Local Oregon State University Beavers super fans Steve and Janet Williams are off to Omaha for the College World Series. The Williamses have been regular attendees of Beaver Baseball games in Corvallis, including the Regional and Super Regional Rounds and are taking their son Jason and grandson Cooper along for the adventure. They are only going to be able to stay for the first two days of action, but are hoping to return home to watch the Beavers win their third national championship on TV, and share memories of their Omaha experience with the rest of us relegated to watching all the action on TV.

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We heard a rumor that Yoke’s Fresh Markets might be joining Ranch & Home in expanding from the Tri-Cities into Hermiston on South Highway 395, but the grocery chain says that while it does continue to monitor growing markets in the area, there are no current plans for Yoke’s Fresh Markets to open a Hermiston location in the near future.

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The winners of the Jeremy Howard “For the Love of the Game” Scholarships for 2017 were announced last week. This year’s recipients are Jose Manuel Lopez Jr. and Ellery Jones. Proceeds from the annual memorial tournament have contributed to more than $49,000 in scholarships to Hermiston High School athletes. This year’s eighth annual tournament, which raises money and awareness about skin cancer prevention, kicks off on Friday. Former local resident Fred Widman, who now lives in Colorado, who has been a supporter of the tournament since its inception, is participating as a sponsor with his business Reliant Services and has a team in this year’s tournament. Fred will also be here, but won’t be playing this year as he is still recovering from ACL/MCL surgery.

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A slew of local students are scheduled to graduate on Saturday, June 17, with degrees from Oregon State University during the university’s 148th commencement at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. Among those receiving degrees are:

From Boardman: Emily A. Doherty, Bachelor of Science, Digital Communication Arts; Matthew B. Hyder, Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering; Christina T. Quintero, Bachelor of Science, Sociology; Mayra L. Sanchez-Barrera, Bachelor of Science, BioHealth Sciences.

Heppner: Maggie K. Collins, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Agricultural Sciences; Bryan P. Holland, Bachelor of Science, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences; Justin J. Pranger, Bachelor of Science, Rangeland Sciences; Garrett K. Robinson, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Sciences.

Ione: Emily A. Rea, Bachelor of Science, Crop and Soil Science; Evan J. Rietmann, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Sciences.

Irrigon: Sean G. Barron, Bachelor of Science, Management; Adriana Sanchez, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Finance, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Accountancy.

Lexington: Kyle C. Harrison, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Sciences.

Echo: Bryan S. Ibarra, Bachelor of Science, Crop and Soil Science; Kirsten C. McCallum, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering; Treve B. Moffit, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Sciences.

Hermiston: Nolan D. Briscoe, Bachelor of Science, Finance, Bachelor of Science, Business Information Systems; Bailey J. Burns, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Education, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Human Development and Family Sciences; Katherine D. Cheek, Bachelor of Science, Biology; Deana Cordell, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Sciences; Jose Delgado IV, Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies.

Megan M. Eveland, Bachelor of Science, Public Health; Jacob N. Flyg, Bachelor of Science, Management; Hannah E. Gersbach, Bachelor of Science, BioHealth Sciences; Kevin J. Hawman, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Sciences; Alexandra C. Hobbs, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science.

Cody R. Hoeft, Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Computer Science; Mikayla M. Kelly, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Zoology; Anesat Leÿn-Guerrero, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology; Alejandro P. Mendez, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology; Johnpatrick J. Pederson, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Business Management.

Michael D. Pederson, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Sciences; Alayna S. Reese, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Human Development and Family Sciences; Nayeli Ruiz, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Sciences; Mitchell D. Thompson, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology; Brandi M. White, Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources.

Umatilla: Shannon K. Aldred, Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science; Karina G. Juarez, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Sciences.

OSU is one of the few large universities in the nation to hand out students’ actual diplomas during the commencement ceremony.

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