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MARCH 2018


LOCAL HISTORY ONLINE. Sherman County, Oregon, A Historical Collection, a brand new local history website, was recently introduced by Sherry Kaseberg of Wasco, Oregon. This collection honors the people who lived here, kept the records, preserved the stories and encouraged her interest. It’s truly the work of many, and will appeal to history enthusiasts, the curious and genealogists. http://shermancountyoregon.com/.

INTERESTED IN WASCO HISTORY AND PEOPLE? Check out this list of articles from Sherman County: For The Record. (Thank you, Sherry Kaseberg!)


Contact Amy Asher at (541) 442-8595 or akasher777@gmail.com

Per the Nuisance Ordinance, the City publishes three notices beginning in March.  After the final notice in May, the City will begin the abatement process on any properties not in compliance
 - Section 6 of the Wasco Nuisance Ordinance describes the term noxious vegetation as, “Weeds more than 10” high; grass more than 10” high (excluding vegetation that constitutes an agricultural crop); poison oak or ivy; puncture vine; and any vegetation that is a health hazard, a fire hazard, or a traffic hazard because it impairs the view of a public thoroughfare.”

 - “Between May 15 and September 30 of any year, no owner or person in charge of property may allow noxious vegetation to be on property or in the right-of-way of a public thoroughfare abutting on the property. It shall be the duty of the owner or person in charge of property to cut down or to destroy grass, shrubbery, brush, bushes, weeds, or other noxious vegetation as often as needed to prevent them from becoming unsightly, from becoming a fire hazard, or in the case of weeds or other noxious vegetation, from maturing or from going to seed."
- In the event that a particular property has not been cleared of noxious vegetation prior to May 15, Section 6 states that, “The City is willing to abate such a nuisance on any particular parcel or property at the request of the owner of the property for a fee sufficient to cover the City’s cost of the abatement. In the absence of such request, the City intends to abate the nuisance and charge the cost of doing so to the property owner, the person in charge thereof, or the property itself”.
FYI: The Transfer Site located on Welk Road is open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from noon to 4:00p.m. and accepts yard debris. For rates call 541-298-5149.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN WORKING TO IMPROVE YOUR TOWN? If so, you may want to consider serving on / volunteering for one of these committees, groups, or events that take place in Wasco.  If you'd like to learn more about any of the committees, groups or events listed above, stop by Wasco City Hall, or call the City Clerk, Ali Roark at 541-442-5515.
SmileWASCO MEMORIAL DAY COMMITTEE: Have you ever stopped to think about how much work it takes to pull off the Annual Memorial Day Celebration? LOTS AND LOTS – and more help is needed every year!!

SmileWASCO COMMUNITY GARDEN: Located on the corner of Sandon St. and Church St., plots are available to residents of Wasco -- with specially designed, kid-friendly plots also offered to children (and teachers) of North Sherman Preschool, Cougar Camp, and the child-care facilities located in Wasco.

SmileWASCO RAILROAD & CITY HISTORY CENTER: Located in the Depot, this "history center" allows visitors a chance to view the intricate model railroad display, and check out various artifacts and photos of the local area. The Depot is open Fridays and Saturdays during the summer – dependent on Volunteers.
SmileWASCO SALMON/STEELHEAD TOURNAMENT: This annual Event is held the 4th Saturday of September – beginning at Heritage Landing at the mouth   of the Deschutes River, and ending at the Wasco Depot where weigh-in takes place. Volunteers are needed at both sites.
SmileHALLOWEEN FUN HOUSE….. and SANTA'S WORKSHOP: Both of these holiday-based events take place in downtown Wasco, with the local merchants also taking part in the festivities. Volunteers are needed at Wasco City Hall to help before (organization and decorating), during (manning tables and handing out treats, and after (clean up).
SmileWASCO CITY/COMMUNITY LIBRARY (Located in the Wasco Annex): Did you know that this amazingly well-stocked library is operated SOLELY by volunteers, under the supervision of Danee Rankin – our dedicated, volunteer Director? With limited shelf space, and lots of books, there is always something to do. (Volunteers are greatly appreciated).

WANTED:  Old railroad related items, photos, papers, N-gauge model railroad pieces, old barn photos, photos of barn construction or photos of the BIG work horses and old photos of early Wasco or articles of old history of Wasco or items related to early Wasco for display in Wasco's RR and City History Center (RR Depot) . Contact Carol MacKenzie at 541-442-5079 or wlmack@yahoo.com.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHERMAN eNEWS - IT'S FREE! A volunteer project since 1999, Sherman County eNews is a free, blog-based news service for Sherman County and the region. High priority is placed on positive, community-building information and news. To subscribe, go to http://shermancountynews.com/ and follow the instructions on the right side of the page under Follow Blog via Email. Thank you! The Editor


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