The Benton-Franklin Health District has announced free drive-thru COVID-19 testing available in Kennewick and Pasco beginning June 17.

According to a news release, the tests will be given to anyone, but those with symptoms or who have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19 are particularly encouraged to get tested.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 877-211-5445 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Test results will be delivered by phone in three to seven days and sent by mail as well.

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Blue Mountain Community College celebrated its graduation on Thursday, June 11, in a socially distanced ceremony that honored the 335 graduates of the Class of 2020. A total of 96 graduates participated in the outdoor ceremony.

For a story and photos of the ceremony, see the June 13 East Oregonian or

Other stories available from our sister paper over the past week include an interview with Umatilla County Public Health Director Joe Fiumara about the latest COVID-19 trends in the area, a virtual ceremony to swear in local CASA volunteers, the Morrow County Fair moving to an online format, a look at how area tribes are dealing with COVID-19 and various other local and statewide reporting.

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Altrusa International of Hermiston formally kicked off a new year on June 4, 2020, at McKenzie Park with a new president, Stephanie Hughes. Her motto for the year is “Refresh, Restore, Renew."

Other officers installed for 2020-22 were Alexis McCarthy, first vice president; Cathy Lloyd, second vice president; Nancy Lauck, secretary; and Mary Winebarger, treasurer.

Altrusa is a nonprofit International organization. Meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of the month and, because of current pandemic, may vary in location. Anyone interested in joining Altrusa may contact the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, contact a member, or check out or message the group's Facebook page, Altrusa International of Hermiston.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center menu for Thursday, June 18 is pork loin, mashed potatoes, corn, salad and dessert. The menu for Tuesday, June 23 is turkey sandwich, stuffing, cranberry sauce, fruit and dessert.

For a Meals on Wheels delivery, call 541-567-3582 before 10 a.m. to place an order. To pick up a meal from the center at 255 Northeast Second St., call the same number before 11 a.m. Meals are $4 and can be picked up between noon and 12:50 p.m.

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