not a babysitting service; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Feel free to bring toys, trikes, etc. for your child(ren) to play with.

6. Controlling the Inside World

Are you compulsive about anything? Maybe you can’t stand to be late or you have to make the beds before you leave the house. Have you ever thought about how you got that way or asked yourself what it costs you to continue?

Suppose, for instance, that you are compulsively punctual. You probably got that way through fear feedback. Possibly, when you were young, you were trained to be on time by scolding or humiliation, or some form of punishment. What did you learn? “I can’t be late, or awful things will happen.” Now here you are at age 27, 37, 57 or even 87, and you are running a little late. You start to tense up andyou think, “I have got to get there on time.” You don’t think, “or else I’m going to get in trouble,” because you’re an adult now. However, you are still operating on a program that was installed when you were a kid. You are still trying to avoid punishment or humiliation.

You know, the same computer that drives a submarine can run a school system, if you change its program. All you need to do, if you want to get off your own back, is deliberately change your program. It may have been put in by accident, but it can be replaced by intent. Becoming aware of it is the first step. Deciding how to change it comes next.

What will you tell yourself the next time you are driving at break-neck speeds, endangering others on the road, to arrive on time? Why not affirm that it’s OK to be a little late once in a while, because it’s true. There are going to be times when you simply cannot control the outside world. But you can control your inside world: Apply a little perspective to the situation, and then relax.

The “have to, or else” situations in our lives are rarely rock-hard, immovable, “the world will end if I don’t get there on time” events. So take a good look at the “or else” consequences in your life. If they have no bearing on specific aspects of your life today, perhaps it is time to let them go. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 Sherman 4-H Placings

4-H clover1Sherman County Journal, 1947:

“Boys Bring Cash and Honors Home from Pacific International. In addition to winning the honors for county herd the boys who took stock to the Pacific International brought home many other prizes in the livestock divisions.

“Ed Fritts was first in the light Angus class and Clarence May first in his Hereford class. Alfred Kock took second with his heavy Hereford and Roger Ball also has a second place ribbon, won with a Hereford steer.

“Winners of fourth places were Terry Bucholtz with an Angus, Stephen Oveson with a Hereford and Ed Fritts with a Hereford. Roger Ball took a fifth place with a Hereford. Ed Fritts, with a Shorthorn, Harry Hartley with a Hereford, James Hartley with a Hereford, Scott Fritts with Herefords took ninth in places in their classes. Keith Barnett took a tenth with a Shorthorn, Merle Eakin took an eleventh and Rodney Rolfe took a fifteenth place with a Hereford. None of the Sherman County calves were thrown out by the classification for not being ready for the show.

“Joan Oveson took first with her lamb and Dick Oveson took third with his Hampshire hog. In the sale of these animals, the boys received approximately $15,000, the exact figure not having been received as yet.

“In the open classes, Millard Eakin’s Shorthorn bull, Diamond Souvenir, was first in his class as was his Wheatland Rosemary. They also took first as a pair. The Eakin herd placed third and fifth and second in other classes. Tom Fraser’s Belgians took ribbons although fewer horses were shown from the Fraser farm this year than usual.

“Sherman County boys participated in the calf scramble and have calves to feed for the next year. Ed Fritts won the Hereford given by the Mann’s farm from Pendleton as a prize for showmanship.”

8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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The History of Cemeteries

Approaching a Horrific Anniversary in Jewish History: Kristallnacht


Sherman County eNews #290


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services September-October Activity Report

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

  3. Two Pesticide License Recertification Courses, Nov. 8

  4. Growing Your Brain, Forever

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 4-H Livestock Placings

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Sherman County Emergency Services September-October Activity Report 

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

North Sherman County RFPD

September 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
9-04 2:24 PM Medical Assist Wasco
9-09 2:10 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 111.5
9-09 5:20 PM Medical Assist Sinclair Station in Rufus
9-14 5:31 PM Vehicle Fire Tyee Motel in Rufus
9-16 8:59 AM Grass Fire Davis Rd.  Grass Valley
9-18 3:29 PM Medical Assist Moro
9-21 6:13 AM List Assist Wasco
9-23 11:07 AM Lift Assist Wasco
9-26 2:35 PM Lift Assist/Medical Assist Rufus

 North Sherman County RFPD

October 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
10-02 2:07 PM Brush Fire 3 Rivers Motel in Biggs
10-03 8:01 AM Rekindle of yesterday’s fire Biggs
10-04 6:05 PM Fire Watch Biggs
10-05 9:30 AM Fire Watch Biggs
10-06 8:56 PM Rekindle of Biggs Fire Welk Rd. in Biggs
10-08 8:40 AM Medical Assist Wasco
10-12 12:16 PM Vehicle Fire Subway in Biggs
10-16 4:50 PM Motor Vehicle Crash-Rollover Van Gilder Rd.
10-18 5:25 PM Lift Assist – Medical Alert Wasco
10-19 9:31 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 112
10-19 1:58 PM Medical Assist Wasco
10-19 5:36 PM Medical Assist Rufus
10-24 5:30 PM Medical Assist Rufus
10-24 7:10 PM Motor Vehicle Crash vs. Deer I-84  MP# 113
10-26 5:58 AM Medical Assist Pilot in Biggs
10-26 10:43 AM Medical Assist Rufus

Sherman County Ambulance

October 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
10-01 12:36 PM Allergic Reaction to Bees Moro Fire Station
10-02 12:57 PM Weakness Senior Center in Moro
10-02 2:07 PM Fire Standby Biggs Jct.
10-04 4:33 PM Fire Standby Biggs Jct.
10-08 8:40 AM Unresponsive Male Wasco
10-12 9:38 AM Burns to face Wasco
10-15 12:45 PM Chest Pain Sherman County School
10-16 4:48 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover Van Gilder Rd.
10-18 1:52 AM Diabetic Issue Rufus
10-18 4:06 PM Breathing Issue Moro
10-18 5:35 PM Lift Assist Wasco
10-19 9:31 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 112
10-19 1:58 PM Altered Mental Status Welfare Check Wasco
10-19 5:28 PM Fall Injury Rufus
10-20 11:14 PM Fall Injury Pilot Station in Biggs
10-23 4:15 PM Fall Injury Bob’s Texas T-Bone in Rufus
10-24 5:30 PM Ill Person Rufus
10-24 7:06 PM Car vs. Deer I-84  MP# 113
10-25 10:47 PM Difficulty Breathing Tall Winds Motel in Moro
10-26 5:48 AM Chest Pain Pilot in Biggs
10-26 10:43 AM Psychiatric Problem Rufus
10-28 8:07 AM Fall Injury Moro

Moro Fire Department

October 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
10/09 6:53 Electric Pole on fire Lonerock
10/29 7:25 Burn Pile Complaint 70620 Hwy 97  Moro


 2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 7 @ 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. Thank you. ~Red Gibbs

3. Two Pesticide License Recertification Courses, Nov. 8

Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers two pesticide license recertification courses on Thursday, November 8 at Columbia Gorge Community College Hood River campus.

Worker Protection Standard meets from 8:30-12:30. Participants receive 4 core credits. Hazard Communication Aligned with GHS meets from 1:00-5:00. Participants receive 3 credits.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541.506.6011, or online at 

4. Growing Your Brain, Forever

How’s your education coming along? While there is a good chance that you are out of school, that is no reason to stop learning.

When you think about the people you have known, the ones who are most fully alive, invariably, it is those who have never stopped learning who come to mind. These same folks have developed creative strategies to keep themselves from becoming stuck in a rut, no matter how comfortable that rut may seem.

Lou once told of a retired couple who felt that their evenings at home in front of the TV were becoming dull. So, they agreed to turn off the television every night for an hour and spent the time taking turns reading aloud to each other. They decided magazines and romance or detective novels were off limits, but everything else was open. They read some philosophy, some theology, and a great deal of biography. They really got into Churchill’s history of World War II. After doing this every evening for a few weeks, they found that their powers of concentration had increased. Most evenings, they never turned the television seton at all.

Many large organizations require some of their staff members to take a certain amount of continuing education every year. Many corporations help their employees pay for tuition. For some, this continuing education may seem difficult, but is education a line item in your personal budget? If it isn’t, should it be? With the proliferation of online courses – a lot of them free or with a minimal charge – you don’t even need to leave the house to learn something new.

Just because you are no longer in school, it doesn’t mean that learning has to stop. If you are like most folks, you have probably learned more since you graduated, than you ever did in school! Education is a lifelong endeavor. It’s good for your brain, because it doesn’t have to stop growing. In fact, the brain loves to learn and build new neural pathways. The brain stops growing because you stop challenging it.

If you are serious about personal growth, you will take time to nourish your intellect as well as your heart and soul. And it is a great way to evade that Law of Entropy we talked about yesterday. ~The Pacific Institute 

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1947 4-H Livestock Placings

The Oregon Journal, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1947 (excerpts):

“Western Washington Steer Sets Record With Stock Show Victory. The so-called beef country east of the Cascades took a back seat at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition Monday in selection of the grand champion 4-H club fat steer. The grand champion, picked late in the day after the judge had worked his way through hundreds of well-formed, well-groomed animals, was Sir Loin, a 1245-pound black Angus, owned and shown by 11-year-old Hal Hamilton of Chehalis. Old-timers say it was the first time in history that a Western Washington steer has beaten entries from east of the mountains.  Hal, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hamilton, widely known cattle and turkey breeders, has been in a 4-H club only one year and won the top honor on his first trip to the P.I. … … A roan Shorthorn exhibited by Duane Eakin, 13, of Grass Valley, was named reserve champion… Roger Ball, Grass Valley, reserve championship in the Hereford breed, and Merle Eakin, Grass Valley, reserve championship in the Shorthorn breed. … … Joe Harvey, Sherman County, won tops in the heavy Hereford division and Dick Oveson, Sherman County, runner-up.

“Other winners in the steer classifications…

Aberdeen Angus: Hal Hamilton, Lewis County, 1st, Ed Fritts, Sherman County, 2nd;

Shorthorns, light: Duane Eakin, Sherman County, 1st, Merle Eakin, Sherman County 2nd;

Herefords, lot 1: David Wright, Sherman County, 2nd

Herefords, lot 2: Ed Fritts, Sherman County, 1st & 2nd;

Herefords, lot 6: Roger Ball, Sherman County, 1st;

Aberdeen Angus, light: Larry Kaseberg, Sherman County, 2nd.

(Open Class) “Shorthorn placings were dominated by Wheatdale Shorthorn Farms, Benge, Wash., and… shared with… Millard & Oma Eakin, Grass Valley.”

6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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U.S.-Mexico Interactive Border Map

U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Photos & Maps 2018

OSU Executive Searches, Senior Advisor to the Provost

Global Warming | The Paris Climate Accord


Sherman County eNews #289


  1. Statesman-Journal: Oregon’s U.S. Capitol Noble Fir Christmas Tree

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

  3. Simcoe Mountains Series: Mushroom Identification and Foraging, Nov. 7

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1951 High School Athletics

  5. Feel Free to Break This Law

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.”—Thomas Jefferson (1823)

1. Statesman-Journal: Oregon’s U.S. Capitol Noble Fir Christmas Tree

Oregon.Flat.poleIt’s the first time in the 47-year history of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Program that a noble has been selected and the second time Oregon has supplied the tree. A 70-foot Douglas fir from Umpqua National Forest was chosen in 2002.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 7 @ 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. Thank you. ~Red Gibbs

 3. Simcoe Mountains Series: Mushroom Identification and Foraging, Nov. 7

Mushroom Identification and Foraging with Rachel Zoller

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Goldendale Community Library, Camplan Community Room

131 W. Burgen Street, Goldendale

The Simcoe Mountains Speaker Series continues on Wednesday with a talk that will introduce us to the beautiful, curious world of fungi – including the practice of foraging in the woods, participating in citizen science and getting a glimpse at how fungi are leading us to innovative solutions to complex environmental and medical matters. Rachel is an active member of the Oregon Mycological Society who teaches workshops and gives lectures around the Pacific Northwest. For more information, contact the Goldendale Library at (509) 773-4487 or

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1951 High School Athletics

The Optimist, Moro High School, December 13, 1951:

—“Peg’s Party Line by Joy Baumgartner… The Willamette – Chico State game at Willamette Saturday November 17 had 11 interested spectators from Moro. Coach Johnson and Pat Kaseberg took nine Moro high boys to see the game that Willamette won by a big score. Anyway, Bob Martin, Norval Lane, DeWayne Duncan, Larry Kaseberg, Ross Norton, Bill Smith, Rodney Rolfe, Doug Alley and Edwin Balsiger were the lucky boys to go.”

—“Football Facts. Basketball Suits Donned as Football Ends by Leroy Martin. The Moro Huskies finished their 1951 football season by rolling to victory in their last Smith, Larry Kaseberg, Douglas Alley, Rodney Rolfe, Carl Kelley, DeWayne Duncan, Ed Balsiger, Harold Duncan, Dean Martin and Harold Brown all earned football letters. Prospects for next year should be very good as only four seniors will be missing from the 1952 team…”

5. Feel Free to Break This Law

Have you heard about the Law of Entropy? Whether you have heard of it or not, keep reading. We’ll talk about how this law can help or hinder you.

In physics, the Law of Entropy says that all systems, if left unattended, will run down. Unless new energy is supplied, every organism deteriorates. Looked at in a different way, the same law applies to individuals and relationships, teams and organizations.

A marriage doesn’t continue to thrive simply because two people love each other, have some things in common, are compatible, and get off to a fine start. No matter how good our lives seem to be, we won’t continue to enjoy those good lives if we don’t work to maintain them and pump new energy into them. When attention fades over time, old habits creep back into organizations and the momentum to push forward disappears.

We cannot assume that our internal system, if left unattended and un-refreshed, will go on running smoothly. Machines don’t work that way, and neither do we. Albert Schweitzer once wrote that some people “harm their souls… without being exposed to great temptations. They simply let their souls wither not realizing that thoughts, which meant a great deal to them in their youth, have turned into meaningless sounds.”

What do you do to counteract personal or organizational Entropy? What do you do to make certain that your relationships with others, and with yourself, are well nourished and flourishing? What do you do, within your teams or departments, to keep creativity bubbling up, and drive and energy ready to be tapped?

With proper attention and care, you can keep the energy in your life flowing and growing for the rest of your days. There are a lot more resources today than ever before, and sometimes, they are right at your fingertips. Perhaps the Law of Entropy is one law we need to break… ~The Pacific Institute

6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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Oregon Athletic Officials Association: Local Officials Associations & Commissioners

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Oregon’s U.S. Capitol Noble Fir Christmas Tree

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Some as a Suffix is Tiresome

New National Menu Labeling Provides Information Consumers Can Use To Help Manage Their Calorie Intake

Thomas Paine, Biography, Common Sense

Central American Caravan Poses Serious Public Health Threat

The Mark Levin Show

How Oregon Fights Election Meddling

The 20 Best State Parks in Oregon


Sherman County eNews #288


  1. Sherman County 4-H News: Theatre Arts

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

  3. Eastern Oregon as of Nov. 2: Voter Turnout is Low

  4. Armistice Day Commemoration at Stonehenge Memorial & Maryhill, Nov. 11

  5. Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 17

  6. Donate a Pie or Buy a Pie! Sherman County Senior & Community Center, Nov. 20

  7. Be Aware of Election Misinformation

  8. The Value in Listening

1. Sherman County 4-H News: Theatre Arts

4-H clover1The Sherman Theatre Art 4-H Club met on October 30 at 6pm at the Extension Office in Moro.  Attending were Beth (11), Bella (10), Claire (7), Emma (9), Maddie (10), Ava (8) and Rose (14).  Excused absences were the Burbank family.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Beth, 4-H Pledge by Maddie.  We added hand motions to the 4-H pledge, talked about 4-H and the four H’s (head, heart, hands, health), talked about 4-H record book sheets, took turns saying why we joined, and learning how to pantomime acted with air.  Our next meeting will be November 27, last Tuesday of each month except December and March.  Signed Bella, News Reporter.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, Nov. 7

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November 7 @ 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. Thank you. ~Red Gibbs

3. Eastern Oregon as of Nov. 2: Voter Turnout is Low

Vote AmericaVoter turnout so far for the upcoming election is low across Eastern Oregon. With only a handful of days left to get your vote in, registered voters are reminded that it is too late to mail your ballots in but you still have time to drop them off, as the deadline is 8pm November 6th.Here is a look at the most current voter turn out percentages per county as of Friday, Nov 2nd…

4. Armistice Day Commemoration at Stonehenge Memorial & Maryhill, Nov. 11

JOIN US at Stonehenge Memorial on Sunday, November 11 as we mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, pausing to recognize those who sacrificed and those who will sacrifice in the defense of freedom and democracy.

The commemoration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with World War I era music and poetry, followed by a brief history of Stonehenge and the 14 service members memorialized there. The event will include short speeches, a wreath laying, National Salute, taps, and planting of red poppies.

A reception at Maryhill Museum of Art will follow, where there will be a small exhibition in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center of WWI posters from the Maryhill Museum of Art Collections, and WWI artifacts from the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum.

Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations to the ceremony; the museum will offer free admission to all who attend the event at Stonehenge on November 11. Measures will be in place in the event of cold or wet weather.

Families whose loved ones are honored at Stonehenge Memorial are invited to share scrapbooks or photos; a table will be set up at Maryhill on November 11 for this purpose.

For more information, contact Louise Palermo, Curator of Education at 509 773-3733 ext. 25 or email

Participating groups include: Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Washington State Parks; Maryhill Museum of Art; City of Goldendale; Goldendale Chamber of Commerce; Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum; Kiwanis, Goldendale; American Legion Evan Childs Post 87, White Salmon; American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116, Goldendale; Washington State Police; The Dalles Civic Auditorium; Boy Scout Troop 282, Hood River; Point Man International Ministries, The Dalles; and Daughters of the American Revolution, Karneetsa Chapter, Moses Lake.

A special THANK YOU to our supporters: American Legion Evan Childs Post 87, White Salmon; American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116, Goldendale; The Association of Washington Generals; Edward and Kathleen La Motte; Bruce and Mary Stevenson Foundation; the Goldendale Sentinel; Great Skot Productions; Klickitat County; and, Smith Creative Group.

5. Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 17

Saturday, November 17th, 5:00 PM

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

at Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Moro, Oregon

Everyone is welcome!

Our guests are invited to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share, if they wish.

6. Donate a Pie or Buy a Pie! Sherman County Senior & Community Center, Nov. 20

food.pie.hotThe Sherman County Senior & Community Center is holding a Thanksgiving Pie Bake Sale on Tuesday November 20th at noon. We are requesting pie donations from the community, and if anyone is interested in donating a pie please contact Kari Silcox, 541-565-3191, Thanks!

7. Be Aware of Election Misinformation

Oregon.Flat.poleYou have just a few days left to turn in your ballot for the November 6 election. Initial results will be posted on starting at 8:00pm on Tuesday.

There has been a lot of misinformation about this election, and I expect more the closer we get to Tuesday. Some voters have been contacted by non-official entities telling them, incorrectly, that they are not registered to vote or that their voter registration is inactive. There have been incorrect statements and stories that it is too late to secure our elections and that our election system is easily hackable. Those stories are not true.

Well-intentioned individuals and groups are setting up websites and blogs with old and outdated information about voter registration and drop boxes, while others may be trying to prevent you from voting by intentionally providing false and misleading information. During every election cycle, people incorrectly post that one party votes on Tuesday and another party votes on Wednesday. Don’t fall for this misinformation.

Other information you may see or hear is from other states. For example, some ballots in California will require two stamps. All ballots in Oregon require only one stamp. You can also vote without a stamp by returning your ballot to an official drop box. In some other states with different election systems, they reject ballots when signatures do not match. In Oregon, if your signature does not match, you are notified and given an opportunity to correct it.

I know it is hard to navigate what is true and what is not during this election season, so I encourage you to not believe everything you hear or see. If you have a question or concern you can trust my office and the 36 county election offices for official and accurate information. Go to for information on this election.

At, you can:

1) check your voter record,

2) track your ballot,

3) find an official drop box,

4) access the Voters’ Pamphlet online,

5) check election results, and

6) find other relevant information.

In addition, my team will be publishing election news via the Oregon Elections YouTube channel every day between now and Election Day.

I want to help every eligible Oregonian participate in every election, and my team and I are doing everything we can to ensure we provide accurate and official information.

Remember, all ballots must be received by 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 6.

Postmarks do NOT count. To be safe, from this point on, I recommend returning your ballot to a drop box. You can find a drop box here:

I want to reiterate the importance of voting in every election. Thank you in advance for fulfilling this important civic duty.

Steve Trout

Oregon State Elections Director

8. The Value in Listening

Perhaps it is because of the shortening of daylight hours (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), but autumn seems to be a time when inner reflection comes easier to a lot of folks. Lou Tice would keep journals of his thoughts, ideas, new affirmations, and sayings that resonated to him. Often, he would share them with others, like this one:

“We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.” (Native American saying)

There was a cable television movie made quite a few years ago, now. The movie was set in Africa, and dealt with ivory poaching and its threat to elephant populations – a situation that is still not solved decades later. There was one line that struck many a chord, which the program’s screenwriter gave to a young native teen character:

“How can your ears hear, when your mouth is so full of words?”

Draws quite the picture, doesn’t it? The very best communicators tend to be the very best listeners. As well, the best leaders tend to be the best listeners. They realize that there is much to learn from others, and the better the leader listens, the greater the employees engage with the goals of the organization. It’s value and respect writ large, with accompanying large results.

One of the greatest gifts any of us can give to another is our ability to just listen. There are times when we need to talk, and need to have someone listen to us. And then there are times when we need to return the favor. It means getting ourselves and our egos out of the way, and letting someone else take “center stage” for a while.

And, while we listen, we are building another person – and building ourselves as well. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #287 






church.family1 “…every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).”

The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said: “You are entitled to your own opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”

God’s very first command given in the Bible, with repercussions, if not followed was, “…but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

But along came Satan [the local political talking head and false religious teacher] and he said, “No, that is not true, it is only God’s opinion, it is NOT a fact.” {Very loose translation}.

You who call yourselves Christ Followers [Christian], let it be known that when it comes to God’s commands, do’s and don’t’s, thus saith the Lord, God is NOT interested in your opinion about the matter.

The issue about eating from the tree was not up for debate between God with Adam and Eve. Their opinions about the unfairness of eating the fruit didn’t even get a hearing.

They could have told God, “Come on, God, Satan’s arguments for eating it was so convincing. He even told us we had a legal right to do it. But there is that sticky Proverbs 14:12 – “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

My brothers and sisters in Christ, when it comes to God’s commands, his do’s and don’ts, what he says is and is not sin, DO NOT do what is right in your own eyes, explaining away scripture.

DO NOT do what seems right to you [politically correct], but is contrary to the scriptures.

DO, DO WHAT JAMES SAYS: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. DO WHAT IT SAYS [caps mine] James 1:22.

Jesus made it crystal clear, “If you love me you will obey my commands.” If only Adam and Eve would have obeyed; we would not be in the fix we are in today.

Pastor Jerry

Wasco Church of Christ

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. No posters or flyers. 

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. No posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words. 

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  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
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  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.


Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins



SUPPORT BRENNAH. A personal note…A year ago this week in celebration of my 80th birthday my family and friends raised over $6,000 for the local historical society. — — This week on my 81st, please consider making a contribution to support Brennah Miller of Wasco, a young wife and mother of a very young son, an electrician and a cancer patient! Please send it to the Brennah and Charlie Miller Account, Bank of Eastern Oregon, P.O. Box 444, Moro, Oregon 97039 to make an important difference!  Thank you! ~Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher, Sherman County eNews


Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.



“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

DONATE A PIE! BUY A PIE! The Sherman County Senior & Community Center is holding a Thanksgiving Pie Bake Sale on Tuesday November 20th at noon. We are requesting pie donations from the community, and if anyone is interested in donating a pie please contact Kari Silcox, 541-565-3191, Thanks!



FAMILY CARE COORDINATOR (QMHA). Mid-Columbia Center for Living: Family Care Coordinator (QMHA) – Sherman County; $2,285-$2,778 per month (.6 FTE of full-time salary range); Part-time (.6 FTE) with prorated benefits. Provides service planning and needs assessments to children and their families. For full announcement and required application visit EOE/ADA Employer.

HOUSEKEEPER. Tyee Motel in Rufus, looking for full-time housekeeper, please contact 541-739-2310.

BIGGS SERVICE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Biggs Service District Administrator. This is a regular part-time position. Salary is dependent on experience. Applicant must be knowledgeable in keeping financial records, balancing books, preparing quarterly reports, preparing budgets, operating modern office equipment including computer systems and programs, using effective written and oral communication skills, and making 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 online at .  Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039.  Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Interviews will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer.

AREA REPRESENTATIVE. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. — Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. — ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at Please check out our website at  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time! 11/30


MAKING YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST? HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS! Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 11/30

ESTATE SALE! Nov. 2nd and 3rd 9AM-4PM Grass Valley, OR 807 SW 4th Street. Whole household. Furniture (3-piece couch with 3 recliners, china cabinet, numerous bookcases, dressers) kitchen items, collectibles — large Fenton Milk Glass collection, old canning jar collection (dozens), The White House Historical Assoc. Christmas Ornaments 2005-2013), many beautiful crocheted table clothes and runners, craft items, scrap booking & card making supplies, lace, trim and ribbon, dozens of 45 rpm records from 70’s juke box, holiday decorations and TONS more. 11/2

PIANO. Baldwin Spinet Piano – Maple colored – $300 OBO negotiable, would like it to find a home where it will be used. Thanks Very Good shape, I just want space for exercise equipment. Call or text Jeanne Kuettel @ 541-714-5740.  11/30


ROOMS FOR RENT | JUST-US-INN in Wasco. Just-Us-Inn | Call Ron 503-957-6114.  3 Rooms for rent, share the bathroom and shower $550.00 a month. These are Monthly rates, not weekly rates! Weekly rate is $150.00. Share large kitchen, with Direct TV in every room. $50.00 non-refundable maid fee for when you leave; wireless internet, beautiful yard with garden space. No Pets. No smoking inside. 11/9



FALL PHOTO SHOOTS. Now is the time for fall photo shoots! The leaves are turning colors and the air is getting cooler. It’s a great time to schedule a family or senior photo session. Lots of openings available. Ask for discounts by bundling a family and a senior session or two senior sessions. ~Jeremy S. Lanthorn | | (541) 993-2446 | (541) 333-2013 |

LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 11/23




1957 SHERMAN HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK. I am Rose Archer, Dale Archer’s widow. I am looking to purchase a copy of the 1957 yearbook. Dale was Valedictorian that year. Our son Derek is planning to make a large shadowbox with Dale’s football jersey, class ring, and yearbook for a memory wall for Dale who passed away in 1999.  If you know of anyone who wants to part with the 1957 yearbook, please let me know the price. Thanks so much! Rose Archer 11/9

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar


1 Studded Tire Season Begins

2 Hazardous Waste Event 10-2 Wasco

2-3 Estate Sale 9-4   807 SW 4th, Grass Valley

3 Dewey Thomas’ 104th Birthday! 10 Lean To Cafe, Wasco

3 Northwest Author Festival 3-5 at Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles

4 Day Light Saving Time Ends (set clock back one hour)


6 Sherman County Court, Grant Housing Review Committee Meeting 10 Courthouse

7 Sherman County Court 9 Courthouse

7 Biggs Service District Public Hearing 8:30 Courthouse

7 Sherman Historical Museum Volunteer & Hosts Appreciation Party

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

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

10 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Cultural Brunch 10:30 Discovery Center

10 Wasco County Historical Society Annual Meeting 11:30 Dufur

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Military Vehicles

10 Year-End Family Day at Maryhill Museum 1:30-5

11 Veterans Day Bells at Maryhill Museum 11

11 Veterans Day

12 Veterans Day (observed)

12 Oregon Women for Ag Meeting 5-7 Clock Tower Ales, The Dalles

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13-15 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

14-17 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention, Portland, Oregon

16 Thanksgiving Lunch at the Sherman Senior & Community Center

17 Fall Festival & Artisans’ Market 10-2 Condon

17 7th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance, Grass Valley Pavilion Benefit

20 Sherman Senior & Community Center Pie Bake Sale for Thanksgiving

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 Thanksgiving Day

26 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Bldg., Moro


1 Country Christmas Bazaar 9:30 – 4 Grass Valley Pavilion

1 Sherman County Fair Board’s Holiday Bazaar 10-3:30 Sherman County School

1 Sherman Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

1 Fossil’s Holiday Bazaar 9

1 Condon’s Light Festival & Parade 5:30

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

8 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

9 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

10 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

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

15 Bill of Rights Day; Iraq War Ended 2011

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

19 Sherman County Court 9

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

21 Winter Begins

25 Christmas Day

31 Official End of WWII 1946


Sherman County eNews #286


  1. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Ag Producers and Businesses, Nov. 2

  2. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Nov. 3

  3. Studded tire season in Oregon begins Nov. 1

  4. Passion and Determination

  5. Union Pacific Foundation boosts CGCC welding

  6. A Positive Mental Attitude

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”        —Samuel Adams (1781)

1. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Ag Producers and Businesses, Nov. 2

WHAT:  Get rid of unwanted hazardous waste, electronics and medicine, too

WHEN:  Friday, November 2, 10am-2pm

WHERE:   Wasco School Events Center, Wasco, OR


Paints and stains of all types      

Yard, garden, pool and spa chemicals

Cleaners, disinfectants, solvents and glues

Automotive fluids (antifreeze, brake fluids, motor oil, etc…)

Art and hobby chemicals

Fluorescent lamps, CFL bulbs and ballasts

Propane bottles and tanks

Old gasoline

Fire extinguishers

Batteries (all types)

ELECTRONICS   Only Accepted Items:

Computers, Monitors, Laptops/Tablets, TV’s, Keyboards, Printers, Mice, and Cell Phones


Unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and pet medicines. NO sharps (Free sharps disposal for households at: Hood River Transfer Station, Dalles Disposal, Moro Medical Clinic)

Items NOT Accepted

Explosives, ammunition, asbestos (call us to find out how to dispose of)

*Businesses —Although FREE, pre-registration is required for businesses.

This helps our contractor bring the proper supplies. To Register, please contact:

Stericycle Environmental Service at (360) 772-2838,

2. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Nov. 3

books.boy Saturday, November 3rd, 2018  3– 5PM

Oregon’s oldest bookstore, Klindt’s Booksellers, is excited to host the Northwest Author Festival on Saturday, November 3rd from 3-5PM. This annual celebration features authors who live and write here in the Pacific Northwest.

This year we will host twelve authors, each with a new title to celebrate. Authors will be stationed around the store and eager to meet readers, answer questions, and sign books. The festival will feature titles from diverse genres, so you are sure to find just the right book for everyone on your holiday gift list.

With authors spanning multiple genres, from local history to cooking, from children’s picture books to young adult fiction, there will be something for readers of all ages to enjoy. Our 2018 line-up includes:

  1. Pat Barry. Bonneville Lock & Dam: A Gift from the People of the Great Depression. Local Interest/History.
  2. Virginia Boecker. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason. Young Adult Fiction.
  3. Jane Gibson. Gardener at Heart. Poetry.
  4. Wendy Gorton. 50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington.
  5. Darryl Lloyd. Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mt. Adams.
  6. Dennis McGregor. You Stole My Name. Children’s Picture Book.
  7. Gretchen McLellan. I’m Done! Children’s Picture Book.
  8. Peter Nathaniel Malae. Son of Amity.
  9. Deborah Reed. The Days When Birds Come Back.
  10. Charlene Rivers. Parkdale Palette: Seasons.
  11. Aron Nels Steinke. Wolf’s Class. Middle Grade/Graphic Novel.
  12. Lee Weinstein. Open. Act. Personal Development.

Authors are happy to write personal messages in books. If you would like signed books but can’t make the festival, just give us a call. Our staff can get books signed for you and we’ll hold them for later pick up.

We hope to see you at the Northwest Author Festival on November 3rd from 3-5PM at Klindt’s Booksellers. The event is free and open to the public.

3. Studded tire season in Oregon begins Nov. 1

The studded tire season in Oregon begins Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 and runs through March 31, 2019. 

ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. If you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties, use other types of traction tires or chains, or postpone your travel until conditions change for the better. Our latest study (2014) concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year on state highways.

Alternatives to studded tires

  • Chains: Link chains, cable chains or other devices that attach to the wheel, vehicle, or outside of the tire that are specifically designed to increase traction on snow and ice. Drivers should note that link chains may not be recommended for use on some types of vehicles; check your owner’s manual.
  • Other traction tires: Other types of traction tires are available. These traction tires meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry a special symbol on the tire sidewall showing a three-peaked mountain and snowflake. They work about as well as studded tires on ice, but work better than studded tires or regular tires in most other winter conditions. And they cause no more damage to road surfaces than regular tires.

Know before you go: Please visit or call 511 for the latest road conditions. ODOT provides bad-weather driving tips and how-to videos online:

4. Passion and Determination

How badly do you want to succeed in life? Let’s look at the importance of passion and determination in getting what you want.

Do you know anyone who is afraid to want something very badly for fear that they may be terribly disappointed if they don’t get it? Maybe you feel this way sometimes yourself. This kind of negative thinking can sabotage your efforts and create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Many years ago, a young man, who wanted to become a lawyer, wrote to Abraham Lincoln for advice. Lincoln replied, “If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already. Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”

You see, one of the qualities that separates many successful people from extremely talented people who fail, is the sheer force of their will, their passion, and their overwhelming desire. Tommy Lasorda (of U.S. baseball fame) is fond of saying, “Races are not won by the fastest athletes; fights are not won by the strongest men. But the races are won, and the fights are won, by those who want to win most of all.”

Willpower may not always override talent, but it is the factor that causes people of ordinary ability to accomplish extraordinary things. Another quote from the 90-year old Mr. Lasorda: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” You see, the challenge is in your mindset.

If your goal, or your dream, is strong enough to generate your passion, are you willing to change the way you think, in order to achieve it? Is your thinking flexible enough to take a thorough exploration of how you do things today, how you think today, and then make changes in perspective to get you on the road to where you want to go? ~The Pacific Institute 

5. Union Pacific Foundation boosts CGCC welding

Welding students at Columbia Gorge Community College’s campus in The Dalles will hone their skills with an expanded array of equipment thanks to a $12,900 contribution from Union Pacific Foundation.

The contribution to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation will be used to purchase additional “stick” welders and more advanced equipment used in alloy welding. There are 10 welding booths in the college’s welding lab, which opened in 2014 as part of the Ft. Dalles Readiness Center; Sherman County provided an initial contribution of $100,000 to launch the welding classes.

Union Pacific Foundation’s investment is through the Foundation’s “Community Ties” grants program focused on workforce development, and will enable the college to increase the number of students receiving basic and advanced welding instruction. Coursework includes manufacturing processes, blueprint reading and CAD design. The Dalles High School instructor Robert Clark teaches the class, which is open to area high school students as well as students enrolled at CGCC.

Union Pacific announced its “Community Ties” program in April 2018, increasing its contributions to $30 million in grants and partnerships. Union Pacific connects 10,000 customers in 23 states across the western United States. Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation supports scholarships, facilities and academic programming at Columbia Gorge Community College under the guidance of a volunteer board. Its mission is “to build dreams, transform lives and cultivate respectful relationships that promote lifelong learning.”

6. A Positive Mental Attitude

No one could ride a horse if the horse discovered its real strength. The same thing is true for people. Horses are massive, gentle creatures who are by far larger and stronger than the men and women who handle them, yet they docilely obey the commands they are given. It doesn’t seem logical that a large, powerful animal would allow itself to be mastered by a human being, yet we have been able to use our intelligence to dominate the animal kingdom. You can use these same forces to allow the positive side of yourself to dominate the negative. A Positive Mental Attitude allows you to tap the source of great power that resides within you, enabling you to accomplish things you never before believed were possible. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

Sisters, Oregon, Nugget News: Support for Walden

Opinion. Oregon’s Sanctuary State Status Bad Public Policy

Prager U.: Illegal Immigration: It’s About Power