May 18, 1993

According to studies, 30 percent of the American population is allergic to something. For some it could be a certain food, cologne, fabric or insect repellent. However, according to Dr. Richard Flaiz of Hermiston, most individuals suffer from what goes up their nose, in the form of pollens and molds.

Sitting in his office at the Good Shepherd Medical Center, Dr. Flaiz and his allergy nurse, Sarah Zwiefelhofer, R.N., explain that they have begun a multi-year project that should give Hermiston-area allergy sufferers a fighting chance in the battle against the sneeze, wheeze, drip and cough of airborn allergens.

While no one can completely shield themselves from all sources of allergies, Zwiefelhofer states that their present project will give locals an idea of what is blooming in the area so they can take precautions. The apparatus the duo is using to make their study is located near the hospital and in essence is a small wind gauge that traps all passing particles and funnels them onto a small, adhesive glass rod. Once each day, Zwiefelhofer lowers the mechanism from its perch, removes the rod and puts it under a microscope to determine what molds and pollens are blowing around in the area. As a service to the residents of northeastern Oregon, Dr. Flaiz will be issuing a pollen and mold report every week on the front page of the Hermiston Herald.

• One of the long-standing arguments between the proponents of sport hunting and the animal rights extremists may be taking on a new twist in the future, a twist that almost borders on the comedic.

For eons, hunters, biologists and wildlife managers have argued that sport hunting is the most natural, efficient and logical management tool for keeping certain wildlife populations (such as deer) in check. The animal rightists, on the other hand, have long tried to sway public opinion away from this, preaching that the more labor-intensive and costly trap-and-relocate methods are the most acceptable. Now they’re touting an even more bizarre solution: birth control for animals.

While still an experimental concept, having not been approved or put through vigorous testing by the Food and Drug Administration, animal rights advocates believe a new technology involving “immunocontraceptives” could be a viable alternative to hunting everywhere.


May 16, 1968

A color slide presentation entitled “A Stranger Looks at Hermiston” will open the two-day Hermiston Congress for Progress on Monday evening, May 20, at Hermiston Junior High School.

Narrated by Lee Smith of Pacific Power & Light Company’s public affairs department, the half-hour show will depict an outsider’s impression of the city of Hermiston. It will set the stage for a panel discussion to follow.

“The slide show will make local citizens aware of the shortcomings and assets of Hermiston as seen by a casual visitor, said Bernie Carper, project committee chairman for the Congress for Community Progress.

The entire community is cordially invited to attend.

•Mrs. Fred Reeves was named “Mother of the Year” at the Hermiston Senior High School Girl’s League Annual Mother’s Tea held Friday on the lawn, with the theme “Floating Gardens” carried out with huge baskets of flowers anchored in the swimming pool. A gift was presented to Mrs. Reeves.

Approximately 250 mothers and daughters attended the tea. Debbie Mann was chairman.


May 13, 1943

Next week will be a busy one in the lives of Hermiston high school seniors who will complete four years of study, climaxed by receiving their diplomas Thursday night. A total of 25 seniors will conclude their high school days, to enter new fields of endeavor which at the present time are none too bright.

Graduation exercises will be held Thursday evening, May 20, beginning at 8 p.m. The program will be opened by the processional by the high school band, followed by the invocation, and a musical selection by the chorus. Charles F. Walker, president of Behnke-Walker Business College, will deliver an address on “Now is not always.”

• Unwelcome news received this week was that Jack Luehrs, brother of Miss Constance Luehrs, had lost his life while in action with the armed forces overseas. The word was received by her parents at Ontario where Miss Luehrs had gone to visit for the weekend.

There is still some faint ray of hope, however, as the news was received from the Red Cross from a German government source which might be misleading.


May 18, 1918

The Hermiston Bachelors Club, composed of Tom Campbell, president; H. K. Dean, vice president; James Smith, secretary-treasurer; and Sam Oldaker, advisory member, broke all the rules of the organization Thursday evening by being hosts to all the local school teachers of the female persuasion at a sumptuous turkey dinner at the Hotel Hermiston.

We do not know as yet what the outcome will be, but some fear is felt that the club will lose its honored president and vice president.

•When the American steamship Kansan was sunk some time ago by a German submarine it had on board a great quantity of masks, gloves, baseballs and bats for the United States troops in France, all of which went to the bottom of the sea with the ill-fated vessel, thus depriving the boys “over there” from indulging in the national game.

Now, however, popular subscription is making it possible for the sending of another cargo of the paraphernalia to the soldier boys, and in this matter Hermiston is doing her share. The little drive for this cause was handled by William Shaar, who was commissioned to do the work, and in the three or four days he has been soliciting subscriptions he has raised quite a neat little sum.

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