There will be a new “Boomer” the bulldog escorting athletes onto Kennison Field this fall. The Hermiston High School Associated Student Body posted a video and two photos of the new tunnel athletes will run through prior to games this fall on the group’s Twitter account (@HermistonASB) this week. The inflatable tunnel features the Hermiston Bulldogs name and logo on the side and a purple-and-black clad 12-foot tall Boomer on the front of the tunnel. Apparently there is a smoke machine to go with the new tunnel to provide that big-time sports effect to the players making their entrance through the new tunnel.

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More than 60 athletes representing the Hermiston/Pendleton Special Olympics Local Program #510 traveled to Corvallis July 7-9 to participate in the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

Competing at Trysting Tree Golf Course, five golf athletes brought home a handful of medals — including two first time golf athletes. David Andrews earned gold in the Individual Skills Competition and Saul Lara got a bronze. Three athletes along with their Unified Partners participated in an alternating shot 9-hole format — receiving bronze medals for the teams of Jonathan Kinsel/Tye Stewart, and Jonathan Wilson/Don Headley. Bringing home the gold were Jason Cargill and Kris Neustal, the 2016 Local Program Coach of the Year.

Four Bocce` athletes earned a fourth place finish for the team of Jillian Smalley and Lyall Arey with a bronze medal finish and sportsmanship award going to the first time Unified Bocce` Team of Misty Larsen and Jessica Sexton.

The Athletics (track and field) events took place at the Liberty High School, where first time participant in the Pentathlon event, Jenny Marick, got a gold medal. Many medals and even more smiles were earned at the two-day event, said Kristi Smalley, communications director.

Special Olympics provides athletic training and competitions for children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities. For more information, call Angela Schneider, local program coordinator, at 541-314-0166.

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A highlight of the June 19 American Red Cross blood drive held at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston was Chris Fischer reaching the 5-gallon donation milestone.

Overall, the drive collected 30 units from 35 donors, said Patti Perkins, who helps coordinate the blood drives. The canteen, she said, was furnished by Columbia Grange.

The next blood drive at Good Shepherd is Monday, Aug. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. While walk-ins are welcome, appointments can be made by calling 800-448-3543. In addition, service groups interested in providing canteen duties at upcoming blood drives are urged to call Perkins at 541-571-5372.

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If you are looking for a way to honor the memory of a loved one, Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation has an opportunity you may want to check out. The foundation is looking for people to make tributes with benches and trees on the Good Shepherd Medical Center campus on Elm Avenue at 11th Street in Hermiston. The benches and trees can not only serve as a lasting tribute but can also offer some comfort and respite to others who are visiting the campus in a difficult time. Contact the foundation for details at 541-667-3419 or

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Lewis Martuscelli, a member of Stanfield Lodge No. 920 Loyal Order of Moose, was recently summoned to receive the Pilgrim Degree of Merit.

The highest honor that can be bestowed on a Moose member, the conferral for Martuscelli was held June 3 in the House of God in Mooseheart, Illinois. The degree is currently held by less than one percent of fraternity members. The Pilgrim Degree represents devotion to the principles and ideals in caring for children and seniors, and is only earned by members who have given years of exceptional service to the Loyal Order of Moose and its philanthropic endeavors.

Established in 1888 by Dr. Henry Wilson, the fraternal organization has a combined membership of more than 1 million members in the Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose, and operates more than 1,600 centers throughout North America, Great Britain and Bermuda.

Martuscelli will be honored locally Saturday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Stanfield Community Center, 225 W. Roosevelt Ave., with a dinner to follow at the lodge, 615 E. Coe Ave., Stanfield. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Aug. 1 by calling 541-449-1157.

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