PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY MARY GORHAM
Two Hermiston restaurants founded as carry-out enterprises are expanding to allow people to eat inside.
New salad restaurant Veg Out has expanded and added indoor seating just in time for winter weather. The shop at 319 W Locust Avenue, owned by Jaclyn Crowder and Ben Millard, has also added wraps and soups to its menu since opening in August.
Delish Bistro, another local restaurant that started as take-out only and then added outdoor seating, will also be able to offer tables indoors starting in February after owners LaNae and Carol Hull started renting and renovating the former Stet’s Steakhouse building at 1619 N First St. For now the restaurant remains behind Cottage Flowers.
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Activity around the vacant former bank in the Safeway plaza parking lot has sparked rumors of a gas station, but the building is slated to become the new home of the Hermiston Department of Motor Vehicles. A DMV spokesman said it will still be a few months before the DMV moves in, but the move should happen in the spring or summer of next year.
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For those already looking ahead to Veterans Day, the annual Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast honoring veterans will be Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 a.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center. The chamber is still collecting photos of veterans for a tribute slide show. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the chamber offices, 415 S Highway 395, by Nov. 6. All veterans and family members are asked to RSVP to at 541-567-6151 or email@example.com. For a full listing of Veterans Day events in the area, plus a special tribute to local veterans, check out next week’s Hermiston Herald.
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Eighty pounds of prescription drugs were collected on Saturday at a deposit site for unused pills set up in front of the Hermiston Police Department. The event was one of many across the state of Oregon, and across the United States, organized by the DEA to crack down on the opioid crisis affecting people across the nation. A similar event in April brought in more than 12,000 pounds of prescription pills to collection sites around Oregon.
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For the 60th year, the Dad’s Cake Bake raised money to benefit students at West Park Elementary School in Hermiston. With a “Let the Adventure Begin” theme, 61 culinary creations brought in $1,000 during the Oct. 9 event. Mary Gorham, a second grade teacher, said Ford Bonney, who donated his services as auctioneer, interjected a humorous dialog as cakes were on the auction block.
The tradition started in 1957 when Herold Miller, then president of the West Park Parent Teacher Organization, suggested the event as a way to help raise money to put crosswalks around West Park and Good Shepherd Hospital, which used to be next door to the school. This year’s diamond anniversary event featured a performance by kindergarten students and awards for cakes, including “Best Theme” and “Most Humorous.
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