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By the way: The Herald wants to hear from you

Published on August 7, 2018 6:30PM


Hermiston residents can win one of five $50 Visa gift cards for sharing their opinion on the Hermiston Herald.

The Herald is conducting a survey of its readership during the month of August. Readers will find a Reader Survey inserted inside their newspaper beginning today and each of the next three weeks. The survey is also available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NF2C66C.

“These surveys will assist our management in making informed decisions on how best serve our readers in Umatilla County’s west side,” Publisher Chris Rush said.

Readers may fill out the form included in today’s newspaper and either mail or drop off at the Herald office, 333 E. Main Street in downtown Hermiston, or fill out the online version.

Survey participants will automatically be entered into the drawing for the gift cards.

Surveys will be accepted from now until Aug. 31.

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The hard work of 4-H and FFA youths takes center stage this week during the Umatilla County Fair.

The Hermiston FFA Alumni are particularly proud of the new crop of youths and are committed to supporting members of the Hermiston FFA Chapter. Kylie Baker said the alumni group has sponsored more than $10,000 in scholarships so far this year. In addition, they provided a $5,000 sponsorship for Dylan Westfall, who was elected as vice president of the state FFA officer team.

In addition to financial support, Baker said alumni members volunteer thousands of hours while serving as chaperons, judges, practice partners, event managers and drivers. The alumni organization hosts fundraisers to provide support for the chapter, including an auction and dinner each fall.

People are encouraged to open their wallets during the annual 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Auction, which begins Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Livestock Barn at EOTEC in Hermiston.

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Mike & Debi Purkerson of Hermiston drove away from the Arlington Show ‘n’ Shine with two awards for their 1964 Chevy Impala SS. The couple received the people’s choice award and runner-up for 1960s stock vehicle.

Held July 28 at Earl Snell Park, other local residents who shined at the car show included Betty Burns of Ione, entrant’s choice award for a 1960 Ford Thunderbird; Loyal Burns of Ione runner-up 1950s stock vehicle, 1953 Dodge Meadowbrook; Wren Hyder of Boardman best 1960s modified vehicle, 1963 Ford 5-100 Unibody pick-up; Scott Adams of Hermiston best muscle car, 1968 Ford Mustang; Cody Fletcher of Lexington best teen entry, Chevy Corvair Monza.

In addition, several local businesses helped in sponsoring awards, including Bank of Eastern Oregon, Boardman Napa Auto Parts and Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.

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The Anderson family of Hermiston are super sleuths. Cam and Katie Anderson, along with their four children, Gregory, 16, Grant, 14, Claire, 12, and Gabriel, 9, won the National Night Out treasure hunt for the fourth time.

They found the golden medallion, which was hidden by Tim Miears of the Hermiston Police Department, under home plate in the bullpen at the Armand Larive Middle School baseball field. Three clues were printed in the East Oregonian and a bonus clue was included in the Hermiston Herald. (For a full story about their efforts and an explanation of clues, see the Aug. 3 EO).

The family enjoyed sweet success during an ice cream social block party in their Southeast Crestline Drive neighborhood during Tuesday’s National Night Out festivities. City leaders manned the serving line and first responders mingled with guests. Additional National Night Out block parties were held throughout town as a way to create a safer community by encouraging neighbors to get to know each other and partner with police in crime prevention activities.

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You can submit items for our weekly By The Way column by emailing your tips to editor@hermistonherald.com.



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