To the editor:

After 44 years of living in Hermiston I have made the hardest decision of my lie. I have sold my home and will be moving to Newberg to be near my grandchildren.

I came to run the Hermiston Day Care Center. Three months later we started fundraising and I began to see what really made this community work. It is a community of givers and volunteers. Since 1976 I have seen dozens of additions to Hermiston put together by the community, the local service clubs and its many citizens.

My dad told us that when we moved into a rental we should make it better than it was when we moved in. It is my hope that in my 44 years here I have left a mark to better Hermiston in some small way because I know it has given me a lifetime of memories.

I was very appreciative of Tom Harper in allowing me to write some grant requests to get Victory Square Park started. I have served 20-plus years on the library board and am thrilled to see our library grow. My heart will always be with the Altrusa Club of Hermiston and my first trip back here will be for our annual fundraiser. I'm sure there will be a feeding frenzy at the over two dozen food trucks to choose your dinner before you begin to bid on live and silent auction items all donated by businesses in Hermiston. Mark your calendars for Oct. 26.

Thank you all who have helped me along the way. My phone will remain 541-571-3440. Call me when you come my way.

Kay Burns-Bennett


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