Hermiston School District is asking parents, staff and students to give feedback as the district works to plan for the 2020-21 school year in light of rules set by the Oregon Department of Education to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The survey is available until July 2 at www.surveymonkey. com/r/7J3MXNM.

It asks how comfortable parents are with their students returning to school in the fall, what the survey-taker’s primary concerns are regarding holding school in person, and the level of internet access in their home.

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Support groups, online meetings available for people suffering domestic violence

Domestic Violence Services continues to operate during the pandemic as an essential service.

The nonprofit is offering support groups and one on one meetings with an advocate through online video chat. To participate in a Zoom support group, call 541-276-3322. To set up a call with an advocate, email advocate@dvs-or.org. The 24-hour crisis line remains 800-833-1161.

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Local journalists offer podcasts

The East Oregonian has started a weekly podcast known as “In the Newsroom.”

The podcast features discussions between local journalists in Hermiston, Pendleton and La Grande about one of the week’s top stories. Recent topics include surging cases of COVID-19 in Eastern Oregon, what Phase 2 reopening looks like and the local Black Lives Matter protests.

The podcasts are available through iTunes, Google Play or at eastoregonian.com/multimedia/podcasts.

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Pool set to open with new regulations

The Hermiston Family Aquatic Center is opening for the summer on Wednesday, June 24.

Due to social distancing regulations, the pool is operating differently this year. Groups must make paid reservations for an hour and a half slot of time before arriving, and groups are capped at six people. Individuals can also reserve a lane for lap swimming.

Hours run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To make a reservation, call 541-667-5018 or visit bit.ly/hermistonaquatics online.

The splash park in Butte Park is already open and does not need a reservation.

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Deadline extended for flood recovery assistance

The deadline to apply for flood recovery assistance from the area’s severe flooding in February has been moved to July 2.

FEMA Individual Assistance and other federal recovery funding has put more than $3 million in the hands of Umatilla County residents and residents of the Umatilla Indian Reservation so far this year, according to a news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Payouts have included assistance with rent for residents, who were displaced by floodwater and disaster recovery loans from the Small Business Administration.

Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov to apply.

The deadline is also nearing for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the SBA.

June 30 is the last day lenders can approve one of the loans, according to the SBA, and more than $128 million remains available.

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Takeout meals for seniors this week include roast beef, chef salad

The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center continues to be closed to the public during the COVID-19 outbreak, but the senior center is still providing meals by delivery or takeout to senior citizens every Tuesday and Thursday.

The menu for Thursday, June 25 is roast beef, baked potato, veggies, salad and dessert. The menu for Tuesday, June 30, is chef salad and fruit.

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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