Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation concluded a “very successful year,” the foundation reported, awarding grants and scholarships totaling nearly $250,000 during 2020.

Over two grant cycles, in spring and fall, 21 organizations received grants for projects promoting health in area communities. According to a news release, the largest grant contribution was $50,000 for the city of Hermiston to help rebuild the Funland Park facility. Other funding was approved for medical health devices, security locks, community fitness centers, health education programs, community gardening projects, youth activities and services, foster care supplies, health exams and eye glasses.

Twenty-two local students, attending 17 different colleges and universities and enrolled in 12 different medical disciplines, received scholarships to assist their training in the medical field.

For more information, call 541-667-3419 or email Donations can be made online at

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As Hermiston residents take down their Christmas decorations, they can get rid of their trees at Butte Park.

Trees can be dropped off on the south side of the park next to the splash pad, in the marked area, until Jan. 31.

Trees should be real, not artificial, and be stripped of all lights, bulbs, tinsel and other decorations. At the end of January, they will be turned into mulch that will be used throughout the city’s park system.

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The Stanfield Moose Lodge and Stanfield Public Library were able to provide Christmas presents and gift certificates for food and household items to 46 area families this year, representing 102 children.

The lodge thanked those who took tags from the program's giving tree and purchased gifts in a recent Facebook post.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center will be closed Thursday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s. The menu for Tuesday, Jan. 5, is taco casserole, garlic bread, salad 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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