After a day of interviewing seven candidates to handling design of the new Funland playground, the committee in charge of the decision has selected Wildwood Playgrounds of Medford to complete the work.

Parks and recreation director Larry Fetter told the city council he felt they got the “best of the best” when it came to applicants, but Wildwood rose to the top.

He said the Funland committee will come back to the city council in September with a preliminary design concept, before turning to the community for their feedback.

On Sept. 20-22 individuals, families and businesses whose names were engraved on the fence pickets of the old Funland playground will be able to pick up their pickets between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Hermiston Community Center. At that time Fetter said they will be given information about how to get their name on the next generation of pickets, which will be made out of recycled plastic instead of wood.

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Escape, a California-based tribute band, urges people “Don’t Stop Believin’” as they perform the songs of Journey. The group will take the stage Saturday, Aug. 24 from 7-9 p.m. at Chute 8 at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, Hermiston.

Tickets are $10 each, with kids under 3 admitted free. Advance tickets can be purchased at Eastern Oregon Physical Therapy, 1050 W. Elm Ave., Hermiston, or Also, tickets will be available at the gate. See next week’s Hermiston Herald for a full story.

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Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, is inviting the Hermiston community to a block party on Sept. 12.

The party, which will include free food and drinks, will take place on Main Street from 4-7 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for friends, family, and neighbors to come together and enjoy a meal,” Smith said in a news release. “The people of this community are the absolute best and I want to thank them for their continued support.”

For more information, email

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A support group for adults impacted by grief will be presented at Cason’s Place Children and Family Grief Recovery Center.

The Walla Walla Community Hospice Bereavement Team will facilitate the weekly sessions using the book, “Understanding Your Grief,” by Dr. Allan Wolfelt as a guideline. The adult group is available to anyone who has lost a loved one or a friend. The group will be closed to new members when it is filled or after the second session.

The first session is Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Cason’s Place, 1416 S.E. Cout Ave., Pendleton. It runs weekly through Nov. 13. There is no cost to attend. To preregister, call 509-525-5561.

For more information, contact or visit

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We’re spotlighting Armand Larive Middle School for the month of August, so check out page A2 for a Three Minutes with Armand Larive’s principal and A6 for a story about the Kindness Club’s new Buddy Benches.

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The menu for Thursday at the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center is spaghetti and garlic bread, vegetable, tossed salad and dessert. Friday is chicken salad sandwich, salad and dessert. Monday is salad bard, dinner roll and dessert. Tuesday is meatloaf, potatoes and gravy, vegetable, fruit and dessert. Next Wednesday is BLT sandwich, salad and dessert.

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