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By the way: Festival street celebration July 14

Published on June 12, 2018 7:08PM


Hermiston’s new festival street will have its official grand opening on July 14 as part of Funfest, an annual downtown celebration that includes vendors and family activities.

City manager Byron Smith said at Monday’s city council meeting the street in front of city hall should be open to traffic sooner than that. The city is just waiting for grates to go around the newly-planted trees to protect them from cars, and he said those should come by the end of next week.

The grand opening celebration will take place 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 in front of city hall, 180 NE Second Street. That block of Second Street has been re-designed to include more landscaping, design work and a more pedestrian-friendly shape that does not include curbs. The city hopes to use it for community events to draw more foot traffic downtown.

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Construction behind the Metro Mart on the corner of West Highland Avenue and Southwest 11th Street is leading toward a new car wash, according to building permits issued by the city’s building department. A call to LCR Construction for more information hasn’t yet been returned, but the permit, issued in May, is for a 2,832 square foot automatic car wash.

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Streets around Hermiston will be blocked off July 8-10 for slurry seal projects.

Contractors will be working on Orchard Avenue from SW 11th Street to Highway 395 on those days. Also included in the project are downtown parking lots, and portions of Jennie Avenue, Southwest 7th Street, Southwest 9th Street, Moore Avenue, Southwest Butte Drive and single downtown blocks of East Gladys Avenue, East Newport Avenue, East Hurlburt Avenue and East Ridgeway Avenue.

Contractors will work with surrounding residents and businesses to try to minimize the effects of the maintenance, according to a news release from the city of Hermiston. A map of all the projects is available on the city’s website at hermiston.or.us.

The projects — part of the city’s Street Preservation Program using gas tax funds — will cost approximately $115,000 and will prolong the life of the roads where a Type II Slurry Seal is applied. The city completed the same type of slurry seal along Highland Avenue in 2016.

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Applause are in order for 27 new members of the Hermiston High School chapter of the National Honor Society.

Demonstrating high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character, the students were inducted during a May 31 ceremony in the school’s auditorium. They are: Janelle Almaguer, Violet Mitchell, Madison Anderholm, Paige Palzinski, Gregory Anderson, Moanamarie Peterson, Hannah Arey, Jayden Ray, Nadine Ferguson, Jazlyn Romero, Josie Goodrich, Jaiden Ruloph, Ashlyn Hofbauer, Nieshel Stamper, Jenna Holt, Sydney Stefani, Naxely Jaime, Elsa Torres, Julianna Joyce, Ben Vander Stelt, Cydney Lind, Courtnee West, Jazmin Macias, Brooke Williams, Abigail Marshall, Makaylee Young and Livian Melson.

The Hermiston chapter has been active since 1949. Each year, they sponsors several service projects for the school and community.

“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members,” said chapter adviser Tammy Fisher. “National Honor Society members are selected for, and expected to continue, their exemplary contributions to the school and community.”

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Murray’s Drug recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its Boardman pharmacy.

A third generation family-owned pharmacy, Murray’s also has locations in Heppner and Condon. Murray’s Drug Boardman Pharmacy is located at 101 S.W. Kinkade Road. It’s open Monday through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except from 1-1:30 p.m. In addition, it has a drive-through window for customer convenience. For more information, call 541-481-9474.

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The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center is having its first flea market Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EOTEC is located at 1705 E Airport Rd. The market will include outdoor vendors and a car show.

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Though many students are done with school for the summer, the Intermountain Education Service District’s migrant education program started this week. 180 students from preschool through eighth grade are taking classes, held at Sunset Elementary School, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., until June 29. The students will receive instruction in reading, math and science. Hermiston Education Foundation representative Loretta Fitterer said it was the largest class in the summer program in more than a decade. Classes also started in Irrigon this week, and will start in Umatilla next week.

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