The ballot drop box outside of Hermiston City Hall is being relocated to the Stafford Hansell Government Center at 915 S.E. Columbia Drive in Hermiston.

The drop box allows voters to deposit their ballot to be taken straight to the Umatilla County Elections Office instead of mailing their ballot through the postal system. A sign will be placed at the drop box’s former location at the drive-thru outside city hall to let voters looking for it know it has been moved to the county’s building instead.

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Lecture for piano teachers, students set

The Umatilla-Morrow District of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the Nellie Tholen Fund, will present a free lecture for pianists, piano teachers and all who would be interested on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon, presented by Jennifer Wright.

Titled “Playing Perfectly: What It Takes to Practice and Perform Completely Without Mistakes (or Fear of Mistakes) – Yes, It’s Possible!” the lecture will be held via Zoom at This lecture is free and open to the public; no preregistration, membership or fee is required.

The seminar will cover why musicians make mistakes; what musicians are actually doing wrong; practice techniques; how to fix ingrained mistakes and habits; the power of habits and human nature: fight them or make them work for you; and tapping into innate learning instincts for powerful progress.

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New councilors sworn in at Boardman

The city of Boardman swore in new members of its city council on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Mayor Paul E. Keefer, Councilor Brenda Profitt, Councilor Katy Norton and Councilor Paul Beagle will serve four-year terms. Councilor Isaac Williams was appointed into a vacated position, and his term will expire Dec. 31, 2022.

The city council elected Councilor Roy Drago Jr. as council president for 2021, according to a news release from the city.

They also voted to reappoint Ted Lieurance and Lisa Mittelsdorf to the budget committee, and Zack Barresse and Ragna TenEyck to the planning commission.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center menu for Thursday, Jan. 14, is baked fish, coleslaw, fruit and dessert. The menu for Tuesday, Jan. 19, is meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans 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 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

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

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