Next week, on Monday, July 10, the city of Hermiston will celebrate a birthday. There are no official events currently on the docked to mark the occasion, but it will be the 110th anniversary of the city’s incorporation on July 10, 1907. Just what does one get a city celebrating its 110th anniversary?

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Five students from each of Hermiston’s five elementary schools pedaled into summer with new bicycles thanks to Hermiston Masonic Lodge #138.

The Bikes for Books program encourages students in third through fifth grades to improve their reading skills. Students receive a chance to win a bike by completing AR Reading Goals.

Winners of the bicycles and their grade level at each school included:

Desert View: Jared Crowther, Abby Goller, Seth Reeve, all third graders, Sydney Slonker-Bowe, fourth grade, and Guadalupe Esparza, fifth grade.

Highland Hills: Sienna Harsteen, third grade; Ashton Chairez and Lorelai Keefauver, both fourth grade; and fifth graders Kenya DeLa Fuente and MaeAnn Stone.

Rocky Heights: Addison McClure, third grade; fourth graders Ruben Fernandez and Jaziel Ramirez; and fifth graders Dayana Ponciano and Claire Anderson.

Sunset: Gabrielle Mendoza, Bryanna Lopez and Addisen Alder, third graders; Johnathan Avila-Munoz, fourth grade; and Veera Patel, fifth grade.

West Park: Alexa Barreto and Fernando Varela Lopez, third graders; Selene Garibaldi, fourth grade; and Cristal Santos and Stephen Hofbauer, fifth graders.

The program creates a high level of motivation for students, said Kristi Smalley, Hermiston School District elementary librarian.

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Local American Legion members recently attended state convention the 99th annual Oregon State Convention, held June 20-24 in Florence.

Those attending include Glenn Bradley of Hermiston, Post 37 Commander; Bill Runion of Hermiston, Post Historian; Dan Seimer of Irrigon, member of Post 37, Jody Frost of Hermiston, Service Officer; Ed Baker, of Lexington, Heppner Post Commander; Toni Cordell of Pendleton, District 6 Commander; and Andy Muller of Milton-Freewater, National Executive Committee;

The American Legion is the nation’s largest veteran’s service organization. It’s committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. The Legion helps veterans and their families during times of need, provides scholarship opportunities and various other events to give back to their communities.

All honorably discharged veterans are invited to become active members. For more information, call 800-630-1203 or 503-685-5006 or visit

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A pair of deputies with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office were among the recent graduates with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

Jacob Potter and Kash Wrightson, along with other members of Basic Corrections Local #BCL027, participated in a graduation ceremony June 16 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. It implements standards for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

Eriks Gabliks serves as director and Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is chairman of the board. For more information, visit

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