Sherman County eNews #254


  1. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor & Special Presentation, Oct. 19

  2. American Red Cross Blood Drive at Sherman County School, Oct. 16

  3. Communications Award to Cindy Brown of Sherman County Extension

  4. Stitches & Stories: Discoveries from the Oregon Quilt Project

  5. Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Nov. 15-17

  6. The Perspective of Time

  7. A Methodist Manuscript, 1860-1957

  8. Wasco County Historical Society Presents Susan Buce and The Umatilla House, Oct. 20

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

1. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor & Special Presentation, Oct. 19

Sherman County School District

Hall of Honor


a special presentation:

From One-Room Schools to One Campus

The Sherman County School District will be celebrating the induction of four individuals and one team into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor at a reception in the Event Center that will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 19, 2019. There will also be a special presentation and celebration of 151 years of education in Sherman County (From One-Room Schools to One Campus).

The Booster Club will be serving a Tri-Tip dinner between 5:30-6:15 p.m. and designated speakers will be sharing memories of each honoree beginning at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome to join the celebration at 5:30 p.m.

Please join us for the $12.00 fundraising dinner to support the Booster Club as we honor all Hall of Honor Inductees. Dinner tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 541-565-3500 or at the door.

The 2019 inductees include United States Military Academy Graduate and Captain Deron R. Kaseberg, former State FFA President and OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Hall of Fame Member Michael S. Macnab, Teacher and State Champion Coach Ron Townsend, the first female Sherman County Superintendent Grace Zevely (Posthumously), and the 1989 1A State Champion Football Team.

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District.  It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District.

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit and click on the Hall of Honor tab.  For questions, email Wes Owens at

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2. American Red Cross Blood Drive at Sherman County School, Oct. 16

American Red Cross Blood Drive
At Sherman County School
Wednesday, October 16th
9:30 am to 2:30 PM
Red Cross logo
If you would like to donate blood, please use the link below to schedule your appointment.

According to the American Red Cross website:
One donation of blood can potentially save 3 lives.
Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood.
Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.

3. Communications Award to Cindy Brown of Sherman County Extension

Cindy Brown of Oregon State University Sherman County Extension was selected as the 1st Place Western Region Winner for a Communications Written Press Release at the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences conference in Hershey PA.  The award was accepted on her behalf by OSU Extension attendees. Her article titled “Picky Eaters? Eat Your Peas, Louise” ran in The Dalles Chronicle’s Extension Cord column April 2018.  Brown is a 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living Educator serving Sherman County.

4. Stitches & Stories: Discoveries from the Oregon Quilt Project

An Exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center.

Sept. 27-Dec. 23, 2019

The Sherman County Centennial Celebration Quilt is featured among other Oregon Quilts!

Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301

~Sherman County Historical Society & Museum

5. Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Nov. 15-17

Register for the Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Nov. 15-17 in Portland.

Young farmers, ranchers, and others interested in agriculture are encouraged to register for the 2019 Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference, set for Nov. 15-17 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.

Open to Farm Bureau members ages 16 through 35 (as of Jan. 1, 2019), the conference is geared toward young people interested in improving their leadership and communication skills, learning about the most important issues impacting Oregon’s agriculture community, gaining business tips from experts, networking with peers, and having fun!

“Last year’s conference was a huge success with nearly 100 attendees,” said Jenny Freeborn, chair of the Oregon Farm Bureau YF&R Committee. “The conference is a great opportunity for young people to learn about different aspects of agriculture and have a great time with new and old friends.”

To get the reduced rate for lodging, hotel reservations must be made by Oct. 28 — and the $50 conference registration fee is due by Nov. 7 (fee includes dinner on Friday and Saturday and lunch on Saturday).

Find the registration form and hotel information at

For more information, email or call Jacon Taylor at 541.589.9694.

6. The Perspective of Time

The search for happiness seems to have been around as long as there have been sentient beings on the planet. Now, the definition of happiness has a tendency to be different from person to person, culture to culture. The ancient Greeks went so far as to put “happiness” into four distinct levels. But do you realize that, ultimately, you are in control of your own happiness?

Philosophers and poets have brought forth their ideas on happiness and fulfillment. Brain scientists have researched and tested how the brain processes subjective and objective feelings of happiness and the effects on brain chemistry. And psychologists have long studied the effects of happiness on human decision-making. (Check out Dr. Martin Seligman’s outstanding work on Optimism and Pessimism.)

Another such study proposes that how human beings perceive Time has a lot to do with their level of happiness. It suggests that directing one’s focus onto the present and future can make people happier, healthier and lead to better relationships. This method, if you will, is called the Time Perspective Therapy and involves figuring out which of six different outlooks best describes each individual.

The best profile to have: a blend of high past-positive, a moderately high level of future orientation and a moderate level of present hedonism. In other words, you like your past, you work for the future (but not so much as to be a workaholic) and choose when to seek pleasure in the present.

Choosing to focus on the positives from your past, actively setting goals for the future, and enjoying each day as the gift that it is, provides a well-rounded and, most likely, happy life. The study cited above provides guidelines of where you are right now, and areas in which you might grow. The decision of what to do or not do, however, is entirely up to you. It always has been. ~The Pacific Institute

7. A Methodist Manuscript, 1860-1957

A Partial Tabulation of Methodists in Sherman County, Oregon, and Antelope, Wasco County, Oregon, 1860-1957, a 148-page manuscript compiled by Sherry Kaseberg, Wasco, Oregon, with Chris Sanders, Kettle Falls, Washington, and Mark Fields, Salem, Oregon, will be placed in regional church and historical archives and libraries. It will be of interest to church, local history and family historians.

Section One presents the text of a small booklet, Gleanings of the History of Sherman County Methodists, that was Kaseberg’s contribution to a 1977 Christmas bazaar at the Wasco United Methodist Church. Her transcription of circuit and church records includes a general history of this church, membership rolls and marriages.

Section Two comprises records transcribed in 1977 that were not included in Gleanings: lists of church probationers, marriages, baptisms and funerals for Wasco, Spaulding Chapel, Moro, Grass Valley and Antelope Methodist congregations.

Section Three consists of related information, the result of collaborative research. Kaseberg’s 1965 Wasco Methodist Cemetery survey with supplementary notes, lists of Methodist ministers and obituaries for the Wasco, Moro, Grass Valley, Rutledge, Grant, Rufus and Antelope congregations are included. Sanders’ transcriptions of obituaries from microfilmed Sherman County newspapers are posted online at

8. Wasco County Historical Society Presents The Umatilla House, Oct. 20

The public is invited to attend Wasco County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:30 p.m., October 20th, in the Historic IOOF Building, 423 E. 2nd St., The Dalles. To make your luncheon reservation, $15 per person, please contact 541-296-8400 by Thursday, the 17th. The business portion will include the collection of annual dues beginning at the $25 level, the election of officers, and review of the past year. The program presented by Susan Buce, Collections Registrar at the Discovery Center & Museum, will feature “The Famous Umatilla House”, 1857-1930.  Located in downtown The Dalles, it was considered to be the finest hotel west of Chicago and north of San Francisco.  It was a dining experience at its best!

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

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EcoWatch: An Introduction to the State of Wind Power in the U.S.

Brilliant Maps: Light Pollution Around the World



Sherman County eNews #253


  1. Sherman County Court Regular Session, Oct. 16

  2. Flu Shot Clinic, Oct. 10

  3. Public Meeting Announcement. Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Oct. 14

  4. The Goldendale American Legion Auxiliary Fundraising Dinner, Oct. 12

  5. Greg Walden delivers keynote speech at christening of PCU Oregon

  6. Taking an Honest Look

  7. Nonprofit Members and How to Engage Them

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

1. Notice. Sherman County Court Regular Session, Oct. 16

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, October 16th, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

Agenda topics include Quarterly Reports by Nate Stice, Regional Solutions; Wade McLeod, District Attorney; Kya Mabe, Fair Secretary; Cindy Brown, OSU Extension; Amber Degrange, Juvenile Services; Marnene Benson-Wood, Treasurer; Senior Center; and Community Transit. Other topics are credit card policy, Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas grant agreement, County Commissioners’ reports, and the consent agenda: October 2nd minutes, September revenue/expenditure summary, and the treasurer’s report.

2. Flu Shot Clinic, Oct. 10

hand.wash4The Sherman County Medical Clinic will hold its annual Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, October 10th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Come and get your Flu Shot! For more information, please call 541-565-3325.



3. Public Meeting Announcement. Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Oct. 14

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019. This will include a board training at 5:00 p.m. and a Student Success Act listening session during the regular meeting. The meeting will be held in the Library Program Room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include Recognition of Students, Staff and Community Members; Student Body Report; Consent Agenda; Reports by Diane Hassing & Chuck Moore of Mid-Columbia Bus Company, Superintendent Wes Owens, K-12 Administrator/Athletic Director Mike Somnis, Community Engagement-Student Success Act (audience input), District Continuous Improvement Process, Student Success Act Application, Fall Regional Oct. 29 Oregon School Boards Association Conference, Preschool Contract Rate Reduction Review, Approve Swimming Co-op with The Dalles High School, Approve Softball Co-op with The Dalles High School, Policy Update First Reading, and non-agenda comments from audience.  The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.  If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660.

The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Please contact Wes Owens at the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate.  Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.

4. The Goldendale American Legion Auxiliary Fundraising Dinner, Oct. 12

Saturday October 12th

5:00 – 7:30 pm featuring Franny’s Salisbury Steak!!

Dinner includes salad bar, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, dinner roll and dessert

for only $10.00 per person.

7 PM Live Auction plus the Quilt and 50/50 Raffles

Members and guests are welcome.

Proceeds go toward the Bingo Room Floor Project.

Questions or to donate auction items, please contact

Suzanne Sparks 509-250-3944 or Diane Petersen 509-773-5332.

5. Greg Walden delivers keynote speech at christening of PCU Oregon.

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Saturday, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) delivered the keynote speech at the christening of PCU Oregon in Groton, Connecticut. The vessel is the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine and the third navy vessel to carry the state’s name. The submarine was christened with water from Crater Lake and Wine from Oregon.

          Walden’s Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Good morning,

I am delighted, humbled and honored to represent my state of Oregon; to look out on such a powerful force for freedom — the PCU Oregon; and to say “thank you” to the best fighting force of men and women that has ever sailed the seas.

Theodore Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy when construction began in the fall of 1891 on the last U.S.S. Oregon.  Roosevelt fought for naval superiority, and with good reason.

In 1898, the Oregon, under the command of Capt. Charles Edgar Clark, and with two-thousand extra tons of ammunition and coal, would travel about 250 nautical miles a day, battling harsh seas to join up with the North Atlantic Squadron in Peru on her way to fight in the Spanish-American War.  She burned through 4,100 tons of coal and traveled 14,500 miles in only 66 days — an unprecedented feat.

The New York Times declared the Oregon was “the most famous vessel in the American Navy, and among the modern fleets of the world there is no fighting vessel whose engines and batteries have accomplished more.”  She was called the “Bulldog of the Navy” and was said to have a “bone in her teeth.”

The Oregon was again called upon in World War I, but by World War II the Oregon’s outdated structure meant her highest value was scrap for steel to further the war effort.

While it has been many years since the original U.S.S Oregon sailed her last voyage — we shall always remember the brave sailors who so proudly answered the call of freedom.

Today we gathered to carry on this storied tradition by christening the future U.S.S. Oregon: a fast-attack, Virginia-class, nuclear powered submarine that will more than carry on the proud legacy of its predecessor.

This sub is 26 feet longer and can travel underwater 12 knots faster than the battleship it’s named for could travel upon the sea.

The task to build such a submarine takes time, thought, resources, and skill. It takes hard work and true American craftsmanship and innovation.

Everyone who helped design and build this submarine is a patriot; a defender of freedom.  You have done your duty to help secure the safety of all Americans — and our allies. And we thank you — especially those workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat — whose time and talent skillfully built this incredible submarine.

Please join me in applauding these men and women.

It is imperative, for the sake of the nation’s security, that Congress provides our Department of the Defense (DoD) with the budget necessary to build out our Navy and strengthen our military.

Thankfully, President Trump believes in this mission and is committed to supporting our nation’s military and veterans.  His budget backs up his words on both counts.  As a result, we are able to make sure the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform have the latest equipment and best training possible to defend our country and to protect themselves when in harms’ way.

And it is these men and women who will light the lights of this sub and give the U.S.S. Oregon its soul.  They will secure our freedom and protect our future.

I am inspired by their selfless commitment.

Those who answer the call to serve are the best of us.

For generations, Americans have served this nation with honor. They have selflessly sacrificed on behalf of people they will never know. Some have become prisoners of war, other heroes remain missing in action, and too many paid the ultimate price — one that we can never fully repay.

The U.S.S. Oregon and her crew know just how serious their mission is:  hunting down, and if needed, eliminating enemy submarines and ships that are armed with the capabilities of nuclear warfare.

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Michael J. Connor referenced these fast-attack submarines as a “game-changer” when it comes to working against rival military superpowers.

Consider the gravity of this mission: the submarine before us has the capability to prevent nuclear war.

The U.S.S. Oregon will not just be a guardian of the seas and a protector of freedom, but also, she will be home to roughly 130 sailors.  In the darkest depths of the ocean, her fortified hull and advanced sonar capabilities, will protect these brave warriors.

The security of America is their mission, their job, their noble commitment.

Neither the life nor the work is easy, but the role of a submarine and its crew is pivotal for America’s national security. It plays a large role in our country’s power stance in the world — not just today, but for many tomorrows.

Even in the darkest places, I know the light of freedom will guide the U.S.S Oregon and her crew.  And just remember, as wet and dark as it can get down there, we might just have wetter and darker times during the long winters in Oregon!  There’s a reason we’re called Ducks and Beavers.

Today, we will christen this ship with sparkling Oregon wine, and water from Crater Lake — the deepest lake in North America, about two-and-a-half times deeper than the published depth limit of this sub.

The U.S.S Oregon will navigate through the world’s oceans, touching every corner of the globe as she protects our great nation. She and her crew with be a symbol of freedom and democracy to all who encounter her.

I pray that the strength she projects will ensure the peace we all seek and that she will never see battle, never face danger, and always serve honorably, returning from each mission unscathed, and her crew will live long and prosperous lives.

But should they encounter the face of evil, I know she and they will live up to her great name, and honor those who built her — by doing what she and her crew were trained to do — defend freedom loving peoples.

Fair winds and following seas to the U.S.S Oregon and her crew.

May God Bless her and her crew…and may God bless the United States of America.

6. Taking an Honest Look

glassesMost of us are pretty sharp when it comes to noticing other people’s imperfections and faults, but not always about our own. Some folks have the mistaken idea that people with high self-esteem think that they are perfect. But the truth is that high self-esteem people don’t think they are perfect. However, they are continuously looking for ways they can improve.

It is people whose self-esteem is shaky who are threatened by looking at their imperfections and weaknesses. They don’t want to know about their problems, because then they may have to actually do something about them. Unfortunately, they don’t feel very effective when it comes to solving problems.

People with high self-esteem know that awareness of a problem is the first step toward solving it. However, they don’t get bogged down in the problem. They have a clear vision of what it will look like when the problem is fixed, and that is what they keep uppermost in their minds. They don’t beat themselves up when they make mistakes. Instead, they use mistakes as learning opportunities, and grow from them.

Also, they are used to taking a personal inventory. They feel competent and capable when it comes to doing what needs to be done to improve themselves and their behavior. Even when they are not sure exactly how they will accomplish the growth, they don’t let that stop them. They are confident that they can find a way…and they usually do.

As difficult as it may seem, at first, there is great value when we take an honest look at ourselves. So, gather up your courage and take that look in the mirror. If you don’t like what you see, you do have the power to change it. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Nonprofit Members and How to Engage Them

Notes from a blog:

1) Shy Members

  • The Problem. You recognize their faces, but can’t remember their names. They come to all of your nonprofit’s events, but it’s hard to get them to engage with other members. These members are also not likely to participate in a Q&A or share their opinions in a group setting, but they obviously support the cause because they keep attending your events, rain or shine.
  • How to Engage Them. It’s important to remember that shy people are not necessarily introverts. Psychology Today notes that shy people may really want to engage with others, they just experience anxiety thinking about taking the first steps. This is where you can help in planning smaller, low-key introductions to help bring them out of their shells.

2) Remote Members

  • The Problem. They can’t attend any events. You have never met them face-to-face, so you may not feel like they are as important as your local members. On top of this, if they are feeling disconnected, they are unlikely to let you know.
  • How to Engage Them. The key to keeping your contract with them and keeping them connected is providing a platform for effective communication — printed and e-newsletters, webinars, a private Facebook group, and online conferences are just a few ways you can increase the number of touchpoints with remote nonprofit members. It depends on how much effort you put into communicating with them. Ask for input.

3) Younger Members

  • The Problem. Your events tend to be a sea of salt and pepper hair, but you know you have younger members hiding somewhere… Unfortunately, many organizations focus on offering services geared towards their mature members, since they are their bread and butter, while neglecting the needs of their younger members.
  • How to Engage Them. Even if they aren’t coming to your events, younger members tend to be very active online. Engage the 20-35 set; they are your future donors, and you should be engaging strongly with those on the upper end of that age bracket — including on your board — to avoid a generation gap. Social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even Snapchat. Use pictures, tell real stories from your members, and share live video from events. Survey them to find out what topics they are most passionate about. 

4) Older Members

  • The Problem. Your older members are used to doing things a certain way for a long time. Change can cause them to feel disconnected with what’s going on.
  • How to Engage Them. When you change a membership process, explain why. Does the change save your organization more time or money? Does it create a way for your organization to grow, or communicate faster? Keep live events a priority. Since older members are more likely to have the time to attend and volunteer, have them take the lead in engaging with one another to help share information. Live events take a lot of work. Ask some older members to volunteer by taking minutes, organizing snacks, or setting up chairs. Long-time members can become forgotten. Continuously recognize these members for their loyalty and service to your organization. One thing to remember — older members are likely to be your most prominent financial backers, so do not let them slip through the cracks!

5) The Already Super-Engaged Member

  • The Problem. This member is already super-engaged, so there is no problem. They’re showing up to events, responding to messages, volunteering when they can, engaging with other members, and advocating for the organization. These are the members you wish all your members would be like.
  • How to Engage Them. You don’t need to do anything extra to engage these members, but there may be some ways they can help engage your other members, or even find new members. Here are six: Find out what made them super-engaged; use them to be on the look-out for new members; offer your biggest team player a spot on your board; don’t skip opportunities – member/volunteer awards recognition ceremonies and gifts.

Keep in mind is that there is never a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to keeping your members engaged. Take the time to dig deep into your members’ motivators, opportunities, barriers, and characteristics to tailor your engagement strategies for success.

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

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Town Hall Commentary: San Francisco vs. First Amendment


Sherman County eNews #252


  1. Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization holds community meetings

  2. Use It or Lose It

  3. How to Be a Great Nonprofit Board Member

  4. Nonprofits serving Sherman County

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

1. Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization holds community meetings 

Public invited to help shape future of local healthcare

Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) will hold community meetings in each of the 12 counties it serves. EOCCO serves Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members throughout the 12-county region.

The meetings present an opportunity to learn about community-driven health improvement efforts, and to consider shared strategies under the state’s next phase of coordinated care, known as “CCO 2.0.”

“The greatest strength of Eastern Oregon communities is collaboration. As we move into a new era of coordinated care, Eastern Oregon is uniquely positioned to raise the bar on healthcare for the individuals and families who call this region home,” said Kevin Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of EOCCO.

“We look forward to hearing from community members as we work together to build and consider new approaches to improving the healthcare system. Our commitment is better care and better health at lower costs for Eastern Oregon communities,” said Sean Jessup, EOCCO President.

Established in 2012, EOCCO serves about 50,000 members across a 50,000-square-mile service area — roughly the size of New York state.

“We’re really proud of the way the healthcare community has come together to form and support the CCO. Through these partnerships, we are rapidly becoming a nationwide model for success in rural communities,” said Robin Richardson, Chief Operating Officer and Board Chair of EOCCO.

On September 27, 2019, the Oregon Health Authority announced EOCCO’s five-year contract award as the coordinated care organization serving Oregon Health Plan members in the following counties: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler.

EOCCO will enter its next contract cycle on January 1, 2020. This fall, EOCCO will engage the public at meetings throughout the region.

“We believe in local decision-making and local solutions for better health in Sherman County. The EOCCO model has brought us together to achieve just that,” said Kristen Slatt, Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council Chair.

Meeting Schedule: (By Date)

Wallowa County: Thursday, October 10

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The Place

303 S Lake St, Joseph, OR 97846

Gilliam County: Thursday, November 7

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall

120 S Main St, Condon, OR 97023

Grant County: Tuesday, October 15

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Grant County Regional Airport

72000 Airport Rd, John Day, OR 97845

Sherman County: Thursday, November 7

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sherman County Senior Center

300 Dewey St, Moro, OR 97039

Umatilla County: Hermiston, Thursday, October 17

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Health Care System

610 NW 11th St, Conference Room A & B Hermiston, OR 97838

Morrow County: Thursday, November 7

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sage Center

101 Olson Rd NE, Boardman, OR 97818

Umatilla County: Milton-Freewater, Friday, October 18

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Oregon Child Development Coalition

403 Peabody St, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862

Harney County: Tuesday, November 12

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Oregon DHS Offices

809 W Jackson, #500, Burns, OR 97720

Umatilla County: Pendleton, Friday, October 18

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Pendleton Public Library

502 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801

Lake County: Thursday, November 14

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Lake District Hospital

Penn Wilbur Conference Room

700 J St, Lakeview, OR 97630

Wheeler County: Tuesday, October 29

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Isobel Edwards Hall

720 E 3rd St, Fossil, OR 97830

Union County: Friday, November 15

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Riveria Activity Center

2609 2nd St, La Grande, OR 97850

Baker County: Tuesday, November 5

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Oregon Trail Electric Company

4005 23rd St, Baker City, OR 97814

Malheur County: Tuesday, November 19

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Treasure Valley Community College

650 College Blvd, Weese Room 110

Ontario, OR 97914

The EOCCO team will hold community meetings in partnership with its affiliated Local Community Advisory Councils in each county. For more information about the upcoming meetings, please contact EOCCO at 541-298-2101 or visit

2. Use It or Lose It

Most people are familiar with the phrase, “use it or lose it,” which is usually said about muscle power. But scientists who are studying how the brain works have made some discoveries indicating that this saying holds true for our mental capacities as well.

They have discovered something about mastering difficult tasks that is very interesting. They have found that the better you get at doing something difficult, the less brainpower it takes. The brain is creating new pathways, and the more often the new task is accomplished, the more substantial the neural pathway becomes. Once this pathway is established, the messages travel faster and less energy is needed to move them along.

Now, in some ways this seems to contradict common sense. For instance, if you asked a runner to leap over obstacles in addition to increasing speed, he or she would obviously have to expend more energy.

However, the brain apparently works in the opposite way, using less fuel as it becomes more accomplished and as challenges are increased. Now, the relationship between practice and performance has always been obvious to musicians who know that it gets easier and easier to do more complex things, as you become a better player. (“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice. Practice. Practice!”)

We know that the same principle holds true for all of us. That is why it is so important to hang in there in the early stages of learning a new skill, even if you feel awkward and frustrated. If you do, the payoff will be there for you down the road and it will get a whole lot easier.

So, what new skill have you been putting off? How about giving it another try? Remember, there can be great fun in learning if you believe there can be. ~The Pacific Institute

3. How to Be a Great Nonprofit Board Member

Good Board Members

“Good” = desirable; more than adequate; leadership material

FOCUS on strengthening the nonprofit

“Your role as a trustee has two aspects: fiduciary and supportive. As a representative of the public at large you have a fiduciary obligation to watch out for the public interest. Your supportive role is to help make the organization work, to assist it in achieving its mission.” –Fisher Howe, in Welcome to the Board.

While some people assert that nonprofits should be more “business-like,” good board members recognize that in many ways nonprofits are more similar to the government sector than the business sector, in that each involves public service for the common good. Consider: Board = Legislative branch The nonprofit board is like the legislative branch in that it: sets the general direction and broad policies, but normally does not directly execute that policy adopts the budget and ensures there are sufficient resources to meet the nonprofit’s needs.

Executive Director and Staff = Executive branch. The general rule is that “the directors oversee, but do not directly engage in the corporation’s day-to-day operations.”~ABA Guidebook. “Boards and board members perform best when they exercise their responsibilities primarily by asking good and timely questions rather than by ‘running’ programs or implementing their own policies.

Board/staff relationships are what they should be when mutual expectations are agreed upon and issues and responsibilities are clearly defined.” ~Richard Ingram, in Ten Basic Responsibilities of N­onprofit Boards

Donors & Volunteers = Judicial branch: Just as the judicial branch provides independent oversight to the other branches, donors and volunteers provide informal oversight of nonprofit organizations, because if a nonprofit is not doing its job correctly, donors and volunteers will “rule against” the nonprofit by stopping their support. © 2009 National Council of Nonprofits. All rights reserved.

Great Board Members

“Great” = outstanding; sainthood material

FOCUS on strengthening the community

Great board members do not start out “great.” Rather, they travel along a continuum, picking up and mastering certain skills, including those of OK board members (in that they know and meet their fiduciary duties) and good board members (in that they have mastered their supportive roles of serving others within the organization). After mastering these phases, great board members emerge by having a broader perspective than self or even the nonprofit: they develop a vision that links the nonprofit to the broader nonprofit sector and act to serve, strengthen, and transform the entire community. Indeed, great board members are “community trustees.”

“Community trusteeship involves holding the community in trust by serving others and working for the common good.” –Tim Delaney

  • Holding the Community in Trust. The Relay Race of Life. “Being a trustholder of the community means serving as would a good steward. The good steward views the community as a gift from previous generations, but a gift with strings attached. One is obligated to pass the gift to future generations in a better state than that in which it was received…. The community is both our inheritance and our legacy.” ~National Association of Community Leadership, Taking Leadership to Heart (1996)
  • Being a Servant-Leader. “The servant-leader is servant first…. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve…first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. [This] is sharply different from the person who is leader first… for [this person] it will be a later choice to serve — after leadership is established…. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.” ~Robert Greenleaf, in The Servant as Leader.
  • Working for the Common Good. “Voluntary action on behalf of the common good is the inherited legacy of every American….” ~Katherine Tyler Scott, in Creating Caring & Capable Boards

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” ~John F. Kennedy.

Self-Evaluation – Board Members: Strengthening Your Abilities.

  • Are you in alignment with the nonprofit? Within the last year have you actively reflected on your connection with the nonprofit and recommitted yourself?
  • Are you meeting your personal legal duties? Duty of Care: Do you know the nonprofit’s mission – and apply it routinely in all board and committee matters? What continuing education/special training regarding nonprofits have you received in the last year? Duty of Loyalty: Do you know the nonprofit’s: Code of ethics? Conflict of interest policy? Duty of Obedience: Sure, your nonprofit involves a noble cause, but does the nonprofit have assurances that it is complying with applicable laws? A meaningful orientation and training program? A system to assist with ethical decision-making?
  • Are you meeting your broader fiduciary obligations? Time: During the last year, how many board meetings have been held and how many have you missed? Committee meetings? Treasure: During the last year, have you: Donated to the organization? Raised money for the organization? Talent: During the last year, what special talent have you shared and applied through the nonprofit?
  • Strengthening the nonprofit. When was the last time that the nonprofit conducted an ethics audit? Consider having an “ethics assessment/organizational review/accountability audit/public trust review” to ensure that the organization merits the public’s trust. After the ethics audit is completed, follow through on any corrective recommendations to continue to strengthen the organization.
  • Strengthening the Community. What can you do to help the entire nonprofit sector and the broader community? The acts of a few uninformed nonprofits can poison the well from which all nonprofits drink. All nonprofits should work together to ensure that everyone is earning the public’s trust. Recognize that maintaining public trust is a survival issue for the individual nonprofit and the nonprofit sector as a whole. o Additionally, coming together to share information and buying power could strengthen the sector and its individual members. Nonprofits will be strengthened and serve the community better when they come together to join their voices such as through their State Association. Everyone in the nonprofit sector should view it as their obligation/opportunity to serve as a “community trustee.”

4. Nonprofits serving Sherman County | Secretary of State

  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation
  • Sherman County Child Care Foundation, ABC Huskies Day Care
  • Sherman County Education Foundation
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum
  • Sherman County 4-H Association
  • Sherman County Preschool
  • Sherman County Booster Club
  • Sherman County Development League
  • Sherman County Experiment Station Foundation
  • North Central Livestock Association
  • Little Wheats Daycare
  • Community Presbyterian Church of Moro
  • Kent Baptist Church
  • Saint Mary Catholic Church of Wasco
  • Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church
  • The Baptist Church at Rufus
  • 1st Baptist Church of Grass Valley
  • United Methodist Church, Wasco
  • Wasco Church of Christ
  • Wasco Cemetery Association
  • Emigrant Springs Cemetery Association
  • Rose Hill Cemetery Association
  • ………And two local government entities that operate somewhat independently:
  • Grass Valley Pavilion
  • Wasco School Events Center.

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

bird.owl.limbWhat’s erupting? List & map of currently active volcanoes

Oregon Trails. Cutoff to Barlow Road. See Bibliography.

Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Columbia River Trading Company, The Dalles

5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People

Guns in Oregon: What you need to know

Gov. Kate Brown delays releasing public records for months, defying early promises of transparency

If you want to fly in 2020, get a passport now and avoid DMV lines during Real ID rollout, state says

Get Your Digital Accounts Ready In Case of Death

Nobel Prizes: Why is there One in Economics? Rewarding Neoliberal Flawed Theories

Imprimis: Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution


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  1. Car is King Weekend at Maryhill!

  2. Weather: October Outlook and September Monthly Climate Summary

  3. Catholic Mass Schedule Change

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 2

  5. Sherman County Court News, Sept. 18

  6. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 15

  7. Oregon State Capital Insider: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  8. Gradual Change

1. Car is King Weekend at Maryhill!

Saturday, October 5 & Sunday, October 6

Celebrate Sam Hill’s love of roads and the auto during this two-day event that’s fun for the whole family.


Concours de Maryhill | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Classic car show; anyone can enter. The show concludes with an awards ceremony followed by a barbecue dinner on the Museum lawn hosted by Bob’s Texas T-Bone. Dinner is $18 per person and is open to everyone, including the public. Dinner tickets are sold by Goldendale Motorsports Association and are available while preregistering for the show or on show day. Dinner is limited to the first 100 tickets. Organized by Goldendale Motorsports Association. Car show is free on museum grounds for spectators.  Want to enter your car? Click here for more information. Free on museum grounds for spectators

Drive the Maryhill Loops Road | Noon to 2 p.m.

The historic Maryhill Loops Road, one of the first modern roads in the Northwest, is opened for automobiles only twice a year. This is your chance to take a spin past the beautiful scenery and through the road’s eight hairpin curves. Free on the historic Maryhill Loops Road, located just east of US 97 off of State Route 14.

We will have several food trucks on site on Saturday, October 5, including Bob’s Texas T-Bone (they will also be doing dinner at $18 a person, through the Goldendale Motorsports Association—see info above), Tacqueria Veracruz, and Big River.


Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a two-mile timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. Free for spectators viewing the race from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated viewpoints along the route. Organized by the Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association; the Maryhill Loops Road is not open other drivers during this event, only approved cars and drivers will be competing.

MANY THANKS TO OUR Car is King Weekend Partners: Goldendale Motor Sports Association | Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association | Maryhill Museum of Art | Tri-Cities Strictly British Motor Club | Yakima Valley Sports Car Club and the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce.

2. Weather: October Outlook and September Monthly Climate Summary

raindropYou can find the October outlook and the

September monthly climate summary

AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray)

for Moro at

~Marilyn Lohmann

National Weather Service Pendleton  541-276-7832

3. Catholic Mass Schedule Change


 (Effective October 6, 2019 to March 29, 2020)

St. Mary, 807 Barnett Street, Wasco

*Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30pm

Weekday Mass: 8:30am Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday


St. John the Baptist, Hwy. 97, Grass Valley

*Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00pm

We welcome everyone to join us!

4. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 2

By Temporary Administrative Assistant Kristi Brown


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on October 2, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Heard a quarterly report from Jenine McDermid, Clerk. During which, she informed that paid postage for return ballot envelopes would be effective January 1, 2020, Precinct Committee Person filing requirements had changed, and probate fees had increased effective October 1, 2019.
  • Heard from Mark Coles, Road Master, who gave a quarterly report, and an update on the Finnegan Bridge project.
  • Heard quarterly reports from Shawn Payne, Emergency Services, Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Development District, Wes Owens, Sherman County School Superintendent, Amy Asher, Prevention, and Rod Asher, Weed District.
  • Heard a request from Rod Asher, Weed District, to purchase a utility vehicle and trailer. Authorized the purchase of a 2019 Kubota RTV-X1120 utility vehicle for $13,250, and an Iron Eagle ATV trailer for $2,004, pending pricing research on the same utility vehicle model.
  • Approved the appointment of Mike McArthur from the Non-Office Holding Pool, and Joe Dabulskis and Tom McCoy from the Office Holding Pool to the 2019-2020 Board of Property Tax Appeals.

5. Sherman County Court News, Sept. 18

September 18, 2019

Contact: Kristi Brown 541-565-3416

Transportation Plan, Fiber Proposals, Hiring Part-time employee, PERS – Employer Investment Fund, and DeMoss Park Bandstand were the main items on the agenda during the September 18th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), presented a proposal to update Sherman County’s Community Transit’s Coordinated Transportation Plan. Explaining the State of Oregon requires the Plan be updated every three years, and was a requirement to be eligible for Statewide Transportation Improvement Funds (STIF). The development of the plan would take roughly 12 months. Marnene Benson-Wood, Transportation Director, explained grant funds were available to cover all of the $10,700 project budget, except the 10.27% in match funds the County would be required to pay. Court motioned to approve the proposal and agreement to contract with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), for an update of the Sherman County Coordinated Transportation Plan.

Dan Bubb, Gorge Networks, addressed the court regarding the numerous statements the County had received. He apologized for the misunderstanding, and explained why each proposal had been sent. Initially locations outside the city limits were not intended to be included in the fiber project, but Gorge Networks offered to extend the fiber network out for $8,000, to provide services to the Planning Department, Weed District, RV Park, and Fairgrounds. He was unaware the County would be covering the installation cost, and thus the proposals reflected different payment and installation options.  The latest proposal he provided the County had offered a discount off of the initially stated $8,000 installation charge, due to the confusion. Court motioned to approve Gorge Networks proposal to extend fiber to the Planning Department, Weed District, RV Park, and Fairgrounds, with a non-recurring installation charge of $7,291, and a recurring monthly charge of $259.85; this motion amends the previous motion passed, July 17, 2019.

Bryan Hunt, Veterans’ Services, requested permission to hire a part-time employee. The position would be no more than 19 hours per week; would assist with outreach services, administrative duties, and other responsibilities to help lighten the work that pulls him out of the office. He explained his out of office time was adding up, and making it more difficult to provide in-office services. Judge Dabulskis discussed his concerns in regards to approving the addition of a part-time employee, and stated he would like to see a list of daily duties for Mr. Hunt, as well as a list of duties he would expect from the part-time employee, before he would make a decision on the matter. Commissioner Bird questioned the cost for the position, and whether the funds were available in Mr. Hunt’s budget. Hunt presented the court with a sample pay salary, prepared by the Finance Department, and noted his budget would allow the addition of the requested employee. The Court requested Mr. Hunt present a list of his duties, and a job description for the part-time position, before any decision would be made.

Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, inquired as to the Courts thoughts regarding investing in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Employer Investment Fund side account. She stated there had been new information in the matter, requiring payment of the Transitional liability debt before the side account could be created.  She explained the Transitional Liability was debt the County owed after joining the State pool, and felt it should be paid whether or not the Court decided to invest in the side account. The Court agreed with Hayden, to pay the Transitional Liability. Commissioner McCoy asked what the downside of investing in the side account would be, and what could go wrong; Hayden replied that the unknown was a concern, there were no assurances; the funds would be invested, and susceptible to the market. Commissioner Bird noted some potential concerns, and questioned whether or not it would be worth taking the risk. Hayden explained if the side account was not created, the County’s rates would still be subject to the market, and believed the County would be worse off without it, knowing the market will affect rates anyway. If the County invested $1.2 million into another source, such as a Money Market account, the return would not be as substantial as the projected rate savings. At a $1.2 million contribution, the 2019-2021 biennium savings was projected to be $215,000, and with each biennium the savings are projected to increase. Court motioned to authorize Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, to payoff Sherman County’s Transitional Liability in the amount of $333,073.00, and make a contribution of $1.2 million, in order to generate $300,000.00 in matching funds, to create a new side account.

Elbert DeMoss, Matthew DeMoss, and Elizabeth DeMoss, addressed the court regarding the previously surplused deteriorating DeMoss Park Bandstand. They made a request to allow their family the opportunity to come up with funding to preserve the building, and prevent the building from being demolished. Judge Dabulskis discussed the steps the County had tried in order to preserve the building. He explained safety was the Courts main concern, the building had deteriorated over the years, and presented a danger to the public. Judge Dabulskis would like the family to have the opportunity to restore the building, but explained due to its condition he did not want the process to drag out. The Court conceded to grant the family time to work on funding, and made a plan to revisit the discussion in four months, to see what progress the family had made.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the 2019 payment amount of $590, to eligible recipients of Sherman County’s Resident Compensation Plan.
  • Approved Resolution No. 06-09-2019, transferring Revenue Funds within the Tri-County Veterans Fund.
  • Approved the Fiber Development contract between Inland Development and Sherman County.
  • Recommended Mike Smith, Caitlin Blagg, Cindy Brown, Kristen Slatt, Ashley Danielson, and Nadja McConville, be appointed or reappointed to the Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council (LCAC).
  • Recommended Rita Wilson be appointed to the North Central Regional Solutions Advisory Committee.
  • Accepted Oregon State University’s Purchase Order, in the amount of $17,347.00 for the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse.
  • Approved the Minutes of September 4, 2019, as presented.
  • Approved the August 2019 Revenue/Expenditure Summary.
  • Approved the August 2019 Treasurer’s Report, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA), County Speed Bumps, Building Codes, County Employee Credit Card Policy, Utility Trailer Tires, Senate Bill 2 – Eastern Oregon Land Use Legislations, and Commissioner Reports.

6. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 15

October 15, 2019

1:30 p.m.

Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

1 –     Approve July 16, 2019 Minutes

2 –     Executive Committee – Sheriff Mike Smith

3 –     Law Enforcement User Group Update – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

4 –     IGA Update – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

5 –     Approve By-Laws – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

6 –     Frontier TeleNet Update – Lynn Morley

7 –     ESD Lease/Tower – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

8 –     Director’s Update – Director Renee Heidy

      If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

      As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Agenda Distributed October 4, 2019

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Chair – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Elizabeth Farrar –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Commissioner Mae Huston –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Judge Joe Dabulskis –

Sheriff Mike Smith –

Judge Lynn Morley –

7. Oregon State Capital Insider: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 03 October 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon news stories.

17: Children that Bryce Cleary, a Portland doctor, recently found out he fathered through a decades-old sperm donation to Oregon Health & Science University, according to The Oregonian. 

$5.25 million: Amount Cleary is suing OHSU for because, he says, the university promised that his sperm would be used to father at most five kids, and that those kids would be born to women outside of Oregon.

18: Months Gov. Kate Brown has said she could delay a state plan to address addiction to drugs, according to Willamette Week. She won’t support legislation or budget bills to address addiction in the 2020 session, the weekly reports.

923: Wildfires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry this fire season, which ended Tuesday.

56: Percentage decline this year from the average acres burned.

8: Oregon cases of respiratory illness associated with vaping, two of them fatal, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

0: Relatives Secretary of State Bev Clarno can hire, according to the Statesman Journal, which reported on advice the state ethics commission provided Clarno, who was appointed Secretary of State earlier this year.

$547,000: Amount state lawmakers spent in 2017 hiring their relatives, according to The Oregonian. State law allows legislators to hire relatives — and they often do.

$15 million: Approximate amount labor groups gave to state races in Oregon in the 2017-18 election cycle, according to

2: Public employee unions — the AFL-CIO and AFSCME — who have announced they won’t endorse or give money to candidates who voted for this year’s reforms to the state’s pension system.

8. Gradual Change

Do you ever feel discouraged because your work on personal growth isn’t going as quickly as you would like? Let’s spend a little time on this today.

Many people are interested in doing all they can to develop strong and positive self-esteem, and that is a very good thing. But sometimes, there is a tendency for folks who have just started the process of deliberate personal growth to take themselves a bit too seriously. Expectations run high and personal change can’t come fast enough. The same thing can happen to an organization as it embarks on a growth initiative.

Individuals may find themselves going abruptly from relative non-awareness (or confidence that there wasn’t any need to change in the past) to total and complete introspection. They hold a magnifying glass up to every thought, feeling, act and relationship. Growth and change then get bogged down in the details.

Perhaps these folks need to relax and take it easy. Take the changes a step at a time, a day at a time. Developing high self-esteem is a gradual process, so you don’t need to pressure yourself to get there all at once. New or revised organizational mission and values statements take a while to soak into the fabric of the organization.

Artists and craftsmen work steadily on their creations. They don’t get frantic over completion. As the old saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Give yourself time and space to develop and rework your self-picture. In the meantime, relax and enjoy yourself. Get involved in activities you like and have fun. Life’s too short not to.

If you are tempted to measure your progress, use a broad time range. See yourself today as compared to five or ten years ago, but always keep your eye on where you want to be. And remember the story of the tortoise and the hare – slow and steady wins the race. As long as you work consistently, you will get there! ~The Pacific Institute


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2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
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THANK YOU, TIMES-JOURNAL CREW! The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411 $37.50/year; $47.50 for beyond this area. Sherman County eNews highly recommends our participation and subscriptions! ~The Editor.

Kudos to Chris and Carrie Kaseberg and their entire crew … Gail Macnab, Jonathan and Kalie Rolfe and the Sherman County Historical Society sponsors for the fundraising gala on the 14th. They thought of everything to provide a memorable afternoon and evening. It is wonderful to see the younger generation volunteering and interested in keeping our museum funded. Thank you, everyone! ~Dorothy Benson, Moro

THANK YOU! The Sherman County Historical Society would like to send out a BIG thank you to all the individuals and businesses that supported “A Night at the Museum” on Saturday, Sept. 14. We could not have asked for a better evening, as the weather was perfect, the food was excellent, the beer and wine were tasty and the venues were great! Thank you also to everyone who donated to the silent and oral auctions and to those who bid on the amazing items. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the continual upkeep of the museum. Again, thank you from the fundraiser committee and the Sherman County Historical Society. 

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~Margaret Cousins



AN AFTERNOON OF SHERMAN COUNTY TALENT: SHERMAN COUNTY ARTISTS & CRAFTERS! It is not too late sign on as an artist/vendor for the “Wasco School Events Center Presents: An Afternoon of Sherman County Talent.” This fundraiser will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 20th, and will feature local talents sharing their works. We would love to hear from a few more of the talented folks of Sherman County who would like to be a part of this event to show off their works, make contacts with potential customers and even make some sales that day! Contact Melissa Kirkpatrick at WSEC, (541-442-5778) for more information.

GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. The 8th Max Nogle Dinner-Auction-Dance will be held at the Grass Valley Pavilion on Saturday, November 16 beginning at 5 pm. Proceeds will go toward continuing improvements to the pavilion. Come and enjoy an evening of good food and fun. AND get a look at the upgraded kitchen!


Sherman County: For The Record Calls for Stories: AFS Exchange Students! Editor Gladys Wesley is working on the next issue of Sherman County: For The Record and needs your stories. She would like to receive stories from AFS exchange students about where they were from, their time in Sherman County, life after Sherman County and what they are doing now. She has one from Penny which was on FB and is a good example of what she is looking for. Please send the stories to Gladys at the email address with subject line FTR Story. ~Sherman County Historical Society 

Participate in the process of your community and country. One person can make a difference.  Take a stand. Do something about it. Look hard at your larger community–it may need your specific participation. –Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey


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) 303-5093 







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SHERMAN COUNTY ARTISTS & CRAFTERS! It is not too late sign on as an artist/vendor for the “Wasco School Events Center Presents: An Afternoon of Sherman County Talent.” This fundraiser will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 20th, and will feature local talents sharing their works. We would love to hear from a few more of the talented folks of Sherman County who would like to be a part of this event to show off their works, make contacts with potential customers and even make some sales that day! Contact Melissa Kirkpatrick at WSEC, (541-442-5778) for more information.

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



4-6 Shaniko Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival in Shaniko and Madras

5 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

5-6 Car is King at Maryhill Museum 10-4

5 Concours de Maryhill, Free Classic Car Show followed by $10 BBQ Dinner 9-4

5 Drive the Maryhill Loops Road 12-2 Free | just east of U.S. 97 off of State Route 14

6 Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill climb 9-5 Maryhill Loops Road. Free viewing Hwy. 97 Overlook.

7 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation Meeting 10-12

7 Grass Valley City Council 7 City Hall

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

9 Rufus City Council 7

9 Sherman County Scholarship Association 5:30 Library

9-13 Trailing of the Sheep, Sun Valley, Idaho

10-12 Oregon Cattlemen’s Convention, Bend

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


14 Sherman County School Board Meeting 7

15 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting 12 China Gorge, Hood River

15 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting 1:30 Condon

15 Tri-County Community Corrections Board Meeting 3:30 Gilliam County

15 Wasco City Council 7

16 Sherman County Court 9

19 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Celebration

20 Afternoon of Sherman County Talent (art show, silent auction) 2-5 Wasco School Events Center

23 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Fossil

25 Trunk or Treat 6-7 Senior Center Parking Lot, Moro

28 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Bldg., Moro




4 Grass Valley City Council 7


5 Moro City Council 7

6 All County Prayer Meeting Kent Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

6-10 American Agri-Women Convention in Tigard

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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


12 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Rufus City Council

16 8th Annual Max Nogle Dinner, Auction, Dance 5 Grass Valley Pavilion

19-21 Association of Oregon Counties Annual Conference

20 Sherman County Court 9



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  1. Public Meeting Notice. Wasco School Events Center, Oct. 9

  2. Mid Columbia Bus Company Seeks Bus Drivers

  3. Sherman County Court Minutes Archived Online, Sept. 18

  4. Non-profit Organization Seeks Volunteers for High School Exchange Students

  5. Phelps – d’Autremont Pipe Organ Restoration Concert Celebration, Oct. 20

  6. The Power of Women in Community Film and Panel, Oct. 17

  7. Sherman County Emergency Services September Activity Report

1. Public Meeting Notice. Wasco School Events Center, Oct. 9

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on October 9th, 2019, 6p.m at the WSEC, 903 Barnett Street. The public is welcome!

2. 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!


  • 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) 303-5093



3. Notice. Sherman County Court Minutes Archived Online, Sept. 18

Approved minutes of the September 18, 2019 Regular Session of the Sherman County Court, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

~Kristi Brown

Sherman County Court

Deputy Clerk/Temporary Administrative Assistant

4. Non-profit Organization Seeks Volunteers for High School Exchange Students

ASSE International, a non-profit student exchange program, is seeking volunteers to serve as Area Representatives in your local community. ASSE offers qualified students from around the world, between the age of 15 and 18, the opportunity to spend a high school year or semester in the United States with a host family. The opportunity to study abroad and live with a host family is also offered to our American high school students between 15-18 years old. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible!

Area Representatives recruit and screen potential host families, supervise the exchange students in their community, organize activities with the students throughout the year and provide support to host families, students and schools. Area representatives receive compensation covering their expenses incurred for each student placed and supervised.

Imagine the world of peace and greater understanding. Imagine yourself as part of the solution! Today’s teens are tomorrow’s parents, international business people and possibly even future political leaders! Share your corner of America by helping a foreign teen experience life in your area!

For more information call 800-733-2773, visit us online at or email

Founded by the Swedish National Department of Education, ASSE International (formerly American Scandinavian Student Exchange) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, public benefit organization. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the United States Department of State and cooperates with the Canadian Provincial Ministries of Education.

5. Phelps – d’Autremont Pipe Organ Restoration Concert Celebration, Oct. 20

Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles is hosting a concert celebrating the restoration of the Phelps – d’Autremont Pipe Organ. Over the past year, the church and the community of The Dalles raised over $11k to fully restore the pipe organ to new condition.

The concert starts at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church, 101 West 10th Street, Corner of 10th and Union in The Dalles. Performances will be heard from guest organist Heidi Kohne, as well as The Dalles pianist Barbara Haren and current Zion Lutheran Church organist Garry Estep. Kohne is an officer of the American Guild of Organists chapter in Portland. State and municipal dignitaries will be in attendance. A reception will be held following the concert in the newly renovated Sawyer Fellowship Hall.

Admission is free, and there is a “quiet room” available for small children.

The Phelps – d’Autremont pipe organ, the newest of five well-maintained pipe organs in The Dalles, boasts 23 ranks (sets of pipes) with a total of 1,136 pipes. The console has two keyboards, full pedal board, and 18 stops. The pipes, wind chests, and console were designed and constructed by Lawrence Phelps and Associates of Erie, Pennsylvania, and installed by D’Autrey Organ Builders of Portland, Oregon. Manufacture started in 1973 and was completed in 1976.

Restoration work, performed by internationally known pipe organ craftsman Frans Bosman from the town of Mosier, OR, included: adjustment of console key and pedalboard electronics; removal, cleaning, and replacement, tuning and voicing of all pipes; adjustment, cleaning, and lubrication of all wind chests, mechanisms, and motors; and replacement of stop draw knobs, including allowance for expansion of the pipe organ.

For more information contact Garry Estep at .

6. The Power of Women in Community: Film and Panel, Oct. 17

On October 17, the Gorge Technology Alliance and Gorge Women in STEM invite the community to a film and panel discussion on how predominantly-male industries can support women in the workplace. The event will bring filmmaker Jennifer Cloer to share Episode 2 of the Chasing Grace Project as an encore from her screening of Episode 1 in the Gorge in 2018. While Episode 1 focused on the difference in pay between women and men in similar positions, Episode 2 explores the progress that women working in the male-dominated tech industry are making and the rise of communities of support.

Following the short film, a panel of businesses and women-centered initiatives will share experiences and offer best practices for businesses to take away. The event is Thursday, October 17, at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with desserts and the program starts around 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 cash at the door or online at Sponsors include Google, NW Natural and the Tech Association of Oregon.

The Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Gorge Women in STEM is an initiative of the GTA dedicated to connecting and supporting women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math in the Gorge. Contact Jessica Metta, Executive Director, at 541-296-2266, or learn more at

7. Sherman County Emergency Services September Activity Report

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

September 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
9-01 1:55 PM Ankle Injury Oregon Raceway Park in Grass Valley
9-02 9:43 AM Weakness Wasco
9-05 4:07 PM Chest Pain Kent
9-07 11:47 AM Illness Wasco
9-07 2:01 PM Fall Injury Deschutes River Access Road
9-07 5:01 PM Head Injury Wasco
9-07 6:18 PM Possible Suicidal Female Rufus
9-07 7:10 PM Possible Broken Ankle Grass Valley
9-10 9:12 AM High Blood Pressure Moro
9-15 9:08 PM Unresponsive Male Pilot in Biggs
9-16 10:43 AM Difficulty Swallowing Wasco
9-17 2:32 PM Medical Condition Wasco
9-18 9:48 AM Motor Vehicle Crash Old Hwy 30  1 Mile West of Rufus
9-18 10:15 AM Facial and Neck Swelling Wasco
9-21 2:45 PM Motor Cycle Crash Oregon Raceway Park in Grass Valley
9-22 11:52 AM Medical Alert Moro
9-22 6:20 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 52 (Mutual Aid)
9-23 8:11 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 4
9-24 6:34 PM Chest Pain Grass Valley
9-26 7:37 PM Chest Pain Rufus
9-27 12:19 PM Breathing Difficulty Biggs Jct.
9-27 3:15 PM Football Standby Sherman County School
9-27 6:45 PM Football Standby Sherman County School
9-28 12:55 PM Breathing Problem Rufus
9-28 8:59 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 110
9-30 1:51 PM Side Pain Wasco


North Sherman County RFPD

September 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
9-02 9:47 AM Ambulance Assist Wasco
9-07 11:56 AM Ambulance Assist Wasco
9-07 2:05 PM Ambulance Assist Deschutes River Access Road
9-07 5:01 PM Ambulance Assist Wasco
9-11 4:03 AM Hazardous Spill Shell Station in Biggs
9-19 6:31 PM Vehicle Fire I-84  MP# 112
9-23 8:11 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 3
9-26 7:44 PM Ambulance Assist Giles French Park in Rufus
9-28 1:03 PM Ambulance Assist Rufus
9-28 8:59 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 110
9-30 1:56 PM Ambulance Assist Wasco


Sherman County eNews #249


  1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Oct. 15

  2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

  3. Organizational Inspiration

  4. National Fire Prevention Week: Prepare for safe home fire escape

  5. Changes to Oregon’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefit Amounts

  6. Walden, Newhouse, Sec. Rick Perry to visit Hanford Site

  7. Public Comment Period for Administrative Rules Defining ATV Classes

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

Use your brain for thinking, not as a storehouse.  First, write things down so you don’t have to remember them.  Second, learn where to find information so you don’t have to remember it. ~Fred Meyer.

As of today, October 1st, the burn ban is lifted in Sherman County.

1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Oct. 15

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, Oct. 15th, at Grace Su’s China Gorge Restaurant in Hood River.  All persons interested in education from Sherman, Wasco & Hood River Counties are invited.  A special guest will be OREA State Co-President Lona Odom.  If not on a “telephone tree,” luncheon reservations may be made by calling 541-478-3429.

2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 2 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can.  ~ Red Gibbs

3. Organizational Inspiration

How do you create an organization that inspires people to do their flat-out best? Here are a few quick tips.

Canvassing some of the best organizational development people in the business, and those who coach people and organizations to use more of their potential, there are a few things to do. Based on the latest research in cognitive and organizational psychology, here, in a nutshell, is how to create an organization that inspires people to do their best.

First, you need an inspiring goal, a common vision of a clearly-defined end result, shared by everyone, talked about often and affirmed daily. Then, you need people who believe in their own ability to attain that end result, to stretch and get creative when it comes to figuring out how they are going to achieve this desired end result.

You need people who know that if they are going to succeed, they can depend on each other, and trust each other, to deliver the goods. Now, you don’t have to go out and hire these folks. You can do it with people who are already on the job, if you are willing to spend some time teaching them, and yourself, how to be successful. At the very core of leadership is the willingness to become a part of the team that’s making the organizational vision become reality.

Next, develop a good system for tracking performance and giving feedback. A good rule to remember is “what gets measured, gets done.” Finally, reward desired performance, including innovation and risk-taking, in meaningful ways to empower people to act and to deal with problems directly at every level. You will be delighted with the results! ~The Pacific Institute

4. National Fire Prevention Week: Prepare for safe home fire escape

In support of National Fire Prevention Week, and at the request of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed October as Fire Prevention Month.

Oregon’s theme mirrors the 2019 national theme: “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape.™”

“During a typical home fire, you may have just minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “Planning and practicing escapes can help you and your family make the most of this narrow window of time and give everyone enough time to get out safely.”

In the five-year period from 2014 through 2018, home fires killed 154 people, and injured another 1,029, in Oregon.

Here are simple steps to plan and prepare for your safe home fire escape:

  • Ensure your home has working smoke alarms and remember to check them monthly.
  • Make an escape map, showing every window and door, and share it with everyone in the household.
  • Know two ways out of every room, if possible.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year, during the night and day.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out; never go back inside for others or pets.
  • Once outside, then call 9-1-1.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire agency and visit the OSFM’s website. Additional resources may also be found on the National Fire Protection Association website.

5. Changes to Oregon’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefit Amounts

Oregon.Flat.poleIn October, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients may see an increase in their monthly food benefits.

What is SNAP?

SNAP is a federally funded program that offers supplemental nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. In Oregon, individuals and families apply for SNAP benefits at Department of Human Services (DHS) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) offices across the state.

Why are monthly SNAP benefits changing?

SNAP monthly benefit amounts are based on federal guidelines. The annual changes are made to reflect changes in the cost of living and other allowances. Cost of living is the amount of money needed to support a basic standard of living. Rules regarding monthly benefit amounts are changed at the beginning of each Federal fiscal year. The fiscal year begins on October 1st.

Will SNAP benefits decrease for some participants?

Monthly benefits amounts are determined based on current reported income and deductions. We don’t expect any decreases due to this annual adjustment.

Will SNAP recipients be sent a letter if their monthly benefits have changed?

SNAP recipients will not be sent a letter if their benefits increase or stay the same; however, if benefits decrease, a notice of reduction will be mailed.

Are SNAP eligibility requirements changing?

No. Changes to the cost of living guidelines do not change eligibility requirements.

What action is needed?

No action is needed. Benefit changes will begin with October SNAP benefits.

Questions? SNAP recipients can contact their local DHS or AAA office for more information. Find a local office at:

6. Walden, Newhouse, Sec. Rick Perry visit Hanford Site

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on a visit to the Hanford Site, in Washington State.

The Hanford Site is one of the designated locations where the U.S. Federal Government stores nuclear waste. The site currently sits near the Columbia River, posing a potential threat to communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. The trip was a celebration to commemorate the completion of the K-Basin sludge transfer. This transfer was completed under budget, ahead of schedule, and reduces the environmental risks to the Columbia River.

 7. Public Comment Period for Administrative Rules Defining ATV Classes

4-wheeler1Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting public comments on a proposed change to Oregon Administrative Rule language defining class IV ATV’s. During the 2019 legislative session, state lawmakers voted to change the definition to increase the width and weight of vehicles classified as class IV ATV’s. An administrative rule change is necessary to reflect the change in state law.

Under the new law and proposed rule, class IV ATV’s are defined as weighing 2,500 pounds or less and measuring 80 inches wide or less.

OPRD will accept public comments on the proposed change through 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Comments can be made online, in writing or via email:

  • Online:
  • In writing: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn. Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301
  • Email:

After reviewing public comments, OPRD staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its November 2019 or February 2020 business meeting.

The full text of the proposed change is available online at

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

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