Kylara Ward

Assistant Manager at Union Club

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I have family here. I retired from the U.S. Army in April and came here to see family, and I ended up staying. I visited here in the summer and weekends growing up.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

It’s definitely the Union Club. I might work (there), but the food is really good.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

When I’m not working, I’m usually still working. But when I’m not at the Union Club working and I’m not at home working, I like to cook. Primarily Italian food. I lived in Italy for three years, so Italian is where it’s at.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

As someone who has lived in a lot of different places and countries, it’s very diverse here. When you think of a small town, and what you expect that to be, you’d be surprised at the kind of people you’d meet.

What was the last book you read?

I’ve been reading the Magic Tree House series with my five year old. He loves them; it’s the first chapter book he’s gotten into.

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

I actually don’t use any social media so you can rule that out. I probably use Amazon the most, because it’s convenient. But I don’t really use much else.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would either go back to Ireland or visit New Zealand.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

My goal was to get into restaurant management which is kind of where I already am. I also want to get back into school. I think I’d like to get a degree in hospitality and a culinary certificate.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I think just making it to the next day. That sounds melancholy, but it’s not that kind of thing. Just knowing you can make the most of each day, that you’re the most productive you can be.

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