Dinners move to high school during senior center construction

Screen capture from YouTube.com/Hermiston School DistrictHermiston football coach David Faeteetee swings on a wrecking ball in a pre-recorded touchdown celebration during the live stream of a playoff game.

The Community Fellowship Dinner in Hermiston — which is held on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day — will serve up free holiday meals in a new location. Since the old senior center has been torn down and the new facility is under construction, the organization’s board of directors announced the meals will be held this year in the main commons at Hermiston High School. Board chairman Gary Humphreys said volunteers are excited about the new venue, which offers improved access, additional seating space and enhanced kitchen facilities. Read more about the upcoming Thanksgiving meal, including how you can help, in the Nov. 15 edition of the Hermiston Herald. For immediate questions, contact the board at cfdhermiston@gmail.com, 541-371-9772 or search Facebook.

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They’re cute, they’re cuddly, and they’re going to the sharks.

Slumberkins, a hybrid stuffed animal/blanket that comes in a variety of themes (including sloth, fox, yeti and, appropriately, hammerhead), will be featured on the ABC television show “Shark Tank” on Sunday at 9 p.m.

Alissa Kramer (Smith), a 2008 graduate of Hermiston High School, is the director of operations for the Vancouver, Wash.-based company formed in late 2015. She had a family wedding to attend and is not featured on the show, but said she’s excited about the baby products getting the exposure.

“They’re unique because each one has a skill-building activity,” Kramer said. Each animal comes with a nighttime routine and rhyme that reinforces a different life skill.

She’s sworn to secrecy about the results of the pitch to celebrity investors by company founders Kelly Oriard and Callie Christensen.

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The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center has benefited from several donations recently, including 3,700 pounds of winter wheat seed from Bracher Farms to help with dust control and assistance from the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center in planting it. Elmer’s Irrigation and Valmont N.W. are also going to install two new wheel lines approximately 1,280 feet long and manufactured by Gheen Irrigation.

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Can’t make it to Friday night’s Hermiston football playoff game at Kennison Field? Log on to the Hermiston School District’s YouTube page for live video of the action.

Last week viewers were treated to pre-recorded touchdown celebrations by coach David Faaeteete, where he rode a wrecking ball in the style of pop musician Miley Cyrus.

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Nearly 90 quilts and wall hangings vied for top honors during the 2017 Boardman Fall Quilt Show. The adult people’s choice winners were Pam Dannon for “Bertie’s Choice,” a wool and flannel appliqué quilt; and the “Big Mouth Frogs,” a cotton appliqué creation by Glenda and Tammy Bozarth. Also, Esther Birt won in the 9-11 age group and Teagan Birt was tops in the 12-14 category. And, Terri Dorran of Hermiston also walked away a winner, taking home the Holiday Jewels Raffle Quilt.

All area quilters are invited to join the Boardman Quilt Group, which meets Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Boardman Senior Center. There is no fee to participate. For more information, contact Kathy Hyder at 541-571-7009 or kathyhyder05@gmail.com.

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Three siblings, who were all born on Oct. 23 in Collbran, Colorado, recently celebrated their birthdays at the Chuckwagon Cafe in Hermiston. Charles Burton of Hermiston, who was born in 1938, enjoyed the company of two of his sisters. Darley (Burton) Hoffman of Montrose Colorado, who was born in 1936, and big sis Alberta (Burton) Liimatta of Grand Junction, Colorado, who was born in 1932, flew into town to spend their birthdays together. The family moved to the area in February 1954 when their father worked for the railroad. Charles, who is married to Peggy, has been a Hermiston resident ever since.

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The Hermiston School District will test a new app to quickly share information with staff, students and parents this Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Those interested can download the CrisisManager app for free on Android and iOS devices. For information about how to download the app, visit the Hermiston School District website.


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