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East Oregonian
Hospital debuts new Women’s Center
Welcomes five new
doctors to community
At a packed open house
on Tuesday evening, Good
System showed off its new
Women’s Center and intro-
duced the community to five
new doctors.
11,000-square-foot Women’s
Center, across from the old
one, will have more space
and give Good Shepherd
the capacity to hire more
Women’s Center Medical
Director Gary Trupp said was
important for women’s health
in the area.
“The board gave me
the approval to incorporate
midwives into our practice,”
Trupp said. “We feel this is
a big step for healthcare in
The center, which cost
$10 million, had been a long
time coming, Good Shepherd
administrators said, noting
that it had taken a four-year
wait and about two years of
construction to complete the
CEO Dennis Burke also
introduced five new health
care providers that have
joined Good Shepherd. They
included Matthew Carlson,
an urgent care doctor; Allen
Damien, a pediatrician; Patrick
Harrison, an orthopedic
surgeon; Todd Jones, a general
and venous surgeon; and Chris
Staff photo by Jayati Ramakrishnan
Women’s Center staff cut the ribbon on the center’s new home in the Good
Shepherd Health Care System expansion.
“We feel this is a big step for healthcare in Hermiston.”
— Gary Trupp, Women’s Center Medical Director
Scott, a chiropractor. He also
shared some tidbits about each
doctor. Carlson, who used to
live in Henderson, Nevada,
provided emergency care at a
trauma center during the recent
Las Vegas shootings. Scott is
a Hermiston native who was
formerly a competitive athlete.
Jones is fluent in Spanish.
After speeches, women’s
center staff took visitors on
tours of the new facility,
showing off features such
as the exam rooms (all of
which have sound-proof barn
doors), the procedure rooms
and the ultrasound rooms,
which will allow doctors to
work with high-risk patients.
Dr. Allison Khavkin is one
of four providers currently
working for the Women’s
Center. She said she was
excited about the growth
potential the new space
offered. The hospital said in
a news release that the extra
space will allow it to keep
up with the rapidly-growing
Hermiston population.
Khavkin, a Canada native,
has been in Hermiston
for about a year, and said
Hermiston was the only place
in Eastern Oregon with a
facility to handle high-risk
patients to do care here,” she
said. “And we also work with
Legacy Health in Portland,
which is nice for high-risk
She said the new space
should make daily operations
a little smoother. They were
also looking forward to
adding more midwives and
nurse practitioners to the
practice, Khavkin added.
Talent show drives high school swim team
Auditions are
Dec. 7 and Dec. 12
East Oregonian
The Hermiston High
School swim team is seeking
participants for its annual
talent show.
People from across the
region are invited to try out
for the show. In addition, all
ages and talents are welcome.
Auditions are Thursday Dec.
7 and Tuesday Dec. 12 from
6:30-8 p.m. in the school’s
main commons, 600 S. First
St., Hermiston.
In its eighth year, the talent
show serves as the team’s
only fundraiser, which
helps defray transportation
expenses for practices at the
Blue Mountain Community
College pool. Talent show
organizer Lynne Hamblin
said the swim team has the
highest travel costs of all the
high school athletic teams.
coming from the school
High schoolers take
on Knowledge Bowl
East Oregonian
East Oregonian
File photo
The Filipino American Community Dancers perform
‘Tinikiling,’ which won second place during the 2015
Hermiston High School swim team’s talent show fund-
raiser. People of all ages and talents are invited to au-
dition Thursday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday Dec. 12 for the Jan.
6 show.
district, she said the Booster
Club has been “amazing”
by diving in to help with the
team’s expenses. The talent
show fundraiser, which
brought in $3,600 last year,
helps makes ends meet,
Hamblin added.
Hamblin said, assist with
the fundraiser by sharing
their talents, as well as
behind-the-scenes help with
the sound booth and other
activities to stage the show.
Also, each year, a special
team performance makes a
big splash.
Growing in popularity
over the years, Hamblin
said they typically show-
case 30 acts. Awards will
be presented for best of
show, and two age groups:
middle school and younger,
and high school to adults.
Winners will receive gift
expected to return for this
year’s show, Hamblin said.
Regular performers over
the years have included
Terika and Remington
Christensen — the brother
and sister dancing duo from
Pendleton won their division
this summer at a national
competition in Las Vegas;
Sophia and Anna Rivera,
multi-talented sisters from
Hermiston; and Daytona
Tracy, a tap dancer from
Hermiston. Another popular
group, Hamblin said, are
the Hermiston-based Poly-
nesian Dancers led by Tile
The talent show is
Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in
the high school auditorium.
Tickets are $10 per person or
$30 for a family. During the
intermission, there will be
a bake sale and a raffle for
an iPad and numerous gift
For more information,
contact Hamblin at 541-571-
5691 or lynne.hamblin@
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Are you smarter than a
high schooler?
It’s not as easy to master
the knowledge needed to
excel in secondary school,
as about 65 area students
found out Wednesday at
Hermiston High School’s
Knowledge Bowl tourna-
With teams from Echo,
Hermiston, Helix, Stanfield
and Umatilla — as well
as one from Connell High
School in Connell, Wash-
ington — students answered
questions in history, science,
mathematics, geography
and literature. Each of the
three preliminary rounds
consisted of 50 questions,
and the top three teams
went on to compete in the
final round.
The winning team was
from Stanfield. They were
followed by a second place
tie between two teams from
To find a champion,
students were split into four
different classrooms where
all received the same set of
“They are very difficult,”
said Maggie Hughes-Boyd,
one of the instructors of
Hermiston High School’s
Knowledge Bowl club.
“A lot are things they’ll
learn as they get older. And
sometimes they’ll be really
good context clues, so they
can guess.”
The students from
Connell, about 35 miles
north of Pasco, said they
compete at tournaments
around Washington as well.
The small high school has a
club that meets during lunch
to practice.
“We tried watching
different videos,” said
Cindy Brogan, a biology
teacher and co-advisor of
the team. “But their educa-
tion at Connell High School
is what really prepares
Reece Brown, one of
two seniors on the team,
said some amount of self-
training is involved, too.
“Sometimes it’s just
about being curious,” he
said. “My favorite ques-
tions are just the random
ones that I know and that
everyone else doesn’t.”
Test your
Here are several
questions from the
first round of the event.
1. If the perimeter of a
rectangular field is 70
meters, and the area
is 300 square meters,
what is its width?
2. In relation to
automotive batteries,
for what does the
abbreviation RC stand?
3. “The Year the Yan-
kees lost the Pennant,”
“The Devil and Daniel
Webster,” “Mephisto”
and “Bart Sells his
Soul” are based on
what character of
German legend?
4: Lava can reach the
surface through these
openings, which may
be just a few meters
wide and several
kilometers long.
1. 15 meters
2. Reserve capacity
3. Faust 4. Fissures
Thursday, November 30, 2017
He added that most
people on the team tend to
specialize in one specific
area of knowledge.
Hermiston club’s other
advisor, said he estimated
Knowledge Bowl club
had been active at the high
school for at least 12 years.
Lauck, a former Hermiston
High School teacher,
now teaches math at Blue
College. He worked as
one of the readers, joking
with students in between
After a math question
that no one answered
correctly, one student
remarked that they had just
learned the answer the day
before in pre-calculus.
forget that if you learned it
yesterday?” Lauck asked in
mock dismay.
“I have a ‘D’ in pre-calc,”
the student quipped.
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Craft fair, book sale Hermiston Elks
benefits BMCC
Lodge to honor
past members
Festive craft activities, and
a sale that features books,
baked goods and crafts will
raise money for student
scholarships through the
Blue Mountain Community
College Foundation.
People can peruse
holiday gift ideas Friday
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and Saturday from 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. in Pioneer
Hall, 2411 N.W. Carden
Ave., Pendleton. There
is no admission charge.
In addition, Saturday is
“Make Your Own Gift
Day.” All ages are welcome
as local artists provide
guidance on several craft
gift projects (supplies
provided while they last).
The hour-long sessions
•11 a.m., Ornaments
with Ivy Rueppel
•12 p.m., Jewelry with
Jennifer Costley
•1 p.m., Suncatcher
Ornaments with David
•2 p.m., Collages with
Lori Sams
In addition, the event
features a raffle and
door prizes. For more
information, contact Jackie
Ray at jray@bluecc.edu or
annual holiday memorial
service of Hermiston Elks
Lodge No. 1845 will pay
tribute to members who
have passed away.
The Coffey Family
will provide special music
during the service. The
event is Sunday at 10 a.m.
at the lodge, 480 E. Main
St. In addition, a brunch
will follow in the dining
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