Happy Thanksgiving from the Hermiston Herald. We’re grateful for our subscribers, readers, advertisers, sources and others who make it possible for us to provide local news coverage to the greater Hermiston area.

In order to celebrate the holiday with our friends and family, our offices will be closed on Thursday and only open from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.

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The old BP station, which has been catching eyes on Highway 395, is now gone. It was torn down on Thursday, and the lot is now empty. The building had been damaged by a semi truck in a hit-and-run a few months ago, which shattered the awning and broke some of the windows. The owner of the building is Ken Peterson. There is no word yet on how the site will be used.

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Josh Goller, a Hermiston School Board member received a statewide award for completing coursework through the Oregon School Board Association. Goller was one of nine board members around the state that received a gold award from the OSBA Leadership Institute. The award was the highest level of recognition for leadership achievements by board members. He was presented with the award at the OSBA convention in Portland on Nov. 10.

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Next week is the Hermiston Farm Fair. The annual trade show will run Nov. 28-30 at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, 1705 E Airport Rd. For more information, check out the special section dedicated to the farm fair that will run in next week’s Hermiston Herald.

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The local chapter of the Union Pacific Employee Club donated $100 to the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center in Hermiston on Nov. 13.

The club supports “fun and fellowship between co-workers,” club member Mary Workman said, as well as community service opportunities.

She said the club raises money throughout the year through bake sales, raffles and other activities and then gives the money to worthy causes around town.

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Unique items at bargain prices are available during the Collective Goods and Books sale.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Good Shepherd Medical Center auxiliary. The group raises money to provide scholarships to area students pursuing a medical career and medical equipment for the hospital. Just in time for the holiday season, the sale is Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2 at the hospital, 610 N.W. 11th St., Hermiston.

For more information, contact June Rosenberg at juner1942@gmail.com.

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A grand opening and ribbon cutting is planned for Columbia Basin Group, Brokered by eXp Realty, LLC.

Linda Seavert and Tracy Hunter recently opened the doors at their new location and invite the public to celebrate with them. They have partnered with American Pacific Mortgage for an open house, which is Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at 505 E. Main St., Suite B, Hermiston.

For more information, call 541-561-5846.

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