Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, July 08, 2015, Page FOUR, Image 4

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    FOUR - Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon Wednesday, July 8, 2015
A look back at Ione’s 2015 Fourth of July celebration.
-Fireworks volunteers contributed photo by Jay Reid. All
others staff photos by Andrea Di Salvo.
City of Irrigon plans Watermelon Festival
The City of Irrigon will
hold its annual Watermelon
Festival on Saturday, July
25. This year’s theme is
“Remembering the Past,
Looking to the Future.”
A full schedule of
events will begin at 6:30
a.m. and run through 12
“(It’s) A great com-
munity event where funds
raised go to benefit various
areas across the commu-
nity of Irrigon,” says Ir-
rigon City Manager Aaron
Funds raised go to
scholarships, Cooley Sports
Complex, senior center, the
food baskets program, flags
for events, and other items.
This year an array of
donated items will be raf-
Some of the items are:
Self-propelled lawn mower,
gazebo and luggage from
Walmart distribution cen-
ter; large flat screen TV
from State Farm; $250 cer-
tificate for teeth whitening;
rodeo and fair tickets from
Umatilla and Morrow coun-
ties; several beautiful gift
baskets; and much more.
Events and opportuni-
ties taking place at the Ir-
rigon Marina Park include:
Breakfast beginning at 6:30
a.m.; the annual parade
at 10:00 a.m. down NE
Main Avenue; the opening
ceremony at the Irrigon Ma-
rina Park Band Stand at 11
a.m.; on-going raffle items
throughout the day; and a
variety of games, contests,
vendors and foods, as well
as live music venues and the
annual mayor’s watermelon
seed spitting contest.
For more information,
contact Renee Couchman
at 541-922-1560 or Aaron
Palmquist, City Manager, at
make OSU
honor roll
of students who have made
the Scholastic Honor Roll
for spring term have been
announced by Oregon State
Among local recipients
are Devin B. Robinson of
Heppner, a senior in agri-
cultural sciences, and, with
a straight-A average, Mary
V. Rietmann of Ione, a se-
nior in human development
and family science.
From Boardman are
Cheyenne A. Kennedy,
senior in public health;
Chase H. Simpson, senior
in civil engineering; and
with a straight-A average,
Sonia A. Barrera, junior in
exercise and sport science.
From Irrigon are Sean
G. Barron, junior in pre-
business, and Adriana San-
chez, junior in accountancy.
Carrying the flame of
a long-time tradition
Ione residents and visitors hailed the Ione Fourth of July
fireworks as “spectacular” once again this year. The Ione
fireworks show has a long tradition within the Ione community.
It was begun by World War II veterans upon returning home
in 1946, and has continued each year, with the launching area
moving from the football field at the school, to the west end of
town, and now to the east end of town. Pictured are volunteers
Wayne Rietmann, Ed Rietmann, Corey Baker, Arthur Ekstrom
and Joe Rietmann preparing the fuses for the night’s events.
–Photo by Jay Reid
EOU announces
spring term dean’s
LA GRANDE, Ore.—Two local students are among the 464
Eastern Oregon University has named to the dean’s list for
spring term 2015.
Named to the dean’s list are Charlette Burghard of Ione
and Victoria Lankford of Lexington.
Qualifying students achieve and maintain a grade point
average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a
minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework for the duration
of the term.