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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2017
GOING OUT IN STYLE
BULLDOGS’ LAST GAME AS MEMBER
OF OSAA WILL BE FOR THE 5A TITLE
Hermiston’s Dayshawn Neal, left, Joe Gutierrez, center, and
Daniel Faaeteete, right, celebrate after Hermiston’s 35-27 win
over Wilsonville in the 5A state semifinal. The Bulldogs face
Churchill in the championship at Hillsboro Stadium Saturday.
PHOTO COURTESY CHASE ALLGOOD/THE OREGONIAN
STORIES | PAGE A12, A13
44TH FARM FAIR
THE HERMISTON SEMINAR
AND TRADE SHOW IS RIGHT
AROUND THE CORNER.
SPECIAL SECTION • INSIDE
‘MORE THAN A MEAL’
Community Fellowship Dinner moves forward
HOME FOR SECTION
HOLIDAYS INSIDE »
BY THE WAY
sushi joint to
After nearly a year of
signs promising it will
“open soon,” Shiki Hiba-
chi Sushi in Hermiston
really is opening Friday.
The Japanese restau-
rant will offer sushi, tem-
pura, bento and a variety
of other Japanese foods,
along with beer, wine,
liquor and Japanese sakes.
“Just come in and
explore and experience,”
manager Zoe Zhou said.
She said Friday will
be a soft opening, and
there will always be some
issues to work out in the
first week or two of a new
restaurant’s opening, but
she expects the transi-
tion will go smoother than
See BTW, A18
STAFF PHOTO BY TAMMY MALGESINI
Board member Cathy Stolz and longtime coordinator Laurie Ball-Kiser work with another volunteer during a past Community
Fellowship Dinner. The free holiday meals will be served at Hermiston High School.
meals — in recent years, more than 300 individ-
uals, families, service clubs and youth organiza-
tions have assisted — they needed someone with
he Community Fellowship Dinner in
a strong vision.
Hermiston enters a new era as the free meal
“And Laurie had that,” Humphreys said. “It’s
enters its 30th holiday season.
trickled down and we’re doing it to a higher level
In addition to a change in venue — to the
and that’s because of Laurie.”
Hermiston High School
“She guided us and showed
main commons — it’s
us the way so we can grow,”
moving forward without long-
added Jan Cassens, kitchen man-
ager and vice chair.
time coordinator Laurie Ball-
Ball-Kiser was recognized for
Kiser. The Hermiston woman,
in declining health the past few
her role with the meals, receiv-
ing a 2014 Christmas Spirit
years, suffered several strokes
Award from the Good Shepherd
that eventually led to her death
Community Health Foundation.
June 19 at the age of 64.
And, during the 2009 Distin-
Chairman Gary Humphreys
guished Citizens Awards Ban-
said Ball-Kiser possessed a fine-
STAFF PHOTO BY E.J. HARRIS
quet, Bob Severson presented
tuned focus on details. He lov-
ingly likened her leadership
her the Mayor’s Award.
skills to that of a drill sergeant. Tom Marks, a
board member and longtime volunteer, jokingly
Coordinating the event since 1990, Ball-Kiser
said most drill sergeants are far nicer.
was always quick to say that the twice-yearly
“Laurie knew what needed to be done and she
meals were the result of a lot of people pitching in.
was not shy at all in assigning duties,” Marks said.
Humphreys said when dealing with the sheer
See MEAL, A18
volume of volunteers needed to coordinate the
By TAMMY MALGESINI
Volunteers carve out community meal
Community Fellowship Dinner
•Thanksgiving Day; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. •Hermiston High School main commons
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