Hermiston Herald ld WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016 HermistonHerald.com INSIDE GRADUATION SPECIAL SECTION $1.00 TIGERS ROUT EAGLES Sports Page 9 Police on the lookout for card scammer Page 3 BROOKDALE RESIDENTS ENJOY THEIR OWN SENIOR PROM By TAMMY MALGESINI Community Editor A rmando Mendoza’s dance card was full as a handful of silver-haired ladies vied for his attention during Sat- urday’s Senior Citizen Prom held at Brookdale Hermis- ton. When Nene Johnson, 86, spotted the Umatilla High School senior dancing with 88-year-old Ruth Hawes, she scurried across the room and tapped him on the shoulder. “You’re going to get your butt kicked,” Johnson said with a sly smile. Taken aback by her directness, Mendoza asked why. “You’re dancing with someone else,” Johnson responded with a laugh. Mendoza was invited to attend the event by Laura Zepeda, out-going vice president of the Hermiston High School Key Club. He said it seemed like a enjoyable way to create extra fun for residents of the facility. The Key Club, a student group afﬁ liated See PROM, A12 STAFF PHOTO BY TAMMY MALGESINI Laura Zepeda and Armando Mendoza celebrate with Julie Wynn when she gets a bingo during the Senior Citizen Prom Saturday at Brookdale Hermiston. ABOUT TOWN Workshop targets ag tourism Area industries with a focus in agriculture are invited to learn how to add a tourism component or to expand current of- ferings. Opportunities include adding a farm stand, farm tour, hunting or camping, event venue or lodging to farms, ranches or garden businesses. A free Agri-Tourism Workshop is planned, which includes two days at separate locations. It begins Tuesday, June 21, from 1-5 p.m. in the Riverfront Center at the Port of Morrow, 2 Ma- rine Drive, Boardman. It continues Wednesday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eastern Ore- gon Trade & Event Cen- ter, 1705 Airport Road, Hermiston. Pre-registration is re- quired to ensure there is enough supplies and meals. For more infor- mation or to RSVP, contact Janet Dodson, Eastern Ore- gon Agritourism Develop- ment project coordinator, at 541-786-8006 or janetd@ eoni.com. For more infor- mation on the presenters, course agenda and register online, visit http://industry. traveloregon.com/rugged- countryATS. Leadership Hermiston sets graduation event Leadership Hermiston will celebrate the gradu- ation of Class 19 during an upcoming event at the Hermiston Conference Center. The graduation celebra- tion begins Tuesday, June 14, with a social at 6 p.m. at 415 S. Highway 395, Hermiston. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for guests. Reservations are need- ed by Monday, June 6. For more information or to RSVP, contact Barb Martin at 541-567-6151 or barb@ hermistonchamber.com. Recreation department off ers outdoor programs STAFF PHOTO BY TAMMY MALGESINI Alex Quesada adjusts Nene Johnson’s crown after being named queen during the Senior Citizen Prom Saturday at Brookdale Hermiston. 48-star fl ags retired from Avenue of Flags By JADE M C DOWELL Staff Writer STAFF PHOTO BY JADE McDOWELL A bugler plays “Taps” at the Hermiston Cemetery on Memorial Day. As people ﬂ ocked to the Hermiston Cemetery to pay their respects on Memorial Day, a sharp-eyed visitor noticed something interesting about one of the ﬂ ags lining the gravesites: It only had 48 stars. “You can see it in the pattern of the stars, the way they’re offset,” Ken May said. It wasn’t easy to spot — the ﬂ ag is one of approximately 600 that form the Avenue of Flags lining the cemetery each Memo- rial Day. The effort is spearheaded by Vet- erans of Foreign Wars Post 4750, and they thought they had retired all of the old 48- star ﬂ ags years ago. The ﬂ ags are all casket ﬂ ags donated by veterans’ families, standing as a stark visual reminder of the number of men and wom- See FLAGS, A12 Summertime sports programs offered through Hermiston Parks & Rec- reation include everything from kayaking trips to baseball games and clinics. Also, new this year is USTA Tennis. All equip- ment is provided. It’s open to ages 6-17 and runs Mon- day through Fridays from June 13 through Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon (camp) or 9-10:30 a.m. (lesson only) at the Sunset Courts, located near the Hermiston Public Library. The cost is $95 per week for the camp or $35 for lessons only. Also, a family-friendly tennis program open to all ages runs Tuesdays from June 13-Aug. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per night (and $5 for each additional family member). And, after four lessons, the ﬁ fth session is free. For more about the tennis pro- grams, visit www.RecTen- nis.com/hermiston.