Oregon residents with a vehicle registration, permit or driver’s license expiring between Nov. 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021, have up to three months after their expiration date without being cited by law enforcement for an expired license or tags.

According to a news release from the Oregon Department of Transportation, ODOT and Oregon law enforcement agencies agreed to the new grace period as the Department of Motor Vehicles catches up with a backlog due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Under the agreement, Oregon law enforcement officers will exercise more discretion for recently expired licenses and registration before choosing whether to write a citation. Law enforcement can verify the status of a driver or vehicle registration electronically during a traffic stop.

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Santa Claus was busy making appearances around the Hermiston area the past week, including time spent sitting on the corner of Highland Avenue and Seventh Street with the Grinch, waving to passing cars and posing for photos.

For an article and photos about the pair, check out the article in our sister paper, the East Oregonian, in the paper’s Tuesday, Dec. 22, edition or at www.eastoregonian.com.

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The winner of the Hermiston Parks and Recreation Christmas lights contest was Miracle on Johns Avenue, a musical light display at 790 W. Johns Ave. in Hermiston featured in last week’s Hermiston Herald.

The three runners-up were 235 S.W. Seventh Place, 550 Diane Court and 486 E. Autumn Ave., all in Hermiston.

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Lili Chinn is turning 90 years old on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Due to COVID-19, there will be no party. However, local residents are invited to wish her well by sending cards, pictures or other memorabilia to P.O Box 7046, Hermiston, OR 97838. Chinn wishes everyone a merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center’s menu for Tuesday, Dec. 29, is chili, cornbread, fruit and dessert. The senior center will not be serving meals on Thursday, Dec. 24, or Thursday, Dec. 31, because of the holidays.

For a Meals on Wheels delivery in Hermiston, call 541-567-3582 before 10 a.m. to place an order. To pick up a meal from the center at 255 N.E. Second St., call the same number before 11 a.m.

Meals are $4 and can be picked up between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

The Boardman Senior Center is now providing meal delivery. Meals are $4 paid upon delivery. Call 541-481-3257 to order.

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