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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018
Festival harvests bountiful fun
Special Olympics topic of meeting
30-year tenure at the university. .
For more information, contact English
professor David Axelrod at 541-962-3633
or email@example.com. For more about the
magazine, visit www.eou.edu/oe.
Britt Oase, Special Olympics Oregon’s
new CEO, will be on hand to discuss updates
with the program.
Town hall meetings are being held across
the state in the wake of the nonprofit organi-
zation’s financial difficulties reported in the
late spring. As a result, they canceled sev-
eral events, training and activities, including
the 2018 Summer Games. Oase will share
her vision for Special Olympics’ future, as
well as work done in the last three months to
build a sustainable organization.
The local meeting — encompassing Spe-
cial Olympics programs in Hermiston-Pend-
leton, Milton-Freewater, and Baker, Grant
and Union counties — is Wednesday, Oct.
10 from 6-8 p.m. at The Salvation Army,
150 S.E. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton. Ath-
letes, their families, coaches and supporters
are encouraged to attend.
Special Olympics provides year-round
athletic training and sports competitions
for children and adults with intellectual
and developmental disabilities. There is no
charge for athletes to participate. For more
information about the local program, con-
tact Kristi Smalley at 541-567-1546 or
For more about the meeting, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-248-0600 or visit www.
Community members who have gently
used backpacks or want to purchase one to
provide to those in need are asked to drop
them off at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
The hospital’s education department is
collecting backpacks to distribute during
the Project Community Connect & Veteran
Stand Down event Oct. 20 at the Pendleton
Recreation Center. The annual event pro-
vides free information, personal hygiene
supplies and other items for those in atten-
dance. However, backpacks are seldom
included in the donations, which makes it
hard for many participants to keep or carry
items from the event, said Jaime Crowell, a
community health educator at Good Shep-
herd Health Care System.
Donations need to be dropped off by
Thursday, Oct. 18 at Good Shepherd, 610
N.W. 11th St., Hermiston. For more infor-
mation about donations, call the hospital’s
eduction department at 541-667-3502. An
article about Project Community Connect/
Veterans Stand Down will appear in the Oct.
17 edition of the Hermiston Herald.
Inland Musicians offers concerts
AAUW hosts Hanford talk
The 20th anniversary season of the Inland
Northwest Musicians opens with a pair of
Featuring musicians from Hermiston and
beyond, the Inland Northwest Orchestra will
perform Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Enterprise
Christian Church, 85035 Joseph Highway.
Also, the Inland Northwest Chorale will take
the stage Saturday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. at Hep-
pner Elementary School, 235 Stansbury St.
Both concerts are free, but donations are
graciously accepted at the door. Receptions
will follow each performance.
Founded in 1999, Inland Northwest
Musicians is committed to providing live
musical performances to rural audiences. It
fosters an atmosphere of encouragement and
assists musicians in developing their talent.
Also, as part of the 20th season, a spe-
cial celebration reunion concert is planned
in June 2019, which will include a commis-
sioned orchestral/choral piece. Additional
details will be revealed at a future date.
For more information, contact 541-289-
4696, email@example.com or visit www.
With Umatilla County’s close proximity
to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, peo-
ple may be interested in the program at the
upcoming meeting of the American Associa-
tion of University Women.
The public is invited to hear Randy Brad-
bury, communication manager with the
Washington State Department of Ecology
Nuclear Waste Program. He will discuss
“Hanford: Myth V. Reality.” The event is
Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Vert Club Room,
345 S.W. Fourth St., Pendleton.
Hanford has been called the “most con-
taminated site in North America.” The site
borders the Hanford Reach National Mon-
ument on the Columbia River. The presen-
tation will cover some of Hanford’s history
and provide an update on the progress and
challenges of the cleanup efforts, as well as
explaining the importance of citizen involve-
ment in the cleanup decisions.
The AAUW works to improve the lives
of women and girls through advocacy, edu-
cation, philanthropy and research. The Pend-
leton branch is the nearest group. For more
information, contact Marlene Krout at 541-
276-7596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gala includes past student writers
Current and past student authors and
poets published in the current issue of Ore-
gon East will share from their work during
the 2018 Oregon East Gala.
The event is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Eastern
Oregon University in La Grande. The event
serves as a publication party for the new
issue of Oregon East, a yearly student-run
art and literary magazine. The event is free
and open to the public.
The issue is the final one overseen by Jodi
Varon, who retired in June 2018 and served
as the faculty advisor since 1988. It features
an anthology of student work she and her
colleagues shepherded into print during her
Hospital is collecting backpacks
Survivor shares history of polio
By TAMMY MALGESINI
Despite looming clouds
and a threat of rain Sat-
urday, a crowd of people
flocked to the SAGE Cen-
ter in Boardman for the
Morrow County Harvest
The event, in its fifth
year, showcases the region’s
produce, local artisans and
cultural goods, as well as
activities. In addition, vis-
itors were invited to view
attractions inside the SAGE
Center, free of charge.
Michael Hayward held
the stem of a pumpkin
steady while Lydia Cropp,
3, his girlfriend’s daughter,
carefully painted it. Alyssa
Cropp said not only was it
the first time they had been
to the event, but also the
first time they had visited
the SAGE Center.
“She’s really impressed
with the potatoes,” Alyssa
said about her daughter.
“She likes everything for
about a second,” Michael
added with a laugh.
Other first-timers to the
SAGE Center event were
Chris and Brittney Haw-
kins of Arlington. The cou-
ple, who moved to the area
about a year ago for Chris’
job with GE Renewables,
were manning an artisan
While Brittney was
hawking candles, soaps,
crocheted creations, bird-
houses and other re-pur-
posed items made from pal-
lets, Chris was playing an
“It seems like a fun farm-
ers’ market,” Chris said.
Standing next to large
bins of potatoes, sweet corn
and onions, Wyatt Browne,
12, and Radley Griggs, 10,
those who passed a bag full
of the locally grown pro-
duce. Held in conjunction
with the festival, Threemile
Canyon Farms provided
goods for the Fall Harvest
STAFF PHOTOS BY TAMMY MALGESINI
Brian Cook talks to his wife, Karli Cook before she departs
for a mule-drawn wagon ride. The Irrigon couple, who own
Equine Elegance, offered the rides Saturday during the
Morrow County Harvest Festival at the SAGE Center in
T & C Flowers & Produce of Boardman offered a variety of
goods Saturday during the Morrow County Harvest Festival
at the SAGE Center in Boardman.
Bounty For Youth In Agri-
culture. Money raised from
donations will benefit area
youths involved in 4-H and
FFA in Morrow County.
Familiar faces at the
event included Brian and
Karli Cook of Equine Ele-
gance. The Irrigon couple
brought along half-sisters,
Jean and Mary, 9-year-old
mules. A steady stream of
people of all ages climbed
aboard the wagon for rides
around the area. Kids espe-
cially, Brain said, enjoy
interacting with the mules
and horses they bring to
“We love our animals,”
Brian said. “We have a part-
nership — they take care
of us and we take care of
Inside the SAGE Cen-
ter — Sustainable Agri-
culture and Energy — vis-
itors were offered a unique
opportunity to learn about
the technology that takes
place locally within the Port
of Morrow and through-
out the region. The interac-
tive visitor’s center features
hands-on activities and a
The free event was
hosted by the SAGE Center
in partnership with cham-
ber of commerces in Board-
man, Heppner and Irri-
gon. Artisans and vendors
offered fresh produce and
A polio survivor will shares the history of
polio and progress being made for its total
“Together, We End Polio,” which features
Joan Toone, is Monday, Oct. 15 from 7-8:30
p.m. at the Hermiston School District office
board room, 305 S.W. 11th. The cost is $20
per person, which includes dessert and a
donation to PolioPlus. The event is hosted
by the Rotary Clubs of Eastern Oregon.
Additional donations will be accepted
and will be matched two-to-one by the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation. People can
pay with cash, check or credit cards.
HELP WITH MEDICARE
The Hermiston SHIBA
(Senior Health Insurance Benefits
Office has certified volunteers to help with
Medicare questions. FREE service is available to
people with Medicare, (or eligible for Medicare)
& their families and caregivers.
One on One Consultations:
SHIBA office located in the Good Shepherd
Medical Group Lobby Area.
Call 541-667-3507 to schedule an appointment
with a certified SHIBA volunteer
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