The Hermiston Warming Station is feeling grateful for Wildhorse, Good Shepherd, Walmart Distribution Center, Umatilla Electric Cooperative and Tillamook for the generous grants received.

The winter shelter is 100% volunteer run and privately funded through donations and grants. Donations can be made to P.O. Box 433, Hermiston, OR 97838. For more information or to volunteer, call 541-289-2150.

The upcoming training schedule for volunteers is: Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m., Sunday from 3-4:30 p.m., Monday from 6-7:30 p.m., Nov. 7 from 6:30-8 p.m., Nov. 10 from 2-3:30 p.m., Nov. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 from 9-10:30 a.m., Nov. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Nov. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m.

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While chaperoning little ghosts and goblins during Thursday’s Treats on Main in Hermiston, people are encouraged to make a donation to UNICEF — United Nations International Emergency Fund. Members of the Hermiston High School Key Club, a service organization affiliated with Kiwanis International, will be handing out candy and accepting donations for UNICEF, which will help support The Eliminate Project.

The effort is devoted to helping prevent mothers and their babies from dying due to disease. Money will go toward the purchase of vaccinations that prevent diseases like tetanus.

Contributions can also be dropped off at the HHS office, 600 S. First St. Donating any amount of cash or even spare change adds up, said Jessica Rodriguez, HHS Key Club editor. During the past two years, the local club has raised more than $700 towards the effort. For more information, contact Key Club advisor Janet Sexton at or 541-667-6144.

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Ken Daniel has been named as the new Blue Mountain Community College Foundation executive director, the school announced on Monday.

Daniel replaces Margaret Gianotti, who will retire Dec. 2 after 12 years in the role. The BMCC Foundation invests and fundraises to support BMCC student scholarships and programs.

Daniel comes to BMCC from the Family Health & Wellness Foundation in Kennewick, Washington, where he served as executive director. The foundation was formerly a part of Trios Health. There, he planned and implemented private and community fundraising, special events, planned annual giving and major gifts, in addition to directing all donor management.

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Thursday’s menu for the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center is baked chicken, red parsley potatoes, corn, fruit salad and cake by Sun Terrace. Friday is hot roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes and gravy, and dessert. Monday is barbecue pork sandwich, salad and dessert. Tuesday is ham, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots, and dessert. Next Wednesday is baked fish, broccoli, green salad and Jell-o.

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