The Hermiston Family Aquatic Center will kick off the summer season on Saturday, June 12.

The kick-off weekend will feature public swimming from 1:10 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on June 12-13. The pool will then be closed for staff trainings June 14-18, and the regular season hours will begin June 19.

Swim lesson registration opens at noon June 10. For more information visit

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Food truck pod to get repairs

Hermiston’s food truck pod on the corner of Orchard Avenue and Third Street will temporarily close for construction starting July 1. Patrick Hunt, owner of Southern Twain BBQ, said construction could last six weeks.

The pod was started as a pilot program by the city of Hermiston in 2019. Participating food truck owners told the city council that there were other truck owners who were only interested in joining if there were water and sewer hookups provided, similar to an RV park.

Construction scheduled for July will add utilities, as well as additional shade and other improvements.

In a post on Facebook announcing the closure, Hunt said it has been taking at least a month for people to get food permits from Umatilla County Public Health, so if new food trucks do want to join the pod once it reopens, now would be a good time to submit paperwork.

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Grant will help update fire stations

Umatilla County Fire District #1 was awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program to rehabilitate the district’s stations in Stanfield and on Punkin Center to make them more resilient to earthquakes.

The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program is an infrastructure grant program administered by Business Oregon, with a focus on helping shore up schools and public safety facilities against earthquake damage.

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Senior meals include beef stroganoff

The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center menu for Thursday, June 10, is beef stroganoff, veggie and dessert. The menu for Tuesday, June 15, is taco casserole, fruit and dessert. For a Meals on Wheels delivery in Hermiston, call 541-567-3582 before 10 a.m. to place an order.

To pick up a meal from the center at 255 N.E. Second St., call the same number before 11 a.m. Meals are $4 and can be picked up between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

The Boardman Senior Center now is providing meal delivery. Meals are $4 paid upon delivery. Call 541-481-3257 to order.

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